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THOMPSON — Judith (Judy) Anne Thebado, 64, of Thompson, died Oct. 14, 2022, at the home she shared with her brother, Jeff.
Over the last 10 years or so, Judy was plagued with many medical issues, and she fought them all with courage and grace.  God saw just how much she was suffering and took her into His arms and brought her to her eternal home.
Judy was the middle child; the middle ‘J’. It was always ‘JanJoanJudyJeffJerry’!  She was born in Boulder, Colo., on March 29, 1958, to the late James H. Thebado (who passed away in 2016) and Jeanne E. (Sward) Thebado (who passed away in 2005).
Judy graduated in 1976 from Springfield High School in Springfield, Minn. She continued on to get her associate’s degree from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.
After college, Judy moved to Minneapolis and worked at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport while attending school to become a travel agent. She found her passion for working with people and sending them on wonderful adventures.  Judy had her own adventures as well, Utah during her January break in college, Greece, Hawaii, Rome, and Mexico were some of her highlights.
Judy loved the ocean, the mountains, snow skiing, ceramics.  But most of all, she loved spending time with her family. We were blessed to have a family reunion at Judy and Jeff’s on Sept. 24, 2022, and she was in her glory. Judy was so happy that all four of her adored great-nieces and great-nephews were there, along with her niece and her nephews.
Judy had a deep faith and believed she would be reunited with her parents, grandparents, friends and relatives one day. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Parish in Putnam.
She leaves by her sisters, Jan Beltis, of Pembroke, Mass., Joanie Beltis (Rick) of Dedham, Mass.; her brothers, Jeff Thebado, of Thompson, Jerry Thebado (his husband, Scott Smith), of Pembroke; niece, Allie Yarosh (Kris) and their children, Kellan and Shea, of Easton, Mass.; her nephews, Spencer Beltis (Molly) and their children, Zoie and Jackson, of Pembroke; Drew Beltis (partner, Brandon) of Brewster, Mass.; and, Garrett Beltis (husband Kayle Walls) of Stamford; cousin, Malinda Conley and her daughter, Kalena Conley of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; her godmother, Joanne Schwappach, of Denver; her great-aunt Shirley Mulig of Ohio; her second family, Jeanne and Jim McManus of Minnesota.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. Mary Church of the Visitation, Putnam.  A private burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Donations: The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Pl., West Brookline, MA 02445-7226; or to Hospice & Palliative Care of NECT, 32 South Main St., Putnam, CT. 06260. Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam.



Grant Given
The Putnam Area Foundation (PAF) gave NOW a grant for $3,125 for a family healthy cooking clinic. From left: NOW grant writer Lynn Bourque, NOW Executive Director Tayler Shea and PAF president Tom Borner. Courtesy photo.

The Putnam Area Foundation donated $3,125 to Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc. (NOW) for a Family Engagement Healthy Family Cooking Clinic.
NOW Executive Director Tayler Shea, and board member and volunteer grant writer, Lynn Bourque, met with Tom Borner, president of the Putnam Area Foundation to review grant funds recently awarded to NOW. NOW, Grill 37, and the Putnam Area Foundation will host a program that will teach children and families the importance of nutrition and its ability to influence overall wellbeing, and how to achieve and maintain a healthy diet.
Shea said: “We are beyond grateful for the Putnam Area Foundation and its continued support of our organization. We believe in the importance of making healthy, home-cooked meals achievable to all families. Cooking is a foundational life skill. These clinics will allow parents and children the opportunity to learn new culinary skills, budgeting techniques, and how to incorporate children into the kitchen. All the funds from this grant will be used to ensure that families in the region have the knowledge and opportunity to cultivate a nutritious diet and lifestyle at home, thanks to the Putnam Area Foundation.”
In 2021, the Putnam Area Foundation funded the piloted version of this program. Fifty-five families participated in the family engaged healthy cooking clinic. Together, they were able to serve half of those families with a three-course family meal, followed by an in-depth cooking demonstration with Chef Ian Farquhar of Grill 37, while children worked with NOW staff to learn about nutrition and make a healthy appetizer and dessert.
Northeast Opportunities for Wellness is a non-profit human services organization focused on youth social, emotional, and physical wellness. Serving the 10-town area of Northeast Connecticut, NOW provides children with the opportunity to participate in area athletic programs and activities, offering scholarships to the youth of the community with up to 95% of the cost being subsidized by NOW. The mission of the organization is to provide all children, regardless of financial resources, equal opportunities to achieve & maintain youth wellness, beginning at an early age.


Trunk or Treat
   Halloween Party and Trunk or Treat hosted
by the Pomfret Recreation Dept. and the PCS PTO

Clockwise from top left:

Trick or treaters dwarfed by the bonfire stack.

Velociraptor Hazel Thurlow, left, and Orin Thurlow, right. Both costumes are handmade.

Meri Martin, left, a bat; and Nora Martin, a princess.

Arabella Bruneau, left, and Eoin De Carli.

Hayride. Who is that driver?



'Gravity Hill' author coming
PUTNAM — At 1 p.m. Nov. 5, in Putnam Public Library, local author Susanne Davis will read from her debut novel, “Gravity Hill”. She will also field questions from the audience, and be available for book signing. This is the second event in this fall’s Putnam Library Author Series.
The novel borrows from today’s headlines and is set in northeastern Connecticut. It features not only the actual Gravity Hill, but The Vanilla Bean Cafe, too.
And oh, if you’re interested in seeing the actual Gravity Hill for yourself—what is described online as one “strange phenomenon”—then drive out to north Sterling, just ten minutes off I-395, along Main Street near where it ends at Snake Meadow Hill Road.


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Julia Coyle. Photo by Marc Allard

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Senior Vince Bastura fights his way to the line and a seventh-place finish. Photo by Marc Allard.

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Christian Menounos, left,  battles competitors heading into the final stretch. Photo by Marc Allard.

The Woodstock Academy boys’ cross country team finished fourth at ECC cross-country championship.
Stonington senior Ryan Gruczka took off from the starting gun at the ECC and Woodstock sophomore Christian Menounos was one of those trying to catch up to him.
 “Christian has some good friends on other teams and they were all talking about how fast the Stonington kid went out. They all thought they could reel him in and he just never came back,” said coach Peter Lusa.
Gruczka finished in 16 minutes, 39 seconds.
That was 12 seconds better than fellow senior Brendan Fant of East Lyme. Vikings junior Sean McCauley in third and Menounos in fourth finished within five seconds of Fant with Menounos getting across the line in 16:56.
Overall, Menounos was happy with his fourth-place finish.
“My goal was to get into the top five and keeping working hard. Next year, I can go for the top because two of the three kids ahead of me were seniors,” Menounos said. “I was feeling good aerobically. My legs were a little iffy but overall, I was feeling pretty good.”
But Menounos did identify quickly where he needed to improve. He wants to work on his leg strength to give him even more of a kick for that final 800-meter stretch run which is so crucial.
And that was coming off a stretch where the Centaurs had to compete at the Wickham Park Invite, hosted Norwich Free Academy and went to Fitch as well as the ECC championship all in under a two-week span.
Vince Bastura admitted he just made it to the finish line, finishing in seventh in 17:30.
Colton Sallum finished 16th for the Centaurs with Charles Cagiano in 29th and Joel Koleszar in 39th.
That left the Centaurs as the fourth-place finishers as a team.
E. Lyme finished with 48 points followed by Griswold (84), NFA (89) and then the Centaurs (94).
The Centaurs and every other cross-country team head to the state championships next Saturday. Woodstock will compete in the last race of the day at Wickham Park in Manchester, the Class MM championship at 3:50 p.m.
Menounos is looking forward to the state championship meet, in part, because he loves the Wickham Park course, its scenery, and the ending hill known affectionately as “the green monster” by runners.
Girls: Centaurs finish in familiar place
It seemed like every Woodstock runner had the same feeling.
The Centaurs love the Wickham Park course in Manchester, site of the State Class and State Open championships this weekend.
The Norwich Golf Course where the ECC girls’ cross-country championship was held on Thursday? Not so much.
“This is probably the hardest course I have ever run,” senior Lauren Brule said. “Compared to every single other one, this is very, very difficult.”
Brule led Woodstock to a third-place finish as a team as she placed 12th in 22 minutes, 11 seconds.
The Centaurs finished with 93 points, just behind E. Lyme (50) and Ledyard (72).
The team did come in a little short-handed. Junior Leila Khairetdinova was out with tendonitis and will likely also miss the state championship meet Oct. 29.
Brule said she went into Thursday’s race with the mindset that it was going to be difficult.
“There is a lot of uphill and not much downhill like coach Banas said it’s a “mountain goat” course. I kind of went into it knowing that I would not get a personal best time but I think I did pretty well for what the course is,” Brule said.
The senior took her coach’s advice and went out a bit slower, trying to avoid the “fire drill” mentality that most runners have in the championship race where they bolt from the starting line.
She was a bit behind teammate Julia Coyle but caught up to the junior in the last stretches of the race to finish as the first runner across the line for the Centaurs.
Coyle finished 16th, just one spot out from receiving a medal and T-shirt for her efforts. Coyle finished in 22:32, just three seconds ahead of freshman teammate Olivia Tracy in 17th and senior Sydney Lord was 29th. The good thing about that is both Coyle and Tracy along with Kira Greene, who finished 25th, will all return next year.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy


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