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The Valley Breeze & Observer 01-05-2017

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE & FREE @ JANUARY 5-11, 2017 GRADS GIVE ADVICE Former SHS students return to share experiences at Alumni Day. PAGE 3 LINCOLN – One local lacrosse company is keeping beginner play- ers in mind with its latest product that caters to novices. Co-founder of Hero Lacrosse LLC, Andrew Szurley, of Lincoln, says the Phenix M1 addresses one of the "major hurdles" of getting into the sport, with a pre-molded lacrosse stick pocket that eliminates the "break-in" stage. "It's like getting something that's broken in that's going to work, versus something that you have to spend a lot of time and effort to break in," explains Szurley, a former lacrosse player and coach himself. The pocket is made of soft mate- rial, he said, a huge difference from mesh pockets that are laced tightly together. Gear offered in most retail stores for beginners, Szurley said, are strung in an "assembly-like fash- ion," lacking attention to detail that allows newcomers to pick up a stick for the first time and easily pass and catch the ball. Instead, Szurley said, players end up spending lots of time researching how to make the pocket work for them. Unless athletes have a parent, sibling or friend who's played the sport, Szurley said, "You're kind of Hero Lacrosse designs new product for beginners By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer See LACROSSE, Page 4 BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE RYAN RACETTE, of Plymouth, Mass., far right, performs Ryan's Tall Tales for children at the Glocester Manton Library on Friday. He is seen here tell- ing a joke with his two puppets Edgar and Charlie. SOFIA CZERWEIN, 5, of Glocester, right, enjoys both the puppet show and the comedy. Ryan's Tall Tales bring a smile to library audience CADE MCKENNEY, 5, and his 6-year-old sister, ELLA, enjoy the puppet show while 7-month-old ELLA PAQUETTE is not sure what to make of it. All are from Glocester. Also enjoying Big Ryan's Tall Tales is OLIVIA SCURRY, 4, of Chepachet, right. ICE FISHING SEASON Bundle up and set your fi shing line in a frozen lake. LIVING Like us on Follow us on Anderson Winfield Funeral Home (401)949-0180 May Warm Special Memories Brighten Your New Year.

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