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Featured Articles: December 2018

‘Tis the season

By John J. Tassoni, Jr. As we celebrate the holiday season, and offer best wishes for the new year ahead, we reflect on the people and events that have made this past year one of the best ever. For The Smithfield Times, a world of thanks goes to our readers, advertisers, employees, and business associates.…

Dangerous Stuff That Santa Used To Bring

By Jim Ignasher Imagine Christmas in a time before the world was bubble-wrapped for our protection; a time before the words “product liability” had ever been paired together; a time when Santa Claus brought toys that could literally put out an eye, make one sick, and burn down the house – at that was just…

DEM’s Go-To-Man

By Harry Anderson “We got another one tagged for you, Dick. You’ll find him in Deer Alley on 295, south, about a half mile before the Route 6 ramp.” The caller had no need to give his name. Richard (Dick) Bourque had been hearing that voice quite often since the onset of autumn – about…

I Love a Christmas Parade!

By Brittni Henderson Smithfield’s All-Lit-Up Christmas parade will be back for its third year on Saturday, December 1 at 4pm—snow or shine! The parade will begin at Smithfield High School; continue down Pleasant View Avenue, heading towards Deerfield Drive. The numerous floats and displays make their way up Lisa Ann Drive, towards Lucille Drive, and…

The Modern Day “Indentured Servants” of Smithfield’s Smith-Appleby House

By Marguerite (Peg) Brown, PhD You won’t find them in the fields, hoeing or plowing, or tending the fire at the cavernous hearth as you might have in the 17th and 18th centuries. But you will find them gathered around the harvest table working diligently on completing their circa 19th century sewing kits. Meet Bryant…

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