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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-01-2021

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©2021 THE VALLEY BREEZE Living THE VALLEY BREEZE APRIL 1-7, 2021 valleybreeze.com @ My Life RHEA BOUCHARD POWERS My get out of jail card The light at the end of the tunnel just got immeasurably brighter for me with the acquisition of my "Get Out of Jail Free" card, and unless you already have yours in hand, you have no idea how liberating it feels. Or to put it more simply, last Saturday I got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and I now have the official card that states the "what, when, and where" of it, along with having been verbally instructed to hang onto that card as it may be required proof of vaccination at some future date, as when boarding a plane or needing surgery. It's not just the fact of having the card that matters so much per se, but what it represents. There is enormous relief in knowing that even though I still stand a chance, albeit a smaller one, of being infected, I most likely won't die from it, or even require hospitalization should that occur. Even better than that, though, is that although I may still need to wear a mask when out and about, I will now be able to socialize ... bare- faced ... with others who have also become card-holding members of this increasingly large group that already includes many, many people I have See RHEA, Page 15 'Opening the doors to the outdoors' BHC Adaptive Cycling Series returns for all to enjoy the beauty of the Blackstone LINCOLN – The freedom of exploring the Blackstone River Valley by bike is something no one should have to miss out on. This spring, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is part- nering with All Out Adventures to bring back its free Adaptive Cycling Series, with the goal of making sure everyone has access to ride along the Blackstone River Bikeway. After a year-long pause due to COVID-19, the BHC program, which began in 2018, will return with a variety of opportunities to roll alongside the river. The program makes it possible for people with mobility limita- tions, and those who don't have the proper equipment, to get out and explore nature in a mobile way. Equipment includes handcycles, recumbent trikes, wheelchair tan- dems and more; and debuting this By LAURA COLANTONIO Editorial & Design Team Coordinator laura@valleybreeze.com Front, ELLIE GUILD, and back, SUSAN HALPIN, of the National Library of Medicine, New England Region, demonstrate the Blackstone Heritage Corridor's new electric- assist OPair wheelchair bike. See CYCLING, Page 18 BUCHANAN Jalette Contracting Proudly Built in America JC ROOFING/GUTTER INSTALLS CALL FOR YOUR FREE ROOF INSPECTION TODAY! ALL MILITARY & SENIOR DISCOUNTS Roger Jalette Jr. - U.S. War Veteran - Roof Inspector - Quonset ANG Base - Over 30 years experience - College Certified Roofing Education Fully Licensed and Insured (Inc. Workman's Comp.) 401-692-6545 • 508-954-5602 RI REG. #25429 MA LICENSE #162179 www.JALETTECONTRACTING.com KNOWLEDGE & INTEGRITY are what it takes to get the job done right! O P T O M E T R I S T CUMBERLAND HILL VISION CARE DR. CLYDE HAWORTH, JR. Coach DKNY Prada Versace Joseph Abboud Polo Ralph Lauren Ray-Ban Dolce & Gabbana Complete Pair of Eyeglasses ONLY $89 from our Expanded Discount Collection! Eyeglass Prescriptions Filled or Duplicated Personal & Professional Eyecare Designer & Discount Eyewear Contact Lenses 1985 2190 Mendon Road, Cumberland RI • (401) 333-0090 Comprehensive eye examinations by appointment • Most insurances accepted American Optometric Association MEMBER Old FashiOned CheeseCakes Golobki • PieroGis sPecialty easter kielbasas Polish hams bread & Pastry imPorted Gourmet chocolates & candy Unique Gift Ideas 855 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 401-765-4600 679 Washington Street, South Attleboro, MA 508-399-5385 Visit us on Deli Bakery Smokehouse Open fOr Take-OuT

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