Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier



The winners
PUTNAM — Daily Bread’s “Squashy” helped deliver good news, holiday wishes and the 2023 Squash Hunger trophies.  
The 2023 Mac n Cheese Winner was Jewett City Savings Bank.
The 2023 Soup Challenge Winner was Unicorr/Nutmeg Container.
The 2023 Pasta Winner was Christ Episcopal Church.  
The 2023 Canned Tuna/Chicken Winner was Archambault Insurance Associates.   
This year, Daily Bread collected a total 12,194 items and this will keep the shelves stocked for a very long time.  

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captions:  Above: Putnam's Wreaths Across America. Below: The color guard returns after a wreath is tossed in the Quinebaug.  Bugler Tyler Eddy, right, then played "Taps." Linda Lemmon photos.


PUTNAM — At high-noon Dec 16, at Putnam’s Veterans Memorial Park, a strange and wonderful calm seemed to descend upon the otherwise frantic hustle and bustle that you’d expect near a busy intersection on a mid-December weekend.
A ceremony was taking place, replete with a sharply dressed, spit-polished, military-type honor guard of flag bearers and riflemen, a podium with dignitaries and honored guests, and an audience of about 50 men and women in solemn silence.
In fact all across America similar scenes were taking place at war memorials – where wreaths were being placed to honor veterans - past and present.
“The watchwords for the Wreaths Across America Observance are: Remember, Honor, and Teach”. We remember the sacrifices made by our veterans, we honor their legacy, and we teach our younger generations the value of freedom,” said master of ceremonies, American Legion Post 13 Commander Michael Rocchetti.
“We lucked out. The sun was shining, the sky was clear and blue, the winds were calm, and the temperature was moderate. It was a great day for this ceremony,” he said.
Participants included: the American Legion Post #13, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1523, the Putnam Elks #574 Veterans Committee, the Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse, and the Town of Putnam. Honored guests included local state Representative Rick Hayes and Putnam Selectman Michael Paquin. Speakers included Rocchetti, VFW Post 1523 Commander Hans Lowell, and Alan Joslin for the Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse. The National Anthem was sung by Emily Lajoie, and taps was played on the bugle by Tyler Eddy. The honor guard consisted of Michael Vassar, Chas Mackenzie, Curt Prochowski, Frank Tremont, Russ Waters, and members of VFW Post #1523. The invocation and benediction was given by Janet Muscara.
Lowell reminded those attending that this ceremony, in a season of celebration, is a celebration of past and active service members — especially those on active duty who are unable to celebrate.
The wreath layers included: Tina Lajoie, William Schmidt, Donald St. Onge, Moe Auger, Thomas Lajoie, Patrick Kelly, Alan Joslin, and David Lavoie.
In addition to the wreaths on stands at the Veterans Memorial Park, a wreath was thrown into the Quinebaug River and wreaths were also placed, later, on bridge memorials and at cemeteries.
Commander Rocchetti also had words of praise for the Town of Putnam: “The Parks & Recreation Director Willie Bousquet and his assistant Marcy Dawley did a lot of work behind the scenes to make this happen – and I am very grateful for their support. Also Gene Palazzo did a fantastic job setting up the ceremonial site – with chairs, a podium, and a sound system. How lucky we are to live in such a wonderful community!”
History of the Wreaths Across America: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/About/OurMission

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Bungay honors
WOODSTOCK — The Bungay Fire Brigade recently held its annual appreciation night.
Ron Marcy was recognized for 50 years of service. The following members were also recognized: Carl Salo 40 years; Adam Battone 30 years; Roy Chandler 20 years; Robbie Wrobble 20 years; Cherra Wheeler 5 years; Mikayla Peters 5 years; James Montenaz 5 years; Dan White 5 years; Amanda Powers 5 years
Awards:  Steve Froehlich - Chiefs Award; Bill Wagner - Officer of the Year; Cam Chandler - EMS of the Year; Steve Keller - Firefighter of the Year; Richard Baron - retiring Fire Marshal; Dive Team: Mark Van der Voort, Nick Webster, Nick Cody, Tim Keaton, Jeremiah Keller, Steve Keller, Jake Morin.

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Scouts help Wreaths Across America & more

PUTNAM — As part of the National Wreaths Across America Day Dec. 16, Scouts of Troop 21, in conjunction with Wreaths Across America, placed fresh wreaths on the graves of many soldiers at the Old Abington Burying Ground in Pomfret.
The burial ground contains the graves of at least 60 American Revolutionary soldiers, Civil War soldiers and several from the War of 1812. The group, Rediscovering History, is doing restoration work in the Old Abington Cemetery and many other cemeteries all across Connecticut.  The staff from the group schooled the Scouts on the preservation process of old headstones as well as entire cemeteries.  
“This event was a continuation of the troop’s goal of community service.  They have been seen at St. Mary’s Church Yuletide Festival setting up tables and chairs for the Daughters of Isabella on Nov. 11, the Putnam Supermarket ringing the bells for the Salvation Army on Nov. 24 and 25, in the Holiday Dazzle Light parade on November 26, the Hale YMCA craft fair assisting vendors on Dec. 2, and serving hot chocolate and cookies to the participants of the Tree of Life lighting ceremony on Dec. 3.  The scouts volunteer themselves and schedule these events into their busy activity agendas.  Troop 21’s calendar for 2024 will include several camping adventures, hikes, more community service events, hockey games, regional camporees, and skill-building sessions for advancement of rank,“ said Chris Jodoin, Scoutmaster.
For their most recent fundraiser, the scouts could be found this fall on Sunday mornings to early afternoons at Runnings, with piles of popcorn.  The participating scouts earned a portion of the proceeds to fund their summer camp fee, as well as their next adventure, a winter Klondike Derby, where hundreds of scouts from all over Connecticut will meet up at JN Webster in Ashford for three days of fun, activities, competitions, and fellowship.  Keep an eye out for additional events the Scouts will participate in this year, like their annual Baked Potato Buffet Feb. 24.
For more information about joining, volunteering or supporting, follow the troop on their Facebook page, BSA Troop 21 Putnam, CT, or call 860-428-9761.


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THOMPSON — The Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Putnam Area Foundation to support its “Got Drama” program.
TEEG’s “Got Drama” program was implemented in 2015 to work with youth experiencing significant trauma. The purpose was to bring these at-risk youth together to socialize through theater. With the guidance of a theater instructor and clinician, the youth were able to express themselves through drama, work through issues of experienced trauma, and in turn build relationships with positive adult role models and their peers.
The program was immediately successful, and after a few years, it was opened to all children ages 7 to 18 in the local area. Sessions are held weekly, typically serving about 20 youth. This program provides the opportunity for youth to experience and participate in theater and use what they learn to improve their social skills. By developing talent in a safe environment, the youth build confidence and build stronger connections with peers and their school communities. TEEG partners with The Bradley Playhouse to offer this program at no cost to participants.
Foundation President Tom Borner said, “We are pleased to be able to offer this grant through the Foundation, as the theater and the arts are something we are passionate about.  Connecting youth through theater is a valuable use of local resources.”
This grant will assist TEEG in continuing the program in 2024, ensuring that local youth are supported and served through the efforts of our Youth Service Bureau and the Foundation.
The Putnam Area Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization with a commitment to the greater Putnam geographical area. The Foundation supports cultural, educational, health, housing, social services, and other charitable organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in the community.

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