Al Bettencourt lives in Burrillville, but his one-acre vegetable plot looks like itâ€™s part of the Sonoran Desert.
â€śItâ€™s all cracked,â€ť says the executive director of the Rhode Island Farm Bureau. â€śItâ€™s too dry. We need some rain and we need it soon.â€ť
Across the region, a virtually snowless winter has given way to one of the driest springs on record, pushing the region to the edge of drought, raising concerns among farmers and prompting government agencies to issue fire hazard warnings.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A public hearing conducted by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and the state Department of Health on the proposed acquisition of Landmark Medical Center by the Steward Health Care System of Massachusetts made one thing absolutely clear Monday-- area residents and public officials, Landmark's employees and most importantly its patients all want the 114-bed acute care facility and its Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island (RHRI) to remain open.