Burrillville, in brief


Parks & Recreation offers digital photography class

The Burrillville Parks & Recreation has announce its upcoming series of Digital Photography 101 Classes designed to teach students, age 16 and up, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian, how to capture the images they see.  Participants will learn how their cameras works, how it thinks and how to use that information to create photographs. Discussion will include suggested reading, accessories, software, composition and lighting. Assignments will be given for each class. Questions are encouraged. The class is intended for owners of DSLR cameras and advanced point and shoot cameras.

Classes will begin Monday, March 4, and continue for three additional Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 116 at the Burrillville Middle School.  The cost is $50 per student for the four evening sessions.

Instructor David Wuerth is a freelance photojournalist/sports photographer/fine artist based in Smithfield. Capturing an image with his camera has been his passion for over 45 years. He began his journey with photography classes in New York City, then working for several studios in Manhattan where he learned commercial advertising photography. After relocating to Boise, Idaho, he continued to freelance shoot with advertising, wedding, and portrait images. Since returning to New England, he has concentrated on his photojournalism, sports and fine art photography. Wuerth has his work in galleries in Warren and Bristol and exhibits his work at area art festivals. His work can be viewed at his website: www.davidwuerth.com. You can contact him for registration information via e-mail at cdwuerth@msn.com.

The program is sponsored by the Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department. For information about all the programs the department has to offer call 568-9470, or e-mail at  parksandrec@burrillville.org or Facebook.  All Parks and Recreation programs can be found on the town’s website at www.burrillville.org.

Free energy audit

The Pascoag Utility District is offering home energy audits to customers who want to learn  how to save money on energy costs. As part of the free offer, participants will receive an in-depth report of the audit results, along with suggestions for improvement, free LED lightbulbs, smart power strips and grounded switches where needed. Call or visit https://ee.ene.org/utilities/pascoag-utility-district-pud/ for more info.

Buy gas, get free coffee

The North Country Store by the Sunoco gas station on Chapel Street is offer a free small coffee with every gas purchase.

Make a candle

Jesse Smith Memorial Library will teach guests DIY mason jar candles on Saturday, Jan 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will use recycled book pages and miscellaneous trinkets to decorate the jars, then finish them off by filling them with soy wax. Soy wax burns cleaner than traditional candle wax. Ages 17 plus are welcomed and the library will provide the materials.

Get your love chocolate cherries, support the power plant fight

No New Power Plant and the Burrillville Land Trust are taking preorders for handmade chocolate-covered cherries for a fundraising bake sale to be held Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brigidos IGA. Preorders will be taken until Feb. 7 and a small box costs $8. To order, or donate a baked item for the sale, contact Julia at 401-497-7984 or Margaret at 401-597-9439. All proceeds will help to fund the fight against a proposal for a power plant on Wallum Lake Road.

Burrillville resident to speak at Powerhouse Connect 

Burrillville resident Christine Gallo will be the featured speaker at the Polka Dot Powerhouse January Connect to be held at Lock 50 in Worcester, Mass. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Gallo, who is the managing director of the Blackstone Valley chapter of the club, will give a talk titled “Unconventional Choices: How I walked away from my life’s plan and found myself again.”

Gallo will also be one of three keynote speaker at the club’s Sisterhood Summit, to be held at the Hartford Marriott in Connecticut in April.

Learn more about the group here.

Learn DNA basics

Pascoag Public Library’s Genealogy Group returns next week with a class aimed at helping visitors make sense of DNA kits. The group will meet on Monday, Jan. 28 at the library at 57 Church St. at 6 p.m. The class is free, are all welcome and refreshments will be served. To register call 568-6226.

Kurtz named new director of BHC

A non-profit that focuses on the vitality of the Blackstone Valley – including Rhode Island’s northwest corner – has a new director.

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor has named Devon Kurtz its executive director. Kurtz was serving as the organization’s interim director.

Kurtz joined BHC in 2014 to develop the exhibits and interpretive plan for its new visitor center in Worcester, Mass., which opened in November. Prior to joining BHC, he served as the director of public programs for the Higgins Armory Museum and Concord Museum following twelve years as the program coordinator for Old Sturbridge Village. In his new role, Kurtz will be a dedicated steward of BHC’s environmental resources, an interpretive partner with the National Park Service of the region’s history, and a committed advocate for the region’s economic development and progress.

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