Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier



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The skinny dark "sticks" are rusted out rebar. Linda Lemmon photo.


Peake Brook Rd. to close for bridge replacement

By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
WOODSTOCK — Officials will be closing Peake Brook Road in Putnam and Woodstock so that the bridge over Peake Brook can be replaced.
The road will be closed to through traffic May 1 and officials hope the project will be finished by Aug. 15.
The project, which was put out to bid by the town of Woodstock last fall, consists of replacing the existing bridge with a 20-foot span, precast concrete three-sided ridged frame (box culvert) and associated roadway improvements.
Water has come over top, onto Peake Brook Road several times and the edges are washed out. Stones have been placed to try to stop the erosion; however, the concrete edges are eroding. Rebar sticking up from the edges is skinny and rusted.
Currently trees are being cut down and stakes mark where silt fences will go.

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Grant Randall. Photo by Tom Netzer.



Playing a role at PSA brought Randall a Div. I letter
Grant Randall received some college offers while averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds as a postgrad at Mont Sports Academy in Florida. Then, as he said, Putnam Science came up.
“I felt like everyone wanted to see me play with D-I college basketball players, which is Putnam Science,” Randall said. “I wasn’t used to playing with great players around me. I was used to scoring a lot and being The Man, doing whatever I wanted. Everyone was The Man before coming to Putnam. But at Putnam you have to play a role…in order to win and be successful, as a team but also individually.
“It wasn’t the best season for me, but it showed me a lot. I’m glad I made the move to Putnam.”
In the end, it all worked out. PSA turned its season around, going 21-4 in the second half of the season aided by the arrival of Randall, a 6-7 wing who averaged 6.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while flashing versatility and a high motor on both ends of the floor. And Randall solidified himself as a Div. I player, signing his National Letter of Intent with Quinnipiac University earlier this month.
“The coaching staff really believed in me the most out of the schools that were recruiting me,” Randall said of his commitment. “It just felt like the best place, it felt like home when I went on my official visit. The coaching staff has a great resume, they just won the MAAC regular season championship. Coach (Tom) Pecora has coached a lot of pros, produced NBA players.
“My goal is to become a pro. And to become a pro, you have to be on the big stage. So I’m trying to go to the dance (the NCAA Tournament). I’m trying to help put and keep Quinnipiac on the map. I feel like we have the pieces to do it.”
Randall expects to compete for minutes as a freshman, but knows there are a handful of players returning who have already had great success.
“They really paved a vision for me,” said Randall, who has returned home and been in the gym four or five hours a day, focusing a lot on his ballhandling. “The freshmen are obviously going to get a shot to play, but we are really going to be getting taught by the older guys. They’re trying to get us ready to keep the ball rolling.”
Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy

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Cell phone ignites causing minor injury
PUTNAM — April 15 Putnam Emergency Dispatch received a 911 call from Tammy Beaulieu, a resident of 207 Sabin St. who reported that her cell phone had violently ignited causing a burn injury to her nose.
Beaulieu quickly put the phone into her bathtub without further injury, also preventing the fire from spreading. The fire was out on arrival of Putnam Fire Department; however, firefighters secured the phone in a battery specific container because lithium-ion batteries are known to re-ignite.
Beaulieu had told EMS personnel that she was in the process of removing her battery from the phone when it exploded. In an effort to reset her 2022 Motorola Stylus 5g cell phone, she attempted to remove the battery. In doing so the battery was probably damaged, causing thermal runaway ultimately causing the battery to ignite. Beaulieu was treated and released for superficial burns to her face at DKH.
The Fire Marshal’s office urged caution with lithium-ion batteries which are prevalent in today’s electronic devices. If you have any issues with your cell phone, take it to an authorized dealer for repair. Refrain from using after-market batteries and chargers and only use accessories that were made by the manufacturer of your product.
If anyone has any further information concerning this incident, they’re asked to contact Putnam Deputy Fire Marshal Ryan Walsh at (860) 963-6800 X112.

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Left: Ian Mihalopoulos. Photo by Celine Hines. Above: Geo Aniceto. Photo by Collin Hamilton.

For Ian Mihalopoulos, it all comes down to being healthy.
Now roughly two years removed from having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the Putnam Science Academy pitcher spent last summer building up his strength and flexibility with a new workout program, which has led to promising results on the mound and positive thoughts off it.
“I just feel really good,” said Mihalopoulos, a senior from Cromwell who is in his second year at PSA. “All the workouts and training, it all gels together so I can stay healthy. And stay mentally healthy too because if I’m not pitching, I won’t be happy.
“I’ve done this work so my arm will feel good. I’d spend the summer doing bear crawls around my house just to build my arm up. If my arm doesn’t feel good, I won’t feel good. I get (ticked) off. I really like to pitch.”
Mihalopoulos, who will pitch next year at Central Connecticut State, was the first baseball player to commit to PSA but didn’t pitch at all last year as he recovered in the fall and suffered a setback in the spring. This year, he was limited in the fall but is second on the team in innings pitched this spring.
His first start of the season was on the team’s season-opening trip to Myrtle Beach. His numbers weren’t great at he knocked the rust off and had bouts of wildness, but he threw 85 pitches over four-plus innings.
“Everyone was expecting me to be tired, but I was good,” he said. “I’ve gone six innings (in early April against Kings Edge-Hill). My length and durability have gotten better. Over the summer, I would throw one or two innings and my arm would be really tired. I’m good now.”
There is nothing holding him back mentally, either. Before switching workout programs (he trains remotely with Velo University out of New York, as do teammates and fellow pitchers Harry Roy, Jacob Hines, and Ryan Ponte), he would baby his slider because he could feel tension in his elbow.
“The first week on the new program, I felt like I could actually rip it and throw it hard,” Mihalopoulos said. “That’s when the Central coach saw me, and he mentioned that he really liked my slider. I haven’t had any concerns about throwing it or reaching back for a little more on my fastball if I need to. Feeling good physically has definitely helped that mental side of it.”
In 18 1/3 innings, he’s allowed just 11 hits and struck out 25. He’s had a couple bouts of wildness, but most of the walks he’s issued came in his first game.
PSA finished this week with a 5-2 victory over Bridgton Academy, a game in which Mihalopoulos threw one inning of relief. He says he prefers relieving to starting because of the intensity of the moments, as opposed to some of the lulls that come with going through an entire batting order. But he will do whatever coach Bob Hetu asks.
“A lot of our guys have been sore this spring,” Hetu said. “There have been times when we really didn’t know how we were going to get through a week of games. But Ian has come to me multiple times and said, ‘I can pitch. I can go.’”
Said Mihalopoulos: “Everyone says that pitching is the backbone of our team, and if we’re not pitching then we’re just letting everyone down. Even if we do pitch and don’t do well…I feel a certain responsibility to go out and pitch and throw some innings.
When it comes to me saying ‘Yeah, I can pitch,’ that’s just me being healthy and wanting to go do it and being able to go do it.”
PSA’s record stands at 9-9 after losing two of three games this week. Saturday against Bridgton, Cris Peguero smacked a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning and Robbie Natale added a pair of hits as PSA got the win.
Harry Roy threw six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out eight for PSA.
PSA fell to 11-7 Paramount Academy Thursday, as Sebastian Garcia had a pair of hits, scored a run, and drove in another.
Tuesday, the Mustangs lost 5-3 to Salisbury, the third- ranked team in New England. Peguero had a triple and scored in the first, then added an RBI single in the seventh but PSA couldn’t take advantage of seven walks and dropped the tightly contested game. Junior Mesa had a single and Ponte drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for PSA.
PSA’s soccer team won its lone game of the week, besting Taft School 2-1 Sunday. Geo Aniceto scored off a mishit cross from nearly 40 yards out, and Joel Martinez scored on a rebound off a shot that hit the post.
Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy

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