March 6th, 2011
WOONSOCKET -- He's 87 years old now and the war he fought lies almost a lifetime away in the past. But to Raymond A. Noury the day over the skies of Europe when his damaged B-24 succumbed to a final attack by German fighters is still just a moment behind him.
Anyone would have trouble forgetting what Noury went through on Feb. 22, 1944, when the break-up of his plane left him falling through the sky harnessed to a tattered parachute.
The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.
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Anthony Stanis was within 20 yards of Ernie Pyle when the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent was killed on the small island of Ie Shima off the coast of Okinawa on April 18, 1945.
â€śHe shouldnâ€™t have been out there with us,â€ť Stanis admitted. â€śErnie had been on Okinawa for a couple of weeks and he was resting up, just sitting on a ship out in the water. He came ashore for a couple days and spent time with our colonel (Lt. Col. Joseph Coolidge).
Anthony Stanis can still look back clearly over the years, back to when he was young and a soldier in World War II.
CUMBERLAND - The Town Council this past week adopted resolutions authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to enter into new three-year employment agreements with Police Chief John R. Desmarais, Director of Rescue Services Sean Thompson, and Water Superintend-ent J. Christopher Champi.
Before the pacts were approved, the council's finance subcommittee voted to endorse the contract agreements and forward them to the council as resolutions.
BELLINGHAM - When civil engineering professor Dr. Aaron S. Bradshaw got a late-night phone call recently from his friend and former doctoral co-adviser, Russell Green, Bradshaw thought Green was calling to congratulate him for recently being named to the faculty of the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Department of Civil Engineering.
Bradshaw, 37, who lives with his wife and two children in Bellingham, couldn't have been more wrong.
SMITHFIELD â€” Mount St. Charles received a nice double treat on Saturday night.
The top-seeded defending champs wrapped up a best-of-three series Division I quarterfinal-round sweep of eight-seeded Smithfield High on Saturday night by cruising to a 4-1 score before a large gathering at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Two players who combined to score just five goals during the regular season came up huge with the two biggest goals of the year for North Smithfield High on Saturday night.
Lauren Ledouxâ€™s game-tying goal with 7:57 to play in the game and Samantha Archambaultâ€™s game-winner with 1:02 to go led the Northmen to their second 3-2 triumph in as many nights and a best-of-three quarterfinal-round sweep of La Salle Academy at the Rhode Island Sports Center.
PROVIDENCE â€” The time seemed appropriate for reflection, not reliving the course of events that transpired Saturday afternoon on the campus of Rhode Island College.
Certainly it wasnâ€™t the ending George Coderre and his proud Woonsocket squad envisioned. A La Salle team that was superior in just about every tangible category ended the Villa Novansâ€™ glorious run at the top, 61-33, in the Division I quarterfinals. The game pitted last yearâ€™s championship combatants, with the Novans taking the title by a 40-34 count.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It went from a motor vehicle chase to a foot chase â€“ down the steep, rocky banks of the Blackstone River. And by the time it was over, two police officers were injured, one seriously, and two suspects were in custody, including one man who leaped into the frigid river in a short-lived attempt to escape.