January 29th, 2013
Margaret M. Hoard
WOONSOCKET - Margaret M. "Peg" Hoard, of Woonsocket, died peacefully in her home January 27, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Ernest F. and Lillian F. (Walsh) Hoard.
She leaves her sister, Elizabeth A. Hughes and her husband Dennis of Providence, her brother, David J. Hoard of Lincoln, and many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. She was predeceased by her brother, E. Gerald Hoard, her sister, Helen F. Hoard and her sister-in-law, Judith Hoard.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Budget Commission has refused to let the cityâ€™s plan to privatize a new water treatment plant move forward after hearing from a well-organized band of opponents at its last meeting.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, a member of the commission and one of the staunchest advocates of privatization, says the panel could revisit the issue as early as Feb. 5.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The Burrillville Police Department has two new officers.
Officers Holly Barrett and Robert Veader were sworn in by Town Clerk Louise Phaneuf on Jan. 23 as family members and friends looked on in Town Hall.
Both officers graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy on Dec. 19 and are presently participating in the Field Training Officer Program, said Major Lareto P. Guglietta.
Officer Barrett, 25, is a resident of North Smithfield, a graduate of North Smithfield High School and holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in justice studies from Rhode Island College.
Andre M. DeBlois
WOONSOCKET - Andre "Andy" M. DeBlois, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Home & Hospice Care of RI, Providence. He was the husband of the late Loretta (Marcil) DeBlois. Born in Blackstone, MA, he was the son of the late Nepolian and Olina (Picard) DeBlois. He lived in Woonsocket for most of his life.
Andy worked as a machinist for the former St. Regis Paper Company of Attleboro, Ma. He was a Navy Veteran of WWII.
Gerald M. Blanchard
BURRILLVILLE - Gerald M. Blanchard 79, resident of Oakland passed away January 25, 2013 at his residence.
He was born January 3, 1934 in Oakland RI, a son of the late Joseph & Emma (Leduc) Blanchard.
Gerald worked for the Bruins Plastic Co. for 10 years; previously he worked as a radio repair man in Providence. He was a lifelong resident of Burrillville. He was a member of the Townsmens Club.
Paul G. Guilbert
WOONSOCKET - Paul G. Guilbert, 71, of Woonsocket died Tuesday at home. He was the former husband and friend of Pauline (Martin) Farrell of South Carolina.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Edgar and Flore (Gibeau) Guilbert. He was a lifelong resident of the city.
Mr. Guilbert was employed by Microwave Development Lab with his career spanning over 50 years.
Paul was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
The Woonsocket Mardi Gras Queenâ€™s coronation took place yesterday at The Cakery in Woonsocket. Standing with King Jace are, from left, his queen, Sandy Paul, 2nd princess Kayla Guilbeault, and 1st princess Jo-Ann Maurice.
WOONSOCKET â€” A city womanâ€™s morning traffic mishap landed her stranded in her car on frozen Cass Pond Friday morning and also the target of a rescue by a Woonsocket High School student.
Witnesses saw the car operated by Viengxay Kmon crash through a guardrail near the merge of Elm Street and Cass Avenue at about 7:56 a.m. and then roll down an embankment out onto the ice of the pond nearby Woonsocket High School.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The building problems at City Hall continued on Saturday when a sprinkler system line broke in a little used space of the building and caused a small water problem, according to fire officials.
City Hall and the connected historic Harris Hall building at 169 Main St. lost their main heating system last week and were being kept warm by isolated electric heating systems and space heaters where possible. The problem turned serious by midweek as area temperatures dropped below 20 degrees and raised the specter of frozen water pipes.
Storyteller Victoria Burnett tells the story of â€˜Marbella and the Cat Clubâ€™ during the 4th annual Family Story-telling Concert Thursday night at YWCA Rhode Island, in Woonsocket, presented by the Rhode Island Black Storytellers â€” creators of Funda Fest.