July 5th, 2011
James W. Picard, Sr.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- James "Willie" W. Picard, Sr., 87, of The Villa at Saint Antoine, formerly of Port Charlotte, FL and Woonsocket, RI died Saturday, July 2, 2011 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Patrick and Anna (Russell) Picard.
Mr. Picard worked for thirty-six years as a Fire Fighter for the city of Woonsocket, retiring in 1988. He was an Army WWII veteran and very active in functions lead by the VFW.
Lorraine Laplante Tranmer
WOONSOCKET- Lorraine Laplante Tranmer 73, of Rhodes Ave. died Saturday at the Friendly Home. She was the wife of the late William Tranmer and Marcel Laplante.
Born in Woonsocket she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Lillian (Belanger) Fontaine.
Mrs. Tranmer was a Medical Technician and CNA for many years before retiring fourteen years ago.
Roger B. Durand
WOONSOCKET- Roger B. Durand, 82, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 1, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of the late Yvonne F. (Willerval) Durand.
Born in Woonsocket on July 11, 1928, he was the son of the late Romulus and Medora (Durand) Durand.
WOONSOCKET- Curtis Barr 59 of Third Ave. died Friday at home. He was the husband of Tina (Boivin) Barr. Curtis was born in Newberry, SC a son of Charlie and Lucy (Jessie)
He was a forklift operator for CVS / Mark Stevens Co. for twenty years before leaving due to illness. Curtis served in the US Air Force. He was a member of the Woonsocket Lodge of Elks #850.
CUMBERLAND â€” Chris Magill has had a history of top-three finishes at the Arnold Mills Road Race, an event heâ€™s won a record five times.
The 38-year-old former St. Raphael Academy standout had every intention to make an attempt at a sixth crown in the 43rd edition of the Cumberland race Monday morning.
Those thoughts, however, were quickly erased after the first mile.
CUMBERLAND â€” He only weighs 39 pounds and stands about 47 inches tall.
When he was lined up at the start of the Arnold Mills Road Race on Monday, it was easy to overlook the fact that Jack Casey was among the field of more than 500 runners.
Once the race opened up near the mile mark on Abbott Run Valley Road, the eight-year-old Cumberland tyke certainly became noticeable, making more than a few heads turn in the four-mile event.
Casey, an elementary student at Community School, finished the race with an eye-popping time of 29 minutes, 29 seconds â€“ a 7:22 per-mile pace!
With various opinions coming from scouts and management alike, plenty of discussion and debate occurs when narrowing down potential choices leading up to draft day.
Sherard Clinkscales recalls such an instance in 2000. As the Assistant Director of Scouting for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Clinkscales had an important voice regarding what the organization should do with the sixth overall pick. In the end Tampa wound up selecting Rocco Baldelli, but as Clinkscales recalled late last week, it took a while before everyone was in agreement regarding the Woonsocket native/Cumberland native .
GLOCESTER â€” The sizzling heat that seared spectators lined up along the sidewalks in downtown Chapachet during last year's Ancients and Horribles Parade was replaced this year by more tolerable temperatures and a cool late afternoon summer breeze.
Unfortunately, a lot of the sizzle was also missing from the parade itself, which had far less floats than previous years and even less zaniness and political lampooning.
Fireworks light up the night sky in Woonsocket Sunday during the city's Fourth of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tim Norton has spent the better part of his professional career battling back from countless injuries. His latest setback is akin to the baseball gods kicking a man when heâ€™s down.
The homecoming originally planned for this weekend never happened. Norton did not pitch at McCoy Stadium for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before friends and family hailing from Burrillville. Instead, the 28-year-old is toiling under the hot sun in Tampa, Fla., the Yankeesâ€™ spring-training facility â€“ Steinbrenner Field â€“ the scene of Nortonâ€™s latest attempt to rehab from shoulder woes.