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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-11-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2019 THE VALLEY 11 New Civil Air Patrol squadron seeking youth cadets, adult volunteers WOONSOCKET – Adults and teenagers interested in learning more about the aerospace industry and disaster relief will soon have a new outlet to get involved through a U.S. Air Force program that begins meet- ing at the Boys & Girls Club next week. The Civil Air Patrol, the all-volun- teer auxiliary program of the U.S. Air Force, is founding a new squadron in northern Rhode Island. The squadron will meet every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 72 Kendrick Ave., and focus on CAP's three missions of aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. The unit is actively seeking new members age 12 and older. While much of CAP's activities around the state are focused on its cadet program for teens, Capt. Chase Boni, director of recruiting and retention for the Rhode Island wing, emphasized the program is not just for youth. CAP also accepts adult volunteers age 18 and older to serve in both mentoring roles and in other positions in the squadron. The group's headquarters unit at Quonset Point, he said, consists almost entirely of adult volunteers who participate in roles that mirror their professional experi- ence and training. "We have some who are pilots who fly our airplanes, we have ones who focus entirely on emergency ser- vices and doing search and rescues, we have some doing administrative work," he said. Both youth and adult participants will have the opportunity to receive search and rescue training and partici- pate in leadership classes, color guard training, physical fitness and com- munity events. In the case of a natural disaster, CAP works with state and federal agencies to coordinate vol- unteers. CAP squadrons around the country operate a fleet of 560 aircraft and perform about 90 percent conti- nental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. "Let's say a natural disaster happens, if you're a qualified and trained mem- ber of the Civil Air Patrol, if you've completed the necessary training to assist, you can choose to come and be deployed, so to speak, to activity," said Boni. The Woonsocket squadron, which is currently under the leadership of interim commander Lt. Col. Robert Gubala, will be the sixth CAP squadron in the state along with the headquarters unit at Quonset Point and four other squadrons based in Pawtucket, Westerly, West Warwick and North Kingstown. The program was founded in 1941, one week before Pearl Harbor, to serve as the civil- ian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. According to Boni, the program, and a similar one hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard, are the only military auxiliary forces in the country open to both youth and adult participants. Membership typically costs $60 for adults and $35 for youth annually, though Boni noted youth participants can currently join for free, and grants are available to fund uniforms and other costs. In addition to regular meetings, youth cadets can participate in a new national initiative called the cadet wings program that offers funding for cadets to get their private pilot's license as young as age 17. Cadets can also apply for weeklong summer programs at locations around the country on career-related topics, including aircraft and search and res- cue. "These are really great opportuni- ties for cadets to learn sort of what's out there, what they can do later on in life," said Boni. The first meeting for the Woonsocket squadron takes place next Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the Civil Air Patrol in Rhode Island, visit www. riwg.cap.gov . By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com CIVIL AIR PATROL CADETS march in the graduation ceremony for the 2018 RI Wing encampment at Camp Varnum in Narragansett. A new CAP squadron will hold its first meeting at the Boys and Girls Club in Woonsocket on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. North Smithfield fireworks planned for Saturday night NORTH SMITHFIELD – The second annual North Smithfield fireworks will take place this Saturday, July 13, at sundown, approximately 9:15 p.m., at the Dr. Paul F. Joyce athletic fields. Food trucks and music will be available at the turf field beginning at 5 p.m. The event is part of North Smithfield Days, a four-day cel- ebration that kicked off on July 10. Other activities planned for Saturday include a kid's day in Pacheco Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Veterans Memorial Flag Football Tournament in honor of Spc. Matthew Turcotte, at 2 p.m., at the high school turf field. For a full list of North Smithfield Days activities, visit www.kenny- scoalition.org. Share Memories of Apollo 11 Saturday SCITUATE – Skyscrapers Inc. will host Memories of Apollo 11 on Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m., at Seagrave Memorial Observatory, 47 Peep Toad Road. During this monthly Skyscrapers Inc. meeting, all are invited to recall their thoughts on this his- toric moment in time, the day Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin set foot on the moon. Did you watch it on television? If so, how did it affect you, if at all? Do you have any memorabilia from that date? In addition, Skyscrapers is plan- ning to collate everyone's memories into a booklet, for all those who were not alive at the time, and for future generations. Contact Vice President Jim Hendrickson at hendrickson.jim@ gmail.com . After the meeting, if skies allow, the organization's telescopes will be open for viewing of the sky. Visit www.theskyscrapers.org for more information. We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our philosophy: (401) 762-2400 • nriah.com We're attentive, grateful, well-behaved (mostly), and always happy to see you. Visit our full-service animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. 505 Old River Road, (Rte. 126), Manville, RI, Open: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Tomatoes • Blueberries • Beans • Cucumbers • Squash (Yellow & Green) • Raspberries • Native Lettuce Old Orchard Farm And Greenhouse RI NATIVE CORN EBT Any Day Now! Plant Sale!

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