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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

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12 CUMBERLAND SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION ment to the animals of our commu- nity." Mayor Jeff Mutter presented him with a citation saying his work doesn't go unnoticed. "One of the best parts of a may- or's job is you get to meet people you would probably never get to meet," Mutter told The Breeze. "All these people behind the scenes do great work." On social media sites, when someone expresses concern about an animal, Cumberland residents know to tag the Cumberland High School graduate and Rhode Island Fish and Wildlife volunteer Boyce and he'll know what to do, said Mutter. "He's the go-to guy whenever there is any sort of animal issue," he said. "He's the dude, a little folk hero." At a ceremony honoring him at Town Hall on Aug. 22, Boyce took the opportunity when Mutter mentioned his effort to save a blue heron caught in fishing line to remind people to not leave fishing line behind, even if it's caught in a tree. "Hi, everyone, my name is Josh Boyce and I am a volunteer with R.I. Fish and Wildlife," Boyce posts on various Cumberland pages. "If you have any wildlife questions, concerns, or problems with wildlife please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help you out. You can message me on here. I hope I can be of help to you all at some point." Boyce declined to talk about his efforts. Mutter said he and those in his office are making an effort to rec- ognize local community heroes. Jen Cameron from the clerk's office was the one who alerted them to Boyce's good work. Administrative Assistant Sarah King said she's heard from resi- dents who call Town Hall that they're appreciative of what Boyce does, and she was then approached by Cameron who mentioned that she wished there was something that could be done to celebrate his work. She mentioned the idea of a citation, ran it by the mayor, and then ran it by Boyce, and all were excited. "Social media can so often be a negative space that lends itself to complaints more than anything, but we view Josh as a bright spot in that," she said. "He is always willing to help, whether by physi- cally going out to assess a situation or simply answering questions and providing info." As a volunteer with R.I. Fish and Wildlife, Boyce is extremely knowl- edgeable, she said. Folks have got- ten to the point where they instinc- tively tag him in any animal-related questions and he answers. A small sampling of Boyce's work includes: • Coming out to a resident's home to assist with a baby squirrel injured after falling from a tree. • Helping with an injured dove. • And rescuing an owl stuck in a trap and bringing the owl to the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island. Cumberland Mayor JEFF MUTTER, center, presents JOSH BOYCE with a citation from the town for his work protecting local animals. BOYCE From Page One Please let our advertisers know that you read about their products or services in The Valley Breeze Newspapers. SAVE With Our everyday LOW PRICES Winter Set Gallon 40K $ 20 20K Pail Kit $ 48 Winter Pill $ 20 4x8 Air Pillow $ 12 Our Specialization is Inground Swimming Pool Service In Shop Salt Cell and Filter Cartridge Overnight Deep Cleaning Have Your Pool Winterized by a Professional and Save Time & Money. Call Today! Swimming Pool Supplies & Services The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals Creative Pool System, Inc. 17 Commerce Street, Greenville (behind A&W) 949-4400 Family Owned and Operated with over 30 years experienced Visit our showroom for all your Pool needs – Open 7 Days Autumn Autumn Autumn Breeze $ 25 OFF 2 Treatments Scheduled by September 12, 2019! Call Today! We treat large areas including sports fields. The leading choice for mosquito and tick protection. Too precious not to protect. Protect your family and pets from the nuisance and dangers of mosquitos and ticks.

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