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October 11th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ The transformation of the Blackstone River into a destination for canoeing, fishing and other recreational activities has been one of the success stories of the region in recent years, but it had a downside for the Woonsocket Fire Departmentâ€™s rescue boat.
Firefighters have been responding to calls for emergencies on the river with greater frequency, subjecting the rubber vessel to more wear and tear. As a result, the inflatable craft developed holes.
The need for a new boat was apparent and the Navigant Credit Union responded by donating one to the fire department.
WOONSOCKET â€” Though it has been silent on the issue since early summer, the Wisconsin atheist group that is demanding the removal of a Christian cross from the war monument at Place Jolicoeur hasnâ€™t gone away.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation stopped short of promising a lawsuit over the cross, but it says it is in the process of seeking an attorney from the area to represent the organization.
More than one individual has contacted the national non-profit seeking to become a plaintiff in such a lawsuit, said Rebecca S. Markert, staff attorney for FFRF.
PROVIDENCE â€” Faced with what was portrayed as a now-or-never choice, a Superior Court judge yesterday approved the sale of financially troubled Landmark Medical Center to Prime Health Care of California.
Judge Michael Silversteinâ€™s decision clears the way for the fast-growing, for-profit chain to seek approval of the $60 million deal from state regulators under the Hospital Conversions Act.
Prime says it will take no longer than 45 days to submit a formal application to regulators and, if itâ€™s approved, theyâ€™re ready to close on the sale by May 31, 2013.
BLACKSTONE â€” Ryan LaTour has been one busy guy since stepping off the graduation stage at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School in 2003.
It was a fabulous day for the annual Autumnfest parade yesterday with a huge crowd turning out. Pictured from left are Amanda Dancause and Christopher Lâ€™Etalien with Cooper Barrett, 3, Phillip Barrett, 6, Tyler Lâ€™Etalien, 9; and Darin Rutz, holding Grace Rutz, 3 (top right) and Karen Rutz, all of Blackstone.
See more photos in our print edition.
LINCOLN -â€” Not long after Marine Cpl. Kevin Dubois was seriously wounded by an IED in Afghanistan last year, his family, local residents and his friends from Lincoln High School mobilized under Kevin's Cause to raise funding for his recovery.
His mother, Patricia Dubois, still thinks of that outpouring of support now that Kevin, a 2005 graduate of Lincoln High School, is well along in his recovery and beginning to move on with his life.
CUMBERLAND â€” After more than a year of study, the Town Council later this month will be presented with a final report on the plan being proposed to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The final report by Donald I. Jacobs of Holden, Mass.-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services will be submitted to the council once it is reviewed by Mayor Daniel McKee and his staff, McKee told council members this week. After that, the report will be formally presented to the council, which will hold a public hearing some time before the end of the month.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Hereâ€™s the situation: Youâ€™re getting settled in your first place, you just mated with the queen, and now youâ€™re going to die.
Itâ€™s no joke if youâ€™re a yellow jacket wasp â€“ itâ€™s real life. No wonder the armed fighter-jets of the insect world are so unfriendly this time of year.
Itâ€™s a lesson Mother Nature taught Jennifer Powers the hard way recently. She lapsed into shock after she was stung again and again by an agitated swarm of yellow jackets outside her boyfriendâ€™s cabin on Tom Lee Drive.
With forty three local kids signed up before the day began, Autumnfest Kids Challenge 2012 organizer Nancy Phillips wasn't expecting much of a challenge. Boy was she surprised when by 10:00 a.m. parents and their children were lining up by the dozens for races that were expected to start by 11:00 a.m.
The official Woonsocket fall festival, known as Autumnfest, in it's 34th year, officially begins today with a host of events including the ever-popular Kids Challenge 2012. The fun continues all weekend long with musical performances, all-day attractions, amusement rides, a kidsfest stage and Steve Smith and the Nakeds from 6:00-10:00 Saturday night. A fireworks display will be held at 9:00 p.m. Sunday night and the annual Autumnfest Parade will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday.