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.
July 8
Jeanne Laliberte, 58, Farrows Street, Putnam; second-degree breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief.
July 10
Caillou Morin, 21, no certain address, Putnam; failure to obey control signal, operating unregistered, failure to have taillights, operating with no license, failure to have insurance, disobeying officer signal.
Robert Kusher, 51, Grove Street, Putnam; disorderly conduct.
July 13
Michael Moore, 28, Woodstock Avenue, Putnam; third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace.

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Man arrested on assault charges
PUTNAM — A Putnam resident, Jamiel Andujar, was charged with assault after a report of a male bleeding with a serious head wound.
July 8, according to Putnam Police Department Chief Christopher D. Ferace, the Putnam Police Department responded to the area of Front Street and School Street in Putnam for the report of a male bleeding with a serious head wound.
A short time later the victim was found outside of a Riverfront Commons business on Kennedy Drive.
He was the victim of an assault with a blunt object. Putnam EMS responded, stabilized the victim, and transported him to Day Kimball Hospital for medical treatment.
Ferace said the suspect was apprehended in Putnam approximately one hour later by officers Chip Carney and Nick Ustin.
This assault was not random attack; it was the result of a previous incident between the two.
The victim was later transferred from Day Kimball Hospital to the UMass Medical Center. No further information is available currently.
Andujar, 20, of 55 Mechanic St., Putnam, was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace. All accused are innocent until proven guilty

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Glenda K. Risinger-Champagne
POMFRET CENTER — Glenda K. Risinger-Champagne, 73, of Pomfret, died June 26, 2024, at Mansfield Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of Carl M. Champagne for more than 48 years.
Born in 1951 in Seagoville, Texas, she was the daughter of the late J.S. and Dorothy (Cooper) Risinger. She graduated from Seagoville High School, where she was captain of the Drill Team, and attended the University of Texas where she was a music major with a voice concentration. She received her bachelor’s in general studies from UConn and completed graduate coursework in Guided Imagery and Music at Temple University.
Mrs. Risinger-Champagne worked for many years as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines and enjoyed traveling the world. Glenda also enjoyed singing and playing the piano, exploring indigenous cultures, and cooking for her family and friends. Before her MS became limiting, she was involved with Learning in Retirement at QVCC.
She leaves her husband, Carl M. Champagne; her daughter, Emily M. Champagne of Putnam; her son, Spencer W. Champagne, daughter-in-law, Shino, and grandson, Kai, of Lexington, Mass.; and her brother, C. David Risinger of Seagoville.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 27, in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260, followed by a funeral service in the funeral home at noon, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Chapman.

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Young students learn business - in sweet way
PUTNAM — The Putnam school system’s summer school program is engaging in Project Based or Play-based learning this summer.
The focus for the project is for students to learn about what goes into running a successful business and what makes ice cream yummy.
During the first week of the four-week program, students visited local businesses to learn about the elements of a successful ice cream store and where ice cream or milk comes from.
Putnam Elementary School students visited three local ice cream stores, Deary Bros. Mike’s Stand, Main Street Gelato, and Riverview Ice Cream.
Students went behind the counter to learn about how to make ice cream or gelato, the equipment used, and the different roles or jobs people play in the business.
The program thanked Gene Deary from Deary Bros., Gary Rawson from Riverview Ice Cream, and Jarred Hanshaw from Main Street Gelato for opening their businesses to the students.

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Wed.  July 17
Art Exhibit
THOMPSON --- The Friends of the Thompson Public Library, in their Art @ the Library series, are presenting mimiJ Pottery by Rachael Johnston in the display case through July 30. 860-923-9779.

Fund-raiser
WOODSTOCK --- In celebration of the anniversary of Helicopter Cat Dad Beer release, Taylor Brooke Brewery, Rt. 171, is hosting a social evening from 5 to 8 to benefit Paws Cat Shelter. A basket drawing and photo booth will add to the fun. Beer and wine available for purchase. Paws Cat Shelter is a non-profit, all volunteer organization caring for the cats of our communities. For more info or how you can donate, contact Paws at 860-315-1228.

Peace of Mind
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Public Library will present a seminar “Peace of Mind” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. presented by Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory. To be discussed: Cremation and burials, traditional funerals, veteran benefits, payment plans and pre-arrangements.

Sat.  July 20
Recreation Program
POMFRET --- “Trail Ride at the Park with Quiet Corner NEMBA” at Pomfret Recreation Park. Check in at Pavilion before breaking off into groups led by Quiet Corner NEMBA members. There will be 10-12 people per NEMBA Trail Leader. This is for ages 12 and up. Lunch will be sold after the ride. The fee is $10 per person / $15 for a family. Preregistration only!  Info/registration: www.pomfretct.gov/recreation.

Sun .  July 21
Service
PUTNAM --- Cargill Council 64, Knights of Columbus, is holding a short memorial service, to commemorate the Catholic fraternal group’s 132nd anniversary at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Providence Street. Public invited.

Fri.  July 26
Concert
WOODSTOCK --- Roseland Cottage’s Twilight Lawn Concert at 6:30 p.m. will present the Flamingos, an all-female swing band. Rain date Aug. 2.  Grace Gourmet Food truck will be on site. Bring a pink flamingo or just dress in pink! Join us on the grounds of Roseland Cottage as we flock the Pink House! Anyone with a flamingo or dressed in predominantly pink clothes will be entered in a special drawing—must be present to win. Cosponsored by Historic New England and Woodstock Recreation. All concerts are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic supper and continue the tradition begun by Henry Bowen, the builder of Roseland Cottage.

Wed.  July 31
Movie Night
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Public Library will present Movie Night free at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s a new movie starring Mark Wahlberg (call 860-963-6826 for details”. No food allowed. Only covered beverages.

Thur.  Aug. 8
Preserve Harvest
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Public Library and the Tri Gable Lea Farm will present “Master the Art of Preserving Your Harvest” from 6 to 7:30 Agricultural educator Mark Gostkiewicz will present info about pickling, canning, freezing and drying. Attendees will receive take-away recipes and links to additional online resources. Register: 860-963-6826.

Fri.  Aug. 9
Concert
WOODSTOCK --- Roseland Cottage’s Twilight Lawn Concert at 6:30 p.m. will present The Triple Double with folky, mellow sounds to covers of popular hits from the ‘60s to the ‘90s, plus original songs. Rain date Aug. 11.  Cosponsored by Historic New England and Woodstock Recreation. All concerts are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic supper and continue the tradition begun by Henry Bowen, the builder of Roseland Cottage.

Sun.  Aug. 11
Pluck-a-Duck
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association will present Pluck-a-Duck Aug. 11 and 12. This year there will be a Kid Corner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 in Rotary Park. It will share space with the town's annual Main Street Car Cruise. The next day the ducks will be plucked.

Car Cruise
PUTNAM --- The town's annual Main Street Car Cruise, featuring some 1700 cars, will be held around downtown Putnam and Rotary Park.

Thur.  Aug. 15
History Program
THOMPSON ---The Thompson Historical Society and the Thompson Public Library will present “Baseball, basketball and Football – Youth Sports in Thompson” at 6 p.m. at the library. Free.

Sat.  Aug. 17
Birthday
POMFRET --- Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp is having a Birthday Party to celebrate 70 years of camp from noon to 5 p.m. noon to 1:30 BBQ lunch, Recognition Awards and Dessert. 3 to 5 p.m. program areas will be open to those who register to participate.. Hay wagon rides and walking tours, explore our trails, check out the first phase of dam repairs or enjoy a view of the pond from the porch.  Bring your fishing rod (catch and release) or sketch pads and supplies for the plein-air art session.  Preregistration required by July 30 via our website (4hcampct.org) or by calling 860-974-3379 for questions or to pay by check.  

Sat.  Oct. 15
Recreation Program
POMFRET --- “Make Your Own Hand Knit Cozy Pumpkin” will be held at 10 a.m. at the Pomfret Community Center. Learn the basic of arm knitting and make your own cozy pumpkin(s).  $45 per pumpkin. All supplies included! Limited spots available. Sign up now on Facebook at Sovanny’s Comfort Boutique.

Thur.  Nov. 21
History Program
THOMPSON ---The Thompson Historical Society and the Thompson Public Library will present “Lafayette Story and Thompson Lore About the Man of Two Countries” at 6 p.m. at the library. Free.

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