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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 23-29, 2020 SMITHFIELD 5 SMITHFIELD – This town is celebrating and sharing its rich mill history with four educational panels installed along the Woonasquatucket River and other waterways this week. The four panels highlight the "Jewels of Smithfield," or the reservoirs created for water stor- age to power mills along the Woonasquatucket River into Providence in the 1800s. The reservoir system created a permanent water supply to power downstream mills lining the river in Johnston, North Providence, and Providence by stor- ing water in the wet season and releasing water during the dry seasons. Reservoirs no longer power mills and are used for recreational purposes such as boat- ing, fishing and swimming. Panel locations include Esmond Park, Georgiaville Pond (Smithfield Town Beach), Stump Pond (Stillwater Reservoir), and the fish- ing area at Stump Pond. The Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission teamed up with town administrators and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council to bring the panels to town. Ben Caisse, of the SHPC, said that 88 percent of Smithfield land and tributaries run off into the Woonasquatucket River, which is why the WRWC chose it to recog- nize. Caisse said the panels, made from weather-resistant material seen at most national parks, were funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. He said it is essential to share the rich history that the Woonasquatucket River played in Smithfield to understand its role as a mill town. "We want to remind people what makes Smithfield special. I think that Esmond, Georgiaville and other parts of town has such a rich history, and we want to share it," Caisse said. Each panel features educational information about the area, includ- ing uses of the river or reservoir, fun facts, and historical pictures. "I think it connects people to the past and gives these locations con- text," Caisse said. He said while some mills were destroyed in fires, others remain in town and were repurposed as apart- ments or mill spaces. One of the two Stump Pond panels features traditional Native American use of the river, and explains Native American fishing practices. (FUN FACT: "Woonasquatucket" is an Algonquin word meaning "where the saltwater ends." It is one of 14 rivers in the U.S. designated as an American Heritage River for its role in the American Industrial Revolution.) Smithfield will celebrate the panels in a grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Georgiaville Pond off Stillwater Road, starting at 5:30 p.m. The event will include a tour of the new signs. The WRWC asks that attendees wear a masks and adhere to social distancing guide- lines during the event. WRWC summer recreation activi- ties also include a bike tour of the signs on Aug. 6 and a canoe or kayak paddle on Aug. 11. Visit www.wrwc.org for more. Panels celebrate history of local waterways By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com CAISSE The panel at the ESMOND PARK on the corner of Esmond Street and Farnum Pike features history of the river and the Esmond Mill and has historic photos and fun facts about the area. East Smithfield Public Library offers browsing appointments SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., is now accepting 20-minute appoint- ments on Wednesdays and Fridays for patrons to visit the main floor of the building to browse new books and DVDs and check them out. If you request material that is avail- able in the library at the time of your appointment, a staff member will retrieve it for you. Only one person will be allowed at a time. The library will continue to accept appointments for computer use, two at a time, on Wednesdays and Fridays. Assistance on computers will not be available at this time because of social distancing requirements. Face masks must be worn in the building. Call the library at 401-231-5150, ext. 0, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to make an appoint- ment. The library will continue to offer contactless pickup on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 401-231-5150, ext. 0, on Tuesdays between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to request pickup on the same day between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. On Thursdays, call between 3 and 5 p.m. to request pickup on the same day between 5 and 7 p.m. Patrons may also call during these times to request items through inter-library loan or ask any other library-related questions. TOWN OF SMITHFIELD INTOXICATING BEVERAGE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Smithfield Town Council of Smithfield serving as the Smithfield Licensing Board, that an application for a License to sell intoxicating bever- ages under the provisions of Title 3, of the General Laws of R.I., 1956, and any amendments thereto has been made to said Council as follows: CLASS A BEVERAGE LICENSE Northern RI Liquor Warehouse, Inc., to be known as "Northern RI Liquor Warehouse", 970 Douglas Pike, Bldg. B in the Town of Smithfield. e above named application will be in order for a hearing at a meeting of the Town Council on August 4, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, at which time and place all remonstrants may make their ob- jections. e public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Town Council. If commu- nication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager/s office at 401- 233-1010 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. By order of the Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, MMC, Town Clerk TOWN OF SMITHFIELD INTOXICATING BEVERAGE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, by the Smithfield Town Council of Smithfield serving as the Smithfield Licensing Board, that an application for a License to sell intoxicating bever- ages under the provisions of Title 3, of the General Laws of R.I., 1956, and any amendments thereto has been made to said Council as follows: CLASS B - VICTUALLER BEVERAGE LICENSE (To Include outdoor seating and bar service) Ichiraku, LLC, d/b/a "Ichiraku Ramen and Fusion", 970 Douglas Pike in the Town of Smithfield. e above named application will be in order for a hearing at a meeting of the Town Council on August 4, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, at which time and place all remonstrants may make their ob- jections. e public is welcome to any meeting of the Smithfield Town Council. If commu- nication assistance (readers/interpreters/captions) or any other accommodation to ensure equal participation is needed, please contact the Smithfield Town Manager/s office at 401- 233-1010 at least forty-eight hours prior to the meeting. By order of the Town Council: Carol A. Aquilante, MMC, Town Clerk

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