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Woonsocket played a big part in the Civil War

July 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE — Woonsocket’s long overlooked connections to the Civil War have gone on display at Brown University’s John Hay Library thanks to a collaborative effort by the Library’s special collections department and the Foss Media Center at Woonsocket’s Oak Hill Cemetery.
Foss Media Director Elizabeth Vangel, a Woonsocket native, worked with Hay Library curator Holly Snyder to offer “Ricochet: Woonsocket in the Civil War” as a Hay Library exhibit running through Sept. 23. The project marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the war between the Union and the Confederate states in 1861.

Moreau announces for City Council

July 24, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Robert Moreau, the chairman of the Zoning Board of Review, has announced he intends to run for a seat on the City Council.
“As a lifelong resident of Woon-socket, namely the Bernon District, I am pleased to announce my candidacy,” Moreau said in a statement. “Throughout my lifetime I have been involved in various aspects of the community. To name a recent few, I served 23 years on the police department, am an active volunteer in pioneering a flourishing boxing program at the city’s Boys and Girls Club, and am currently Director of Security for the Woonsocket Housing Authority.”

Historical groups gather to set the record straight -- and upright

July 24, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — The gravestone of Civil War soldier Stephen M. Hopkins is once again standing tall.
Hopkins, who died at age 26 from wounds received in the Battle at Fredericksburg, is buried in historical Cemetery #12 on Howard Avenue in Pascoag, but his gravestone had toppled many years ago and was broken in three pieces.
On July 16, members of the Black-stone Valley Cemetery Networking Group met with members of the Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society to do something about it.

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