Bristol Bits: The Elks, a veteran and a short hiatus

Published on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:35
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Former Bristol resident Dave Helming, an Army veteran as a lieutenant, is among those who have made their mark in life.

A 1960 Bristol Eastern graduate, he went on to get his masters degree in civil engineering at WPI before sculpting a 38-year career with Public Service Enterprise Group in New Jersey. He served in several senior management positions before his retirement 11 years ago.

Known as a hard worker, Dave also accomplished much on the college basketball court and in breeding and exhibiting Newfoundlands and Portuguese water dogs for well over 40 years.

A solid basketball player at Bristol Eastern his senior season, the first such campaign for the newly-opened school, he went on to become a standout for the WPI team, playing alongside other Bristol Eastern graduates, Dave LaRue and Larry Penoncello. Both Dave, who excelled in both basketball and track and field at the school, and Larry are members of the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave Helming is also a familiar name in canine circles as the chairman of the prestigious Westminster Dog Show.

He was the assistant for a number of years before replacing Tom Bradley at the helm.

In 2004, Josh, a Newfoundland he and his wife, Peggy, bred, won the Best in Show award at the Westminster Dog Show and the following year the couple were presented with the American Kennel Club Breeder of the Year award.

To learn more about Dave, log onto “David Helming - At the Helm of the Westminster - Pure Dog Talk.”

Joe Caminiti

I had a story of Joe in Saturday’s edition of this newspaper and with it, received an email from Bob Ingerick, who writes, in part:

“Tell him that I’m now retired and living in Florida since 2001. I’m now 80, ha, just a pup compared to him.

He used to work at Mines shoe store on Main Street. I worked there from 1954 through 1956 part-time after school.

Very nice people worked there with Joe. Also, I worked at the Bristol Press for about five years around the late 1980s. And also Print-type.”

(Note: I forwarded Bob’s email and phone number to Joe.)

The Bristol Elks

Who’s who at the local Elks: Joan Keyowski, exalted ruler; Steve Chase, esteemed leading knight; Jason Albert, esteemed loyal knight; Erica Cabiya, esteemed lecturing knight; Joseph Belli, secretary; Kathy Myers, treasurer; Jay Yuschak, esquire; Tom Nodine, chaplain; Pierre Plourde, inner guard; Jeff A. Dutkiewicz, tiler; Bill Veits, one year trustee; Jeffrey Twombley, two-year trustee; Bill Dutcher, Jr., three year trustee; Dick Neill, five year trustee; Rene Brouillard, house committee chairman, Joan Chase, hall rental coordinator; and Thomas J. Scott, lodge email contact.

Rick Fitzsimons

Happy birthday today to artist, softball pitching instructor and all-around good guy Rick Fitzsimons.

Temporarily out of circulation

I will be out of circulation for a few weeks, including with the Bristol Press.

Thus, hold on to any emails or thoughts you might have for me right now.

I’m not exactly sure when I’ll return, but it will be likely somewhere between three to four weeks? Until then, I thank readers for 30 years of support - 30 and counting. Got lots more to do!

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:35. Updated: Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:37.