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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-15-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 15-21, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket WOONSOCKET – Those who wander along Woonsocket's section of the Blackstone River Bikeway likely have noticed there is nowhere to rest weary legs or soak up the scenery. The problem could soon be remedied thanks to one enter- prising Eagle Scout hopeful from Troop 2 Woonsocket. As 16-year-old Xavier Denis prepares to accept the respon- sibilities of the Boy Scouts' highest rank, his community service project two years in the making is coming to fruition: six log benches along a three-mile stretch of bike path. But the raw materials needed to construct the hefty benches carry a commensurate price tag. On Saturday, Feb. 24, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Denis will host an all-you-can-eat ham and bean fundraising dinner at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, 1409 Park Ave. in Woonsocket. Tickets are $12 for adults or $35 for a family of four. Children 5 and younger eat free. Presale tickets are discount- ed. Contact Denis for tickets at or pur- chase at the door. The Boy Scouts has become a Local Scout looking to add rest stops along bike path By DIANDRA MARKGRAF Valley Breeze Contributing Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY JOHN KING, right, of Woonsocket, shares a laugh with others on the dance floor as he dances with his wife, DIANE, at the Valentine's Dance hosted by the Woonsocket Elks last Saturday. See more photos on page 13. NORTH SMITHFIELD – A national company has plans to purchase seven properties in the area of Holliston Sand Company to build a 40-acre solar farm, one of the largest of its kind in the state, according to a pre-application submitted to the Planning Board. Town code currently limits solar projects to six acres, and the massive 6.22-megawatt project will require additional approvals, as well as a zoning variance. The proposal, submitted by TPE Rhode Island Solar Holdings2 LLC, also known as Turning Point Energy, would see a commercial solar array built primarily on a 64-acre property on Old Oxford Road currently owned by William Horton King. The heavily for- ested land sits within a Rural Residential Conservation zon- ing district near Holliston and Brookside Equestrian Center, which is also currently used for sand mining, according to the 47-page application. The facility would take around five months to build and once complete, would power 1,200 Rhode Island homes according to documents prepared by the Denver-based company. "This pilot program is among the first in the country and allows the residents of Rhode Island to purchase electricity at Developer pitches 40-acre solar project near Holliston Sand By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer Residents will have the chance to subscribe to the solar facility and receive a 20 percent discount on their bills. My funny valentine DENIS See SOLAR, Page 18 See REST STOPS, Page 14 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! 401-475-6116

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