BRISTOL BITS: Former Bristol Central wrestling coach writes in new book

Published on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 14:41


Here’s a photo of the book cover by Ken DeStepanis, in which one segment is written by former Bristol Central wrestling coach Dennis Siegmann, who went on to college championship teams and then back to high school contingents more recently in Florida. The following sentence begins Siegmann’s initial entries shown in the wrestling informative, headlined as “Setting Goals - Success v.s. Winning.”

“I like to talk to each of my high school wrestlers about their individual goals for the season. Since I have had wrestlers at all levels on my teams, I usually wait until just prior to the first match to discuss goals. It is important to me to distinguish between a discussion on wrestling and one about individual success. 

“Every kid wants to be a winner, a state champ, but we as coaches all know that isn’t possible for every kid in our program. To me, it is important to have goals that are achievable but a goal that requires hard work to get there.”

Holly Day Boutique

Lovey Pitaro sent me a note for me to remind folks about the Holly Day Boutique to be held on Saturday, Ded. 4, 2021, at the New England Carousel Museum between 10:00 a.m. and  3:00 p.m. There will be decorated wreaths and swags, ornaments and other Christmas items for sale, those made by members of the Bristol Garden Club

Elaine Sportelli

Elaine, one of Bristol’s most enjoyed singing performers from the past, will celebrate her 90th birthday this Saturday. If you don’t know this lovely lady, then you are unfamiliar with some of Bristol’s best-ever musical productions.

An early happy birthday, Elaine!

Monday’s “Primetime” column

This past column had my comments on growing up in Bristol during the 50’s and 60’s, and among those contacting me about the write-up was Sally (Johnson) Shea, now reading in Florida with husband, Doug. You recall them as owners of Shea Chevrolet in Terryville.

Anyway, Sally and her late brother, Tom, grew up on New Street in Forestville, one street over from where my late brother, Bill, and I first grew up on Sixth Street. Bill and Tom were good friends and later Bristol Eastern classmates together. As I recall, Sally and Tom’s cousin, Gail Faucett, lived next door to them..

Hall of Fame couple

Hank Lodge was among those who was inducted into the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame this past Friday at the DoubleTree. But, he wasn’t the only family member celebrating and that was for another reason. Hank had purchased flowers for his wife, Joan, who was in attendance, because Friday was also their 55th wedding anniversary.


Friday will be former Bristol High athlete Dave Pirog’s birthday.

Shout out

To Fran Murphy, retired fire captain in Bristol, and his brother, Tom, now a longtime Plainville resident.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-583-5132.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 23 November 2021 14:41. Updated: Tuesday, 23 November 2021 14:44.