I sat down and spoke with Neal Supranovich, the historian of Bristol American Legion Post 2 who also heads up the “Hometown Hero” program in town. In preparing for Hometown Hero 2018, Neal said there are nomination forms at the circulation desk at the Bristol Public Library.
The main idea behind these selections is to honor someone from the community who volunteers greatly and often goes unnoticed. He’s not looking for the CEO’s or company presidents, but the average Joe or Jill whose contributions of effort and time have helped make Bristol a better place.
“These are people, for example, who may have started food pantries, kitchens and helped those in the neighborhood,” Supranovich said. “There are a lot of people who generally do good things. The individual has to be living in Bristol and must be available in September for the Mum Fest.”
Moose on the loose
A week or so ago, I wrote that a moose may have been seen in Bristol recently and with this, Marge Dunn gave me a phone call.
“I have a picture of the moose when it was here when Gerard Couture was mayor,” she told me. “It was near the area of Edgewood Little League.”
Bristol Veterans Council
The new slate of officers for the Bristol Veterans Council were elected last week and they are: Art Ward chairman; Tim Gamache, vice-chairman; Stan Piotrowski, treasurer; and Jennifer LaCart, secretary.
The weekend people
I got around a bit over the weekend and had the chance to chat with a number of people. I sat with John and Mary Smith at John’s high school class reunion in talking with Mary for the very first time. Nice lady and great conversationalist. Nice to have met you, Mary; Don Wilde was a state distance-running champion at Bristol high as a member of that 1958 Bristol High class; Some of the other folks there were Tom Monahan; Barry Connelly; Jim Kelley; Charlotte Choquette Pittman; Ed Cercone, retired U.S.M.C. colonel; George Sobestanovich; former Bristol mayor and state Rep. Frank Nicastro; and Dick Herriott. There were many more.
I also enjoyed talking with those at the open house on Saturday at the Bristol Historical Society, some of them being Carol Denehy, Tim Gamache, Mary Houle, Courtland Hull, Mike Saman, Noreen Zurell, Mary Stokosa, Neal Supranovich, Steve Lasewicz, Tom LaPorte, Andrea Kapchensky, and others.
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