June 8th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” There was Ryan Lavarnway the other day, sitting in PawSox manager Arnie Beyelerâ€™s office along with Chad Epperson, the Red Sox minor-league catching coordinator. The seating arrangement resembled that of an atypical boardroom meeting, with Beyeler staring directly at Lavarnway from his behind-the-desk vantage point while Epperson occupied the plush leather couch to the right of 24-year-old.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mike Cather was Daniel Bardâ€™s pitching coach in Double-A Portland when Bard made the conversion from starting pitcher to reliever.
What does Cather, currently the minor-league pitching coordinator for the San Diego Padres, recall about watching Bard undergo said conversion in 2008? Letâ€™s just say that experience is something that the struggling Red Sox pitcher should think long and hard about drawing upon during his stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PROVIDENCE â€” Constant success can be bad for the psyche.
So claimed Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan after his Lions posted an unusual, come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Coventry in a state Division I Tournament quarterfinal at Rhode Island College late Friday afternoon.
In 12 of its initial 18 contests, Lincoln registered seven or more runs, and six of those were of the 10-run â€śmercy-ruleâ€ť variety.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A two-alarm fire that displaced four residents in a two-family at 24 Knight St. early Thursday morning was caused by the careless use of fireworks.
Lt. Scott Popovich of the Woonsocket Fire Departmentâ€™s Fire Prevention Bureau said the fireworks were legally purchased at a retail store.
Investigators for the WFD determined that the fire started in a pile of debris in the yard behind the house. The fire eventually crept toward the house, scorching the rear facade and the roof, Popovich said.
The fire will be classified as accidental in nature.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A tough year ended on a jubilant note as Woonsocket High Schoolâ€™s class of 2012 strode off into the great unknown with words of encouragement and sage advice Friday.
After a ceremony spiced with student performances of pop music, 309 seniors picked up diplomas in the gymnasium, where hundreds of spectators gathered, clutching balloons and sounding the occasional noisemaker.
â€śBe the best version of yourself possibleâ€ť was Valedictorian Justyna Pietrusâ€™s parting advice to her classmates. â€śNo matter what your version of success is work until you get there.â€ť
Hilda A. Mathewson
BURRILLVILLE- Hilda A. (Woodward) Mathewson, 92, died Tuesday June 5, 2012 at her home in Harrisville. She was the wife of the late Samuel J. Chartier and George Mathewson.
Born in Lancaster, NH, she was the daughter of the late George and Beatrice (Emery) Woodward.
Hilda was a homemaker and loved her family.
Mary K. Girard
WOONSOCKET- Mary K. (Walsh) Girard, 69, of Woonsocket, died June 6, 2012 at her home in Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Roland P. Girard.
Born in Millville, MA, Mary was the daughter of the late Richard V. and Katherine T. (Whalen) Walsh.
She was a CNA and later a medical technician for Woonsocket Health Center for many years. She will be fondly remembered as an outgoing great mother who was all about family.
Betty Jean Reeves
WOONSOCKET- Betty Jean (Wood) Reeves, 56, died Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Bayberry Commons, with her family by her side.
Born in Springfield, Mass., daughter of the late Frederick and Marian (Kelly) Wood.
Betty was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her children and her loving grandson Deric.
She is survived by one daughter, Tasha Reeves, and one son Nathan Reeves, both of Woonsocket. Two brothers, Stephan Wood, of Wisconsin, and Michael Wood, of Alabama. And one grandson, Deric McGuire Jr. of Woonsocket.
Rev. Janice M.
THE VILLAGES- Rev. Janice M. Meikle, 70, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2012 at Hospice House, The Villages, FL.
Born April 2, 1942 in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Woodrow and Myrtle (Tabor) Wilkins.
She graduated Woonsocket HS, R.I.C.E. and the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. She married Robert Meikle at the Congregational Church in Slatersville. She was ordained in Saint Francis' Episcopal Church in San Jose, CA in 1992. They moved to The Villages in 2011 from Cave Junction, OR where they retired after living in CA.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Acting on orders from City Hall, the police began dispersing a group of homeless men living in tents alongside the Blackstone River this week.
Human Resources Director Matt Wojcik said the city would have continued to tolerate the camp were it not for repeated complaints of disruptive behavior and violence. The police have one report on file of a fight on May 28 involving two men armed with bats and knives.