BRISTOL BITS: Resident keeps busy knitting for children at Bristol Hospital

Published on Friday, 16 February 2018 10:11
Written by Bob Montgomery


Bristol resident Josephine (Leone) Goggi spends her winters knitting hats and other items. She recently knitted 25 hats for the pediatric unit at Bristol Hospital - quite the nice gesture.

There’s plenty of time for retirees to volunteer in many ways and former mayor John Leone, Josephine’s nephew, said, “This is why Bristol is such a great community, because we have residents who care and want to help others.”

So, in speaking on behalf of the community, I say, “Thank you Josephine Goggi for your kindness.”

Lorraine Stanhope

Wednesday’s yearbook photo accompanying this column was that of Rochelle (Oliver) Levins, a former Miss Bristol. With this, I received an email from Lorraine Stanhope and she writes:

“Today’s picture of Rochelle Oliver Levins brought back such good memories. Although I don’t know her personally, I always thought of how pretty she was. She was a year ahead of me in school and when she won the Miss Bristol title I was so happy for her. Her classmates you mentioned in your column brought back to me another happy group of people.”

Rewind 1938 (80 years ago)

Frank Armbruster, an employee of Eagle Lock Co. in Terryville for 68 years, is retiring today. When 9-years-old, he began his first job which was operating a power press before and after school each day. He left school at age 13 for a full-time job which paid 25 cents an hour.

Rewind 1998 (20 years ago)

I ran across Norman Johnson, retired track coach at both Bristol High and Bristol Central, and asked him to name his best trackmen. He named Bob Dalkowski, Ron Bossi, Carl Wusterbarth and Paul LaBrie. He added that Walt Aston, later Bristol Eastern football coach, and Norm Gerber, later Bristol Central, Syracuse University and then NFL coach, were his assistants. He added, “Walt Aston, at 250 pounds, liked to do the pole vault and boy did the pole bend.”

Bristol has spurned many top athletes and one of them is Bristol High Class of ’59 graduate Janice (Gagnon) Hall’s daughter, Suzanne King, a cross country skier that is currently competing in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Janice is currently now an educator residing in Homestead, Pa.

Did you know?

October of 1871 was the month that The Bristol Press issued its first publication. The editor was Charles Hart Riggs (1835-1926) who was ordained to the Congregational ministry by the Fourth Presbytery, N.J., with a brief stay in accepting a pastorate in Gaysville, Vermont. He found the winters too harsh for his frail health and then went into education.

He later came to Bristol and after obtaining the assurance of 250 customers and a loan of $160 from four businessmen in Bristol, he started the newspaper. We are now in our 147th year.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 16 February 2018 10:11. Updated: Friday, 16 February 2018 10:18.