Kabala Brothers College Bowl Champs  
Thursday, June 20, 2002
THURSDAY, JUNE 20 TELEGRAM & GAZETTE 2002
So I've Heard column


Many years ago, when they were elementary school pupils, James and Daniel Kabala answered an inquiry about barns, or why they're generally painted red. A reader wanted to know.
It had something to do with available commodities in Colonial America, like milk and rust. Well, the Kabala brothers have gone into the questions and answers game in a big way, forming half of the Providence College team that posted a top five performance at the 25th National College Bowl Championship recently at Kansas State University.
James Kabala, a senior, captured individual honors, besting a field of 74 contestants. "James was the most impressive player I saw," Dr. Kirk A. Brague, PC assistant vice-president for student services, told The Spectrum, the college newspaper. The story says "James Kabala had uncanny anticipation skills and often buzzed in with correct answers before questions were completed." He was named one of eight national all-stars.
Daniel Kabala, a freshman at PC, was one of the youngest participants in the competition. It was the first national appearance for Providence College, winners of the Northeast regional title. James Kabala, a summa cum laude graduate, majored in history at PC. He'll start work towards his doctorate in September at Brown University. James and Daniel Kabala are the sons of Stanley and Catherine Kabala of Dudley.
Mr. Kabala is a long time teacher at Bartlett High School in Webster and Mrs. Kabala, a teacher at Doherty High School in Worcester, is an elected Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee member.
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I haven't tried the new Vanilla Coke, introduced recently at the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, Conn., but I had my share of them as a young person, when they were mixed at the soda fountain in the former Vernon Drug Co. store on Main Street in Webster.
The clerk would draw a fountain Coke, syrup and Seltzer water, and add a bit of vanilla flavoring. A good stir with a spoon and you had a vanilla Coke. While I remember this, I only knew the clerk by her given name at the time. She was a kid like the rest of us. I met her the other day, and she confirmed my recollection. I now know her full name--birth, given and marriage, but chivalry demands a shield.
"This was so long ago," she smiled, adding a disconnect because of the time line to Vernon's, protecting her youthful appearance. "Yeah, vanilla Cokes were popular," the woman allowed. "Cherry Cokes were the favorites, though." Vernon's wasn't the only place serving added flavor Cokes, she said. "You could pretty much get them at any soda fountain around here."
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I interviewed the late Louis Faucher many years ago when he was associated with Faucher's Bakery of North Grosvenordale. I was a fledging reporter and Mr. Faucher made things easy, relating vital information, including a few anectdotes.
A kid selling magazine subscriptions once made him wary of a sure thing, he said. Mr. Faucher and his family went shopping in Providence and had just returned to their car when the boy made his pitch.
I have to paraphrase but the story went something like this: "I didn't want the magazine so I tried to say 'no' in a nice way," Mr. Faucher said. "The kid made an offer. He said 'If I tell you how many birthdays you've had, will you buy a subscription?' I said 'yes.' The kid said 'you've only had one birthday, all the others were anniversaries.'"
The story remained with me because of Mr. Faucher's zest in the retelling. It came to mind last Thursday when Violette Hoyt of Southbridge, one of Mr. Faucher's daughters, called to inquire about Barbara (Kleindienst) Gilbert, mentioned in that day's column. They were friends as young people. Mrs. Hoyt introduced herself by mentioning her father and siblings. I related her father's birthdays story but she beat me to the punch line.
It was probably his favorite story, M
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