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January 2nd, 2011

Board to consider water options

January 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Keeping a campaign promise to do so before the end of 2010, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine last week seated an advisory board to evaluate the costly and controversial options for building a new water treatment plant.
A public interest advocacy group, the Woonsocket Taxpayers Coalition, has been openly urging the mayor to create such a panel. The group, headed by Steve Lima, who challenged Fontaine in the 2009 election for mayor, has questioned Fontaine’s support for a plan that calls for buying water from Pawtucket, at least for a time, to satisfy all of the local needs.

January 1st

Local woman marks 108 years

January 1, 2011

LINCOLN — Futurists and the soothsayers of health care predict advances in medical science will one day make people like her much more common. But for now, the ranks of people walking the planet like Edna Mae Boudreau are decidedly rare.
She is extraordinarily old.
And she’s marking another milestone today. She turns 108.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” says her son, Gerard “Bud” Boudreau of North Smithfield. “I never thought I’d meet anyone who was 108 years old, let alone my own mother. And to be able to communicate with her and have her be so sharp, well, it’s just amazing.”

December 31st, 2010

Champions made 2010 a banner year

December 31, 2010

From high school to Little League, 2010 was a truly glorious one for the Blackstone Valley, as several teams and indviduals captured state championships in their respective sports. Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights of this past year:
The winter season was a magicial one for the region, as five of its high school teams captured state championships.
The Mount St. Charles Academy boys’ and girls’ hockey teams pulled off a nifty double by winning their respective state championships. It’s the first time since 2003 that the Mounties’ squads both captures titles in the same season.

Cumberland man accused of wife's murder kills self at ACI

December 31, 2010

CUMBERLAND – Peter J. Pytka II, the man charged with murdering his wife in their Titus Street home on Dec. 20, was found dead in his jail cell at the Adult Correctional Institutions Thursday, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Corrections spokeswoman Tracey Zeckhausen said his cellmate at the ACI's Intake Service Center found Pytka in the top bunk about 7:50 a.m., as prisoners were getting ready for breakfast. The cellmate alerted prison authorities, telling them Pytka appeared to be dead.

Burrillville announces retirements

December 31, 2010

The Burrillville Police Department announced the retirement of Prosecution Officer Maurice Nault after 25 years of service. Officer Nault was the senior officer in the department. Also retiring is Lorraine Cadieux, administrative assistant to the Chief of Police, Col. Bernard Gannon. Both retirements took effect Dec. 27. Mrs. Cadieux worked for the Town of Burrillville for 23 years -- 12 years in Town Hall mostly as the assistant to the building official and the last 11 years as the administrative assistant to the police chief.

December 30th

These people made 2010 memorable

December 30, 2010

The best part of my job is meeting people connected with various sports teams or organizations throughout the Blackstone Valley. When all is said and done, it is the people and the things they teach us that remain long after the final scores have faded away.
Here are some of the people I remember from my life during the year 2010.

Look out for these track stars in 2011!

December 30, 2010

Just like the other winter sports we cover, the indoor track season will enter a new year on Saturday.
Some goals that were set back in early November remain the same, but with 2011 now beginning there’s also those New Year’s resolutions.
Or, shall we say, a new set of goals – perhaps ones that become more realistic after the first two months of the season.
Will those goals (new and old) be accomplished? Time will only tell.
Here’s a glimpse at what is potentially in store from our top local track & field athletes in the coming months.
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December 29th

Mounties top La Salle in Face-Off tourney final

December 29, 2010

WOONSOCKET – Dan Foster proved he was up to the task Wednesday, as the Mount St. Charles goaltender fit the definition of a brick wall exactly.

Fox stands firm on taxes

December 29, 2010

PROVIDENCE — Asked about his goals and priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session, one of the first things House Speaker Gordon Fox said is “I don’t want to raise taxes.”

Putting words to music -- Rick's Musical sponsors student essay contest

December 29, 2010

CUMBERLAND – There are plenty of good reasons for teaching instrumental music and chorus in secondary schools, and the students enrolled in them are more than happy to share a few.
“Other classes teach independence and therefore cannot compare with band and chorus classes,” says Kristen Rodriguez of Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket. “If someone fails an English test and another person receives a perfect score, the person who aced the test is not affected by the person who failed it. Unlike other classes, band and chorus teach the value of interdependence.”

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