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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-18-2017

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2 SMITHFIELD MAY 18-24, 2017 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION Memorial Day observance at Deerfield Park May 29 SMITHFIELD – American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64, Smithfield Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2929 and its Auxiliary will hold a joint memorial service at the Veterans' Memorial, Deerfield Park, on Monday, May 29, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A parade of colors will kick off the ceremony, with honor guards from the Smithfield Police Department and the Smithfield Fire Department. The public is welcome and encour- aged to observe and to pay their respects to our fallen comrades and to honor all veterans. The committee requests that the youth of Smithfield and surrounding communities attend to observe this ceremony. The Smithfield Senior Center is also collecting new socks, shirts and underwear for Operation Stand Down RI, and organizers request those attending the Memorial Day ceremony make a donation of these items to assist struggling and home- less veterans in Rhode Island. Kitchen organization program offered Monday SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will offer Organize, Energize Your Kitchen on Monday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. This presentation will give you resources to get your entire kitchen organized. To register, call the library at 401- 949-3630 or visit the event calendar at www.yourlibrary.ws . SMITHFIELD – Students at Old County Road Elementary School partnered with the Department of Environmental Management for an afternoon of bird watching last week. The program, running 8:30 a.m. to noon each day from May 8 to May 10, allowed students of all grade lev- els to explore the outdoor classroom right behind school grounds. Students were given binoculars and bird watching books to assist with their outdoor exploration. The whole initiative is made pos- sible by the Pittman-Robertson Act approved by Congress in 1937. The bill placed a tax on sporting arms, ammunition, and handguns. Funds from those taxes are then distributed to agencies like the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, which uses it for wild- life outreach programs like the one implemented at Old County Road. Mary Grande works for the Fish & Wildlife division of the DEM and helped guide students during last week's bird watching. She said DEM started the outreach program in March and intends to continue edu- cating students about the wildlife that exists in Rhode Island. "People don't even know we have all of this in our own back yards," said Grande. Kerrie Murphy's 3rd-grade class watched birds last Wednesday morn- ing. "I can see so close!" students exclaimed as they held binoculars up to their eyes, their heads directed toward the sky. Grande advised students to sit and take in their surroundings before the expedition began. "Close your eyes, open up your ears, and tell me how many birds you hear," Grande said. After a minute one student shout- ed, "13!" "I love the exuberance of kids," said Grande. "I think it's just nice to get kids outside." Students walked along the winding trail, peering up at pine trees to spot an American robin and a little blue heron. "I found a mushroom," one stu- dent said. "Where's Bigfoot?" another joked. Though Bigfoot never appeared, Murphy said the experience was a success. "I'm sure future classes would enjoy going out again," she said. Bird watching is one of many edu- cational experiences DEM offers to students. The Fish and Wildlife division has immersed children in the Ocean State's aquatic life with programs like "Salmon in the Classroom." "By educating the children you're creating stewards of the environ- ment," said Kimberly Sullivan, aquatic resource education coordina- tor. Sullivan said the aquatic and bird watching programs provide students with a needed respite from technol- ogy. "It reduces stress in students, too," she said. Binoculars, books, and bird watching at Old County Road By JACKIE ROMAN Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY JACKIE ROMAN MANNY SULLY and VANESSA LACHAPELLE use their binocu- lars to search for birds outside of Old County Road Elementary School in Smithfield. SMITHFIELD NEWS Call Laura at 334-9555, ext. 145 or e-mail it to laura@valleybreeze.com got a news tip? Do you know ? Valleybreeze.com is one of the busiest and best read m edia web sites in R hode Island, with 140,000 unique m onthly visitors and 500,000 page views! To share your news, write to Ethan@ valleybreeze.com To learn about online advertising, write to Brad@ valleybreeze.com TUXEDO RENTAL H E A D Q U A R T E R S 2044 Smith Street, North Providence, RI (401) 231-2370 fax (401) 232-9220 www.ourplacetux.com • Largest selection of Tuxedo Styles • Largest selection of colors and shades of accessories • All stocked in one location locally • We honor competitor's coupons $40 OFF with this ad! And 14 Days Notice!

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