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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

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©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY HEIDI COLWELL, of Foster, examines a plant at the Scituate Farmers Market last Saturday, while wearing a plant-covered mask. The market, celebrating its 20th year, offers a variety of locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers, local meats and hand-crafted goods. The market is open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon on the Art Festival grounds. See more photos on page 7. Matching mask Smithfield beaches closed for the summer Other recreation activities getting started SMITHFIELD – Both Greenlake and Georgiaville Pond beaches will remain closed to swimming this sum- mer, Recreation Director Robert Caine confirmed this week, saying the decision was made early in the season. He said Greenlake Beach, also known as Slacks Pond, and Georgiaville will remain open for rec- reational activities, such as boating, fishing, picnics, hiking, and fishing. He said parking lots will remain open for boat ramps. "The wording is beach closed, no swimming permitted," Caine said. Absolutely no swimming will be allowed, Caine said, adding that there will be no lifeguard on duty. He said the Recreation Department has received several calls about the beaches reopening, but said it is unlikely to happen this year. "Basically, we're trying to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, we can- not open the beaches," he said. The town announced the closures last week, despite deciding on this course of action in early spring. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See BEACHES, Page 24 SMITHFIELD – Responding to complaints of chemical odors in pri- vate water supplies, Smithfield found that a variety of chemicals contami- nated drinking water wells surround- ing the Davis Liquid Waste Superfund site in the 1970s. The Environmental Protection Agency's decades-long cleanup efforts are nearing completion at the Davis Superfund site located off Tarkiln Road in Smithfield. The EPA was set to host a video call Wednesday eve- ning to hear public comment on the proposed groundwater cleanup plan. "The remaining threat to human health and the environment is groundwater contamination," the EPA's report states. The site has been on the National Priorities List for Superfund sites since 1983, according to David Deegan of the EPA. The 7-acre property lies between Tarkiln Road and Log Road in north- western Smithfield, surrounded by forested wetlands in the north and wetlands in the south. According to the EPA, surface water into Latham Brook enters Stillwater Reservoir, a tributary of the Woonasquatucket River. The EPA is proposing the interim EPA presents plans for final cleanup at Davis Superfund site By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See SUPERFUND, Page 24 SCITUATE – History is in the walls at the family-run Moose Trackers Ice Cream and Confections. Owner Mark Brigido and his family dreamed up the shop for Scituate years ago, hoping to bring the nightly summer tradition of standing outside an ice cream shop Moose Trackers Ice Cream opens after five years By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com See MOOSE TRACKERS, Page 8 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2020 Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & Register For Online Courses: valleybreeze.com/learning/ 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 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. SOAK UP THE SUMMER SEASON! INSIDE Published by Summer Summer Summer Summer Summer Summer It's Summer Summer Summer Summer Summer Summer Time! SUMMER-NPS-2020-Lise.indd 1 6/15/20 9:17 AM

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