Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

Wayne C. Riendeau
PUTNAM — Wayne C. Riendeau of Putnam  passed away with his daughter holding his hand and family by his side on June 18, 2024, in Windham Hospital.
Born in 1956 in Worcester, Wayne was the son of Vivian Johnson and Henry Riendeau.
Wayne was proud of his over 30 year career with the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, which he’d had a much deserved retirement from for the last five years.
“Wayno,” as he was known to his friends, was always making people laugh. He had a nickname for almost everyone, with a personality that can only be described as “Waynerism.” He loved to grill and cook which everybody enjoyed; loved animals and was never without a pet, and was a huge New England Patriots fan.
Wayne adored his family. He was the proud “dad” to his daughter Crystal and her husband Rob Comeau, proud “pops” to his son Chris and his wife Carrie Riendeau. Wayne was the beloved “Grampy” to Mindy and her husband Jarred Delorey, Joel Comeau, Marcus Riendeau, Miller Riendeau, and “Great-Grampy” to Ronin DeLorey. He also leaves siblings Skip (Maria) Riendeau, Necole (Kevin) Facko, Eric (Sarah) Riendeau, Naomi (Russ) Seitz, and Nathan (Shawna) Riendeau. He also leaves his cat, Spooky; nieces, nephews, and friends, including his “VFW family.” In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sisters Celeste Riendeau and Nydia Riendeau.
A “Celebration of Wayne” is being planned for July 27, 2024, at the VFW in Putnam. To honor Wayne’s memory, consider adopting from, fostering through, or donating to your local animal shelter. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit


Legal Notice
Tax Collector’s Office
Legal Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of the Town and Fire District of Pomfret that the first installment of taxes on the Grand List of October 1, 2023, is DUE AND PAYABLE July 1, 2024.  The last day to pay without penalty is August 1, 2024.  Per State Statute, interest will be charged at 18% annually (1.5% per month), with a minimum charge of $2.00 per entity (Town and Fire District are separate entities) on all delinquent payments postmarked after August 1, 2024.
Please make all checks payable to Pomfret Tax Collector.  The mailing address is 5 Haven Road, Pomfret Center, CT 06259.  If a receipt is desired, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  For more information or to pay online, go to
Tax office hours are:  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesday
8:30 am to 6:00 pm, closed on Fridays.  If you have any questions, please call 860-974-0394.  
The Town Hall will be closed on July 4, 2024.
Pamela N. Gaumond, CCMC
Tax Collector
Town & Fire District of Pomfret
June 27, 2024
July 3, 2024
July 25, 2024


Scholarships awarded
WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Agricultural Society, sponsor of the annual Woodstock Fair, recently awarded 11 scholarships to seniors who graduated from The Woodstock Academy and the Killingly High School Vocational Agriculture program and who will attend college in the fall.
The H. Dexter Young Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Killingly Vo-Ag student Sydney Mullen; the Fern Phaneuf Memorial Scholarship went to Killingly Vo-Ag senior Amber Cobb and the Preston T. Roberts scholarship to Peyton Rosen.
Woodstock Agricultural Society scholarships were also awarded Woodstock Academy seniors David Bunning, Charlie Caggiano, Jared Nielsen, Cang Nguyen, Evan Rhault, Talia Tremblay, and Lilly Verraneault and Killingly Vo-Ag student Ian Stone.
The Woodstock Fair, Always Labor Day Weekend, will take place this year from Aug. 30 – Sept. 2. For more information about the 163rd annual Woodstock Fair, go to


Wed.  June 26
PUTNAM --- "Natural Vision," photo exhibit by Janet McDonald, is showing in the Corridor Gallery at the Putnam Municipal Complex through June 30.  Open to the public at no charge. Visit for gallery hours and more information.

Sat.  June 29
WOODSTOCK --- The Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut, The Three C’s and Historic New England will present a free concert at 6 p.m. on the lawn at Roseland Cottage with the St. Luke's Steel Band performing Caribbean music. St. Luke’s band started when New Haven’s historic St. Luke’s Church purchased a set of used steel pans in 1999. The group includes musicians from the West Indies, Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago. Their repertoire includes soca, calypso, reggae, classical, sacred, jazz, popular and island folk music. Main Street Gelato will be on site.

Sun.  June 30
Historic Eucharist
BROOKLYN  --- In honor of Independence Day, the public is invited to an historic Eucharist at 10 a.m. at Old Trinity Church at 60 Church St. Old Trinity is the oldest standing Episcopal church in Connecticut. The service will feature a salute to American folk music officiated by priest-in-charge, The Rev. Dr. Gretchen S. Grimshaw. Also there will be a healing service with gospel music at 2 p.m. July 20 at Old Trinity.

Sat.  July 6
PUTNAM --- The town of Putnam will present a fireworks and family fun extravaganza. From 5 to 6 p.m. listen to The Paperback Writers, a Beatles cover band, from 7:15 to 9:15 hear the sounds of the headliner band, Whiskey Boulevard. Fireworks start at 9:15. There will also be food and family fun at Putnam Rotary Park. Rain date is July 13.

Fri.  July 12
Recreation Program
POMFRET --- “Painted Mason Jar Solar Lanterns” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pomfret Community Center. Rena from Tunk City will guide you on your way. $30.

Sat.  July 13
Garden Tour
WOODSTOCK --- Quiet Corner Gardens, a self-guided tour of eight gardens in Pomfret, Putnam and Woodstock from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13, is the Quiet Corner Garden Club’s latest offering to the community. Tickets:  purchased or picked up on the town green across from Roseland Cottage. $25 the day of the tour or $20 when purchased in advance at: Benefits scholarships and garden programs.

Mon.  July 15
Recreation Program
POMFRET --- “LEGO Camp” will be held July 15-19 --- from 9 a.m. to noon for ages 5-7; 1 to 4 p.m. ages 8-12 --- at the PCS cafe. Ages 5-7. camp runs from 9:00 am – noon Ages 8-12 camp runs from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Register and pay before July 4th -  $150. Register and pay after July 4th - $160.

Sat.  July 20
Recreation Program
POMFRET --- “Trail Ride at the Park with Quiet Corner NEMBA” at Pomfret Recreation Park.  There will be 10-12 people per NEMBA Trail Leader. Ages 12 +. Lunch sold after. The fee is $10 pp / $15 for a family. Preregistration only:

Fri.  July 26
WOODSTOCK --- Roseland Cottage’s Twilight Lawn Concert at 6:30 p.m. will present the Flamingos, an all-female swing band. Rain date Aug. 2.  Grace Gourmet Food truck will be on site. Bring a pink flamingo or just dress in pink! Join us on the grounds of Roseland Cottage as we flock the Pink House! Anyone with a flamingo or dressed in predominantly pink clothes will be entered in a special drawing—must be present to win. Cosponsored by Historic New England and Woodstock Recreation. All concerts are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic supper and continue the tradition begun by Henry Bowen, the builder of Roseland Cottage.

Fri.  Aug. 9
WOODSTOCK --- Roseland Cottage’s Twilight Lawn Concert at 6:30 p.m. will present The Triple Double with folky, mellow sounds to covers of popular hits from the ‘60s to the ‘90s, plus original songs. Rain date Aug. 11.  Cosponsored by Historic New England and Woodstock Recreation. All concerts are free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic supper and continue the tradition begun by Henry Bowen, the builder of Roseland Cottage.

Sun.  Aug. 11
Pluck a Duck
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association will present Pluck a Duck Aug. 11 and 12. This year there will be a Kid Zone Aug. 11 in Rotary Park.

Sat.  Oct. 15
Recreation Program
POMFRET --- “Make Your Own Hand Knit Cozy Pumpkin” will be held at 10 a.m. at the Pomfret Community Center. Learn the basic of arm knitting and make your own cozy pumpkin(s).  $45 per pumpkin. All supplies included! Limited spots available. Sign up now on Facebook at Sovanny’s Comfort Boutique.


Road work set
PUTNAM — The Town of Putnam announced that road work was scheduled to begin June 25 on Five Mile River Road, from the Wilson Road intersection to Tucker Hill. Tucker Hill Road has already been repaved. Loose stone signs are already up. Expect delays, please find alternate roads if possible.


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