Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition

Black Belt Ranks

PUTNAM -- Grandmaster Mike Bogdanski and Master Kristin Duethorn of Quest Martial Arts proudly announced the awarding of Black Belt ranks. From left to right are Bogdanski, David May, 3rd dan; Alishia Thompson, 2nd dan; Charlie Caggiano, 1st dan; Gerry Lamontagne, 3rd dan; and Duethorn.

Honoring Fallen Environmental Conservation Officer

SCOTLAND -- State Rep. Doug Dubitsky and State Sen. Cathy Osten presented the Spignesi family with a replica sign to the one placed on the corner of Route 97 North and 47 East in Scotland, to honor Conservation Officer James V. Spignesi, Jr.


Pictured in the front row are sister-in-law Kerry Spignesi (third from left), brother Tom Spignesi (fourth from left), and niece Kerry Spignesi (fifth from left).

Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Events

POMFRET CENTER -- The Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp, 326 Taft Pond Road, is hosting the following events. Winter Teen Weekend will take place from Friday at 5:30 p.m. until Sunday at 9 a.m., from Jan. 17 to 19. Food, games, sledding, leadership skills and fun for teens 13 to 17 will be offered. The fee is $50 and pre-registration is required by Jan. 12. Call 860-974-3379 or email to register.


An open house will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. New and old campers, families and friends are welcome. Take a tour to check out 4-H camp. Early registration discounts are available.

Coffee Hours

AREA -- State Rep. Pat Boyd invites residents of the 50th Assembly District to join him for pre-session coffee hours as he prepares for the 2020 legislative session. Coffee hours will be held throughout the month of January up until the 2020 legislative session, which begins Feb. 5.

The coffee hour dates and locations are as follows: Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., The Vanilla Bean Café, 450 Deerfield Road, Pomfret Center; Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m., Coriander Café, 192 Eastford Road, Eastford; Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m., Traveler’s Restaurant, 1257 Buckley Highway, Union; Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Hank’s Restaurant, the Killingly Room, 520 Providence Road, Brooklyn; and Sunday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m., Sweet Evalina’s Stand, 688 CT-169, Woodstock.

Residents who cannot attend the coffee hours may email with questions or concerns.

Author Talk

DANIELSON -- Deborah Vadas Levison, author of The Crate: A Story of War, Murder, and Justice, will speak at the Killingly Public Library, 25 Westcott Road, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Killingly Library.

Ireland Forever

DANIELSON -- The Killingly Library, 25 Westcott Road, is offering a friendly gathering to discuss Ireland literature, culture and all things Irish. The Book of Kells, a medieval manuscript and full color illustrations of the four Gospels, will be discussed from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

The group meets at the Killingly Library once a month. You do not have to be Irish to attend. Call the Killingly Library at 860-779-5383 for further information.

Free Braille Calendars

STATEWIDE -- The Community Outreach Office of the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut has 2020 Braille calendars, free of charge. For more information, email or 860-289-1971.


Warming Shelter Open, Seeking Volunteers

DANIELSON -- Communities of Putnam, Killingly, Brooklyn, Woodstock, Pomfret, Plainfield, Sterling, and Thompson are boosting their capacity to keep the area's homeless population safe this winter with the Northeast No Freeze Project. New winter shelter capacity next to the Access Emergency Shelter in Danielson is currently being renovated after an outpouring of support from the community.

St. Albans Church’s Rectory on 254 Broad St. will open as soon as renovations are done to accommodate up to 30 individual men and women per night as needed through March 31. Families with children will be sent to the Access Emergency Shelter on Reynolds Street.

Access operates one of only two year-round Family Emergency Shelters in northeast Connecticut, with 40 beds to shelter individuals and families. Over the past three years, the Access Shelter which is located in Danielson has also allowed as many as 15 additional people who are not residents of the Shelter to stay overnight in the first floor community room.

A group of local nonprofits in collaboration with local town government, faith communities and concerned residents came together and formed the Northeast No Freeze Project to create a space to shelter people experiencing homelessness during the winter in northeast Connecticut.

Ashley Vienneau is the new Volunteer Coordinator for the project and is taking applications for volunteers. The Northeast No Freeze Project will need as many as 30 individuals willing to volunteer for one night per month or 15 volunteers for two nights per month. Contact Ashley Vienneau at 860-207-4279 or for more information or to get an application.

Guests are allowed to enter the shelter each night between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. if sufficient staff coverage is available. No guests will be admitted to the shelter after 10 p.m. Guests will be asked to present an ID but will not be denied shelter for lack of ID. Guests with felony convictions will be allowed in the shelter. The shelter closes each day at 8 am., at which time all guests must leave the property, unless they have an appointment scheduled with an Access staff member helping guests find housing. Each guest is allowed to bring into the shelter one bag or backpack of personal belongings. No food is allowed in the shelter. The Northeast No Freeze is simply a warm place for the night.


The History Of Ice Skating

CANTERBURY -- Just in time for January’s wintery chill, the Canterbury Historical Society will feature noted historian Rob Lyon, presenting a program on ice skating on Friday, Jan. 10, in the Community Room of the Canterbury Town Hall, 1 Municipal Drive.

A business session will take place at 7 p.m. and the speaker will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wearing 1830s period clothing, Lyon—recently retired after a long career at Old Sturbridge Village—will display antique ice skates and share illustrations of skating history. This lively and informative talk covers 5,000 years of men and women remaining upright and traveling, playing, romancing, and even fighting wars on ice.

Visit for more information. The program is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served.

4-H Camp Open House

POMFRET CENTER -- An open house at Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp, 326 Taft Pond Road, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. New and old campers, families and friends are welcome. Take a tour to check out 4-H camp and take advantage of early registration discounts.

Fish Fry

NORTH GROSVENORDALE -- The Knights of Columbus Club 2087 will host a fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m. on the following Fridays: Jan. 10, Jan. 17, and Jan. 24, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1017 Riverside Drive. The menu will consist of fish & chips ($11); baked haddock ($12); fried bay scallops or fried shrimp ($13); fried clams ($16); and a seafood platter ($18). Eat-in or take-out is available. Call 860-923-2967 or email for more information.

Warmth & Wellness Holiday Drive

AREA -- Day Kimball Healthcare’s Warmth & Wellness Holiday Drive is back. For a third year, DKH will be collecting personal care items, hats, gloves, blankets and more for those in need across Northeast Connecticut.


DKH invites its staff and the community to drop off donations at designated Warmth & Wellness holiday trees located at Day Kimball Hospital’s Main Entrance (Entrance A), Visitors Entrance (Entrance D), or the Plainfield Healthcare Center Lobby through Jan. 10.

Donations will then be distributed to those in need through TEEG, Interfaith Human Services’ Food Pantry, DKH Family Advocacy Center, and DKH Behavioral Health Outpatient Services.

The Warmth and Wellness Drive is seeking donations of the following: First aid items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, bar soap, body wash, face cloths, hand towels, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, toilet paper, feminine products, hand warmers, foot powder; laundry detergent; new blankets, throws or sleeping bags, new bed pillows, pillowcases, new socks and pajamas for children and adults, and new mittens, hats and scarves for children and adults.

For more information, visit or call the DKH Foundation Office at 860-928-7141.

Quinebaug Middle College Open House

DANIELSON -- Prospective high school students and their families are invited to attend Quinebaug Middle College’s open house on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Quinebaug Valley Community College’s main auditorium, 742 Upper Maple St.

QMC’s open house will start promptly at 5:30 p.m., when dinner will be served in the QVCC cafeteria. After dinner, open house activities will move to QVCC’s auditorium, where QMC’s principal, staff and current students will offer an information session, followed by a Q&A. Student-led tours of the building will also be offered. QMC is located on the campus of QVCC. Reservations are not required. All are welcome.


QMC, a regional, public magnet high school for grades 9-12, is seeking student applicants for 2020-21. Students looking for a more independent learning environment, tailored to their academic and career goals, are welcome to apply. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

QMC offers high school students the unique middle college experience, which enables them to earn a high school degree, while also earning college credits from QVCC at no additional cost. Once enrolled at QMC, students will have access to high-tech laboratories, career and vocational resources, and other college amenities.

Areas of study at QMC include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), liberal arts, humanities, allied health or advanced manufacturing.

Students who are interested in enrolling in QMC may visit to download an application. To learn more, contact QMC Principal Mary Kay Tshonas at or 860-932-4137.

Dual Holiday Charity Fundraiser

BROOKLYN — Jimmy's Kids Foundation, founder, Jim Phaiah, 73 of Brooklyn, is once again collecting toys and monetary donations for The Bulletin's Tommy Toy Fund, and turkeys and trimmings for the Friends of Assisi Food Pantry. Phaiah and supporters of Jimmy's Kids Foundation are now into their 17th year of philanthropy and fundraising, mostly for children and families local to the area, and have estimated over $100,000 have been collected since approximately 2002.

Brooklyn Market at 107 Hartford Road will once again be a drop-off site for toys, turkeys and trimmings.For more information or pickup of donations, contact Jim at or 860-774-1720.


Checks may be mailed to Tommy Toy Fund, c/o The Bulletin, 10 Railroad Place, Norwich, CT, 06360, phone number 860-887-9211, and Friends of Assisi Food Pantry, 77 Water St., Danielson, CT, 06239, telephone number 860-774-2310. Reference Jimmy's Kids Foundation in the memo area of the check.

Community Table Tennis Club

WOODSTOCK -- The Woodstock Academy initiated the Eastern Connecticut Table Tennis Club. The club will be in alignment with USA Table Tennis, the national governing body of table tennis in the United States.

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The club will host open play time on Thursdays evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. in The Woodstock Academy’s South Campus Gymnasium, 150 Route 169. This time is open for all ages and abilities. Additional hours or club events may be added in the future. Visit for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous

PUTNAM -- Overeaters Anonymous meets every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m at Day Kimball Hospital, conference room 1, 320 Pomfret St. Call Bruce at 508-864-0593 for more information.

Christian Healing Services

BROOKLYN -- Christian healing services, formerly held at St. Philip’s Church in Putnam, will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 Providence Road.

Prayer teams will be available to pray with individuals for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. The service will include praise and worship music at a celebration of the Eucharist. Healing services will be held every fourth Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. For more information, visit or call 860-774-9352.


Sprague Library Events

BALTIC -- Sprague Public Library, 76 Main St., is hosting the following events. Call 860-822-3012 for more information.

Weekly Drop-in Programs: No registration required. Children’s Story Times: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. Age-appropriate stories, early literacy activities and social time. Prefer a mid-day program before nap time? Bring your lunch on Wednesday to enjoy with friends. The same program runs both days.

On Wednesdays at noon, the Crochet & Knitters’ Club meets. Want to learn or like to knit? Help is always available.