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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-18-13

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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APRIL 18-24, 2013 Serving Cumberland and Lincoln FREE Breeze The valley hatched! EAT DRINK RI FESTIVAL Fluffy little chicks come alive in library's incubator. PAGE 7 Taste the local flavors this weekend in Providence. LIVING @ "Like" us on 'Uncle Ronnie' will lead July 4th parade Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Opening Day By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor CUMBERLAND – A family of beavers, who've built themselves a lodge on Sylvie's Brook near the baseball fields at Diamond Hill Park, are causing so much tree damage and some flooding, says Director of Parks and Recreation Mike Crawley, that he's called in Critter Control of Greenville to trap and kill them. But a wildlife specialist with the Department of Environmental Management, Charlie Brown, is telling The Breeze that Cumberland is moving too quickly. Special permits, considered on a case-by-case basis, are needed before any fur animals like beavers can be removed. As of Wednesday morning, Crawley was awaiting a phone call from Brown, he told The Breeze. Critter Control is licensed by the DEM to handle wildlife concerns and Crawley said he is looking to it to secure that By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer CUMBERLAND – You saw him before the big dance, while you were getting ready for your wedding, and the day you just wanted to show someone you cared. Ronnie Heffernan, better known as Uncle Ronnie, has been a part of the milestones in this community for more HEFFERNAN than 40 years with his flower shop on Mendon Road. But now his neighbors, customers and friends will come out to celebrate him. The 75-year-old lifelong town resident has been named the grand marshal of the 87th annual Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade. The parade's theme this year is "We the People." Town seeks OK to destroy Diamond Hill Park beavers On a cold and damp Opening Day of the trout fishing season, families gathered at the Diamond Hill Park pond in Cumberland for the town's first fishing derby. Above, Sam Kucal, 8, winds up for a cast, while at right, Zion Audette, 5, keeps his catch wet before heading to the weigh-in station. See more photos on Page 14. Valley Breeze photos by Bruce McCabe See PARADE, Page 25 Proudly serving local communities • Fully Insured & Licensed • Owner Run & Operated • 24/7 Emergency Service • 20 Years Experience Licensed Arborist #535 • Tree Pruning & Removal • Stump Grinding & Chipping • Seasoned Firewood Owner Operator: Geoff Mongeon 401-529-4903 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. special permit. Crawley said he hasn't yet negotiated a price from the company for the beaver removal work. The beaver lodge is easy to spot in the brook approximately across from a soccer net. An expanse of water separates it from the Saturday morning baseball crowds. A second one seemed to have been forming further south, although its branches were pulled apart. Nearby, a young tree stump displays the unmistakable chew marks left by a beaver's trademark incisors. It's only one of many trees that Crawley says the beavers have taken down. Many more have toppled, he said, because they're now standing in a growing expanse of dammedup water. Crawley, whose office in the park is just a stone's throw from the beaver lodge, says the beavers arrived about two years ago and complaints began afterward. "We can't have them cutting down all the trees in the park," See BEAVERS, Page 25

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