BRISTOL BITS: Thanking volunteers for all they do

Published on Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:44


A note from Tim Gamache:

“I would like the opportunity to thank the many volunteers who assisted the Bristol Veterans Council throughout May and June.

“First, all the folks who assisted with changing over flags of veterans’ gravesites: the Korean War Association (along with many volunteers) who worked both St. Joseph’s and Peacedale cemeteries; the KIM (Kids in the Middle program) at West Cemetery; Boy Scout Troop 9 at St. Thomas; Cub Scout Pack 432 at Forestville Cemetery. In all some 6,500 flags were replaced. A Herculean task impossible without their assistance.

“Second, kudos to Nutmeg TV for once again doing a professional job with airing our virtual Memorial Day ceremony.

“Third, thanks to all who helped our annual Salute Dinner be a success; Veterans Strong Community Center; Cravings (caterer); Jayson Beaulieu (Anthem); parents and friends who attended to support our young people who have chosen to enter our Armed Forces.

“Finally, kudos to Christine Hoffman, cookie manager for the Bristol/Forestville Girls Scouts who donated 24 dozen cookies to American Legion Post 2 who they chose as their ‘Cookies for Heroes’ program. It should also be said that ALL of our elected officials both participated and supported the endeavors of the veterans community throughout the holiday season.

“It is obvious the tremendous support the veterans community received from Bristol. THANK YOU and God Bless you all.”

Birthday wishes

I heard from a number of people about my birthday last Friday, and thought I’d list the names of these friends and family:

George Tolve, Edward Cercone (Retired USMC colonel), Jana Lombardo, Maryellen Holden, Joe Kelaita, Richard Morin, Marlene Carlson, Tony Ziotas, Dean Barney, Bernadette Dickau, Joe Keegan, Mike Hannon, Bob and Patti Kalat, Greg O’Brien, Dave Carello, Margaret Stuaffer Maher, Sue Gorski, Ron Duhaime, Diane Laxar Houston, Ken Cockayne, Beverly Foote, Mary Ellen Zoppo, Bob Dalfino, Joan Forman, Bill Cook, Joan Keyowski, Janice Hall Mercieri, Paul DiNoia, Robin Ptak and Karen Pescarmona.

Col.Cercone sent me two separate cards and left a phone message while also singing, “Happy Birthday” to me. Robin Ptak celebrated the same day as me and we are the same age. She graduated from Bristol Central the same year that I did from Bristol Eastern. (Thank you, young lady!)


Chuck and Mary Bouffard will celebrate another wedding anniversary this coming Monday. Fran and Tom Schinkel celebrated yesterday.

BHS candidates

The candidates vying for board or officer seats at the Bristol Historical Society are Bob Adamczyk, Rit Carter, Mary Houle, Andrea Kapchensky, Ty Mellon, Bob Montgomery, Marilyn Simmons, Don Soucy and Noreen Zurell.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:44. Updated: Thursday, 10 June 2021 15:46.