Hudson - Litchfield News | April 20, 2012 - 9 AHS Hockey Team Recognized at Year End Banquet
by Len Lathrop The Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey hosted
what has become an annual event: “the end of the year banquet.” This year it was held at the White Birch Banquet Hall. After a buffet meal, the guest speaker was Capt. William Avery from the Hudson Police Department. Bill had been recognized as an outstanding Massachusetts high school hockey player and went on to play college hockey and was his team captain his junior and senior year at Norwich University. Capt. Avery spoke to the audience, but mostly directed his comments to the players. He talked about integrity. He talked about doing the right thing using examples from their playoff game at the Verizon Center that he attended. He pointed out to everyone there that the actions of the Alvirne players in picking up the puck, handing it to the ref, and things of that nature spoke volumes about the boys, the team, the school, and our community. The Captain went on to explain the problems with alcohol abuse and how it has affected his life and hoped to leave an impression with these young players about its danger. The coaches passed out certificates to
the players that outlined some of their accomplishments and what they could be remembered for during the season. In Alvirne Hockey history, this was quite the year, with the team losing only one game in the regular season and missing being in the state championship game at the Verizon Center in overtime by one goal. The Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey started a new tradition of offering honors to players who show the characteristics as outlined in each of these awards. Leadership Awards Presented by Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey (not the school): “... who epitomize the leadership qualities of sportsmanship, perseverance, responsibility, and dedication both on and off the ice by their actions with the team and their education. As a result of your leadership, teambuilding, and leading by example, the team you captained came together to work hard and win games. You handled any team issues successfully and kept the team focused, especially when we lost Phil. We are proud to honor Ryan Bellerose and Brian Blanchette with The Leadership Award.”
Outdoors Charlie Chalk with
Hunting Education Leads to Participation
The more familiar youth are with individuals their own age who hunt and target shoot, the more likely they will be to support and participate in these activities. This key finding and others come from a major new research project commissioned by the Hunting Heritage Trust and National Shooting Sports Foundation® to determine the impact of peer influence on youth participation in hunting and the shooting sports. Responsive Management, the well-known public opinion
Te seniors for this year’s AHS Hockey Team pose with retiring Superintendent Randy Bell, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Hockey Program at Alvirne. Front row: Cameron Brock, Brian Blanchette, Superintendent Bell, and Ryan Bellerose. In back: Nick Smith and Brian Carpenter
Guest speaker Captain William Avery
“... who exemplifies leadership qualities as well as applies the core values of hockey to enrich the lives of others in our community through service for those in need. We have a team member who impressed us by his efforts in rounding all of us up, keeping us informed, organizing the separation of items, and delivering with the help of his teammates, the donations to St. Vincent de Paul’s. This player also ran a Thanksgiving Food Drive to provide Thanksgiving meals to the needy that he began in 2009 with his brother, and Alvirne Alumni, and other hockey players and their families from both Alvirne and their all Midget teams. This team member showed great leadership and compassion by involving the team to reach out to the community, and so, he honored Alvirne Ice Hockey as well. We are proud to
present Jeremy Dutil with the Leadership In
Community Service Award. Last was The Player Award: Each year, Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey presents the 7th Player Award to an individual on the team, who exhibited dedication, sacrifice, and hard work towards the betterment and success of the team. This individual attended off ice practices, the extra practices organized by Assistant Captain Brian Blanchette and participated in fundraising activities. We are proud to honor Daniel Lebourdais with the 7th Player Award. The banquet ended with the Captain and Assistant Captain Ryan Bellerose and Brian Blanchette expressing their thanks to all the parents who have over the many years transported them in their teammates the practices at all times of the day and night stood by them year after year through the different hockey leagues that they played in and thanked them for their outstanding support as they march forward in their efforts to be New Hampshire Division III State Champions.
researchers in the fields of conservation, hunting and target shooting, conducted the research in January using focus groups and a nationwide scientific telephone survey of youth ages 8 to 17 years old. The study also revealed that youth have a curiosity about the shooting sports and an eagerness to learn more about them. Non- participants said they would accept an invitation to try target shooting and hunting. When the percentages from the study were applied to U.S. population estimates, the report found that more than 23 million youth ages 8 to 17 would be likely to hunt if invited in the next 12 months, and more than 27 million youth would be likely to target shoot if invited during that period. “The most important obligation for youth hunting and shooting ambassadors is to invite their friends to go hunting and shooting,” the report said.
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Jeremy Dutil, second from right, was honored with the Community Service Award with Friends of Alvirne Ice Hockey VP Roy Silva and President Cheryl Gamst and his mom.
New Hudson Senior Council Members
submitted by Pat Nichols, Senior Council on Aging The Hudson Senior’s Council on Aging is pleased to announce new members to the Hudson Senior Council on Aging. Voting was held at the Annual Senior Meeting on April. Re-elected to the Council was Lucille Boucher and Irene Tremblay. New elected members were State Representative Bob Haefner, Shirley Lafreniere, and Vivian McGuire. Join us in welcoming our new members.
Exciting things are happening for the senior’s in the coming year, so having a full Council is encouraging.
Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen, Teacher and Public Safety Award Recipients Announced
submitted by Robert Everett, President, Men’s Auxiliary 5791 Hudson Memorial Post 5791 and its Auxiliaries are pleased to announce this year’s Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen, Teacher and Public Safety award recipients for 2011-2012. The Voice of Democracy Grade 9-12 essay/oratorical contest winner was Heather Gibson of Alvirne High School. This year’s VOD theme was “Is There Pride In Serving Our Country?” The Patriot’s Pen Grade 6-8 essay award recipients were first
place, Justin Ferreira and second place, Kylie Letendre both of Hudson Memorial School. This year’s PP theme was “Are You Proud Of Your Country?” The Teacher of the Year Award Recipients High School, Middle
School, and Elementary School were: Col. Kevin Grady USAF (Ret), Aerospace Science, Alvirne High School. Col. Grady also came in first place for VFW District 6. Deborah Luszey, Grade 8 Math, Hudson Memorial School. Mrs. Luszey also came in first place for VFW District 6, and placed first for the Department of NH VFW. Donna Hallowood, Kindergarten, Creative Little Angels Preschool. Mrs. Hallowood also came in first place for VFW District 6. The Law Enforcement Gold Medal Award recipient was
Detective Sgt. Jason Lucontoni, Hudson Police Department. Sgt. Lucontoni also placed second for VFW District 6. The EMT of the Year award went to Lt. Michelle Rudolph, Hudson Fire Department. Lt. Rudolph also placed first for VFW District 6. The Firefighter of the year award recipient was Capt. Fred Brough (Ret), Hudson Fire Department. Capt. Brough also placed first for VFW District 6. I would like to congratulate these students, teachers and public safety professionals on their achievements and wish them continued success. I would also like to thank the parents, Hudson School Board, Superintendent Bell, Alvirne High School, Hudson Memorial School, Creative Little Angels, Chief Lavoie HPD, Chief Murray HFD and Hudson Board of Selectmen for their support and cooperation. For more information on these or any other VFW Community Programs contact your local VFW Post or go to www.vfw.org
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