Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier


The Course of Love Never Did Run Smooth ...
... but the free production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Rotary Park July 16 did. The Starling Shakespeare Company, a traveling company visiting The Woodstock Academy, performed the comic romance play. (She's OK, it's just a spell). More photos on page 4. Linda Lemmon photo.

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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.
July 1
Mark Heath Jr., 33, School Street, failure to insure/register motor vehicle, misuse of marker plate, operating unregistered motor vehicle, failure to have marker plate illuminated.
July 4
Jesse Belvery, 43, Smith Street, Putnam; disorderly conduct, third-degree assault.
July 6
Marissa J. Macri, 32, Florence Street, Putnam; evading the scene of an accident, operating unregistered motor vehicle, failure to register motor vehicle, failure to carry insurance.
July 8
Daniel T. Paine, 44, Marshall Street, Putnam; breach of peace, carrying a dangerous weapon.
July 9
Sarah A. Thorstenson, 40, Red Bridge Road, N. Grosvenordale, two counts of risk of injury and operating under the influence.
July 10
Francisco Salcedo, 50, Phillips Street, Putnam; disorderly conduct, third-degree assault.

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WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Academy recently named its Teacher of the Year and Staff Member of the Year.
The Teacher of the Year is Lauren Churchill. Her involvement with the music department at The Woodstock Academy provides her the unique opportunity to work with many of her students for four years. As her students grow through their high school careers, so do her connections with each of them.
“I feel very lucky to spend so much of these formative years teaching and helping students to grow into incredible humans,” said Churchill, adding, “Whether I have a student for four years or one semester, I truly think of them as my kids and feel an immense amount of joy when I am able to help a student discover their strengths and build self-confidence.”
Churchill has become heavily involved in all-things music in and out of the classroom during her fifteen years of teaching at The Academy. She teaches concert band, symphonic band, percussion prep, piano I, piano II, music theory ECE and unified music. In addition, she is a co-advisor for Tri-M Music Honor Society, conducts the jazz band, directs and conducts the annual spring musical, and manages the private music lesson program at The Academy.
While Churchill is widely recognized for her high-caliber ability to teach music to students of all experience levels, her students were eager to emphasize the impact she’s made on them through her consistent display of kindness and positivity. Since re-introducing a sense of normalcy to the school community after shifting back to in-person learning, Churchill’s classrooms have been especially noted as a space for students to safely express themselves and the challenges they face. During the nomination process for Teacher of the Year, a student wrote, “While I’ve been struggling, Mrs. Churchill has been with me every step of the way. She has so much love for all her students and when the going gets tough she doesn’t shy away, she helps us with any problems we have.”
For five years, Paraprofessional Crista Peters has been known at The Woodstock Academy as a warm, positive human with a genuine dedication to helping students succeed.
Peters began her paraprofessional role floating around classrooms between students, helping them stay on task, answer any questions, and listen to each student’s need and desire to excel. She is passionate about getting to know the entirety of her students; how they are doing, what they need, and creating an individualized experience for each student to get the very best out of them.
“Crista is an exceptionally kind person, always willing to meet students where they are, providing them support and encouragement to help them succeed. When we were remote last school year, Crista came in to run our Intensive Learning Lab so that students who were struggling with learning at home had a safe and supportive place to come in to complete their learning,” said Dr. Michael Harten, dean of academics.
During the nomination process for Staff Member of the Year, it was clear that Peters is a well-loved presence in The Woodstock Academy community. One nomination from a faculty member wrote, “Crista does amazing work with students, often those with the greatest needs – students who often are resistant to that help. Her persistence, care, and dedication help break down those barriers.”
Over the past year and a half, Peters has been successfully managing Learning Assistance Block, a program designed for students who need additional academic support. In this role Peters had the opportunity to work with a variety of students during all four blocks, connecting with them while building their trust and confidence to complete class assignments with independence. “Seeing the student feel like they can in fact do it is priceless,” she said. Peters is departing the Academy community to pursue her next chapter.

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Honored
The Putnam Fire Dept. was awarded the Fire Department of the Year plaque by the American Legion Department of Connecticut.  Putnam Fire Department Chief Robert Campbell, center, and recently retired Fire Marshal and Chairman of the Special Service District Normand Perron, right, accepted the award on behalf of the department members.  The Department was nominated for the award by Past Post #13 and Past District #4 Commander Ronald P. Coderre, left. Courtesy photo.

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Angel Cosme, Marine, Vietnam war vet
PUTNAM — Angel Cosme, 73, of Five Mile River Rd., died July 3, 2022, at Hartford Hospital.
Born on June 26, 1949, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Maria and Eleuterio Cosme.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corp, as Lance Corporal from July 1967 until October 1969, and was awarded the Purple Heart for his contributions during his service in Vietnam, as well as other respective awards and accolades.
He retired from AT&T (formally SNET) where he enjoyed a long career as a telephone lineman.
Angel loved being near water, especially the ocean.
He enjoyed swimming, scuba diving and being on his sailboat.
He was a music fanatic, and you could often see him on his guitar or playing his harmonica.
He was the life of a party with his witty sense of humor and his desire to ensure everyone was having a good time.
He always made sure you knew his home was your home.
He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend and will always hold a big place in our hearts.
He leaves his wife of 40 years, Debra (Hayes) Cosme; his son, Angel E. Cosme (Paula), and grandson Aidan of Norwalk; his daughter, Maria Cosme of Danielson; his sisters, Lilian and Maria Cosme of Altadena, Calif., Miriam Galarza of Vacaville, Calif., and Lydia Cosme-Santiago of Brewster, NY; brothers, Manuel Cosme and his wife Sandra of Maiden, N.C., and Jimmy Cosme (Donna) of Harriman, Tenn.; stepsons, Gary Cutler of Seattle, and Shawn Cutler of Gardner, Mass.; stepdaughter, Crystal Ethridge of Putnam, and two step-grandsons, Nathan and Jacob Cutler of Pomfret.
The Funeral is private.
Donations: Soldiers, Sailors & Marine Fund, 864 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-3184; or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.
Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam.

Florence K. Aucoin
PUTNAM — Florence (Squarcia) Aucoin, 92, of Sabin St., died July 2, 2022, at home.
 She was the wife of the late Raymond U. Aucoin.  Born in 1929 in Portsmouth, N.H., she was the daughter of the late Domenick Squarcia and Eva (Abram) Squarcia.
Mrs. Aucoin owned and operated Modern Lumber from 1957 to 1967.  She also owned the Buccaneer Inn in St. James City, Fla., from 1971 to 1984, and the Buccaneer Boats Marine, and St. James Restaurant. She also worked for IBM.
Florence loved playing bingo, making puzzles, and playing cards with her amazing caretakers Robert and Judy Billings. Mem, as all the family called her, loved her family and family gatherings were such a comfort to her.
She leaves her son Peter Aucoin (Elizabeth) of Putnam; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, her daughter, Susan Aucoin, and her two sisters, Leonora Durand and Theresa Kolat.
The Funeral was private. Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam.

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