Ice, Ice Rocky! v. 2014

The 2014 Dunk! Ice, Ice Rocky!

Rockwell “Rocky” Pond has taken his post on the pond once again this winter. As legend has it, the pond was named after him many years ago.

Ralph Sacramone and Dick Roberge are pictured hanging out with Rocky on Rockwell Pond recently

Ralph Sacramone and Dick Roberge are pictured hanging out with Rocky on Rockwell Pond recently

Ralph Sacramone and Bob Bray assigned Rocky to his post at 2:05 p.m. on Jan. 9, where he is scheduled to remain until he falls through the ice. When that happens the Leominster Emergency Management Volunteers will rescue him and Spring will not be too far away.

This contest is a 50/50 fundraiser to support veteran’s organization programs, which benefit local veterans and their families ~ including scholarship to local students; Boy Scout projects; Boy’s and Girl’s State; the distribution of Christmas meals to home bound veterans and their families; Ginny’s Thrift Shop veterans; Canines for Combat Veterans; Veterans Homestead; Veterans Training and Rehabilitation Center; and more.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.letvets.org or stop by the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St.

Ice Out Contest Rules for 2014 <—- clicky

ICE OUT Contest Tickets for 2014 <—- clicky  (print your tickets here)

Entry deadline is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, or prior to Rocky falling though the ice.

This annual event is sponsored by the Leominster Veterans Memorial Center (LVMC) Inc., a nonprofit organization made up of the Amvets, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Legend Of Private Rockwell “Rocky” Pond

Private Rockwell “Rocky”  Pond hails from Leominster Ma.

Where he lived on the third floor of 98 West Street, which is now the Leominster Senior Center parking lot. Rocky attended Saxon Trade School and specialized in metal works. Like many lads his age he only made it to the middle of his senior year when he volunteered for service during the Korean War. While in Korea he fought in many battles to include the Chosen Reservoir. Private “Rocky” once spent three long winter months on the ice at Chosen Reservoir fighting the enemy and fighting the bitter cold. During his third month, as spring neared, the ice began to thaw and Private Rockwell Pond fell thru the ice but was saved by his fellow soldiers.

After the war Rocky returned home to Leominster and found employment at Leominster Ice Company where he worked for many years. Rocky’s favorite past time has always been fishing including ice fishing. It was the middle of March 1954 while he was ice fishing on the pond off of West Street and a group of kids were skating near by, when one of them fell thru the ice. Without any hesitation Rocky raced over to where the youngster went down, searched under the ice till he found him and pulled him to safety.

As a result of his heroic action the City of Leominster renamed the pond off of West Street to “Rockwell Pond” in his honor.

AFA 3rd Annual Veterans Fun Run

Race Proceeds: The Air Force Association (Paul Revere Chapter) is sponsoring a 10K and 5K road race with all the proceeds going to deployed military members and their families from the local community.

For more information please see: http://www.afafunrun.com/ or click the AFA Logo above.

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time: 7:00 AM: Registration & Check-In Opens
8 AM –  Ceremony Begins
9:00 AM – 10K Start
9:15 AM – 5K Start
Where: VA Medical Center, 200 Springs Rd., Bedford, MA 01730
Course: 10K: 6.2 Miles out and back
5K: 3.1 Miles out and back
Who: Open to all ages. Runners and Walkers!
Entry Fee: Entry Fee: $30. Includes race t-shirt, medallion, and more! (Note: Lin-Mark Adds On A Small Processing Fee For Credit Card Payments). T-shirts are only guaranteed for those who register before October 31st. The Entry Fee for day-of registration will be $35.

 

Race Fees

10K $30.00
5K Run $30.00
5k Walk $30.00

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