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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-10-2019

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©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY An introduction to mushrooms and fungus workshop was held at the Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife refuge in Smithfield last Saturday. The event featured a presentation on identifying mushroom groups and species that grow in the area, as well as a hike in the woods to find mushrooms growing in the wild. MARCEL LAPLANTE, of Cumberland, scrapes a mushroom off of a tree during the workshop. See more photos on page 13. SMITHFIELD – Twenty-five years and thousands of pounds of food donated to people in need later, the food bank at the St. Philip Parish is providing more meals to families in need than ever. Of the four members of the parish who first approached the church 25 years ago regarding the need for a food pantry, three members remain. Original members are Jim Carroll, Margaret Carroll, Roberta Baboin and Elaine Tidd, who moved out of state. Jim Carroll, who had been on board volunteering since 1994, said the start of the food pantry was as simple as asking a question: is there a need for a pantry in our area? "It became obvious in our first few months that there was a definite need," Carroll said. He said the pantry now serves as many people in a month as it did in all of 2010. Now, the pantry is serv- ing an average of 400,000 pounds of food each year, including meat and produce. That is an average of 33,000 pounds of food per month, he said. Last month, the pantry provided 1,800 meals to 311 families. "The need is still there," Carroll said. Carroll said St. Philip Church, 622 Putnam Pike, generously offered the food pantry funding and a closet St. Philip Food Pantry celebrates 25 years of feeding the community By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com Police adding enforcement after serious speeding on Central Pike Inconsistent speed limits will be addressed SCITUATE When 70-year-old resi- dent Steven Thomas walked across Central Pike to collect his mail and felt the breeze of a BMW traveling more than double the speed limit pass by him with less than two-feet between the two, he said enough was enough. On Monday, Oct. 7, Thomas invit- ed his neighbors, state Sen. Gordon Rogers and Scituate Police Chief Donald Delaere to a community forum regarding the increase of reck- less speeders down the town road. Ever since the state repaved the road this month, he and neighbors said cars are traveling as fast as 100 miles-per-hour are zipping down the road, despite the 35-mile-per-hour speed limit. Central Pike is a straight road run- ning parallel to Route 6 through resi- dential neighborhoods with houses lining its stretch from Route 94 in Foster to Battey Meeting House Road in Scituate. With the intersection of Route 102 and Rockland Road, vehicles are still By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SPEEDING, Page 10 See PANTRY, Page 18 Mushroom hunters "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these cou- riers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" Most everybody has heard these words which are known as the postal workers' creed. However, in fairness, the motto needs to be expanded beyond couriers to take into account the many United States Postal Service employees who don't deliver the mail, those who perform other indispensable services for the patrons. People like Steve Waxman. Waxman, 66, is retiring from the Greenville Post Office (02828) at the end of this month. When he does, it will signal the finish of a 22 year career that, in his own words, Steve Waxman puts stamp of approval on post office career One More Thing LAURENCE J. SASSO, JR. See SASSO, Page 6 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE OCTOBER 10-16, 2019 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Tom Winfield & Charlene Winfield Capuano (401) 949-0180 www.andersonwinfield.net In Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month We remember our mother, Joan, and all others who have suffered with this disease. Family Dentistry Accepting New Patients 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville www.drscottri.com Dr. Scott B. Klimaj 949-3200 oct 2019 www.jaswellsfarm.com OPEN DAILY 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 50 Swan Road, Smithfield 231-9043 JASWELL'S FARMSTAND & BAKERY Pick Your Own Pumpkins Assorted Fall Decorations • Our Own Fresh Pressed & pasteurized Apple Cider • Our Own Candy, Caramel, Chocolate & Caramel, and Gourmet Apples featured on Food network •Fresh Baked Pies, Pastries, AND MUCH MORE!! APPLE CIDER DONUTS! Weekend Concessions available: Hot APPLE CRISP, Apple Cider Donuts, DOUGHBOYS & MORE! APPLES Pick Your own DailY from 10 a.m.-4 P.m. or fresh PickeD OPEN COLUMBUS DAY Hay Rides Sunday & Monday

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