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By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — Would you like to play golf with an Emmy winner?

Emmy Award-winning actor Gordon Clapp, 64, formerly of Kearsarge, is looking for three teammates to play with him in the annual Vaughan Community Service/North Conway Day Care Golf Scramble at the North Conway Country Club on Thursday, Sept. 4.

We're thrilled to have Gordon willing to play and help promote our tournament," Denise Leighton, of Vaughan, said and explained how the tournament landed Clapp. "Penny Robinson is friends with his sister and asked him if he was available next year would he play in our tournament and he said yes he was. We just found out last week — we're pleased to have him. Hopefully his presence will help us raise decent money for the Vaughan program including the Day Care and the Food Pantry. ...Gordon will be here for the entire day."

Clapp, who attended Kennett High for three years, is the son of the late Bill Clapp and Janet Knowlton, and brother of Polly Howe of North Conway, Ian Clapp of Tamworth, and Nancy Brady of Seattle. He now lives in Los Angeles, but spends a lot of time on the East Coast as his girlfriend Elisabeth Gordon lives in Boston.

He is best known as the Emmy-winning, Tony-nominated actor who charmed audiences as Det. Greg Medavoy on "NYPD Blue" (1993) and as loudmouth instigator Dave Moss in the 2005 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross "(1992).

Clapp appeared in "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006), directed by Clint Eastwood, in which he played gruff General Holland "Howlin' Mad" Smith, who helped mastermind the capture of the Japanese island of Iwo Jima during World War II.

Clapp has maintained a vibrant career on both sides of the camera. Films include "Moonlight Mile" (2002), "Rules of Engagement" (2000) and four films with director and former 1976 fellow Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company crew member John Sayles: "Sunshine State" (2002), "Matewan" (1987), "Eight Men Out" (1988) and "Return of the Secaucus Seven "(1979), the latter of which was a locally-filmed movie shot in Mount Washington Valley, including at the Shannon Door Pub in Jackson. TV appearances include "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999), "Without a Trace" (2002), "Deadwood" (2004), "Less Than Perfect" (2002), "American Family"(2002), "Wings" (1990), "Cheers" (1982) and several TV movies.
He also executive produced and starred in three short films: "Trailer Talk" (2006), "Bananas" (2004), and the award-winning "Fast Cars & Babies" (2003).

Armed with a theater degree from prestigious Williams College, the New Hampshire native spent much of his early career in Canada, in regional and Toronto theater and as a company member of Ottawa's premiere National Arts Centre. His stage and TV work earned him nominations for a Dora Moore Award (Toronto's equivalent to the Tony) and Gemini Award (Canada's equivalent to the Emmy. American regional credits include the Philadelphia Drama Guild, Buffalo's Studio Arena and Boston's Huntington Theater.

The cost to team up with Clapp in the best ball scramble is $150 and includes a day on the picturesque North Conway links with Clapp, a golf cart, lunch and prizes.

For those not playing with Clapp, the entry is $75 per person or $300 for a team of four golfers. Registration on Sept. 4 is at 7:15 a.m. and will feature coffee and doughnuts with the first golfers teeing off at 8 a.m.

The tournament is open to the first 32 teams to sign-up.

The day will feature putting and chipping contests; Mulligans; a hole-in-one automobile opportunity; and raffle prizes and other contests.

Checks should be made out to the Vaughan Community Service and mailed to Vaughan/North Conway Day Care Golf, P.O. Box 401, North Conway, N.H. 03860.

If you specifically would like to team up with Clapp or to register, call Denise at 356-2324 and she will email registration forms.

The Vaughan Food Pantry currently provides over 10,000 meals a month.

"Thank God we're getting donations," Leighton said. "The need is great here in this community."

Leighton said Rotary recently donated two new freezers and a refrigerator to Vaughan while Hannaford has been donating meats and pastries once a week and the New Hampshire Food Bank has been providing fresh vegetables.

 

CONWAY — North Conway resident Ted Sares recently won first place (in the 75-79 Masters Class) at the prestigious Eastern Canadian Pro-Am Wars held at the Wandlyn Inn in Amherst, Nova Scotia near the Bay of Fundy tides. It was his eighth win in his last nine events and included a (second) career best in the squat.

The three day event was on live stream and included a seminar by legendary lifter Brandon Lily creator of the Cube Method, who gave the attendees great pointers and advice. Lilly, who says he never wakes up pain-free, also served as announcer during the competition. A number or world records were set (especially by the younger lifters) and big Nathan Robertson of Nova Scotia won the over-all event with a total of 2,149 equipped.

As an aside: The 325-pound Lilly is well on the way to recovering from a gruesome and devastating injury to his knees last January which was captured on video and is not for the faint-heated. Among other injuries, he sheared his ACL, meniscus, patella, tore both quad tendons, and MCL in both knees and the knee cap in his left knee was replaced.

Sares termed this Canadian experience the pinnacle of this his second campaign in power lifting, as he was an active lifter many years ago in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Citing over-activity and resultant weakened muscles, the 77 year-old then "hit the wall" (powerlifting lingo for not getting the iron up) at the highly competitive "Beat the Heat" tournament in Moultonborough on Aug. 16, as he failed to break his own state record in the dead-lift on his third and final attempt.

Amazingly and despite this disappointment, he and his wife, Holly, immediately drove down to Manchester where he competed in the Granite State Senior Games held at Manchester Memorial High School the following morning. When asked if this was the beginning of a strongman-type competition, Sares said "absolutely no way; it was simply something I had to get out of my system."

He plans to finish the year by participating in the EPF prestigious Nationals on Nov. 8 in Johnston City, R.I. Winning in the Nationals is a big step towards world championship tournaments. In between, Sares will be working with his trainer Angel Williams on a multi-faceted plan combining diet, nutrition, and incremental increases in strength.

 

CONWAY — Women's ice hockey is a rock'n good time Monday's at the Ham Arena in Conway. This is a four team league, with refereed games, scorekeepers and stats. The program has been in existence since 1999 and has grown over the years. Many women who join the program have never played ice hockey before, many return after the kids grow up!

It's a supportive learning league, no check, all ages and abilities, a great workout with plenty of excitement and camaraderie. Some say it's the most fun they have all week! We have some donated equipment for ladies to start with.

Women and young girls from across the street and as far away as Bridgton/Naples Maine and Laconia participate.

The Monday night league is just one of the programs that the Mount Washington Valley Women's Hockey Association organizes. Travel games, tournaments and skills programs are also part of what the Association does to promote women's hockey. The fall-winter session starts Monday, Sept. 8 and runs until Nov. 24. The winter-spring session starts early January and ends in April. Ladies are able to sign up for one or both 12-week sessions.

Fall teams will be chosen very soon so call today if you want to play!

Cost is $150 per session, payment arrangements available. If you have any questions, want to play, need more information about this great program please call Lisa at 387-5360 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

BERLIN — AutoNorth and Verizon Wireless Zone present the second annual Kiwanis Club of Berlin's "Play It Forward Golf...for the Kids" golf tournament at the Androscoggin Valley Country Club ("AVCC"), Gorham on Saturday, Sept. 6. Scramble format with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Cash prizes to the top three teams ($500 first place, $250 for second, $100 for third). Great AutoNorth hole-in-one prizes include a new set of Ping irons.

VerizonWireless Zone prizes to the top 4 men's and top 4 women's longest drives. Putting contest ($100 to winner). Casino hole (double your money). Beat-the-Clock Hole ($100 to winning team). 50/50 raffle, gift certificates, great food, fun, and fellowship.

Cost to play in the tournament is $55 for AVCC members and summer card holders, and $70 for non-AVCC members. Players can register individually or as a team.

To register, please call Gary Riff at AVCC 466-9468. Team captains can also send their name, telephone number and email address, along with the names of their team members, and a fee of $55 or $70 for each player, to: Priscilla Couture, treasurer, Kiwanis Club of Berlin, PO Box 72, Berlin, NH 03570-0072.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used by the Kiwanis Club of Berlin to expand its support of youth sports and scholarship programs to benefit the children of the Berlin, Gorham and Milan area.

 

FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Academy Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Bob Hodgman-Burns will run the 10th annual Fryeburg Academy Soccer Camp this summer.

The camp, open to boys and girls ages 5-13 from across Western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley, runs Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Aug. 29.

Coach Hodgman-Burns will be joined by current and former members of the Raiders soccer program for a week of skill and tactical development. Campers will learn proper passing techniques; shooting skills; team play; and there will be individual drills offered to practice during the off-season.

"It's a fun camp," Hodgman-Burns said. "Aside from learning proper techniques, I hope the campers will learn an appreciation for the game.

Coach Hodgman-Burns is in his ninth year as the boys varsity coach at Fryeburg Academy where he is a two-time Western Maine Conference All Star coach and his teams have made the playoffs seven straight years.

Coach Hodgman-Burns holds his Class E license from the NSCAA.

He is also the former girls varsity soccer coach at Kennett High. A member of the Kennett High Sports Hall of Fame, Hodgman-Burns was a three-sport standout at Kennett and later at Wheton College. Coach Burns is also a member of the Mount Washington Valley Soccer Club.

Camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fryeburg Recreation Complex (The Field of Dreams) in Fryeburg on Route 302, just beyond Rite Aid.

The cost of the camp is $75 for the week. Families with two or more campers will receive $10 off the total cost. Each camper will receive a T-shirt and a soccer ball.

All campers are asked to bring shin-guards, a snack, their own water bottle and sun screen.

To sign up for the week long camp, you can contact Coach Hodgman-Burns at (207)-890-5246 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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