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ABOUT TOWN: Wiffle Ball Tourney; Free Summer Camp; And Stoughton Native Gets NHL Job

Welcome to "About Town with Mark Snyder," a column that will keep you up to the minute with what's what, who's who and what's going on around town. If you see or hear something we could use here, let us know by sending an e-mail to pmpco@aol.com.

ATTENTION WIFFLE BALL PLAYERS! There's a huge wiffle ball tournament coming THIS WEEKEND to STOUGHTON June 23 & 24 at the .

Check in time begins at 10 a.m. Deadline for entry has been extended! Call Jeff at 603-490-3943 for entry info! All Team Members are asked to bring a canned good to donate at the registration table.  

Wiffle Rock sponsors tournaments in many locations. The Tournament will be played Rain or Shine! 

Teams consist of 2-5 players with a skill level termed "backyard ability." The top two teams from each division after play on Saturday will advance to Sunday's single elimination championship.  

According to its website, "Wiffle Rock has been organizing WIFFLE ball tournaments for over 20 years, and hosted the single largest WIFFLE ball tournament ever played in the U.S.. Between 100 to 200 teams participate and they know that some healthy competition combined with a "backyard" family barbeque make a great event ($2,000 in prize money isn't bad either)." 

For more information, go to: http://www.wifflerock.com/.

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FREE CAMP presents their Second Annual Kids Camp, from June 25-29.

The Camp, which is FREE, will be held behind the West Elementary School at the ballfields. It is for Kindergarten to 5th graders. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Mega Kids Camp will feature sports, music, art and games - for free! Your kids will enjoy a week filled with fun activities, so don't miss out on this awesome opportunity.

Registration is Monday, June 23 at 8:30 a.m. behind the West Elementary School. For more information, go to www.thatsgrace.org.

The week concludes with a pizza party and awards ceremony on Friday, June 29. That will be at the Grace Church, 421 Page Street.

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STOUGHTON NATIVE GETS BIG JOB IN NHLJim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced that Assistant Equipment Manager Jorge Alves has been promoted to Equipment Manager for the NHL team.  

Alves, 33, has served as assistant equipment manager for the Hurricanes for the past seven seasons. 

The Stoughton native attended North Carolina State University from 2002-04, after serving in the United States Marine Corps for four years from 1997-2001.

While as NCSU, Alves was the starting goaltender for the Wolfpack’s club hockey team. After graduation, he served professional stints in the ECHL with South Carolina, Greenville, Charlotte and Pensacola, and in the SPHL with Asheville. 

When an emergency goaltending need arose for the Twin City Cyclones of the Southern Professional Hockey League, Alves, with experience under his belt and his proximity to Winston-Salem, was selected to fill in. 

Once that 2007 assignment was completed, he was asked to remain with the team as their equipment manager for the remainder of that season.

A new baby and the desire for stability, and less travel, led him to accept the equipment manager’s job with the Cyclones for the remainder of the 2007-08 season. 

He then landed with the NHL Hurricanes as a member of their equipment staff. Alves served as a fill-in practice goalie for the Hurricanes throughout his time as assistant equipment manager.

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