As many know, 2017 World Series MVP George Springerâ€™s grandmother, Phyllis Springer, was once a photographer for the Bristol Press. The photo here was taken by her at Hubbell School in 1974 and Iâ€™m wondering if any of the kids in it recognize themselves, as well as any of their classmates in it?
Don Soucy celebrates his birthday today. Barbara Dube Losee has one tomorrow, Bob van Gorder and Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu blow out candles on Sunday, and Monday itâ€™s Nelson Formanâ€™s turn.
Lloyd W. Wilson
Rick and Bonnie (Wilson) Fitzsimons stopped by the other day as I mentioned in a recent column, and after they left I looked for the obituary of Bonnieâ€™s father. This was after I learned that Lloyd W. Wilson was once a partner in a gas station in Forestville. When I looked Mr. Wilson up, I found out more about the man.
Lloyd Wilson was also the captain of the celebrated Patten Maine Academy basketball team, the 1947 New England Class B champions who were not the favorites to win. Their opponents, Boston Latin, were the heavy favorites to take the crown, but lost in OT by a score of 35-32.
Lloyd Wilson, the team center, was said to have played much taller than his height. In 2016, eight years after Wilsonâ€™s death here, the team was honored during the 3rd annual Maine Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Dave Smarkus - Richard Ferrucci - Dan Slevinsky - Al Goodwin
Dave, a retired City of Bristol employee, called in about the former Peteâ€™s Grinders/Luncheonette and said he wished he had the recipe for the grinder sauce made there. â€śPeople still talk about it,â€ť he told me.
He also went on to verify that the pizza place at Mafale Plaza was known as Main Street Pizza. He then wished he had the recipe for the streak served at Bill Barnesâ€™ restaurant that was housed in a railroad car on Prospect Street, just off Main Street. Dave added that their Caesar salad and the steak combo was outstanding.
Richard sent me an email and told me that when he worked at Novakâ€™s pharmacy, he went to Peteâ€™s Luncheonette often and added that the grinder being talked about was known as the â€śTasty Treat.â€ť He also remembers the Done by Dunn paintings and Main Street Pizza.
Dan Slevinsky up in neighboring Plymouth recalls Peteâ€™s as also having great hot dogs and Al Goodwin added that the grinder named Tasty Treat may have been a combination of two different salami meats and provolone cheese with the meat sauce setting it apart from other grinders.
I have a friend, a WWII veteran, who has a Japanese sword and would like to have someone interpret the wording on it. Can anyone help him out? Let me know.
Word has been passed this way that Nick Raponey had died. I wrote about him in late December and the fact that he had fallen and was temporarily out of service. As far as I go, Nick goes back to my student days at Stafford School when he was a custodian there. I believe there was also a Mr. Brooks who was the head custodian at the time, and he was my classmate Mark Flynnâ€™s uncle by marriage.
Anyway, Nick looked the same back then, except that he had dark hair. Although just a youngster at the time, I felt Nickâ€™s kindness day-in and day-out. I would see him at the main library in recent years visiting the Bristol History Room, where he sat with Paul DiNoia and Joe Morozuk thumbing through Bristolâ€™s historical documents and readers. Nick was the real deal when it came to being a gentleman.
Bristol veterans advocate Neal Supranovich will be attending the two days of Iwo Jima commemoration activities in Newington the weekend after next and is in need of a wheelchair to help one of Bristolâ€™s survivors attend the ceremonies. If someone has one he can borrow, contact me as shown at the end of this column. He would like to have it for next Friday to return the following Monday.
I read the story in The Press, where St. Paul head football coach Jude Kelly is stepping down. He will be greatly missed, not only because of knowledge of the game but as an outstanding individual. He has been a great role model for his players, as well as the students at the school.
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