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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-09-2020

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14 BLACKSTONE JANUARY 9-15, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION Estelle A Carriere Estelle A Carriere, 79, of North Smithfield, passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, at the St. Antoine Residence. She was the beloved wife of Leo Carriere for 61 years. Born in Woonsocket, she was daughter of the late Aram and Doris Guilbert. Estelle took great pride in being a homemaker. She volunteered for school and parish activities at Sacred Heart Parish in Woonsocket. Estelle loved being known as the "Lunch Lady" at Kevin K. Coleman Elementary School. She was the loving mother of two children, her son, Richard Carriere, and his wife, Louise, and her daugh- ter, Debra Lizotte, and her husband, Robert, of North Smithfield. Estelle is survived by her five precious grandchildren who gave her such good memories, Timothy Lizotte, and his wife, Jennifer, of Hyannis, Mass., Andrew Lizotte and his wife, Amber, of Woonsocket, Michael Carriere and his wife, Megan, of Melrose, Mass., Nicole Carriere of North Attleboro, Mass., and Kevin Carriere and his wife, Robyn Caron, of Washington, D.C.; as well as six great-grandchildren, Alaina, Amelia, Zachary, Addilyn, Abigail, Noah, and one due in July. The family would like to express our sincere thanks to the thoughtful parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church who helped her and Leo attend church on Saturday eve- nings. The family is also very grateful to the nursing staff at Hope Health Hospice Care of Providence and the entire staff at St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield. Her funeral service were held January 7, from the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Trinity Parish, 1449 Park Ave., Woonsocket. Burial followed at St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Church Street, Slatersville. In lieu of flowers, the family sug- gest that contributions be made in memory of Estelle Carriere to Hope Health Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904, or St. Antoine Residence, 10 Rhodes Avenue, North Smithfield, RI 02896. Visit www.holtfuneralhome.com . Brian L. Whewell Brian L. Whewell, 64. It is with great sorrow and sadness to announce that Brian passed away on Dec. 29 after a short ill- ness. He was the son of Raymond Whewell and the late Ruth (Shuttle) Whewell. Brian was retired from Electric Boat in Quonset. Brian is survived by his father Raymond Whewell; brother Paul Whewell and his wife, Kathy; neph- ew, William J. Whewell of Hamden, Conn.; and niece, Katie E. Whewell of Boston, Mass.; as well as several cousins and many friends. Services will be private. Visit www. thekeefefuneralhome.com . CARRIERE WHEWELL gramming through donations and grants. Some $5,000 of that comes from the Friends organization, sup- porting more than a quarter of all library programs. "The Friends have been very steadfast about funding what we need and ask for," said Lisa Cheever, library director. When the organization was first founded, Daignault, a retired teach- er from the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, served on the library's Board of Trustees. At the time, she said, the library offered minimal programming and often had difficulty getting funding from outside sources. When staff decided they wanted to purchase a Xerox machine for use by the public, the Friends organization was created as a way to raise funds for the cost from donations without relying on the budget. Since then, it's become an active organization supporting activities year-round. In addition to chil- dren's programs and performances, Friends donations support the sum- mer reading program, prizes and a reception for the winners of the annual poetry contest, a Halloween party and passes for four local museums that patrons can take out for discounts or free admission. Members also advocate for the library at budget time and serve as a conduit for grants or donations that must be awarded through a nonprofit organization. Though the group has become an important part of the library community, in recent years it's come to rely on the same four or five members for all of its activi- ties, said Daignault. Their main source of funds is the library book sale that's always ongoing in the building. Along with two larger book sale events in the fall and spring, the sale brings in more than $2,000 each year for programs. However, the funds come at a cost. Book donations have to be packed, transported, stored, organized and brought back to the library before they can go up for sale, and the work, she said, takes its toll. "When you're down to four or five people, all over the age of 50, it's getting too much," she said. In November, the group also announced it was no longer accept- ing book donations after they lost their previous storage location. Now, residents looking to donate books to the library are turned away, and regular patrons are dis- appointed to find the book sale shelves empty of new finds. Though the group has had trouble recruiting new volunteers, a prob- lem Daignault thinks is not unique, the library remains an active center of community life. Last year, 46,554 patrons walked through the doors. The main problem, she said, is that most of these patrons aren't aware of what the Friends of the Blackstone Public Library do or how they impact programming. "I think that is the biggest obsta- cle to us getting volunteers for the Friends, is that without the Friends, probably a quarter of the program- ming can't happen," she said. Since making her announcement, she said, she's received an outpour- ing of support on social media from friends and supporters hoping to revitalize the organization. In light of the response, the group decided to hold another meeting in January to gauge the level of interest from the public. If they get enough new, active members, she said, they might be able to continue their mis- sion without placing too much bur- den on the current volunteers. Anyone interested in joining in is invited to attend the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6:45 p.m., at the library. Those who can't attend are invited to contact Daignault at thefotbl@gmail.com. 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