The Observer, Smithfield & West

Area trails will receive grant-funded upgrades

SMITHFIELD – Hikers will enjoy more educational kiosks and trail markings at several trails in Smithfield thanks to a $33,500 grant from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection, says... more

RIDOH recommends closing Dyer Woods Campground Beach for swimming

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Health recommends no swimming at Dyer Woods Campground Beach in Foster because of high bacteria. RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water... more

Proposed Smithfield fire station moves forward with minor changes

SMITHFIELD – With a minor adjustment of rotating the proposed fire station at 321 George Washington Highway, the Smithfield Planning Board last Thursday unanimously approved preliminary plans for the... more

Agency: Rockland Oaks water will be held to public standards

SCITUATE – Senior living facility Rockland Oaks is under scrutiny from the Rhode Island Department of Health Center for Drinking Water Quality, which has declared that it must come into compliance... more

Three Girl Scouts earn Gold Awards

SCITUATE – A trio of Scituate Girl Scouts received Gold Awards on Sunday in a ceremony recognizing Scouting’s highest achievements and the community projects accomplished along the way. Scituate’s... more

Owners of new Scituate farm invite public to get their hands dirty

SCITUATE – Katherine Fotiades of Skydog Farm is opening its fields to guests in an educational six-week series focusing on homesteading, or “chopping wood and carrying water,” as Fotiades describes... more

Elementary projects near end; costs added

SMITHFIELD – The Town Council approved more than $400,000 in change-orders for the town’s elementary school projects last week as contractors make a final push to complete the job before the start of... more

Bouthillette is new member of American Angus Association

SMITHFIELD – Loretta Marie Bouthillette, of Smithfield, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, announced Mark McCully, CEO of the national organization. Junior members of the... more

Birthday Club

Aug. 3 Happy Birthday, Nancy O’Halloran! From all your friends at The Valley Breeze Aug. 6 Happy 83rd Birthday, Claire Dike! Love, Judy Dennis and Mayhem Aug. 10 Happy 33rd Birthday, Dawn Duquette!... more

Homeschooling info meeting July 31

FOSTER – A free, informational meeting about homeschooling will be held on Saturday, July 31, at 7 p.m., at South Foster Volunteer Fire Company, 7 Mount Hygeia Road. Children are welcome at the... more

Accordion Fest returns to Foster

FOSTER – The annual Accordion Fest returns to Little Rhody Vasa Park, 10 Boswell Trail, on Sunday, Aug. 1, from 2 to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for those 12 and older, and $10 for children under 12.... more

Scituate Rotary Farmers Market lists events

SCITUATE – The Scituate Rotary Farmers Market is held at 46 Institute Lane on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, through Oct. 3. • Saturday, July 31: Vendors have donated items. All attendees will be... more