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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-18-2021

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 CUMBERLAND / LINCOLN 21 the parade. Jacques turned 99 on Monday, Feb. 15. Up until a few months ago, said English, it felt like her grandmother might live to 200, and though the family has seen a slight decline over the past few months, she remains amazingly resilient. Jacques has been a Cumberland resident in the same home in Monastery Heights for more than 70 years, where she raised her five children. Jacques, born in 1922, had six children, five of who remain alive. She has 13 grandchildren, 33 great- grandchildren, and six great-great- grandchildren. Her first husband, Edward Davis, died in a house fire at her current property in 1955, said English. The fire started from a lit cigarette after Davis fell asleep. English said her grandmother had the home rebuilt, doing it for $8,000 at the time, and continued to raise her children. She eventually married Earl Jacques and they had her sixth child. Jacques had worked for Automatic Machine for most of her life, retiring after turning 80. She continues to cook dinner every night for English's Uncle Earl, who is her baby now at age 62. Her sons visit for coffee daily and her daugh- ters take her out shopping. Jacques was still talking about her birthday parade on Tuesday, saying she loved every minute of it. Every year she says she doesn't expect to make it see 100, said English, but she just keeps putting one foot in front of the other. "She is such a remarkable woman," said English. "Every year she contin- ues to have a Christmas gift under her tree for every one of her family members. And every year she says she is gonna take the big kids off her list, but never does. Christmas is her favorite holiday." Jacques, who has lost most of her hearing, has taken some falls but remains too stubborn to use a walker, said English. She doesn't get out as much these days, saying she gets breathless when walking for a few minutes. Jacques said her memory goes back to when she was 10 and in the middle of the Great Depression. Her father was a painter who could not find work. The family was reduced to eating sandwiches with mustard to survive. "She is such a remarkable woman and truly the heart to a very large family," said English. "My grand- mother is my favorite person in this world." 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 suc- cess story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at Thank you as always for reading. BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE NORA JACQUES, of Cumberland, front center, celebrates her 99th birthday with her family last Saturday, Feb. 13. With her from front left, are her daughter SHIRLEY MACHADO; Nora; son WALTER DAVIS; middle row from left, her sister AUDREY COUGAN; daughter JANICE RODRIQUES; and in rear from left, sons KEN DAVIS and EARL JACQUES. Nora Jacques' daughter, JANICE RODRIQUES, receives flowers and other gifts for her mother from friends who organized a parade of 20 vehicles to pass by Jacques' house in Cumberland to drop off presents last Saturday. JACQUES From Page One Lincoln Public Schools holds registration days LINCOLN – Lincoln Public Schools is holding registration days at Lincoln Middle School for kindergar- ten and elementary students new to the school district for the 2021-2022 school year. Complete registration packets can be dropped off at Lincoln Middle School, 152 Jenckes Hill Road, on Saturdays, March 20 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. In the event of inclement weather on either March 20 or March 27, a make-up day will be held on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Lincoln Middle School. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 should regis- ter for kindergarten at this time. Children now attending kindergarten outside Lincoln Public Schools who will enter 1st grade in Lincoln in September must also register. All other elementary students who will attend Lincoln Public Schools for the first time in the 2021-2022 school year can also register at this time. Original birth certificates and three original proof-of-residency docu- ments are required at registration, as are a recent physical, including vision screening and immunization records. Registration packets will not be accepted without a copy of the origi- nal birth certificate, proof of residen- cy documents, including notarized affidavits and immunization records. For registration packets or more information, visit www.district.lincol- or call Central Elementary School at 401-334-2800; Lonsdale Elementary School at 401-725-4200; Northern Elementary School at 401- 769-0261; or Saylesville Elementary School at 401-723-5240. Enrollment is based on space avail- ability. 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