Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier



POMFRET — The Town of Pomfret is looking for its first poet laureate.
Selectmen recently approved a resolution creating the position of “Pomfret Poet Laureate.”  The resolution is designed to support literacy and imagination, foster young poets and to offer a new way to commemorate life in the community through poetry.
Nominations (including self-nomination) of interested poets who live in Pomfret should be made by Oct. 29. The Pomfret Poet Laureate will serve a two-year uncompensated term with potential for another consecutive term.  The Library Board of Trustees administers this unpaid position and its functions. Full details regarding requirements for nomination and responsibilities can be found at www.pomfretlibrary.org.
The Pomfret Public Library’s Board of Trustees will consider all nominations, select a poet laureate, and recommend that person to the Board of Selectmen, who will appoint the poet laureate.  Requirements for nominees include residency in the town of Pomfret, being over 18 years of age, excellence as evidenced by submitted poetry examples and history of publication, a history of activity advancing poetry in the Pomfret area and its literary community, and excellence as shown by recognition, awards, and so forth.
The goal of establishing a Pomfret Poet Laureate is to “promote poetry, good writing, reading, and imagination,” to inspire people to “promote literacy through poetry,” and to add a new way to commemorate Pomfret and its life by “composing poetry that speaks to, for, and of our town.”  The poet laureate should also help “foster the development of youth poetry...and help provide a platform for emerging young poets to present their works in conjunction with library and town-sponsored events.” The selectmen’s full resolution can be read at www.pomfretct.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3701/f/uploads/202108121250.pdf.
Do you or someone you know fit the bill for Pomfret Poet Laureate?  If so, limber up your pen (or keyboard), and submit a nomination to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The board will consider all nominees and recommend one to the selectmen for two years of literary glory.

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Natural Gas Leak
Oct. 17 the Putnam Fire Department, ambulance, Fire Marshal Norm Perron and Building Inspector Chad Sessums responded to the report of leaking natural gas in two homes on School Street (Rt. 44). Eight residents were safely evacuated, according to Putnam Assistant Fire Chief Mike Viens. After the Eversource Electric division turned off the power to the buildings, the Eversource Gas division fixed the leak. The natural gas was then allowed to dissipate. Linda Lemmon photo. Expanded coverage on FB - Putnam Town Crier & Northeast Ledger on Oct. 17.

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At the Farmers' Market
Sage Blomberg, 11/2, and her dad, Shaine Blomberg, of Canterbury look like they really enjoyed a trip to the Putnam Saturday Farmers' Market. Linda Lemmon photo.

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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.
Sept. 27
Cornell Wilkerson, 61, Marshall Street, Putnam; misuse of plates, no insurance, operating without a license.
Sept. 28
Michael Presnell, 59, Woodstock Avenue, Putnam; evasion of responsibility in operation of motor vehicles.
Sept. 30
Dustin Lowell, 34, School Street, Putnam; operating under suspension, failure to insure/register private motor vehicle, operating unregistered motor vehicle, misuse of registration marker plate, failure to drive right.
Donald Jorgensen, 35, Crooked Trail, Woodstock; failure to display front, operating with suspended registration.
Oct. 13
Andrew T. Bowen, 25, Mechanics Street, Putnam; operating under a suspended license and using a cell phone while driving.
Oct. 14
Amanda Ross, 28, Whittier road, Pawtucket, R.I.; risk of injury, third-degree assault, breach of peace.
Jennifer M. Tilley, 19, Front Street, Putnam; evading responsibility, improper-failure to keep right on curve.
Oct. 16
Greg Raymond, 36, Woodstock Avenue, Putnam; failure to have proper headlights, failure to have marker light, operating unregistered motor vehicle, failure to insure/register motor vehicle, misuse of marker plate.
Austin Vegiard, 22, Ledge Road, Dayville; creating public disturbance, failure to carry insurance card.
Kyle Heath, 22, Church Street, Sterling; disobeying officer signal, operating motorcycle without a license, operating unregistered motor vehicle, improper marker light, violation of posted STS regulation.
Oct. 17
Tyrone Harper, 36, Hartford Pike, Dayville; operating with suspended license, operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration.
Jonathon Yater, 41, Putnam Pike, Dayville; operating under the influence.
Oct. 18
Everton R. Nunes, 36, Park Street, Chicopee, Mass.; operating with no license.

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Prep Winners
Top: Moonlight Madness dunk contest champion Simon Hildebrandt of the Centaurs Gold prep basketball team, right, with Woodstock Academy athletic director Sean Saucier. Above: Moonlight Madness 3-point contest champ Logan Talbot of the Centaurs Blue prep basketball team, right, with Woodstock Academy athletic director Sean Saucier. Photos by Denzel Washington/The Woodstock Academy.

There were a couple of “normal” events at Woodstock Academy last week.
After a year’s hiatus, Moonlight Madness – the introduction of the Centaurs Gold and Blue prep basketball teams returned to the Alumni Fieldhouse.
“We got to do it this year,” said Gold head coach Jacque Rivera. “I told our kids, ‘Don’t lose sight of where you were last year at this time. We weren’t able to do this.’ We were playing a modified version of each other. I told them to count their blessings and be happy for the opportunity.”
Although they had to mask up, as did the players on the court, fans were also allowed into the gym for the first time in two years for a basketball game.
“It was very exciting,” said Gold prep basketball player Jayshane Woodard. “The past year of COVID, we didn’t have the fans to hype anyone up inside the gym. The audience made everything better. It got the adrenaline flowing.”
After a traditional full team introduction complete with spotlights, several of the players got to compete in an NBA-style skills competition.
The 3-point contest came down to the final shot with Academy graduate and now Blue prep team member, Logan Talbot, just edging his new teammate, Woodard.
Woodard hit 11 3-pointers in the opening 1-minute round which consisted of four players shooting from a stationary spot. Talbot hit nine.
The two then squared off in an “Around the World” 3-point competition with the players shooting from five different spots on the floor for a minute. Talbot hit his ninth just as time expired to give himself the one-shot victory.
Four players also competed in the dunk competition with Simon Hildebrandt from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada just edging out New Jersey’s Kunga Tsering.
“(Simon) did that windmill with his two hands - I gave up,” Tsering said with a laugh.
The Gold and Blue prep teams finished off the night with a full 40-minute scrimmage complete with officials. The Gold just edged out the Blue, 66-64.
Woodard and Jamine Charles led the 12 players who scored for the Gold team with 10 points each. “We’re still getting our roles together. It was fun to play as a team with the refs and an audience but we’re still picking up pieces. We’re still working on it every day in the gym but I love what I’m seeing. I can’t wait for the upcoming season,” Woodard said.
Only seven players scored for the Blue led by Tsering with 18 points. Jan-Viljam Homanen from Finland finished with 13 points and Keon Henderson contributed 11.
“I loved the energy, I loved the hustle from both teams. This is everything that we have been working on and it’s good to see what we’ve been preaching and yelling at them for in practice was actually on display,” said Blue head coach Denzel Washington. “Of course we had some missed rotations and missed box outs, but it was really good to see them get after it and challenge one another.”
The Gold and Blue teams will participate in the PJN Classic preseason tournament Oct. 23 and 24 in Springfield, Mass. The first game for the Blue will take place Nov. 3 on the road at Notre Dame-West Haven. The Gold will open Nov. 6 at home against the Thetford Academy Black squad.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy

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