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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-10-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 PAWTUCKET JULY 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION CUMBERLAND – Consider it the Mother's Day gift that keeps giving. Thirty years ago, the Rev. Vasily Lickwar and his son, Michael, went shopping at Almacs to buy a $10 potted Mother's Day plant for Vasily's wife, Katherine. That one-foot-tall gardenia bush, now standing five feet tall and spreading five feet wide, has never gone into the ground and it never receives fertilizer, says Lickwar. This year, after never seeing more than about a dozen blooms, it has shown 60 or more blooms, starting just before Easter, says Lickwar, pastor of Holy Dormition Orthodox Church at 71 Manville Hill Road. "It has an amazing number of buds," he said of the multiple blooms. Vasily and Katherine live next door to the church. Each winter, said the reverend, he moves the blooming bush inside the church, where it is protected from the ele- ments. The bush particularly likes when the heat is shut off, as it likes cool periods. In southern states such as Georgia, huge gardenia bushes are common, he says, but large and flourishing ones in New England are quite unique with the scarcity of cool nights and warm days the plants love so much. Southern Living magazine puts the gardenia bush in its top five plants for a classic southern garden. It needs plenty of sun, it says, but not too much sun. Seeing 25 or 30 flowers on a gardenia bush at any one time is "extremely rare" in New England, Lickwar said. Lickwar plucks off the flowers as they begin to die and adds soil. As the bush has grown, he's trans- planted it into new and larger pots. Nowadays most of what's in the pot is roots, he said, with only a few inches of soil around them. He said he's never used spray or pesticides, but takes every other step to make sure the bush contin- ues to thrive. "I pamper this thing; I take care of it," he said. "There were a cou- ple times I thought I'd lost it." Gardenia bushes can grow up to eight feet tall, said Lickwar, and he sees no reason, with life expec- tancy for similar bushes down south reaching 70 years, why this one can't improve on its unlikely longevity. Potted Almacs gardenia bush still flourishing 30 years later By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor The Rev. VASILY LICKWAR, of the Holy Dormition Orthodox Church in Cumberland, says a $10 gift purchased 30 years ago has turned into this large flowering gardenia bush at his home next door to the church on Manville Hill Road. The bush has always lived in a pot. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY Open 7 Days 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 140 Newport Ave., Rumford 434-8899 Present this coupon at our East Providence location only MONDAY-FRIDAY Buy One Meal Get Second Meal 1/2 Price (Half price taken off lower priced meal. Only 1 coupon may be redeemed per visit. May not be combined with any other promotion) Excludes holidays. Excludes drinks. Breakfast starting at $ 5.49 Lunch Burger, Fries and a Pickle $ 5.99 151 Fountain St., Pawtucket, RI 401.725.8530 Check Our Facebook Page for Nightly Entertainment 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE With this ad. Expires 8/1/2019. Specials and Alcohol beverages not included. SEAFOOD EXTRAVAGANZA! New England Style Steamers Steamed Littlenecks Fresh Berry Salad Rib Eye Sandwich Surf 'n Turf 260 Newport Avenue, East Providence, RI 401-438-4646 web: facebook: Search for Uncle Tony's East Providence © OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIALS We're celebrating 50 years with our delicious dinner specials, gift card giveaways and pizza discount coupons from July 14th - July 21st! Come on down and celebrate with us by indulging in delicious specials and a chance to win a $50 gift card! Chicken Parmigiana Eggplant Parmigiana Pasta with Meatballs Baked Scrod Florentine Golden brown fresh chicken cutlets covered with our famous meat sauce and baked with mozzarella. With pasta or fries and soup or salad. $12.95 Breaded & golden fried fresh eggplant slices smothered with our famous meat sauce. Topped with mozzarella and baked to perfection. With pasta or fries and soup or salad. $12.95 Penne pasta or spaghetti topped with meatballs, smothered with our famous meat sauce. With soup or salad. $10.95 Fresh scrod stuffed with marinated spinach and olives, plus shrimp and scallops, with a lemon butter cracker crumb topping. With pasta or fries and soup or salad. $13.95 WE'RE GIVING AWAY 100 $ 50 Gift Cards Coupon expires July 22, 2019 Coupon expires July 22, 2019

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