September 30th, 2012
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The first church service ever held in the Slatersville Congregational Church took place on Sunday, Nov. 2, 1838. That year, Martin Van Buren was president, Samuel Morse's telegraph system was demonstrated for the first time and the population of North Smithfield's Slatersville village was less than 500 people.
Since then the picturesque church, located on the common in the center of Slatersville, has been the spiritual home to thousands of area residents, a cherished town landmark, and a community gathering place hosting a variety of local groups and public events.
WESTERLY â€” Itâ€™s a long 65-mile drive from Woonsocket to Westerlyâ€™s Augeri Field, but the Villa Novansâ€™ bus ride home from the southwestern point of the state on Saturday afternoon had to be a very enjoyable drive.
Thatâ€™s because the Villa Novans took a 19-18 overtime thriller from the previously-undefeated Bulldogs in their Division II-A clash, a hard-fought win that upped their league record to 2-1 and packed them into a congested three-way tie for second place (behind undefeated Johnston) with Westerly and Coventry.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” For North Smithfield, Saturdayâ€™s Division IV contest against North Providence was more of a mental exercise than physical.
Forced to come back on a few occasions, the Northmen dug deep to take this shootout, 38-34. North Providence enjoyed leads early â€“ 12-0 after the first quarter â€“ and late â€“ 34-31 with 8:47 remaining â€“ before N.S. delivered a series of game-changing plays on both sides of the ball that allowed the visitors to cast a pall over the Cougarsâ€™ Homecoming celebration.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In the eyes of team president Mike Tamburro, the PawSoxâ€™ championship season is a feat that should be shared and celebrated with the public.
Though plans are still being finalized, Tamburro, gave the green light to announce that the Governorsâ€™ Cup trophy will be making the rounds this offseason. Right now the target is to bring the silver hardware to each and every Rhode Island city and town along with neighboring Massachusetts communities.
UXBRIDGE â€” The start of a new school year always has its problems. Throw a brand new $43 million school building into the mix, and it becomes even more challenging.
In the case of the newly constructed Uxbridge High School, which opened for the first day of school three weeks ago, it couldn't have gone smoother.
Chris Ouellette, of Greenville, looks over silent auction items, especially a print of Slater Mill (center) by artist and author David Macauley during the 27th annual Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Awards Dinner at Twin River Casino in Lincoln Thursday night. Ouellette said she grew up at Slater Mill and had David Macauley as her art teacher in the 7th grade in Central Falls, where she lived at the time.
Yvette M. Belisle
WOONSOCKET- Yvette M. Belisle, 62, of Front St., Woonsocket, died Tuesday at home. She was the former wife of Linwood Brooks of Manville.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Therese (Lamoureux) Belisle.
She attended Holy Family School and remained a lifelong resident of the city.
Yvette was employed by Homefront Heath Care, Inc. for several years.
Peter P. Rowey
WOONSOCKET- Peter P. Rowey 71, resident of Woonsocket passed away September 26, 2012 at the Rhode Island Hospital.
He was born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Ralph Sr. & Mary (Higazy) Rowey.
Peter worked for Tanury Industries in Lincoln as a quality controller for many years; previously he worked for the former Miler Electric Co. He was a lifelong Woonsocket resident, he enjoyed history, science, reading, and working in his yard.
HOPEDALE, MA- Jean Paul Gilbert Laplume, 73, of Hopedale, MA, formerly of Bellingham, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Milford Regional Medical Center.
He was the beloved son of the late Ovila and Germaine (L'Heureux) Laplume.
Pauline V. Gagne
ALPHARETTA, GA- Pauline V. Gagne, 91, of Alpharetta, GA, formerly of Third Ave. Woonsocket, died September 22, 2012 at Halcyon House Hospice, in Atlanta, GA. She was the wife of the late Maurice L. Gagne.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Viola (Bouchard) Muron.