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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-16-2020

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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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY ABIGAIL PIERCE, of Chepachet, saddles her horse, RULER, before the start of the Jackpot Barrel Race, held at Bishop Stables in Smithfield last Saturday. The race featured a $25 entry fee with a 70 percent payback. The racers could compete in four divisions: Open, Adult, Youth and Peewee. See more photos on page 2. Council approves new PWSB tax treaty But Democrats question the deal, saying there was lack of transparency SCITUATE – The Providence Water Supply Board will pay Scituate more than $80 million over 10 years in an updated tax treaty approved by the Town Council last Thursday, Jan. 9. According to Councilor Tim McCormick, who led negotiations with the PWSB along with Council President James Brady, Councilor Brenda Frederickson and Town Treasurer Ted Przybyla, the tax treaty will secure 23 to 24 percent of the town's tax base for the next decade. McCormick said the PWSB will make payments in lieu of taxes based on the previous rate and will increase at the same rate as the town's annual property tax increase, McCormick said. He said the town chose the payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, instead of taxes based on actual property value. He said the PILOT payment is based on last year's payment to the town, or about $7 million. Though McCormick and the Republican council felt the treaty was a great deal for the town, Democrats disagreed. Scituate Democrat Committee By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See TREATY, Page 7 Saddle up for barrel racing SMITHFIELD – Taking the time to stop and smell the flow- ers is the secret to 100-year-old Althea Rainville's long life, says the Smithfield resident. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Rainville, a mother of six, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family and her beloved Schnauzer, Sydney. She credits her age and health to long hours spent working outside on her flower garden over the decades. "I love the flowers. I worked in my garden every day. I think the trick is working outside, bending over and moving," she said. Rainville recalled a time she threw out her shoulder trying to move a boulder in her former Smithfield yard years ago. "That goes with it, too," she said. Born in Everett, Mass., Rainville said her parents, George and Florizel Clark, moved out of Providence to rent a farm in Smithfield on the Lincoln line. The most significant change she's seen in her century on this Earth is the advance of available convenienc- es now versus when she was living on the farm. At the time, Rainville said she and her family didn't know anything different. "To us, we had everything under the sun," she said while sitting in a chair by the window of her apart- ment at the Village at Waterman Lake. She and her siblings would accom- pany her brother to milk the dairy Spending time outside helps Rainville hit 100 By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See RAINVILLE, Page 6 FOSTER – Since last June when songwriter Chris Guertin released the music video for the song "I Live in Foster," town residents have been singing the choral lines "Foster, Foster, Foster," to him and musician Don Lurgio. Guertin wrote the hit several years ago and waited to record it until he found the right musician who could create the proper coun- try feel. In stepped Lurgio, who lives down the street from Guertin. He said Lurgio, who is involved with many music projects in Foster, represented a perfect partner. Lurgio had the sound, and more importantly, the "Foster cred," Guertin said. "If you watch the video, I am the band," Lurgio said. Lurgio said he spoke with Guertin about doing the song years ago, liking how it featured Foster. He layered tracks of guitar, fiddle, bass, and mandolin for the song. "People seem to like it, especially people in Foster," Lurgio said. Lurgio plays several instruments, he said, beginning with the guitar starting at 13 years old. His goal 'Foster' song a hit with locals By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SONG, Page 12 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JANUARY 16-22, 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. Bright Start Academy Preschool Pre-K Celebrating Our 21st Year! 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