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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-19-2020

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16 OBITUARIES / NORTH COUNTY NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER lack of oversight from companies that furnish collection bins. Town Clerk Margaret "Peggy" Long presented the nonprofit's request for containers in town, and said the organization will give money back to local charities for donated items. "They've been very pleasant and persistent," she said. Long said that while other com- munities have had success with the program, she prefers to call BBBS to pick up donations when she cleans out her home. She suggested creating biannual donation days for people to bring items to a large collection bin to prevent buildup around town. Councilor Tim McCormick said BBBS is an honorable cause that is good for the community, but he fears bringing in the collection bins would open up the doors to other donation bins from companies such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill. "The reality is we do not have a lot of open space in town. Let's wait and see the experience in other towns and wait," McCormick said. Councilor Gary Grande said BBBS will pick up items once each week and will not allow stuff to pile up outside the bins. Councilor-elect Theresa Yeaw agreed and said the matter should be tabled for some time. She said she's always had a good experience with BBBS doing home pickups. Yeaw suggested that people who need to donate should bring dona- tions to Trinity Church or other organizations in town. The Valley Breeze is committed to keep- ing 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 con- tribution to what we do every week at Thank you as always for reading. BINS From Page One by COVID-19, and the pain was doubled by the cancellation of the Scituate Art Festival. "Businesses are dying with (the) COVID situation. It hasn't been easy," he said. Hummel said his business is at about 50 percent of what he did last year, and he hears that other busi- nesses are also suffering. Fortunately, Hummel said, Scituate's businesses are "filled to the brim" with unique gifts and toys for holiday shopping. Participating businesses include Bewitched of Scituate, Bittersweet and Ivy, Cindy's Diner, Cold Brook Café, Famous Pizza, Glitz, Hatter and Hare, Posh Kids, Sweet Salvage, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Village Tavern. Hummel said the bazaar portion of the stroll was canceled this year due to limitations on gathering size and social distancing. All businesses will practice health measures, including requiring masks, checking temperatures and offering hand sanitizer. The Candlelight Stroll runs Friday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 8 p.m. STROLL From Page 2 when they haven't seen you in a while. Big box stores don't give you their cell phone number to "call anytime" when they find out your husband is in hospice. Major department stores don't care about your eating disorder struggles or that your son's wedding is coming up and you "don't want to embarrass him." That "heart and soul" is small busi- ness. We are not just a business – we are your community, your cheerleaders in life, and your sounding boards when times are tough. We are your friends, donating to local charities and sponsoring your daughter's soft- ball team. Small businesses are here for you when you need us most. We see how excited you get when you walk into our stores and we remem- ber your name or how you take your coffee. We see how elated you are on Christmas morning when you open the "perfect gift" from your sister that we helped her pick out. We see you in a way a big box store or online mega-store never can … and now we need you to see us. It's now or never. In this day and age of Small Business Saturday campaigns I can honestly say there has never been a more critical time in our country's history to shop small businesses as it is this holiday season. This year's pandemic and forced months-long closures have decimated small busi- nesses throughout the country. Small businesses and restaurants are strug- gling to survive with little to no assis- tance from the government. Don't let the talk of loan forgiveness and small business grants fool you. If we even qualify for such programs we are not getting a fraction of what we've lost. We need you now. We need your support even if it is commenting on a social media post or just buying a pair of socks. Let me be clear, there is no pur- chase too small this year when it comes to small business. When you purchase from a small business you help to plant the seeds of hope in the heart of someone who has put every- thing they have and all that they are into their business. The future of small business in America is up to you now. So on behalf of all small businesses, I would like to say thank you for your support this holiday season. We are honored to be a part of your stories now and, God willing, in the future. JAN TANURY Owner of Botticelli North Providence BUSINESS From Page 15 Achille 'Archie' Alfred Laflamme Achille "Archie" Alfred Laflamme, 97, of Smithfield, died on Nov 5, at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Intake Center. He was the husband of Florence (Charron) Dionne-Laflamme for 26 years. Born in Cranston, he was the son of the late Theophile and Blandine (Arcand) Laflamme. Archie served in the U.S. Army in WWII as an expert tank gunner in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a purple heart recipient and a proud military veteran. He was also a book- keeper and jewelry designer for Richline Manufacturing Company before becoming owner in 1957. He retired in 1988 after owning the com- pany for 30 years. Archie was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan and rarely missed watch- ing televised games. He enjoyed traveling around the state to explore local scenic towns and villages. He was the stepfather of Ronald Dionne of Woodbridge, Va., Lawrence Dionne & Kevin Dionne of Smithfield, Steven Dionne of Johnston, and Cheryl (Dionne) Leonard of Greenville. He had 12 stepgrandchil- dren and 10 great-stepgrandchildren. He was predeceased by three sib- lings. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, his funeral service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory made be made to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904. For messages of condolence, please see . OBITUARY LAFLAMME Land Trust purchases two properties BURRILLVILLE – The Burrillville Land Trust in late October announced the purchase of two par- cels totaling 5.16 acres of land off Douglas Pike. The two parcels add to the hold- ings of the nonprofit Burrillville Land Trust, which total nearly 228 acres in the town of Burrillville. One of the parcels will add 2.23 acres to an existing property, the Amasa Esten Woodlot, formerly owned by the Boy Scouts Narragansett Council, while the other will be a foothold to other acquisitions in the area. "With these two, we are slowly acquiring properties in this area that will leave a large swath of forest intact and un-disturbed for a very long time," said Burrillville Land Trust President Paul Roselli. "We hope that some day, all of these existing smaller parcels and new additions will be joined together into something much larger," he added. The organization purchased the par- cels from Madeline Hopkins, whose family has owned land in the area for generations. The purchase comes shortly after the organization announced a $2.2 million campaign to attempt to pur- chase the Sweet's Hill property on East Avenue. "We always knew the importance of conserved lands – for recreation, breathable air, healthy water, a living environment. But we never imag- ined the need would be so painfully obvious so quickly because of the COVID-19 health emergency," said Roselli. Library hosts Door Decoration workshop SMITHFIELD – The Friends of the East Smithfield Library will host a Holiday Door Decoration work- shop, with freshly picked greens sup- plied, on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Participants will work outside, weather permitting, at the library's new picnic tables, 50 Esmond St. Masks are required and social dis- tancing will be observed. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is lim- ited. Registration is required. Call 401-231-5150 to register. Pawtucket East Class of 1955 seeks classmates PAWTUCKET – The last graduating class in the history of Pawtucket East, the Class of 1955, is seeking graduates for a reunion. Classmates should call: Carol (Dupree) Jenson at 401-789-5113; Michael Kanackary at 401-333- 4729; or James Sell at 401-789-4063. In your time of need, The Valley Breeze & Observer will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 •

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