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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-08-2018

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BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON ROSEMARY STEIN, principal of Lonsdale Elementary School, presents the win- ning trophy to LOHITH CHATRAGADDA, as runner-up, CELESTE LYNCH looks on. The Lincoln District Spelling Bee was held at the Lincoln Middle School on Tuesday night. DOT unveils designs for roundabouts, Chapel Four Corners 2,800 square feet to be taken by eminent domain CUMBERLAND – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has released design plans for two new roundabouts on Diamond Hill Road at Route 295's Exit 22, as well as schemat- ics for the realignment of the nearby Chapel Four Corners intersection. The entire project, covering three intersections along Route 114/Diamond By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Just shy of 100, 'Lee' Riendeau recalls hardships, celebrates life CUMBERLAND – Coming of age during the Great Depression, Elodia (Sevigny) Riendeau recalls an early life marked by significant challenges. Her family rented a cottage at 267 Burnside Ave., in Woonsocket, heated by a single black woodstove on the lower level. When they ran out of coal to feed the stove, the children would be sent to bed with a glass of wine, made by their father, to keep them warm. Riendeau and her siblings never received a gift for Christmas. They celebrated over a family din- ner, with fruit for dessert for a special treat. "Christmas was the only time we had oranges," she says. "It was my job to peel them and separate them by slices in a dish, one slice per person, but I was terrible. I was always cheating, I couldn't help but take more." Today, "Lee" Riendeau eats an apple and an orange every day. On Feb. 19, Riendeau, now a resident of Brookdale Cumberland, will turn 100 years old. The ninth of 10 children, the former longtime Woonsocket resident was born in 1918 in the Natick By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See 'LEE', Page 9 'I'm very happy I've lived this long. I want to live. I love living. I love people.' ELODIA 'LEE' RIENDEAU Cumberland Chatragadda repeats as Lincoln District Spelling Bee champ LINCOLN – By correctly spell- ing the word "filibuster" in the championship round of the Lincoln District Spelling Bee Tuesday, Lohith Chatragadda, an 8th-grader at Lincoln Middle School, secured his place in next month's statewide com- petition for the second consecutive year. Twenty Lincoln students in grades 4-8 faced off at the Lincoln Middle School during the district bee. The runner-up, 8th-grader Celeste Lynch, also of Lincoln Middle School, went head-to-head with returning champion Chatragadda for 12 rounds. She correctly spelled "quiche," "omnipotent," "teriyaki," "toucan," and "tomatillo" before ulti- mately misspelling the word "maca- damia," swapping out an "e" for the third "a." By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See CHAPEL, Page 12 Throughout the night, Chatragadda correctly spelled words such as "prescription," "night- ingale," "matinee," "lariat," "elixir," and in the final round, "chintz." He will go on to represent Lincoln on March 17 at the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, sponsored by See SPELLING BEE, Page 10 ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 8-14, 2018 Let us help you find a home you'll love! Lisa LaMontagne Beausoleil, Carol LaMontagne & Keri LaMontagne-Croteau Call us for a "FREE market analysis" MEMBER 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 WWW.LAMONTAGNEREALESTATE.COM See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living published by ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC.

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