Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

Antique White
The upper doors on the barn at Garden Gate sport beautifully rusted hinges. More photos on page 6. Linda Lemmon photo.

The SNET office was in the tall brick building on the left. That space is now a parking lot. Gerardi Food Store was on the right. Photo courtesy of Putnam Bank.

& Now
This is the corner today.

PUTNAM —  Thomas A. Borner, president and CEO of PB Bancorp, Inc., announced that the company’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.06 per share. The dividend will be payable to all stockholders of record as of May 2, 2018, and is scheduled to be paid on May 16, 2018.
“We are pleased to announce this latest dividend payment for the Holding Company which represents an increase over the previous dividend paid” said Borner. “We believe that providing a return to our stockholders is an important part of being a community bank.  We look forward to continuing to build our brand of community banking, a journey we embarked upon 155 years ago, and serving our mission of enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve”.

Woodstock Academy junior prep player Tre Mitchell was recently recognized by USA Today High School Sports as the Player of the Year in Connecticut boys’ basketball.
“It’s really an honor to have USA Today High School Sports recognize Tre Mitchell as the 2017-18 State Player of the Year. This prestigious honor rarely happens with a junior,” said Woodstock Academy Gold coach Tony Bergeron.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound native of Pittsburgh led the Woodstock Academy Gold team to the National Prep championship semifinals and to the Power 5 Conference AAA championship.
The Gold team finished with a 35-5 record.
Mitchell has been offered a scholarship by over 30 Division I programs since he arrived on The Woodstock Academy campus.
“The cool part for me is that it opens up opportunities for the rest of the student population. By having college coaches come to campus and talk about The Academy in their schools or in their admissions office, because they were visiting a player here, gets our name out there on as larger scale,” said Head of School Chris Sandford.
Mitchell averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds with two blocks per game in the inaugural season the Woodstock Academy prep program.
Mitchell’s teachers also attested to his hard work and dedication in the classroom as a student-athlete.
Sandford said while The Academy is proud of Mitchell’s achievement, there are many more like him on campus.
“The Academy is made up of students from all over the world. We have 19 different countries and seven different states and local students. We have students on this campus with a variety of talents. We have kids that are talented musically, kids that are talented in something like the Model U.N. program that we have and, like in Tre’s case, the area of athletics. To me, it talks really about what our program is and who we are as an institution in terms of all the programming that we have that allows them to be successful,” said Sandford.

Marc Allard
Sports Information Director

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Proud Donation
Broadway Live’s recent The Conncert generated $30,000 to the Hale YMCA. Left to right: Jim Zahansky, YMCA Board chair; Tom Borner, YMCA vice chair;  James D. Kellaway, Broadway Live executive producer;  Amanda Kelly, YMCA executive director; David T. Panteleakos, Broadway Live owner; Betty Hale, YMCA board member and Ronald Coderre, YMCA campaign counsel. Courtesy photo.

WOODSTOCK VALLEY — Broadway Live Productions donated $30,000 to the Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center in Putnam. The donation was a result of “Broadway Live…The Conncert.” The two performances featured local and regional vocalists backed by an orchestra with music arranged especially for the event.
At the event Basketball Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun appeared with his wife Pat  addressing the crowd as the YMCA’s Capital Campaign Chairpersons. Both coach Calhoun and his wife applauded the event and audience members for supporting the performance and the YMCA.  
He said, “I couldn’t be happier or prouder of all of you because you’re here tonight to hear great music and support the Y. The great thing tonight is that we are all on offense to help others. You’ve done a great job, and don’t stop believing and most importantly don’t stop enjoying tonight.”  
Executive Director of the YMCA Amanda Kelly said: “The Board and staff of the Hale YMCA would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the sponsors and partners of The Conncert. Your generosity will help us continue the work of bringing wellness and youth development programs to our community.”  
The “Broadway Live…The Conncert” event marks the 18th year that Broadway Live Productions has produced live shows to benefit local and national non-profit 501 (c) (3) organizations like the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Doctor’s Without Borders, The Bradley Playhouse, Day Kimball Hospital, Day Kimball Deary Fund, QVCC Foundation, HealthQuest, The Arc, Daily Bread, TEEG, Eastern Connecticut Performing Arts Association and many more.
 With this production, Broadway Live has now topped $750,000 in gross ticket revenues and corporate sponsorships generated with all net proceeds benefiting non-profit organizations.
The Conncert was directed by Keri Danner and led by Mistress and Masters of Ceremony; Amanda Kelly, Marc Cerrone and Ronald Coderre. The performers included Andre Bessette, Donna Bessette, Yvie Bessette, Jonathan Carpentier, Hannah Chubbuck, Tim Deary, Mackenzie Deary, Val Hauptman, James Doran Kellaway, Molly Kellaway, Donna LaHaie, Adam Landry, Paul Lucenti, Patrick McCarthy, Alex Mercier, Carl Mercier, Colleen Mercier, Elena Mercier, Lily Mercier, David T. Panteleakos, Brenda Pontbriand, Sophia Pontbriand, Rachel Pontbriand, Mike Silvia, Beth Silvia, Izaiah Silvia, Elizabeth Silvia, Jacob Silvia, Simon Silvia, Ted Reynolds and Brooke Zahansky.
“We are so proud of our performers, musicians, directors and technical team for putting up an amazing show for the Hale YMCA”, said Broadway Live creator David T. Panteleakos. “It turned out to exceed our expectations in performance and we could not be more thankful to our amazing performers for sharing their time and talents for such a worthy cause.”  

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