BRISTOL BITS: Good food, good talk at Salvation Army picnic

Published on Sunday, 10 June 2018 21:45
Written by Bob Montgomery

The Salvation Army of Bristol held its annual picnic for staff and members of its advisory board on the Federal Hill Green on Friday afternoon. It was a cookout, with the best side dishes and conversation.

Joan Keyowski and I were surprised to receive beautiful Salvation Army bells with our names printed on them for our decade of service to the organization. We both stepped down this year. I told the Army folks that I don’t like to put my own picture in this column, but they insisted. Joan and I will miss the advisory board members, because they are all very caring and special people.

I know that spending time with them has made me a better person - at least I hope so!

Duckpin bowlers

I recently mentioned a couple of Bristol’s best duckpin bowlers of days gone-by and with this, Gary Potter gave me a list of some of those he recalled from the 1950s to late 1970s:

Joe Serapilia, Norman Lalonde. Jim Fantasia, Alex DeFilippi, John Bogazis, Art Ledoux, Jim Peters, John Baptist, Jim Pagliarulo, Rocky Nicoletti, Phil Legere, Art Norton, Dave Peatman, Bob Parulski, Ben “Butch” Kirschner, Jeff Hamel, John Orzel, “Chippy” Benvenuto, Frank Ventrella, Pat Rao, Paul Roy, Gary Potter, John Fensick, Dave Palin, Donald Bird, Norman “Foo” Fournier and Roger Lemieux, who wrote a bowling column for this newspaper.

Sidewalk “supers”

What do you do when you retire from the Bristol Parks and Recreation Department? Well, I know what two fellows did the other day, and they are Lenny LaMothe and Dave Bonin. They were watching the goings-on - plastic sidewalk superintendents - across the street from the newspaper in eyeballing the heavy machinery and work being done in preparation for the Bristol Hospital facilities that will be going there.

By the way, John Lodovico, a member of the board of directors at the hospital, is overseeing this project. You may recall he did the same when Tunxis Community College expanded in recent years.

Shout out

To Charlie Johns. We go back to the 1950s in living near one another and later working at “The Aetna” in the same department. Charlie is a close friend of Tom Morrow.

Rewind 2008 (10 years ago)

Petty Officer 3rd Class John “Andy” Journell of the U.S. Navy was part of a USA Today Weekend magazine cover story about a Father’s Day salute to G.I. dads. Journell’s  mother-in-law, Maria Oropallo of Columbus, Mo., emails me:

“Just wanted you to know that my son-in-law John Journell and my granddaughter Kylie are featured in one of the stories. My mother, Jenny Oropallo, is a longtime Bristol resident. Her social circle, which includes St. Gregory’s Church and her work friends from Price Chopper, have been wonderfully supportive to her and me during our bittersweet time of grief and joy.”


Mike Boguslawski is in Saint Francis Hospital, room number 6120. Call him at 860-714-6627 or send a card to him at St. Francis Hospital,114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06015.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Sunday, 10 June 2018 21:45. Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2018 23:02.