I have been writing this column for over 30 years. Many of you know that Christmas is my favorite season of the year. Nothing comes close. Thanks to the ER for giving me space for this Christmas Wish List. Yes, it seems to grow a bit every year. Glad they can jam it all on the website. Have to credit former BFP sportswriters Andy Gardner and Pat Garrity for giving me the idea. Hope you enjoy it. If your name is missing, let me know. Here’s hoping you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Beginning with my traditional ending this year: I always remember my mother-in-law Terry Bechtel, my father-law, Ed Bechtel, my dad, Don Gonillo, and my mom, Rosemary Gonillo whom we shared such beautiful, loving Christmases. I miss them so much. Lorette Sousie too. The special memories in the heart help tremendously! my wife Tina – relaxation, more golf, babysitting, HGTV, naps, times with granddaughter, Jamaican vacations, and a new FLA home; Gianna Gonillo – 2 weeks in VT this summer with Grammy and Pappa Joe, new clothes, and your favorite gift certificate; Josh and Karen Gonillo – Home Depot and Lowes gift certificates; shoes for K, and a spot on the volunteer fire department for J; Vince and Karen Gonillo – a double retirement household and that freedom to do anything you want whenever you want; Jenna and Nick Davis – Strabucks or DD GC to fight the NY winters and continued job advancement - Jenna should be running the Rochester Hospital soon; Stacey Gonillo – total enjoyment at Comic-Con in Fort Lauderdale and maybe another Marvel movie to work on;
Uncle Vince Martinelli – 15th St Fishery restaurant GC; Don and Carol Hathaway – total enjoyment in VT and FLA; David and Kathy Converse – FLA condo; Randy-Kay Lavalley – more FLA family time; Dale Lavalley – New coach in Big D; Sunny and Trevor Rushford – FLA vacation; Chloe Rushford – vintage Grateful Dead t-shirt and incredible post-high school plans; Gavin Rushford – fishing rod storage rack; Nick Lavalley and Cariann Zandell – ski weekend out west; Sandy and Hank Bechtel – BTV waterfront condo; Nate and Amelia Bechtel – completion of nursery, tons of baby supplies, and candlelight dinners; Ethan Bechtel and Stacey Davis – any and all home renovations complete and another New Year’s Eve to remember; Sarah and Josh Stark – FLA vaca in February or April: Owen, Wyatt, and Hudson Stark – Legos, charger of some sort, Hot Wheels, the Game of Life, Skip-Bo; Eric and Holly Hathaway – a grandbaby; Derek and Nikki Hathaway – a wonderful life together; Cullen Hathaway – park/forest ranger job; Dominique Ploof – more time in VT; Charlie and Kristin Peet – European vacation and wonderful times with your girls; Sydney and Madison Peet – European vacation, Reformation jeans, great summer jobs, phone and mac cases; Ernie and Judy Dudley - state-of-the-art rec/workout center in North Port; Cliff and Pam - the most comfortable FLA weather you could imagine; Les and Nancy Johnson – pristine lake conditions, Enosburg club championship, and Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Robin and Deb Hollwedell – winter trips to FLA….
Jack and Nancy Chalmers – that never-been-taken winter getaway to FLA; Jeff Chalmers college scholarships for boys; Jaime and Kristen Chalmers – addition to the Milton mansion; Nicole and Joe Colantoni – Nutcracker dancing shoes, sports gear, and new pool; Steve and Dana Line – hockey, lax,and other equipment for kids and warm vacation in April; Jason and Dawn Heminway – all-sports equipment for kids; Scott Slocum – Garrit Cole in Pinstripes; Diane Slocum – Another grandbaby? Adam and Eva Slocum – baby, maybe; Willie and Sarah McNulty – unlimited supply of hunting gear and venison recipes; Kyran McNulty – rifle ammunition; Wakely McNulty – camping accessories; Calder McNulty – hunting and camping gear; Dayna and Ryan Davis – Escalade; Isla Davis – new outfits, games, and books; Marlowe Davis – stuffed animals, books, clothes, chocolate; Mike and Jackie Landsberg – babysitters, vacations, golf clubs, and new EJ home for J’s parents; Caleb and Elijah – Ranger Rick magazine, Barnes and Noble GC; Derek and Liz Kearns - FFB playoffs, OL and D for NYG, Mill River restaurant GC’s; Michael Chouinard – Amazon gift card; Mark Bove and Bove’s – continued good luck with the First Fridays, sauces, meatballs, and catering; Joel Kynoch – PA job at UVM; Dan Couture – a return to BI FFII ; the Champlain Valley Fair – lower food prices and the Eagles, Toby Mac, Jimmy Buffet, Jordan Feliz, and Crowder in concert; Rich Graham – a return to coaching at EHS; Ken Fontaine – return to the EHS track and field program; Linda McNulty – all your treasures sell; McKinley McNulty – everything on your Christmas list; Mike Smith – a hockey college coaching job; Amy Smith – Rasta Marathon in Negril; Jason Smith – continued success in Hornet hockey; Abby Smith – new hockey stick and soccer shoes; Chelsea Zelko –happiness and success; Toby Mac - phenomenal song writing, devout fans, love and support; Les and Nancy Johnson – pristine lake conditions and Enosburg club championship; Janet Boyden - phenomenal SS payout; Bryan and Wendy Hirschman and girls (Hanukkah wish) – Magic Kingdom or 6 Flags Magic Mountain trip; Patty Caplan - tons of activities in Sarasota; Don Tynan – continued success making profits for your clients and friends @ UBS Paine Webber; Mario and Sherri Ross – blessings, many wonderful years together, and a countdown to retirement….
Lucille McClure – OL for Arizona Cardinals; Mark Bombard – OL for your ‘Skins; main guidance/counseling office staff – rule-following and deadline-hitting students; Rob Reardon – great teachers, staff, administration, and students; Beth Cobb –continued success as our educational leader; English Department – wonderful students, great books, and a solid budget; Mike Deweese – got your QB and RB for Bills, now figure out a way to upend the Pats; Jenn Letourneau – hair cutting coupons; Armando Vilaseca – Garrit Cole in Pinstripes; Ben Johnson - extra family time, disciplined students, and a principal’s job in your future; Louise Strong – a great retirement; Heather Garrow – enjoy your daughter’s hs years; RJ Garrow – new boat for the lake; Shawn Montague – tickets to the NCAA Men’s Final Four; Kenena Montague – FLA vacation; Breya Montague – strong finish to ms and good luck at EHS….
Adam Weiss – continued success as one of EHS’ all-time best teachers; Wayne Davis – return to good health, golf, and pickleball; Becky Davis - keep dropping the handicapp; the BFP - return of high school basketball box scores; the Essex Reporter staff – continued success with our quality newspaper; DJ Lemahieu, Adam Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Tori Couture – brand spankin’ new workout shoes; Pam Hemingway – a relaxing family vacation in February; Travis and Sarah Desilets – all sorts of hockey stuff; Stacey Anthony – Garrit Cole in Pinstripes; JJ and Josh Thibodeau–little ones in near futureSue Pratt, Chef Dowman, and others – massive upgrade to Colonial Room dining room; Yvonne Wolfer and the CTE cosmetology staff – 2nd floor expansion; Jim Dirmaier, Todd Mackenzie, Connie Esmay, Linda Dulleba, and Bob Travers – steady increase in enrollment; Christine Chase – happy, healthy life; Jake Orr – a trip back to the finals next fall; Brian and Penny Dubie – a retirement home on a lake; Katie White and Ryan Robitaille – the best in coaching talented hs distance runners; Mike Soules – full-time retirement; Nicola Anderson – more swimming championships; Becky Anderson – another fine year teaching in VA; ET and EJ Planners – let logic be your guide in all town matters like nice street lights, taxing the FairGrounds, sidewalk removal on upper Briar Lane, combine our rec departments, plowing our sidewalks; Scott Milne – a return to politics; Carol Cooke – great deals at Couples Swept Away in Jamaica; Governor Scott – education campaign promises; Jill Shumway – a raise; Ryan Gates – free college tuition for kids; Mike McCaffrey – more soccer games to ref; Aaron Boone- Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes, a championship championship in the Bronx, and - as always - thanks for the 2003 ALCS game-winning HR vs Boston; Bill Galdi – wonderful memories and tons of time with kids and grandkids; Jill Galdi Mulhurn – some summertime in VT; Paul Hamel – lake house serenity and good thoughts; Ed Hockenbury – yet another American East basketball championship for UVM men’s hoop team and ticket to the NCAA playoffs; Ed Hockenbury, Jr – high school coaching job; Ryan Hockenbury – another summer at SHP and a high school coaching job; Jessica (Folden) and Stephen Sanders – a beautiful little baby; Brett, Corey, and the entire Crew at the Links at Lang Farm (Bernie, Randy, John, Jim, Sandy, Brenda, Bob, Paula, Mike, Tom, Dave, Eileen, Jeff – sunny days next golf season, plush fairways, smooth greens, and more than enough golfers on the course; Grorge Brooks and the gang - par or birdie golf; Rich Celia and Brent Farnham – college hockey assistant coaching job; Mike Picard and Jeff Greene – new GM and HC for the ‘Boys; Pete Picard – Florida whenever, wherever; Pete Picard, Jr and Elizabeth Austin – a relaxing summer by the pool; Chris Polakowski – inching closer to the Delaware shores; Carol Polakowski – FLA vacation this winter; Alyssa and Josh Jacobs – another little one and some free babysitting nights; Dave Gomez – the best in all you do in Europe; Jeremy Hammond – success with CHS TF; Jessie Hammond – winter free time; Bob Ward – luxury press box for timing; Jackie Wheel and Prescott Stanton – a beautiful little baby and neighbors who will babysit anytime; the Smailhodzics – more love this Christmas….
John Woodley – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Jean Robinson – Celtics and Yankees in finals; Peggy Economou – warm weather vacations; Steve Emery – Steelers playoff appearance; Mike Donoghue – all access press pass; Dean Corkum - high mileage new truck or more duct tape to keep old one together; Grady Corkum – college of your choice; Lucy Corkum – most comfy running shoes ever; Madison Corkum – great job in real world, hs coaching, and success post-UVM; Steve Roberts – hole-in-one; Mike Baker – golf balls that fly straight and carry an extra 50 yards; Leighton Walker – new running shoes; Mary-Louise DiGiovanni, Tom Jiamachello, and Marilee Taft – trips to Florida, Europe, Martha’s Vineyard, and the DR; Deb Stark – warm winter vacations; Ellen Emery – standing room only in the TAP intern business; Jane Goodman – FLA residence; Kate McDonald – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Jamie Young – very comfortable office; Colleen Birner – vice principal job in future; Mae Mayville – bird tracking devices; Bill Mayville – defense in NFL draft for Giants;Nate Sheppard – a return to EHS; Owen Charron – tickets to see Eric Clapton in 2020; Jenn and Brad Luck –free swimming lessons; Tim Albertson – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Windy and Mike Kelley – jobs in Chittenden County; John and Sue Burroughs – SUV with great gas mileage; Carol Willey – a move back to VT; Ruby and Jim McIntyre – summer trip to VT; Joe Mackey – relaxation; Allison Duffy – Big Blue win over Ohio State; Courtney Brooks – JetBlue office promotion; Joe Johnston and Gene Nelson – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Shawn and Heather at the Light – massive $$ support and office renovation; Danielle Tkach – continued success in the pastry business - I am free to test-taste; Bill Peters –continued business success; Gus Charbonneau – new wheels; Maria Sciancalepore – Villa anywhere in Italy; Jason Polakowski - success in your new fitness training job at Sports Life Training in Clearwater, FLA; Dr Katie Polakowski - your own practice when ready; Dave Zehnacker – the return of IBM’s Wednesday nights’ summer soccer league to Towers Rd; Bill Duval – more teams for ever-popular women’s summer league from the NE Kingdom down to Montpelier and Morrisville; Barb Duval – animals and plants of your choice; Robin Noble – more time in FLA and with grandkids; Frank Martel – continued officiating hs soccer in VT and training new VSOA refs next fall; Don Fillion – a fishing trip to Wyoming; Ted Ryan - all access spring training press pass and golf clubs for retirement; Annah and Dr. Chris Sullivan – a return to coaching and private practice; Tiffany Gilbert – middle school TF/hurdle job; Joe O’Brien – more lake time; Dennis Fillion – stuff to do in free time next fall and Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Bill Hennessey – CEO job in your future; Joe and Julie Hennessey – long walks in VT/FLA during retirement; Mike and Tammi Gilbert and family – a nice FA for Tigers, a heck of a drive, newest James Patterson books, and tickets to Detroit baseball games; Kevin Barber – Mike Evans as your keeper; Sue Barber – new workout shoes; Molly and Kate Barber – best in ‘20; Emily Zelko – a great life-after-college job….
Libby Smith – incredible golfing down in Admiral’s Cove; Kate and Gael Shungu – an addition to the family in the near future; Meghan and Zach Smith – more Red Sox tickets and par golf; Leo Labonte – duck decoy business take off; Lynne Labonte – FF miles to Texas; Toria Lajoie – a highly successful athletic training career; Jason and Amy Stannard – college grants; Derek Jeter - unanimous HOF induction and building a winner in Miami; Andy Pettitte – a special assistant job with Yanks; Mariano Rivera – congrats on being the first unanimous HOF player elected in history and a spring training job in Tamps teaching NYY P’s your famous cutter; Bernie Williams – #51 retired; Josh Becker – space in house for stuff; Greg Walsh – 2 brand new paved parking lots for EAC; Mike Wells – another winter on the bench; Noel Boutin – smooth sailing at the rink; Joe and Sandy Moore – better draft picks for Eagles and a VT summer visit; Levi and Leah Smith – tons of kid time; The James family – happiness out west; Ron and Nancy Myers – vacation time with grandkids; Ally Vile, Adriane Martin, Betsy Hoffmeister, Nicole Mone-St.Marthe, Nihad Basic, Ken Booker, Dave Foster, Wendy Hatoum, Brad Luck, Caitlin Fay, Alyssa Callan, Maureen Gillard, Pat Ivory, Kirsten Santor, Harlan Smith, Matthew Smith, and the pres-school / after school staff of both departments - Town and Junction Recreation Department continue their excellent programs offerings to our residents and new maintenance equipment; Charlie Burnett – QB coaching job in Dallas; Randy Burnett – following your brother to Dallas as RB coach; Mark Ginsburg – continued success at CVU; Kerry LeClair – WR for Carson Wentz; Ryan McLaren – a return to EHS in some capacity; Dr. Ramsay – the cure for cancer; Brad Smith – a full slate of softball games on the Cape and summer VT visit; Nicole Dvorak – success in business; Mark Barry – clean and safe CT Rec beaches; Adam Peterson and Michele Cannon – many happy years together; VT National Guard - huge thank you for your service and always safe returns home; Jerome Monachino – awesome voices in SMC choir and yearly fishing trip; Amy Phillippo – New York Marathon qualifying; Kathy Cinder – grandkids; Cecilia Golnazarian – a happy and relaxing life; Bob and Mary Anne Chaffee – fun, fun, fun on the Cape; Sandy and Bob Willey – relaxation in retirement; John Willey – inching closer to retirement; Chris MacFarlane – new training shoes; Ace Ali – tickets to Broadway musical; EWSD IT Crew – endless thanks and new boss; Alex Abrami – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Linnea Willey – high school coaching job; Doc Maddalena – continued EHS GHOC success; Jerry Frank – massive amounts of relaxation on the lake and at Links; Deb Maddalena Connor – happiness in life; Shaun MacArdle – coaching your daughter in XC and TF at CHS; Molly Edwards – fun with family, summer trips, and enjoyable vacations; the MacArdle kids –a FLA vaca; Duncan Harvey – SRO at Rocky’s; Diane and Russ Auger – weekly tee times in sunny weather; Emily Scott White – kids; Teresa Fleming – grandkids; Natalie Fleming – baby in near future; Mac and Stick McAllister – a full-time sports’ contract at CBS Sports; Kara Bissonnette – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Ashley and Ryan Neary – free babysitting again; Eric and Leslie Langevin – so much more family time….
EHS, Brownell, and Essex Free Libraries – Lee Child, Michael Connolly, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Sue Grafton novels; Spencer Noble, Jeff Taft, and Dave Taft – Monday evening specials you know where; Donna Kaynor and Gary Godberson - FLA home; Chirs and Kelly Aherns - quicker completion of home renovations;
John and Shelly Summerville – grandkids constantly running throughout your home; Deb and Steve Schonberg – extra time on Sanibel Island; Natalie LeClair, Elaina Coutrayer, Troy Coutrayer, Kara McNamara, Leah Murdock, Shannon and Bridget Hennessey, Ashley Wilson, Kathryn Kearns, Kristin Kowalski, Erin Oliver, Khanh Nguyen, Erica Boyce, Katherine Ramsey, Alexis Purdy, Sam O’Sullivan, Lauren Goodnow, Jamie Kida, Scott Cayea, Beau Cameron, Mary Krug, Kimmy Dirmaier Brandon Keift, Kristin McNamara, Charlie Kline, Anna Guthrie, Leah Conchieri, Lexie O’Sullivan, Sarah Sherman, Katie Polakowski, Jason Polakowski, Lindsey Judge, Julie and Katie Conlon, Casey Dubie, Bailey Farrell, Shannon Heath, Angela Henry, Hillary Keithcart, Officer David Bowers, Simone Mendes, Lindsay Norris, Kyla Ward, Mike and Olivia Dimambro, Sarah Flaherty, Melissa, Josh, Olivia, and Ben Fontaine, Claire Murphy, Paige Wood, Kim and Tom Dvorak, Chinelo and Chike Asanya, Rosy Gallo, Lucy Lincoln, Isey Esposito, Nikki Braceras, Alexa Pius, Rachael Pinto, Paige Hathaway, Emma Sopchak, Olivia Fontaine, Isabelle and Nate Federico, Bobby and Abigail Evans, Kevin Conchieri, Tom Carton, Mariah Neverett, Katherine Furland, Kira and Kevin Hancock, Ashley Douglas, Courtney Gleason, Tim Yandow, Jack Mechler, Erik, Sean, and Katie James, Amanda Sinkewicz, Kyle Baker, Madison Stephenson, Mychaela Harton, Sydney Duncan, Sade Hankey, and others THANK YOU so very much for the fond TF memories including countless state championships…may you all enjoy success in life; Emily Goodrich – Dean’s List at UVM; Sand Hill Pool LG and staff – sun every day, calm camp kids, and windows/skylights for the back room; Saint Ambroise (Azzie) Azagoh-Kouadio – all the best in 2020; Thomas Dvorak - success in business; Antonia Armstrong-Laird Trono – congrats; LJ Harris – success in life after college; Nate Bradbury – full time teaching and coaching job; the EHS maintenance and grounds staff – green grass to cut, new sidewalks, and less dirt and garbage around; Emily Danis – grants/scholarships for college and med school daughters; Dave Barra – time on the bench in Chittenden County; Craig Iverson, Andy Gingras, Gary Blodget,Eric Evans, Roland Noel – continued commitment to high school soccer; Jay Vallieres – a return to the VSOA next fall; Alan Feeley – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; DJ Johnson – VT golfing visit; continued success in CA soccer coaching and Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Nick Hendry, Sean Diminick, and Dr. Visker – a return to the EHS Alumni BB game; Jessie Coutrayer – strong Hornet hoop team this winter; the Girls at One Credit Union – lots of lollipops and $$ to share;Nate Crete – thriving auto business; Bruce Murdough – inching closer and closer to retirement; Bushey’s – continued great service at affordable prices….
Matt Conti – congrats and good luck on the new business venture, Mountain Trail
Crossfit, located on the backside of WaterTower Hill in Colchester next to Green Mountain Power; Michelle Robitaille Campbell – Vt Marathon return with family; Andy and Jeanne Cole and the Kevin Laverty family – kids as future track stars at EHS; Blaine Isham – a coaching job for all seasons @ EHS in your retirement; Ira Isham – another talented wrestling team this winter; Barb Isham - another high scoring jvg field hockey team; Easton Isham – swimming lessons at SHP this summer; Martone's Market – delicious sandwiches / grinders for our grateful community; Kevin and Suzie Kearns – the best life in retirement; Bill O’Neil – relaxation at the lake and family time; Essex Cinemas – great movies, coupons deals, and delicious popcorn; Ramunto’s, Vespas, Mimmo’s, Hoagies, Pappa Franks, Rocky's, and Juniors – continued delicious Italian food; Josh Santerre – baseball coaching job; Mike Goodrich, Kayla Krouse, Melissa Brott – snow, snow, and more snow; Sports and Fitness Edge – weight room and parking lot expansion; David Coggio – more VT golf days, continued thriving business success in ME, and wedding congrats to you and Darlene; Dan Shepardson – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes and NCAA basketball Final Four playoff game; John and Colleen McAuliffe – golf clubs and Links membership; Ryan McAuliffe – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Matt McAuliffe – NY Yankee tickets; Kevin McAuliffe – assistant coach of Bruins; Matt Stratford – hoop game on parquet floor; Tim Stratford – running shoes; Steve Hennessey – front office job in MLB; the Essex – continued great pub, restaurant food, and summer singing entertainment; Tony Romo - solid careers in NFL broadcasting; Jason Whitten, Zeke Elliott, and Dak Prescott – a solid finish to the end of the season and a strong playoff run; Giancarlo Stanton – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes and 35/110/.295; Gary Sanchez – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes and 35/100/.275; Aaron Judge – Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes and 35/115/.285; Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Holder, Tommy Kahnle, Chad Green, Adam Otavino, Zach Britten - a powerful end of the NYY bullpen; Dellin Betances – a return to NY; Stan Williams, Jeff Paul, Scott Bliss, Bill Eschholz, Geoff Bennett, Dave Martin, Andy Cole, Josh Markle, Fran Dimasi, Jeff Evans, Dan Hagen, and Catherine Riley – continue your positive work with youngsters in school and on sports teams in Chittenden County; Tim Rice – good health and relaxation; Brad Parker – a FLA spring training jaunt; TJ Meade and Katie Mack – a return to the soccer field at the hs level; Jim Smith – a run in masters’ fast-pitch softball; Andrew Lucier – continued success in PE and snowboard club advisor; Lyle and Barbie Newell – best running gear on the market;Tom Preska and Ben Lawrence – high-tech audio/video equipment; Sherri Allard, Bob Hickey, and John Scherer – early filers for 2020 tax returns; Jim and Erin Murphy – family summer vacation; Brian Cummings – a youth movement championship in the Bronx;; Charley Ranges – tax free standing for church property;Ashley and Jeff Barry – many happy years together; Dennis Barcomb – new soccer field in Winooski;Tonja and Mark Digangi - college soccer scholarship for your boy; Mirjam Gramatzki - Toby Mac concert tickets; Stefan Gramatzki - a high school soccer coaching job….
Zaf Bludevich and Jerry Flanagan – SMC golf outing championship; Tom Brennan – a return to ESPN; Essex PD – budget to do the things you need to accomplish; Essex FD – a full force of firemen; Essex Rescue – any equipment you need to keep us safe; Rich Haskell – covering the Red Sox in spring training in Fort Myers and opening the air to a guest broadcaster; Direct TV, Comcast, Fairpoint, and Version – lower TV, internet, and cell prices; Judy Foregger – the fondest of memories; Dick and Jane Kehaya – relaxation in the Villages; Sarah Newman – great flying perks at work; Marissa and Ryan Palmer – a little one to go with the dog; Ali Wells – job closer to VT; Sal Bannerman – a beautiful empty nest; Jim Larkin – unlimited cruise and resort credits; Jan Mahoney – Caribbean Isle retirement and thanks for sending us to CSA in Negril, Jamaica; Carol Cooke – Milne Travel MVP, free trips to Couple Swept Away; Mat Fraser – continued success as 4-time CrossFit champ as the fittest man on earth; the Riell family – phenomenal memories of your father and husband; John and Liz Tobin – lowest Fort Myers’ handicap; Syd and Kathy Banfield – walking shoes; the Langs – grandkids; Hal Getty – spring training seasons tickets for O’s at Ed Smith Stadium; Brian Chandler –Gerrit Cole in Pinstripes; Jeff Paul and Austin Danforth – continued success with your Saturday morning sports show; Pete Shill – low-cost paving company for Tree Farm drive and parking lot; Jan Lee – best of wishes for good health and another rescue dog; Josh Lee – Duke season basketball tickets; Janet and Phil Lucier – retirement to VT; Dan Marlow – well-deserved retirement; Paul Lamontagne – even more photographing business; Joyce’s Noodle House – the best Wonton soup in the area; China Gardens – new sign and standing room only business; Curt Guether - fall-of-the earth drop in Links’ handicap; Dave Neil – offensive coordinator’s job for Steelers; Art Pellerin, Bob Clifford, Steve Ferreira, Steve Malgeri –Rick Porcello, again; Dave Rich – solid night crew and new cowboy hat; Nancy Russin – peaceful retirement; Mike Plageman - David Price trade and something in return for Mookie Betts; Bronson Johnson, and Dave Paya - lots of customers for your highly successful contracting, seamless gutter, and roofing businesses; Steve and Nancy Dowd – more golf and grandkid time; Jay and Judy Brady – Links membership and tons of grandkids time; Ben Hollwedell – success and safety with the police force….
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Jack and Nancy Chalmers – retirement done, now a winter getaway to FLA; Jeff Chalmers – college scholarships for boys; Jaime and Kristen Chalmers – private dock in Mallett’s Bay; Steve and Dana Line – enough sports equipment for kids; Nicole and Joe Colantoni – more family gatherings and trips; Joel Kynoch – PA job at UVM; Jason and Dawn Heminway – hockey (field and ice) equipment for kids; Dan Couture – a return to BI FF; the Champlain Valley Fair – lower food prices and the Eagles, Jordan Smith, Jimmy Buffet, Jordan Feliz, and Crowder in concert; Rich Graham – a return to coaching at EHS; Ken Fontaine – return to the EHS track and field program; Linda McNulty – treasures to sell; McKinley McNulty – everything on your Christmas list; Mike Smith – college a hockey coaching job; Amy Smith – Boston Marathon; Jason Smith – impenetrable blue-line defense; Abby Smith –new hockey stick; Chelsea Zelko –happiness and success; Lorette Sousie….
Scott Slocum – Gary Sanchez jersey; Diane Slocum – Another puppy for Kodiak to play with; Adam and Eva Slocum – completion of home renovations; Willie and Sarah McNulty – unlimited supply of ammunition; Kyran McNulty – new sight for rifle; Wakely McNulty – new princess dress Calder McNulty – all-terrain vehicle; Dayna and Ryan Davis – new family van for traveling to VT; Isla Davis – Christmas list checked off; Marlowe Davis – the best first Christmas ever; Mike and Jackie Landsberg – Stowe weekend getaway; Caleb and Elijah – Christmas list checked off; David Kathy and David Converse – another Caribbean vacation; Randy-Kay Lavalley – way too much time in FLA with family; Dale Lavalley – Dallas wins the East; Nick Lavalley and Cariann Zandell – ski weekend out west; Sonny and Trevor Rushford – southern US vacation; Chloe Rushford – t-shirt and phone cover; Gavin Rushford – skateboard stuff; Derek Kearns – Aaron Judge jersey; Liz Chouinard – workout passes for 2019 anywhere she wants; Michael Chouinard – Amazon gift card; Uncle Vince Martinelli – 14th St Fishery restaurant gift certificate in Ft. Lauderdale; Don and Carol Hathaway – great lives in VT and FLA; Henry and Sandy Bechtel – condo in Arizona; Sarah and Josh Stark – FLA vaca in February: Owen, Wyatt, and Hudson Stark – that very same vacation; Charlie and Kristin Peet – Greece trip and wonderful times with your girls; Sydney and Madison Peet – Greece trip; LuLu Lemon and Urban Outfitters gift cards, hockey stuff, clothes; Nate and Amelia Bechtel – vacations to remember; Ethan Bechtel and Stacey Davis – New Year’s Eve in Dubai; Mark Bove and Bove’s – continued good luck with the First Fridays and ignore any complainers; Josh and Karen Gonillo – a brand new CT home; Gianna Gonillo – 2 weeks in VT this summer with Grammy and Pappa Joe and a gift certificate to Chelsea Piers; Vince and Karen Gonillo – retirement relaxation and a new Jaguar; Jenna and Nick Davis – a new Jeep Cherokee and/or Nissan Rogue to battle Rochester, NY winters; Stacey Gonillo – another great, new job Fort Lauderdale working for Comic-Con, at least one more Marvel movie credit, and the costume (Wonder Woman, Spidergirl. Batgirl) of your choice; my wife Tina – relaxing, free time in retirement; new workout shoes, another golf lesson, naps, babysitting many little ones, HGTV, trips to CT for granddaughter, Jamaican vacations, and fun in FLA…….
As I end this column, I always remember my mother-in-law Terry Bechtel, my father-law, Ed Bechtel, my dad, Don Gonillo, and my mom, Rosemary Gonillo who we shared such loving Christmases. I miss them very much. The memories are special and help so much especially over the holidays. Now let’s create more memories. Have a very blessed, Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and prosperous Happy New Year!