BRISTOL BITS: Kowalczyk was one of the Pauls in Forestville

Published on Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:34
Written by Bob Montgomery

I thought I’d share this picture of Paul Kowalczyk with readers. Paul, as many know, is now residing in Florida with his wife, Susan. The former City of Bristol retiree lived in Forestville before moving south, and if I’m correct, lived in Forestville when growing up. So I guess we can call him a Forestville native.

At one time, and I wrote this before, he was one of three Pauls in the entrance neighborhood of Dino Road. There’s Paul Roy, who remains there, and my son-in-law Paul Sevigny. Dino Road is named after Egidio “Dino” Baraglia, but if the entrance section of the street was ever changed, Paul Row would be a good suggestion to consider.

Rewind 1942 (76 years ago)

Members of the Bristol Fish and Game Association are urged to attend its annual meeting this week at the Eagles Club on West Street. The organization is currently holding an option on a 43-acre tract of woodland located to the east of old Wolcott Road, the tract being bounded by the Peckham, Barnes and Fenn properties. Members will be asked to vote on purchasing the property or relinquishing the option. (Note: I’m wondering if this is the area now known as Indian Rock Nature Preserve.)

Laurie LaRue

I’m not sure what Laurie LaRue is doing these days, but she once was a longtime cog in the Bristol Historical Society. I was looking at the 2017 annual dinner booklet and listed on one page are those who were selected as the volunteer of the year by the organization. Laurie was selected back in 1993. Hello, Laurie.

While on the subject, here are those who received the honor during the 1980s - Helen M. Heffernan (1984), Jeanne DiPietro and Beryl Josephson (1985), Melanie B. Fletcher (1986), Madeline W. McKnight (1987), Roger and Dorothy Manchester (1988), and Jack Winters (1989).

Joan Keyowski

Congratulations to Joan Keyowski, who recently was installed as the exalted leader at the Bristol Elks Club. I had the opportunity to get to know her when we were both on the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Bristol and witnessed where she was a standout volunteer.

Noreen Zurrell

Noreen, who retired from NUTMEG-TV a year or two ago, has been a key volunteer at the Bristol Historical Society. She brings her expertise in different areas, making her a great volunteer. She also has been involved with the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame, as well as heading up her Bristol Eastern High School class committee. I won’t tell you what year of the class, though.

Noreen is married to Don Zurrell, who reads this column faithfully. Why? Because if I make a mistake I get a phone call from him. Actually, he’s a great guy.

Penny Giramondi Pichette

I’m told that Penny, another member of Noreen Zurell’s high school class, was recently inducted into another custom car Hall of Fame in California. I couldn’t find anything about it, so I’m hoping someone who knows more about this will contact me.

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 on Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:34. Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:37.