March 18, 2018

It’s LOL Education Foundation’s Annual Trivia Bee Tonight

full_5738The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 6th Annual Trivia Bee will be held Friday, March 16, starting at 7 p.m. prompt at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Local businesses, community organizations and neighborhoods are invited to enter teams of four into this adult trivia contest, arguably the most “bee-dazzling fun-draiser” in The Lymes!

Full details of the contest and rules are at this link.

Teams are encouraged (but not required) to choose a fun team name and dress in costume. The evening will be hosted by LOLEF and there will be entertainment with prizes galore for the audience between rounds.

Fighting off stiff competition, the Lyme firemen were the ultimate winners of the coveted Trivia Bee trophy in 2016.

The winning team from each round will participate in a championship round. Teams will compete for the Honey Cup, a perpetual trophy, as well as the honor of being crowned Lyme-Old Lyme’s Trivia Bee Champion. Prizes will also be awarded for the Best Team Costume and Best Team Name.

Spectators are encouraged to cheer on their favorite teams in person. Audience admission to the Bee is free.

Refreshments, local honey and tech-raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

The LOLEF supports innovative educational initiatives throughout our schools and community. Thanks to community support, the LOLEF has donated over $160,000 since its inception in 2006. The LOLEF works closely with, but is independent of, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

The LOLEF counts on the success of fundraisers such as the Trivia Bee to keep the Foundations’ grants program vibrant.

Businesses and organizations are invited to enter a team of their own or, if they prefer, to sponsor a team made up of teachers and or students from our local schools. Admission is $200 for each team.

If you would like to participate in the Bee or become a corporate sponsor, visit this link for all the information relating to the event or call Roger Nosal at 860-434-0814 with questions.

Visit the Facebook page for the event at this link.


LYSB’s 33rd Annual ‘Youth Art Show’ Opens With Reception This Afternoon at Lyme Academy

The opening reception for the 33rd Annual Youth Art Show will be held this afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Sill House Gallery at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven located at 84 Lyme Street. All are welcome.

Sponsored by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), the show features work by more than 150 students in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools from Kindergarten through Grade 12, including many pieces that have recently won impressive awards in state and local competitions.

The show is on view daily except for Sunday, March 18, through Saturday, March 24.  The Sill House Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Admission is free.

For more information, contact Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau at 860-434-7208 or visit


LOL Chamber of Commerce Invites Applications from High School Seniors for Two Scholarships

One Scholarship Recognizes Business Leadership, Second is for Promise and Achievement in the Arts

The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Chamber of Commerce is offering two scholarships this year to high school seniors who are resident in Lyme or Old Lyme and either currently attending an accredited high school or pursuing a home school program.  The scholarships are also open to all students attending Lyme-Old Lyme High School regardless of town of residence.

The two scholarships are the Business Leadership Senior Scholarship and the Senior Scholarship for Promise and Achievement in the Arts.  The Chamber’s intent is to present a single award of $1,000 for each scholarship. The Chamber, however, reserves the right to change the amount of the award and/or to make additional awards if deemed appropriate.

For both scholarships, the applicant must submit the appropriate application form, both of which are available in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Guidance Office or online on the Chamber’s website at this link. The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Friday, April 27 — the deadline will be strictly applied.

For the Business Leadership Senior Scholarship, the applicant must have demonstrated achievement in economics, business, technology, or a closely related area; be entering college in fall 2017 to pursue a career in a business-related field, and demonstrate the use of his/her skills in a community setting that requires an ability to balance and integrate academics with community service and/or paid employment: for example, in an internship, a part-time job, a business or a nonprofit organization.

For the Senior Scholarship for Promise and Achievement in the Arts, the applicant must have demonstrated achievement in the arts; be entering college in fall 2017 to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent degree at a recognized art school or college, and demonstrate the use of his/her skills in a community setting that requires an ability to balance and integrate art and academics with community service and/or paid employment: for example, in an internship, a part-time job, a business or a non-profit organization.

The LOL Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program has awarded over $33,000 in scholarships and grants to local students since its inception. The Chamber Scholarship Fund is supported through donations to CMRK clothing donation bins located in Lyme and Old Lyme: at the Lyme Firehouse, behind The Bowerbird, at 151 Boston Post Rd., and on Rte. 156 at Shoreline Mowers.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact LOL Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Russ Gomes at or  Olwen Logan at or 860.460.4176.

For more information about the LOL Chamber of Commerce, visit or call hamber President Oldwen Logan at 860-460-4176.


12th Annual Land Trusts’ Photo Contest Deadline is Today

Bopha Smith was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Landscape category of the 2016 Contest.

Bopha Smith was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Landscape category of the 2016 Contest.

Six local land trusts invite amateur photographers of all ages to enter their favorite photographs of scenes in the towns of Essex, East Haddam, Salem,Old Saybrook, Lyme and Old Lyme in the Land Trusts Photo Contest. Children are especially encouraged to submit photos. Participants need not live in the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Salem, Old Saybrook and East Haddam, but photos must be of scenes in one of these five towns. Land Trusts in these towns sponsor this photo contest.

Submissions will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2018. Contest rules are available online at this link.

Contest awards are being funded with the generous support of commercial sponsors: RiverQuest /Connecticut River Expeditions, Ballek’s Garden Center in East Haddam, Essex Savings Bank, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Hamburg Cove Endodontics. Lorensen Auto Group, Morgan Stanley, and Alison Mitchell in memory of her husband John G. Mitchell. John G. Mitchell was a life-long environmentalist and former photo contest judge.

$100, $75, $50 and $25 cash prizes will be awarded in each of five categories. The categories are Landscape/Waterscape, Plants, Wildlife, and Cultural/Historic (human interaction with nature, including domestic animals and buildings), for participants 15 years of age or older. Photographers 14 years old or younger may enter photos on any of these subjects in the Youth Category.

All entered photographs will be displayed and winners will be announced at a public reception Friday, April 6, 2018.


Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Host Super Bowl Scholarship Breakfast This Morning, Features Braiden Sunshine

Old Lyme’s own Braiden Sunshine will perform at the Lions Scholarship Breakfast on Superbowl Sunday.

The annual Super Bowl ‘Scholarship Breakfast’ hosted by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions promises yet again to be a lively and delicious event this year.

Scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 4, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School cafeteria, this year’s breakfast hosts ‘The Voice’ superstar Braiden Sunshine, who will provide musical entertainment during the event.  Enjoy the Good News Clowns and their balloon creations, face painting and silly antics.

Meanwhile, the school’s award winning Techno Ticks FIRST Robotics Team 236 will also be on hand to demonstrate their new robotic creations up close … and personal!


Feast on a hearty menu of blueberry pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, fresh fruit, coffee and OJ. Door prizes include restaurant and salon certificates, and other items donated by local businesses.

During the event, the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will conduct free, quick, non-contact eye screenings for people 2 to 92 years of age, using “Spot,” an instrument resembling a Polaroid camera. From a distance of three feet, “Spot” checks for six eye diseases, and within seconds it produces a detailed test report.  This state-of-the-art equipment is used in the new Lions’ PediaVision preschool eye screening program.

The Lyme-Old Lyme community is invited to participate in this fun event.  The annual breakfast is the Lions’ primary fundraiser for four $1,500 Lions’ scholarships awarded each year to deserving high school students resident in Lyme or Old Lyme.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children under 12.  For more information on Lions’ scholarships and the PediaVision program, visit


Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Host Kindergarten Registration Today


Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools for the fall of 2018 is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Jan. 1, 2019 are eligible to register for Kindergarten for September 2018.

While you may complete the registration process at either school, your child’s school placement will depend on District attendance zones.

Please bring to registration your child’s

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization/Health Records
  • Three forms of proof of residency

If you cannot register on these days or would like additional information, call either school at these numbers to place your child’s name on the Kindergarten list and/or have your questions answered:

  • Lyme Consolidated: 860-434-1233
  • Mile Creek: 860-434-2209

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools look forward to welcoming your child.



It’s That Time Again! Catch the Final Day of the Insane Insidewalk Sale Today in Saybrook

There will be bargains galore at the Insane Inside Sidewalk Sale today and tomorrow. presents the Ninth Annual Insane Insidewalk Sale Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, at 105 Elm St., in the Old Saybrook Shopping Center, just a few doors down from the Stop & Shop grocery store.  The Sale will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Admission is $5, which covers entry for both days and the first 25 people to enter the Sale on Friday will have their admission fee waived.

This Sale enables people to shop the best stores and designers on the shoreline in one location at up to 75 percent off — it’s a pop-up specialty mall, featuring over 20 of the best local boutiques and designers offering deals on women’s clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, gifts, home decor, and kid’s clothing for two days only.

Ann Lightfoot will be selling her beautiful jewelry at the Insane Insidewalk Sale.

Ann Lightfoot will be selling her beautiful jewelry at the Insane Insidewalk Sale.

Discover new shops, makers, and designers: new vendors include Denali, The Perfect Pear (kitchen goodies), Willow & Birch (home and gift), Solavedi Organic Skincare, Salt Mystic (local makers), Susan Roberts Jewelry, Indigo (fair trade clothing and accessories) and Mar Floral (succulents and more) plus all your old favorites including Ann Lightfoot Jewelry, Lulu’s, Mix Design Store, One North Main, Ella Where She Shops, Dina Varano and many more.

The Insane Insidewalk Sale was conceived in 2008 to help local retailers who were stuck with excess inventory after the financial crash and a dismal holiday season. The-e-list rented a vacant storefront and invited 20 boutiques to sell their wares at deep discounts. It was a huge success for both vendors and attendees and now it’s become a well-established tradition that Shoreline shoppers eagerly anticipate.

For a full list of participating vendors and more information, visit this link.



Harpist Faith Leitner Plays an ‘Ode to the New Year’ This Afternoon at FloGris Museum

Faith Leitner will play her harp tomorrow in the Florence Griswold Museum to celebrate “An Ode to the New Year.”

Listen to the sounds of yesteryear on the eve of a new year today, Sunday, Dec. 31, between 1 and 5 p.m. at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Faith Leitner will play a variety of songs in an Ode to the New Year filling the Krieble Galleries with the heavenly sounds of the harp, which was one of Miss Florence’s favored instruments.  Visitors can also see the actual harp that Miss Florence’s father brought back for her from England in the Florence Griswold House.

This event is included with Museum admission.

For more information, visit


Season’s Greetings

Christmas-Bow-Picture_512x384We wish all our readers and advertisers a wonderful, peaceful and enjoyable holiday season.

Thank you for all your support this past year and we look forward to serving you with even stronger coverage of the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme next year.


Blood Drive Today in Old Lyme: Supplies at Critical Low, Please Donate if Possible

Give-Blood-Give-LifeThe American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  There is currently a critical need for blood donations — please help if you are able.

A shortage of blood donations can lead to delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients. You can help make sure that doesn’t happen.

Remember the “The need is constant.  The gratification instant.” Walk-in’s are welcome.

To make an appointment to donate your blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit


Old Lyme Town Band Gives ‘Holiday Pops Concert’ Tonight at ‘the Kate’

The Old Lyme Town Band will perform their ‘Holiday Pops Concert’ at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, ‘The Kate,’ in Old Saybrook on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

‘The Kate’s’ program information states, “Nothing says the holidays like the Old Lyme Town Band playing some festive selections for the season.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and available at this link.

Visit or for more details.


Enjoy ‘Elephants in Winter’ Sale at Old Lyme Congregational Church This Morning

xmas_sale_compressedThe annual ‘Elephants in Winter’ Sale at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) at 2 Ferry Rd. continues today after the Sunday, Dec. 3 9 and 11 a.m. services from 10 to 11 a.m. and 12 to 1 p.m.  Christmas decorations and gifts along with handmade items from the Sewing Group will be on sale.  This is the Christmas version of the extremely popular White Elephant Sale hosted annually by the church in July.

Items will also be on sale from the many FCCOL mission partnerships: from the Lakota Reservation at Green Grass on the Cheyenne River in South Dakota, from Haiti, and from Palestine.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available.

Items will also be on sale during the Ladies Benevolent Society’s luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Enjoy some holiday shopping for a great cause at this event.


See Santa in Old Lyme Today!

Santa will be in Old Lyme on Saturday.

Santa will be in Old Lyme on Saturday.

We just heard that Santa is dropping into the Old Lyme Town Hall this morning between 10 a.m. and 12 noon and would love to meet as many children as possible during his visit!

Moreover, children can have their photo taken with Santa at no charge.

Donations to the Lyme Youth Service Bureau’s Youth Advisory Council scholarship fund will be accepted.

And Santa is even bringing some of his elves with him, who will help little ones write their own letters to the North Pole!

Don’t miss him … he has a hectic schedule and won’t be able to stay past noon!


Today’s ‘Cookie Walk’ at Old Lyme Town Hall Benefits Child & Family Agency

What shall I buy? Customers are spoiled for choice at Child & Family's Annual Cookie Walk.

What shall I buy? Customers are spoiled for choice at Child & Family’s Annual Cookie Walk.

Don’t have time to bake but want beautiful, homemade holiday cookies to enjoy at family gatherings? Tired of pre-made cookie trays with cookies you might not want?

Come to Child & Family Agency’s Holiday Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (or as long as the cookies last!) at its new location in Old Lyme Town Hall, and create your own cookie assortment!

At the Cookie Walk, you decide which cookies — and how many — you want to purchase. Cookies are then weighed and boxed for purchase. Get there early for the best selection!

Delicious cookies will be on sale to benefit Child and Family on Saturday at the famed Cookie Walk.

Delicious cookies will be on sale to benefit Child and Family on Saturday at the famed Cookie Walk.

Also available for sale will be sets of note cards depicting local scenes of Lyme and Old Lyme, ornaments, tote bags, and Child & Family Agency cookbooks.

Proceeds benefit the programs and projects of Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.

This year’s Cookie Walk at the Old Lyme Town Hall on Lyme Street will be located along with LYSB’s Santa. While you’re choosing cookies, the kids can get a picture taken with Santa (donations to LYSB, the Lymes Youth Service Bureau) There will be much to do along Lyme Street that day, all part of the “Light Up Old Lyme” festival.


Child & Family Agency is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture children and families to develop their strengths through service, partnership, and advocacy.

With offices in New London, Essex, and Groton, and programs dealing with children’s health care, child abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, parent education, and child guidance, Child & Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in southeastern Connecticut. Volunteers and supporters are always welcome.

For more information, see Questions on the Cookie Walk should be directed to


Final Day to Enjoy Hadlyme Hall’s Artisans Show

The 16th Annual Artisan Show at Hadlyme Public Hall will be held over Thanksgiving weekend from Friday through Sunday.

Hadlyme Public Hall

Kick off your holiday shopping by coming to support local artists, community spirit, and tradition. This annual venue of local artists and artisans will include oil and watercolor fine art, handmade jewelry, cement décor, pottery, and many other mediums as well as new exhibitors.

Buy Raffle Tickets at the show for ‘one of a kind’ raffle prizes.

at_the_showThe show opens with a reception on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.  The show is then open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on Sunday.

Admission is free on all three days.

For further information, click here.


Christ the King Hosts Annual Ecumenical, Community Thanksgiving Service This Evening


The annual Community Service of Thanksgiving, sponsored by the churches of Lyme and Old Lyme, will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, at Christ the King Church.

All are welcome to attend this ecumenical service of prayer and song, which will feature music by the choirs of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, and Christ the King Church. Clergy from the various faith communities will participate, as will lay members and community leaders.

A free-will offering will be taken up during the service to benefit the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for the Shoreline Food Pantry, to help our neighbors in need.

Everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is welcome to attend the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service.

For more information, visit

Final Day of Old Lyme PD’s Holiday Food Drive Today

Food Drive fun on Wednesday outside Big Y!

Food Drive fun outside Big Y in Old Lyme!  File photo by M. Garvin.

Old Lyme Police Officers will host the final session of their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Lyme Marketplace on Halls Road near the Big Y.

All food donated will be forwarded to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) for distribution to families in need. Food will also be given to stock the pantries at Lymes’ Senior Center and the Town of Old Lyme Social Services.

Donations of non-perishable food can be taken directly to the Old Lyme Police Department at 294 Shore Rd., or to LYSB at 59 Lyme St. between Nov. 13 and Monday, Nov. 20.

Families in need of food should contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 ext. 0



Old Lyme Historical Society’s 2018 ‘Now and Then’ Calendar Makes Perfect Holiday Gift

The Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) will be celebrating the release of the new 2018 Now & Then Old Lyme Community Calendar at a free public reception Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the OLHS building at 55 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.  The calendar, along with other publications, will be for sale at the event. All are welcome to attend: wine, beer and light refreshments will be served and a door prize will also be awarded.

There will be a weaving demonstration, exhibition and sale by the Connecticut Handweavers Guild.

This is the fifth year that the OLHS has published this popular calendar that incorporates a different set of photographs from the organization’s archives, again juxtaposing the historical images with contemporary ones of the same scene.  The images included in the calendar are a small sampling of the many interesting archived photographs of Old Lyme establishments,  landscapes, and scenes dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each calendar month is generously sponsored by a different community organization and includes the dates of their events throughout the year.  The intent is to highlight and assist in marketing activities occurring in Old Lyme in 2018 as well as remembering the past.

The Sponsors of the 2018 Now & Then Community Calendar are: the Town of Old Lyme, Speirs Plumbing, PGN Library, Lyme Art Association, Carousel Shop, Black Hall Grille, First Congregational Church, Bee & Thistle Inn, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Florence Griswold Museum, Cooley Gallery and the Old Lyme Historical Society.

The 2018 Now & Then Old Lyme Community Calendar was designed by James Meehan and edited by Alison Mitchell.  Michaelle Pearson was the copy-editor.

The mission of the OLHS is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the rich history” of Old Lyme.  To find out more about the OLHS and its interesting activities, explore their website at or stop by its office at 55 Lyme St..


It’s All Happening for Halloween! Haunted BookCellar at OL Library, Halloween Party at LYSB, Costume Parade Down Lyme Street …

This house on Lyme Street is all ready for the Halloween happenings tonight!

Today is Halloween and there’s even more than usual happening on Lyme Street!

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a contest to support the Florence Griswold Museum’s Wee Faerie Village theme of Faerieville USA.  Take a stroll down Lyme Street and you will see Humpty Dumpty on the Library lawn, a rocking faerie at the Nightingale Café and a teen collaboration of Faeries at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB.) Which one will win the coveted orange ribbon and lead the LYSB Halloween Parade?

New this year from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, there will be a Haunted Bookcellar, so when the little kids finish school, take them down to the Library for some pre-Halloween fun to kick off the night.


In this file photo, Katie Colburn celebrates Halloween with Max Garvin.

Then, in keeping with a 20-year plus tradition, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau is hosting a Halloween Party for children ages 12 months through 2nd grade from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  This is a free, fun family event offering games, crafts, photo booth fun, face painting, and more.

All “little goblins” must be accompanied by an adult.

The traditional costume parade will then leave the firehouse at 6:30 p.m. when all party participants are invited to march down Lyme Street behind a fire truck.

Here’s wishing all our readers a Happy Halloween!



The Country School Hosts Open House Today

The Country School is holding an Open House Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This event offers the opportunity to meet engaged students and teachers, and hear about the rigorous academic program at the school with its commitment to honoring the creativity and exuberance of childhood.

Learn about the school’s signature programs – STEAM, Elmore Leadership, Outdoor Education, and Public Speaking – and its extensive offerings in the arts and athletics. Tour the recently renovated 23-acre campus, with its new outdoor athletic complex. Hear where alumni have continued their education at top high schools and colleges across the country and how they have thrived at these institutions.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8.

To learn more and register for Sunday’s Open House, visit this link.

For information about the $10,000 60th Anniversary Merit Scholarship opportunity for students entering Grades 4-8, visit