By BOB MONTGOMERY
Meet Chuck Bouffard
I’ve seen Chuck from time-to-time, especially when he performs the POW/MIA Ceremony with former mayor Art Ward, a Vietnam veteran. I met up with Chuck Saturday afternoon while at Bristol American Legion headquarters and sat with the man to learn more about him.
Chuck entered the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and remained with the branch until 1995, the last 10 as a ready reserve. He went on to run an appliance service in Vermont and has been in neighboring Plymouth the past 17 years. Ten years ago he began doing the MIA/POW Ceremony here, because he taught the locals on the proper way it was to be done.
I had this plate in Friday’s column and received a couple of thoughts on it from readers, and they agreed that it stood for born to run. Makes sense.
Rewind 2007 (10 years ago)
The Bristol Boys and Girls Club recently held its 23rd annual Humanitarian Service Awards Dinner and it was at the Clarion Inn in Bristol. The dinner was the brainchild of CPA John Letizia, who chairs the event.
The Special Service Award went to Team ESPN with Jackie Bracco, vice-president of facilities, planning and operations, accepting and the Oliver Gaudreau Lifetime Achievement Service Award went to Rex Hamilton. Recipients of the Humanitarian Service Awards were Patti Ewen with Jack Hines presenting, Maryellen Holden with Tony Mattioli presenting and Dave Pasqualicchio with Cindy Scoville as the presenter.
I saw the license plate XXXX recently and noted it here in this column and with this, I received an email from Tom Selnau who told me that it belongs to Rodney Voisine of Hibu Web Services. Rodney, what’s it stand for?
Main Street on Sunday morning
When I came to The Press Sunday morning - and maybe you saw it - there were 13 emergency-related vehicles, which included the Bristol Fire Department, on Main Street which was closed off between Riverside Avenue and Prospect Street. Apparently, there was a stove fire in one of the above upstairs apartments and fire personnel remained until they could see that there was no water leaking to the first floor of the businesses below.
While on the topic of the stove fire, among the firefighters on Main Street was Dory Greger. Not to embarrass him, but I remember when he played Edgewood Little League ball back 30 years ago. He played for Mr. Tufts’ Red Sox team, had long blondish hair and was an outstanding and good-looking ballplayer. Aside from the many hits he got, I recall all the young girls swooning over him in attending the games. He had quite the fan club.
I also recall his father, Bill, an outstanding athlete in his day, videotaping Dory at the ball games.
A pat on the back to Linda Mannarino who is handling tickets sales and seating for this year’s Bristol Sports Hall of Fame dinner. Brian Farrell had been doing this for years and when he stepped down, Bob Kalt approached Linda about taking on the responsibility. As far as I’m concerned, her job is the toughest of all of us with the Hall of Fame and others who handle the tickets for other organizations and their events will attest to this statement, I’m sure.
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