Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

Amateur radio class
EAST PUTNAM — The Eastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Association (ECARA) is holding free Amateur Radio preparation training classes from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday starting April 3 at the East Putnam Fire Department, Rt. 44.
Support your community and have fun in this exciting hobby and public service; learn all about ham radio and get your FCC license, exams will be given at the end of the course. More information is available at or email Ed Shekleton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



From left: Michael Rocchetti, Jaxon Huth, Harper Thompson, Curt Prochowski. Photo courtesy of Roberta Rocchetti.

PUTNAM — A military-style honor guard procession preceded the 2024 American Legion School Award Medal program March 14 at the Putnam Middle School.
The program is sponsored by Putnam’s American Legion Mayotte-Viens Post #13 and is directed by PMS teacher (and Post 13 member) Curt Prochowski. The MC for the award ceremony was Post 13 Commander Michael Rocchetti who said, “This program is all about Americanism, patriotism and love-of-country.”
Prochowski, who presented the awards, said, “Ours is a 12-week program designed to develop an understanding of the qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service in students.” The award recipients were PMS student participants deemed most dedicated to the high qualities of citizenship and true Americanism, and they included: Anna Rawson, Quinn Lucier, Harper Thompson, Gianna Gerardi, Joyce Mentor, Kaylyn Gaboury, Jacob Meyer, Jaxon Huth, Mickey Moran, Nicolas Columbia, Anthony Dzurenka, and Noah Santiago.
In closing Rocchetti urged students to be ever mindful of their primary duties and obligations of American citizenship — to obey the laws, and respect the rights of their fellow citizens.
Rocchetti thanked Prochowski and the staff at Putnam Middle School, PMS teacher (and singer/guitarist) Jason Altieri who performed several songs for the event, the Honor Guard which consisted of American Legion members Frank Tremont and Chris Steinbrick, and to other Legionnaires in attendance including Patrick Kelly, Victor Kratz, Michael Therrien, and Tina Lajoie.


Friday - No School. Good Friday.
Woodstock Public Schools
Every day: Fruit. Monday: Baked potato, bacon, cheese, broccoli. Tuesday: Mini pancakes, sausage, hash browns. Wednesday: Chicken tenders, dipping sauce, brown rice, green beans. Thursday: Pizza, black beans.
Putnam Elementary/Middle
Every day: Fruit. Monday: Macaroni and cheese, broccoli. Tuesday: Chicken sandwiches. Wednesday: pasta, meatsauce, vegetable medley. Thursday: Pizza, salad.
Putnam High
Monday: General Tsos chicken or spicy chicken sandwich. Tuesday: Cheese quesadilla or bacon cheeseburgers. Wednesday:  Chicken Parm sandwich or chicken Caesar wraps. Thursday: Cheesy beef tot-chos or "Wild Mike's" cheese bites.
Pomfret Community
Every day: Hamburgers. Yogurt Fun Lunch. Sunbutter & Jelly. Monday: Mac and cheese, broccoli. Tuesday: Chili cheese dogs, BBQ baked beans. Wednesday - Brunch for Lunch: Cheesy scrambled eggs, french toast sticks, cinnamon sweet potato. Thursday: Stuffed-crust pizza, cucumber and ranch cup.


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Top left: The boys' teams and Rotarians.  Top right: The Green Team. Bottom left: The Yellow Team. (girls' teams photos by Linda Lemmon). Near left: Most Valuable Players: Jordyn Butler, second from left, and Melodie Anderson share a moment with Rotary Club President Amanda Kelly and Jonathan Tremblay, game chairman.

Local girls and boys topped off their high school basketball careers at the Ray Brousseau All Star Senior High School Shootout at Putnam High School March 14.  The games have been sponsored and run by the Putnam Rotary Club for more than 30 years.
In a closely contested extremely exciting girls’ contest the Woodstock Building Associate Green team edged the WINY Radio Yellow team 43-41 on a Kylie Damble basket with less than two seconds remaining on the clock.
In the men’s’ game, the Centreville Bank Blue team ran away from the Archambault Insurance Red team for an easy 101-67 victory.
Last-Second Basket Highlights
Girls’ Game
After trailing 32-25 following three quarters of play, the WBA Green team coached by John Murdock of Ellis Tech used some last-quarter heroics to walk off with a 43-41 victory thanks to Damble’s basket with less than two seconds to play.
WBA Green placed three girls in double digits in pulling off the win.  Damble, of Ellis Tech, had 13 points; Tara Hefferan from Tourtellotte had 14; and Alyssa Czmyr of Windham Tech added 10 for the winners.
Lily Goyette of Putnam High School had 15 points and Kaelyn Pearl of Parish Hill dropped in 13 for the WINY Yellow squad. Melodie Anderson of Putnam High School was selected as the MVP of the Yellow squad and Jordyn Butler of Tourtellotte, who had numerous key rebounds for the winning team, captured MVP honors..
Winning Centreville Team Cracks the Century Mark
Led by Camden Nassen and Josh Carlson, who tallied 31 and 30 points respectively, Centreville Blue rolled to an easy 101-67 win over the Archambault Red team.  Jake Patterson of Tourtellotte contributed 21 points to the
 win, while Jacob Mailloux had 12 and Koby Rock seven.
The Archambault Red team was led by Hunter Larson with 26, Carter Tossetti with 19 and Deonte Snow with 15.  Tosetti was selected as the MVP of the Red Squad and Nassen captured MVP laurels for the winning Blue team.
Jeff Belanger of E.O. Smith High School coached the Red team and Shawn Deary of Putnam High School was the winning Blue coach.
“The Putnam Rotary Club is proud to sponsor this event each year.  It’s a way of honoring our young people and keeping the memory of a former longtime Rotarian, the late Ray Brousseau,  alive,” said Game Chairman Jonathan Tremblay and Rotary Club President Amanda Kelly.
In addition to team sponsors, the Byrnes Agency provided the awards for all the players.  CorePlus Credit Union and The Woodstock Academy were also game sponsors.  The referees for the evening, Shawn Bates, Mike Lowell, Shannon Saunders, Mike Panteleakos and David Coderre of Board #35, officiated the game as volunteers.  Scoring and timing for both games was provided by Fred Hutchins and Moe Coderre, who also sang the National Anthem.
Working with Tremblay and Kelly on the committee were Rotarians Doug Porter Cheryl Guillot, Seth Lombardo, Jonathan Sturdevant, Dick Loomis, Joseph Adiletta, Ron Coderre and Linda Lemmon.


Legal Notice
Abington Cemetery Association
2024 Annual Meeting
A meeting has been called for
Thursday, March 28th at
6:30 p.m. at the
Pomfret Senior Center
All lot owners are invited to attend,
wearing of masks is optional.
Please remove winter
decorations, perennial plantings   
and plastic
arrangements by April 15th
or they will be disposed of by
the Cemetery Association.
The cemetery opens April 1st
Tim Morrarty, President
March 21, 2024


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