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indoor track
teams sparkle
in Bethel
The Woodstock Academy boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams had a field day at Bethel High School. Jan. 22 the facility hosted high school teams in a day designed for pentathlon, distance and pole vault competitors.
“It was great to get the kids the chance to run some new events,” said indoor track coach Josh Welch.  “We set three school records by getting kids out to run events we don’t traditionally run indoors.”
Junior Bella Sorrentino will now appear in the Woodstock records as she finished with 2,107 points in the pentathlon competition, good enough for fourth overall. Teammate Jillian Edwards was right behind her in fifth place with 2.058 points.
Sorrentino also qualified for State competition in the long jump in the process as she cleared 15-feet, 1 ¾ inches.
Junior Sydney Lord finished second in the 5K and established a school record with a 22-minute, 1.14-seconds time.
And senior Seamus Lippy also put his name on the books in the 5000-meter where he finished second in 18:41.31.
Senior Linsey Arends took first in the mile (5:41.30) for the girls and junior Vince Bastura did the same for the boys, qualifying for State competition with his time of 4:48.72. Junior Julia Coyle was first in the 3000-meter in 12:17.55.
Second-place finishes were had by Leah Castle (5:58.26) in the mile; Ian Hoffman (9-feet) and Magdalena Myslenski (6-6) in the boys and girls pole vault; Lauren Brule in the 3000-meter (12:52.80) and Christian Menounos in the 3000-meter (10:34.05).
Woodstock also got a third-place finish from Joel Koleszar in the 3000-meter (11:13.03).
“The kids were excited for the opportunity,” Welch said. “Having them compete in multi-meets like this pentathlon helps elevate the role of versatile athletes on the team which helps build our team culture.”
 Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy

Taking Part
Woodstock Academy indoor track athletes who participated at the Bethel invitational this weekend included, bottom from left: Christian Menounos, Magdalena Myslenski, Julia Coyle, Lauren Brule, Seamus Lippy; and top from left: Leah Castle, Linsey Arends, Sydney Lord, Vince Bastura, Ian Hoffman and Joel Koleszar. Photo by Josh Welch.


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Winner
Putnam Middle School sixth-grader TJ Espinosa, 11, won the Elks State Hoop Shoot championship Jan. 15 and will represent Connecticut and Putnam Lodge #574 at the New England Championships in March. Espinosa won the state title, in which each contestant takes 25 free throws, in a triple-overtime shootout. He made 22-of-25, then five, four, and five (out of five) in the overtime periods. He won the local championship Dec. 11 with 23 makes, and the district championship for the first time the next day by making 24-of-25. New Englands will be held March 12. One winner will move on to the national championships in April.

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Phillis D. Jaeger
QUINEBAUG — Phillis D. Jaeger, 77, of Quinebaug, died Jan. 8, 2022, at St. Mary Hospital in Waterbury. She was born Sept. 7, 1944 in Hartford, daughter of the late Phillip and Vera (Matthews) Jaeger.
Phillis worked for Putnam Bank for 25 years; she retired in 2013 as an administrative vice president, a position she held for several years. She volunteered for 20 with the Community Kitchens of NECT, Inc. She was a member of the Calvary Community Church in Dudley.
She leaves her companion Rachel Blomberg of Quinebaug; son Michael Darnowski III and his fiancée Maryann of Webster; her grandson Michael Darnowski IV, of Dayville. Phillis was predeceased by her son Christopher J. Darnowski in 2015.
A Graveside Service will be held in W. Thompson Cemetery in the spring. Donations: Calvary Community Church, 105 Southbridge St., Dudley, MA  01571; or Community Kitchens of NECT, Inc., PO Box 502, Danielson, CT 06239.  Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam.

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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 Putnam Police Department confidential Tip Line is 860-963-0000.
Jan. 11
Jared D. Bachand, 19, Walnut Street, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of risk of injury;.
Joseph Verraneault, 53, Bellevue Street, Putnam; disorderly conduct, third-degree strangulation, risk of injury.
Jan. 12
Wayne M. Valade, 58, Ballou Street, Putnam; second-degree breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief.
Jan. 15
Corine Young, 29, Woodstock Avenue, Putnam; public indecency.
Sean Scepanski, 21, Spaulding Road, Plainfield; public indecency.

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Fri.  Jan. 21
‘Green’ Film
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Green Team will present  “Extinction: The Facts” at 7 p.m. (dialogue after). Sign up: https://www.pomfretct.gov/green-team/pages/winter-film-series and click on the Zoom Meeting registration link. Co-sponsors: the Pomfret Library and the CT Audubon Center at Pomfret.

Sat.  Jan. 29
Clothing Giveaway
PUTNAM --- The IHSP-Nu 2 U Clothing Closet will hold a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon at the Living Faith United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall off Bradley Street. Free clothing for all ages and seasons. Bring your own bags. All welcome (not accepting clothing donations at this event).

Sat  Feb. 12
Fire & Ice
PUTNAM --- The Putnam Business Association’s annual Fire & Ice Festival will be held downtown from noon to 9 p.m.  
It includes entertainers, art, ice sculpting and a cake contest “Love is Brewing” (each cake must include coffee).

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.

Mon.  Feb. 28
‘Green’ Film
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Green Team will present “The Nature Makers”  at 7 p.m. plus a dialogue following. To sign up go to: https://www.pomfretct.gov/green-team/pages/winter-film-series and click on the Zoom Meeting registration link. Co-sponsors include the Pomfret Library and the Connecticut Audubon Center at Pomfret.

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.

Fri.  March 25
‘Beauty and the Beast’
THOMPSON --- The Thompson Public Schools will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m. March 25 and March 26 and at 2 p.m. March 27 in the Thompson Public School Auditorium. $10 for adults; TPS students/seniors, $5; and kids younger than 3, free. 860-923-9581.

Mon.  March 28
‘Green’ Film
POMFRET --- The Pomfret Green Team will present “2040”  at 7 p.m. plus a dialogue following. To sign up go to: https://www.pomfretct.gov/green-team/pages/winter-film-series and click on the Zoom Meeting registration link. Co-sponsors include the Pomfret Library and the Connecticut Audubon Center at Pomfret.

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
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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