November 18, 2017

Wildcats Defend Class S State Title Against Holy Cross Today

Defending champions Old Lyme face Holy Cross in the CIAC Class S state championship game today at 1 p.m. at Middletown High School.  This is the third straight year that Old Lyme has played in the Class S championship — they came away with a draw in 2015, won 1-0 in 2016 … what will happen in 2017?

GO WILDCATS!

Read a preview of this afternoon’s game by Vickie Fulkerson and published in The Day 11/17/17 at this link.

Read a story about the Wildcat’s coach Paul Gleason by Mike DiMauro and published in The Day 11/16/17 at this link.

Read a full report of the semi-final game against St. Paul by Mike DiMauro and published in The Day 11/15/17 at this link.

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Last Night to See Disturbing Story of ‘Radium Girls’ at LOL High School

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Fall Play this year is Radium Girls by DW Gregory, a play based on the true story of women, who were factory workers and contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.

Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.  As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Performances will be for two nights only, Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov.18.   Showtimes are at 7 p.m. and admission is $8 for students, $12 for adults.

For more information, call 860.434.1651.

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It’s Holmes for the Holidays! Final Weekend to See ‘The Game’s Afoot’ at Ivoryton Playhouse

Hard at work in a rehearsal for ‘The Game’s Afoot’ are, from left to right, Katrina Ferguson, Michael Iannucci, Molly Densmore, Erik Bloomquist, Craig McDonald and Maggie McGlone Jennings. Photos by Anne Hudson.

IVORYTON – On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Ivoryton Playhouse continues the Halloween season with a murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle – Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot.

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his theatrical portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

In the vein of the best “whodunit” murder mysteries, the plot takes many twists and turns. The dialogue is witty and face-paced; there’s suspense within the laughter and even when you think you’ve figured out who the bad guy is, you will start to question yourself when the plot takes an unexpected twist.

An intense moment during a rehearsal for Victoria Bundonis and Craig McDonald.

The Cleveland Examiner writes about The Game’s Afoot, “From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.”

The Game’s Afoot is directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Jacqueline Hubbard and features Ivoryton favorites Erik Bloomquist, Victoria Bundonis*, Katrina Ferguson*, Michael Iannucci*, Maggie McGlone Jennings and Beverley J. Taylor, as well as Craig McDonald*, making his Playhouse debut as William Gillette and Molly Densmore* as the beautiful Aggie.

Set design is by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, sound by Tate R. Burmeister and costume design by Kathleen T. Gephart.

The Game’s Afoot opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse runs through Nov. 19. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

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Cooley Gallery Hosts Reception This Evening to Celebrate Holiday Sale Opening


The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme hosts a reception this evening, Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of their traditional Holiday Sale featuring historic and contemporary art in all sizes.  All are welcome at this great gathering to launch the holiday season

In The Holiday Sale at The Cooley Gallery, newly discovered paintings by Old Lyme colony artists Harry Hoffman, William S. Robinson and Charles Ebert as well as exquisite drawings by Lyme artist Sewell Sillman and the father of American Impressionism, J. Alden Weir, will be featured. “The prices will be commensurate with the spirit of the season,” says Jeff Cooley, owner of the gallery.

A select group of contemporary artists is also included in the show. Botanical artist Kelly Lehy Radding will have works in the exhibition as well as New York city painter Michael Budden, realist Barbara Kacicek, and Native American potter Jacquie Stevens.

Founded in 1981 and located in the heart of historic Old Lyme, the Cooley Gallery specializes in fine American paintings from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and select contemporary artists.

Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday 12 – 5 and Sunday 12 -4 or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com

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Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ Tonight at High Hopes, All Welcome

Come network and enjoy refreshments with fellow chamber members and guests from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Business After Hours on Wednesday at High Hopes, 29 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme. All are welcome to this free event, especially prospective members of the Chamber.

At the event, the Chamber will be discussing advertising sales for the Chamber’s full-color 2018-19 Member Directory and Visitor’s Guide. The Guide will be delivered to every home in Lyme, Old Lyme, and the Flanders section of East Lyme.  Copies will also be available at Chamber businesses, as well as at key community and tourist locations. Come and reserve your advertising space — prices are extremely competitive and premium spots always go fast!

A representative from High Hopes will also be giving a brief talk about their amazing facility here in Old Lyme, which is nationally acclaimed in the world of therapeutic riding.  We are so fortunate to have this treasure in our town.  It will also be possible to tour the stables, barn and training areas.

The Chamber expresses its sincere appreciation to High Hopes for hosting this event.

 

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SECWAC Presents, ‘Water Scarcity: A Global Perspective,’ This Evening

Martha Hoffman will speak on Tuesday at SECWAC’s next meeting about water scarcity.

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Martha Hoffman and Chris Ochaloi of Call to Care Uganda speaking on the topic, Water Scarcity: A Global Perspective, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. for a reception and 6 p.m. for the presentation at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium

Chris Ochaloi

Hoffman is President of the Madison-based non-profit Call to Care Uganda, and Chris Ochaloi is Call To Care Uganda’s Ugandan Chairman

Following the presentation, join Hoffman and Ochaloi, guests, and fellow members for a delicious meal at Old Lyme Country Club. The price is $35 per person. A reservation is required to attend the dinner; call 860-912-5718 or email info@secwac.org to make your reservation (vegetarian option available if reserved in advance). Checks payable to SECWAC (or credit card payment) are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad.

Learn more at secwac.org.

Martha Hoffman founded Call to Care Uganda in 2007 to help vulnerable children through health and education initiatives, starting with efforts to ensure that rural villages could access clean, safe drinking water.  So far, the organization has helped over 44 Ugandan villages, bringing potable water to thousands of people who would otherwise not have a safe supply of such a basic necessity of life.

In addition, Call To Care Uganda has helped bring better healthcare through provision of mosquito nets and a malaria prevention interactive teaching-tool developed by Martha, coordinated sponsorship programs with schools both locally and overseas, investment in schools and education (including a school-building project in the unreached area of Kaberamaido, Uganda), and outfitting hospitals, clinics and sick bays.

As Call To Care Uganda celebrates its 10th anniversary, Hoffman is excited to visit along with Ochaloi, CTCU’s Ugandan Chairman.  He has been instrumental in the implementation of many community development projects, and Hoffman refers to him as “her arms, legs, eyes and ears…on the ground in Uganda.”  Ochaloi was born and raised in the District of Kaberamaido, and has a Masters’ degree in Business Administration – Non-governmental Organization Management, and Bachelor of Divinity Degree – Uganda Christian University, Mukono.

Hoffman and Ochaloi will present their specific field work, dealing with the water crisis –  the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), as announced by the World Economic Forum in January 2015, and discuss the noted transformation this work has realized to date.

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Duck River Garden Club Hosts Community Wreathmaking Event, Dec. 4

The members of the Duck River Garden Club (DRGC) are extending an invitation to the public to join them on Monday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rogers Lake Community Center for their annual Christmas wreathmaking.

Once again the DRGC offers the opportunity to bring joy to our neighbors, as members of the club and community join together in the holiday spirit of giving.  Many large wreaths are made and delivered to town buildings in Old Lyme.

The Club also makes tussie/mussies to decorate trays that Meals on Wheels deliver to Old Saybrook and Lyme and Old Lyme residents.

It is a lovely Christmas workshop with music and refreshments, which make everyone’s efforts so enjoyable.

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Musical Masterworks Debuts Internationally Acclaimed ‘Ehnes Quartet’ in Old Lyme, Dec. 2-3

This December, Musical Masterworks will debut internationally acclaimed violinist James Ehnes and the Ehnes Quartet on Saturday, December 2nd at 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 3rd at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings), the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four renowned string musicians: violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Richard O’Neill, and Musical Masterworks’ own Artistic Director, cellist Edward Arron.

Formally established in 2010, the members of the Ehnes Quartet have played chamber music together in various formations for more than 20 years. The quartet’s highly refined, sensitive and expressive performances have delighted audiences and critics across North America, Europe, and Asia, and have made them one of the most sought-after chamber groups performing today.

Musical Masterworks will be continuing its popular pre-concert talks before both concerts.  Concertgoers are invited to join Edward Arron one hour before each of the December concerts for an in-depth discussion about the composers and music featured that weekend:  Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven.

Musical Masterworks’ 27th season continues through April 2018.  To purchase a mini-subscription of any three concerts ($100 each) or individual tickets ($40 individual; $5 student), visit Musical Masterworks at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.

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‘Deck The Walls’ on View at Lyme Art Association Through Jan. 5, 2018

‘Mountain Views’ by Thomas Adkins, oil on linen, is one of the featured works on view in the ‘Deck the Walls’ exhibition at the LAA.

The Lyme Art Association’s annual festive art exhibition and sale is their Deck the Walls holiday show, which is on view through Jan. 5, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. that is free to the public and will feature live music. All painting purchases from 5 p.m. on Nov.17, through 5 p.m. on Nov. 18, will be tax-free. More than 200 original works of art by member artists will be on display and priced to sell as holiday gifts.

Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty, featuring paintings created during this fall’s paint out at Molson’s Pond, will be on exhibition in the Goodman Gallery.

“For Deck the Walls, the Lyme Art Association features a wide variety of appealing subjects at affordable prices that are great for holiday shopping. We hope to help solve those gift giving dilemmas – a beautiful piece of artwork is always appreciated!” says Jocelyn Zallinger, Gallery Manager.

The Lyme Art Association is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am – 5 pm, and by appointment. The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Streetin Old Lyme, at the corner of Halls Road. Call (860) 434-7802 for more information, or visit www.lymeartassociation.org.

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls Storm Into State Semis, Face St.Paul Tonight

Saving a goal! File photo of Wildcat Emily Rivera.

After the major disappointment of their loss in the Shoreline Conference final, Paul Gleason’s Wildcats are bouncing back in a big way.  Yesterday they advanced to the semi-final of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class S state tournament by crushing Coventry 2-1.  Significantly, the “crushing” was not in the scoreline but rather in the fact that Old Lyme had scored both of its two goals within the first four minutes.

Goal! File photo by Jennifer Alexander.

Maddie Ouellette was first to score for Old Lyme with an assist from Danielle McCarthy. The team’s leading scorer Mya Johnson was the second to score unassisted. Coventry’s lone goal was scored by Alexa Stinson after 15 minutes.

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera with three saves while Grace Galey made 10 saves for Coventry.

Old Lyme advances to the semi finals on Tuesday against St. Paul with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off at Falcon Field in Meriden.

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Flag Tribute to Veterans with Lymes’ VFW Post #1467 This Morning in Essex

A short Flag Tribute to Veterans will be held this morning at 10 a.m. in the Essex Town Park across from Saint Johns Episcopal Church assisted by 15 members of the Lymes’ VFW Post #1467 in their uniform of blues and grays with VFW caps and white gloves.
All are welcome to come and stand in tribute to the flag of the United States of America and honor our veterans.  The ceremony is anticipated a round half an hour.
The outline of the ceremony is as follows:
– Opening of Funeral Flag (1 minute)
– Opening Prayer Lymes’ VFW Post #1467 Chaplain Capt. (Ret) Larry Olsen (2 minutes)
– “Amazing Grace” Recorded Music (2:30 minutes)
– Lymes’ VFW Post Rifle Volley followed by TAPS
– Echo TAPS by Charles and Susan DeLinks in honor of those who died in service to our country (3 minutes)
– Scottish Bag Pipe marching music (2 minutes)
– Playing of Armed Forces Medley: Service members invited to come up, touch the flag, and stay with their left hand as their theme is played (5 minutes)
– Pledge of Allegiance Led by St. Johnʼs Youth (2 minutes)
– “God Bless The USA” by Lee Greenwood Recorded Music (4 minutes)
– The United States National Anthem Recorded Music (2 minutes)
– Dismissal: Observe silence while the flag is folded (3 minutes)
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High Hopes Hosts 7th Annual Holiday Market Today

The Holiday Market at High Hopes always draws a crowd well in excess of 2,000 people.

The High Hopes Holiday Market is one of Connecticut’s premier Holiday Events. This year over 60 curated vendors will come together with food stalls, music, kids’ activities and a whole barn-full of holiday spirit, to benefit over 1,800 children, teens and adults, who participate annually in High Hopes Therapeutic Equine programs.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. over 2,300 visitors will come through the barn in search of holiday inspiration. They’ll find something for everyone on their list from handmade silver jewelry to unique upcycled clothing, woolly socks to silk scarves, beer tasting to home-made honey, babies’ gifts to coffee table books, and cheese-makers to chocolatiers.

During the market, there will be a drawing of the winning ticket for the Annual Raffle, supported this year by Valenti Auto Mall. One lucky winner will drive away in a brand-new Jeep Wrangler. Tickets are $50 and only 1,500 will be sold in total, so purchase yours ahead of time from High Hopes by calling Karena Garrity at 860.434.1974 x 119.

There will be food trucks for every taste including:

  • The Rolling Tomato Brick Oven Pizza
  • Supreme Hot Dogs
  • Bureaus Sugarhouse Kettle Korn
  • Chester’s Barbeque
  • Flanders’ Fish Market
  • Meriano’s Cannoli Truck
  • Munchies
  • Taco Pacifico
  • Omar Coffee — Refreshment Partner
  • gourmet grilled cheese from The Whey Station.

Kids will be kept occupied with activities sponsored by Eversource Energy.

This year an Authors’ Corner has been added with four local authors all offering book sales and signings.

  • Local celebrity chef and friend of High Hopes Jacques Pépin will be signing copies of his book: A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the kitchen with Shorey, 1-2pm.
  • Lauren K. Stein will be introducing her new book: Fresh Made Simple from 11-12:30pm,
  • Deanie Humphrys-Dunne will be signing copies of her children’s book: My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses from 2:30-4:00pm.
  • Photographer Caryn B. Davis will be selling signed copies of her new book, A Connecticut Christmas: Celebrating the Holiday in Classic New England Style, throughout the day.

Local band The Brazen Youth and their friends from the Ashlawn Recording Company will be finishing their first tour and entertaining visitors at the market at the same time.

High Hopes extends thanks to Media Partners WNLC and 100.9 K-Hits and Music Sponsor Bob’s Discount Furniture.

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CT Valley Camera Club Hosts Award-Winning Travel Photographer at Next Meeting, Dec. 4

‘Native Girls in Ethiopia’ by Bobbi Lane.

AREAWIDE: The guest speaker at the Monday, Dec. 4, meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be the award-winning travel photographer Bobbi Lane, who will give a presentation titled “Travel Portraits: Capturing Light and Life.”  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lyme’s Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn. All are welcome.

Photographing people anywhere, home or abroad, presents many challenges to the traveling photographer. The technical concerns about light, camera angle and lenses, backgrounds, selective focus, and composition can sometimes overshadow the importance of making a connection with another human being. Honoring, respecting and communicating with your subject are the first steps to making a meaningful and storytelling photograph. Language barriers can be overcome with a smile, a great attitude and tone of voice, allowing you to communicate without words.

It’s imperative to use good lighting techniques, both natural and with flash, to create the mood and description of the scene and capture the essence. Patience and observation help the photographer choose the right time and place to capture the subject appropriately.

Lane will share her many tips and multiple experiences in both the common place and exotic locations. This presentation will help photographers connect with people, develop a deeper understand of what all humans have in common, and assist them in making photographs that emotionally affect and enlighten the viewer.

Lane is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits in studio and on location for editorial, corporate, and advertising accounts. Lane’s multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 40 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Lane’s honest and fun connection with her clients allows them to feel relaxed and authentic.

Come on this journey, laugh and cry with Bobbi and her travels to Ethiopia, Myanmar, Venice for Carnival, Turkey, Hong Kong, Dubai and Oman and discover the keys to making great portraits.

The CVCC is dedicated to offering its membership the opportunity to become better photographers.  The group offers a variety of presentations and interactive workshops to help members expand their technical and creative skills.  Photographers of all levels of experience are welcomed.  The club draws members from up and down the river, from Middletown to Old Saybrook; from East Hampton to Old Lyme; and along the shoreline from Guilford to Gales Ferry.

For more information, visit the club’s website at https://ctvalleycameraclub.smugmug.com. CVCC meeting dates, speakers/topics, and other notices are also published on the club’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CTValleyCameraClubPage/

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Child & Family Hosts Star-Studded Fundraiser Tonight at Garde

A Night to Celebrate our Stars — the Children

The Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut will host “Celebrate our Stars – the Children! “ on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center in New London. The evening of music and dancing will kick off the public phase of Child and Family Agency’s endowment campaign.

Ann Nyberg of WTNH will serve as Honorary Chair; Kevin Hogan of WFSB will Emcee, and Alva Greenberg will Chair the event.

The evening will highlight CFA’s B.P. Learned Mission Students who are celebrating 10 years of theater; an a cappella performance by the award winning Tufts University Beelzebubs; performances by The Community Dance Ensemble Students; and a special appearance by local talent Braiden Sunshine, 2015 fan favorite and semi-finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”.

To order tickets, visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-to-celebrate-our-stars-tickets-38810105069?aff=es2

All proceeds from the event will benefit the endowment and programs of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts Business Breakfast This Morning to Discuss Halls Rd. Improvements

Join members of the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce at their next Business Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Old Lyme Town Hall Meeting Room. A continental breakfast will be served.  All are welcome. Admission is free.

The Halls Road Improvement Committee will present an update on their progress and provide examples of projects that have transformed Main Streets in other Connecticut communities. Attendees will be asked to share their thoughts and ideas about what improvements are most important for Halls Road and the community of Old Lyme.

New members can join the Chamber and current members can renew at the meeting. Annual membership is still only $50, payable to Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.

Questions? Contact Chamber President Olwen Logan at editor@lymeline.com

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Mattson Re-elected as Democrat First Selectman in Lyme Joined by Newcomer Kiker; Lord Also Re-elected, Wayland Loses Seat

Steven Mattson

After learning the results of today’s municipal election, Lyme First Selectman Steven Mattson, who received 553 votes, and newly elected Selectman John Kiker (435 votes) issued the following statement:

“We would like to thank the people of the Town of Lyme for electing us to the board of selectmen.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve you and work on your behalf for the next two years.

“We look forward to working with Parker Lord (507 votes) on the board of selectmen to:

  • recruit good, experienced townspeople to serve on town boards, commissions and committees, and train them to help lead our town into the future;
  • strengthen our town’s communications on important news, issues and decisions, and explain how residents can take advantage of available opportunities to voice their support or concerns; and
  • ensure important town decisions include a thorough explanation of applicable regulations and residents’ concerns.

“We want to thank all of the many volunteers who helped out – including our peers on the Lyme Democratic Town Committee – for an excellent job running our campaign and encouraging residents to turn out to vote. 

“We were delighted to learn that Lyme voters chose Jeannine Lewis as their choice for District 33 Probate Judge – and eagerly await the final election results for our district.

“We love this town and want to help keep it the way it is – beautiful, historic and sparsely developed.  We look forward to contributing meaningfully to its future.  Thank you.”

Republican First Selectman candidate Mark Wayland received 398 votes.

The Lyme DTC’s mission is to support and strengthen the Democratic Party in the Town of Lyme and the State of Connecticut.  The committee meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme Town Hall (barring holidays or other necessary schedule changes). These meetings are open to the public and all registered Democrats are encouraged to attend.

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Country School Runners Enjoy Record-Breaking Season

From left to right are Kayla Uzwiak, 8th Grader from Killingworth; Ryan Wei, 8th Grader from East Lyme; and Conor Selfor, 8th Grader from Old Saybrook.

MADISON — While local public high school cross country teams have been building toward their championship races, The Country School’s cross country team has been quietly compiling a season record for the girls of 33 wins and only one loss and 35 wins and four losses for the boys. This is the best record for cross country at the PreSchool-8th Grade Madison independent school since it began offering the sport 20 years ago.

The team competes this Saturday in the Connecticut Middle School State Championships at Wickham Park in East Hartford. Many student-athletes are also looking forward to the Junior Olympics cross country state championship, set to take place on November 12. In years past, dozens of Country School athletes have gone on to qualify for Regional Junior Olympics Championships, with several going on to Nationals, including one, Robbie Cozean of Madison, now a sophomore at Xavier High School, who earned All America status three times and finished 2nd in the United States.

The Country School serves 214 students between the ages of 3 and 14, and with only eight boys and seven girls running cross country, its Middle School teams are typically the smallest teams competing in any race. Head of School John Fixx attributes the success of their athletes to many factors, among them, dedication. The team holds optional practices two or more times a week throughout the year during the off-season, including the summer, while practicing five and even six days a week during the fall cross country season. Inevitably, the entire team shows up, with younger running enthusiasts, and even some parents, opting to join in.

Seen here in action are, from left to right, Christopher Yuh, Madison; Gabriel Goodwin, Old Lyme; Liam Boone, Clinton, and Sam Duffy, Madison.

Another factor is school culture. At The Country School, running is regarded as an activity that is fun, inclusive, and open to all ages. The program begins as early as Kindergarten, when interested runners join a group known as the Flying Owlets, a nod to the school’s mascot, an owl. More than 35 students participate in Flying Owlets, with practices taking place a few times a week. They also have opportunities to compete in road races, Junior Olympics, and other venues. As older students and younger students train alongside each other, more seasoned runners are able to model teamwork and persistence for younger runners. It is not unusual to have a 6-year-old 1st Grader running alongside and listening to a 13-year-old 8th Grader talk about the effort it takes to run repeat 200s or a “ladder” workout on the track.

With a history of strong cross country and excellent academics, the school also has the advantage of attracting strong students who are also strong runners. This year, for example, Conor and Margaux Selfors joined the school, entering 8th and 7th Grades respectively. The siblings, from Old Saybrook, have placed at or near the top in multiple races this fall, adding depth and leadership to the team.

The talent on the team is also homegrown. Eighth Grade co-captain Ryan Wei from East Lyme, a top place finisher in several races this year, has attended The Country School for several years, rising up through the running ladder, and Robbie Cozean, the school’s most successful runner ever, began in PreKindergarten. In addition to his successes at The Country School and at Junior Olympics National, Robbie was named All-Courant Cross Country Runner of the Year as a freshman at Xavier.

In addition to Robbie at Xavier, several Country School runners have gone on to compete at the high school level, making their mark at Choate Rosemary Hall, Pomfret, Westminster, Guilford High School, Daniel Hand, Hamden Hall, St. Paul’s, Cheshire Academy, and Avon Old Farms.

Training so many runners, and working with such a wide age span of athletes, requires many coaches, and The Country School is fortunate to have a team of experienced runners and educators leading the effort. In addition to Head of School Fixx, a former cross country and track captain of Greenwich High School and Wesleyan University who founded the Country School cross country team with Jordan Katz, a former student, 20 years ago, the team benefits from the likes of Laura Morrison. A recent and very fast graduate of SUNY Fredonia who now runs for Southern Connecticut State University, where she is attending graduate school during the evenings, Laura oversees The Country School’s after-school program and also coordinating TEDxTheCountrySchool. Spanish teacher Blair Balchunas, a frequent road racer and half marathoner, is another inspiring member of the coaching staff. Organizational genius and great rapport with runners all ages comes from Beth Coyne, Country School Dean of Student Life and Secondary School Counselor.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is an independent, coeducational day school serving students from across the Shoreline. In addition to a rigorous academic program that seeks to educate the whole child through active, hands-on learning, The Country School is committed to vital offerings in the arts and athletics. Athletic contests are played on the school’s new, state-of-the-art outdoor complex, featuring two full-sized athletic fields, four tennis courts, a basketball court, and the cross country course through the woods that flank the 23-acre campus. The campus is a frequent host for athletic events, including a recent nine-school cross country meet. Although the student body is small in number, The Country School has a long tradition of athletic and academic excellence. This year alone, more than 20 Country School alumni are competing on teams at colleges across the country, including Amherst, Bates, Bryant, College of Charleston, Columbia, Dickinson, Fairfield, Hamilton, Harvard, Kenyon, Middlebury, Northeastern, Northwestern, Princeton, St. Lawrence, Union, the University of Rhode Island, and Villanova. Learn more at www.thecountryschool.org.

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Election Day is Today, Polls Open From 6am to 8pm

Lyme and Old Lyme voters go to the polls tomorrow to elect a variety of town government positions. There are contested races in both Lyme and Old Lyme.

Click here or on the “Letters” tab above to read all the letters we have received relating to the elections.  Open any letter on its individual page to read the associated comments.

Polling stations open at 6 a.m. tomorrow and close at 8 p.m.  Lyme residents cast their votes at the Lyme Town Hall while Old Lyme residents should go to the Cross Lane Firehouse.

Optical scan machines will be used.

Voters must present identification.

We will publish the results here on LymeLine.com very shortly after their announcement.

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Lyme First Selectman Candidates Respond to Our Questions

To assist our Lyme readers in making their choices regarding for whom they should vote tomorrow, we posed three questions in writing to the candidates for Lyme First Selectman as follows:

  1. Why are you running?
  2. What are the three most significant issues that Lyme is currently facing?
  3. With reference to your Question 2 response, which issue of the three is the greatest and how do you envisage dealing with it?

We gave a 250-word limit for the response to each question to which each candidate adhered strictly: we are most appreciative of that.

We thank both candidates sincerely for responding in a timely manner and are pleased to publish their responses today accompanied by their respective biographies and photos.

Click on the links below to read each candidate’s responses:

Steven Mattson (D): Candidate (Incumbent) for Lyme First Selectman

Mark Wayland (R): Candidate for Lyme First Selectman

 

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See ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,’ Tonight; All Welcome to This Free Event

The Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is hosting a free screening of the film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School Auditorium.

Screenagers is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work.  This is the parenting issue of our time, and LYSB hopes this film will begin to foster community-wide and family conversations.

Teens and kids are spending more time on their phones than ever before.  Kids spend on average 6.5 hours a day on screens and that doesn’t include classroom or homework screen time. Boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week.  Some recent studies show us that screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction.

Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make Screenagers when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.

Director Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories that depict messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  In this 60-minute documentary, she probes into teens and their digital lives, exploring her own family as well. The film reveals how tech time impacts the development of kids, and offers solutions on how they can better navigate their cyber world.

Interwoven into compelling stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on real changes happening in the brain. Screenagers goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, but reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

The screening is sponsored by the LYSB, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, and made possible by a grant from the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation.  The 60-minute documentary and subsequent discussion will explore social media, video gaming, use of screens in academics, and Internet addiction. The film will also explore ways parents can intervene and educate in a way that empowers their teens. The film is not available for streaming, renting, or purchasing, and can only be seen at a community screening.

The screening on Nov. 6 in Old Lyme is free and open to the public, and is suitable for all audiences ages 10 and up.  The film will be shown to all Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School students during the school day.

For more information, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or www.lysb.org  or www.screenagersmovie.com

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