Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

2023 Scholar Athletes
Woodstock Academy seniors Lennon Favreau, left, and Braiden Saucier were honored recently as the Woodstock Academy CAS-CIAC Senior Scholar-Athletes. Photo by Sean Saucier/Woodstock Academy.


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.
May 8
David P. Denome, 71, Vandale Street, Putnam; operating under the influence, operating without a driver’s license.
May 9
Sara A. Abdullovski, 40, Pole Bridge Road, Woodstock; illegal use of cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.
May 13
Laquan N. Matthews, 31, Hartford Pike, Dayville; criminal violation of protective order, breach of peace.
May 14
Javon Parrott, 31, Providence, R.I.; third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief.


Peter G. Trama Sr., WWII and Korean war veteran
THOMPSON —  Peter G. Trama  Sr., 97, of Totem Pole Drive, died May 11, 2023, at the home of his daughter Dolores. He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Lemoine) Trama. Born in 1925 in Thompson, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Vincenza (Credendino) Trama.
At 17, with WWII in full swing, Peter embarked on his first career serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine aboard vessels owned by Standard Oil of New York.
While serving as a merchant mariner, he transported oil across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. His numerous voyages included journeys through the English Channel, Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, four trips through the Suez Canal and 16 through the Panama Canal. He enjoyed telling family and friends about his time visiting ports in distant countries, including Aruba, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Kuwait, New Guinea, Trinidad, and Venezuela to name a few. While describing his adventures, he would always exclaim “Believe me, the ocean is BIG!”
After WWII, he continued to serve as a merchant mariner until he was drafted by the U.S. Army for service during the Korean war. While serving in the Army, he was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany.
In 2020, Peter received the Merchant Mariners of WWII Congressional Gold Medal for dedication, heroism, and service from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. Also in 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce presented Peter with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coin, recognizing him for aiding the war effort by delivering critical supplies.
In 1953, Peter met Dorothy, “the most beautiful girl in the room,” at a dance at the Italian Club in Putnam. They were engaged a few months later and married in 1954.
They were married for 67 years and raised their four children in Putnam. He credited his happy relationship to having lots of love with a little bit of luck, sharing in chores around the house, and trying to remember dates. In addition to being a devoted husband and father, he was an entrepreneur at heart and had a relentless work ethic, a trait he was proud to pass on to his children and grandchildren.
After running a gas station for a few years, he bought Tony’s Package Store, proudly running it for 30 years. Upon his retirement, he spent several years working for Putnam Ford delivering cars throughout the Northeast.  
After years of winning over new friends on his travels with his genuinely warm personality and sense of humor, he retired again to care for Dorothy.
He was an active member of the Putnam community and enjoyed socializing with the local citizens, business owners and politicians, many of whom he considered good friends.
He was a proud member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #574 in Putnam for 75 years. As a regular fixture in the Lodge’s weekly pitch league, he was a crowd favorite, routinely beating younger (but not sharper) opponents and was named the Lodge’s Elk of the Year in 2001.
He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Putnam Lions, Putnam Little League, the VFW, and volunteered at the Circle of Fun at St. Mary’s Church. Throughout his life, he enjoyed working in his large garden every day during growing season, and was known for sharing his vegetables with friends, neighbors, and the local food pantry.
His hobbies included reading the New York Post, watching Red Sox and Yankees baseball, investing, volunteering, spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and making new friends anywhere he went.
He leaves his children, Dolores (Michael) Walsh, Peter G. (Susan) Trama  Jr., Paul (Susan) Trama, and Steven (Janet) Trama; his grandchildren, Stephanie (Dillon) Serdechny, Karyn (Timothy) Barentine, Timothy (Erin) Trama, Jennifer (Greg) Sanborn, Brandon (Allison) Trama, Ashley Trama (Tonya Van Deinse), Logan Trama, and Aaron Trama; and his great grandchildren, Charlotte, Delaney, Taylor, and Patrick Trama and Sawyer and Declan Sanborn. He was predeceased by his sister Carmella Landry and his brother Constantino Trama.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. May 19 in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St. A gathering will begin in the funeral home at 11a.m. May 20, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30p.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam. Burial follows in Putnam Heights Cemetery.  
Donations: Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut, PO Box 632, Putnam, CT. 06260

Nancy L. Shaffer
NORWICH — Nancy L. Shaffer, 61, of McClellan Avenue, died May 7, 2023. She was the loving lifelong partner of Gary Mahoney. Born in 1961 in Bourne, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Omar Sponcey and Betty Soule.
Nancy worked for and was also a member of the Norwich VFW as the bar manager for many years. She had a soft spot for all animals in her life and even enjoyed feeding the wild animals whenever she could. Nancy loved spending time outdoors, gardening, and always appreciated and loved pool days, and loved Elvis. Nancy loved spending time at events and outings with her grandchildren and entire family.
She leaves daughters, Jenilee Galarza of Dayville, and Julia Feser of Phoenix; significant other, Gary Mahoney; three sisters, Mary Ann Gilbert of Woodstock, Patricia Williams of Branson, Mo., and Penny Soule Hicks of Tennessee; brother, Richard Soule of Kentucky; and nine grandchildren: Jacob and Trevor Galarza, Johnathan, Joseph, Jededia, and Jackie-Mae Feser, Chevy, Lily, and Brook McKay. She was predeceased by daughter, Jessica Lyn Shaffer. Gilman & Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory.


PSA’s baseball team should’ve saved some of those hits and runs for later in the weekend.
After winning a mercy-rule shortened 17-0 laugher over Kents Hill in its regular-season final Saturday morning, the Mustangs lost 11-8 to Paramount Academy in a semifinal game of the Tri-State Wood Bat Championships later in the day, then fell 5-1 in the consolation game against MacDuffie Sunday.
Things started well in both games Saturday, as Elian Torrez drove in three runs with a double to right center and Alberto Cantalini had a bases-loaded triple to stake PSA to an 8-0 lead after two innings in the first game.
Ryan Hines (three hits, four RBI) blooped a two-run single in the third for a 10-0 lead, before Torrez, Junior Mesa, Dereck La Riva, Eric Ruan, Hines again, and Jesus Fermin all delivered run-scoring hits in a seven-run fourth inning.
Lucas Bertram was the beneficiary of all the run support, as he struck out a school record 11 over five innings for the win.
A few hours later, Chris Almanzar homered on the first pitch of the game to jumpstart a five-run first inning, but PSA couldn’t hold on as some shaky defense led to its downfall against Paramount.
Omar Burgos had three hits and three RBI, and Elian Torrez finished with three hits in the loss.
Jacob Hines struck out seven batters in 4 2/3 innings.
Sunday, PSA’s bats couldn’t muster enough scoring chances to support Harry Roy in its final game of the season.
Junior Mesa drove in the Mustangs’ lone run with a second-inning single.
Roy pitched well, giving up a lot of soft contact that found safe landing spots early in the game then falling victim to an error that led to two runs.
PSA finished its inaugural return season with a very respectable 13-12 record and set the stage for the program to continue growing into one of the premier programs in New England.
“There’s not a lot to say about the game,” coach Bob Hetu told the team afterward. “We made some key errors, they scored five runs, and we scored one.
“We played some really good baseball at times this season, and we played really average baseball at times too. But we’re learning. Grow from your mistakes, grow from challenges. I’m proud of this team.”
Stephen Nalbandian
Sports Information Director
Putnam Science Academy


Wed. May 17
PUTNAM --- “A 70-year Retrospective: The Works of Jerry Ferguson”  will appear in the Corridor Gallery at Putnam Municipal Complex through June 30. It features the works of Gerald (Jerry) Ferguson. Free.

Art Exhibit
THOMPSON --- The Friends of Thompson Library will present, in its Art @ the Library series, the Thompson Public Schools Art Show through May 24 in the Meeting Room and in the Display Case.

Thur. May 18
PUTNAM --- The New Roxbury Land Trust will present a program on beetles, borers and worms and other villains in the garden at 12:30 p.m. in the Putnam Municipal Complex. Free.

Fri. May 19
Helping Pets
PUTNAM --- Verizon Wireless Zone, will be hosting a shelter animal adoption event on Kennedy Drive in Putnam in conjunction with East Coast Rescues and Pawsafe animal shelters. Wireless Zone’s Rescues Rock also includes a month-long, in-store pet supply drive for items to deliver to their local animal rescues.

Family Film
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Rotary Club's Movies in the Park Series will host a free showing of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" at 8 p.m. (dusk) at the Rotary Park. Bring chairs and blankets. Free.

Sat. May 20
Shred Days
THOMPSON --- bankHometown will host a free Shred Day from 9 to 11 a.m. at its Thompson branch on Riverside Drive. No appointment needed.  A professional document destruction company will be in the bank’s parking lot and can accept up to two boxes of documents per person.

Author Series
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Library Author Series will present author Christopher Torockio at 1 p.m. at the Municipal Complex. Free. All welcome. The next event in the Putnam Library Author Series will be in October.

Rabies Clinic
DANIELSON --- Pet Pals Northeast is holding a low-cost rabies clinic at from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Quinebaug Valley Veterinary Hospital on Rt. 12. $15 cash. Preregistration and appointment is required. No walk-ins. 860-317-1720.

Sun. May 21
History Talk
CHEPACHET --- Music at the Meeting House will present “A Bicentennial party!” an illustrated talk about the history of the church, its building, its historic bell and its place in RI history, accompanied by music at 2:30 p.m. at the Chepachet Baptist Church on Rt. 44.

Mon. May 29
Pomfret  Parade
POMFRET The Town of Pomfret will start its Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m. It kicks off at the Pomfret Congregational Church and proceeds down Pomfret Street/Rt. 44 to the Town Green where a short ceremony will take place.

Putnam Parade
PUTNAM --- The town’s Memorial Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. from the traditional Grove Street staging area. The parade will be followed by a program at Rotary Park.

Sun. June 4
Fishing Derby
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Recreation Department's 23rd annual Fishing Derby will begin at 8 a.m. at the Pomfret Rod & Gun Club. For boys and girls ages 5-15. $5. Register at

WOODSTOCK --- The current Connecticut State Poet Laureate (2022-2025), Antoinette Brim-Bell will read from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Roseland Park barn, along with other poets. Free (ages 14 and up). To take part in open mic later: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat. June 17
Art Festival
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Arts Council (PAC) will be hosting the Putnam Fine Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17 and June 18 at the Municipal Complex. It includes all the arts plus live music.  Rain or shine. Free.

Sun..  July 9
WOODSTOCK --- The Bungay Fire Brigade will host Touch-A-Truck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roseland Park.

Sun.  Aug. 27
Cruise Fund-raiser
THOMPSON --- DKH will hold its Cruise, BBQ & Brew - Motorcycle & Car Cruise at 10 a.m. at the Thompson Speedway and The Black Dog Bar & Grille in Putnam. Benefits the NECT Cancer Fund of Day Kimball Healthcare. $35 registration.

Fri.  Sept. 8
Golf Classic
PUTNAM --- The Day Kimball Hospital Centreville Bank Golf Classic will set off at 7:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Connecticut National Country Club. For info:

Sat.  Sept. 30
WOODSTOCK --- The Bungay Fire Brigade will host its fall 2023 Chicken BBQ from 4 to 6 p.m.

Sat.  Nov. 11
Dueling Pianos
THOMPSON --- The DKH Dueling Pianos fund-raiser will be held at 6 p.m. at the Raceway Restaurant and Banquet Hall. Benefits Day Kimball Healthcare At Home services of HomeCare, HomeMakers, and Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut. Food, drawings and more. Tickets $45, must be purchased in advance.

Sun.  Dec. 3
Tree of Life
The DKH 34th Annual Hospice Tree of Life Ceremonies will be held at 5 p.m. in 11 towns throughout northeastern Connecticut. The purchase of memorial lights on each community's Tree of Life benefits Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Connecticut. For info:


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