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The Valley Breeze & Observer 4-4-13

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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Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester APRIL 4-10, 2013 FREE Observer the valley breeze & Rock of Ages A cultural affair Blurred Vision band members enjoy getting back in the rhythm. LIVING SHS students celebrate World Language Cultural Dinner. PAGE 9 @ "Like" us on Gallagher student to sail on Ballard's Nautilus By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent SMITHFIELD – The school district's long collaboration with ocean explorer Robert D. Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic, continues to steam ahead briskly: A student at Gallagher Middle School has been chosen to sail Sanderson later this year on Ballard's research vessel Nautilus as it plies the Caribbean. The JASON Project, founded by Ballard in 1989 to connect students with scientists and researchers, has notified 8thgrader Austin Sanderson that he is one of only 12 students nationwide to earn a berth in See NAUTILUS, Page 11 Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers These local piggies go to market Local businesses cooperate to produce high-end product line By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent SMITHFIELD – Campaigning to improve long-distance rail service in the 1940s, industrialist Robert R. Young caught the nation's attention with ads exclaiming, "A hog can cross the country without changing trains, but you can't." Young was right: Coast-tocoast passengers had to switch in Chicago or St. Louis, while market-bound porkers sped through non-stop. These days, local businesses are cooperating in a venture that keeps hogs much closer to home. They start out on the hoof at Smithfield's Blackbird Farm, are transformed into gourmet food products at Daniele Inc. in Burrillville, and end up back where they started, in Smithfield – on the shelves of Dave's Marketplace. Their only detour in between is a one-way, 75-mile ride from the farm to a plant in Athol, Mass., where they're … well, let's downplay that. The local-farm to local-table angle matters to family-owned Daniele, despite its growth from humble beginnings in postwar Italy into today's Brandon Bouthillette, 21, of Blackbird Farm in Smithfield, left, holds up a bucket containing corn that he feeds to the Berkshire pigs on the farm in addition to soybeans. Above, Berkshire pigs at the farm wander across the enclosure to see if it is time for dinner. Blackbird Farm has around 100 pigs that are raised then butchered and sold by Daniele Inc. Valley Breeze & Observer photos by Elise Manahan multi-million-dollar enterprise that employs 300 people and ships millions of pounds of Italian-style meat delicacies worldwide. Currently, the firm's 150,000-square-foot complex off Route 102 is undergoing a Awarded as Smithfield's #1 Hearing Practice ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. $55-million expansion that will more than triple its space. Concurrently, the company has introduced a new line of products, similar to the existing ones, but made from smallfarm local pigs. That's where Blackbird Farm, known more prominently for its black angus cattle, enters the picture. A few years ago you could find only two pigs at Blackbird, but the porcine population See DANIELE, Page 8

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