Desorcy on TV, vaccines for homebound: Five things to know in Burrillville


The Voice

Tonight’s the night: Burrillville resident Jesse Desorcy, the lead singer of Back Rhodes, a six-member progressive country band, could appear on the season 20 premiere of the NBC singing competition The Voice.

Desorcy will be in the blind auditions, which continue for several weeks.

To see what happens, tune in on Monday, March 1 at 8 p.m. on NBC and read more about Desorcy’s appearance here.

Giver strikes again

The mysterious patron who pays for everyone in the restaurant on his way out of Johnny’s Victory Diner struck again over the weekend. According to owner Rhonda Hanaway, “Mr. Anonymous,” paid for every breakfast and rumor has it that someone tried to pay for his breakfast and he wouldn’t accept.

Read more about his past visits here.

Homebound vaccines

State officials hope to begin allocating vaccines for homebound individuals according to recent notice sent out from the town of Burrillville. Those not served by a home health agency have been asked to help the state plan for the effort by filling out a survey found here. The survey does not register the individual for a vaccine but rather, is used for planning purpose.

Homebound individuals are asked to provide contact information here. Those living in Burrillville who need assistance using the survey tool can call the Town’s COVID-19 assistance line at (401) 710-7800 and leave a message with contact information if calling at times when the Town staff is not available.

Read the full notice from the town on the issue here.

Drive-by party

The family of George A. Barber has organized a drive-by 95th birthday party for him on Sunday, March 7 at 1 to 2 p.m. at the VFW building across from Lawrence Brother’s Hardware on Chapel Street in Harrisville.

Visitors are asked to toot their horns, and decorate their vehicles with balloons and homemade signs. Fire trucks, police vehicles and veterans groups are especially welcomed.

A lifelong town resident, World War II veteran, former Burrillville Sewer Commissioner, local businessmen for John E. Pomfret Ford Sales, Pascoag Auto Parts, George A.Barber Auto Supply, Chapel Street Auto Sales and Barber’s Sunoco; Barber is also a former Oakland/Mapleville fireman and former Burrillville Chamber of Commerce member. He was also a sponsor of Burrillville Youth Hockey, Burrillville Little League and Burrillville/Gloucester Youth Soccer.

Town meetings

The Burrillville Planning Board will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, March 1 starting at 7 p.m. The agenda and link to attend are here.

The Burrillville Budget Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 4 starting at 6 p.m. An agenda and link to attend can be found here.

Editor’s note: The original version of this article stated that Desorcy would appear on March 1. While the show premiered March 1, the blind auditions continue for several weeks and which night the local artist will compete is not known. All artists are only permitted to announce that they auditioned and the premiere date with the instructions to “see what happens March 1.” We apologize for the misunderstanding. 

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