BRISTOL BITS: Bristol man named Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters honoree

Published on Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:16
Written by Bob Montgomery

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters announced on Tuesday that it’s naming Connecticut executive and community volunteer Kenneth B. Bowes of Bristol as “honoree” at its annual gala being held at the Society Room of Hartford on Saturday, Nov. 9.

“I’m thrilled to be singled out for this special recognition,” Bowes said. “I’m especially honored to be recognized by an organization so close to my heart, which, since 1966, has been moving the lives of thousands of at-risk Connecticut children forward by matching them with caring adults who become their friends and role models.”

Bowes is vice president of Offshore Wind for Eversource Energy. He is the past chairman of the Edison Electric Institute’s Transmission Committee and was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2016, and elected into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2017. Bowes also serves on the board of directors of Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center. He joined Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters’ board in 2011, and served as its chairman in 2016 and 2017.

Andy Fleischmann, president and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, said, “As people involved with mentoring know, Ken Bowes truly deserves this recognition. There are few individuals in Connecticut who have been more empathetic to children than Ken. And, there are few more consistently ready to inspire others to meet those needs.

Attendees of the event can expect gourmet food, signature cocktails, an eclectic mix of event goers and an evening of fun and surprises. To learn more about the gala, contact Mariah Nolan at or call her at 877-675-5190, ext. 141.

German Festival

Linda Rodriguez sent me a note to share with readers:

“My husband, Don, and I went to the German Festival at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. It was the first time and certainly won’t be our last. The potato pancakes were heavenly and a lot of work was done for them to achieve their goal.

“Thank you to all who had a hand in this event to make a beautiful Saturday even more enjoyable.”


I always enjoy chatting with Dave Eckstrom when I cross paths with him. Thursday morning it was at Tire Depot, where I went to have my third separate flat tire looked at within a week’s time. Dave was there waiting for a tire leak problem, too.

Among the people we chatted about were Jim Kane, Bob Lindsay, Paul and Bob Reimer and their cousin, Rick, or Frederick as he is now known, Gary Bozzak, birthday girl Ruth DelMonte, and the former Lynn Faucet now residing in Florida.Dave, whose nickname is Yogi, because of his baseball prowess after Yogi Berra, was a standout player in his day.

Dave, a Vietnam veteran, has a great sense of humor and, like most of us, enjoys reminiscing. He’s a Forestville guy who visits his mother, Barbara, 94, a longtime Bristol Hospital volunteer, daily at the convalescent home she is residing at. That says a lot about the man.


I was in Simsbury on Wednesday visiting Bob Fiondella in his office when Lovey Pitaro was there, too. The retired Bristol educator is among those working on Bob’s upcoming golf tournament; The fellow driving the convertible with me in it representing The Bristol Press in the upcoming Mum Parade is Bob Valeri, who is self-employed and owns the automobile. Thanks for volunteering, Bob: Tony Carrier, Joe Tavera, myself, Donna Papazian, and John Lodovico, the committee chair, are currently working on who the 2020 Tramps honorees will be;

The property at 181 Stafford Ave. has a nice looking large rock/stone and flower arrangement surrounding its front that’s an eye-catcher. It can be seen directly as you stop for the traffic signal in front of the Bristol Senior Center; Belated birthday wishes to Mary F. Greger, R.J. Vanvoorhis and Mark J. Anderson, Mark being a former city reporter for The Bristol Press. I believe he and former Bristol Press sports editor Keith Freeman have been in the Las Vegas area for some years now.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:16. Updated: Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:19.