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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 NORTH COUNTY 15 Morales said that type of overdevelopment might gen- erate a small net increase in tax revenue, but too often it's a net loss. Republican Marina Emin, 24, of 10 John Mowry Road, said her family has lived in Smithfield for generations and she said she could not think of a better place to live. "My business is here, gen- erations of my family history are here, my roots are here and I hope to continue to live in this town for the rest of my life," Emin said. Emin said there is still much that Smithfield has to offer, including history that needs to be preserved, small businesses and farms that need to continue to be nurtured so they can flour- ish, and roots that need to be recognized, taught and cher- ished, "all things, and more, that I hope to bring to this beautiful town." The Valley Breeze is committed to keeping quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at valleybreeze.com/sup- port. Thank you as always for reading. From preceding page EMIN where a win could only hap- pen if a lawmaker changed his mind. One legislator, Harry Burn, held in his lapel pocket a letter sent to him from his mother, Febb Burn, reminding him to "be a good boy," and to change his position on women's right to vote. Up until that moment on Aug. 18, 1920, the Tennessee House of Representatives was split in a tie, which would have left the amend- ment defeated. It needed to be backed by three-quarters of the United States, or 36 states. If approved, Tennessee would make the "Perfect 36th." When his turn came to vote, Burr voted to ratify, stating, "A mother's advice is always safest for a boy to follow." Scituate Preservation Society member Fred Faria recounted the history-mak- ing story while holding a copy of the historic letter. "He voted for it. It's just precious. Here it is, here," Faria said. With a presidential elec- tion around the corner, soci- ety members say they feel obligated to honor the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote during a pop- up event on Oct. 24, despite the Office of the Secretary of State canceling all other such events. According to Faria, the event will feature the sec- retary of state's Traveling Treasures exhibit "XIX: Shall Not Be Denied," in a socially distanced, outdoor event. The society is calling the event An Election and the 19th Amendment 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote, held outside its headquarters in Historic Grange #39, 70 Hartford Pike, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. "This little presentation will pack a big punch," Faria promised. Faria said he learned of the exhibit through The Valley Breeze & Observer when the Greenville Library in Smithfield was first to host the exhibit in February. Then, like most things in 2020, the traveling exhibit was canceled due to COVID-19. But Faria was determined to celebrate women's history in Scituate. "I told them we should keep it on the calendar, that we'll work with them to get this here," Faria said. Faria reached out to local Girl Scout troops to act as docents for the exhibit, earn- ing a badge while they're at it. "It's a women's thing. I think that's great," he said. To complement the exhib- it, Faria reached out to local historians and collectors to bring historic election pieces to the exhibit. Faria reached out to John Gorham of Gorham and Gorham Law, who provided historic presidential election memorabilia, including cam- paign pins and pamphlets from Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and more. Gorham's collection also features items from local elections in the 1980s, Faria said, which he thinks will be amusing to see. "What I think is cute is the people in town know these people because they were on the Town Council. They're going to see them 40 years later and say, oh, this guy was never young," Faria laughed. The SOS and Gorham col- lections will be completed with artifacts from the SPS archives, Faria said, includ- ing items that have "never been seen" by the public. Items include a 1894 elec- tion notice, once traditional- ly hung on buildings around town to notify of an election. October is the society's membership drive month, and any new members will receive a replica women's suffrage pin designed from actual suffrage buttons from the early 1900s. ANNIVERSARY From Page One REPLICA PINS from the 1920s women's suffrage move- ment will be on display at the Scituate Preservation Society's 100th anniversary pop-up on Oct. 24. Books are Fun book group meets SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library will host its Books are Fun book group on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4:30 p.m., via Zoom. This group is for children in 4th or 5th grade who love to read and discuss books, and will meet once a month during the school year. Register online at www. myespl.org . For more infor- mation, email childrens@ myespl.org or call 401-231- 5150. Library announces virtual story times SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library has announced its October virtual children's story times. • Sprouts Story Time with Miss Patty will be held on Monday, Oct. 19. Enjoy songs and stories for ages 1-3 on the library's YouTube Channel. • Toddler Story Time with Miss Patty will be held on Fridays, Oct. 16 and 30. This is a program of stories, rhymes and a themed craft designed for toddlers. • Preschool Story Time with Miss Babs will be held on Wednesdays, Oct. 21 and 28, on the library's YouTube channel. This includes stories and a related craft developed for children ages 3-5. • Exploring STEAM with Miss Patty will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, on the library's YouTube channel. Create, invent, learn and have fun at this STEAM program. For more information, visit www.greenvillelibrary- ri.org or call 401-949-3630. IN BRIEF

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