August 27th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s no secret that country music star Tim McGraw closed out his latest tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Saturday.
But unless you were at the concert you probably donâ€™t know that, earlier in the day, he personally handed over the keys to a house in Oak Grove to the family of Shaun Connor, a military veteran who was wounded in the line of duty.
WOONSOCKET- Claire (Arel) Duhamel 81, died Friday, August 24, 2012. She was the wife of Raymond Duhamel, with whom she celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary May 30, 2012.
Born in Woonsocket, April 3, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Ephrem and Mary-Anne (Dutil) Arel.
Claire worked in the accounting department at Marquette Credit Union for twenty years before retiring. She loved to sew and was an accomplished seamstress. Claire and Ray were avid ballroom dancers and spent most Saturday nights on the dance floor at several area dance venues.
Louis W. Lefebvre
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Louis W. Lefebvre, 84, of Woonsocket and formerly of North Smithfield passed away on August 22, 2012, at Oakland Grove Health Center in Woonsocket.
A son of Louis and Aurea (Bussiere) Lefebvre, he was born in Woonsocket.
Louis worked for Uniroyal and at Crosby Valve in Wrentham, MA, for many years. Honorably, he was a Marine Veteran of the Korean Conflict.
LINCOLN- Roger "Owen" McNamara, 81, of Lincoln, formerly of Herkimer, NY, died August 22, 2012 in the St. Camillus Health Center, Northbridge.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Timothy and Helen F. (Collins) McNamara.
Owen was a 1955 graduate of Boston University and a 1958 graduate of Kent State. He was an English professor for 30 years at Herkimer County Community College, retiring in 1994. Owen traveled extensively and was an avid biker and runner.
Pauline G. Rose
CUMBERLAND- Pauline G. Rose, 75 of 1 Flat Street, Cumberland, passed away Friday, August 24, 2012. She was the wife of the late Donald "Gus" Rose.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Roland and Florence (Bouchard) Jones. Pauline retired from the former Carties Health Center where she was a CNA.
SLATERSVILLE- Hirondina "Olida" (Souza) Lemire, 92, of Slatersville, died August 23, 2012 in The Friendly Home, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Raymond E. Lemire.
Born in Slatersville, RI, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Sophie (Medeiros) Souza.
Mrs. Lemire was a tester at the former Amperex Company for 20 years, retiring in 1982 and had previously worked at Slatersville Finishing for 10 years. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and its Ladies Guild.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has gotten the Budget Commissionâ€™s OK to negotiate the sale of thousands of surplus trash bins, but it turns out he doesnâ€™t have as much bargaining leverage as he hoped.
The bins are so awkwardly bulky, and there are so many of them â€” over 10,000 in all â€” that it would be a logistical nightmare to transport them very far, says Fontaine.
Translation: Theyâ€™re almost certainly heading for the neighboring town of Cumberland.
Read more in our print edition.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The North Smithfield Police Department announced that it has launched a new telephone â€śtip lineâ€ť for residents to call anonymously with information to help solve crimes.
Effective immediately, the number is 401-762-9983, the police said in a statement. The tip line can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
â€śThe purpose of this line is to allow any member of the public who wishes to remain anonymous to call this number to report criminal activity or any suspicious activity that is occurring ...â€ť the statement says.
CUMBERLAND -- When Ray Sikorowicz and his family drove from their Lincoln residence to Camp Ker Anna for the â€śYoâ€ť Raymond Memorial 5K early Saturday morning, the 45-year-old veteran runner had two modest goals in mind â€“ run a time that was in the low-18 minute range and compete for the top spot in his 40-49 age division.
Sikorowicz was able to accomplish both of those goals, as well as do something that in his wildest dreams he could not have envisioned â€“ win the sixth annual race.
WOONSOCKET â€” On Monday, Sept. 3, the Museum of Work & Culture will be hosting its 14th annual Labor Day open house celebration, sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. Admission is free all day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until closing at 4 p.m.