March 1st, 2011
A dozen teams from the Blackstone Valley will be shooting for the same goal â€” a strong postseason run that hopefully leads them to a state championship â€” these next two weeks when the R.I. playoffs take flight.
In two of the three division tournaments, there are clear favorites â€“ unbeaten Barrington High is the team to beat in Division I, while powerful Middletown High leads the way in Division III.
But Division II appears to be wide-open, with a handful of teams capable of rising above the pack and winning the title.
PAWTUCKET â€” Attention local pregnant women: you and your child can take part in a study that could make medical history.
The National Children's Study Rhode Island is looking at how children's health and development are affected by their family history and the social, natural, and physical environment of the places where they live, learn and play. As such, they are looking for 1,000 Rhode Islanders to take part in an important national study that will track children's development from before birth until the age of 21 to look at key health issues.
Gordon C. Rattray
BROOKFIELD - Gordon C. Rattray, Jr., 90 of Brookfield, died Thursday, February 24, 2011. He is predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Winifred (Harker)Rattray in 2007 and his son, Dana D. Rattray in 1969. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Surette, with whom he lived; grand-daughters Amy Beaupre of Lillian, AL and Rebecca Johnson of Jaffrey, NH; 6 great-grandchildren, and a brother and 3 sisters; Donald Rattray, Doris Gagne, Betty Brandenshaw and Jean Sharkey all of Rhode Island. His sister Catherine and brothers William, Robert and Norman Rattray predeceased him.
Normand H. Laramee
PAWTUCKET - Normand H. Laramee, 83, of Pawtucket died February 26, 2011. He was the husband of Doris A. (Pepin) Laramee. they had been married 64 years.
Mr. Laramee owned and operated Laramee Floor and Rug Cleaning for many years. He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. Mr. Laramee was a longtime fishing enthusiast, and a lifetime member of the Narragansett Salt Water Fishing Club.
Lucille St. Jean
CENTRAL FALLS - Lucille St. Jean, VISITATION, TUESDAY, 5-8 PM IN the CHARLES COELHO Funeral Home, 151 Cross St. Central Falls with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Spirit Parish Church, Dexter St. Central Falls at 9:30. Condolences, www.coelhofuneralhome.net.
Raymond A. Lachance
Devoted to His Family and Ardent Gardener
ATTLEBORO - Raymond Arthur Lachance, 93, of Park Street, Attleboro; formerly of Mansfield and Rehoboth, died on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the husband of the late Annette Rita (Bergeron) Lachance, the love of his life, who died on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Mr. and Mrs. Lachance celebrated 71 cherished years of marriage. The couple was married on November 30, 1939.
Sister Rose Gravel, OP
FALL RIVER - Sister Rose Gravel, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, 92, died Feb. 27, 2011.Sister Rose Gravel is survived by one sister, Olive Lemoine of Lincoln and nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Jean Gravel, Marguerite Cote, Albert, Roland, Christien, Raymond, Lucien and Calixte Gravel.
John L. Marshall
EAST PROVIDENCE - John L. Marshall. 82, of East Providence and Narragansett died Sunday, February 27, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Shirley M. (Asermely) Marshall. They had been married 59 years.
Joseph E. Chandley
SEEKONK - Joseph E. Chandley of Seekonk Ma, died February 28, 2011. he was the husband of the late Elsie (Keenan) Chandley.
Mr. Chandley was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late James Joseph and Mabel (Donahue) Chandley.
He was the stepson of the late Helen (Shannon) Chandley, who fondly referred to his as â€śJoe Peteâ€ť
PAWTUCKET - Helen Lusko 94, of Primrose Street passed away Saturday February 26, 2011 at Home & Hospice Care of RI. She was the beloved wife of the late John Lusko.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Mike and Mary (Kazukewich) Kober. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 70 years.
Before retiring she was employed in the Blackstone Valley Area as a Textile Weaver for many years.
PAWTUCKET - Fernando Ferreira, 86, formerly of York Avenue, passed away Sunday in the Mansion Nursing Home, Central Falls. He was the husband of Maria H. (Mendes) Ferreira.
Born in Ferraria, Porto de Mos, Portugal, he was the son of the late Gracinda Ferreira. He moved to this country in 1969, settling in Pawtucket.
He was employed by the American Insulated Wire Company of Pawtucket for many years, retiring in 1987. He was previously a tailor in Mira de Aire, Portugal.
Mr. Ferreira was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
Eileen F. Winiarski
PAWTUCKET- Eileen F. Winiarski formerly of Manton Street passed away Friday February 25, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank P. Winiarski.
Born in Providence she was a daughter of the late Hiram and Ethel V.(Day) Newton. She lived in Pawtucket for the past 44 years and was formerly of Greenville.
Before retiring in 2000 she worker as a Jewelry and Box Maker for the former Dale Box Co. and also worked as a Machine operator and Sample Maker.
She was a Past Noble Grand of the International Order of Odd Fellows Manchester Unity Manchester, England.
Doris R. Gaumond
PAWTUCKET - Doris R. Gaumond, 86, of Lawn Avenue, Pawtucket died Saturday, February 26, 2011. She was the wife of the late Raymond Gaumond.
Mrs. Gaumond was born in the Albion section of Lincoln the daughter of the late Philibert and Florida (Lacombe) Riel. She was a binder for the former Samuel P. Harris Company for many years.
PROVIDENCE â€” Regular season dual-meet results donâ€™t carry over into the tournament season. Each wrestler, no matter how big his reputation and how long his list of accomplishments, must begin anew when the opening whistle sounds to start a tournament match.
Thatâ€™s the beauty of this sport, which focuses on a team aspect during the dual-meet season. The emphasis changes to individual results during the postseason.
As the regular season winds down, the discussion for postseason awards and other laurels heats up. Suddenly the office water cooler or neighborhood establishment becomes the spot to discuss and dissect the merits of potential candidates, while those given autonomy to cast a vote sit down with pen, paper and DVD player, study tea leaves and rub the Magic 8-Ball before filling out the ballot.
PAWTUCKET -- When Steve Reynolds took over the reins as Tolman Highâ€™s hockey coach in the winter of â€™08, he inherited a team that not only graduated a talented senior class that reached the Division II quarterfinals the previous season, but was short on upperclassmen and bodies.
He also had his share of first-year players on his 16-player roster that season, and one of them was a familiar name who starred for the Tigersâ€™ football and wrestling teams the past couple of seasons, Kyle Coutu.
Roland Carroll never liked to talk about his World War II experience as a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima in the early months of 1945 while U.S. forces closed in on Japan.
â€śWho am I to talk?â€ť the 88-year-old veteran was saying last week when put on the spot. â€śI figured I wasnâ€™t the only guy who went in the service. We all had to go fight the war. I realize now how important it was. We had to win that war or Hitler and the Japanese were going to take over the world.â€ť
The Times is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The Times' office, 23 Exchange St., Pawtucket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
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LINCOLN â€“ Just over a week after submitting his Fiscal Year 2011-12 recommended municipal and school operating budget of approximately $70.4 million to the Budget Board â€“ his deadline, per order of the Town Charter, was Feb. 15 â€“ Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond called the number â€śvery fairâ€ť to both sides.