April 14th, 2012
Maria Chevalier loves to run. Sheâ€™s been doing it for nearly two-thirds of her life, starting with her years as a cross country and track standout in the early â€™90s at Clear Creek High School in Idaho Springs, Col., and sheâ€™s taken part in everything from a simple 5K to a grueling 50-mile trail run.
But when it comes to the one race she enjoys running the most, the nine-year Cumberland resident wonâ€™t hesitate to give you an answer.
WOONSOCKET â€“ With scant cash to spare for frills in this struggling town, the mayor is resorting to a novel method of raising money to finance a Fourth of July fireworks display.
Mostly, it involves dinner, dancing, and cocktails, not necessarily in that order.
Itâ€™s Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâ€™s Charity Ball, scheduled to take place April 27 at the historic St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee made a rare appearance testifying before a Senate committee Thursday, pushing for passage of his package of municipal relief bills.
Joining him before the Senate Finance Committee were mayors of several communities supporting the legislation, including Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee.
Evelyn R. Langevin
BLACKSTONE- Evelyn R. (St. Amant) Langevin 100, of Blackstone , died Friday at home. She was the wife of the late Emile H. Langevin., and mother of the late Evelyn Clark.
Born in Woonsocket she was a daughter of the late Alfred St. Amant. Mrs. Langevin was a textile worker for the former Maurel Worsted in Woonsocket for thirty five years before retiring in 1972.
WOONSOCKET- Jeannine Blouin, 61, passed away on April 7, 2012 at home in Woonsocket.
Jeannie was born in Central Falls, the daughter of the late Jean T. and Edith G. (Viau) Blouin.
For twenty years she had benefited from the care and support of Avatar and their wonderful caregivers. With their loving support, Jeannie was able to participate in many activities in the community. We want to thank the Avatar support professionals who helped Jeannie achieve her full potential.
Armand L. Plouffe
WOONSOCKET- Armand L. Plouffe 89, formerly of Earle St., passed away Tuesday, April 10, in the Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Theresa (Dulac) Plouffe. Together they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in May of this year.
He was born in Woonsocket , a son of the late Xavier and Albertine (Gaudette) Plouffe.
Mr. Plouffe was a cost accountant for Whitinsville Machine Works for over thirty five years retiring in 1984, and was a WWII Army veteran.
Eleanor M. Gauthier
SAN ANTONIO, TX- Eleanor M. Gauthier, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in San Antonio, TX where she was living with her daughter.
She was born February 2, 1921 to John and Anna Mazur in Ware, Massachusetts.
THOMPSON, CT- Bertha (Ballou) Waters, 87, of Thompson, CT, died April 11, 2012.
Calling hours Sunday 2 to 4 PM at Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove Street, Putnam, CT followed by a Memorial Service at 4 PM. Donations to the Recreational Fund, Pierce Memorial Baptist Home, PO Box 326, Brooklyn, CT 06234. Share a memory with her family "Light a Candle" at
WOONSOCKET â€” On Tuesday, host Cumberland High pounded out 17 hits, including nine for extra bases, en route to a 14-0 â€śmercy ruleâ€ť pasting of Smithfield High.
Skipper Paul Murphyâ€™s crew didnâ€™t supply him and assistant Dale Oâ€™Dell with the same kind of offensive barrage 48 hours later at Mount St. Charles, but it did register eight hits to post a second consecutive â€śmercy ruleâ€ť triumph over the Mounties, this time an 11-0 verdict on Thursday.
WOONSOCKET â€” School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan is working on a sweeping restructuring of local elementary schools and the middle school that could restore all-day kindergarten at the early elementary level and also move fifth graders to the middle school.
Donoyan has presented an overview of the possible changes to city leaders and state legislators and is in the process of meeting with the school staff to obtain their reactions to the proposal.