October 21st, 2012
Under a canopy of leaves colored bronze by the autumn chill, Donald Ross kneels over the moist clay soil of the forest floor and studies the upside-down, heart-shaped track of the white-tailed deer.
Kneeling next to him is his young son, also named Donald, who traces the track's muddy indentation with his finger, listening intently as his father describes the difference between the tracks of doe and those of a buck.
LINCOLN â The Spurwink School at 365 River Road is about to celebrate a milestone.
The small-setting, private school-based program serving students with a range of behavioral disorders will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a small gathering of staff, clients and friends on Nov. 14, according to Raymond Arsenault, executive director of the schoolâs parent non-profit corporation SpurwinkRI.
PAWTUCKET â La Salle Academy left little doubt who the best Division I girlsâ tennis team is in 2012.
In a championship that was swift in terms of time required â 80 minutes according to Cumberland High head coach and tournament director John Jasionowski â top-seeded La Salle capped off an undefeated season Sunday with a 4-0 triumph against a Mount St. Charles outfit that was plenty upbeat after receiving the runner-up trophy and accompanying medals.
WARWICK â There was plenty of talent standing on Woonsocket Highâs sideline Saturday afternoon. The problem was that not everyone was sporting shoulder pads and helmets.
With regular contributors Jalen Evans, Ryan Lagasse and John Poirier out and DâAndre Thomas leaving the game early in the first quarter, the Villa Novans were forced to call upon several unheralded types, asking them to save the day against Toll Gate High. Those who found themselves thrust into the spotlight acquitted themselves just fine as Woonsocket rolled to a 34-0 whitewashing against the winless Titans.
GLOCESTER â Some say they worked the land. Others say the land worked them.
Survival wasnât for the faint of heart among the grist-millers, farmers, cider-pressers and others who labored in the townâs earliest and most primitive enterprises, says historian Betty Mencucci.
Their stories unfold in vivid detail in episode three of âWest of the Seven Mile Line â A History of Glocester.â Itâs the latest â and last â in the Seven Mile series of documentary videos on the townâs history that Mencucci and her husband, Carlo, began working on five years ago.
WOONSOCKET â The school departmentâs efforts to prepare two of its school buildings for return to the city for possible conversion to new uses appear to be moving forward.
School Department Facilities Director Peter Fontaine said Friday that the Second Avenue Elementary School has been emptied of all of its contents and is awaiting a final vote by the School Committee to turn the building back to city control.
BELLINGHAM â Getting the needed two-thirds majority vote, Special Town Meeting voters last week approved a Proposition 2-1/2 override that will raise taxes in order to pay for a $15.4 million water treatment project.
Article 16 of the 23-article warrant asked voters to finance the project to construct water mains and a water treatment plant, as well as modify existing treatment and pumping systems to treat the town's drinking water through disinfection and reduce iron and manganese in tap water. The project will also ensure the town's wells meet state groundwater guidelines.
WOONSOCKET â Farmers and shepherds, tradesmen and teachers, the Macedonian-Romanians first heard the siren song of American-style opportunity in the late 1800s.
Like other European immigrant groups at the turn of the century, the newcomers from the Balkan region settled anywhere there were jobs. This boomtown of textile factories, a place that came to be known as the epicenter of the nationâs Industrial Revolution, was a natural magnet.
Anne Marie Bartlett
WOONSOCKET- Anne Marie (Bousquet) Bartlett, 64, of Pond St. died Tuesday October 16, 2012 at home.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Felix and Anne (Parisi) Bousquet.
Anne worked as a Waitress for New England Steak & Seafood for 20 years, prior to retiring.
PAWTUCKET â In the end, it came down to the first doubles match, and on this day, the Mount St. Charles senior tandem of Emily Cardosa and Julia Martin were not going to be denied.
Not after already losing three times this year to the East Greenwich team of Kerri Whelan and Julia Waicberg. And certainly not with Mount desperately needing them to win their match in order to capture Thursday afternoonâs Division I semifinal-round affair at Slater Park.