BRISTOL BITS: Reeling in a good time

Published on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:05
Written by Bob Montgomery

Bristol Bits

The Bristol Fish and Game Club held its annual outing on Sunday with fine food, weather and activities. I sat with Dave Peplau and Bill Wishneski, Sr. when I stopped by. A special thanks to Jeff Twombly who made it possible for me to attend. Jeff, in my opinion, is the club’s biggest cheerleader.

There was a lot going on: skeet, trap, pistol and rifle shooting, archery, horseshoes, fishing and what have you. While there, I met the club’s president, Jim Strucker, and vice-president, Bob Kosak.

In talking to Bill, his father, also named Bill, was a founding member of the club and this started his son’s interest in hunting and fishing. Bill lives within walking distance from the club and has been a member since 1962. Bill said he got his children, Todd and Tracy (Thielman), interested in these outdoor activities and recalled working with his father when the entrance road was cut through the pine trees off Willis Street.

Dave, on the other hand, joined in 1970, because he enjoys boating and fishing. He learned about the place from the fellows at work and that was at New Departure.

Bristol Auto Club

I stopped by Saturday night’s “Cruise Night” downtown and chatted briefly with its president, Reggie L’Heureux, a high school classmate of mine and club member since 1984. I asked him what he enjoys about the gatherings.

“You like to see what went into a car being put together,” Reggie said. “You don’t know the car was restored until you talk to the person who bought it and brought it in (to the show). (It’s) a lot of work, a lot of money.”

Randy Walz, a Waterford resident who is a member of the club, had nice things to say about Mr. L’Heureux.

“He keeps wanting to leave (his presidential post), but we won’t let him,” Randy said.

Happy 100th

Agnes Moquin, a resident of Countryside Manor, turns 100 years old today, according to family friend Caroline Campbell. A “Granger,” someone who has been active with a state grange, Agnes is a mother of seven, Bubby, John, Joyce, Judy, Janice, Janet and Albion, and grew up on Fairfield Street.

Dominic and Marie Pasquale

Dominic and Marie Pasquale will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

Lori and The Legends

I listened to Lori and The Legends for the first time at the Farmer’s Market in Bristol on Saturday. They had some fans sitting in chairs enjoying their music and some included family members as well as a number of members of the Carello family.

I was impressed with the group, as well as with a longtime friend of mine, Larry Palin, who plays bass guitar for the ensemble. “Larry The Legend” goes back to the 1960s as a member of the Galdeans band from town.

Mum Fest car and driver

I have two parties looking for a convertible and driver for the Mum Parade on Sunday, Sept. 22. If you are available and interested, please let me know.

No lantern tour

Mike Saman, president of the Bristol Historical Society, has informed me that there will be no West Cemetery Lantern Tour this year.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:05. Updated: Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:07.