November 15th, 2011
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The playoffs for Division IV begin Nov. 29 with a pair of semifinal contests.
Right now, one of the hottest team heading into the postseason just be North Smithfield.
After falling to Smithfield back on Sept. 30, the Northmen have won five straight games, mostly against the upper-echelon of divisional squads.
En route to its current 5-2 mark, one that ties the local gridders with the Sentinels for second place in the league, N.S. has knocked off two undefeated teams (Exeter/West Greenwich, Mount Pleasant) and two others with winning records (Smithfield, Central Falls).
It's often said that passion in athletics among our youths has been lost. With all the distractions that kids have nowadays, such as video games, computers and iPods, the younger generation has been more inclined to sit down and punch keys or work a remote than dedicate themselves to a sport (or sports).
The decline in roster numbers and the empty fields and basketball courts on a daily basis has proven that some of that is true.
But the passion hasn't disappeared completely. There is still that urge to test one's strength to its physical and mental limits among some of our youths.
For Rhode Island high school football teams, playing on Thanksgiving is hailed as one of those holiday traditions you canâ€™t live without, itâ€™s so-called importance ranking up there with the Macyâ€™s Day Parade, awkward dinner-time conversations and endless turkey leftovers.
Robert P. Gailloux
WOONSOCKET- Robert P. Gailloux, age 67, of Woonsocket, RI passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, RI.
He was born Tuesday, July 18, 1944 in Woonsocket, RI, son of the late Gilbert and Gertrude (Courtemanche) Gailloux.
Robert was a lifelong Woonsocket resident, who had worked for the Ames department store company for 28 years.
He is survived by his brother Wilfred of Woonsocket, as well as 3 nephews, 4 grandnieces, 2 grandnephews and several cousins.
Lucien J. Leclaire
WOONSOCKET- Lucien J. Leclaire, 82, of Pond St. Woonsocket, died November 15, 2011 at The Holiday Retirement Home in Manville. He was the husband of the late Jacqueline G. (Thibault) Leclaire.
Born in Bellingham, he was a son of the late Arthur and Beatrice (Therien) Leclaire.
He was a graduate of Bellingham High School and resided in Woonsocket for most of his life.
Mr. Leclaire served in the Army during the Korean War.
He was employed by Valley Gas for over 25 years before retiring.
Francois T. Labrecque
CUMBERLAND- Francois T. (Voyer) Labrecque, 86, of Sumner Brown Rd. Mt. St. Rita Health Center., formerly of Spring St., Woonsocket, died Monday November 14, 2011, in Mt. St. Rita Health Center. She was the wife of the late Joseph R. Labrecque.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Joseph and Delvina (St. Germain) Voyer.
Mrs. Labreccque was a Homemaker.
She was an active parishioner, at the former Our Lady of Victories Church., in Woonsocket.
Winifred G. Letendre
BURRILLVILLE - Winifred G. (Galloway) Letendre, 98, of Pascoag, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late Milton Letendre.
Born in Bridgeton, she was the daughter of the late John and Agnes (Skirrow) Galloway.
Winifred, along with her husband, operated a poultry farm for many years. She was a life member of the Burrillville Senior Citizens.
Mary E. Delorme
BELLINGHAM- Mary E. (Havens) Delorme, 75, of Bellingham, MA, passed away on Nov. 14, 2011 at Milford Regional Medical Center with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Arthur "Lee" Delorme.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cartier's Funeral Home, Bellingham, MA.
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Harriet L. Bailey
BURRILLVILLE- Harriet L. (Underwood) Bailey, 94, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 in Overlook Nursing Home, Pascoag. She was the wife of the late Lewis J. Bailey and resided on East Wallum Lake Rd., Pascoag.
Born in Bridgeton, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Alice (Sayles ) Underwood.
Debra L. Bernier
BELLINGHAM- Debra L. (Newton) Bernier, 55, of Bellingham, passed away on Nov. 8, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of Norman D. Bernier, and the loving mother of Christopher D. Bernier of Upton, Heidi F. Gilboy and her husband Michael of Franklin, Elizabeth A. Vallee and her husband Richard of Northbridge, and the late Linda McDaniel and Charlene Therien, and the daughter of Shirley Alward of Bellingham and the late Harry Newton.
Arrangements are private under the direction of Cartier's Funeral Home, Bellingham. For complete obituary and guest book visit