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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-13-2019

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2 SMITHFIELD JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION ANTHONY MAZZEI turns 100 years old on June 13. The World War II vet- eran said he lived a "Cinderella life" with his wife and two daughters. He can be found sitting behind his desk at the senior living facility Smithfield Woods where he takes calls from his family. BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD SMITHFIELD – A good sense of humor and the desire to keep people laughing and smiling has kept cen- tenarian Anthony Mazzei in good spirits throughout the years, and continue to keep his days busy at the Smithfield Woods Senior Living Center. On June 13, Mazzei celebrates his 100th birthday and what he calls his "Cinderella life." Mazzei is quick with a joke and can enter a witticism into any conversa- tion, despite being deaf and blind in one eye. His daughter, Barbara Noseworthy, said he likes going around the center, keeping up with his friends, and is always there to tell stories about his service during World War II or supervising the kitchen at the Davis Park Veterans Hospital. Mazzei celebrates 100 'incredible' years By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See MAZZEI, Page 21 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Development AGENCY: USDA, Rural Development, Rural Business Service ACTION: Hartford Pike Solar, LLC, Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the USDA Rural Development, Rural Business Service (RBS), as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, is issuing an environmental assessment (EA) in connection with possible impacts related to a project proposed by Hartford Pike Solar, LLC (Hartford Pike) of 135 East 57th Street, Floor 6, New York, New York, 10022. The proposal is for construction of a 6.02 MWdc/4.68MWac solar array with associated electrical improvements, a gravel access road, a 9-foot high security fence, and stormwater management areas located on a 48 acre parcel at 10 Hartford Pike, AP 18, Lot 30, in Foster, RI. Hartford Pike has submitted an application to RBS for funding of the proposal. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Lerch, Program Director, 451 West Street, Suite 2, Amherst, MA, 413-253-4316, jennifer.lerch@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hartford Pike proposes to construct the array in two (2) phases. Phase 1 will occupy approximately 3.87 acres on the western portion of the site consisting of 7,920 330-Watt solar panel modules (2.614 MW). Phase 2 will occupy approximately 4.92 acres on the eastern portion of the site consisting of 10,252 340 Watt panels (3,486 MW). Both phases combined will cause tree clearing of 22 of the 48 acre vacant and wooded parcel. The proposed site will consist of a ground screw racking system with each screw penetrating approximately 73 inches into the ground. In addition, trenches will be dug between each inverter. The trench depth will be 24" minimum below grade for low voltage inverter lines, and 30" minimum below grade for medium voltage lines from the transformers to utility poles. A total of seven utility poles, each 40' high and buried to a depth of 6 feet, will be installed on the site. Since the solar installation is designed to sell electricity to a utility provider and the total output will exceed the 25 KW zoning ordinance, the project is considered a Major Solar Installation. ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT: Pyramid Environmental & Engineering, P.C., an environmental consultant, prepared an environmental assessment for RBS that describes the project, assesses the proposed project's environmental impacts, and summarizes as applicable any mitigation measures used to minimize environmental effects. RBS has conducted an independent evaluation of the EA and believes that it accurately assesses the impacts of the proposed project. No significant impacts are expected as a result of the construction of the project. The EA can be reviewed at Rural Development's State Office in Amherst, MA. An electronic copy can be requested at no cost. A paper copy may be requested for a non-refundable fee plus shipping. Questions and comments should be sent to RBS at the contact and address provided. RBS will accept questions and comments on the environmental assessment for 15 calendar days from the date of first publication of this notice. Any final action by RBS related to the proposed project will be subject to, and contingent upon, compliance with all relevant Federal environmental laws and regulations and completion of environmental review procedures as prescribed by 7 CFR Part 1970, Environmental Policies and Procedures. A general location map of the proposal is shown below:

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