February 1st, 2011
WOONSOCKET â If you liked yesterdayâs weather, youâre going to love what Mother Nature has in store for us today.
The latest in a series of unusually fierce winter storms turns out to be a double-dipper. After dumping four to seven inches of snow across the Blackstone Valley Tuesday, a second wave â a hard-to-predict combo of snow, sleet and rain â is expected to whack the region by nightfall.
CUMBERLAND â Another snow day, another lost practice session for Cumberland Highâs wrestling team.
âThis makes me very uncomfortable,â Cumberland coach Steve Gordon was saying on Tuesday morning as another snowstorm hit the region. âI donât have any control over the kidsâ weights when we canât practice. But my guys know what to do. They are pretty good about it. Some of them will go over to Northeast Elite (a wrestling school in Woonsocket) and get a workout in. We canât practice at the school because if school is cancelled, itâs over. You canât practice.â
CUMBERLAND â There may be a âDâ at the end of Cumberland, but when it comes to the high schoolâs hockey team, the âDâ has been front and center for the past several seasons.
After 11 games, the Clippers have surrendered a division-low 17 goals, and news of them being atop this department shouldnât be anything new to those who follow the Division II circuit.
PROVIDENCE --- Woonsocket High earned the dual-meet crown in the Dwyer Division with a sweep of Ponaganset and West Warwick. The Villa Novans, last yearâs divisional champions, concluded a perfect 8-0 season in the league.
âOne of the goals this year was to try and go undefeated,â said WHS coach Dan Richard. âI am not sure a Woonsocket girlsâ team has ever done that in indoor. That was one of the goals. We got some new girls out this year that helped. Itâs been a good year. They worked hard in practice and stayed focused on what we needed to do.â
WOONSOCKET --- Sophomore Cody LâHeureux had one of the best games of his young high school career on Monday night, as he scored 18 points in a losing cause in Woonsocket Highâs 73-56 defeat at home to Cranston West High.
Jabree Roberts added 13 points and Jarome Robinson also tossed in 11 for the Villa Novans, who are 1-12 in Division I play and 4-14 overall.
WOONSOCKET --- After cruising to a pair of lopsided Division I victories over the weekend, Mount St. Charles Academy got just what it needed on Monday night -- a competitive contest against one of the top public school teams in Eastern Mass.
The Mounties turned in one of their best games of the season and received strong contributions from all three of their lines and goaltender Dan Foster in a closer-than-it-appears 5-0 win over Needham High at Adelard Arena.
WOONSOCKET â Having lost the use of his legs, Donald Paterson doesn't leave his third-floor apartment at Kennedy Manor as often as he'd like these days. But tomorrow, his wife, Trudy, will help him into his wheelchair, jostle him into their minivan and take him to meet someone he's been waiting a long time to see: the boy who left him a cripple.
More than nine months after he was stabbed in the back, Paterson expects to confront his alleged attacker in Family Court.
It will be the first time the 74-year-old retired machinist has ever seen the boy.
Stephen Woodrow Mitchell, Sr.
HARRISVILLE- Stephen Woodrow Mitchell, Sr, 97, of West Ironstone Rd, formerly of No. Smithfield, died Sunday, January 30, 2011 at home. He was the husband of the late Nancy V. (Brooks) Mitchell.
Born in Harrisville, he was the son of the late William Everett and Eunice (Richardson) Mitchell.
Harold A. Read
AUSTIN, TEXAS- Harold A. Read, age 72, of Austin, Texas formerly of Manville, Rhode Island passed away of a short illness on January 31, 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine Wilkinson Read; three children; three grandchildren; one brother; one sister.
Harold was a member of the Austin Elks Club and was a former member of the Woonsocket Elks Club. He retired from the Balfour Company in 2009 after 41 years of service. He was an avid New England Patriots Fan.
OKLAHOMA CITY- Keith Robert Connolly, 32 formerly of Woonsocket, RI, passed away January 20, 2011 in Oklahoma City.
Born January 15, 1979 the son of Debbie Garneau and the late Robert Roland Brin he leaves behind a son Kye and a brother Chris Connolly of Oklahoma City.