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Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket DECEMBER 12-18, 2013 FREE Breeze The valley Ringing in the season Christmas creations Mount St. Charles presents annual Carols & Lessons. PAGE 10 Local family shares pictureperfect gingerbread recipe. LIVING @ "Like" us on valleybreeze.com Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Historic milestone for Wright's Dairy Farm New book documents the heritage of the family and the farm NRI chief: Woonsocket nonprofits should pay their share By SANDY SEOANE Valley Breeze Staff Writer BY SANDY SEOANE firstname.lastname@example.org Valley Breeze Staff Writer as a really important story to document," said Merrill. "With a small family-run business such as Wright's Farm, the history of the family and the history of the business are intimately intertwined." Merrill interviewed individuals representing three of the four generations that have run the farm over the past century, WOONSOCKET – A decision to send tax bills to many of the city's nonprofit organizations in 2014 has been pretty unpopular with most groups, with members pointing out they've dedicated time and resources over the years to help city residents. But at least one organization is happy about the change, saying it restores balance to a previously unfair system. "Our understanding is not-forprofits are exempt from sales tax and income tax, but not from property taxes," said Chris Stevens, CEO of Northern Rhode Island Community Services. "It seems that it's really inequitable that some places get tax bills and some don't." Thirteen civic groups were notified on Nov. 25 they'll be billed for a combined $382,040 in July of 2014, including Seven Hills Rhode Island, Le Club Par X, Family Resources Community Action and the Italian Workingmen's Club. See WRIGHT'S, Page 18 See NONPROFITS, Page 14 email@example.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – George Wright, the great grandfather of the family members who now operate Wright's Dairy Farm & Bakery, purchased 90 acres of land in North Smithfield for farming in 1896, and moved his pregnant wife and three children to a home on the property in 1914. That farm has since grown into a massive and efficient operation, employing more than 70 local bakers, dairy plant workers and grounds hands, and producing several types of milk, ice cream and cakes, plus a mind boggling assortment of other baked goodies, from pastries and muffins, to pies. Members of the Wright tribe will have lived and worked on the Woonsocket Hill Road land for 100 years next month, and the latest generation has preserved the family's story, documenting the changes and decisions that allowed the farm Valley Breeze Photo by Sandy Seoane Sarah Merrill, left, is the author of a new book exploring four generations of history at Wright's Dairy Farm & Bakery. Elizabeth Dulude, right, is one of the fourth generation siblings now in charge. to grow and prosper over the years in a new book: "Wright's Dairy Farm: A History in Four Voices." The idea for the book was "baked up," so to speak, by a regular customer who stopped in often for milk and muffins. Like so many in town, personal historian Sarah Merrill made the store at the dairy farm a regular stop not long after moving to North Smithfield in 2006. A former journalist who has been helping clients to compile family and business histories and individual memoirs for the past two years through her business, Merrill Memoirs, Merrill knew the Wright's must have an interesting tale or two. "I didn't know any of the history of it, but I knew it had been in the family for generations and to me that struck me Dep r essed? Anxi ous? Str essed? • Short term counseling • Long term therapy • Anxiety, depression • Substance Abuse Counseling • Children, teens, adults Children often have symptoms of Depression & Anxiety such as poor concentration, low self esteem, low energy & frequent sadness. Children • Adults • Couples • Families Now Accepting New Patients Most Insurances Accepted Anthony Taraboreli l, LI , CDP CSW 1 Soc alSt eet W oonsoc i r , ket RI 02895 , 4018290341 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc.