Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

BROOKLYN — The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified West  Nile virus (WNV) infected mosquitoes in 17 Connecticut towns this season: Branford,  Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hartford, Ledyard, Milford, New Canaan, New  Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Wallingford, West Haven, Westport, and Woodstock.  There are no reported human cases of WNV so far this season.  
Dr.  Philip Armstrong, Medical Entomologist at the CAES, said “We anticipate further geographic  spread and build-up of West Nile virus in mosquitoes, with increased risk of human infection,  from now through September.”
With the identification of West Nile Virus-positive mosquitoes in northeast CT, the Northeast  District Department of Health (NDDH) is reminding residents to take steps to avoid being  bitten by mosquitoes.
“West Nile virus is the most common mosquito-borne disease in the United States and  reemerges every summer in Connecticut, so this news was expected,” said NDDH Director of  Health Susan Starkey. “WNV can cause severe disease in humans. To help residents lower  their risk of acquiring mosquito-borne illnesses, NDDH developed the SWAT campaign that  offers tips to avoid being bitten.”
SWAT is an easy acronym to remember to prevent mosquito bites:

• Screens on doors and windows should be tight-fitting and in good repair; also use  mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure and to protect  small babies when outdoors.

• Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long  periods of time, or when mosquitoes are more active. Clothing should be light colored  and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

• Apply EPA-approved insect repellent according to instructions when going outdoors and minimize time outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most  active.
• Toss any standing water that may be collecting on your property. Water in wading  pools, bird baths, buckets, barrels, flowerpots, pet dishes, and tire swings should be  changed or emptied regularly. Clogged roof gutters should be cleaned.  



The display honoring all Putnam veterans is not complete yet. Linda Lemmon photo.


Help needed
to complete
veterans' list
By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
PUTNAM --- Honoring Putnam's veterans --- all of them --- is something that Shannon O'Shea is passionate about.
The town employee --- and one of the creative forces behind the decorations in the Putnam Municipal Complex's grand foyer --- is still looking for veterans names to put on the Putnam Veterans Display in the complex's front window.
She researched World War I and World War II Putnam veterans with help from the Aspinock Historical Society and found other names  in the Town Clerk's office and the Assessor's office.
She's put several weeks of work into the list and she said she's still adding names of veterans from Putnam since it was founded in 1855. So far she has 2,476 names but she thinks the list is incomplete.
She has all the names in a computer. If you know of any veterans names that might be missing, call her at 860-963-6800, ext. 122.
She would also welcome help from the town's American Legion and VFW posts.

Shred Days set
OXFORD, Mass. — bankHometown will hold three free Shred Days at local offices. No appointment is necessary.
Shred Days:
Oxford Office — Sept. 10 — 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Putnam Office – Sept. 24 – 9 to 11 a.m.
Sturbridge Office – Oct. 8 — 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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.


Main Street Car Cruise

Clockwise from top left:

This little girl was checking out a duck whistle at the Pluck-a-Duck sales booth during the Main Street Car Cruise.

1950 Olds convertible

1958 Edsel

The side of a Belair, right. More than 1,000 cars took part and the crowds might have numbered 10,000. After a 2-year hiatus the Main Street Car Cruise was back big time.

Getting ready for a trip on the Roaming Railroad



The Northeast Connecticut Cancer Fund of Day Kimball Healthcare recently received a donation of $2,000 by the Solomon family in memory of their family member and 2018 NECT Cancer Fund Angel Ambassador, Shannon Labonte who passed away from a rare form of cancer on April 27, 2018. From left: Kristen Willis, director of development, Day Kimball Healthcare; JoAnn Labonte, Shannon’s mother-in-law; Zoe Labonte, Shannon’s daughter; Ann Russo, Shannon’s aunt; Roberta Solomon, Shannon’s mother; Chloe Magao, Shannon’s Cousin; and Linda Pacheco, Shannon’s aunt at the Deary Memorial Recognition Garden on the grounds of DKH’s Schneider Center across from the Day Kimball Hospital. The garden was created by members of the Deary family in 2007 to memorialize, honor, and recognize cancer survivors and loved ones lost to cancer. Courtesy photo.


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