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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 1-9-14

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JANUARY 9-15, 2014 Serving Cumberland and Lincoln FREE Breeze The valley like ol' blue eyes HEAD TO THE HILLS Frank Sinatra tribute performance this weekend in Glocester. LIVING A snowy Diamond Hill Park invites outdoor activity. PAGE 24 @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Change, growth ahead for newly purchased Landmark Medical Center Tech savvy By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer Valley Breeze photo by David Wuerth Local libraries offered classes for people who received a new tablet or e-reader for Christmas and needed assistance in operating their new device. On Saturday at the Cumberland Public Library, above, reference assistant Steven Prochet, of Chepachet, assists Betty Walsh, of Cumberland, with an Amazon Kindle, while Melissa Chiavaroli, in background, reference services coordinator, helps someone with an e-reader. Local senior centers, too, are offering classes for those less than tech-savvy, especially seniors wishing to keep up with their grandchildren on the Internet. See more on Page 5. WOONSOCKET– Californiabased Prime Health Services now officially owns Landmark Medical Center, ending more than five years of uncertainty with the purchase, finalized on the last day of 2013. And over the next several months, change is coming to the long-struggling facility, as the promised investments, in areas from staffing to equipment, fall into place at Rhode Island's first for-profit hospital. "We've been very fortunate that not only the employees and the physicians have remained loyal to us while we went through our special mastership period, charest but the patients continued to use our facilities and have confidence in us," said Landmark President Richard Charest. "Now that we're beyond that, and our future is secure, our goal obviously is to make the investments that we promised we were going to be making." See LANDMARK, Page 12 After house fire, couple finds gratefulness, and a red ruby ring By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor CUMBERLAND – It was just days after the Dec. 16 fire that destroyed David and Marianne Alger's Diamond Hill Road home when demolition expert Russell Boyle began clearing the Algers overwhelmed with generosity of friends, strangers site. Some walls were still standing, but all they surrounded were the blackened remains from 33 years of a family's life. Still, Boyle wanted to know if there was anything at all that he might be looking for. Just her jewelry, Marianne had said, shrugging her shoul- ders to let him know there was little hope. As the oldest granddaughter, she'd inherited from both grandmothers and an unmarried aunt – the pre-engagement ring given her grandmother before her soldier went off to World War I, the locket with her picture, the ©2014 Breeze Publications Inc. gold watch that grandmother wore only on special occasions, and the prized ruby ring that was always on Aunt Marie's left hand. It was all in the top drawer of a bedroom bureau. The cleanup was slow, the charred homestead yielding nothing worth salvaging, until a wall was cleared and there balanced that bureau from the second floor. "It was like Mount Rushmore," David would say later. "The face of it was sticking out of the debris, just hanging there." See FIRE, Page 17

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