February 11th, 2013
Roland E. Merlet
WOONSOCKET- Roland E. "Pete" Merlet, 69, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 4th at the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Ctr.
Born April 2, 1943 in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Roland & Sophie (Stefanik) Merlet.
He resided in Woonsocket most of his life. He was employed as a Fork Lift operator for the Dennison Co. before retiring.
He leaves a son Mark Merlet of Woonsocket a daughter Lisa Piscione of East Greenwich, RI, also a sister Jeanne Comire of Bellingham, MA. And several nieces & nephews. His Funeral & Burial was private.
DOUGLAS- Homer Bates, 89, formerly of Wellington, ME and Pascoag, RI died Thurs. Feb. 7 at St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville. He is predeceased by his girlfriend of 23 years, Caroline Salvas who passed away in Nov., 2012.
He is survived by her family, 1 son Kurt Salvas and his wife Izidia of Douglas, a daughter Gwen Daigneault and her husband John of Glendale, RI; 3 grandchildren Caytlynn Daigneault, Hunter and Mason Salvas, and several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Yvette M. Ezovski
CUMBERLAND- Yvette M. Ezovski, 80, of Mendon Rd., Cumberland, formerly of Cross St., Manville, died Wednesday afternoon at Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of Peter Ezovski. They were married on July 24, 1954.
Born in Manville, she was a daughter of the late Henri and Laura (Descoteaux) Laliberte.
She was a resident of Manville prior to moving to Cumberland.
Mrs. Ezovski worked in her early years at Woonsocket Tire and Shaws Meats. She was later employed at AT Cross in Lincoln for many years until retiring in 1997.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Never once did Matt Walkow have cause to mince words. When youâ€™ve been friends with someone for a long time, the direct approach works just fine.
On the occasions when Walkow crossed paths with Cody Lâ€™Heureux during the three years leading up to the pairâ€™s senior year at North Smithfield High, the conversation often drifted back to â€śthe good old daysâ€ť of middle school basketball in the same town. The hopes of creating additional on-court memories at the high school level were temporarily cast aside when Lâ€™Heureux moved to Woonsocket following eighth grade.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Tails are wagging and kids are reading at the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville.
A special library program called "Literary Tails" is designed with reluctant readers in mind with the hopes of turning youngsters ages of 6-12 into more confident readers.
CUMBERLAND â€” The Blackstone Valley began to dig out from the Blizzard of 2013 this weekend but not without a few complications.
The intensity of the storm, its heavy snowfall overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, and high winds all hindered public safety crews in clearing roads immediately and set the stage for long hours of plowing into Monday.
PROVIDENCE â€” New Englanders began the back-breaking job of digging out from as much as 3 feet of snow Saturday and emergency crews used snowmobiles to reach shivering motorists stranded overnight on New York's Long Island after a howling storm swept through the Northeast.
CUMBERLAND â€” There are swimmers out there who belong to a USA Swimming, Inc.-affiliated club who either choose not to compete on the high school level or are told by their coaches they shouldnâ€™t.
In these parts, they make those decisions for this reason: Meets such as the New England Senior Championships or the regional Age Group equivalent, always mere days after â€śhigh school states,â€ť are deemed much more critical because itâ€™s the road most traveled to qualify for more visible national events.
WOONSOCKET â€” When the seniors in Woonsocket High School's Global Citizen Project found out they needed a quick down payment on a discount plane ticket to the African nation of Rwanda, strange things started happening.
"I sold one of my cars to pay for this trip," says Matt Brennan.
"My parents took a payday loan," says Camelia Niles.
"I took money out of my college fund," another says.
Due to the anticipated severity of the blizzard overnight, there will be no delivery of the Saturday edition on Saturday. It will be delivered on Sunday along with the Sunday edition. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.