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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-25-2015

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©2015 Breeze PuBlications inc. PORTRAIT UNVEILED Former Mayor Leo Fontaine honored in Woonsocket. PAGE 5 Serving North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Breeze ThE vAllEy FREE valleybreeze.com @ JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2015 By SANDy SEOANE Valley Breeze staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com WOONSOCKET – The call came on the bar telephone on a quiet afternoon, bringing news of an unexpected honor for Commander Dave Malone and the other 168 members of American Legion Fairmount Post 85. National artist Scott LoBaido had a plan for the club's head- quarters at 870 River St., and with approval, he would arrive within the week. LoBaido would be visiting Artist picks Woonsocket American Legion for 50-state flag painting tour River Street mural honors those who've served Valley Breeze Photo By sandy seoane ScOTT lOBAiDO shakes hands with DAvE MAlONE, commander of American Legion Post 85 in Woonsocket. LoBaido painted a mural on the side of the building at 870 River St. as part of his Flags Across America tour. By SANDy SEOANE Valley Breeze staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com BLACKSTONE, Mass. – The oldest known alcoholic drink in the world is making a revival, and now you can get a taste from a fresh batch of the fermented honey goodness right here in the Blackstone Valley. Millville resident Ken Tubman will open the doors to Crave Mead at 7 Main St. in Blackstone this Saturday, selling bottles of his original mead recipes with flavors that include "pear nectar" and "pomegranate sour cherry." A combination of honey, water and yeast, mead is believed to have been around for some 9,000 years, with its earliest roots in China. It is thought to have arrived in Europe around 2,800 B.C. and is frequently referenced in Beowolf, and in literary works by the likes of Chaucer and later, JRR Tolkien. The drink even spawned the term "honeymoon," once a practice in which newlyweds would drink mead for one month, or one "moon" after a wedding. If the drink was proper, a son would be born nine months later. While mead has long been the favored drink at festivals First area meadery gives locals a taste of the world's oldest libation ShAUghNESSy ON STAgE Veteran actor stars in 'My Fair Lady' at Theatre by the Sea. liviNG see FlAG, Page 12 see MEAD, Page 7 By SANDy SEOANE Valley Breeze staff Writer sandy@valleybreeze.com NORTH SMITHFIELD – The 2016 budget approved by the North Smithfield Town Council came in with some $25,000 less in spend- ing than an already lean pro- posal submitted by the Budget Committee earlier this month. Budgeters were pleased with the final plan, and at the end of the meeting Monday night, con- gratulated and thanked council- ors for not being big spenders. But it was only through the budgeters' help in diverting council members' personal spending agendas that the final figures were derived. The budget calls for a 2.26 percent levy increase for spend- ing of around $1 million more than the previous fiscal year. To get there, the town will need to raise residential taxes an estimated 3.95 percent accord- ing to Finance Director Jason Parmalee. The change will equate to a roughly $157 more on the tax bill for the average single family home in town 'Conservative' No. Smithfield budget calls for 2.2 percent levy increase see BUDGET, Page 12 like us on Follow us on Call for a Complimentary Orthodontic Evaluation Smithfield (401) 349-4355 Cranston (401) 942-0300 North Smithfield (401) 762-2830 Voted as a "Top Orthodontist" in Rhode Island Monthly poll for 2012-2014 "University Orthodontics is the best!" –Alyson, East Providence, RI "I am in the dental field & can definitely separate the good doctors from the mediocre doctors. Dr. Beagan & his staff are the model office." –Kim, Smithfield, RI T.H. MALLOY Oil | Propane | Bioheat | Generator | Boiler Service 401.333.0665 www.thmalloy.com TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE Care Credit offers affordable monthly payments for all dental treatments. Call for a free consultation. D R D AVID W ARD I can have a beautiful smile with Care Credit. (401) 762-2422 • D R D AVE W ARD . COM 460 S OUTH M AIN S TREET • W OONSOCKET , RI 02895 PLEASE

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