September 18th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ Local historian Elizabeth Vangel noticed the old monument one day when she was conducting a census of historic sites in the River Street area last year.
She found it outside the office of the former Woonsocket Rubber Companyâ€™s Alice Mill which, by then, had become a plant for Tech Industries.
The metal plaque was attached to a large glacial boulder and bore an inscription that she found in keeping with her studies of local residents who played a role in the nationâ€™s Civil War.
LINCOLN â€“ The gun and cannon fire had just concluded, Union and Confederate soldiers hustling to their fallen comrades laying in the grass in attempts to save their lives, when 10-year-old Hannah Turgeon turned to her parents and stated, â€śThat was outstanding.
â€śIt's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,â€ť noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family â€śA Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekendâ€ť at Chase Farm Park on Saturday.
WARWICK â€” Mistakes were made by Ponaganset High in its Division II-B opener against Toll Gate on Saturday. In the first half alone, the Chieftains committed 14 penalties, two of which negated touchdowns.
Still, despite the numerous yellow flags tossed, it was smooth sailing for the Chieftains, who scored four times in the initial half and cruised to a dominating 38-0 triumph over the Titans. Senior quarterback Chris Larabee tossed for two touchdowns, senior Sam Fasano rushed for a pair of scores and junior Scott Peterson also found the end zone twice for the Chieftains.
PROVIDENCE â€” North Smithfieldâ€™s resurgent football program took a step backwards on Saturday afternoon, turning the ball over five times during an 18-10 loss to Hope High.
â€śExtremely frustrating,â€ť Northmen coach Wes Pennington said when asked to describe what he had just seen. â€śWe fought hard but you canâ€™t win football games turning the ball over like that.â€ť
Fresh off a season-opening 55-26 romp over Burrillville, the Northmen entered their Division IV opener seeking to maintain the momentum built by the 2010 squad that qualified for the playoffs with a 6-2 league record.
WOONSOCKET â€” Two-time defending Division II champion Woonsocket High faces a loaded Tolman squad next weekend in a rematch of last yearâ€™s Super Bowl.
The preparation for the big showdown at Barry Field will be thorough for the Villa Novans. Chances are that workload will be intensified slightly more after their II-B opener against visiting Pilgrim Saturday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ With time running out to claim a place on the ballot, all the signs are pointing against former Mayor Susan D. Menard taking on incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
The former seven-term mayor fulfilled a preliminary requirement for becoming a contender on Aug. 30 by filing declaration papers. To secure a spot on the ballot Menard must still return nomination papers with the signatures of at least 100 registered voters.
CUMBERLAND â€” "We turn no one away," says Anthony DeQuattro, president of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The annual encampment to assist all veterans, including those who are homeless, got underway Friday at Diamond Hill Park and continues today and tomorrow.
The three-day outreach event features a wide array of services for homeless veterans and any veteran seeking help, such as housing, hot meals and showers, clothing, benefits screenings, legal assistance, medical and mental health services, vaccinations, substance abuse support and counseling.
PAWTUCKET â€” This is a victory that Cumberland High soon wonâ€™t forget.
Boasted by a strong defense that came up huge when it mattered most, Cumberland held on for a 14-7 final against Shea High in the Division II-A for both schools Friday night at Max Read Field. The Clippers scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter behind a one-yard run by Ryan Gaumond â€“ one of two in the contest â€“ before surviving a frantic finish in which the Raiders let a first-and-goal opportunity at the Cumberland 4 with less than a minute remaining slip through their grasp.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Lincoln High was a state runner-up last year in Division II and lost five players from that squad, but it has a solid nucleus that has come back.
After back-to-back state crowns in Div. IV, Woonsocket was moved up two divisions last fall and struggled with just one victory. This seasonâ€™s team has some talented players, but is still fairly young.
PROVIDENCE â€“ With enough time gone by to gain perspective since Hurricane Irene left the state in the dark for days, the Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee held the first of two public hearings Thursday on the state Emergency Management Agency's, the National Guard's and National Grid's performance during and after the storm.