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The North Providence Breeze 11-20-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 20-26, 2019 THE VALLEY 7 LINCOLN – The old farm is long gone, the house on it moved with the early 1950s construction of Route 146, but to a family that first started having Thanksgiving dinner here back in 1901, it will always be "home on the farm" at this time of year. May Rancourt, now 83 and a mother of nine children, said her family will be together again for its 119th Thanksgiving dinner in the same house off Breakneck Hill Road. And though some family members have moved elsewhere in the coun- try, and some in the younger genera- tion are off at college, everyone tries to make it back at least some years. Some family members have never missed a Thanksgiving dinner here. "Everyone goes there," said Rancourt, of Cumberland, even though the Lincoln home isn't the permanent home base anymore for any one segment of the family. "We are so happy to be able to get togeth- er all these years." Rancourt herself has only missed two Thanksgivings in her 83 years, both for hospital stays. Family members come from far and wide, many bringing their own contribu- tions to the feast. Six generations of Andersons have now spent Thanksgiving on the farm. "It's home for the holiday," said Rancourt of the family home. Her own father, Lester Anderson, was born in this house in 1900, she said, dying in 1955. "It's still considered the farm even though there's not an animal on it," she added. There's never been a thought about hosting Thanksgiving elsewhere, This will be 119th Thanksgiving dinner in one area house By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com The home as it looked around 1900 when it was part of Anderson's Poultry Farm. See THANKSGIVING, Page 9 • New or Used Autos (includes refinanced autos from other institutions) • ¼% (.25%) off of qualifying rate (rate is determined by credit worthiness) Members can also save an additional ¼% (.25%) off if loan is paid with BRFCU payroll or automatic transfer • Membership eligibility is required • Please mention this coupon or bring it in to receive the additional savings! www.blackstoneriverfcu.org Main Office 10 Monument Square Woonsocket RI, 02895 (401) 767-1990 Branch Office 100 Old River Rd., Lincoln RI, 02865 (401) 333-0780

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