Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier



The following charges were listed in the Putnam Police Department logs.  The people charged are innocent until proven guilty in court. The Town Crier will publish dispositions of cases at the request of the accused. The dispositions must be accompanied by the proper documentation. The Putnam Police Department confidential Tip Line is 860-963-0000.
April 6
Susan Stevens, 53, Coatney Hill Road, Woodstock; speeding.
April 7
Dylan Varner, 22, Mill Street, Putnam; second-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor, delivery of liquor to a minor.
April 11
Heather  Poplasky, 32, Black Hill Road, Plainfield; breach of peace.
Alicia Dawn Marando, 39, School Street, Putnam; disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault.
David R. Hetu, 29, School Street, Putnam; disorderly conduct.

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Girls' lacrosse preview
Team excited
about season
Jones finally makes her debut as head coach of Centaurs
Mikayla Jones was supposed to takes over the reins of the Woodstock Academy girls’ lacrosse team a year ago.
Kathleen Johnson had stepped down after taking the Centaurs to a 15-4 season in which Woodstock Academy won the ECC tournament title with an 11-9 win over Stonington in 2019. Gone from that team were eight seniors. But Jones was happy with the team that was coming back in 2020. That season never happened.
Jones’ enthusiasm has not waned, however, as the calendar has turned to 2021.
“I’m so excited. We still have an awesome group of girls even though we lost a bunch of them. We’re still coming back pretty strong,” Jones said.
The first regular season game for the Centaurs took place at E. Lyme April 13 (it ended too late for this edition).
“It’s so great. I was a little worried that we weren’t going to have a season but it’s so great to be out here with the girls and having a fun time,” senior Rachel Canedy said.
With Jones now at the helm.
“I love coach,” Canedy said. “She definitely makes us work hard but we need it this season because we’re running out of time and need to be in shape. It’s nice to have a younger coach because she is relatable to us and gets all of our girl problems.”
Jones admits there are plenty of question marks coming into the season.
But the Centaurs have some players back who will make an impact this season.
Senior Kileigh Gagnon, one of the heroes of the ECC tournament championship in goal for the Centaurs, returns to that position in 2021.
Sofia Murray will share time with Gagnon in the cage.
“They are both awesome and both deserve as much time as they can get. We’re happy that we have two strong goalies this year,” Jones said.
Offensively, the Centaurs have senior Peyton Saracina who contributed 26 goals and six assists in 2019 along with Canedy (6 goals, 5 assists), Sydney Haskins, and Caroline Harris.
The group between the girls up front and the goalies is the one that Jones is working on most.
“Our defense is the weak point this season, only because we lost so many from the last senior class and losing a season last year. That’s where we have to rebuild,” Jones said.
Another concern is getting used to one another again.
And that spans team wide.
“We have so many new girls. We’re having all the returners talk to the new girls so that we can get the hang of things way quicker,” Canedy said.
The team usually dresses 21 players for varsity games. They have only 27 out for the whole program.
It has made practices a bit difficult as the team can’t separate the skill levels to start the season as much as it has in the past.
It also makes Jones concerned if the team should have a pandemic protocol issue.
Like field hockey in the fall, the girls’ lacrosse team will essentially play a normal schedule, playing in Division I of the Eastern Connecticut Conference along with Norwich Free Academy, Stonington, East Lyme, Fitch and Waterford.
“It’s as normal as possible which is great because we get to play as often as we usually do,” Jones said.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy


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Gertrude M. Baker
WEARE, N.H. — Gertrude M. Baker, 90, of Weare and formerly of S. Killingly, died Feb. 11, 2021 at home.
Gertrude was born in 1930 in W. Warrick, R.I., the youngest of five children of Joseph and Alice Levesque.  She was raised on a farm in Rhode Island and moved to Connecticut after her marriage to George R. Baker of Danielson.
She lived in S. Killingly and owned Baker’s Package Store on Rt. 6 until her retirement in 1987.  She was predeceased by her husband, and in 2011 moved to Weare with her partner, James Pierro, who brought her so much joy in her later years.  
Her beautiful smile and cheerful personality touched the lives of all who met her.  She enjoyed spending time in Mystic, vacationing in Florida, and her trips to Vermont with James.  She loved lighthouses and wind chimes.
She leaves her daughter Marie A. Blain (Leo); her son George A. Baker and his fiancée, Michele Johnson; six grandchildren: Kimberly, Brian, Melissa, Kevin, Emily and Jessica; five great-grandchildren: Koby, Bailey, Kyla, Ella and Tristan; and one great-great-grandchild Kingston; a sister Noella Levesque of N. Scituate, R.I.. She is predeceased by her brothers, Jerrard Levesque, Richard Levesque and Adalbert Levesque.  
Donations: American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.  A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 24 at St. James Church, Danielson with burial at 12:30 p.m. St. Joseph Cemetery on Gough Avenue, W. Warwick, R.I. Durning, Bykowski & Young Funeral Home, Manchester, N.H.

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Brian E. Langlois
Services April 24
PUTNAM — Brian E. Langlois, 62, died unexpectedly Jan.  18, 2021, at home in Putnam. He was the son of Norman Langlois and Arline (Arpin) Langlois of Pomfret.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. April 24 at Elmvale Cemetery, Woodstock. Smith & Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam.

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Soccer has always been Luca Almeida’s escape. When things weren’t easy at home in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, he would go play soccer and get away from it.
“Playing soccer has always made me feel happy and free,” Almeida said. “I love to play it, I love to watch it.”
Almeida’s relationship with the beautiful game will continue on at least a little bit longer. The PSA senior recently signed his Letter of Intent to play next year with NAIA school Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.
“The first reason I chose there is because it is a good school. I’m going to study criminal justice and they have a really good program,” Almeida said. “The other big reason was the coach. He seemed really interested and was always calling me and sending messages to see how it was going. He said from the beginning that his plan was for me to come and start playing as a freshman. I figured that would be the best thing for me to come in and start playing.”
Almeida, 19, has yet to play in PSA’s first two games of this season as he recovers from an injury. Last season, in 2019, he was the second-leading scorer on the Second Team, finishing with nine goals in 11 games.
“I’ve played soccer my whole life, since the beginning,” he said. “When I was 13, I was the top scorer in my state and playing against the best teams. I was signed to a Division I club in Brazil. Everybody has really big expectations for me so I was always conscious that something good like playing in college would happen.”
Almeida, a center attacking midfielder, did say that he feels like his game leveled off quite a bit the last three years or so, mostly because he has faced players who are physically stronger. So he is looking forward to diving into a workout plan in college so that he can grow on the field again too. And then he can do what he loves the most on the pitch, which is dribbling.
“I like to – not humiliate the other players – but I like to make them angry when I have the ball,” he said with a laugh.
Said PSA coach Ryan Dunnigan: “Luca is a two-footed player. He has the ability to play multiple positions very well, making him very versatile as a player. And he has a very good soccer IQ as well. He’s worked hard and gotten fitter since he’s been on campus.”
Graceland went 6-6-1 while playing in the Fall of 2020. The Yellowjackets are continuing their season now in the Spring as well.
“They are a good team,” Almeida said. “But I think they are missing a midfielder. All the other attack midfielders graduated, so they needed a Number 10 and that’s the role I’m looking to fill.”
Once he graduates from PSA in May, he will return to Brazil for the summer, then make his way to Iowa. While he is home, he will celebrate the good fortune with friends and family.
“There were a lot of different feelings,” he said. “I’m proud that I was able to get a good scholarship and the coach is interested in me coming to play for him. I’m excited to go and keep playing. And I’m thankful for all the people who have helped me.”
Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy

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Thur.  April 15
‘Gnome Night’
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Lodge of Elks on Edmond Street will be holding a “Make a Gnome Night” starting at 6:30 p.m. $25 per person. Benefits CT Children’s Medical Center. Call 860-928-3901 for reservations.

Sat.  April 17
Foodshare
PUTNAM --- The Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse, the Town of Putnam, the Putnam VFW Post 1523 and the Putnam American Legion Post 13 will host a Foodshare at 9 a.m. at the Putnam Elementary School. It is open to all towns. Almost 1,500 30-pound boxes of food are due to be distributed. Drive-thru. Masks must be worn by all.

Race/Walk
POMFRET --- The Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Camper Scamper 5K Race/Walk and 1 Mile Kid Run will begin with registration at 8 a.m.  Go to www.4hcampct.org for more details and registration forms.

Town Wide Clean-Up
POMFRET --- Celebrate Earth Day by participating in the Town Wide Clean-Up. Choose your street or request an assignment from the Green Team.  They will be available at the Pomfret Community School on the 17th to hand out trash bags and orange vests. For info: www.pomfretct.gov/.../april_2021.green_team_best...

Ziti, Meatball Dinner
PUTNAM --- Boy Scout Troop 25 of Putnam will host a ziti and meatball dinner, take out only, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Providence Street. $10. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tues.  April 20
Nature Camp
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret will present a nature camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 through April 22 for ages 8 to 12. For info and registration, call 860-928-4948.

Sat.  April 24
Putnam Beautification
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association is spearheading again Putnam Beautification clean-up from 8:30 a.m. to noon, starting in Putnam Rotary Park. Rain date May 1. Gloves, trash bags and water provided.  Meet back at Rotary Park for lunch --- grilled hot dogs, chips. Masks required. Groups, schools, individuals all encouraged to sign up; 860-963-6834. Trophies awarded.  Funded in part by The Last Green Valley and the Town of Putnam.

Car Wash
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Rotary Club’s Interact Club will hold a car wash fund-raiser from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hale YMCA. Benefits the club’s International Heifer Project.

Rabies Clinic
DANIELSON --- Pet Pals Northeast, a local animal welfare organization, is holding a low cost rabies clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Quinebaug Valley Veterinary Hospital, Rt. 12, Danielson/Plainfield town line. Cost is $15 cash per animal. Pre-registration and appointment is required. No walk-ins. 860-317-1720.

Wed.  April 28
Blood Drive
WOODSTOCK --- The Putnam Rotary Club and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fieldhouse at Woodstock Academy on Rt. 169. Appointments need to be made online  via APP or by calling the 1-800-733-2767. Redcrossblood.org. When making your appointment use the code:   woodstockacademy    

Fri.  April 30
Sale/Auction
POMFRET --- The Windham Tolland 4-H Camp will host a sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 30 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 at the Horse Camp on Taft Pond Road. Preview their online auction items while you are at the in-person sale. The online auction runs from April 30 through May 8. https://www.biddingowl.com/WindhamCounty4HFoundation.

Sat.  May 1
Town-Wide Tag Sale
POMFRET --- The 15th Annual Pomfret Town-Wide Tag Sale will be held May 1. To register or for info call 860-972-3714.

Sat. May 1
Food Drive
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Proprietors will be hosting a monthly collection of non-perishables, the first Saturday of each month, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Pomfret Senior Center. Looking for items such as: Granola bars, breakfast bars, cereal, pasta, soup, crackers, chips, tuna fish, juice, canned vegetables, (shampoo, soap, razors, wipes, diapers for all ages, Kleenex, toilet paper and laundry supplies. Also looking for volunteers and organizations to help. VisitPomfret.com

Sat.  May 22
Celebrate Spring
WOODSTOCK --- The Palmer Arboretum will present Celebrate Spring from 1 to 4 p.m. The free event includes tours, bird watching, birdhouse making, painting with Elaine Turner and NE Art Guild and a kids’ scavenger’s hunt. Register: https://form.jotform.com/210594569831161

Fri.  June 12
Golf Tournament
KILLINGLY --- The Killingly-Brooklyn Rotary’s 28th annual Nick Haines Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Connecticut National Golf Course. Benefits local charities. For info: 860-230-3530.

Fri.  July 2
Red, White, Blue Celebration
KILLINGLY --- The Killingly Parks and Recreation Department will present the Killingly Red, White & Blue Celebration and Fireworks from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Owen Bell Park. Whiskey Boulevard will entertain from 7 to 9:15 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 6
Rotary Golf Tourney
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Rotary Club will host the Ronald P. Coderre Golf Tournament fund-raiser at the Connecticut National Golf Club.

Thur. Aug. 19
Bike Night
KILLINGLY --- The Killingly Parks and Recreation Department will present Killingly Bike Night downtown. Rain date Aug. 25. Benefits the Killingly-Brooklyn Rotary Club, TEEG and the Killingly Parks and Recreation Department.

Sun. Aug. 22
Pluck-a-Duck
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association’s fund-raiser, Pluck-a-Duck will be held today at a secret location. For info, contact the Putnam Business Association.

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