May 1st, 2011
BLACKSTONE - Amanda Notz, a life skills teacher at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, pauses about three feet from the top of a 25-foot-tall fiberglass rock climbing wall that has been erected in a corner of the school parking lot.
The wall has three climbing sides and an automated belay and hydraulic system that allows climbers to slowly descend from the top.
"Don't look down," U.S. Army Sgt. Logan O. Saunders yells up.
Notz adjusts her harness, makes one last reach and then taps the buzzer on top of the wall before lowering herself back down.
PAWTUCKET â€“ John Costa is 89 years old now and still lives in the house on Crane Street that he grew up in during the 1920s and 1930s.
â€śWe had nine people in this house â€¦ my mother and father, five boys and two girls,â€ť the World War II veteran was saying a few days ago. â€śMy twin sister Rose and I are the only ones still living. Rose lives out in Rehoboth.â€ť
Costa joined the National Guard in 1940, at the age of 18, admittedly â€ślooking for a little excitement.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ Although it often seems it, Kaylnn K.K. Pitts doesnâ€™t always win every time that she competes in track & field.
There are also days like Saturdayâ€™s Cumberland Invitational where the versatile sophomore from Woonsocket High still manages to grab some headlines when sheâ€™s not the first one in the results.
WOONSOCKET -- Woonsocket High ran its record to 8-2 on Saturday with a hard-fought 8-7 victory over Tolman High in a battle between two Division II rivals.
The Villa Novans led 7-1 after five innings before Tolman climbed back into the contest with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Tigers tied the game at 7-7 with two more runs in the top of the seventh inning. But Woonsocket had last at-bats and it really mattered in this case.
WOONSOCKET - YWCA Northern Rhode Island is taking a stand â€“ the Stand Against Racism initiative â€“ and invites local organizations to be a part of the effort.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization located in Montgomery, Ala., the number of hate groups operating in the United States has grown by 56 percent in the last eight years to nearly 1,000. The centerâ€™s Intelligence Report sites â€śimmigration fears and a failing economyâ€ť as the factors that have fueled the increase.
BURRILLVILLE - The University of Rhode Island in Kingston and Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Sports Park in Exeter came out on top in the Atlantic States Rural Water & Wastewater Association's (ASRWWA) Annual Drinking Water Taste Test competition held Wednesday at Wrightâ€™s Farm Restaurant.
There were four entries in the Water With a Disinfectant Division and six entries in the Water Without a Disinfectant Division.
WICKFORD â€“ This is a game Lincoln High would soon rather forget.
North Kingstown High was clearly the better squad Friday afternoon in a 10-5 win at Lischio Field. The game was hailed as a matchup of Division I contenders, as both squads entered play with identical 7-1 records, good enough to lead their respective divisions. Instead of a tightly-played contest filled with drama and suspense, the Skippers and Lions plodded along, combining for seven errors and 10 walks. In the end, North Kingstown was the squad that wound up making fewer mistakes, even though Lincoln belted three home runs.
Fernande M. Parent
WOONSOCKET- Fernande M. (Lussier) Parent, 80, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at Mount St. Rita Health Center, Cumberland with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife for 60 years of Raymond M. Parent.
Donald R. Anderson
BURRILLVILLE- Donald R. Anderson, 55, resident of Harrisville RI, died April 25, 2011 at his home.
Wife of Jeanne (Merola) Anderson.
Born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Russell & Winifred (Lees) Anderson.
Donald owned and operated DRA Commercial small engine repair.
Besides his wife he is survived by his son, Shaun & his wife Hollie Anderson of Burrillville and a granddaughter Brooke Anderson.
Arrangements were held privately and are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home in Oakland.
"Bobby" Wilson Jr.
BURRILLVILLE- Robert W. "Bobby" Wilson Jr., 86, died Thursday April 28, 2011 at his home at Grove Lane, Pascoag. He was the husband of the late Margaret E. (Hargreaves) Wilson.
Born in Providence he was the son of the late Robert and Nellie (Wright) Wilson.
Bobby worked at Zambarano Hospital for 38 years. After retiring he also worked at a local Gas Station as a pump attendant. He was an active member of Pascoag Fire Department Hose Company #2 for more than 50 years, a member of the Wallum Lake Fire Department, and a member of Chepachet Grange.