Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier



The world is still
open to you
You can go anywhere in the world, virtually. Visit the galleries at the National Gallery in London.
www.nationalgallery.org.uk

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Stay Safe,
Stay Home
For Connecticut, as of March 23, this is Governor Ned Lamont’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” initiative.
For updates go to:
https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus
1.All non-essential businesses statewide should close; Non-essential public community gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time; If you must leave your home, do not travel in groups -groups must be limited to workers providing essential services; Everyone should keep at least 6 feet away from each other whenever possible; Businesses and entities that provide other essential services should implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least 6 feet; Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people; Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least 6 feet from other riders; Sick individuals should not leave their home except to fill critical needs or to receive medical care, and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health; Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using soap and water, hand sanitizer, or isopropyl alcohol wipes. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds works best.

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Muriel B. DiGiro
DAYVILLE — Muriel Blesso DiGiro died March 20, 2020. She left an obituary for us to publish but we are adding the words that she didn’t say:  Our mother lived a hero’s life, filled with hardship, adversity and crushing loss, but through it all she always managed to rise stronger.  She had love to give — a tea ring or cookies, knitted hats for the homeless, hand-made quilts, gifts she crafted — that said “I love you, I’m thinking of you, you matter to me.” She had boundless energy and was a great cook, seamstress, quilter, craftswoman, ballroom dancer, a voracious reader. It was not possible to beat her at Scrabble.  She was born in 1931.  Her first job was for American Machines keypunching data into the new-fangled computers in 1949. Despite 8 years of challenging medical problems she danced at her granddaughter Kelly’s wedding in June 2019. Mama ended her portion of the obituary saying: “I leave you with all the love that I have.”  She leaves three children, Ann Bartholomay and her children Jamie and Nate, Mary Byrne, her husband Jack and their two children Kelly Byrne-Martin and her husband, Jake Martin and Tracy Byrne, and Edward Blesso Jr., his wife Teri, and their children Michelle Blesso and her husband Ian Steadman, Danielle Hotchkiss and her husband, Nick Hotchkiss, Stefanie Cerasoli, and Matt Cerasoli, and her great grandson, Damien Cushman; her three step-daughters; two step granddaughters; a step great-granddaughter, Hannah; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Grossbard. She was predeceased by her husband; Edward Blesso; daughter Teresa Blesso;  three infant children; her husband Pat DiGiro; son-in-law Jim Bartholomay.   A Celebration of Muriel’s Life will be planned in the future.  Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory. Condolences can be sent to Edward Blesso, 36 Riverton Road, Colebrook, CT. 06021. Donations: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.

Barbara (Pletsch) Kratz
PLAINFIELD — Barbara Kratz of Plainfield died March 17, 2020, from complications associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder and Congestive Heart Failure. She was born on March 10, 1950, in Quincy, Mass., eldest twin daughter of the late Alfred Pletsch and Ruth (Scammell) Pletsch.  Barbara was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1968 and attended Westfield State College studying elementary education. She married John Kratz of Stillwater, Minn., on July 14, 1972, in Wollaston. She was involved with 4-H equestrians and was a member of Saddle Sores Riding Club and Tri-State Horsemen’s Association. She always took time to coach young riders. She had a lot of tenacity and was a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a young adult, breast cancer and thyroid cancer. She leaves her husband; two sons Jamie (Karrie) of Campton Hills, Ill., and Derek (Renee) of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother Ronald (Marie) Pletsch of Sarasota; twin sister Carol Locke of Barnstead, N.H.; 4 grandchildren, Sophia Ruth, Lily Louise, Caleb Anthony and Willow Grace. Donations: Your favorite equine charity or cancer association. Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory.

Constance Knapp
PUTNAM — Constance Scott (Ryan) Knapp, 82, of Putnam, died March 19, 2020.  She was born Sept. 14, 1937, in Monson, Mass., to Patrick and Marion (Mosher) Ryan.
She moved to Putnam in 1965. She worked as a machine operator at Belding and worked at Killingly Parks and Rec. She was a former resident of Matulaitis Nursing Home and the St. Onge Apartments. She was part of the Putnam Grange. She leaves 2 children, Dorcas S. Durand (Michael) of Danielson and William R. Knapp (Kathleen) of Chaplin; granddaughter Brittany Ritter (William) and two great-grandchildren Jackson and Sadie Ritter. Constance was predeceased by her husband, Theodore R. Knapp in 2002; her siblings, Ruth Denning and James Ryan. Services were private. Beers and Story Funeral Home, Massachusetts.

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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.
March 16: Mallory Kunz, 30, Wilkinson St., Putnam; operating under the influence, evading responsibilities, operating without a license.
Morgan Heald, 50, Roosevelt Street, Putnam; creating a public disturbance.
March 19: George Long, 18, Hill Road, Thompson; disorderly conduct.
Lauren Briere, 30, Liberty Highway, Putnam; failure to obey traffic signal.
March 20: Justin Olsen, 37, Cook Hill Road, Danielson; disorderly conduct, fourth-degree sexual assault.
March 21:Laquan Matthews, 28, Marshall Street, Putnam; creating a public disturbance.

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The Northeast Connecticut Chamber of Commerce listed Coronavirus-related business help.
March 23  the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
The act helps businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their payhecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.
Key Takeaways:  Paid Sick Leave for Workers: For COVID-19 related reasons, employees receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and expanded paid child care leave when employees’ children’s schools are closed or child care providers are unavailable; Complete Coverage: Employers receive 100% reimbursement for paid leave pursuant to the act; Health Insurance costs are also included in the credit; Employers face no payroll tax liability; Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit; Fast Funds: Reimbursement will be quick and easy to obtain; An immediate dollar-for-dollar tax offset against payroll taxes will be provided; Where a refund is owed, the IRS will send the refund as quickly as possible; Small Business Protection: Employers with fewer than 50 employees are eligible or an exemption from the requirements to provide leave to care for a child whose school is closed or child care is unavailable in cases where the viability of the business is threatened.
Easing Compliance: Requirements subject to 30-day non-enforcement period for good faith compliance efforts; To take immediate advantage of the paid leave credits, businesses can retain and access funds that they would otherwise pay to the IRS in payroll taxes. If those amounts are not sufficient to cover the cost of paid leave, employers can seek an expedited advance from the IRS by submitting a streamlined claim form that will be released next week.  
For more information:  
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osec/osec20200320
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Connecticut small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). “Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.”  For help with a loan application, call the SBA dIsaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955.

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