August 15th, 2011
It didnâ€™t take long for Dave Belisle and his Cumberland American Little Leaguers to become immersed in the â€śChristmas in Augustâ€ť fervor that typically surfaces in Williamsport, Pa. around this time each year.
Street & Smithâ€™s SportsBusiness Journal publication has issued its annual Top 10 ranking of minor league markets in the U.S.
The Hershey-Harrisburg, Pa. market in central Pennsylvania earned top honors for the second year in a row, according to SBJ Research Director David Broughton, who researched and wrote the article. San Bernadino, Calif. finished second with the Pawtucket/Providence area coming in a solid third.
Hereâ€™s the top 10 list:
1) Hershey-Harrisburg, Pa.
2) San Bernardino County, Calif.
3) Providence-Pawtucket, R.I.
4) Reading, Pa.
5) Portland, Maine
Diana L. Brassard
LINCOLN - Diana L. Brassard 95, of Lincoln, died Monday at Summit Commons, Providence. She was the wife of the late Arthur Brassard. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Isaie and Adeline (Paquette) Berard. She was an avid knitter and crocheter.
Mrs. Brassard is survived by her son Jean Brassard and his wife Rachel of Attleboro, her daughter Jeannine Fichter of Lafayette CO and 3 grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Armand, Leo, Romeo and Oscar Berard, Jeannette Kubacki, Rose Beauchemin and Anita Brassard.
PAWTUCKET â€” At the tender age of 18, Pat Baron chose to leave Tolman High School early and drive to southern California to pursue a career in music. Naturally, his parents, Albert and Diana, weren't pleased.
â€śThey were astonished I was leaving for L.A.,â€ť Baron smiled Friday afternoon. â€śI don't think they believed I'd do it. In fact, I had just got through packing up my old, beat-up van with my two buddies, and my dad was still trying to talk me out of it.
Albert D. Burgoyne
CENTRAL FALLS - Albert D. Burgoyne, "Al" 74, passed August 13th with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Constance R. (Tougas) Burgoyne.
Al was the son of the late James and Ivy (Beardsworth) Burgoyne.
He had been employed as a Postal Letter Carrier for 27 years before retiring in 1998.
Al served in the United States Air Force.
Anna M. Rene
PAWTUCKET - Anna M. Rene, 93 of Pawtucket died Saturday at Oak Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Nelson H. Rene, Sr. Born in Central Falls she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Nawashardla) Solotki. She was a Pawtucket resident all of her life.
Prior to Anna's retirement in 1980 she worked as an inspector at the Hope Webbing Company in Pawtucket for 40 years.
PAWTUCKET â€” In this town, Pawtucket Country Club is to golf as Fenway Park (or Yankee Stadium) is to baseball.
Legends have long resided on this plush piece of greenery located on the cityâ€™s border with Seekonk. Caddy master Jim Tanner has been working the room since 1952. You can still find him downstairs almost any day of the week, taking care of clubs and caddies.
The Cumberland American team that waltzed its way to Bristol, Conn., had gone missing in action.
Sure, the pitching and defense were still present, but the merciless offensive attack that became the theme of Cumberlandâ€™s state title run was nowhere to be found. The Rhode Island champions dropped two of their first three pool-play games in the New England regional tournament, standing perilously close to the end of a memorable summer.
But just when manager Dave Belisleâ€™s club needed them most, Cumberlandâ€™s bats awoke from their ill-timed slumber. The rest, as they say, is history.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. â€” For the first time in 19 starts this season, Matt Fox, the lone PawSox ambassador to the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game, made it through a full seven innings Sunday afternoon.
Every segment after that constituted a long-awaited combination of a package, wrapping paper and a radiant bow addressed to his relievers. Fox upped his pitch count from 79 to 90 as he tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, then returned to the mound for a nimble ninth that ended with Brandon Hicks stranded on first base and the Sox victorious over the Gwinnett Braves, 5-0, at Coolray Field.
Members of the Cumberland American Little League team representing Rhode Island celebrate their 13-7 victory Saturday over Massachusetts on Breen Field in Bristol, Conn. Having now won the New England Championships, the locals play later this week in Williamsport, Pa.
PAWTUCKET â€” On Friday just after 10 a.m., an employee of Artee Home said she was coming down the stairwell from the municipal parking garage when she came upon a disturbing sight. A man who appeared to be passed out was sprawled at the bottom of the first-floor landing, blocking her passage. The man had also apparently defecated and urinated in the spot. The woman, who asked that her name not be used, said she tried speaking to the man and was relieved to see that he was at least breathing. She called police and rescue personnel responded. The stairwell was cordoned off and later cleaned.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. â€” On paper, the PawSox four-game enterprise against the stingy Gwinnett Braves pitching staff ought to have gotten gradually easier after they got the better of Julio Teheran on Friday.
Manager Arnie Beyeler wanted no such notion inhabiting his clubhouse, as evidenced by his thoughts between Friday and Saturday nightâ€™s bouts and the outcome of the latter game.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” It was only fitting.
The shutdown pitching. The relentless hitting. The comeback.
They were all on display in Saturdayâ€™s New England regional final. And that is why the Cumberland American players circled Breen Field in jubilation, their championship banner in tow, with Kool & the Gangâ€™s â€śCelebrationâ€ť blaring over the sound system.
Next stop: South Williamsport, Pa.
Down three runs before taking a swing, Cumberland erupted in an eight-run bottom of the first inning that set the tone for its 13-7 victory against Andover (Mass.) National.
PAWTUCKET â€“ You don't have to hail from Portugal or the Azores to enjoy their music, foods and fun.
The annual Portuguese Social Club Feast will continue Saturday (from noon-11:30 p.m.) and Sunday (from noon-10 p.m.) at its site, located at 131 School St., said Club President Manuel Alves.
The public is invited to take in assorted dance groups from across the area, Portuguese foods including sardines and others, American favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, chips and desserts, rides for youngsters and wide array of entertainment.
LAWRENCEVILE, Ga. â€“ The PawSox mustered just enough to deny the International Leagueâ€™s winningest pitcher, Julio Teheran, another decision Friday night. The Gwinnett Braves ace, who entered with a 12-2 record and a sparkling 1.11 ERA, nearly preserved a 2-1 lead through seven innings, but instead left with a 2-2 deadlock at hand.
â€śI thought hockey was tough.â€ť
BRISTOL, Ct. â€” Dave Belisle, who along with his dad Bill Belisle, was part of 26 state titles won by the Mount St. Charles Academy hockey team the last four decades, couldnâ€™t help but make that analogy on Thursday night. Those five words were the first to come out of his mouth after the Cumberland American manager watched his squad hold on for an 8-7 semifinal win over Fairfield American in the New England Championship of the Eastern Regional Tournament.
Joshua D. Wildenhain
RIVERSIDE - Joshua D. Wildenhain, of Earl Avenue, Riverside passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2011. He was born in Pawtucket the son of Michael and Sheila J. (Marland) Wildenhain of Riverside.
Mr. Wildenhain was a student at Providence College. He had finished his junior year and was looking forward to his graduation in the spring of 2012.
Besides his parents Joshua leaves a brother Christopher Wildenhain of Riverside and his paternal grandparents David A. and Marceline Wildenhain. He was the grandson of the late Harold and Rita (Bradshaw) Marland.
PAWTUCKET - Alcides Soares, 46, passed August 11th.
He was the son of Jose P. and Jovita (Neves) Soares.
Alcides was employed by Donovan Plumbing for many years.
He is survived by his son, Quincy Soares, three brothers, Joe Soares, Tony Soares and John Soares, a sister, Rosa Osborne and several nieces and nephews.
Rita M. Lacourse
PAWTUCKET - Rita M. Lacourse, 88, of Pawtucket, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011. She was the beloved and devoted wife of Maurice Lacourse. They were happily married for sixty four years. Born in Central Falls, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Emma (Girouard) Girouard. She had lived in Central Falls for twenty four years before moving to Pawtucket in 1950.
Annette Z. Valliere
PAWTUCKET - Annette Z. Valliere, 88 died on Wednesday at Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket. Born in Pawtucket and a resident of the city for nearly sixty years, she was the wife of the late Donat Valliere and the daughter of the late Emile and Maria (St. Denis) Baril. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia Church, a devoted homemaker and enjoyed gardening.