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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-02-2020

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12 NORTH COUNTY / OBITUARIES JULY 2-8, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER Victoria Breault Mitchell On June 11, Victoria Breault Mitchell found peace after a two-year battle with Alzheimer's disease and a brief struggle with COVID- 19. She was the wife of the late Martin J. Mitchell and daugh- ter of the late Arthur and Catherine Breault. Born on April 29, 1929, Vicky resided in Waterford, N.Y., for 86 years before moving to Rhode Island to be closer to family. She graduated from Waterford High School and retired from Norton Company in Watervliet, N.Y. Vicky was also a volunteer at Our Lady of Hope Residence in Latham, N.Y., the St Vincent de Paul Society and Faith Formation Program at St. Mary Church in Waterford. While she enjoyed living in the Ocean State and all her friends at the Village at Waterman Lake and ultimately St. Antoine's Residence, Victoria never lost her N.Y. state of mind. From North Carolina, Vicky is sur- vived by her daughter Michele and son-in-law, Gary Storr, and her grand- sons Tristan and Kyler. From Rhode Island, she is survived by her daughter Maura and son-in-law, Doug Beck, and her grandsons Mitchell (Alexis), Martin, and Keith. Vicky is also sur- vived by her brother Edward (Carol) Breault of Latham, N.Y., and brother- in-law, John Terrence (Mary Ann) Mitchell, of Delmar, N.Y. "Tora" is sur- vived by several nieces and nephews and is pre-deceased by her sister, Betty McEnroe, and brother Jack Breault. A funeral mass and commitment ceremony will be held at St. Mary Church in Waterford, N.Y., on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. A private burial will be held at the Saratoga National Cemetery in Stillwater, N.Y. Arrangements are with Brendese Funeral Home in Waterford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, or www. JDRF.org . Ann Marie Sormanti Ann Marie Sormanti, 70, of Greenville Road, North Smithfield, died on June 18, in Miriam Hospital, Providence. She was the wife of the late Alfred "Butch" Sormanti. They had been married for 46 years. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia "Molly" (Ginolfi) Recchia. She had lived in North Smithfield for 18 years previously living in North Providence. Ann Marie worked at Kohls for 12 years before retiring. She loved to golf, bowl, dance and play mahjong. She loved spending time with her family playing games. She is survived by her cherished daughters, Lisa Ciccone of North Providence, Dawn Evangelista and her husband, Joe, of North Smithfield, Pamela Villella of Lincoln; her grandchildren: Daniel, Anthony and Michael Ciccone, Britney and Kyle Evangelista and Jessica and Gianna Villella; and her great-granddaughters, Gianna and Annabel Ciccone. Besides her children, she is survived by her sisters Dorothy Beauchamp of Warwick, Joan Rachiele and husband, Samuel Rachiele Jr., of Cranston, and the late Barbara Patterson. She was loved by all her nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, June 22, in St. Anthony Church, Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For messages of condolence, visit www.andersonwinfield.net . MITCHELL SORMANTI Virtual summer reading begins at Greenville Library SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library is hosting its virtual Imagine Your Story summer reading program through July 31. Children will be grouped by ages 1-11, and teens 12 and older. Visit the library website at www. yourlibrary.ws to check the cal- endar of events and register for online Google meets where you can participate in a weekly writing workshop, Share a Story book chats, Crafternoons and more. Check in often on the library's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greenvillepub- liclibrary where you can visit with a puppet show, weekly story hours, and various other programming. Teens can visit the Greenville Public Library Teenscape page to check in on programs. Call the library at 401-949-3630. Lawton announces run for third term on Town Council SMITHFIELD – Town Council Vice President T. Michael Lawton announced he will seek re-election for a third term. As a small business owner, the Democrat Lawton said it is his pri- ority to remain fiscaly responsible with budgets. He said it is imperative for the council to continue to pur- sue responsible development in the Economic Growth Overlay District to expand the commercial tax base. "Smithfield needs to remain affordable to our residents and it is essential that elected officials col- laboratively work together in order to minimize the tax burden on our residential homeowners and local businesses," he said. As a parent of three children, and a graduate of the Smithfield school sys- tem, Lawton said he is pleased with the district and the major renova- tions taking place at the elementary schools. During the current term, Lawton said he has worked with colleagues to address infrastructure improve- ments, including a municipal road assessment program prioritizing road conditions for paving, and an over- haul of its water system by repainting and repairing all three municipal water tanks. Lawton said the council is also in the process of receiving architec- tural plans for renovations to reopen the East Smithfield Neighborhood Center, and is negotiating with the YMCA to utilize a portion of Camp Shepard for recreational purposes. Kilduff announces run for second term on Town Council SMITHFIELD – Town Councilor Sean Kilduff, Democrat, announced that he will run for a second term, saying it's an honor serving Smithfield residents at such an important time in history. As a Smithfield High School gradu- ate, Kilduff said he is proud of over- seeing the elementary school renova- tions that will provide future genera- tions with a cutting-edge educational environment. "If re-elected, I will continue to work with the School Department in order to ensure that this voter-approve $45 million project does not exceed its budgeted amount and will be com- pleted in a timely manner," he said. On his time on the council, Kilduff pointed to addressing infrastructure needs, in particular resurfacing aging roads, including working with the state to repave Greenville Avenue. Kilduff said he is also proud of reno- vations to the town's water tanks, and of selecting a site for the new fire station along the Routes 116 and 7 corridor. As a liaison to the Land Trust, Kilduff said he worked with the trust to maintain and preserve Smithfield's beautiful trails. Fiscally, Kilduff said he cooperated with colleagues to scrutinize municipal finances wherever possible to enact fiscally conservative budgets to mini- mize the financial impact to residents and business owners. said invasive plants tend to get out of control. Rather than attempt- ing to wade through the poison ivy and thick brambles with power tools, Carmichael called on the Goatscapers for their professional help. The "Goat Tote" rolled up on Monday with 22 workers eager to start eating. By the next morn- ing, Carmichael said the team had already made significant headway, eating away more than half of the overgrowth. The Goatscapers, based in Scituate and managed by Pitman and Jackie Magnan, have been clearing brush and invasive plants for the last 11 years. "If you can't get machinery in to clear overgrown land, this is much more economical and environmen- tally friendly," Pitman said. Under Pitman's watch, the team happily explored Carmichael's prop- erty, munching away without a care. The goats can eat plants like poison ivy, and aren't susceptible to tick- borne diseases. Pitman said the goats are able to work in difficult terrain, like Carmichael's sloping property in Lincoln, and places that humans would have a difficult time access- ing. "The goats are even helping to increase the bee population," he said. Pitman said the goatscaping sea- son begins in May. For five months, he and his animal colleagues travel the state in his converted school bus to residential homes and commer- cial properties. "We do some really cool places," he said. During the five months of goatscaping, he sleeps in the front of the converted bus, joined by a few members of the herd who refuse to leave their herder's side. Pitman doesn't seem to mind. Every goat in his herd of 72 has a name, a personality and a story. Some were rescued from slaughter, and others born at home at Laurel Hill MicroFarm. If a goat doesn't want to work, they enjoy a relaxing life of leisure on the farm. For Pitman, he said the work "feels like a vacation." GOATS From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD A member of the GOATSCAPERS pho- tobombs his coworkers while working a job in Lincoln. 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 • www.robbinsfuneralhome.com

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