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Featured Articles: February 2017

Al Bruno’s Smithfield Remembered – the ice house at Sebille’s Pond

By Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. This article is the first in an occasional series about Smithfield locations that have either been forgotten by time or are no longer remembered for what they once represented. The locations are selected from a list compiled by former Smithfield Building Inspector Al Bruno. Bruno was featured in the January…

All you need is love

even when it’s not Valentine’s Day By Brittni Henderson If you Google the word “love,” one definition is: “an intense feeling of deep affection.” If you click on images, you’ll find hearts, hands holding, or even hands coming together to form a heart shape. The meaning of love can be generally described or depicted in…

Cumberland mother embraces son with epilepsy and his unique abilities

By Paul Lonardo “Don’t panic, but…” These are three words that all mothers dread hearing, particularly when they are 1,300 miles away from a child in trouble. This is what Lisa Phillips faced when Robbie, her nine year-old son, was with his father in Tennessee attending a world motorcycling event. Lisa was home caring for…

School days from back in the day on display at Cook School

By Kendra Gravelle There’s nothing especially remarkable about the view from the windows of the professional development room in the Smithfield School Administration Building on Farnum Pike: a paved parking lot, a thicket of trees, a chain link fence separating the two. But for Rose Marie Cipriano, the view evokes a slew of very special…

When “Stuff” Was Free, Or Nearly So

By Jim Ignasher There’s a trinket from my childhood that I’ve managed to keep over the years. It’s a ring, with an actual piece of 24 karat gold inside; or so I was told. It was given away – for free – by the Post Cereal Company in the mid 1960s to promote their Honeycomb…

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