June 6th, 2011
LINCOLN â If Republican plans to change Medicare from an entitlement to a voucher or âpremium supportâ system are successful, âit will be harder and harder for seniors to get health insurance,â Sen. Jack Reed told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Reed harkened back to the early 1960s, before the Medicare law was passed, telling the business group that, âwhen you would go to a friendâs house and you would see at least one grandparent in the front room on a hospital bed, getting health care.â That is what health care was like for senior citizens back then, he said.
WOONSOCKET â With a ceremony honoring their schoolâs traditions and religious beliefs, 175 members of Mount St. Charles Academyâs Class of 2011 stepped forward to their futures at commencement exercises in Brother Adelard Arena Sunday.
The traditions of the day included the school presenting members of its Class of 1961 with honorary diplomas and the ceremonyâs musical performances by Marc Blanchetteâs senior band.
BURRILLVILLE â Kerstin Hudon is the valedictorian, and Thomas Brien Biernacki, the salutatorian, for the Burrillville High School Class of 2011, Principal Michael Whaley announced this week.
Hudon, who ranks first in her class of 196 seniors, finishes her four years at Burrillville High School with a grade point average of 4.42, receiving highest honors each semester.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - Residents will get the opportunity this week to offer input on the proposed Fiscal 2012 $33.9 million town operating budget for next year.
The annual public hearing on the budget kicks off Monday at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Dean Auditorium on Green Street.
The proposed $33,977,854 budget represents a $747,215 decrease over the current $33,230,639 budget. The spending plan includes a $20,914,816 school budget, up $155,121 over last year.
WOONSOCKET â The city is ready to order a new fire truck from a South Dakota company to replace Engine No. 3 â a workhorse of the fire department that's about ready for retirement.
If the City Council approves, Crimson Fire will supply the Woonsocket Fire Department with a new engine at a cost of $263,981.
The city will pay for the vehicle in one fell swoop with proceeds from its $2 million federal Community Development Block Grant, an annual allotment which has been used for purchasing firefighting apparatus in the past.
PROVIDENCE â Waiting to compete in the high jump at Saturdayâs RIIL Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Mount St. Charles Academyâs versatile junior Ali Sayles nearly missed the finals of the 100-meter high hurdles.
Itâs a good thing she got there in time. A few minutes after hustling her way over to the starting line, Sayles was crowned an individual titlist.
âItâs just crazy,â she said. âI wasnât expecting it at all.â
LINCOLN â Down, but not out.
That was the mindset of the players of ninth-seeded Mount St. Charles Academy during their Division I playoff matchup with top-seed Lincoln High on Saturday.
Facing a three-run deficit entering the seventh inning, the underdog Mounties scored four times in the final frame en route to a 4-3 win over the Lions in the opener of the double-elimination tourney at Lonsdale Elementary School.
Taylor Messier tied the contest at 3 with a two-run double and teammate Emily Hendricks drove in the game-winner with base hit in the gap.
PROVIDENCE â Lincoln Highâs perfect season came to an end at the hands of âŠ a perfect season.
In Saturdayâs clash between two unbeaten teams trying to etch their names into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League history books, it was Tiverton that emerged with an unblemished record â and the Division II state championship.
A late second-half comeback fell short for the Lions, who watched the Tigers celebrate a 12-8 victory at Rhode Island College to cap a 17-0 campaign.
BLACKSTONE â As students, they made it through difficult economic times and the challenges of an unsettled and dangerous world.
Now the future looms for 104 members of Blackstone-Millville Regional High Schoolâs Class of 2011, and the purple-and-gold-dressed graduates walking into the schoolâs 41st commencement Friday evening were told to count on successes already achieved to make it a bright one.
High School Principal Richard Porter pointed to the eveningâs perfect weather as making the ceremony a special one just as would the performances by a âfabulousâ BMR band and chorus.
BELLINGHAM - On a breezy, cool Friday evening, 115 Bellingham High School Blackhawks completed 13 years of formal schooling and they did it with class and style.
"What beautiful weather," outgoing School Superintendent David N. Fischer said at Friday's 73rd annual commencement exercises to honor the Class of 2011 graduating seniors. Yesterday's postcard-perfect weather saw the ceremony held outdoors for the first time in three years.