February 7th, 2011
Helene E. Phillips
WOONSOCKET- Helene E. Phillips 68, of Mendon Rd. died Saturday at Landmark Medical Center. She was the beloved wife of Robert P. Phillips.
Helene was born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late Armand and Celia (Laplante) Cournoyer.
She was a phlebotomist at Southwood Community Hospital in Norfolk, MA for eighteen years before retiring in 1999. Helene was an avid reader, and loved the beach, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Doris E. White
GLOCESTER- Doris E. White, 86, of Snake Hill Road, died Saturday, February 05, 2011 at her home. She was the widow of Arthur R. White.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Clara (Berna) Gervais. She had lived in Glocester for 47 years.
She is survived by her children Janice A. Knight of Chepachet, Douglas R. White of Glocester, 4 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Henry, Raymond and Clara Gervais, Leah Dionne, Edna Cooper and Norma Tomasso.
Paul R.G. Auclair, Jr.
ANCHORAGE, AK - USAF SSGT. Paul R.G. Auclair, Jr., 28, formerly of Cumberland died unexpectedly Friday, January 28, 2011. He was the husband of Jenni L. (Cornelle) Auclair.
Born in Woonsocket, the beloved son of Celina (Charland) Auclair of Cumberland and the late Paul R. G. Auclair, he had lived in Cumberland before moving to North Carolina for 4 years. He had been stationed in Alaska for the past 3 years.
While in the Air Force, he was deployed three times, twice to Iraq and once to Korea.
Caroline H. Peloquin
MANVILLE- Caroline H. Peloquin, 89, of Railroad St., Manville, died Thursday at Landmark Medical Center with her family at her side. She was the wife of the late Bernard Peloquin.
Born in Manville, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Antonia (Ziemba) Holubesko. She was a lifelong resident of Manville.
Mrs. Peloquin was employed by the State of Rhode Island school lunch program with the Lincoln schools for over 25 years. She also worked at the Manville-Jenckes mill in her early years and later at Piette Jewelers before her retirement.
WOONSOCKET- Raymond Gemski, 85, of Park Avenue, passed away Friday in the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of the late Rose (Kuchiryvka) Gemski.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Peter and Annie (Lanowy) Gemski. He was a life-long Woonsocket resident.
Mr. Gemski was a United States Navy, World War II Veteran.
He was employed by the former Woonsocket Hospital as a Nuclear Medicine Technician until his retirement.
WOONSOCKET â€” The winter of 2011 claimed a city landmark Sunday as heavy snow and ice brought down the function room roof at Vermetteâ€™s Restaurant at 1347 Diamond Hill Road.
The collapse of the roof into a room once home to local wedding receptions, collations and holiday parties left one wall bulging outward into the business' parking lot at Diamond Hill Road and Mendon Road and another canted inward. The city's building inspector subsequently ordered the function room taken down as a precaution against further collapse.
Some high school hoop-related tidbits to pass along â€¦
You could say the three divisional tournaments in boysâ€™ basketball are suffering from the same symptoms normally associated with middle child syndrome. Blame such thinking on our minds being somewhere else, the focus instead on the chaos and suspense hovering over the squeeze-everything-in gauntlet needed to complete the regular season. Thereâ€™s also a great deal of buzz in the air surrounding the open state tournament, the new frontier that will lead to the crowning of one champion.
The CALL is seeking photos of Blackstone Valley military veterans, whether they served in war zones or not. Please send photos to our email box: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them off in the Veterans mail basket located on the front desk of The CALL's office on Main St., Woonsocket.
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WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee will begin work on next yearâ€™s proposed budget in earnest this week when it considers what could amount to a $1.7 million reduction in school spending.
The panelâ€™s budget subcommittee is expected to recommend approximately that amount in cost reductions after looking at a list of possible budget tightening moves that include several of the recommendations raised by the just completed B&E Consulting performance audit, School Committee Chairman Marc A. Dubois said after subcommittee met Thursday.
UPTON â€“ Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School senior and automotive technology student, Christopher Downing, is the recipient of the Senior Northwestern Technical Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship worth up to $25,000 from the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Downing also achieved a first-place finish in the Mass. Skills USA Automotive Technology Competition in March 2010, resulting in him being awarded an additional $10,000 scholarship from the university. The combined awards total $35,000 that may be applied to tuition costs throughout his enrollment.