Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

Thursday and Friday: Holiday break.
Putnam Elementary/Middle
Monday: Cheese-filled twisted bread, marinara sauce, broccoli. Tuesday - Wolf Meal: Beef burgers with cheese, sherbet. Wednesday - half day: Stuffed-crust pizza, salad, fruit.
Putnam High
Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs or spicy chicken sandwiches. Tuesday: Chicken Parm sandwiches or bacon cheeseburgers. Wednesday - half day: Grab n' go meal.
Pomfret Community
Everyday: Fresh fruit and veggies, Alt. Sunbutter and jelly. Monday: Sloppy Joes. Tuesday: Turkey dinner. Wednesday: Pizza.


Legal Notice
Town of Putnam
Zoning Board
of Appeals
The Town of Putnam Zoning Board of Appeals held a hybrid meeting on December 2, 2021, at 6:00 P.M. in Conference Room 201 located on the second floor at the Municipal Complex at 200 School Street, Putnam, CT.  The following action was taken:

Appeal # 2021-007: Matthew McLaughlin — Request for a 4-foot variance from the required 5 feet down to 1 foot for the placement of a shed in accordance with Section 401 “Schedule of Uses & Districts” of the Town of Putnam Zoning Regulations.  Property noted by location Town Assessor’s Map 20, Lot 10. Zoned R-7.   APPROVED.

Joseph Nash,

Dec. 16, 2021


The word care can invoke multiple feelings in people.  For some this word makes them think of loved ones, making them feel warmth and love. For others, hearing or seeing this word immediately makes them think about their responsibilities, making them feel angst and stress.  We all have people that we care about just as we all have many things that we feel responsible to care for.  And this time of year, especially, there are so many people we want to express our care and concern for that it can feel overwhelming in trying to manage the stress we might feel in finding the perfect way to express this.
Because I care deeply about my family, I want to express this level of caring through my gift-giving.  Yet somehow, we have equated the size, cost and desirability of a gift we present to be an indicator of the measurement of our level of care for them.  This is why most parents make (or try to) the amount of money they spend on gifts for their children, equal.  If I had twins and gave one of them a fancy new laptop while giving the other earmuffs and fuzzy slippers, they would naturally infer that I cared about the ‘laptop child’ more than I cared about the ‘earmuff child’.
This is also why I always make myself a list for the people I want to either buy a gift for or give a monetary gesture of my CARE and appreciation for … so I don’t forget someone!  Of course, these gestures always invoke feelings of angst because I wonder how they will be received. If I really care about a person, such as a special co-worker, do I buy them a special gift worth $50 of caring and present it to them in a secret manner so that my other co-workers whom I baked cookies for, don’t feel that I care $40 less for them (assuming a built-in fee for the cost of my time in baking the cookies)? And if I don’t buy a special gift for my ‘special friend co-worker,’ will she think that I don’t care much about her? And then what if she cares ‘$100 special gift’ for me plus a homemade treat which happens to be my favorite treat in the whole world? Will my gift fall short in its representation of my care about her?
It is easy to say that it is about the gesture of giving and not the actual gift which matters most, but in this somewhat commercialized world, that isn’t really the case. I mean, even some charities list the dollar amount (in descending order, of course) of the gifts they received from people.  Sometimes I am blown away to see how much a neighbor cares about a specific charity, making me feel that my ‘$35 amount of care’ gift classification indicates that I don’t care enough.  This also contributes to why so many people feel free to share with anyone and everyone what they give to others so that anyone and everyone will consider them a person who cares A LOT!
I cannot offer advice on how to erase the stress of expressing your care for and about others during this holiday gift-giving season, but I can offer this; unconditionally caring for and about others can feel magical and when they, in turn, express their unconditional care for and about you, then you have given and received the PERFECT gift.
Kathy Naumann, possessor of NATURALLY curly hair and the understanding that you can’t control everything!



Returning Players
From left: Lennon Favreau, Alex Cloutier, Leila MacKinnon and Reegan Reynolds are the four returning varsity players for the Woodstock Academy girls’ basketball team this season. Photo by Marc Allard.

Girls’ basketball
gets fresh start
It’s not a rebuild — it’s a new start for The Woodstock Academy girls’ basketball program.
The Centaurs return only four players from last year’s varsity roster and only three of them played minutes in the 2020-21 season.
“We’ve basically wiped everything clean and are overhauling the program with a fresh, new start,” said coach Will Fleeton.
Of course, that new start could be derailed if COVID rears its ugly head again.
The Centaurs finished 3-6 in the abbreviated regular season a year ago and lost their ECC postseason “experience” game.
Gone from that team are the four seniors, Peyton Saracina (4.1 points per game, 7-3’s); Kaitlin Birlin (3.9 rebounds per game); Alexa Pechie (5.9 ppg, 6-3’s) and Sara Cotillo.
Several players also opted to not return. What Fleeton does have back? Several good athletes. Juniors Leila MacKinnon and Lennon Favreau play multiple sports as does sophomore Reegan Reynolds.
Reynolds, a 5-foot, 8-inch sophomore, is the top returning scorer as she put down just under four points per game last season.
Alex Cloutier, a 5-9 junior, will join Reynolds in the front court with MacKinnon, at 5-6 and also a junior, in the back court.
Favreau was injured last season. The 5-7 junior will be a swing player.
Newcomers include: 5-7 junior Avery Collins; 5-8 sophomore Kerry Blais; 5-6 sophomore Kayla Leite; 5-5 sophomore Maddie Brown; 5-7 freshman forward/guard Sophia Sarkis and 5-10 freshman Eve Monahan.
That size will be helpful, not necessarily small or huge, but better than average and that length combined with the athleticism will be a strength of the team.
But while his team is young, with little experience, Fleeton is not concerned about the lack of leadership.
MacKinnon admits the team has been tested early with the COVID exposure that put some players on the shelf for a bit.
But she is excited that the stands will again be occupied.
The Centaurs played in Div. I of the ECC in 2019-20, were winless in the division and 7-14 overall. As a result, the league moved Woodstock to Div. II. The Centaurs will have to contend with the likes of Bacon Academy, Killingly, Waterford and Ledyard.
“Those are four of the better teams in the league,” Fleeton said. “I think we belong in Division II, but maybe not this year."
Fleeton would like to see his team make the state tournament but also has some goals as far as positives for the team including, hopefully, to see everyone return next season since the team doesn’t have any seniors this year.
Marc Allard
Director of Sports Information
The Woodstock Academy


Winter sets in. Linda Lemmon photo.


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