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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-14-2020

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 Living THE VALLEY BREEZE MAY 14-20, 2020 @ Create history now Rhode Islanders called to contribute to COVID-19 public archive Photographs of the empty parking lot at Twin River Casino, an essay by a high school senior mourning the loss of graduation and prom, a comic about a social distancing shop- ping trip to Whole Foods, a tip for how parents can have a date night while stuck at home with their chil- dren, selfies of people wearing masks, chalk drawings with mes- sages of hope and signs expressing gratitude are just a sampling of the mate- rials submitted to the new Rhode Island COVID-19 Archive. The archive, a community collect- ing initiative hosted by the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Providence Public Library, was cre- ated in response to the ongoing coro- navirus pandemic. "The hope is that we have the ability to create a story that shows how people's experiences have been similar to each other in many ways but also very specific to our neighbor- By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer Rhode Island resident REGINA T. HOGAN created this poster about wearing face masks, which she submitted to the R.I. COVID-19 Archive. See ARCHIVE, Page 21 My Life RHEA BOUCHARD POWERS A garden full of memories The "Groundhog Day" feel of every- day life in this pandemic world of ours continues to grind on, and the same- ness of it all could really start to wear on one's nerves were it not for the fact that winter has given way to spring- time with its myriad of changes both great and small. I was thrilled a few weeks ago when I noticed tiny buds starting to form on the lilac bush out by the back door, followed by a faint light green haze that could be seen around the trees across the way, even before actual leaves began unfurling. It's the little things in life that give us hope, like the miniature daffodils that sprang up all over the place. Miraculously self-seeded (I hadn't realized they could do that) from the long ago small birthday pot from my daughter Kathy, every year at this time they remind me of a line from a William Wordsworth poem, "When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils." Not to get sidetracked into poetry here, but hyacinths have the same effect. I see them blooming and I immediately think, "and a hyacinth to feed the soul," a slight misquot- ing of lines written by John Greenlief See RHEA, Page 21 WELLS Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off New Gas Boiler or Furnace LIC. #RIMP882 • One Day Gas & Oil Boiler Replacements • Same Day Gas & Electric Water Heater Replacements • Boiler Repairs & Maintenance • HVAC Service & Replacements • All Work Guaranteed Call NOW to get your AC Service Ready for Summer. All Your Concrete Needs: Walkways • Stairs • Patios • Driveways Basement Floors & Walls FREE Estimates – Call RI LIC. #30457 Insured Bobcat Services Available CONCRETE Liberty's 401-390-4976 Stamped Concrete Hiring Finishers & Laborers Register For Online Courses: excel.html Improve Your EXCEL Skills! • Take courses from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using your smart phone • "Ask The Expert" feature submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134

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