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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-18-2021

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 GLOCESTER 5 Ice fishing for a cause Big Bear tournament supports former councilman after fire GLOCESTER – Glocester proved once again over the weekend it's a community that sticks together after an ice fishing tournament raised $500 for a former councilman whose house burned down earlier this month. Bill Flynn, a former councilman who also served as a former director of the West Glocester Fire Department, lost his home to a fire on Feb. 6. According to his daughter, Sherry Anderson, he lost everything, salvaging only a couple of photos. Last Saturday, Feb. 13, Councilman Will Worthy, owner of Big Bear Hunting and Firearms, responded by hosting the Big Bear Tip-Up Classic to raise funds for the former councilman. Fishermen and women from around the state participated from their local frozen pond, posting pictures of their catch to the bait and gun shop's Facebook page. Worthy said the situation hit close to home after a 2018 fire at Big Bear caused a near-total loss of the shop and its contents. During that time, he said, he felt the love of the community with people offering food, help, computer use and solace in the days following the fire. Familiar with Flynn and his volunteer work for the community, Worthy said he felt compelled to help. "We know how that feels to lose everything. He lost his house. He lost a cat. It's gut-wrenching. We knew we had to do anything we could do to help," he said. Worthy and Big Bear set up the tournament for this past Saturday, with fishers from across the state invited to join for $10 per person. Each fish- er with a valid fishing license could set up to five tip-up ice fishing rigs, hoping to catch the day's largest fish. The fisherman or woman with the longest pike or bass won a prize from Big Bear and FishDaddy401. Participants could fish in any fro- zen pond in Rhode Island, and submitted pictures of fish on the bait and gun shop's Facebook page. By the end of the day, 48 people had signed up, raising $500 for Flynn and his family. Participants started as early as 5 a.m. on Saturday, and finished around dusk when the colder temperatures set in. Winners, including Nate Poirier with a 21-inch bass and Eric Galloway with a 23-inch pike, won $25 gift cards from Big Bear and a package of FishDaddy401 soft plastic fishing gear. Ice fisher Neal Harrington said the competition is a good example of how Glocester comes togeth- er as a community. "There's never a ques- tion. When someone is in need we all come out to help. We're a tight-knit community, people know Billy and are doing everything to help," he said. He and his brother, Ryan, fished Waterman Lake in Glocester on Saturday and said they caught several fish, but no winners. Big Bear is also accepting donations at the shop, at 401 Putnam Pike for Flynn. Worthy said the Glocester Business Association and other local businesses have been generous with donations of gift cards and other items. By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD NEAL HARRINGTON checks a tip-up at last Saturday's ice fishing competition benefitting former councilman Bill Flynn, whose house burned down in a fire the previ- ous week. See ICE FISHING, Page 22 Notice is hereby given to all qualified voters of the above District that a Public Hearing for the school budget for the operation of said District for fiscal year 2021/2022, beginning July 1, 2021, will be conducted at Ponaganset High School in the Field House on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm. The budget as proposed by the Regional School Committee anticipates an expenditure of $28,449,876 of which $16,776,708 must be raised by taxation, to be apportioned between the Towns of Foster and Glocester as required by the charter of the Regional District. A summary of the proposed budget is as follows: FOSTER-GLOCESTER REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLIC HEARING RECOMMENDED FY22 Take out only 4-7 p.m. Fridays during Lent: February 19 th to April 2 nd Also serving Chowder and Stuffies Call in your order: (401) 647-3372 Pick up at 201 Danielson Pike PUBLIC NOTICE UNDER THE SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS TOWN OF GLOCESTER Notice is hereby given that the Glocester Planning Board will hold a Public Information Meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Pursuant to R.I. Executive Orders #20-05 and #20-46 executed by Governor Gina Raimondo, this meeting will be teleconferenced via Zoom: Via Computer: Via Telephone: 833 548 0282 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free) or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free) or 833 548 0276 (Toll Free) Meeting ID: 922 2929 3018 Meeting Password: 714478 e following application will be considered at the public information meeting: Overlook Ridge, LLC applicant and Bella Sand, LLC, owner, requests Master Plan review for a Major Land Development Project for property located on Victo- ry Highway, further described as Assessor's Plat 10 Lot 116 in a Planned District zone. Applicant seeks to construct 18 duplex condominiums for a total of 36 resi- dential units restricted to persons 55 years or older. If communication assistance or any other accommodation to ensure equal partici- pation is needed, please contact the Glocester Town Clerk's office at 401-568-6206 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the meeting. 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