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Gauthier Hockey Festival set to go on January 15


The fifth annual Andrew J. Gauthier Hockey Festival will be held on Sunday, January 15 at Thayer Arena. As usual, the festival features a full slate of games, beginning at 11 a.m.

Participating teams include several youth hockey squads, the hockey teams from Pilgrim, Toll Gate, Vets, Narragansett and Prout, plus the Warwick girls’ hockey co-op and the La Salle girls. The annual Hap Mathews Game will also be held. For the first time, the festival will also feature a college game between Becker College and Stonehill. Bobby Gauthier, Andrew’s brother, plays for Becker.

The festival will also include raffles and games. Anyone wishing to volunteer, make donations or provide items for the silent auction can contact Bob Gauthier at 574-0280.

All proceeds from the festival go the Andrew J. Gauthier Scholarship Fund.

West Side sponsoring Breakfast with Santa

Warwick West Side Little League is sponsoring a Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Shields Post 43 on West Shore Road.

Breakfast is by reservation only and costs $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under. Children 4 and under eat free. E-mail bdillon56@hotmail.com by Dec. 12 to reserve a seat.

Pictures with Santa will also be available. No reservations are required for the pictures. A professional photographer will be available or parents can take their own pictures.

Bomb Squad Baseball collecting used equipment

This holiday season the Bomb Squad Baseball Company of Wakefield has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence and is collecting gently used and new sports equipment for the thousands of kids that utilize the Club.

“We are thrilled that the Bomb Squad Baseball Company values the importance of giving back to the communities it serves and has generously offered to collect and donate sports equipment for our youth, “ said Nicole R. Dufresne, executive director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence.

“Playing sports can make a big difference in a young person’s life,” said the Bomb Squad’s Phil Davidson. “But many families are experiencing tough times in this harsh economic climate and don’t have the funds to buy necessary items, let alone sports equipment. We’re asking everyone to play it forward this holiday season and make a difference in the lives of thousands of area youth. Everyone has a baseball glove, a pair of skates or a tennis racquet that are in good condition, but they don’t use anymore. Drop it off to us and we’ll make sure it gets to put to good use at the Boys & Girls Clubs.”

Equipment can be dropped off at the Bomb Squad (1174 Kingstown, Road, Wakefield), from Monday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 18. Those who donate sports equipment will also be entered into a raffle for a chance win a Hall of Fame Membership ($495 value) to the Bomb Squad. The winner will be chosen on Dec. 19.

Members of the Rhode Island Rebels, the area’s elite travel baseball program, will deliver the equipment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence in time for the holidays.


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