Hatching chickens, Black Plain Road: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week


Dominique chickens

“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” 

For the North Smithfield Library the answer is a chicken , courtesy of an educator/breeder from Historic New England’s Casey Farm who recently taught children and their families a little about the life cycle of Henrietta, a Rhode Island Red chicken that accompanied her.  The farm is helping to preserve the old and rare Dominique breed and the library is playing a role in this goal. According to Youth Services Librarian Renee Bichan, the library has agreed to monitor the incubation process of 18 eggs, 16 of which hope to produce Dominiques. 

If you’d like to see the hatching progress, visit the children’s room.  The chicks should start breaking through their shells with the next few days. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday.  Call 767-2780 for more information. 

NSHS alumni plan combined reunion

To mark the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the town, North Smithfield High School alumni are planning a combined class reunion for the classes of 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972. The 50+ reunion celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Village Haven Restaurant in Forestdale. Family style chicken will be served. Reservations before September 23 are necessary. The cost is $25 per person. Make checks payable to Jeanne Marion, and mailed to Jeanne Marion, 8 Williams St., North Smithfield, RI 02896.

For more information, contact Diane Couture by Facebook, email dmc.couture@gmail.com, or by phone at (401) 232-7228.

Pantry requests masks, seeks peanut butter

The North Smithfield Food Pantry is asking for peanut butter and snacks such as pudding, Jello and cookies, for the month of August. Organizers are also asking clients to please return to mask wearing.

Parks Department seeks food vendors for Summer concert

The North Smithfield Summer Concert series continues this week with a free performance by Black Plain Road on Thursday, Aug. 5. Concerts will take place behind Town Hall this year at 83 Greene St, by the gazebo on top of the hill starting at 6 p.m..

The Park and Recreation Department is still seeking food trucks for this week’s event. Those interested should contact the department via Facebook.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Historic District Commission will hold a meeting on Monday, Aug. 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall at 101 Greene St. The agenda can be found here.

The North Smithfield Town Council’s special meeting originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 2 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Aug. 4, starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Greene St. The agenda and a link to attend via Zoom can be found here.

The North Smithfield Parks & Recreation Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 4 starting at 6 p.m. at 83 Greene St. An agenda can be found here.

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