June 16th, 2012
What is the most important gift a father can give to his child?
If you answer unconditional love or a top-flight education, youâre right on target. What about providing a supportive and nurturing home life geared toward helping oneâs offspring achieve their best? Canât find fault with that, either.
Yet what if you were fortunate enough to have a father who could deliver on all those fronts and for good measure was a pro athlete? And what if you, his child, stood in a position where chasing after the identical great white whale of athletic prowess was not merely a possibility, but definite?
LINCOLN â For Andre Soukhamthath, Thursday afternoonâs frustration at the weigh-in was dwarfed by Friday nightâs jubilation at the Twin River Event Center.
The Woonsocket bantamweight prospect delighted a strong gathering of local fans -- many of them sporting his new white âAsian Sensationâ fight t-shirt -- by notching the first knockout of his young career on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Incâs âProving Groundsâ show.
Soukhamthath (now 2-1) spoiled the pro debut of Vinny Tisconie of Shrewsbury, Mass. by putting him away with a TKO just 2:06 into the fight.
PROVIDENCE --- The recently-graduated seniors on the Central Falls and North Smithfield football teams put on their helmets and pads on Wednesday night and worked out together on the Northmenâs turf complex to prepare for one final game before officially turning the pages on their high school careers.
But if youâre thinking that final game theyâre getting ready for is the 14th annual Governorâs Cup showdown â the one that pits Rhode Islandâs top seniors against Connecticutâs finest 12th graders â on June 30 in Southington, Conn., think again.
WOONSOCKET â A 33-year-old man suffered fatal injuries late Thursday night when the car in which he was fleeing police crashed into a tree at the corner of Grove and Blakeley streets.
The victim, identified in media reports as Anthony Lescarbeau of North Smithfield, was pinned in the wreckage of the red 1986 Ford Mustang GT and had to be extricated by rescue personnel using Jaws of Life equipment.
LINCOLN â Lincoln High Schoolâs class of 2012 marched into the future with words of reverence for great teachers and courageous alumni, plus a bit of guidance for weathering any adversity except, perhaps, the end of the world.
âSit down, breathe, find perspective,â said Valedictorian Dory Enright. âNothing is ever the end of the world, unless it is.â
GLOCESTER â It was a class of students Principal Sandra Nolan described as "kind, well-behaved, good-natured and committed to community service."
"Talk to the teachers, administrators and custodians, and they will all tell you that they will miss this particular group of students," Nolan told friends and family members of the 190 Ponaganset High School seniors who earned diplomas at Friday's 51st Commencement.
The Class of 2012, Nolan predicted, is ready to show those same attributes when they head off to college, the military and their work careers in the fall.
Doris M. Bligh
WOONSOCKET- Doris M. (Langelier) Bligh, 90, of Woonsocket, died June 14, 2012 in Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late William F. Harrigan and the late James J. Bligh.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Alice (Brodeur) Langelier.
Doris was a 1940 graduate of Blackstone High School. She worked for 15 years as an inspector for the A. T. Cross Company, Lincoln retiring in 1984. She was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Woonsocket. Doris enjoyed traveling.
Madeleine S. Governo
WOONSOCKET- Madeleine S. Governo, 71, of 100 Front St. died Thursday at Landmark Medical Center.
She was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Joseph and Florina (Blain) Governo. Madeleine was a customer service representative for CD Burns for twenty two years before retiring in 2002.
She is survived by a daughter Vanessa Governo of Woonsocket, a brother Joseph Governo Jr. of Blackstone, MA, three sisters Dolores Masse of Woonsocket, Theresa Seagrave of Mapleville, and Suzanne Landry of Pawtucket, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Lionel J. Gagnon
BLACKSTONE- Lionel J. Gagnon, 85, of Blackstone, MA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at home with his family by his side. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth M. (Bureau) Gagnon.
Born in Blackstone, MA on November 26, 1926, he was the son of the late Wilbrod and Evea (Fleurant) Gagnon.
WOONSOCKET -- Mayor Leo Fontaine announced Friday that Gov. Lincoln Chafee has assured him that he will not veto legislative changes to the Hospital Conversions Act sought by Landmark Medical Center's prospective buyer, Steward Health Care of Boston.
Fontaine said he met with Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday and told him that hospital officials were convinced the veto would kill the deal and hasten the demise of the struggling community hospital.