January 6th, 2013
CUMBERLAND â€” Kids and young adults love to see snow falling during the winter because it can result in lots of fun on local sledding runs.
But as the sledding tragedy in Providence showed all too clearly last Wednesday, sledding in the wrong spot or in icy conditions can be very dangerous and even result in fatal injury.
The sledding accident at Neutaconkanut Hill Park in Providence that claimed the life of Alexandria Alvarez, 17, sparked safety reviews of many popular sledding spots around the state and the closing of the Neutaconkanut Hill at least until surface conditions improve.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Peter Berthelette heard his cellphone ring as he stood at a table inside Burrillville High's Senior Lounge last Wednesday. He had been conversing with baseball player Zach Lafleur and two classmates as they ate their lunches.
â€śI typically don't answer my cell in front of students, but when the call showed up as coming from Skee Carter, I did anyway,â€ť Berthelette recalled. â€śI said, 'Hi, Skee!' and all I heard was a pause. The voice on the other end said, 'Hi, Pete. It's not Skee, it's Chris (his son). I have some bad news,' and he told me what happened.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Whichever anecdote you start the portrait with, rest assured the canvas reserved for Wilfred "Skee" Carter's legacy wonâ€™t remain blank for long.
Carterâ€™s true legacy is a lifetime of vivid hues that epitomize what this gentle and sincere man means to the town of Burrillville. Last Wednesdayâ€™s news of his sudden passing was a jolt to the systems of those who interacted with him over the years â€“ and there were countless people in this rural community who had the good fortune of coming into contact with Skee.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Buy low, sell high.
The old adage is usually invoked as the secret of success on Wall Street, but it worked just fine on Robinson Street when the ladies of the Pothier Elementary School PTO wanted to raise funds to support teachers this Christmas.
Their winning investment? If youâ€™re thinking Apple or Exxon Mobil or another one of those flashy NYSE brands, youâ€™d be wrong.
LINCOLN â€“ A local registered sex offender is in custody at the ACI following a police investigation of an alleged new offense involving an out-of-state femaLINCOLN â€“ A local registered sex offender is in custody at the ACI following a police investigation of an alleged new offense involving an out-of-state female.
Police Chief Brian Sullivan said Friday that department investigators charged Joseph F. Seale, 25, of Manville Avenue, with third-degree sexual assault in connection with his alleged involvement with a 15-year-old girl from New York.
WOONSOCKET --- Mount St. Charles endured one of its toughest tests to date on Friday night when the East Bay (Barrington/Mount Hope/Portsmouth) co-op squad bused into Adelard Arena for a crossover affair, but the Mounties were still able to come away with a hard-fought 3-1 win.
The Mounties ran into a very hot goaltender in Sophie Faxon, who turned away 42 shots, but did all the damage they needed to do late in the first period on a pair of goals by junior Briana Castro (her 11th and 12th of the season) to net their sixth victory in seven games.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Freshman Sen. Ryan Pearson, a Cumberland-Lincoln Democrat, described a series of visits he made to businesses and agencies last week as part of a campaign promise he made to focus on economic development and improving the stateâ€™s business climate.
He took tours of the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center (BVCHC), Twin River, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
LINCOLN â€“ Structural concerns over the Manville Hill Road Bridge have blocked off a major travel route between Lincoln and Cumberland â€” but hopefully not for long.
Bryan Lucier, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said Thursday that plans are in the works to open the bridge as soon as next month, even if that is only a temporary solution to the bridge concerns.
â€śWhat we are doing is putting out an emergency contract to make repairs to the bridge,â€ť Lucier said.
Therese Y. Riley
WOONSOCKET- Therese Y. (Gagne) Riley, 83, a lifelong resident of Woonsocket, died Friday, January 4, 2013 in the St. Antoine Residence. She was the wife of the late Frank V. Riley, who died in 1989.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Emile J. and Alberta I. (Mousseau) Gagne.
Susan K. Wahl
CUMBERLAND- Susan K. (Donahue) Wahl, 60, of Cumberland, died January 1, 2013 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She was the wife of David R. Wahl whom she married May 19, 1973.
Born in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Edward W. and Lillian M. (Barker) Donahue.
Susan was a selfless woman and devoted "Grammy." She enjoyed Sudoku puzzles and decorating.