BRISTOL BITS: TEAM Bristol readies flags to honor veterans

Published on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:30
Written by Bob Montgomery

Joe Englert of City True Value Hardware and Rental gets help from friends such as Tim Gamache and Art Ward putting up American flags each year on Route 6, in the Mix Street area and in Forestville, helping complement the city’s patriotism. Joe’s late father, Bill, and Tim and Art have served their country as veterans.

TEAM Bristol, of which Joe and Art are part of, has taken over the fundraising for the purchase of these flag/pole outfits and plan to continue in the years to follow. Those shown in the photo here are Fran Flis, Linda DiMatteo, Michele Perry, Rose Englert and Maureen Flis who met last week to put the flags setup together. Linda is a member of TEAM Bristol and the other ladies are Englert family members, who also volunteer with TEAM Bristol activities.

TEAM Bristol and the Englert family say “thank you” to those who have served their country in the military.

Beverly Lebeau

I received a call from Beverly on Friday with regards to the segment last week about the former New Departure bowlers. She added that the folks who worked at Wallace Barnes in days gone-by also had their own bowling facility and that’s the oblong brick building on the corner of lower Main and South Streets. She recalled when “Stretch” Norton was one of the bowlers, so that must have been in the late 1940s to 1950s.

“It was very popular back then,” Beverly also recalled, seeing milk being delivered by horse and buggy in her younger days, but didn’t want me to reveal her age.

When I retired

When I retired as a City of Bristol employee 11 years ago, they held a party for me and I believe Gail Straun was in charge of it. Gail, also now retired, was the administrative assistant at the time, and I recall then-Mayor Art Ward attending. It was a much appreciated gathering.

To show my “thanks” to the library staff that next working day, which was a Monday, I pulled into the parking lot an hour before closing and decorated each former co-worker’s vehicle with toilet paper. I had the best time. However, being the good guy I was, I then helped each one clear their vehicle of the white decorations.

Milton Rogers, Jr.

A couple of weeks ago I asked readers if they knew of anyone born in Orient or Greenport, Long Island, New Tork. Sara (Rogers) Bolduc replied that her father was born in Orient. I was asking because I was born in Greenport and spent my initial months in Orient with grandparents, because my father was in the Navy and my grandparents wanted my mother home to have me.

Anyway, Sara said her father later came to Bristol for the same reason as my parents and uncles for the factory work. Those who remained on Long Island would end up working on farms for most of their lives.

So, if you remember Milton, he and I have two things in common. He was born on Orchard Street in Orient, the same street I lived on my first few months and we both ended up here. Milton worked at New Departure and that’s where he met his wife. Dad worked at New Departure, too, before going to Pratt & Whitney. Any more Orient/Greenport folks here?


Ted Knight (1923-1986) of the “Mary Tyler Show,” for those who don’t know, was born in Terryville. The bridge on Canal Street in Terryville is named in his honor and there’s a plaque with his likeness on it.


Maddy Bauer celebrates on Wednesday, Gene Minella on Thursday and Ed “Hometown Hero” Pelkey on Friday.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-973-1808.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:30. Updated: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:33.