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February 27th, 2011
Roland Carroll never liked to talk about his World War II experience as a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima in the early months of 1945 while U.S. forces closed in on Japan.
â€śWho am I to talk?â€ť the 88-year-old veteran was saying last week when put on the spot. â€śI figured I wasnâ€™t the only guy who went in the service. We all had to go fight the war. I realize now how important it was. We had to win that war or Hitler and the Japanese were going to take over the world.â€ť
LINCOLN â€“ It was rather by accident how Lincoln Prevention Coalition Coordinator Pam Shayer discovered John Mattson, a Providence-based consultant who has served as a trainer, curriculum developer and evaluation advisor for numerous U.S. groups, including the National Crime Prevention Council, Center for Civic Education and Youth Crime Watch of America.
She doesn't care.
The mysterious King Jace is revealed as Call Publisher Barry Mechanic, seated, by the 2011 Mardi Gras Queen, Amanda Corriveault (in purple) at the 17th annual Mardi Gras celebration at the CYO Club in Woonsocket Saturday night. Also in attendance are Princesses Michelle Tessier, far left, and Kali Darling, right. Read more about it in Monday's edition.
WOONSOCKET -- The options for finding ancestral information through the American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS) have expanded in a way that will make it easier for local researchers to access faraway record repositories without having to leave the Societyâ€™s 78 Earle St. base.
The local research center has affiliated with the Family History Library system operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, the world's largest resource for genealogical records, according to AFGS members.
WOONSOCKET â€“ To keep from being kicked out on the street, a group of merchants in Main Street's embattled Commercial Block agreed to share a $6,600 utility bill that's been ignored by the Florida bank that foreclosed on the property and the Providence company the bank hired to manage it.
Jamil Safdar, the proprietor of Liberty Market, said he and six other commercial tenants agreed to chip in at the eleventh hour even though the bill isn't their responsibility. The deadline for payment was Friday morning.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The three masked bandits who broke into an Overhill Road home Wednesday night and left the owner with an alleged gunshot wound to the head after a violent struggle had targeted the residence, police said.
"In order to ease concerns of neighboring residents, the residence at Overhill Road appears to have been the target of the intruders, and the burglary was not a random act," Police Chief John R. Desmarais said in a statement released Thursday morning. "I want to assure the neighboring residents that the neighborhood, as well as the rest of the town, is safe."
WOONSOCKET â€” In an era of shrinking resources, the city has cut personnel, programs and perks residents have long taken for granted, but one frill that's survived the lean season is the popular municipal ice-skating rink at River Island Park.
Open seven days a week, the artificially-refrigerated rink overlooking the Blackstone River is still free, and even a kid who doesn't own a pair of skates can borrow some from the guy in the snack shed, then lace them up beside the glowing embers of a fire pit.
The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: email@example.com or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office at 75 Main St., Woonsocket.
Please include the following information with your photos:
Name of soldier:
Service branch: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard.
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WOONSOCKET â€” At the old Vermette's restaurant, a landmark banquet hall that served as a backdrop for countless rites of passage in northern Rhode Island, a wrecking crew will finish the job that Mother Nature began two weeks ago.
After rain-laden snow caused part of the roof to cave in, the city yesterday ordered the emergency demolition of the building, saying it has concluded that what remains of the structure is unsafe and cannot be saved.
King Jace XVII, far right, the Mysterious Monarch of the Woonsocket Mardi Gras, re-enacts the crowning of Mardi Gras Queen Amanda Corriveault of Blackstone as her princesses, Michelle Tessier of Woonsocket, left, and Kali Darling of Woonsocket, center, look on during the Queenâ€™s Coronation at The Cakery on Main Street in Woonsocket Sunday. This yearâ€™s coronation ceremony was dedicated to 2001 Mardi Gras Queen Donna Gallant, who passed away last summer. Her family was in attendance and was presented with a bouquet of flowers. At right is the queen and her court.