BRISTOL BITS: Bristol represented at Little League tournament

Published on Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:02
Written by Bob Montgomery

John Flis, shown here in the middle, was the lone umpire from the state to work the Junior Little League Eastern Regional, held at the Freehold Township Little League in New Jersey this week.

He’s following in the footsteps of his late father, John, who was an umpire here for many years. In fact, you may recall I wrote about the younger Flis not too long ago about the whiffle ball stadium he has in his backyard. In addition to umpiring, he also coaches Little League here.

One more Paul

Wednesday’s column mentioned three fellows by the name of Paul who resided near one another where Dino and Lucien Roads meet in Forestville. After reading this, I received an email from Tracy Vontell, who informed me that there is another Paul in that small circled area, and that’s Paul Bernier. Paul Kowalczyk was one of them and he moved to Florida and the other two remaining other than Paul Bernier are Paul Roy and Paul Sevigny.

“That is a lot of Paul’s in one spot,” She writes.

53 North St.

I asked readers if they recalled what was on the property at 53 North St. before North Side Bank and Trust was built on the location sometime around 1940. With this, I received a call from Lu (Lucretia?) Fortier of Burlington who recalled Goodsell’s being in that location. Sam Goodsell’s was pretty popular in its day, providing all kinds of items he put on the property and sold as a junk collector.

Women’s bicycle

I’m looking for someone to donate a woman’s bicycle to a lady who doesn’t drive and can use one. If you have one that’s in decent shape and want to be a good Samaritan, please contact me as shown below.

BCHS class reunion ‘62

Anita Legere Saucier sent me an email telling me that invitations were sent out in June with regards to Bristol Central’s 55th class reunion to be held at Pagliacci’s Restaurant in Plainville between 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 24. She wanted me to remind her 1962 classmates to contact her to sign up. Call her at 860-583-8706 or email:

Anita’s husband, Ralph, a graduate of Bristol Eastern back in the “Dark Ages,” led the Pony League here, batting two years in a row.

Can you believe this?

Here’s part of an email I received from Carol Denehy:

“Jack and I were married during the school Christmas vacation in 1960 in my first year teaching eighth-grade English at Stafford School. I asked two of my students to serve as altar boys during the ceremony, Jimmy Santa Anna, and, yes, Tim Gamache. If only I had a close up photograph (of the two) in my wedding album!”

The old Hubbell School - Mrs. Syphers

I had a blurb about the school recently and it mentioned some of the teachers who taught there back in the 1950s. I mentioned Mrs. Syphers and that she had two sons who went to Bristol Eastern around the same time as I did. I recalled Vance, who graduated from Eastern a year ahead of me and later married a classmate of mine, Donna Hutchins. Then it dawned on me the younger son was Henry, who graduated from the school in 1965.

Three sport captains

I recently mentioned Dave Reidy who was a three-sport captain in high school and with that was given the names of a couple of high school girls who also accomplished the same. First is Melanie Buchanan, now Melanie Mills, and second is Kimberly Setter. I’m not sure if Kimberly remains Setter or has a new last name. Anyway, both were captains in three sports at Bristol Eastern, and when I mean captain it could be “the” captain or one of multiple captains of a sport.

I know that Melanie is married to former Bristol Eastern and Yale football quarterback Steve Mills, and that Kimberly went on to set records in volleyball at CCSU. Both had also been members of state championships teams for the Lancers.

Write to Bob Montgomery, ℅ The Bristol Press, 188 Main St., Bristol, CT 06010. Call 860-973-1808, or email:

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General News on Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:02. Updated: Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:05.