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The girls’ tennis team will be led by its five seniors. From left: Margaux Reck, Emma Massey, Ellie Bishop-Klee and Maeve Lusignan. Peyton Bentley was not available for the photo. Photo by Marc Allard/Woodstock Academy.



Girls’ Tennis Preview
New coach,
high hopes for
girls’ tennis
Some things have changed.
But a lot has remained the same.
That’s good news for the girls’ tennis team at Woodstock Academy.
“I’m really happy with the team right now,” said senior No. 1 player and captain, Ellie Bishop-Klee.
Her fellow captain and classmate, Emma Massey, agreed.
“We have a really good connection with everyone on the team. Our team dynamic is really good. We do a lot of things outside tennis, lots of team bonding,” Massey said.
In addition to Bishop-Klee and Massey, who will play either third or fourth singles, second singles Wynter Worth, a sophomore, is also back. Another of the tri-captains, senior Peyton Bentley, will also be either third or fourth singles.
The top doubles duo will be returning sophomores Gianna Musumeci and Kerrigan Reynolds.
All of them, along with senior Maeve Lusignan and sophomore Kate McArthur return.
All of those from a team that finished 8-6 overall last season and won the ECC Div. II title for a third consecutive year with a 6-0 mark before losing in a first-round state tournament match.
“I think the goal is still the same. I would like to do a little better against (ECC) Div. I teams, though, because we did get crushed,” Bishop-Klee said. “I think we have a lot of potential and I’m really excited for the season.”
The Centaurs lost only two players from that squad, Stella Atchinson and Paige Owens.
Oh, and their coach, Keith Atchinson.
Which brings us to the newcomers.
Starting with coach Heather Roto.
She was a member of the Tolland Eagles girls’ tennis team in high school and returned to coach at her alma mater for two years.
She moved to the Northeast when she married recently, got a job as a math teacher at Woodstock Academy and when Keith Atchinson left, tossed her name into the ring.
“They are a great group of girls,” Roto said. “They already have great chemistry, too, so I just had to get into the swing of things that they were already doing.”
Roto admits with a new marriage, a new job and now, a new head coaching job, it can be overwhelming at times.
“I’m just trying to get by, trying to survive, that’s my goal right now but I think we’re going to have a really good season,” the new head coach said.
“It’s going really well. She’s really nice and has been a great leader so far. I knew it would be hard for her because she hasn’t seen us or the new kids play, but she is doing really well so far,” Massey said.
Two of the new kids on the block will be in the starting lineup as senior Margaux Reck and freshman Catherine Trudeau will partner up at second doubles. McArthur and another newcomer, Delilah Kesselman, will play third doubles.
Roto admitted she didn’t have to do much with the singles lineup as it was pretty much pre-ordained when she walked in the door. The second doubles team just moved up to first and then she had to create the last two pairings.
She had plenty of athletes to choose from, having to make some cuts from the 25 who showed up to get to the 16 on the squad.
There are two things that Roto will have to adjust to.
Coming from Tolland, a Central Connecticut Conference member, she has no idea about the competition she will face in the ECC.
“None at all, I’ve never played any of these teams,” Roto said. “I’m asking the girls and looking at previous scores, things like that. Luckily, they know most of the other girls they have played from the other schools.”
And then, the fact that Woodstock does not have its own tennis courts as yet.
The Centaurs play at Pomfret School and must schedule practices and matches around the Griffins.
“Playing at Pomfret rather than our own courts is an adjustment for me coaching here rather than Tolland. At Tolland, the courts were next door. Here, it’s we’re practicing at this time or that time and all of our home matches are either on Saturday or later in the evening,” Roto said.
They play Norwich Free Academy at 9 a.m. on Saturday versus Killingly at the Pomfret School indoor courts.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy

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Wed.  April 3
Art Exhibit
THOMPSON --- —The Friends of the Library will present, as part of its Art @ the Library and Display Case series, “The 1st Annual Quiet Corner Community Art Show: Expansion” through April 26. Reception is 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 15.

Photo Exhibit
PUTNAM --- An exhibit by Putnam resident and photographer Janet McDonald is now on display in the Municipal Complex’s Corridor Gallery. Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 9.

Sat.  April 6
Krispy Kreme!
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Rotary's Interact Club will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts from 8 a.m. to noon outside of Runnings, WINY Radio, the Citgo in Putnam near Walmart and the Citgo in Pomfret. $15 a dozen. Benefits the Interact’s International project, a Solar Suitcase (a small generator) that they will put together and then send to a needy clinic or school that doesn't have electricity.

Sun.  April 7
Naturalist
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret will present “Become a Backyard Naturalist” at 1 p.m. at the center . Covered: planting native plants, focusing on biodiversity, removing invasive species, habitat certifications; mobile apps to help with bird, insect, and plant identification, The Pollinator Pathway Initiative, No-Mow May, lawns to meadows, and water features. Free.

Sun.  April 14
Concert/Program
CHEPACHET --- The Chepachet Baptist Church’s Music at the Meeting House series will present “Amazing Grace – How Sweet the Sound” at 2:30 p.m. at the church on Rt. 44. There will be a free will offering and refreshments to follow. chepachetbaptist.org.

Tues.  April 16
Open Mic
HARRISVILLE --- First Universalist Church of Burrillville will host its first Open Mic on from 7 to 9 p.m.  If you wish to perform, arrive 30 minutes early to sign up. Open mic participants will have 10 minutes or two songs, five minutes or two poems. If they get through the list early, they will do a 'lightning round,' and go around again. Free --- however, donations are welcome to support the preservation efforts of this historic church. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thur.  April 18
History Program
THOMPSON --- The Thompson Library will present the next in its series of local history programs presented by Thompson Historical Society President Joseph Iamartino: “Stories of Thompson's Taverns: from 6 to 7 p.m. 860-923-9779.

Fri.  April 19
Comedy Fund-raiser
N. GROSVENORDALE --- The Paws Cat Shelter is holding a comedy night fund-raiser at the Valley Springs Sportsman's Club. Doors open at 6 p.m.,  show starts at 7. Cash bar, light snacks provided. $30 per person and can be purchased at: www.funny4funds.com/events or at the door. 860-377-9329. Benefits efforts to help homeless and needy cats.

Sat.  April 20
International Day
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association will present International Day.

Rabies Clinic
DANIELSON --- Pet Pals Northeast is holding a low cost rabies clinic  from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Quinebaug Valley Veterinary Hospital. $15 cash. Preregistration, appointment irequired. No walk-ins. 860-317-1720.

Nature Program
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret will present “Bats: Winged Wonders” at 2 p.m. at the center on Day Road. $5 members; $10 nonmembers. 860-928-4948.

Poet Laureate
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Public Library will present CT State Poet Laureate Antoinette Brim-Bell from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Fun Run
POMFRET --- Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Camper Scamper 5K Race/Walk and One Mile Kid Run.  Kids Race at 9:30; adult race at 10; walkers after runners. Last Mile Race Management.  Register by March 31 to receive discount and free T-shirt.  Adults $30/kids $10.  Preregister: www.4hcampct.org. Benefits the Jim Logee Campership Fund.

Sun.  April 21
Concert
POMFRET --- The Christ Church will present a concert by Take Note, a cappella ensemble, at 3 p.m. at the church on Pomfret Street. Donations accepted at the door. Helps support Partners in Development project work in Guatemala.

Mon.  April 22
Poetry
THOMPSON --- “Expanding Horizons Poetry Night: Exploring the Cosmos” will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in conjunction with the Art Show. Hosted by Thompson’s Poet Laureate Steve Veilleux and other local poets.

Sat.  April 27
Nature Program
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret will present “Long Pond Bird Walk” at 8 a.m. at the Wyndham Land Trust preserve in Thompson. $10 members; $20 nonmembers. Register by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 860-928-4948.

Beautification Day
PUTNAM --- Putnam’s annual Beautification Day will be held starting with a gathering at 8:30 a.m. at Putnam Rotary Park where volunteer teams will receive their assignments. A volunteer appreciation lunch will be held at the park from 11 a.m. to noon. Trophies awarded. For info or to volunteer, call 860-963-6800, ext. 140. Funded in part by The Last Green Valley and the Town of Putnam.

Sun.  April 28
Ham Radio Market
DAYVILLE --- The Eastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Association (ECARA) is holding its annual ham radio flea market, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Killingly High School cafeteria. There will be a flea market with radios, electronics, GMRS, shortwave, computers and other items, seminars, food trucks, an FCC ham radio license exam session, and more. Free parking for all, and free admission for all students. Admission is a $5 donation to ECARA, vendor table rentals are $15 each, please reserve in advance. More information is available at ECARA.net or email Jon Fournier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fri.  May 3
Nature Program
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society of Pomfret will present “Virginia Rail Bird Walk” at 6 p.m. from the center on Day Road. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Book/Bake Sale
BROOKLYN --- Our lady of LaSalette Church on Rt. 6 will hold a book and bake sale from 5 to 8 p.m. May 3 and from 9 a.m. to noon May 4 in the church basement.

Sat.  May 4
Nature Program
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society of Pomfret will present “Beginners Bird Walk” at 8 a.m. from the center on Day Road. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Pride Festival
PUTNAM --- The Town of Putnam, Putnam Parks and Recreation will present the Quiet Corner Pride Festival from noon to 4 p.m. at Rotary Park. Vendors sought.www.quietcornerpride.com.

Fri.  May 10
Bird Walk
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society of Pomfret will present “Friedman Forest Bird Walk” at 8 a.m. at Joshua’s Trust preserve. Day Road. $20 for CAS members; $30 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Sat.  May 11
Nature Program
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society of Pomfret will present “Gellert Preserve Bird Walk” at 8 a.m. at the Wyndham Land Trust Preserve at 8 a.m. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Sun.  May 12
Nature Program
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society of Pomfret will present “Mother’s Day Bird Walk” at 8 a.m. from the center on Day Road. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Moms free. Register: 860-928-4948.

Wed.  May 15
Nature Program
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society of Pomfret will present “20 Warbler Day” from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. carpooling from the center on Day Road. $25 for CAS members; $50 for nonmembers. Moms free. Register: 860-928-4948.

Thur.  May 16
Nature Program
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society of Pomfret will present “Cabbage Hill Bird Walk” at 8 a.m. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Fri.  May 17
Concert
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society of Pomfret will present Cindy Kallet, Grey Larsen & Will Brown in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the center on Day Road. $20 advance reservations; $25 at the door.  Reserve at: 860-928-4948.

Sat.  May 18
Fairy Fest
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association will present a Fairy and Magic Fest.

Sat.  May 25
Bird Banding
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret will hold a “Bird Banding Demonstration” at 9 a.m. at the center on Day Road. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Sat.  June 8
Singers/Songwriters of ‘70s
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Public Library will present Jim Lenn with “The Ovation Guitar & Singers/Songwriters of the ‘70s” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Registration required.

Sat.  June 22
Arts Fest
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will be held June 22 and 23 at the Municipal Complex.

Sat.  July 6
Fireworks
PUTNAM --- Fireworks will be held around the Putnam Rotary Park. Rain date is July 13.

Sun.  Aug. 11
Pluck a Duck
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association will present Pluck a Duck Aug. 11 and 12.

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Left: Members of the Putnam Rotary Club, the Putnam Lions and Leos and the Putnam Elks Lodge 574 braved the raw weather to man the Good Friday Food Drive to benefit Daily Bread. Linda Lemmon photo. Right: Kira Greene and Jacqueline Dearborn represented the Putnam Rotary Club's Interact Club earlier in the day (courtesy photo).


Good Friday Food Drive a winner
By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
NE CT — Cars lined up and when they were done, Daily Bread Food Pantry was the proud recipient of a truck filled with food and a cash box filled with thousands in monetary donations.
The traditional Good Friday Food Drive, held in the WINY Radio parking lot, is a joint effort among the Putnam Rotary Club and its Interact Club, the Putnam Lions Club and its Leos Club and the Putnam Elks Lodge #574.
Doria Daviau, a Putnam Lions advisor for the Leo Club, said at the end the truck was filled. Daviau has been a volunteer at the food drive for more than 10 years.
Karen Osbrey, head of the IHSP-Daily Bread, said the final number of monetary donations received was $4,760.13 and the final tally for food was 1,198 pounds.
The wind was cold and raw and definitely not helpful — it tried to steal the volunteers’ tent. Despite the windy challenges, the volunteers were collecting with smiles on their faces.
The rain didn’t stop the Putnam Rotary Club’s Interact Club from waving and encouraging cars to stop by and make a donation. Kira Greene, left, and Jacqueline Dearborn had fun despite the cold wet weather.
The volunteers said: “We had an excellent day. Great volunteers and great people donating.”

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Jewett City Savings Bank joins
America Saves Week
JEWETT CITY — Jewett City Savings Bank announced it taking part in America Saves Week, an annual national campaign that encourages and empowers individuals, families, employers, and communities to check-in on their finances. The campaign focuses on several important topics that make up your financial landscape with a realistic economic approach, including saving for emergencies and unexpected expenses, leveraging automatic savings, retirement, and reducing debt; as well as additional topics like talking to your family about money, understanding your employer’s financial well-being benefits, and the mental and emotional effects of financial stress. The 2024 theme for the campaign is “Saving for What Matters Most,” and takes place the week of April 8.
Jewett City Savings Bank will offer new savings accounts and waive the minimum balance service fee for six months, giving consumers time to achieve the minimum balance by saving just $8 per week. Those opening a new savings account for a minor will receive a free piggy bank. New accounts can be opened at any Jewett City Savings Bank location and online at JCSBank.com.
“With so many Americans feeling financial distress, this national conversation is timely and needed. We look forward to supporting our community in gaining better savings habits and getting key strategies that enhance their financial wellness journey,” said Michael Alberts, president and CEO of Jewett City Savings Bank.

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Free Shred Days
WOODSTOCK — bankHometown will hold a Shred Days from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 20 (*or until the truck is full) at the Woodstock Office on Rt. 171. No appointment is necessary.
Local residents can reduce their risk of identity theft by bringing old mail, receipts, statements or bills, cancelled checks, pay stubs, medical records, or any other unwanted paper documents containing personal or confidential information and shredding them safely and securely for free. A professional document destruction company will be on site in the bank’s parking lot and can accept up to two boxes of documents per person.


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