January 26th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€“ For Ricky Ledo, itâ€™s games like Providence Collegeâ€™s 83-68 vanquishing of No. 8 Villanova on Wednesday night that has the Providence native convinced he made the right call.
WOONSOCKET â€” If anything, the announcement that Rocco Baldelli is retiring after a seven-year pro career and eight months shy of his 30th birthday should be viewed as an outpouring of relief for the Woonsocket native.
What was Baldelli? A good player, who showed flashes of talent that bordered on the greatness, the modern day answer to Napoleon Lajoie and Gabby Hartnett, two Hall of Famers with firm ties to the Blackstone Valley.
This is truly the winter of our discontent when it comes to weather and high school sports schedules. The seemingly weekly snowstorms in Rhode Island have created a backlog of makeup games in all sports, none more so than in boysâ€™ basketball, where a compressed schedule this season necessitated a natural three-game week even before Mother Nature threatened to turn the month of February into an NBA-like marathon for high school student/athletes.
Robert W. LaForest
WOONSOCKET- Robert W. LaForest, 81, passed away on January 18, 2011 at The Friendly Home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Cecile (Drouin) LaForest.
Born in Woonsocket on April 17, 1929, he was the son of the late Walter and Marie Anne (Rainville) LaForest.
Romeo J. Langlois
HOLIDAY FL- Romeo J. Langlois, 84, of Holiday FL, died Sunday the 23rd of sudden illness.
Born Aug 19, 1926 in Harrisville, RI the son of Joseph and Marion Langlois,
PAWTUCKET â€” In a game of runs, it was Shea High that had the big one at the end, and with it, a hard-fought Division II crossover victory.
The Raiders rattled off 11 straight points to ignite a 21-8 run in the final 7:48 of their duel with Cumberland High on Tuesday night and come away with a 73-62 win on their home floor that gave them their fifth victory in their last six games.
BLACKSTONE â€” There was so much snow that Kevin Mahoney didn't notice the item missing from his driveway â€” at least not until he started to plow.
It was then that Mahoney realized the bell was gone â€” not just any bell, but a Hooper, a rare piece of 19th century metalsmithing forged into shape by a protege of Paul Revere.
Weighing around 700 pounds, the bronze bell had been severed from a secured length of heavy-duty, steel chain, perhaps with a pair of bolt cutters, around Dec. 16, says Mahoney, of 239 Elm St.
Therese R. Hickey
WOONSOCKET- Therese R. (Ayotte) Hickey 47, of Bernon St. died January 3, in Landmark Medical Center.
She was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Jeffrey and Jeannette (Deslauriers) Ayotte.
She was the mother of Matthew Hickey, and Rebecca Hickey. Besides her children she is survived by her fiance Romeo Beaudoin, two grandchildren, and six siblings; Marcel, Maurice, Jean, Arthur, Jeffrey, Leo and Blanche. She was also the sister of the late Roger, Real and James.
Germain A. Leclerc
MANVILLE- Germain A. Leclerc, 84, of Old River Rd., Manville, passed away Tuesday at South County Hospital. He was the husband of the late Simone (Laprade) Leclerc who passed away in November. They were married on September 4, 1948.
Born in Manville, he was a son of the late Olivier and Alexina (Dumas) Leclerc. He was a lifelong resident of Manville.
Mr. Leclerc served in the Army during WWII in the European Theatre.
He worked for Branch River Worsted Company and A.H. Duffy Inc. before his retirement.
Edmond A. Boisclair
WOONSOCKET Edmond A. "White" Boisclair, 92, of Woonsocket, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Landmark Medical Center. He was the beloved husband for 64 years of Rita D. (Tetreault) Boisclair.
Born in Woonsocket on October 25, 1918, he was the son of the late Ovide and Cordelia (Tessier) Boisclair.