Blue-green algae, BBQ & post office reopens: Five things to know in Glocester this week

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A job that's never done: The Glocester Historical Cemeteries Committee was out this weekend trying to stay on track with their maintenance schedule. Credit: William Brown

Chicken BBQ

The Chepachet Fire Department will hold a chicken bbq on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 4-8 p.m. at the station at 1170 Putnam Pike. Tickets cost $20 or $10 for those under age 10 and can be purchased by stopping by the station to see Kim Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Post office update

The United States Postal Service has announced that the branch at 1151 Putnam Pike, which was closed in May due to water damage, is now fully open for service. Earlier this month, customers, who had been redirected to Harmony during the temporary closure, were notified they could pick up their mail at a mobile truck. As of this week, the location is fully back in service.

Blood drive

The Glocester Police Department will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, August 22 at Town Hall at 1145 Putnam Pike from 1 to 5 p.m. in conference room 6. Donations can be made by appointment by visiting ribc.org/drives using sponsor code 5089. Walk in donations will be accepted if availability permits at time of arrival.

Coomer Lake

The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management are advising people to avoid contact with Coomer Lake in Glocester due to blue-green algae blooms in the pond.

Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can harm humans and animals. Toxins and/or high cell counts have been detected in ponds by the RIDOH State Health Laboratory from water samples collected by the DEM.

All recreation, including swimming, fishing, boating and kayaking, should be avoided. People should not ingest water or eat fish from the ponds. Pets can also be affected by exposure to the algal toxins and thus owners should not allow pets to drink or swim in the water. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Town meetings

The Glocester Land Trust will hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 22 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at () Putnam Pike. The agenda is here.

The Glocester Zoning Board meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, August 24 has been cancelled. The board’s next meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28.

Bonus ‘thing

The Glocester Business Association has announced the release of the 2024 Guide to Glocester. GBA partnered with Global Design & Publishing, LLC and distributed the free guide throughout town, highlighting businesses, historical landmarks, events and more.

An electronic version of the guide can be found here: glocester.org/2023-Guide-To-Glocester.pdf

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