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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-09-2020

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granite to create stairways at the new safety complex and the sign at the Tucker Field Athletic Complex, citing the removal of artifacts from the protected 500 acres of the Monastery. The mayor was the Town Council president in 2004 when a strict con- servation easement was adopted for the Monastery, limiting how it could be altered. Councilor Peter Bradley said this week that using remnants from the old monastery buildings goes against that protection established in 2004. There has always been the opinion among some that this isn't strictly part of the natural topography here, said Bradley, but the easement is pretty clear that everything behind the main fence at the Monastery is not to be touched, while everything on the library side can be altered. Mutter agreed, saying he remem- bers arguing the point in the past. "A strict reading of the conserva- tion easement says you can't take anything out of it," he said. When the Monastery easement passed 15 years ago, he said, the thought was basically that if one took a picture of what was in place at the time, "whatever's in that picture is supposed to stay," whether it was there by natural occurrences or not. "Based on that, and if it has signifi- cance in the Monastery, my opinion is you can't use it," he said, adding that he plans to research the matter further. Jonathan Stevens, the planning and community development direc- tor under Murray and now Mutter, said Monk's Quarry within the Monastery is where "a fair amount if not all material" used to build the Monastery back in the day went. The theory is that after the fire, stone was strewn about in this area cover- CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 9-15, 2020 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN 3 CUMBERLAND – A field of gran- ite pieces strewn alongside a pathway within the Cumberland Monastery presents quite a scene, prompting questions among passing hikers about how it might have come there. This repository of a couple hundred significant pieces of cut-block gran- ite was left behind by the Cisterian monks after a 1950 fire that forced them to move their community from Cumberland to Spencer, Mass. They quarried within the Monastery for decades. Though three pieces of granite were previously used to construct a new sign at Tucker Field, similar plans to utilize more of the stone at the new Cumberland Public Safety Complex ended up being scrapped. Questions about the granite field, located off the green-marked Monk's Quarry Trail within the Monastery, were revived on Facebook during the week after Christmas, with several residents asking what's planned for the stone. Mayor Jeff Mutter said there's been plenty of talk about whether the town can use the granite, an action many have said they'd like to see over the years, and officials will ultimately need to make a final decision one way or another at some point. It was Mutter who, for a story in February 2017, opposed then-Mayor Bill Murray's plan to use the cut Monastery granite sits unused, with unclear future By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor Hundreds of pieces of CUT GRANITE in the Cumberland Monastery sit year after year, largely left untouched because of a conservation easement on the property off Diamond Hill Road. See GRANITE, Page 8 Mutter will meet with Cumberland GOP on Jan. 16 CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Republican Town Committee will hold its next meet- ing on Thursday, Jan. 16, starting at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Hayden Center, Meeting Room 1 at the Cumberland Monastery, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. Cumberland Mayor Jeffrey Mutter will be the guest speaker. He will spend some time giving his plans and updates on his outlook for the town and planning for the future, and will also be available for questions. Organizers say they want this session to illustrate positive cooperation with the Democratic mayor. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for dona- tion to the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry. All unaffiliated and/ or registered Republican voters from Cumberland and surrounding towns are welcome. Make a penguin craft at Lincoln library Jan. 16 LINCOLN – Children ages 6 and up with an adult are invited to the Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, for some creative fam- ily fun on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m., to make no-sew sock penguins. Register at, stop by the Reference Desk, or call 401-333-2422, ext. 22. 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT Starting at 2011 ToyoTA PrIus 99K miles, loaded ........................................... $ 8,995 GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika WE BUY CARS $ 89.95 WIPEr bLAdE sET Most Cars $ 20.20 RI State Inspection $55

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