Truck sendoff, present wrapping: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

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Truck sendoff

On Monday, Dec. 20, the first trucks will arrive at American Legion Berard Dejarlias Post #88 to pick up pallets of donated supplies to be delivered to Kentucky veterans and their families impacted by last week’s deadly tornado.

The post has been collecting supplies and even filling specific requests for emergency items for the past week, to be picked up at 11 a.m by Rainbow Moving of Franklin, Mass. Members of the post will now deliver the donations to the American Legion Post in Kentucky.

The public is invited to join post members for the Monday morning send off at the Binn’s Building at 111 Chapel St.

Present wrapping

Take advantage of hassle-free gift wrapping on Tuesday, Dec. 21, and help support members of the Burrillville High School Class of 2022.

Students are offering holiday gift wrapping in the high school cafeteria from 5 to 8 p.m.  The service will be offered for $3 for a small gift or $4 for a large gift, with bows added for 50 cents more. The event will raise money to help offset the cost of the students’ senior prom tickets and help pay for their senior class trip.  No pre-registration is needed.

Honor patrols

The Burrillville Police Department has been conducting DUI Honor Patrols in memory of people killed by a drunk or impaired driver, and has also launched an additional effort at police headquarters to honor the victims.

Pictures and brief descriptions of the victim in the crash have been hung in the hallway of the administration portion of the building, which is open to the public. The effort was launched in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s Office of Highway Safety.

“These patrols are a solemn reminder that these senseless deaths could have been avoided if better decisions were made by the impaired driver. We will continue to honor the memory of those lives lost by conducting these patrols year round,” noted an announcement from the department.

Winter break

Pascoag Public Library is hosting activities for the week of Burrillville public schools winter break, with Winter Storytime and Crafts for families on Monday, Dec. 27 and a Teen QR Code Scavenger Hunt and Family Craft on Thursday, Nov. 30. Teen coloring will be offered on Friday, Dec. 31. Registration is required by calling the library at (401) 568-6226.

Town meetings

The Burrillville Conservation Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 21 starting at 7 p.m. at 103 Harrisville Main St. The agenda can be found here.

The Oakland Mapleville Fire District will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 22 starting at 7 p.m. at 46 Oakland School St. The agenda can be found here.

Merry Christmas!

The news never sleeps, but NRI NOW will join the rest of the world in final preparations for the Christmas holiday this week, and the news “load” may be a little lighter.

We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!

Solitude Massage and Wellness Center held an open house on Sunday, Dec. 20 with refreshments and raffles, with proceeds to be donated to charity. The Victory Highway business has been collecting donations for the food pantry, with piles of supplies to be sent off this week. Pictured are Mandie Ellis; Mary Elizabeth Lima; Jennifer Jenks; Tina Breault and April Tout.
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