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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-09-2020

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BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY EVA FERRI, center, is thankful for Manville Manor maintenance worker MICHAEL NELSON, right, and fellow resident SHARON ARNOLD, left, whose actions last month saved her life. CUMBERLAND – The Walcott House on Nate Whipple Highway and the old Diamond Hill General Store on Diamond Hill Road will likely be numbers one and two on a list of 25 properties considered to be most critical to the town's histor- ic fabric and most at-risk of being taken down, says Joyce Hindle Koutsogiane, of the Cumberland Historic District Commission. Hindle Koutsogiane said she expects the commission to have its full list, requested by town officials, ready to go by March. "It's a task in process," she said. Hindle Koutsogiane wasn't saying definitively what other properties might make the list, saying commis- sion members want to talk to own- ers of the properties first. "We just don't want to have any- thing else happen to these prop- erties," she said of the structures under considerations. The commission is planning to have an intern do a complete inventory of town properties with historical value, she said, and the Walcott, General Store top list of key properties By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PROPERTIES, Page 7 LINCOLN – Manville Manor maintenance technician Michael Nelson is a case study in paying attention to one's surroundings and never dismissing a gut feeling about a potential crisis as someone else's problem. Eva Ferri, an eight-year resident of the Lincoln Housing Authority's Manville Manor, has Nelson's alert- ness and quick action to thank for still being alive. Manville Manor worker hailed for life- saving call By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See WORKER, Page 6 CUMBERLAND – Back in May of 2018, during a tour of the newly acquired 229-acre Mercy Woods pre- serve in the northeast corner of town, then-Mayor Bill Murray said he could see a scenario where two new multi-purpose athletic fields at that facility would be ready for sports the next spring, though he acknowledged it was a long shot. Twenty months later, with new Mayor Jeff Mutter at the controls, there are no signs of a backhoe in sight and no immediate plans to develop the fields on the 2-acre por- tion of the property tabbed for its first athletic fields. Asked for an update on when the fields might be ready to help the town address its field space crunch, Mutter said he thinks the town is still "a bond issue away" from being able to create fields, meaning voters might be asked to approve borrow- ing to pay for the project. Though he has no firm numbers on the work, Mutter said Water Supt. Chris Champi has told him that the rough numbers for getting water to the property for proper irrigation is approximately $250,000, but "then you've got to say, how are you going to get these fields so they're actually athletic fields?" he said. Mutter says town is likely 'a bond issue away' from fields at Mercy Woods By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com MUTTER See MERCY WOODS, Page 11 ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE JANUARY 9-15, 2020 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 401.333.0665 Visit our website: thmalloy.com Since 1935 Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Motor Fuels Generator | Complete Heating Service Emergency Generators Sales & Installation Propane for your Home Heating & Cooking Together we make a difference

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