MANVILLE - Olha Mode, 94, passed away on Dec. 2nd from complications from a hip fracture, at the Holiday Retirement Home. A long-time resident of North Providence, Olha moved to the Holiday in 2009.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Dmytro Mode and Catherine (Rudka) Mode Boyko and sister of the late Dmytro Paul Mode, who was killed in active service during WWII. Olha worked for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Veterans Administration.
She was secretary to the chief of surgery at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center for 30 years until she retired in 1977.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Edna M. Boudreau, 108, of Lincoln, RI, formally of North Smithfield, RI passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at The Holiday in Lincoln, RI.
She was born in Woonsocket RI on January 2, 1903, daughter of the late Alexander and Georgiana (Dion) Blanchette.
Edna was a life long resident of North Smithfield, who had worked for Uniroyal in Woonsocket as an assembler for 37 years. Edna also could be found doing what she liked to do best, which was sewing, as she was known by many to be an expert seamstress.
CUMBERLAND â€” Remember the guy from Cumberland who fought so diligently to keep open the Valley Falls Post Office?
Despite his valiant attempts to combat both the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission, he failed, but he apparently didn't in the hearts and minds of members of the American Postal Workers Union/Rhode Island State Organization.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, APWU/RISO President James Ozanian presented Derrick Watson with a 2011 Community Service Award at Marchetti's Restaurant in Cranston.
The staff at Supreme Pizza in Cumberland (right to left),Rick, Lucy, Willie, Joey, Matt and Sandra, present Sue Tessier MacKenzie, far left, with a pizza â€” one of many they are donating and serving at the upcoming Italian Buffet Dinner to benefit the Milk Fund. MacKenzie is the organizer of the dinner, which will take place Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Italian Workingman's Club, 947 Diamond Hill Rd. in Woonsocket.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Twenty-eight state legislators joined with the anti-abortion group Rhode Island Right to Life (RIRTL) Thursday in a court challenge questioning the constitutionality of the Health Benefits Exchange Gov. Lincoln Chafee established by executive order earlier this year to carry out a portion of the federal â€śObamacareâ€ť healthcare reform law.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Town Council has authorized Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into a three-year energy contract with Direct Energy, which is offering Cumberland and other cities and towns participating in the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns' municipal energy aggregation program far cheaper electricity prices than they are now paying under an existing contract.
The league's current contract with Nextra Energy expires Dec. 31. Connecticut-based Direct Energy has been selected to supply electricity under the league's aggregation initiative.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mount St. Charles evened its record at 1-1 on the season with a 5-1 victory over Burrillville on Saturday night.
Brian Belisle netted two goals for the Mounties and also assisted on two tallies. Brandon Borges, Callan Morriseau and Brian Campbell also scored for Mount, which led 5-0 before Burrillvilleâ€™s Jake Duhamel netted a goal with 2:05 left in the game.
Jake Toback made an incredible 62 saves in goal for the Broncos. Bailey Lessard stopped 14 shots for Mount.
Burrillville 0 â€“ 0 â€“ 1 â€“ 1
Mount 2 â€“ 2 â€“ 1 â€“ 5
WOONSOCKET â€” As glorious and magical as last year was for Joe Gardner in his comeback to boxing, this year has been the complete opposite.
First, the Woonsocket super middleweight was slated to fight in his first main event in March at The Roxy in Boston and defend the EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight championship that he won the previous November, but that show was abruptly cancelled.
Thereâ€™s been only one perfect regular season in the nine-year existence of the RIILâ€™s girlsâ€™ hockey program, and that was turned in by Mount St. Charles in the sportâ€™s 2002-03 inaugural season, as the Mounties produced an 8-0 mark and went on to win the first of their six state championships.
Since that season, the girlsâ€™ schedule has hovered between 14-18 games, and in the past eight seasons, there hasnâ€™t been a team thatâ€™s been able to run the table and enjoy an undefeated regular season.
Li'l General Store, located on Winter Street in Woonsocket, will host its first open house to benefit the Milk Fund next Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A raffle will be held as well as a visit from Santa Claus at noon. Pictures with Santa can be purchased for $5 from 12-3 with all proceeds benefitting the Milk Fund. Pictured getting ready for all the fun are, from left, cashiers Sara Segal and Bethany Carreiro, store owner Julie Fredette, and deli workers Jennifer Vazquez and Cheryl Fleming.