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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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10 THE VALLEY NOVEMBER 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION 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 hav- ing 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 fam- ily 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 country, and some in the younger generation are off at col- lege, everyone tries to make it back at least some years. Some family mem- bers 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 seg- ment of the family. "We are so happy to be able to get together 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 contributions to the feast. Six gen- erations 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, according to Rancourt. "It's always got to be home on the farm," she said. Her grandparents, James and Annie Anderson, first started hosting Thanksgiving dinner here in 1901. At that time, the house was located on the family's Anderson's Poultry Farm, locat- ed just up the road, but the home was later moved for highway construction, which "killed farming," said Rancourt, and the property was split in half. Karen Roderick, daughter of Rancourt's sister, Ida McDermott, does much of the cooking. She and her brother, Bob McDermott, have owned the house since Ida entered a nurs- ing home a few years ago. Rancourt's granddaughter, Melissa Rancourt, daughter of May's daughter Dianne LaFlamme, lives there currently. The typical number for past Thanksgiving dinners was 35, but num- bers have dropped off somewhat in recent years. Rancourt said she loves the memories made in this house, and plans to con- tinue making them as long as she can. She said she expects this tradition to live on even after she's gone. "They say they're going to keep going with it," she said. One favorite tradition is when she passes out chicken wishbones for everyone to make a wish. She then tells everyone that she can guess their wish, to which they yell out, "That we'll be together next year!" This will be 119th Thanksgiving in one local house By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY Standing in front of the Breakneck Hill Road home that will host its 119 Thankgiving dinner next week are three generations of the Anderson family, from left, MELISSA RANCOURT, MAY RANCOURT and KAREN RODERICK. The home as it looked around 1900 when it was part of Anderson's Poultry Farm. WOONSOCKET – Four teenagers were charged in a shooting hoax last Wednesday, Nov. 13, after they alleg- edly made an anonymous phone call threatening to shoot up Woonsocket High School. According to Police Chief Thomas Oates, the school received a phone call around 11 a.m. Wednesday morn- ing saying there would be a shooting at the school at noon. School person- nel immediately informed police and placed the school on lockdown. The school remained on lockdown for an hour and a half before resuming the regular school day. After tracing the phone number used to make the call, police arrested four WHS students who they believe were together when the call was made. According to Oates, police did not discover evidence the students had weapons or planned to follow through on their threat. "The message is that if you do make these phone calls, we're going to find you and you're going to suffer the consequences," he said. "These indi- viduals are now scheduled to make appearances in family court." Four students charged in shooting hoax at WHS IN BRIEF Milk Fund Committee seeks auction donations WOONSOCKET – The WOON Radio Milk Fund Auction Committee, headed by Romeo Berthiaume, is planning this year's upcoming auction and is seeking donations from area businesses and private donors. The auction begins Friday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 5 p.m., and runs weekdays through Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24. It will also be conducted each Saturday in December, from 6 to 9 a.m., during the Saturday show, hosted by Berthiaume. The auction is conducted by WOON general manager and station owner Dave Richards. Items such as gift cards and small appliances have proven to be most popular over the years, and Berthiaume is appealing to area mer- chants and radio listeners to come forward with auction items. Already, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council has donated tickets to the popular Polar Express. Other items include sports memorabilia, coffee makers, electric mixers and more. Anyone interested in donating to the auction can contact Berthiaume or any member of the committee at WOON Radio, 985 Park Ave., Woonsocket, RI 02895. Berthiaume can be reached at 401-651-4739 or email . Committee members include Darin Cooper, Michele Bocchini, Tim Paul, state Rep. Bob Phillips and his wife, Nancy, and Kim Blais. The Milk Fund is a 501 C(3) char- ity and all donations are tax deduct- ible. 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