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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-12-2018

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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE APRIL 12-18, 2018 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Together at last After 75 years, family discovers burial site to unite grandparents' remains WOONSOCKET – On May 14, two lovers separated for 75 years by disease and hardship will be reunit- ed at last. That is how Michele Sorensen of Norwalk, Conn., and her siblings and cousins see the final burial of their grandmother, Eva Desmarais St. Andre, alongside her husband, John St. Andre, in St. Patrick Cemetery in Whitinsville, Mass. The young couple was mar- ried in Precious Blood Church in Woonsocket in 1928 but had only 15 years of marriage together before John died of stomach cancer and was buried in an unmarked fam- ily plot in St. Patrick Cemetery. Now, nearly two decades after Eva's death in 1996, uncovered family records have allowed the relatives to locate their grandfather's burial site and unite the couple under a new headstone in an interment ceremony in May. "It is indeed a love story," Sorensen said during a phone inter- view. The story begins in Webster, Mass., where Eva and John met at a dance amid the bustling mill life of 1920s New England. With the approach of the Great Depression, John left to find work in Detroit, Mich., while Eva, from a French- speaking family, remained in Woonsocket to work at a textile mill. For four years, the young couple corresponded across the distance, sharing stories about their jobs and the life they hoped to build together someday. "You know I'm always building castles for you, Eva, hoping some- day it'll all come true," John wrote in a letter, maintained by the family, dated Aug. 27, 1926. Following John's return from Detroit, they were married at By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer MICHELE SORENSEN, above left, and RENEE MERKEL hold up a photo of their grand- parents, EVA and JOHN ST. ANDRE, left. The sisters, along with other family members, are looking forward to uniting their grand- parents' remains after 75 years apart during an interment ceremony at St. Patrick Cemetery in Whitinsville, Mass., in May. See REUNITED, Page 20 Proposed North Smithfield solar farm would be state's largest Town Council to consider zoning amendment for 40-megawatt project NORTH SMITHFIELD – Green Development, a North Kingstown- based renewable energy company, has proposed a large-scale solar proj- ect for the currently undeveloped land between Iron Mine Hill Road and Route 146. The proposed project, first dis- cussed with the town Planning Board on March 1 and again on April 6, would include a 40-mega- watt AC solar array and generate approxi- mately $20 million in lease payments to landowners over 25 years, accord- ing to a presentation made by com- pany representatives. The proposal is seemingly the largest under consid- eration in the state, the next largest being a 36.3-megawatt proposal by Energy Development Partners under consideration in West Greenwich. According to Town Planner Tom Kravitz, the proposal is in its early stages and would require Town Council approval to obtain the required zoning ordinance amend- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer See SOLAR, Page 22 KRAVITZ 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland 401-658-1155 Honoring every family we serve O'Neill Funeral Home We understand. And we're here to help you, in your time of need. John H. O'Neill Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? Anthony Taraborelli, LICSW, CDP 1 Social Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-829-8838 • Short term counseling • Unresolved Grief • Anxiety, depression • SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING • Anger Management • Opiate Addiction Treatment and Recovery Children • Adults • Couples • Families Most Insurances Accepted Now Accepting Medicare 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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