2 - October 7, 2011 | Hudson - Litchfield News Patriots Hall of Fame Jackets Have Hudson Roots
by Kristen Hoffman Jim Regan knows how to make it fit. Recently, Regan gained notoriety by providing the red jackets worn by former New England Patriots Drew Bledsoe and Jon Morris at the 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on September 17. Regan, A Hudson native, owns “Regan Clothiers,” a specialty tailor shop based in Hudson. The custom made jackets were chosen among the likes of major sport equipment manufactures like Reebok. Different styles were voted on and ultimately, Regan won. The jackets were made from faille cloth, a super 120 style. The bright red fabric was well received by the players. “They liked the red jackets,” Regan said. The jackets took five weeks to complete.
He has been in the tailoring business for
16 years, and has owned the label Regan Clothiers for 11 years. He has made a name for himself by selling custom-made apparel. Regan does not have anything in stock, but rather creates everything to order. The chance to tailor the jackets worn by former
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VFWs are Giving Away $3.2 Million in College Scholarships and Savings Bonds
Thirty-one days remain for students, grades 6-12, to enter for
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in scholarships and incentives each year. However, the deeper value and long term benefits of these programs is that America’s youth learn the value of our system of government and its history; including the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans,” states Steve Van Buskirk, Director of VFW Programs. This year marks the Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest’s
65th year. Students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories are eligible to enter. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. This year also marks the 16th year for the Patriot’s Pen program.
This program is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. The national first-place winner receives $10,000 savings bond. The deadline to enter either contest is November 1. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed these programs on the National Association of Student Councils, National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2010- 2011. For complete information and contest rules, visit www.vfw.org/
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Patriot players was an honor for Regan, who described himself as a huge Patriot fan. The opportunity arose because of Regan’s already close ties with the franchise, “I work with about 35 people from Gillette,” Regan said. He has been working with these people for about five people. From this small base, Regan was able to get his name out there, and eventually wind up with the winning design. When he’s not tailoring clothing for the stars, he is figuring out how to make clothes fit just right. He doesn’t have an average customer. He dresses from the corpulent to the pre-pubescent. He creates custom made clothes of all varieties, including an exact replica of the blue velvet jacket Austin Powers wore in his movie for a client’s bar mitzvah. Dressing the former Patriots was a big step for Regan. Fortunately, this was not a one time event. While he will continue to create clothes of all shapes and sizes for his clients, he will continue to work with the Patriots and their Hall of Fame needs, “It would be hard for them to get rid of me,” Regan said.
submitted by Jean Picard The Litchfield Middle School girls’ soccer team participated in the fight against Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 2, at Greeley Park in Nashua. The whole team showed up in their new Breast Care Awareness uniforms that they have worn for one week and will wear this week as well, to help in the awareness of breast cancer. The girls showed up on Sunday morning ready to go. They participated on stage with a pre-walk aerobic work out along with their Coach Bryan Decinto. The team is made up of 36 girls from fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders and was able to raise over $2,100 for the cause. When I asked Coach Decinto if he had any one in his life who had breast cancer his response was “No, I have two daughters and a wife, I feel it is important for the girls to be a part of their community and give back and felt this was a good cause.” It was nice to see the whole team come together off the field, along with many of the parents and siblings who also stayed and walked with the girls. It really was a great success.
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