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Eversource replaces the utility pole that was snapped in an accident last week on Kennedy Drive. Linda Lemmon photo.

One injured
in accident
on Kennedy Dr.
PUTNAM — A Putnam woman received minor injuries after her car hit a utility pole on Kennedy Drive around 8 p.m. April 29.
Putnam Police Department Captain Justin Lussier said a 2007 Honda Accord driven by Corine Young, 28, hit a utility pole near the corner of Kennedy Drive and Bundy Street.
Police said she was driving south on Kennedy Drive and for some unknown reason lost control of the car and hit the pole.
Young, the sole occupant, was taken to Day Kimball Hospital for minor injuries by Putnam EMS.  
That area of Kennedy Drive was is closed while Eversource secures the broken pole.  In addition to Putnam Police Department and Putnam EMS, the Putnam Fire Department also responded.
 Anyone with information or who may have witnessed this accident is asked to contact Sgt. Louis Cinque of the Putnam Police Department at 860-928-6565.  Tips can also be called in to the tip line at 860-963-0000.


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 30
John Fontaine, 51, St. James Row, Danielson; operating a motor vehicle without a license.



Teeing Off
Woodstock Academy senior Kaily LaChapelle tees off against E. Lyme. Photo by Marc Allard.

The Centaurs girls' golf team is enjoying undefeated start after persevering through a little adversity last week.
The Centaurs not only had to play three matches in three days, but also had to do so without their top player.
It made things a bit more difficult.
Mia Dang was out of the lineup as she had left campus for spring break and was restricted by pandemic protocol.
Even without Dang, who had produced scores of 37 and 38 in her first two outings, the Centaurs downed Suffield, NFA and E. Lyme.
“It was really good,” Woodstock Academy coach Earl Semmelrock said of the success. “We talked when we knew we would not have her and what the expectations were and everyone stepped up. We only have to beat the teams that are on our schedule, but we hadn’t seen a couple of these teams for a couple of years.”
Woodstock Academy senior Kaily LaChapelle said, “Mia was definitely a hard loss for our team this week, but we all knew we had to step up. We hit some bumps along the way, but overcame in the end.”
The Centaurs made their longest trek of the season to Copper Hill Golf Course in Suffield and downed the Wildcats, 216-275.
They followed that up with a 207-260 win over NFA.
It was one of the best scores in Norwich in several years according to Semmelrock.
Woodstock Academy finished up the week with a 188-216 win over E. Lyme.
LaChapelle was medalist in all three events
The senior shot a 50 on a windy and brisk day at Suffield, improved to a 46 against NFA and continued the downward trend by improving by four strokes again, with a 42, against E. Lyme.
“While my game is in a good spot now, I still want to see improvement over the next few weeks. I am working on keeping my shots consistent and making sure this is the best season possible,” LaChapelle said.
The Centaurs got a pair of 53’s from Ciara MacKinnon and Alex Vaida against both Suffield and NFA.
The two also improved on the home course with Vaida shooting a 47, Maya Orbegozo a personal best 49 and MacKinnon a 50.
“I would say we scramble well,” Semmelrock said. “They all know their strengths and weaknesses and they’re working on improving where they need to. The good news is that if everyone is having a good day, which is difficult on the golf course, everyone is capable of contributing.”
Semmelrock said consistency could be a little better at this point of the season.
Against E. Lyme, he had a couple of girls who had seven good holes and a couple of bad ones, a four-putt or a couple of wayward chips that elevated their scores.
Still, there is little to complain about with a 5-0 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the ECC.
“I knew we would be good. I just didn’t know how good the other teams would be. I didn’t know who was returning to other teams and what to expect. You can only control what you do yourself. I’ve been trying to tell them that, ‘Don’t worry about the other stuff, it’s all noise.’ The theory of golf is that you are playing against par on the golf course, score matters as to what par is, not what the other team does,” Semmelrock said.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy





The Putnam Rotary Interact Club members spent part of their Sunday, May 2, beautifying the Pomfret Community Market (formerly Pomfret Food Pantry) and the Pomfret Senior Center (housed in the same building). TEEG's cmmunity market held its soft opening May 4. Interact members planted flowers, raked, trimmed bushes and picked up trash. Sierra Girad, Ryley Myers, Maeve Lusignan, Suzie Lefevre, Angel, Roman and John Paul San Antonio and club adviser Roberta Rocchetti all helped TEEG, Right photo: Maeve Lusignan of Woodstock Academy. Center: Group  photo, bottom row, from left: Suzie Lefevre and John Paul San Antonio, Roman and Angel San Antonio. Top Row: Ryley Myers, Sierra Girard, Rocchetti and Lusignan. Left photo: Lefevre and company at work. Courtesy photos.


A Swing
Woodstock Academy’s Zach Roethlein takes a swing in a win over Lyman. Roethlein had five hits and three RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Griswold. Photo by Madison Millar.

Six wins in a row — the Woodstock Academy baseball team has found its groove.
“It’s nice to get a little confidence, get into a rhythm. It’s always tough early in the year and we lost, in my opinion, two tough early games with Waterford, where the score was not indicative of the game, and even against NFA,” said Woodstock Academy coach Brian Murphy. “If we play solid defense, continue to get good pitching, and start hitting like I know we can- we’re a dangerous team.”
Griswold can attest to that.
The Centaurs downed the Wolverines not once, but twice, 8-2 and 5-0 in a doubleheader May 1.
Pitching was the key. Junior Jon Smith tossed a five-hitter and went the distance to win the opener and sophomore Kaden Murphy allowed only two hits and struck out 10 to record the shutout in the nightcap.
“That’s the rotation we wanted to go with once we got into a rhythm. Smitty was pounding the zone and had his two-seamer going in the first game. Kaden had a good fastball and curveball and then started interjecting his changeup the third time around (the batting order),” Brian Murphy said.
The offense was there in both games. Jackson Goetz had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, Zach Roethlein added three hits and Hamilton Barnes had two.
“Our bats are coming alive. Hamilton, Jackson and Zach have been Steady Eddie’s, making good contact and getting big hits,” Brian Murphy said.
Barnes, Roethlein (2 RBIs) and Smith also had two hits in the second game of the twinbill with Kaden Murphy helping his own cause with a two-run single.
The Centaurs raised their record to 7-3 overall and 6-1 in Division 2 of the ECC.
The Centaurs are tied with Plainfield for second in the loss column, both are chasing undefeated Killingly.
The Centaurs have a doubleheader against Killingly May 8 at Owen Bell Park.
“We have a couple of obstacles in the way before Saturday because I know we have circled the date on their calendar with Killingly because they are a good team and we’re excited to be playing them,” Brian Murphy said. “But before that we have a game with a scrappy Plainfield game on Tuesday (the game ended too late for this edition) and then we have Putnam (Thursday) and you can’t take the foot off the pedal. We can’t look too far ahead.”
Earlier in the week, freshman Riley O’Brien found out the day before that he would be making his varsity debut on the mound against Lyman.
“I was a little nervous but I realized that I had to do the job and I got out there and got the nerves out in the first inning,” O’Brien said.
Admittedly the first inning was a little rough, but his teammates had his back and in five innings, it was over.
The Centaurs baseball team scored an 11-1, five-inning, mercy rule win over Lyman Memorial.
O’Brien faced seven batters in the first inning but gave up only one run. Then, he settled down. He allowed only three hits in the five innings and struck out five.
“That’s awesome,” said Brian Murphy. “I’ve coached Riley through Little League, the Mustangs and other things and the kid has poise. He impressed us early in scrimmages. He didn’t wilt. He got in a couple of jams but he was tough as nails, he got us out of it and did a great job.”
The Centaurs quickly took the lead in the bottom of the first when Barnes and Jacob Hernandez singled, one scored on a ground out, the other on an error.
Woodstock Academy added single runs in the second and third innings and then put the game away with three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.
“I was hoping (O’Brien) wasn’t going to be in a two-run game and we could expand it a little. I’m happy for the boys. We’re working hard,” Murphy said.
It was also a little satisfaction as Lyman Memorial had beaten the Centaurs in Lebanon the week before, 5-3.
Brendan Hill only had one hit but drove in four runs for the Centaurs. Goetz, Kaden Murphy (3 RBIs), Hernandez and Barnes all had two hits each in the win.
The Centaurs made it two in a row that ended in five innings when they blanked Grasso Tech, 10-0, April 28.
Woodstock Academy scored in every inning, getting three runs in the first inning, two in the second, four in the third and one in the fourth.
The Eagles aided the nine-hit attack of the Centaurs by yielding eight walks.
Barnes saw home plate often as he scored three runs on two hits.
Hernandez, batting behind Barnes, added two hits and two runs scored.
Smith and Goetz added two singles apiece while Trey Ayotte tossed in an RBI double.
Eddie Niejadlik did most of the work on the mound as he went four innings, giving up just two hits and striking out four.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy


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