Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier



The Putnam Public Library is very happy to be in its new home in the Putnam Municipal Complex since reopening there Sept. 20.  Two features in particular in the new library were purchased with funds from memorial donors who had a strong belief in the importance of a healthy, vibrant library.
The children’s circulation desk was designed for the new space out of the same materials as the adult desk, but more rounded and whimsical. The children’s circulation desk was funded using part of a bequest made by the estate of John Markis to the library in 2009.  Markis and his wife Lucinda were teachers in the local area who taught at Ellis Tech and The Woodstock Academy. The Library Board of Trustees decided to buy the desk in memory of Markis in honor of the many years that he had educated the youth in our community.
The tree mural in the children’s department was also funded by memorial donations from some of the library’s well-loved patrons.  The tree theme was suggested to the architect by library staff to celebrate the “Last Green Valley” aspect of this area and the theme is extended to the art on the end panels of the shelving units. The frog in the right hand bottom corner of the mural honors the memory of Shannon Labonte, a special young woman who was a voracious library user and local daycare teacher.  Shannon’s family joined together in fund-raising activities and donated a good portion of the funds to the library for the mural.
Other memorials used for the mural are from Joe and Jane Flynn (Library Board member), Ray LeDuc (Library Board member), Marillyn Mayer, Mary O’Leary (Friends of the Library member), Sue McNally Everson (loyal library patron), Mary Child (Putnam teacher), Walter Euskas (veteran) and Jeannette Laurion (charter member of the Aspinock Historical Center).
While there are many things that are wonderful about the library’s new home, some of the older furniture is special and carries warm memories of the former library. The Library had some of the existing furniture refinished, such as the circa 1955 maple chairs and tables, which are being used in the new building.
Library Director Priscilla Colwell said, “The Putnam Public Library is proud of its history in the northeastern Connecticut community, and is thankful for the people who support the library in many ways. “
She said the memorial funds are all used and complete; however, “as we lose our patrons their family asks in the obituary that memorial donations be made to the library. We communicate with the family as the donations come in and send thank you notes to the donors. Donations are used in a way that the library needs at the time, but sometimes a family wants a certain thing (like books) and in that case we would put a bookplate in the books in memory of the person. It is all specific to the person and family. We miss our patrons who pass away, and generally have a good sense of who they were and what they would like!
"We are thankful for donations to the library and appreciate the strong belief in the importance of a healthy, vibrant library."
She added: “The public is invited to visit the new library at 200 School Street and the staff welcomes the opportunity to assist the community with services, reader’s advisory and technology. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.  The library’s website is putnamlibrary.org and the telephone number is 860-963-6826.

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What do I do with my
Christmas tree?
PUTNAM — Residents can bring their undecorated real trees to the highway garage and dump them.
If you are getting rid of an artificial tree taken, place in its box or tie it in a bundle and put it curbside with one $1 sticker.

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Rosemary Roy
PUTNAM — Rosemary Roy, 86, of Woodstock Avenue, formerly of Liberty Highway, died Dec. 8, 2021, after a brief illness. Rosemary was born Dec. 7, 1935, in Putnam, the daughter of the late Adelard Roy and Viola (Murray) Spaulding.
Rosemary was a 1954 graduate of Putnam High School. She worked at Gerber Scientific and was a designer for Stanadyne Automotive Corporation for many years prior to her first retirement.
Once “retired,” she worked for a number of years at the Home Depot in several departments (her favorite being tools) and was climbing ladders at work into her early 80s  even when told she should stay closer to the ground.
Rosemary was also a skilled artist, carpenter and woodworker and could draw, build, and/or fix, most anything.
Rosemary was a free spirit who traveled across the country on her own and truly lived life on her own terms. She was a friend to creatures big and small and rescued many pets over the years; all of them becoming her family. She was filled with compassion and would never hesitate to lend a helping hand to an animal or friend in need.
She leaves nieces and nephews, wonderful friends, extended family members, and her three cats.  She also leaves her second family, Pauline Dina, Debra Keeler, Donna McGowen, Steve Adamczyk, Alex Dina, and her “little clown,” Alexis Dina-Conte, to whom she will always be “Mimi.” She was predeceased by her siblings June, Shirley, Joyce, Robert, Sonny, Donald, and Eugene as well as her dear friend, Al Dina.
A Celebration of Rosemary’s Life will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 7, 2022, at the Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School St., Webster.
Donations: Your local animal shelter.

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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.
Dec. 30
Benjamin Hippert, 21, South Street, Brooklyn; operating under the influence, failure to maintain lane.
Dec. 31
Abdullalim Williams, 30, Knox Avenue, Dayville; third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree unlawful restraint, four counts of risk of injury to a minor.

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Fri.  Jan. 7
COVID Clinic
PLAINFIELD --- Day Kimball Healthcare will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. All first, second or boosters available. All brands and all eligible ages. Bring ID, vaccine card and insurance card.

Sat.  Jan. 8
History Program
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Historical Society will present “Historic Pomfret Boundaries and Houses” with Walter Hinchman at 10 a.m. at the Pomfret Community & Senior Center on Rt. 44. Free. More info on the town’s website.

Tues.  Jan. 11
Book Event
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Public Library will present an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for  Ruth Flagg’s book, “Echoes – A Story of an American Family.” The book was published 30 years ago and her daughter Dori has had it republished. Copies are $20.

Fri.  Jan. 14
COVID Clinic
PUTNAM --- Day Kimball Healthcare will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Complex. All first, second or boosters available. All brands and all eligible ages. Bring ID, vaccine card and insurance card.

Sun.  Feb. 13
History Program
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Historical Society will present “Antique Photography” with Hunter Neal at 2 p.m. at the Pomfret Community & Senior Center on Rt. 44. Free. More info on the town’s website.

Sat.  Feb. 19
Wee Walk
THOMPSON --- The Wyndham Land Trust’s family-friendly Wee Wander Walk, “Animal Tracking at the Robins Preserve” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dress appropriately and bring your camera. www.wyndhamlandtrust.org.

Sat.  March 12
History Program
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Historical Society will present “The Windham Textile Mill” with Bev York at 10 a.m. at the Pomfret Community & Senior Center on Rt. 44. Free. More info on the town’s website.

Sat.  April 9
History Program
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Historical Society will present “Connecticut History Explorations” with Walter Woodward at 10 a.m. at the Pomfret Community & Senior Center on Rt. 44. Free. More info on the town’s website.

Sat.  May 7
Wee Walk
POMFRET --- The Wyndham Land Trust’s family-friendly Wee Wander Walk, “Salamander Search at the 3 B’s” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dress appropriately and bring your camera. www.wyndhamlandtrust.org

Sat.  May 14
History Program
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Historical Society will present “The Last Green Valley Notables & Notorious” with Bill Reid at 10 a.m. at the Pomfret Community & Senior Center on Rt. 44. Free. More info on the town’s website.

Sat.  June 11
History Program
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Historical Society will present “Connecticut’s 29th Colored Regiment” with Donna Dufresne at the Pomfret Community & Senior Center on Rt. 44. Free. More info on the town’s website.

Sat.  Aug. 6
Wee Walk
POMFRET --- The Wyndham Land Trust’s family-friendly Wee Wander Walk, “Bats at Lyon Preserve” will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Dress appropriately and bring your camera. www.wyndhamlandtrust.org

Sat.  Aug. 13
History Program
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Historical Society will present “The Historic Mills of Pomfret” with Dick Symonds at the Pomfret Community & Senior Center on Rt. 44. Free. More info on the town’s website.

Sat.  Oct. 1
Wee Walk
WOODSTOCK --- The Wyndham Land Trust’s family-friendly Wee Wander Walk, “Leaves and Mushrooms at Rapoport Preserve” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dress appropriately and bring your camera. www.wyndhamlandtrust.org

Sat. Nov. 5, 2022
Dueling Pianos
PUTNAM --- Day Kimball Healthcare will present Dueling Pianos Presented By Foxwoods Resort Casino at 7 p.m. at Connecticut National Golf Club. Benefit: Day Kimball Healthcare At Home. More Info: daykimball.org/pianos

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