Bristol Bits: Giving the ashes of tattered American flags a proper burial

Published on Sunday, 3 December 2017 20:12
Written by Bob Montgomery

Staff Writer

On Memorial Day, the tattered American flags at the graves of veterans at St. Thomas Cemetery were replaced; with the old ones eventually being burned and their ashes being saved. This was done by Boy Scout Troop 9 out of the Bristol Historical Society and on Saturday members returned to the cemetery to bury those ashes with the gravesites of the veterans.

Tim Gamache, representing the local Honor Guard, played Taps as scout leader Chris Hoffman, assistant leader Ken Sherman and scout Evan Chadeayne saluted the flag at the cemetery. It was the first time I’ve seen something like this done here, and believe it’s a great thing to do with retired flags.

Bristol Wish Tree

During the Holiday Craft Fair at the Bristol Historical Society on Saturday, Ellie Wilson sat a table set up for folks to place a tag on the Wish Tree set up by her. Ellie would hand someone a tag, they’d write what they wanted on it for Bristol and then place in on the tree to be delivered to Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu sometime after New Year’s Day.

Anyone wishing to take part in this can do so during the following hours when the society building is open: Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Dec. 8 between 7 and 9 p.m. and that’s during the organization’s Coloring Craze Night, and Dec. 27 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the building is open for its annual Winter Wonderland.

License plates

Three license plates I saw recently were GGAGNON, IAM.UR2 and 4HVNFUN or something very similar - the second I saw in a brief glimpse. The first must be a member of the Gagnon family with their first name beginning in G. The second could mean I am one and you are too. The third was seen at the drive-thru at Webster Bank downtown on Sunday morning. There was a young lady behind the wheel of a dark-colored SUV and she smiled when I mentioned that I noticed her plate. I assume there are four people in the family having fun or that the SUV was for having fun with. Perhaps the owners of these plates will clue me in on their meanings.


Bob Adamczyk has updated his “Streetscape” booklet, a publication of the origin of the names of Bristol’s roadways.

So with this, I thought I’d share one of the streets Bob has discovered more information on.

DiPietro Lane and Court is named after Joe DiPietro and/or family, local builder.

And if I remember correctly, that’s where the Jeanne DiPietro resided before she died.

Jeanne was a longtime president of the Bristol Historical Society.


I mentioned this license plate in this column last week, wondering what it stood for. Well, I received an email from David Delcegno and he told me that it’s a Maine name for lake trout fished for in that state.

BHS Holiday Craft Fair

According to Mike Saman, the Holiday Craft Fair at the Bristol Historical Society on Saturday, was a great success.

I appeared there on three occasions and saw there was a bustling crowd. The parking lot was full with cars parking elsewhere for owners going to the event.

This was an event that Eleanor O’Rourke enjoyed working and that was with her daughter, Mary Houle, who chairs the event.

Eleanor died at home here a year ago today and I’m sure she was looking down at the Historical Society on Saturday with a proud smile on her face and I’m sure that mom was on Mary’s mind.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Sunday, 3 December 2017 20:12. Updated: Sunday, 3 December 2017 20:15.