Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

PUTNAM — Timothy L. Bly, 64, husband of the late Joan Bly, died Jan. 7, 2024.
Timothy was born in 1959 in Woburn, Mass., the son of the late Gerald D. Bly Sr. and Patricia L. (Leahey) Bly and grew up in Billerica, Mass. before moving to Connecticut.
Timothy dedicated 27 years of service to the Putnam Police Department as a patrol officer, Detective, and retired at the rank of Sergeant in 2010. Timothy was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 64.
 Timothy loved traveling, sports, motorcycle rides, and spending time with his late wife, children, and grandchildren. He valued all the friendships that he made and enjoyed spending time with the ones he loved.
He leaves his children, Matthew Bly (Amelia) of Rotterdam, N.Y., Alexander Bly of Asheville, N.C., Andrew Scanlon (Jeanne) of Putnam, Dennis Scanlon of Grosvenordale, and Katherine Handy (Dylan) of West Burke, Vt.; his grandchildren, Natalia, Walter, Henry, and Parker.
He was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, Gerald, Richard, and Patty Ann.
The Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 13 St. Mary Church of the Visitation.
Donations: The Knights of Columbus Council 64 Christmas Fund, 68 Providence St., Putnam, CT 06260; and Putnam Police Department Charitable Fund, 189 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260.  Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam.


Wed.  Jan. 17
Exhibit Extended
THOMPSON --- The Thompson Public Library’s Art @ the Library and the Display Case exhibit, the 4th Annual Textile Artists Community Show, has been extended through Jan. 27. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

PUTNAM --- An exhibit by Laura Salo, “The Year Through Quilts,” runs through March 30 at the Corridor Gallery in the Municipal Complex. The show is sponsored by the Putnam Arts Council.

Fri.  Jan. 19
‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’
PUTNAM --- The Bradley Playhouse will present “Don’t Dress for Dinner” at 7:30 p.m. Jan.  19 and 20 and at 2 p.m. Jan.  21.  Adults: $23; $20 for seniors, students, veterans and first responders.  Adult content: recommended for mature audiences. or 860-928-7887.

Thur.  Jan. 25
Bird Walk
PLAINFIELD --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret Center will present a Plainfield Fish Hatchery Bird Walk at 9 a.m. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Fri.  Jan. 26
POMFRET --- The Pomfret School will present the Schwartz Public Lecture, “Ndaba Mandela” at 7 p.m. in the Hard Auditorium. Free. All welcome. Register:

Sat.  Feb. 3
POMFRET --- The Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence Program’s “Trail wood Reflections,” written and visual works inspired by residencies during the summer of 2023, will hold its opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret on Day Road. The exhibit runs through March 2. 860-928-4948.

Sat.  Feb. 10
Fire and Ice
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association and the Town of Putnam will present Fire and Ice starting at noon around downtown.

Thur.  Feb. 22
Bird Walk
PLAINFIELD --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret Center will present a Plainfield Fish Hatchery Bird Walk at 9 a.m. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

Sat.  Feb. 24
Owl Walk
POMFRET --- The Connecticut Audubon Society at Pomfret Center will present an owl walk at 7 p.m. $10 for CAS members; $20 for nonmembers. Register: 860-928-4948.

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

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

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


Mashamoquet Brook and every other body of water was rain swollen lately.



From top: Rotarian John Miller receives the check for $40 from the Ghost of Christmas Past fund-raiser from Putnam Rotary Club President Amanda Kelly. Elaine Turner, right, who was the speaker at the club’s Jan. 9 meeting, happens to be a member of the Aspinock Historical Society so Miller asked her to step up, too. Rotarian Karen Osbrey, left, in blue, receives a check for $70 from the Ghost of Christmas Present fund-raiser. Rotarian and Interact Club Advisor Roberta Rocchetti, left, receives $200 from the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be fund-raiser. Linda Lemmon photos

By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
PUTNAM — In the “spirit” of The Christmas Carol, the Putnam Rotary Club raised money for three non-profits.
At the club’s holiday gathering and at the next meeting, three trays appeared.
The tray with a picture of the book’s “Ghost of Christmas Past” was a place for Rotarians to donate to The Aspinock Historical Society.
The “Ghost of Christmas Present” tray was for donations to IHSP/Daily Bread.
The “Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be” tray was the place for donations for the club’s Interact Club. Interactors are on a mission this year to help restore the Community Garden at TEEG — for its future.
Rotarians are generous all year long so the quick fund-raiser did well.
The Ghost of Christmas Past raised $40 for Aspinock Historical Society. The Ghost of Christmas Present raised $70 for IHSP/Daily Bread and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be raised $200 for the Interact Club’s efforts toward the future of the TEEG garden.


Player commits
close to home
Oswin Erhunmwunse is from Benin City, Nigeria.
But when the Putnam Science 6-foot, 9-inch defensive wiz announced last week that he was committing to Providence College, a major factor was that he wanted to stay home.
“Putnam has made me who I am, on and off the court,” said the freakishly athletic Erhunmwunse, who chose Kim English’s Friars over Creighton, Okla., and Georgia Tech. “I’m one of the top prospects, in a New England prep school. So if I can do it at the prep school level, I can do it at the college level. I want to be a guy other commits look up to, like ‘Oh yes, he stayed in New England.’ I want to be a legend here. I want to hopefully make it to the NBA and know I did everything in New England.
“New England accepted me. The whole time I’ve been in America, I’ve been in New England. New England has taken me as its own. I go to PC games and everyone is like ‘We want you here!’ Not that I didn’t get that from the other schools too, but I felt like I was loved at Providence. I’m not going to miss that opportunity. I feel like I can go there, play through my mistakes, get better, and know that I have the alumni and fans backing me up.”
Erhunmwunse, who came to the U.S. in May 2022 and plays his AAU ball with Team New England, is in his second season with PSA. He averaged 7.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in 27 games (he joined the Mustangs in mid-December). PSA took on an entirely new identity with him patrolling the paint and went on to win a fourth national title last year. His block in the final seconds of the championship game helped seal that win.
“When I got here last year, I struggled a little bit because I was the man (at my previous school) and when I got here there were a lot of good players,” he said. “I wasn’t that guy. I had to buy in and do something that other people don’t do. Every day, coach Espo tells us to do something different. I looked at the team and looked at what they didn’t have, which was a shotblocker and a rim runner. That’s what I decided to do. That’s what got me my minutes. I started playing 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, sometimes the whole game.”
Erhunmwunse injured his shoulder last season but opted to put off surgery until this past summer. His rehab was long but has finally come to an end, and he suited up for the first time this season over the past weekend, with PSA mired in an unprecedented five-game losing streak.
“Hopefully now that I’m back, I can be a guy who makes a difference,” he said. “I think we can still make a run and win it. We have guys who want to win, guys who buy in to the team.”
Erhunmwunse’s much-anticipated debut Friday night wasn’t enough to bring PSA a win though, as the Mustangs endured a sixth straight loss (the longest such streak in program history), 82-81 to Vermont Academy. Erhunmwunse had 12 points and six rebounds but PSA couldn’t overcome a 16-point halftime deficit. Justin Johnson finished with 14 points, Grant Randall added 10 points and six boards in his first game with PSA, and Ben Ahmed had 11 points and four rebounds.
The losing streak ended Sunday night though with an 88-63 win over Cushing Academy. Erhunmwunse had just two points but grabbed a couple rebounds and blocked three shots in what was designed limited playing time. Johnson scored 19 points on just nine shots, Amdy Ndiaye had 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals, and Tony Williams (four points, five assists) and Cris McElveen (nine points, six rebounds) provided a needed spark off the bench.
Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy


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