Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

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Diploma Time
PHS Principal Heather Taylor hands salutatorian Autumn Allard her diploma at commencement June 9. More photos on page 4. Photo courtesy of  Portraits by Nan.

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Clockwise from top left:

From left: Celenia Lopez, Trinity Bonet Shepard and Isabella "Izzy" Toni-Campion show off their motarboard artistry.

Halie Reidy

Arabella Canova

Isabella "Izzy" Toni-Campion

Right: Principal Heather Taylor and valedictorian Amayah Chavez. Photo by Portraits by Nan.

Graduates included members of the Putnam Fire Dept. Hunter Belanger, left, and Zachary Belleville. Photo by Portraits by Nan.

By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
PUTNAM — Almost without exception, every speaker at the 145th Commencement for Putnam High School June 9, 2022, carried two common threads — mutual support and resilience.
School Superintendent Daniel Sullivan III likened the last 13 years of schooling to a very large chapter in their book of life. And the last two years were the toughest with the challenges of the pandemic. But they persevered. “Remember, you are the lead character in your book,” he said. “Think on what the goals are. What might stand in the way of those goals? What are your flaws? What morals will guide your character? What values are important to you?”
Jill Zangerl, chair of the Board of Education, called the students the “class of resilience.” Autumn Allard, the salutatorian challenged her classmates saying “We WILL make a difference.”
Valedictorian Amayah Chavez, her voice catching at times, said “Look in the mirror and tell yourself ‘You got this’.” She added, “As we leave, make your voices heard.”
Principal Heather Taylor told the graduates she was impressed with the class even before she met them. The first day of school the seniors had their first day for a “senior activity.” Taylor said the seniors were getting up before 10 and the heat index was over 100 degrees, but they hosted a Senior Sunset that included decorating cars, sweet treats and working with each other. She said, “Not only were you not held back by the pandemic, you made up for lost time” with a long list of community service and activities.
“My hope. No, my expectation is that you never underestimate your potential. Go for it. Take risks. Reach beyond your comfort level.”
The special award winners include:
Educator of the Year: Shea Ogle
Student of the Year: Amayah Chavez
Citizen of the Year:Jennifer Lehto
There were 57 graduates, with 56 in the procession.
Valedictorian – Amayah Chavez
Salutatorian – Autumn Allard
Savannah Rose Marie Acquarulo, Saige Albino, Autumn R. Allard (HH), Jamiel A. Andujar, Makenna G. Barnett (H), Karson Bates (H), Hunter Belanger, Zachary M. Belleville (HH), Reagan Elizabeth Boledovic (HH, NHS), Trinity Grace Bonet Shepard (HH), Johnathen Robert Brouillette (HH), Arabella Lillian Canova, Carissa C. Charron (HH), Amayah Chavez (HH, NHS), Nicholas J. Cunha, David James DePari, Samantha M. Eddy (HH), Tyler Cole Fullerton (HH, NHS), Ethan J. Gardner (H), Olivia Jade Hassett-Mellen (HH, NHS), Ariana Rose Hernandez (H).
Also, Emre Karadeniz, Cody Michael Keene, Avory Kelly, Amelia Labbe-Fahy (HH), Olivia Labbe-Fahy (H), Abby LaBonte, Lexie Star Latendresse (H), James John Lazarou (HH), Celenia Leanne Lopez (HH), Darien L. Mercier, Karon J. Moore Salcedo, Kayla Ann Morrison (HH, NHS), Benjamin Cole Northup (HH, NHS), Stephanie Olivia Olecki (HH), Valentina Onesyvieng, Avery Ryan Pedersen (HH), Brett P. Perkins, Nunzio K. Puzo, Amber Lynn Rape (H), Halie Morgan Reidy (HH), Jack Thomas Rindge (HH, NHS), Michael Thomas Roach Jr., Malik Jeyandre Roberts, Ethan M. Rodriguez (H),Xander Cole Ruggeri, Ewa Krystyna Seku?a (HH, NHS).
Also, Dominic Sheldon (H), Destiney M. Simas (HH), Adam J. Tomkins (HH), Isabella Isolena Toni-Campion, Jaidyn N. Tremblay (H), Hunter J. Vanasse (HH), Connor Michael Vassar (HH, NHS), Deyvon M. White, Janessa Wolfe (H), William Wolfe.
H = Honors – Cumulative average of 85% and above; HH = High Honors – Cumulative average of 90% and above; (NHS) = National Honor Society


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First Fridays juggler Jason Pipitone. More photos on page 4. Linda Lemmon  photo.

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Summer Rey Roddy, 4, of Woodstock, works on her sock puppet.
Wayne Sinclair band members.
Artist Simone DeLongchamp Germain creates an interactive piece of art for Rawson Materials 75th year celebration.

By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
PUTNAM — Despite the obnoxious guest of a big rain cloud, the June 3 First Fridays event downtown saw more vendors and more guests. And plans for the July 1 First Fridays are lining up nicely.
The Main Street and Union Square areas were packed with artists at work, jugglers, a band in Union Square and a band at the Main Stage on the Congregational Church of Putnam’s front lawn. Plus there were vendors galore including food and games and much more.
Gary Osbrey, president of the Putnam Business Association, said: “We had a very successful First Fridays event with more vendors and more guests this month.  The live music on the Putnam Area Foundation Main Stage and at Union Square was very popular and everyone really enjoyed the street performers.”
He added, “Kayla Trant and her committee run a tight ship and I am grateful for the hard work of all the volunteers who make the event possible”.
First Fridays committee chair Kayla Trant said: "June 3rd First Friday was a great turn out for vendors and attendees. So many families enjoying themselves and partaking in the interactive arts within the festival. The Community Arts featuring spin art and sock puppets was a hit. The picnic area looked well received as a community spot to sit and enjoy the surroundings. The roaming entertainment featuring Jason Pipitone had hundreds of laughs and smiles. Music from The Sugar Kings at the Main Stage and Wayne Sinclair in Union Square added to the overall ambiance of the Festival. We were fortune to have good weather till the final minutes of the festival when the storm clouds rolled in but I’ll take it as a win since the monsoon held off till the end."
The PBA’s Elaine Turner said this First Fridays had 30 percent more vendors. She got a lot of positive feedback including, from Sarah from Brooklyn: “The festive atmosphere, the street performer and the quality of vendors made it a great night!”
Turner added: “It was nice to see the restaurants full and people enjoying themselves. Many families came out ,lined up for balloon animals, face painting and Community Art Projects. The food trucks were varied as well. It was great to have places to sit and eat and listen to live music!”
As for the upcoming July 1 First Fridays, according to Trant, "We are at it again. The list is already growing with many vendors featuring their handmade goods. Our music line up is O Neal Armstrong rocking the Putnam Area Foundation Main Stage and Cody Neilson taking over Union Square. Roaming entertainment will feature a stilt walker with photo opportunities. Remember to stop by and see the works of our featured artist Pamela Lee. Kids can create ribbon dancers and slime at the upcoming Community Arts Booths. Mark your calendars for July 1st 5-9"


Putnam Police
swear in a new
police officer
PUTNAM — Shawn M. Grayson was sworn in as 16th officer in the Putnam Police Department.
Police Chief Christopher D. Ferace said Grayson is filling one existing vacancy. Grayson started the 375th Training Session of the POSTC Connecticut Police Academy June 3 and will train for approximately 26 weeks with a projected graduation date of mid-December. Upon graduation from the Police Academy, Grayson will undergo a minimum of an additional 400 hours of Field Training towards acquiring his Police Officer Certification. After the successful completion of the Field Training program, he will be assigned to the department’s Patrol Division.
Grayson, 23, is a resident of Brooklyn and is a graduate of Killingly High School.  In 2021, he graduated from Norwich University having earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Grayson was also 4-year member of the ROTC Program.  Officer Grayson currently serves as a Second Lieutenant in the Connecticut Army National Guard, HHC 192nd Military Police Battalion.


Seed Ball
Isabella Reil, 5, of Pomfret makes a flower seed ball at opening day for the Putnam Saturday Farmers Market. More photos on FB - Putnam Town Crier & Northeast Ledger on Wednesday. Linda Lemmon photo.


The Town of Putnam is seeking a Town Clerk certified by the Connecticut Town Clerks Association (CTCA). This position will report to the Town Administrator and will coordinate with the Mayor and various Town Committees including the Board of Selectmen. This position performs a variety of professional, technical, supervisory, and administrative work in performing day to day operations, in compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations and requirements.  
This part-time position is a salaried position, based on a typical 20-hour work week schedule. There are no health, dental or other benefits with this position. Vacation, personal leave, and sick leave accruals are applicable. This position may be eligible for modification to a full-time position with applicable salary adjustments, as may be applicable by future negotiation between the Town and individual.
Full Job Posting, including salary range, requirements, and submittal details, can be found on the Town of Putnam’s website here:


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