BRISTOL BITS: Great group made of great members

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I found this photo of Jim and Sheila Bousquet and thought I’d share it with readers. Jim presides over the Korean War Veterans Association in Bristol with the help of his wife, Sheila, who also has served as an officer with the Memorial Military Museum of Bristol. Jim is a retired production manager at Bristol Press and Sheila had a management career in banking.

Also effective in making the Korean War Veterans a great organization is treasurer Dick Avery and secretary Alice Testa. Bob Barnett brings his knowledge of the military to the group, as well as his humor. The group meets Wednesday mornings at the Bristol Senior Center and once a month on a Wednesday for breakfast at the Oasis restaurant in Forestville.

Salma and Alex

My best to Salma and Alex Hamzy, who recently sold the Crystal Diner on lower Main Street. I enjoyed their presence there at the eatery for the past decade and a half. Alex was always great to talk to and Salma was like a sister, good friend and counselor for so many of us. A lot of fond memories were made by those who frequented there.

Art Hogue and Tom Downs

When I had lunch with the two last week, Art was wearing a Boston Red Sox cap and after my commenting on it as a Yankees fan, he recalled that he was there with his father, Art, and sister, Amy, when Carl Yaztremski recorded his 3,000th career hit in Boston on Sept. 12, 1979.

Bill Thompson (1931-2014) – artist/painter

Bill’s name was also brought up when I had lunch with Art and Tom, so I did some research on him. Born here, he graduated from Bristol High and in addition to further schooling, spent two years of military service during the Korean War. He lived in Winsted as an adult and his work is seen in museums in this state, around the U.S. and in Europe. I hope to expand on this sometime in the future.

Italian Festival at St. Anthony’s

I’ve been asked by a reader when the annual festival at St. Anthony’s is going to be or was held this year. Anyone?


Butch and Jeanne Virovoy celebrate 50 years of marriage next Friday, June 28, per sister Alice Virovoy Herdlein. Alice lives in Bristol and last I knew her brother and sister-in-law were state residents. You recall the Virovoy family lived on the corner of Sixth and Holden Streets decades ago when Butch and Alice were growing up.

Happy birthday today to Daniel Scoppetta, M.D.

Did you know? – Authors

There are two area residents or former residents who are listed as authors who have been published by a mainstream publisher and have at least one book in the Library of Congress catalog. They are Dana Meachen Rau of Burlington and Christine Ieromino of Terryville. I will look into their work in the near future as my deadline prevents it today.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:13. Updated: Thursday, 20 June 2019 20:15.

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