Leominster Football Legacy on Display

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Updated: June 2, 2015

Eagle Scout and Leominster High School student Kevin Vincent unveiled his most recent project on Tuesday June 2, 2105 at the Doyle Field Clubhouse.  Kevin has spent countless hours on the project starting last Fall.  The result is,  Leominster’s football legacy on full display above the lockers in Leominster’s home clubhouse.  Along with help from fellow scout Liam Gianakis, Kevin assembled handmade picture frames with the assistance of some Leominster CTE students. The frames were carefully and meticulously placed above each of the Blue Devils lockers.  Inside the frames, lots of Leominster Football’s rich history including team photos from 1924-1964.  Also added to the walls of the locker room are Hall of Fame plaques of the LHS Super Bowl teams including 1978, 1982, 2002, 2012 and 2013.

On hand for the unveiling was Leominster Head Coach Dave Palazzi, LBDFC President Jim Petkewich , LBDFC Board member and PA Announcer Richard Tucker, Doyle Field Coordinator Pat LaPointe, Art O’Leary,  several of Kevin’s  fellow scouts and scout leader, as well as his dad, brother and several friends, including Hector Aponte and Chandler Keyes from the 2014 team.

Kevin thanked Pat LaPointe for his support of the project, as well as The Doyle Field Foundation and The Leominster Blue Devils Football Club who donated the funds necessary for the project.  He stated that it was something that he always wanted to do.

Pat LaPointe spoke of how proud he was of Kevin’s accomplishment.  He also spoke of The Doyle Field Foundation’s intent to refurbish and enlarge the existing club house that has been at main stay at the facility since 1931.  When complete, the clubhouse will also house the Leominster Football Hall of Fame as well as the new locker rooms.  But, until then, he added the pictures were a great addition to the existing facility.

 

Supporting the past

Eagle Scout candidate builds photo frames for Doyle Field locker room
By David Dore

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Kevin Vincent is seen with some of the frames he made for historic football photos in the home locker room at Doyle Field as his Eagle Scout project.<br />
David Dore photo Kevin Vincent is seen with some of the frames he made for historic football photos in the home locker room at Doyle Field as his Eagle Scout project. David Dore photo It took a lot of work, but Kevin Vincent said he is “happy” and feels “accomplished” that the idea for his Eagle Scout project has become a reality.

The soon-to-be-senior in the Carpentry program at Leominster High School’s Center for Technical Education Innovation and member of Boy Scout Troop 11 in Leominster decided last fall to build and install wooden frames in the home locker room at the Doyle Field clubhouse.

The 10 frames, painted white and bolted to the top of the blue lockers, will be used to display photographs of football teams from the past.

“We’ve been trying to find a way to display those pictures,” said Doyle Field coordinator Pat LaPointe, who worked with Vincent on his project. “And along came Kevin, looking for an Eagle Scout project, and I said, ‘This is a perfect opportunity to try and get this done.’ And it worked out great. We’ve been storing those pictures for years, and it’s nice to be able to get them out there and display them.”

Vincent said he “wanted to do something at Doyle,” the field where his older brother Sean played football for the Blue Devils last fall — and where Vincent himself would like to play, if he’s picked for the team, this fall.

Once Vincent got approval for his project, he had to raise the more than $300 needed for materials. He placed a collection canister at Dick’s Barber Shop on Merriam Avenue for a couple of weeks, which brought in about half of what he needed. He said he also got $100 each from Troop 11 and the Leominster Blue Devils Football Club.

Vincent asked his teachers in the CTEi Carpentry program for assistance with the project. He said his brother Sean and Chandler Keyes, another senior who played football last fall, made the cuts for the frames.

“The seniors wanted to do it,” Vincent explained. “I told them, ‘You guys are seniors. You played football. You guys are in this locker [room]. I want you guys to help.’ I think that was the right choice.”

The frames were built so the photographs could be easily put in and taken out. They were installed in the locker room over three days in mid-May.

Vincent hosted an event in early June at the Doyle Field clubhouse to unveil his Eagle Scout project. Among those in attendance were representatives from the Leominster football program, LaPointe, fellow Boy Scouts, Troop 11 Scoutmaster Arthur O’Leary, football players, family members and friends.

The frames now house team photos from 1924-64. They join plaques on the walls of the home locker room honoring the teams from 1978, 1982, 2002, and the back-toback Super Bowl teams from 2011 and 2012.

As of last month, Vincent said, he needed one more merit badge and a Board of Review before he could become an Eagle Scout.

Vincent has been a Boy Scout for several years, starting as a Webelo. His troop is based at St. Leo’s Church in Leominster.

Working on and completing the Eagle Scout project taught Vincent a few things along the way.

“I have to be more organized,” he admitted. “I was not organized. I have to tell people what to do. Directions were not my thing.”

He later added, “It was my first time doing it, so I was kind of nervous, because I didn’t know how it was going to work, and what was I going to do, and how long it was going to take. It didn’t take that long, but it took a decent amount of time.”

Because he also had a part-time job, Vincent said, it was “tough” to do the project on top of his other responsibilities.

“I’m glad I picked this project,” Vincent said.

Along with coordinating the hundreds of events held at Doyle Field each year, LaPointe is on the boards of the Doyle Field Commission and the Doyle Field Foundation, a member of the Leominster Football Hall of Fame, and the recently retired director of the Leominster Department of Public Works.

LaPointe noted that Vincent’s project is the first part of a museum that will be set up in an addition that’s being planned for the fieldhouse at Doyle Field. The frames will remain in the locker room when the museum opens, he said.

“We’re very happy to get this display put up,” LaPointe said on behalf of the Hall of Fame Committee, adding that displaying the photos has been discussed for a couple of years by members of the Doyle Field Foundation.

“It was a lot of hard work, but we had fun doing it,” LaPointe said. “It’s rewarding to get it done.”

 

 

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