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PUTNAM — The Albert J. Breault VFW Post and Auxiliary 1523 will host its first Family Freedom Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 at 207 Providence St. It is a free family friendly event that will feature food, music, games and more.
It will showcase what the post and auxiliary can offer including: educational scholarships; meet members of our youth group and speak with them about some of the volunteer work; see the meaning of our Flag; talk with hospital volunteers and hear why they love to volunteer and bring smiles to the faces of hospitalized veterans; visit with politicians and register to vote; learn how you can take steps to change mental health in America. Learn the Five Signs of emotional suffering, obtain information about the Veterans Crisis Line and the VFW National Home for Children’s Military &; Veteran Family Helpline; sign up to become a member; join the VFW or VFW Auxiliary.
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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.
No logs were available at press time.


Club awards scholarships, honors
The Putnam Rotary Club’s Quinebaug Valley Regional Rotaract Club gave away multiple student scholarships to local students from NE CT who are going on to pursue a higher education.
The club also honored a number of community members and businesses for their continuous support of the QVR Rotaract Club’s mission.
Special Recognitions: Rotaract Rockstar: Adam Rondeau; Rotaract Alumni Award: Maria Thomas; Community Partnership Award: Byrnes Agency.
Scholarship Recipients: Morgan Bentley, Reagan Boledovic, Amayah Chavez, Alivia Dalpe, Zachary Roethlein.
In addition, the club presented a $2,250 donation to Tim Kettle at Northeast Placement Services, its 2022 Cornhole Tournament beneficiary.
Current president Elle-Jordyn Goslin passed the gavel to incoming 2022-2023 club President Tayler Shea.


Patrick Wood
Prize winners
POMFRET — Two students entering Pomfret School next year were awarded the Patrick Wood Prize for their academic achievement. William Leary from Rectory School and Mila Ganias from Woodstock Academy will receive merit scholarships each year of their attendance at Pomfret School. Patrick’s parents, Robert Wood and Lisette Rimer, began the award from the many contributions which poured in after Patrick’s death in 2006. “We wanted to reward more hard-working students who have an inner drive to achieve. It is our pleasure to recognize Will and Mila for their effort.”
Patrick achieved perfect SAT scores and was the 2001 valedictorian at Pomfret School. He attended Stanford University on a scholarship and graduated with honors in 2005. “More importantly,” Rimer said, “he was humble, humorous, and kind. Both winners demonstrate those same qualities.”
The Patrick Wood Prize is a merit-based scholarship which helps students attend Pomfret School. “Our fund-raising goal is to re-establish the full-tuition scholarship to Pomfret School that Patrick won in 1997,” Rimer said. “We want to see more local young people get the same learning experience that helped Pat succeed at Stanford.” Donations can be made at:



College Bound
Back, from left: Ethan Davis (SCSU); Huck Flanagan (University of New Hampshire); Keenan LaMontagne (Bucknell); Linsey Arends (URI); Ian Hoffman (Southern Virginia University); Jon Smith (Eastern Nazarene College); Everett Michalski (SCSU); Collin Manuilow (Anna Maria College). Front: Jonah Libby (Messiah University); Mia Dang (Occidental College); Aurissa Boardman (Springfield College); Hamilton Barnes (Keene State); Evan Haskins (University of St. Joseph’s) (Photo by Madison Millar/Woodstock Academy)

In one of the final gatherings for Woodstock Academy senior athletes, 13 members of the Class of 2022 announced where they would be heading to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Woodstock cross-country and track standout Linsey Arends will be continuing her athletic endeavors at the Div. I level at the University of Rhode Island.
“It’s an amazing school. It has everything I want academically and it can offer me what I want athletically to compete at that level,” Arends said. “Laurie-Feit Melnick is an amazing coach and coach (Woodstock Academy girls’ cross-country coach Joe) Banas recommended her from the beginning and said the two of us would get along. I owe a lot to (Banas) because we did hit it off and I’m so excited to run for her.”
Arends said it also meant she accomplished another personal goal of running for a Div.  I school. Arends will have to get used to a longer distance.
Cross-Country in college is almost double that of the 3.2 miles in high school, going 10,000 meters (6.2 miles).
Arends said as far as track is concerned, she is happy to do whatever the Rams’ program needs whether it be the 800-meter which she ran for the Centaurs for the most part this outdoor season or something longer. Arends plans to major in ocean engineering at URI.
“I’ve been interested in the ocean all my life and to combine mathematics, which I really enjoyed these past two years at Woodstock Academy, and my passion for the season- it seems like a cool field,” Arends said.
Another track standout, Keenan LaMontagne, will head to Lewisburg, Penn., to compete for Bucknell University in the Patriot League.
Huck Flanagan will also compete at the Div. I level as he will go to his father’s alma mater and walk-on to the football team at the University of New Hampshire.
 “My father was a big motivation for me. I want to follow in his footsteps but also make a name for myself,” Flanagan said.
Football teammates Ethan Davis and Everett Michalski will both play Div. II football for Southern Connecticut State University.
The remainder of the athletes who announced where they will continue their athletic careers will do so at the Div. III level.
Ian Hoffman, who recently set the Woodstock Academy school record in the 800-meter, will compete in outdoor track and cross-country at Southern Virginia University.
“It’s really bittersweet to end this season. I’m excited to go off to college and compete for a few years but it’s sad to leave the high school track team,” Hoffman said.
Jon Smith will continue his baseball career at Eastern Nazarene College while Hamilton Barnes will head to Keene State in New Hampshire.
“I really like the coach, Justin Blood, who just got there from a Div. I program. He’s a great guy. It feels like home up there,” Barnes said.
Barnes will get a chance to play close to home again as well as Keene State plays in the Little East Conference alongside Eastern Connecticut State University.
“It’s a tough conference. Eastern just won the Div. III championship so it will be tough but we will see what we have in a couple of years and see if we can compete,” Barnes said.
Jonah Libby will take his lacrosse acumen to Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Penn. Libby finished with 93 points for the Centaurs this past spring.
Evan Haskins will stay close to home, playing tennis for the University of St. Joseph’s in Hartford.
Collin Manuilow will play soccer for Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and Aurissa Boardman plans to play volleyball for Springfield College.
Mia Dang, meanwhile, will jet across the country to Los Angeles to play golf for Occidental College.
“I chose Occidental because I want warm weather, I want to play golf there and I really like the coach,” Dang said.
Dang was the CIAC Div. II girls’ individual state champion in golf in her junior year.
But hip surgery, due to an injury suffered in hockey, denied her the chance to repeat or even play for the Centaurs in her senior season.
“Going through rehab taught me to be stronger and to fight through things, to just keep working,” Dang said. “I feel a lot stronger now.”
Dang does have family in Southern California which made the decision easier.
“That’s going to be my place to escape if I don’t want to stay in my dorm and for Thanksgiving, for example, because I won’t be coming home since it’s so far away and the break is short. I’m an independent person so being far away from home doesn’t matter to me,” Dang said.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy


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