Just recently, Brian “PI” Leclerc, a life-long resident of Berlin lost his life in a mill accident.

I have known Brian since he attended Berlin Schools, had him and his four brothers as students in my physical education classes and sports’ teams, and played against him in many a softball game.  He also was a softball referee, coach and fan.

Brian was a voracious sports fan throughout all of his life and will certainly be missed by family, co-workers and friends.  

It was my pleasure to spend a bit of time with the family at the funeral, many of whom I have not seen for lots of years.  My condolences go out to them at this very sad time.

Small world

Also, last week,  a story I had written on Berliner Rod Ross’ broadcasting career and his induction into the Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame which was published in The Berlin Sun.  

One thing I alluded to was how he and that career got a real boost when he was hired to be a disc jockey and sport’s broadcaster at a new radio station in town, WBRL.  

Richard Blais, formerly of Berlin died on November 19, 2019, in Florida and his obituary was published in the Sun the same day Ross’ story came out.  

Come to find out Mr. Blais, among many other business dealings,  was very instrumental in bringing cable television to the north country, and then  in the 1970s became the owner of that specific radio station where Rod worked, WBRL.

This is another one of those situations where one encounters the same people, events or situations in an unexpected place (“It’s a small world”).

Lachance honored

Athletic Director Derek Dunning of Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., sent along a news release about Gorham’s own Karyssa Lachance, who recently earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference All Conference second team honors for her play in 2019, on Norwich’s women’s soccer team.

Lachance, a sophomore, had 15 goals and one assist this past season, which was good for ninth on the all-time list at Norwich as well as third in goals and fourth in points for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.  

This talented Gorham native led the team this season with 78 shots, including 42 on goal, and had three game-winning goals.  

Based on her two years of soccer action and her accomplishments, according to the news release, “she is definitely helping to mold the Cadets into a legitimate playoff contender in the immediate future.”

The Patriots

For all of you New England Patriots lovers and haters, according to my NFL “sources” after last night’s win (a win is a win no matter how ugly) the Pats (10-1 on the season) are now 99-1 in games where they led  at halftime, have now set a record with their 17th consecutive season with 10 or more wins and have their second longest  regular season home win streak at 18, in team history.  

High school sports

Don’t forget the Berlin and Gorham alumni basketball games this Friday (Berlin: girls at 3 p.m., boys at 4:30 p.m.) and (Gorham: girls at 5 p.m., boys at 6:30p.m.).

North Country Hockey League resume on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 and 8:15 p.m.

A safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday to all!

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