August 30th, 2011
Asking a high school football coach to âpreviewâ his team during the final week of preseason practice is really premature. Itâs at least a week too early for that. Besides, coaches only want to talk about known commodities. Sometimes it takes half of a season to figure out the identity of these embryonic football teams.
Coaches are always willing to talk about certain subjects: veteran players, team leaders, practice schedules, lack of depth on the roster âŠ thereâs a whole litany of subjects that coaches are dealing with as the summer begins to fade away.
Richard R. Couture
WOONSOCKET- Richard R. "Moose" Couture 49, of Vose St., died Tuesday at Woonsocket Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was the son of Doris I. (Laplante) Couture and the late Joseph A. Couture.
Marc R. Martin
WOONSOCKET- Marc R. Martin, 54, of Capwell Ave., died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, after a short illness. He was happily married for twenty years to the late JoAnn (Garner) Martin, who passed away in December 2009. A lifelong Woonsocket resident, he was the loving son of Roger M. and Lorraine B. (Fleurant) Martin of Woonsocket.
WOONSOCKET â She did it.
After publicly hinting of a possible return to electoral politics, former Mayor Susan D. Menard raised the stakes Tuesday, filing preliminary declaration papers to challenge her successor, incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
But the suspense isn't over. Menard may withdraw if she isn't showing satisfactory support among likely voters, she said.
âI'll be doing a poll,â Menard said. âAfter that I'll decide on my next step.â
WOONSOCKET â The sunny, warm weather yesterday should have helped to erase memories of Tropical Storm Irene, and that might have been the case were it not for the continuing power outages affecting area residents.
The stormâs aftermath was marked by food spoiling in refrigerators, businesses still waiting for the power to come back on, and residents seeking a respite from the dark of their homes at restaurants lucky to have been spared the loss of electricity.
The third week of preseason football practice offers high school coaches and players a chance to narrow their focus.
When Ricky Ledo reneged on his verbal commitment to Providence College back in January, the Providence native did so with the full backing of his high school coach.
Now that all signs indicate that Ledo plans to unveil his college of choice Thursday afternoon in the Capital City â sources tell Blackstone Valley Sports that Ledo will announce his intentions to become a Friar once again â this same coach believes that the ensuing months Ledo spent on the open market only aided the highly-touted recruit in researching and ultimately rendering a decision.
Lorraine A. Giard
WOONSOCKET- Lorraine A. Giard 63, formerly of Lebrun Ave., died Sunday at The Friendly Home. Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Albertine (Charette) Giard. She was a member of Seven Hills, formerly known as Homestead Group and ARC of Northern RI for thirty six years. Lorraine was a sweet and loving person. She was a devoted fan of Elvis, and loved dancing, reading and making puzzles.
She is survived by her four siblings, Raymond Giard, Doris Sweeney, and Claire Giard all of Woonsocket, and Roger Giard of Chepachet.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Hebert (Herb) Girard, 80, of Bamford St., died August 26, 2011, in Hopkins Manor. He was the husband of Shirley (Godin) Girard for 52 years.
Born in Woonsocket, son of the late Ferdinand J. and Noella (Hebert) Girard.
Mr. Girard was a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard.
Mr. Girard was Owner and operator of Blackstone Dye & Girard Knitting Mills, and also was a sale representative for Schwan's Food Co.
He was a former member of the Lions, and served as State Secretary of the Lions. Kiwanis, Jaycee's, Knights of Columbus.
Rejeanne A. Paquin
BLACKSTONE- Rejeanne A. (Roberts) Paquin, 86, of Blackstone, MA formerly of Manville, RI, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the Lydia Taft House in Uxbridge, MA with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Ulric D. Paquin.
Born in Sherbrooke, Canada on September 6, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Henri and Laura (Beaucage) Roberts.