County Fare: Jerry LePrevost celebrates 50 years with Kiwanis Club of Lee
The retired patriarch of Henry's Electric, a 72-year-old family-owned business on Main Street, was recently feted by the local club for his commitment to a civic group known for doling out scholarships, supporting various youth activities, helping the less fortunate and literally building up the town.
Recruited by one of his employees Bill Bell, LePrevost became a Kiwanian in June of 1967, serving as its president for two years and participating in numerous fundraisers, projects and programs.
"The most predominant was the house building program, doing about 25 homes," he told County Fare. "The program turned out so many apprentices and contractors."
The 35-year program through Lee Middle and High School was discontinued in 2009 due to declining enrollment and lacking official vocational status from the state.
LePrevost has made many friends through Kiwanis, some he recruited as members, his son Tim being one of them. He has also seen the organization change with the times. Kiwanis International in the mid '80s allowed women to join their local chapter.
The popularity of skateboarding prompted the Lee Kiwanians in 2010 to pay for a skate park at Lee Athletic Field. When the Lee Food Pantry shelves were nearly barren a few years ago, LePrevost et al. began a yearly food drive in November to curb hunger in the community.
At 82, LePrevost shows no signs of slowing down. Last week, he was on Golden Hill in Lee with other Kiwanians clearing overgrown hiking trails.
With plenty of family obligations on his daily schedule, LePrevost is a very busy retiree who does find time to relax.
"I can't wait for golf [season,]" he said.
Champions on ice
During the 47th annual Gib Kittredge Youth Hockey Tournament on Jan. 13 at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, the second annual William S. Litty Youth Hockey Scholarship Awards were presented to two Berkshire Bruins players: Mia Alonso, a Bantam team player and Hunter Shepardson of the Squirts team.
The scholarship award was established by the Litty family, in honor of Bill Litty, following his death in July 2016, and is funded by donations from family and friends. A lifelong Pittsfield resident, loyal Boston Bruins fan, and coach in the 1970s and '80s for PeeWees, Mites and Bantams teams at the Pittsfield Boys Club, Bill loved the game of hockey and wanted every child to have the opportunity to play. He felt that the skills and discipline developed while playing team sports were important life lessons. Chris Litty presented the awards, which he plans to continue to delivery annually.
Donations to the fund may be sent to The William S. Litty Youth Hockey Scholarship Award, c/o The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.
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