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July 5th, 2015
CUMBERLAND – Tom Kenwood has spent decades helping in the organization of the annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race, held every Fourth of July morning since 1969, and can’t believe that Jack Thornhill has remained such a constant.
“The guy’s amazing,” Kenwood remarked of the seemingly-ageless septuagenarian.
At the tender age of 73, Thornhill completed his 44th consecutive Mills event on Saturday, finishing in 44 minutes, 35 seconds, good for third overall in the Senior Veteran Division.
CUMBERLAND â Bobby Hartnett made a triumphant return to his hometown on the Fourth of July morning, and â in the process â regained his own personal independence.
The 27-year-old Cumberland High graduate and New York City resident easily captured the men's overall title at the 47th annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race beginning and ending at the North Cumberland Fire Station, cruising to a stellar time of 20:06.
The victory signified to Hartnett that, after suffering from nagging injuries over the past 18 months, his distance-running career is back on track.
CUMBERLAND – When last we saw Hilary Dionne on the running circuit, the 2003 Cumberland High graduate was part of a heartwarming moment at the Boston Marathon.
PAWTUCKET – There’ll be no reunion between Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mason Williams Thursday night when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to McCoy Stadium for a brief two-game holiday series.
BARRINGTON – In a perfect world, former PGA stars Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade would have captured this summer’s version of the CVS Health Charity Classic, the tournament the two gracious Rhode Islanders co-founded back in 1999 to raise much-needed money for local charities.
It would have been most appropriate if they had. After all, in the previous 16 events, they – with the help of CVS and other sponsors – have collected and doled out over $18 million to organizations who desperately need financial aid to survive.
CUMBERLAND – Lizzie Pickering could barely contain her excitement.
When batterymate Gabby D’Intino tossed to first baseman Abbie Vallely for the final out, the Cumberland All-Stars immediately celebrated a 10-3 victory over Lincoln, one that delivered them the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship at Diamond Hill Park on Monday evening.
“This is amazing!” the backstop Pickering gushed afterward. “I started crying because I was so happy we won.”
BURRILLVILLE -- Itâs been a tradition in these parts for decades, where the townâs police cruisers and fire trucks, sirens blaring and lights flashing, escort a newly-crowned state championâs team bus around the villages so residents can share in the glory.
To be honest, for years upon frustrating years, it didnât occur that often for Burrillville Highâs athletic programs â maybe once or twice every decade. But that all changed, and then some, during this remarkable 2014-15 school year.
BURRILLVILLE – Way back in October, Sydney Blais decided more or less on a whim to travel to Southern New Hampshire University for an open house. She had heard it maintained a respected program in Baking and Pastry Arts, a passionate interest of hers.
When the Burrillville High senior first set eyes on the campus just outside Manchester, she fell in love with the quaint, small-school atmosphere, and chose to further her academic and athletic careers there.
CUMBERLAND – For the third time in as many years, Cumberland High will have a new athletic director.
Chris Tashjian is not returning for a second year as the Clippers’ AD for reasons that are not quite clear. Citing that it’s not the school department’s policy to publicly discus personnel matters, Cumberland Superintendent Dr. Philip Thornton confirmed in an email that a search committee is being formed to find Tashjian’s replacement.
PAWTUCKET â If anyoneâs wondered how Allen Craig is faring in his prolonged tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox, he has an answer: Just fine, thank you.
After a less-than-productive 2014 debut with Boston, not to mention more of the same this spring â then being demoted from Boston back on May 10 â the 30-year-old outfielder/first baseman is hell-bent on making a demonstrative return to the Red Sox. Heâs hoping it will happen sooner than later.