January 3rd, 2011
Joseph H. Allard
CHICOPEE- Joseph H. Allard, age 81, passed away on Dec. 30, 2010 at home surrounded by family. He was born on March 19, 1929 in Woonsocket, RI, a son of the late Alfred and Leontine (Desrosier) Allard.
Joseph worked as a service technician for Punderson Oil for many years before he retired. He was a former communicant of Assumption Church before becoming a communicant at Ste. Rose de Lima Church. Joseph was also a former member of the Chicopee Elks Lodge #1849. He is predeceased by his first wife, Gilberte (Maclure) Allard, who passed away in 1995.
Hermina E. Guerin
CUMBERLAND- Hermina E. Guerin, 95, of Cumberland, passed away Friday, December 31, 2010. She was the wife of the late Jean Paul Guerin.
Born in St. Guillaume, Quebec, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Hilaire and Olivine (Crepeau) Drolet. Mrs. Guerin had lived most of her life in Cumberland Hill.
MILLVILLE- Robert H. Laflamme Sr., 68, of Main St. died peacefully at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Lois (Ravenelle- Remillard) Laflamme.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Robert and Helen (Pierce) Laflamme.
Mr. Laflamme worked as an Extruder for Teknor Color Company, for 22 years.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 11020, of Millville MA., obtaining the rank of third degree. He was member of the Millville Senior Club. He and his wife were former owners of the Four Corners II Cafe in Fairmount.
Marshon Brooks was the picture of a frustrated Friar as he stood in the hallway of The Dunk Saturday night. His stat line in a narrow loss to St. Johnâ€™s â€“ 8-of-14 shooting for 20 points â€“ did little to ease his pain.
Most players would gladly take the numbers like the ones Brooks compiled, bolt quickly out of the gym and pray that nothing gets amended before the final sheet is xeroxed. Not Brooks. The senior knows that if Providence has any shot of being anything more than a mere footnote in Big East play, then he has to deliver high octane performances every time out.
WOONSOCKET â€” 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 Fontaineâ€™s support for a plan that calls for buying water from Pawtucket, at least for a time, to satisfy all of the local needs.
LINCOLN â€” 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 sheâ€™s marking another milestone today. She turns 108.
â€śItâ€™s absolutely amazing,â€ť says her son, Gerard â€śBudâ€ť Boudreau of North Smithfield. â€śI never thought Iâ€™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, itâ€™s just amazing.â€ť
December 31st, 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. Hereâ€™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 boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ hockey teams pulled off a nifty double by winning their respective state championships. Itâ€™s the first time since 2003 that the Mountiesâ€™ squads both captures titles in the same season.
CUMBERLAND â€“ 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.
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.
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.