August 22nd, 2011
For the 11 high school teams in the Blackstone Valley, as well as the others from across the state, the road to postseason glory in December started last week during workouts on hot mid-August mornings and afternoons that were better suited for spending on a beach.
And while the ultimate goal of every team is to reach the Super Bowl in their respective divisions, two teams from the area, Woonsocket and Tolman, are hoping to get back to the championship game.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyeler had only request of his starting pitcher Monday night â€“ pitch deep into the game.
Tony Pena Jr. heeded the wishes of his skipper, the right-hander tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Monday night as Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 win against Syracuse. The victory enables the PawSox to move into sole possession of first place in the I.L. North after Lehigh Valley was shut out by Indianapolis, 2-0.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Luis Exposito finally heard the words heâ€™s longed to hear â€“ the catching responsibilities for the Pawtucket Red Sox are his and his alone.
No longer is Exposito subjected to a strict platoon partnership, one that can test even the most patient of souls. Thanks to Ryan Lavarnwayâ€™s promotion to Boston and the Red Sox shipping off prospect Tim Federowicz at the July 31 trade deadline, the 24-year-old Exposito holds the title as the primary backstop.
Naturally, PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler wasted little time in delivering the message to Exposito.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mayor Leo T. Fontaine remained unopposed in his bid for re-election as the campaign season opened Monday, but who jumps in â€” and who doesnâ€™t â€” may depend on the outcome of a new poll in which two potential challengers to the first-term incumbent are named.
Cumberland political pollster Joe Fleming said his company has been hired to conduct research on how former Mayor Susan D. Menard or State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Woonsocket) would fare in political competition against Fontaine. But Fleming wonâ€™t say who hired him.
Anna M. Swiski
LINCOLN - Anna M. (Sudol) Swiski, 91, of Franklin Street died Monday, August 22, 2011 at Grandview Center, Cumberland. She was the wife of the late Alexander Swiski.
Born in Woonsocket, a daughter of the late John and Agnes (Hetel) Sudol, she had lived in Cumberland for 27 years before moving to Lincoln 17 years ago.
Mrs. Swiski was a secretary at the former Woonsocket Institution for Savings and later Eastland Bank for 10 years. She also was a substitute teacher at Our Lady of Consolation Parochial School and in the Woonsocket School system.
Jeanne D'Arc Richer
WOONSOCKET - Jeanne D'Arc Richer died Sunday at the age of 91 in The Ballou Home in Woonsocket surrounded by family and friends. Jeanne was one of many Franco-Americans of Canadian descent who worked the now defunct Woonsocket textile mills such as the Alsace and the Woonsocket Spinning.
Vivian A. Kamer
WOONSOCKET - Vivian A. Kamer, 70, of Woodhaven Rd., died Monday August 22, 2011, in the Oakland Grove Health Center. She was the wife of Thomas Kamer.
Born in Woonsocket, daughter of the late Wilfred and Alice (Corriveau) Mathieu.
She worked in Housekeeping at the Mt. St. Rita Health Center for several years, and also for Miller Electric, for 28 years.
Irjean A. St. Onge
WOONSOCKET - Irjean A. "John" St. Onge, 89, formerly of Old River Rd., Manville, died Sunday at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. He was the husband of Claire E. (Delage)(Godin) St. Onge. They were married on May 29, 1983.
Born in Manville, he was a son of the late Zephrim and Eva (Delisle) St. Onge. He was a resident of Manville for most of his life and had lived in Woonsocket for the past several years.
Mr. St. Onge was employed as a tool maker at Bird Co. Inc. for over 20 years and in his earlier years he worked at the Manville Jenckes mill.
Claire B. Hanley
WOONSOCKET - Claire B. Hanley 86, of Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside died Sunday at Waterview Villa in East Providence. She was the wife of Thomas E. Hanley.