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January 30, 2014

Thundercats Go To Disney

AUBURN —When parents registered their children for the new local cheerleading program, they had no idea that it would lead to Disney World.

“This was my daughter’s first time cheering,” said Mark Connors, “and I honestly did not know what to expect.” Connors was surprised. The New Hampshire Thundercats has had an amazing first year, with all three teams consistently doing well in each of their competitions.

“My daughter has learned so much, gained enormous confidence and made some great new friends. And to top it all off, their teams have won first place nine times and were invited to the National Championships—all in their inaugural season!”

At the New England Cheer and Dance Competition, held on November 9, 2013 in Boston, both the Varsity team, Black Katz, and the Junior Varsity team, Purple Jaguars, won first place. This achievement earned them bids to the National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC), the most prestigious cheerleading competition in the country.

“It’s amazing that we made it this far so fast,” said Melanie Marino, Purple Jaguars cheerleader, “We are so excited to perform at Disney and will make New Hampshire proud!”

The 2014 championship will be held February 8–9 at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida, and be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2 to more than 100 million homes and 32 countries.

“We want to provide these two teams the opportunity to continue the season with this memorable experience,” said Jennifer Baird, organization president. The group has coordinated several fundraisers to help fund the trip and are accepting donations at www.gofundme.com/Thundercats.

About the Thundercats

The New Hampshire Thundercats Cheerleading Organization is a non-profit community group established to provide athletes in Southern New Hampshire with a competition-only recreational cheer program. Children between the ages of 8 – 14 are taught the fundamentals of cheerleading, stunting and tumbling; the value of hard work, dedication, teamwork and good sportsmanship; while instilling confidence and a positive self image. More information about the program can be found at www.ThundercatsCheer.org. You can email the group directly at info@ThundercatsCheer.org or follow them at Facebook.com/ThundercatsCheer.

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  • James Reese

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    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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