Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€” The Wisconsin group that condemned a World War I monument bearing a Latin cross as a violation of the separation of church and state because itâ€™s located on city property may have a legal battle on its hands after all.
Buoyed by offers of free legal assistance and an outpouring of public support, the City Council will decide tonight whether to establish a defense fund to keep the monument at Place Jolicoeur, in the parking lot of Fire Station No. 2, with the Latin cross intact.
WOONSOCKET â€” It doesnâ€™t matter that his uncle is the soldier for whom the World War I monument was dedicated.
It could be any soldierâ€™s name on that monument, says Lucien Jolicoeur, and he would be just as angry if the cross were removed, as a First Amendment defenders group is demanding.
â€śThe cross is my very biggest complaint,â€ť Jolicoeur said in interview from his home in Burrillville Monday. â€śI donâ€™t care if itâ€™s my uncle or another solider. I donâ€™t think anyone has a right to touch that cross.â€ť
BURRILLVILLE â€” Harrisville Hose Company No. 1 is gearing up for a major milestone: its 100th birthday.
On Saturday, May 5, the fire department will celebrate 100 years with a banquet at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Burrillville. Former members that were located have been invited as well as many other guests.
The Harrisville Fire District is comprised of the Harrisville Fire Department, Hose Company No. 1 and the Harrisville Water Department. It is located in the heart of the Town of Burrillville, and encompasses the historic villages of Harrisville and a portion of Glendale.
By RUSS OLIVO
WOONSOCKET â€” Marlene Gagnon shoves her hand deep into a rack of multi-colored clothing and yanks out a long, white gown of slippery sateen fabric with a ribbon of hieroglyphic-like imagery running up the back.
â€śThatâ€™s Cleopatra,â€ť she says.
When William Jolicoeur went off to war as part of the 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division in 1917, he was part of a band of men that was very welcome in France. General John Pershing was glad to have them. Marshal Ferdinand Foch was glad to have them.
You see, they were from Woonsocket and could speak the native tongue, making them even more valuable than the other doughboys who were landing in Europe in droves.