Rick Reimer, mid-1960s Bristol Eastern athlete, as many know, remains active with his long-distance running. He recently spent a portion of six days running a race inside the spring training complex of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“It was so wonderful to smell the freshly-mowed grass, see the 17 ballfields ready to go, and on Jan. 2 hear the crack of the (wooden) baseball bat as some young prospects showed up to get a head start,” he writes. “Winter has just started, but spring is on the way!”
Rick went on to say there were wonderful setups with many teams and ballfields within an hour drive. He said that anyone thinking of visiting spring training should consider the area and that it was very convenient.
Rick added that he placed 39th out of those who completed 100 miles or more. He also hopes he can visit Bristol this year.
Bristol Public Library
In case you are not aware, the Bristol Public Library is open now on Sundays between 1-5 p.m. through March 24.
Jim, a 1964 graduate of Bristol Central, stopped by The Bristol Press last week with a 10 x 24 inch plaque with the following words: “The New Departure Mfg. Co. Bristol, Connecticut.” It had been in the N.D. Hotel lobby in 1920 and later was on the wall in the office of Bill Pratt, who did the hiring for the manufacturer. It later went up to Chippens Hill when that facility was built. I told Jim I would fill out the proper paperwork and donate it to the Bristol Historical Society.
Carver Dick Fitz
George Klachany recently contacted the Bristol Historical Society about an old sword handle he had that needed repairing. He talked to Al Goodwin, who was representing the Memorial Military Museum housed in the building at the time. Al contacted Dick Fitz, a WWII Navy veteran, who said he could do the repair job. Dick, as many know, is quite handy as a wood carver.
Bristol Press rewind 1939 - 80 years ago
Caretaker of Bristol Parks Thomas J. Scott announced this morning that there is skating at all of the lagoons in the city. Scott stated that the ice is in excellent condition for the sport, and added that floodlights will be on tonight until 10 o’clock.
Skates sharpened the modern machine way - 25 cents. Riccio’s Shoe Store, 419 North Main St. - Advertisement.
My condolences to the family of Sonya Petroff who died here this past Friday. She is survived by two siblings, Marilou and Steve, among other family. Frank Henrick, a former teacher and coach at Bristol Eastern, was a brother-in-law.
Write to Bob Montgomery, ℅ The Bristol Press, 188 Main St., Bristol, CT 06010 or call 860-973-1808.