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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-17-2019

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RUSS KLOWAN, of Cumberland, is all smiles after his pumpkin weighed in at 2,074.5 pounds at Sunday's Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Annual Weigh-Off in Warren, winning him this year's competition. CUMBERLAND – Russ Klowan knew he had a winner in the mak- ing back in July, when the pumpkin he had started growing in the spring started packing on a whopping 50 pounds each day for 10 days. "If you're looking at 50 pounds a day, you can almost see it grow," he said. "It was unbelievable. I've never had a pumpkin put that much weight on." Anyone can grow a decent-sized pumpkin, but achieving a monster in a class of its own takes hard work, skill, and a deep knowledge of how to grow, says Klowan. Even then, said this nine-year pumpkin-growing expert, you need plenty of good for- tune. Klowan, 72, a lifelong Cumberland resident who lives on Reservoir Road, was named the winner of Rhode Island's famous Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Annual Weigh-Off in Warren on Sunday, his pumpkin weighing in at 2,074.5 pounds, more than 400 Klowan's titanic pumpkin was no accident By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PUMPKIN, Page 18 CUMBERLAND – It's a ques- tion that's flummoxed the town for more than a week: Why does it seem like traffic on the already busy Mendon Road has at times ground to an almost complete halt? And while many people are sug- gesting that it might have some- thing to do with drivers seeking to avoid the new roundabouts on Diamond Hill Road, Mayor Jeff Mutter said he doesn't think it's related to that project and people trying to find another way home. He said he's seen that topic being discussed on Facebook in the last week, but doesn't have an answer right now. The roundabouts, in fact, have been getting better reviews of late, with residents reporting the pleas- ant surprises of shorter backups coming off I-295 and a better flow of traffic in the whole area. And traffic on Diamond Hill Road seems just as busy, according to observers. Charles St. Martin, spokesman RIDOT: Extreme Mendon Road traffic problem is temporary By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See TRAFFIC, Page 22 LINCOLN – After undergoing many changes and being deferred since January, the so-called Street Drainage Ordinance was unani- mously passed by the Town Council Tuesday night. The ordinance strives to prevent residents from creating dangerous, icy road conditions by draining water from their properties into the street. It was initiated by Councilor Ken Pichette, who shared a photo last winter of Darlington Street in Manville covered in a sheet of black ice. He said the problem was occur- ring all over town as residents used sump pumps to channel water from their homes into the street. The issues escalated last fall, Pichette said, when the water table was particularly high. Residents drained their water into the street, only for the water to freeze over and form massive patches of ice. Similar issues were reported in Kirkbrae Lincoln street drainage ordinance passes By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See DRAINAGE, Page 16 ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE OCTOBER 17-23, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Supreme Auto Body AUTO BODY 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists INSIDE Enjoy Our Fall Restaurant Guide INSIDE Enjoy Our Fall Restaurant Guide 1 Fall 2019 Local Restaurant Guide EAT OUT Let's OCT-17-2019-CW-DINE.indd 1 10/7/19 7:38 AM

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