BRISTOL BITS: Historical Society officers and board members announced

Published on Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:45


Officers and board members were announced by the Bristol Historical Society last week. Topping the charts are Maya Bringe as president and Steve Vastola as first vice-president with Don Soucy taking over as treasurer of the organization. Returning as officers are 2nd president Mary Houle and secretary Noreen Zurell.

The rest of the board includes members who are either new or returnees:Mike Saman, past president, Bob Adamczyk, Lisa Doyle-Bell, Steve Cowdell, Ken Hintz, Jackie McCauley, Paula O’Keefe, Bob Boudreau, Karen Pescarmona, Elleanor Wilson, Cortlund Hull, Carol Denehy and Don Zurell.


Have memories of Forestville past?

I received a call from a faithful reader and friend who suggested I ask “The Peanut Gallery” if they had a humorous or interesting remembrance of Forestville growing up. My friend recalled going to a certain store where the owner worked at the back of the shop behind a large sheet of cloth and would come out from the back to serve the customers. In later years my friend found out the store owner was doing something illegal in the back area.

One of my most treasured memories, besides the Friday night dances with the bow-tied “Huey” Gilson keeping an eye on us kids, was playing basketball in the gym in the Junior League overseen by Bob McGinn.


Hot dog!!!!!

A recent subject has been both Netti’s and Buster’s, drive-in restaurants which served hot dogs and other “summer-like” goodies for customers to eat, either in their cars or at picnic tables. Bruce Carlson, Paul DiNoia and Barbara Kostrzewski recall both of the destinations.

Also, I didn’t know that Buster’s was open now and Ed Dufini emailed to say he ate there two weeks ago. I didn’t see that it had opened when I went by not too long ago.


Bristol Bits rewind - 1998

Congratulations to this year’s Bristol Boys & Girls Club Humanitarian Service Award winners. They are John E. Smith, Carol and Fred Tedesco, Edward J. Wadowski and the Exchange Club.


Best baseball arm

This is for our Bristol baseball fans. What Bristol outfielder do you believe had the best baseball arm and that’s for a city native or someone who grew up here?


David R. Burghoff

I read David’s obituary in Thursday’s edition of this newspaper. He was the older brother of Gary Burghoff who everyone knows of from M*A*S*H TV and the movie, but David also made a name for himself. A Suffield resident who was raised here, David died on June 28, 2020 at Hartford Hospital. He was nationally-known for his knowledge of American antique firearms.

I had spoken with him by phone a couple of times in tracking down his brother. David was always cordial and an interesting fellow to chat with.


Out and about

While out and about this week, I saw a few people from a distance in doing their thing.

First was Todd Giovinazzo who has been absent from this column too long. I drove by his daughter’s nearby home where Todd was working on a pile of mulch; Then there were Jay Beaucar and Tom Ragaini who met up at Memorial Boulevard on Thursday. Jay was doing his rendition of “The Blanchette,” that of picking up discarded paper and what have you on that stretch of land. Tom was walking his dog in joining alongside his friend, somewhat in the role of accompanist and security.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:45. Updated: Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:49.