Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

This is the Putnam Town Hall building around 1894 when it served as the first Putnam High School. Putnam Town Crier file photos.

& Now
Town Hall is getting a new roof. It should be completed by the end of the month.

Gets doctorate
BOSTON — Boston University awarded academic degrees to 1,859 students in September 2018. Among the graduates was Song Bok Jon of Putnam, who received a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies.

In show
WILLIMANTIC — Two local students took part in the Eastern Connecticut State University production of “Cabaret” in October: Emma Kellermann ’21 of Eastford who majors in new media studies and worked as the microphone technician; and Lauthell Labonte ’22 of Putnam who majors in theatre and played the role of Lulu, one of the Kit Kat girls..

BATON ROUGE, La. — Cori Bailey of Woodstock was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Bailey was initiated at MCPHS University.

On dean’s list
BOSTON — Olivia Jane Hussey of Putnam made the dean’s list at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the school’s summer 2018 semester.


Putnam Rotary Club
has $30,000+ in
scholarships available
PUTNAM — The Putnam Rotary Club is seeking applicants for its 2019 Putnam Rotary Club Scholarship.
J. Scott Pempek, chairman of the scholarship committee, said this year the club has over $30,000 to be awarded to local students. In addition, the awards have expanded beyond just need. Some awards will be based on community service and some on academics.
The deadline is April 1 and the applications are available at That will redirect them to Rotary club runner page that has the application on the top left.
An applicant must be a senior in good standing or a graduate who has not yet enrolled at a college or university and has or is attending one of the following schools: Putnam High, Putnam Science Academy, Tourtellotte Memorial High School, Woodstock Academy, Marianapolis Preparatory School, Pomfret Preparatory School, H.H. Ellis Tech, Quinebaug Valley Middle College, ACT Magnet School Willimantic and Vocational AG School Killingly High. Applicants must be resident of Eastford, Pomfret, Putnam, Thompson or Woodstock. Children and grandchildren of the Putnam Rotary Club members are not eligible.


Because I Had To… Update

When it comes to technology, I am slightly ‘old-school’.  I embrace certain aspects of technology and certainly have the latest devices, but I am a bit slow to adapt to the software … or at least I feel like I am.   I am sure that Alexa can do way more for me than I ask of her, but as soon as I feel comfortable with relying on her to tell me the weather, or play a song or remind me to do something; my next request seems to be beyond her reach of resolve. And that will require that I purchase something or other in a subscription or App; so our relationship moves back into the ‘silent treatment’ phase.

If I actually knew how to properly phrase my questions, I would welcome the opportunity for the conversation, wherein I could explain to Her “It’s not YOU, it’s ME.”

Although I am quite certain that if I were stranded on a desert island with wifi and my cell phone, I could still effectively manage my life, I am just not 100 percent completely comfortable with all that is categorized as technology.  What makes me get more comfortable with using my available Apps and software and devices, is when I figure out how things work.

In a nut shell, I like technology that stays the same.  Unfortunately, the very foundation of technology is built on the fact that it is constantly changing and updating!

As a result, it seems to be a consistent source of stress in my life, and just when I think I’ve got something figured out, there is an update to the program and suddenly, everything looks and feels different.  I find it super annoying.  I don’t actually care if things work better or more efficiently after an update --- I want things to stay the same and look the same and work the same.

Truth be told, I always ignore the signal on my phone which indicates that there is an update.  If the reminder thingy pops up on my screen declaring that I have an update, I always hit, remind me later or tomorrow.  It does and then I ignore that one, too.

However, as it happens, my husband loves updates!  He is a fan of faster and better and newer and cooler and makes sure that I, too, also get access to the most updated versions.  Meanwhile, I go into panic mode thinking that the off and on of my phone, required of the update process, will certainly delete my alarm setting or my calendar appointments… 

There are some updates to technology that I embrace, like to a TV or a car, but I’m sure, since I only replace these things every once in a while, it’s because I have years to get used to how it all works.  After all, I’m someone who prefers to crinkle paper and stack logs strategically in order to make a fire in my fireplace rather than pressing a button for a gas flame, but then again, to start the fire, I now use a long lighter torch thingy rather than a match….


Kathy Naumann, possessor of NATURALLY curly hair and the understanding that you can’t control everything!

PUTNAM — After receiving information about suspicious activity near Owen Tarr Park the Putnam Police Department arrested an Ashford man for the second time in as many weeks.
March 12 Michael Hiller, 34, of Ashford was charged with two counts of possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested March 9 and charged with possession of Fentanyl (124 bags).
March 12 a concerned citizen told police Hiller was in a black-colored Dodge Durango and was selling narcotics in the Owen Tarr Park area.
Putnam Police Department and Connecticut State Police Quality of Life Task Force watched the black Dodge Durango leave the area of Providence Street and stopped the car after it veered over the fog line and into the shoulder of the roadway.
Police said they found 3 grams of crack cocaine and 13 bags of fentanyl. K-9 Ambrie of the Connecticut State Police Quality of Life Task Force found additional crack cocaine in the car.
The Putnam Police Department is encouraging any concerned citizens with information regarding any suspicious activity or drug related activity to contact them at (860)928-6565 or contact the Department’s anonymous tip line at (860)963-0000. All calls will remain confidential.


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