BRISTOL BITS: Bristol Sports Hall of Fame pick class of 2022

Published on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 12:56


Bob Kalat, vice-president of the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame and the chairman of its selection committee, contacted me to announce the organization’s class of 2022.

“These individuals will be included with all past inductees and continue to represent the best of Bristol’s sports heritage,” said Kalat.

These honorees will be Leon and Gussie Breen (posthumously), Mario Merraro, Tracy Pomerenke Regan, Clem Roy (posthumously), Reinaldo Soto, Chris Strahowski, Kim Corbin Varasconi and Pete Wininger.

Induction night will take place at the DoubleTree in Bristol on Friday, Nov. 18. More information will be available in the near future and on the hall of fame website:  

Bristol Police Officer Spencer Boisvert

Officer Biosvert, who was presented with a Life Saving Award and Officer of the Month 

accolades recently, is the grandson of Alan and Anne Bartlett, owners of Hair by Us in Bristol.

Spencer’s mom is Sherry Bouchard.

Burlington Avenue Community Club

I’ve been told that the Burlington Avenue Club was once used as a dance studio.

Boulevard cannon

In case you’ve noticed the two large wheels of the cannon on Memorial Boulevard have been taken off. I’m told by retired parks department employee Lenny LaMothe that they are being re-done to strengthen them.

The cannon, a captured WWI German Howitzer 105mm, was given to Bristol by the Harold F. Emmett VFW Post, CT, in 1926.

Double anniversaries

Friday will be the 60th wedding anniversary of Iva and Bert Picard. Not only that, but it will also be Bert’s 80th birthday.

Did you know?

The people of Bristol received their first daily weather forecasts when Muzzy’s store on Riverside Avenue had symbols for different weather conditions on its roof. Adrian Muzzy, the owner, started receiving weather signals each morning in 1886 from the U.S. Signal Office in New Haven and from there posted them on the roof.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 12:56. Updated: Tuesday, 16 August 2022 12:58.