September 21, 2017

Register Now for ‘Bikes for Kids’ Annual Bike Ride, Oct. 1

Dave Fowler hard at work on refurbishing a donated bike.

‘Bikes for Kids’ is holding its 2nd Annual Charity Ride on Sunday, Oct. 1.  The charity which was founded by Chuck Graeb is now run by retired Lyme-Old Lyme Schools teacher Dave Fowler.

Bikes For Kids is a  Connecticut based non-profit organization founded in 1989 that brings smiles to children one bike at a time. Volunteers collect, repair, and safety test donated used bicycles. The refurbished bicycles, along with new helmets, are given away to individuals of all ages and needs.

Donated bikes from ‘Bikes for Kids’ bring smiles ‘one bike at a time.’

Most donated bicycles remain in Connecticut, but some have reached children in other states and countries. More than 1,000 bicycles are given away annually. Requests for bicycles come from local and state social service organizations, churches, schools, non-profits, and individuals. 21,000 bicycles have been donated to date.

Support this charity by participating in the Annual Charity Ride.  All rides start in Essex. There will be four rides to choose from.

  • The Family Ride will have two options – a 3-mile or a more challenging 12-mile ride.
  • The Intermediate Ride will be 27 miles
  • (for the die-hards) there will be a 55-mile ride through 7 towns.

These rides go through some of the most beautiful sections of Connecticut’s River Valley. Depending on the route you select, you can ride through Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, Killingworth, Westbrook and Clinton.  After the ride, all cyclists are invited for food, fun and tours at the new ‘Bikes for Kids’ Wheelhouse in Essex.

Visit this link for more information.

Visit this link to register for a ride.

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‘Community Connections’ Hosts, ‘A Stronger Nonprofit Starts with a Stronger Board,’ Wednesday: All Welcome

Nancy Brennan will discuss the components of an effective, working board to improve your organization’s fundraising, communications and outcomes

Nancy Brennan

Community Connections is delighted to announce that the speaker at their next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, will be Nancy Brennan, who serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Director of the National Executive Service Corps (NESC.)  Brennan’s talk, ‘A Stronger Nonprofit Starts with a Stronger Board,’ relates to a critical topic for all non-profit organizations.

No board is perfect, but understanding the necessary components to building boards that work effectively will improve the likelihood of success at your nonprofit. Without a strong board, a nonprofit’s fundraising, communication and outcomes can be stymied. Brennan will discuss the ABC’s of basic nonprofit board governance, including some of the roadblocks to a high-functioning board, and examples of how strong nonprofit boards have chosen to successfully address these issues. Leave with ideas to help improve your nonprofit board.

The Community Connections luncheon will be held at the Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme from 12 to 1:30 p.m.  All are welcome but advance registration is required.  Walk-ins will be accepted if space permits.  There is a $25 charge, which includes lunch.  Register online at http://www.LOLCommunityConnections.org or by contacting Tina Birkic at 203-249-4642 or tinabirkic@gmail.com

Community Connections was founded in September 2014, Community Connections is a network for local organizations to explore collaboration opportunities for the enhancement of the Lyme-Old Lyme community.  All area organization leaders and volunteers are welcome to join the group.  Luncheons are held three times per year and attended by up to 80 people representing more than 50 organizations. For more information, visit LOLCommunityConnections.org

 

Editor’s Notes:
i) the National Executive Service Corps, founded in 1977, is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit with a mission to strengthen and empower the management of nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies by providing high-quality, affordable consulting services. Serving nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut, New York and New Jersey for over 40 years, NESC has completed over 2,000 consulting projects for over 1,200 nonprofits of all sizes, helping them to deal effectively with their challenges and to capitalize on their opportunities.

ii) Nancy Brennan is NESC Senior Vice President & Regional Director.  She leads NESC’s Central Connecticut office based in Hartford. Opened over 20 years ago, the Hartford office has successfully assisted hundreds of local nonprofits, with over one third of clients being repeat customers. Recent clients include: CT Association of Boards of Education, Connecticut Historical Society, Archdiocese of Hartford, CT Association of Senior Center Personnel, NAMI CT, Montessori School of Greater Hartford, Columbus House and the Eastern Highlands Health District. Prior to joining NESC five years ago, Brennan served in executive leadership positions at Citigroup and at Hartford Financial Services Group. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She can be reached at nbrennan@nesc.org.

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Music Now Foundation Hosts Sunset Soiree Fundraiser at Griswold Point, Saturday

Music Now Foundation hosts its second annual Sunset Soiree Fundraiser at beautiful Griswold Point in Old Lyme Saturday, Sept. 23, from 4 p.m. Come out to support the initiatives of Music Now, while you enjoy beautiful water views, a great meal, and live musical performances by talented young artists until sunset.

Ticket cost is $50 for adults and includes food, beer, wine and soft drinks. There will also be a vegetarian option offered. Youth ticket cost is $20.

The MusicNow Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization based in Old Lyme CT. Its mission is to engage, enrich, and inspire young aspiring artists by providing performance opportunities, workshop programming and mentorships thereby nurturing creative and artistic growth and supporting the development of live music in our communities.

For more information about MusicNow, visit www.musicnowfoundation.org 

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Chamber Welcomes High-Speed Train Route Activist as Speaker at Tonight’s Dinner Meeting

Greg Stroud

Join members of the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce at their first Dinner Meeting of the year at The Hideaway Restaurant on Wednesday, Sept. 20. All members, prospective members (and other interested parties) are welcome.

Cocktails and business networking begin at 6 p.m., with three-course dinner starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $25.00.

The guest speaker is Gregory Stroud, Director of Special Projects at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and co-founder of SECoast. He will provide a short update on the favorable NEC Future Record of Decision regarding the proposed high-speed railroad track, what we’ve accomplished as a community over the last 16 months, and what’s left to be done in the years ahead. There will be an opportunity for what it is hoped will be a lively question and answer, as well as some well-earned celebration.

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.

Seating is limited. Make a dinner reservation at the Chamber website or by email to email@lolcc.com.

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

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Duck River Garden Club Presents “Off With Their Heads” Program at First Meeting of Year, Monday

Photo by Stanislav Štajer on Unsplash

The Duck River Garden Club (DRGC) hosts its first meeting of the year Monday, Sept. 25, at Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall starting with a  “Welcome Back!” Social at 6:30 p.m.  Gather prior to 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the town hall for the Annual Members’ Tailgate Plant Exchange.  Bring divisions and/or surplus indoor or outdoor plants to share with others.

At 7 p.m., Michael A. Russo, owner, “farmer-florist” and creative force of Trout Lily Farm located in North Guilford, will give the evening’s program, titled, “The Cutting Garden” or alternatively, “Off With Their Heads.” Members of the public are welcome to attend the presentation.

Photo by Kyle Ellefson on Unsplash

Does the idea of having a garden full of fresh blossoms, vines, and branches available to decorate your home or a client’s throughout the year entice you?  If so, this presentation will provide you with the information necessary to plan, manage, and create your own cutting garden.

Russo will give his suggestions on favorite annuals, perennials, shrubs, bulbs, and vines to plant in your own “workhorse” of a garden, intended to provide a continuous bounty of botanical material for your creative floral endeavors. Resources for obtaining seeds, bulbs, and plants will also be provided for starting your own cutting garden.
The DRGC Business Meeting will be held at 8 p.m.
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Lyme Fire Company Hosts 61st Annual Steak Dinner & Fundraiser, Oct. 21

The Lyme Fire Company will hold its 61st Annual Steak Dinner & Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hamburg Fire Station,213 Hamburg Road (Route 156) in Lyme, Conn.

The cost is $25 for adults and $8 for children, age 12 and under. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Tom Davies at (860) 526-9292.

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Lyme Land Trust Executive Director George Moore to Retire, Search for Replacement Underway

George Moore, Lyme Land Trust Executive Director, has announced his retirement.

George Moore, the Land Trust’s Executive Director for the last five years, has announced that he will be retiring when his replacement can be brought on board.

Land Trust President John Pritchard made the announcement and said, “The Land Trust is deeply grateful for George’s service and dedication over the last 14 years. He was elected to the Land Trust Board as a volunteer director in 2003. In 2007, he was elected Board President, and in 2013 the Board appointed him as its first Executive Director. Through his vision and effective management, George has helped transform the Land Trust into one of the most active and successful in the State.

Prichard noted that among his many accomplishments – in addition to the day-to-day management of the Land Trust — are building the Land Trust’s membership to the point that it represents half the households in Town; the acquisition of numerous preserves on his watch, including Chestnut Hill, Walbridge Woodlands, Banningwood and most recently, Brockway- Hawthorne; assisting with securing the coveted national accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance; initiating the President’s Circle composed of the Land Trust’s most generous supporters; arranging for the production of the PBS film on the Land Trust and conservation in Lyme, as well as its sequel, The Rest of the Story (both of which can be viewed here); and organizing and managing the Land Trust’s highly successful annual fundraiser, a regionally recognized, fun and scenic biking event for all ages and abilities: the Tour de Lyme.

The Land Trust has commenced a search for a new Executive Director. Potential applicants for the position can find the job description and application process at the following link: http://www.lymelandtrust.org/employment-opportunities/

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Collins of Old Lyme Named a ‘Best Lawyer in America’ … Again

Attorney John A. Collins, III of Suisman Shapiro.

John A. Collins, III of Old Lyme has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018. Collins is an attorney specializing in the field of Personal Injury Litigation at Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law in New London.

Two of Collins’s fellow attorneys at Suisman Shapiro, Matthew E. Auger and Robert B. Keville , were also named in the Best Lawyers listing — Auger in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law and Keville in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

“For more than a third of the century,” says CEO Steven Naifeh, “Best Lawyers has been the gold standard of excellence in the legal profession.” President Phil Greer adds, “We are extremely proud of that record and equally proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these exceptional legal professionals.”

Collins has successfully obtained verdicts or public settlements up to $10 million on behalf of injured victims over a 30-year law practice. He currently serves as the Managing Partner of Suisman Shapiro. The Connecticut Bar Foundation honored Attorney John A. Collins, III, in 2005 with his selection as a Life Fellow. “Selection as a Fellow requires demonstrated superior legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, state and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal foundation”. Source: Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Auger handles serious personal injury cases, including wrongful death claims, automobile collisions, slip and falls, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and product liability. Mr. Auger is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate with the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also a Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Naval Reserve and is a Judge of the Gaming Disputes Court for the Mohegan Tribe of Indians in Connecticut.

Keville is a Director who concentrates in Worker’s Compensation and Civil Litigation. Mr. Keville is a member of the Connecticut Bar, both State and Federal. He is also a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Keville’s practice focuses on the representation of injured workers in State and Federal Worker’s Compensation forums, as well as serious personal injury claims. He has tried numerous cases to conclusion and has appeared before various Appellate tribunals, up thru and including the State of Connecticut Supreme Court.

Editor’s Note: Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law is the largest law firm in eastern Connecticut. It is located at 2 Union Plaza, P.O. Box 1591, New London CT 06320. Phone: (860) 442-4416. For further information, visit www.suismanshapiro.com

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Enjoy Food, Finds & Fun at Today’s ‘Harvest Fun Day’

Harvest Fun Day celebrates Autumn in Old Lyme, Sept. 16.

Just in time to welcome Autumn, the annual Harvest Fun Day at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme offers something for everyone in the family.  Located in the heart of Old Lyme Village on Long Island Sound, Christ the King Church is an easy drive from anywhere in Connecticut.

What can you do at Harvest Fun Day?

Need a bike? Find one at the King’s Rummage Sale on Saturday.

Browse the King’s Rummage Sale for some extra-special finds. From bikes to books, toys to teacups, Easter baskets to Christmas ornaments, you’ll find it here. While you’re shopping, enjoy live musical entertainment from local musicians, and let the kids entertain themselves at the Games and Crafts: Soccer Kick, Hockey Shot, Bowling, Paint-a-Pumpkin, face painting, and more. Be sure to check out the Silent Auction, which features creative themed baskets of new goods and services.

Need to spruce up your home for fall? We’ve got you covered. Get your fall plants & produce here! Choose among premium mums, flowering cabbage and kale, and newly divided perennials from local gardens. Pick a pumpkin and a couple of gourds, add a corn stalk or a bale of hay, and you’ve got “instant autumn” for your front porch! 

All the fun of the fair will be happening Saturday at Christ the King’s Harvest Fun Day.

When hunger hits, you can sample the Tasty Bites served up by the Christ the King Men’s Club. Coffee, cider, and doughnuts in the morning; hamburgers, hot dogs, and grinders later; snacks, ice cream, and drinks all day. And don’t forget to stop by the Bake Sale to choose some of our fresh-baked goodies to take home with you. With cakes and pies, cookies, cupcakes, and more — the hardest part will be deciding …

Harvest Fun Day takes place at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme, on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Rummage Sale, Bake Sale, and Plant Sale will continue after the Masses Sunday morning (Sept. 17) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (with steep discounts on Rummage Sale items, while supplies last!). 

Visit www.christthekingchurch.net for directions.  For more information, call 860-434-1669.

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Musical Masterworks, Community Music School Announce Scholarship Recipient from Old Lyme

From left to right, Alden Murphy and Abigail Nickell stand with Musical Masterworks scholarship winner Giovanna Parnoff at the piano.

Musical Masterworks and Community Music School are pleased to announce the recipient of the first Musical Masterworks Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas.

Giovanna Parnoff, already an accomplished pianist and exceptional sixth grade student from Old Lyme, was presented with the scholarship by Alden Murphy, President of Musical Masterworks and Abigail Nickell, Executive Director of Community Music School.

“We are so pleased to honor Nancy’s memory with an award to one of her very own students, in partnership with another of her most beloved arts organizations.’ said Nickell.  Nancy Thomas was a devoted staff member of Musical Masterworks for nearly 25 years.   “It is particularly fortuitous that Giovanna, as a life-long student of Nancy Thomas, is the first winner of this scholarship; we couldn’t be more pleased,” added Murphy.

Giovanna has attended The Community Music School since she was six months old. She discovered her love of music through Kindermusik and Kate’s Camp programs and eventually started individual piano instruction under the tutelage of Nancy Thomas at the age of 3.

She has received perfect scores at the New London Piano Festival organized by the Middlesex/New London Chapter of the Connecticut State Music Teacher’s Association. Giovanna is a member of Mensa and Intertel, two high IQ societies and was recently inducted into the Junior Mensa Honor Society for her academic performance, leadership skills and volunteerism/community service.

Giovanna has been accepted into Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, Stanford University’s Gifted and Talented Program, and Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She is a competitive foil fencer, and has been coached for six years by the Fencer’s School of CT.

Giovanna is an award-winning poet, having seen her work published in “The Mensa Bulletin” and “The Young American Poetry Digest.” She lives in Old Lyme with her parents, Dr. John Parnoff and Ms. Monique Heller, and her younger sister, Mattea, who is also a piano student at The Community Music School.

The Musical Masterworks Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas provides the tuition for a middle school student to take music lessons, 30 minutes each, for one full year at Community Music School.  The scholarship will be awarded annually for the next four years.  To be eligible, the candidate must be a student of classical voice or instrumental music and reside in Middlesex County or New London County.

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 34-year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity, and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.  Learn more at www.community-music-school.org or call 860.767.0026.

Musical Masterworks brings to Southern New England world-class chamber music performances and outreach programs which attract, entertain, and educate a diverse audience. Now planning its 27th season, Musical Masterworks offers five weekends of performances from October through May in Old Lyme.  Learn more by visiting www.musicalmasterworks.org or by calling 860.434.2252.

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Wildcat X-Country Teams Start Season with Second Place Overall in Blue Dragon Invitational

The LOLHS Cross-Country girls came in first place overall in the Blue Dragon Invitational.

In a terrific start to the season, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Cross-Country team placed second Wednesday in the Overall Girls/Boys Division in the Blue Dragon Invitational in Portlad, Conn., which was their first meet of the new academic year.

The LOLHS Cross-Country boys came in second overall.

The girls team came first overall out of 14 teams while the boys placed second out of 24 teams.

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Hear About “Hiking the Appalachian Trail” This Evening with Sam Ducharne at Lyme Library

High in the Appalachians. (File photo)

At 7 p.m. this evening, the Friends of Lyme Library host Sam Ducharme, who will give a talk titled, “Hiking the Appalachian Trail.”

Ducharme is a retired K9 officer, who will speak about his adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail.  This modern-day adventure started out from Springer Mountain, Ga., and after a 2,180 mile, 14-state backpacking trip, ended at Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

With no prior backpacking experience, he learned on the trail. Ducharme will share the stories of how he cooked, what it was like sleeping in a hammock for six months through three seasons, and the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.  The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people.

The Lyme Public Library is located at 482 Hamburg Rd./Rte. 156, Lyme, CT 06371.

For more information, call (860) 434-2272.

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State Orders Recount in Republican Primary for 33rd District Probate Judge; Delia Wins by Nine Votes in First Count

Tuesday’s unofficial winner, Anselmo Delia.

The Connecticut Secretary of State has informed all the towns that comprise the 33rd District Probate Court that they need to conduct a recount of Tuesday’s Republican Primary.

Tuesdya’s race between the party-endorsed candidate Attorney Anselmo Delia of Clinton and challenger Attorney Kevin Hecht of Old Saybrook ended with a 859-850 win for Delia after all the unofficial results had been declared in the nine towns.

Unofficial results given on the Connecticut Secretary of State’s webpage for Lyme show Hecht winning by a more than 2 to 1 margin.  The final count was 44 votes for Hecht and 20 for Delia.

Results from the remaining eight towns in the district were as follows:

Chester: Hecht 23 – Delia 12
Clinton: Delia 444 – Hecht 228
Deep River: Delia 24 – Hecht 14
Essex: Delia 79 – Hecht 59
Haddam: Delia 140 – Hecht 37
Killingworth: Hecht 78 – Delia 53
Old Saybrook: Hecht 277 – Delia 46
Westbrook: Hecht 90 – Delia 41.

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Final Day Today of Community Music School’s Free Preview Week

Community Music School, located at 90 Main Street in Centerbrook and 179 Flanders Rd. in East Lyme, welcomes the general public to visit during Free Preview Week Sept. 11 through 15. Children and adults can tour the School’s studios, meet teachers and staff, enjoy a free preview lesson, and learn about a vast array of programs for all ages including private and group lessons, adult cabaret, jazz ensemble, string ensembles, music therapy services, Kindermusik for babies and toddlers, and more.

During the academic year, Community Music School is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Those interested in a 30-minute preview lesson are requested to call 860-767-0026 for scheduling.  The public is also welcome to observe any group class or ensemble during Free Preview Week.

For additional information, visit www.community-music-school.org/programs or call CMS at 860-767-0026.

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 34 year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity, and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.  Learn more at www.community-music-school.org or call (860)767-0026.

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Republican Primary for Judge of Probate Being Held Today in Lyme

Anselmo Delia is the Republican party endorsed candidate for Judge of Probate in the 33rd District.

Registered Republicans in Lyme are eligible to vote today, Tuesday, Sept. 12, in a primary election to determine the party’s candidate for the office of judge of probate for the 33rd District in the November election.

In addition to Lyme, the District 33 Probate Court, which is located in Old Saybrook, covers Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

Kevin J. Hecht of Old Saybrook is challenging the party-endorsed candidate, Anselmo Delia, of Clinton.

There is no Democratic Primary since party-endorsed candidate Jeannine Lewis is not being challenged.

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Letter to the Editor: Do Old Lyme Republicans Embrace the National Republican Agenda?

To the Editor:

As you consider Republican candidates in local elections, it should be questioned whether these candidates endorse the national platform of bigotry, ignorance and hypocrisy. The SECT association of RTCs campaign kickoff featured keynote speaker Michelle Malkin, whose latest book suggests that the Japanese internment camps of the 1940s should be reinstituted for our Muslim citizens.

Do SECT voters trust leaders supported by a party that denies climate change, when the shoreline has the most to lose ? Do SECT voters support leaders whose party denies the value of scientific investigation and seeks to deny healthcare for millions of Americans, particularly when some of our biggest employers are engaged in scientific research to cure disease ?

In Old Lyme, our community has opened our hearts, our wallets and our attics to welcome two Syrian refugee families to our community. Are we going to embrace leaders who have endorsed platforms of bigotry and hate ?

Before you decide that racist agendas are not in our backyard, ask if you are willing to take a risk on someone beholden to the Republican party, whose campaign kickoff event has already shown where their allegiance lies.

Sincerely,

Candace Fuchs,
Old Lyme.

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Old Lyme VNA to Hold Annual Meeting Monday, All Welcome

The Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., will hold its Annual Meeting, Monday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Old Lyme Town Hall Second Floor Meeting Room.

All residents of Old Lyme and Lyme are welcome to attend.

If you have any questions about the organization, email oldlymevna@gmail.com.

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Old Lyme Girls Crush East Lyme 3-0, First Win in Wildcat History Over Vikings

Senior Captain Keelin Hurtt races towards the goal in Saturday’s game against East Lyme.

In their first game of the season, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School varsity soccer girls defeated East Lyme 3-0 at East Lyme High School for the first time in school history. The Wildcats are coached by Paul Gleason with Assistant Coaches Allyson Gleason and Jeremy Kiefer.

The Wildcats gather in their famous huddle before the game begins.

Senior captain Keelin Hurtt scored two goals assisted respectively by Mya Johnson and Kaylee Armenia. The ‘Cats third goal was unassisted by senior captain Maddie Ouellette.

Emily Rivera was in goal for Old Lyme where she made 13 saves.

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Old Lyme Church Hosts Fundraiser This Evening to Support Local Immigrants Facing Sudden Deportation


The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) has announced that it plans to hold “An Evening in Celebration of Our Immigrant Roots” – an event featuring silent auctions, raffle contests, wine tastings, free hors d’oeuvres and live music – to raise money to help local immigrant families facing sudden deportations.  The fund-raising event will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the church’s Fellowship Hall; suggested donation for admission is $20 (payable at the door the night of the event.)

A number of local businesses and individuals have donated silent auction or raffle items or food; or are providing other support for the evening. They include 30 Mile Brewing Co., Anna’s Cafe, Ann Lightfoot Jewelry, Essence Center for Beauty and Wellness, Essex Chocolatier & Coffee Bar, Florence Griswold Museum, Fromage Fine Foods & Coffees, Garde Arts Center, Judy Friday Gallery, Lark, Sennheiser, Squared Circle Studio, The Chocolate Shell, White Gate Farm and local artists such as Angie Falstrom, Diana Lord, Lina Tuck and Tina West. Matt McCauley and the Jazz Circle will also be on hand, playing sets of live music.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the charitable work of the FCCOL Immigration Assistance Committee, which helps immigrant families:

  • connect with social service agencies that offer free or low-cost aid before and during a deportation proceeding;
  • understand the need to prepare for and respond to a potential deportation situation, particularly when their families include children who are U.S. residents;
  • learn their rights under federal and state law; and
  • avoid common immigration-services scams.

Full details on the event can be found on the church’s website at www.fccol.org/event/celebration. 

Local residents who are unable to attend the event but would like to support the work of FCCOL’s Immigration Assistance Committee, can send a tax-deductible contribution via check or money order to the Immigration Assistance Fund, FCCOL, 2 Ferry Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371. 

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Join CT River Museum Tonight for a ‘Taste of The Netherlands’

Spend an evening enjoying historic Dutch cultural traditions at the Connecticut River Museum and take a cruise aboard Onrust. Photo by Pim Van Hemmen.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, experience The Netherlands as the Connecticut River Museum hosts a night to support The Onrust Project.  Enjoy Dutch culture with samples of traditional food and drinks.  There will also be classic Dutch tavern games, music, and a cannon demonstration – all from the Museum’s beautiful north deck overlooking the Connecticut River. 

The Onrust is a reproduction of the famed Captain Adriaen Block’s 1614 era vessel that was the first European vessel to chart and explore Long Island Sound, parts of Rhode Island, and the Connecticut River.  Block’s accomplishments ushered in great changes that would forever alter life along the Connecticut River, help lead to the fur trade, and the eventual founding of New Netherlands and what would become Hartford. 

A Dutch drink tasting will take place with Mark Griswold and Stephen Gencarella.  Griswold and Gencarella are the talent behind the popular weekly radio show “Fermented,” which airs every Thursday night on iCRV Radio.  The two will share some of the history and interesting characteristics of traditional Dutch drinks.  One such beverage that will be sampled is genever – a spirit that is the forerunner of gin and has been popular since the 1500s. 

Catering by Selene, enjoyed by the Museum for their excellence and creativity in recreating historic recipes, will provide several traditional Dutch foods for people to sample.  This includes stamppot which is the Dutch name for any puree made of vegetables and often served with sausage.  There will also be bitterballen (tiny meatballs) and the delectable stroopwafel. 

Also taking place this night will be a cannon demonstration by Dan Walls.  Walls will not only shoot off one of Onrust’s reproduction cannons, but will share a little history on the evolution of such weaponry.  There will also be live music and some traditional tavern games for people to play.

The historic replica vessel Onrust is docked at the Connecticut River Museum through mid October for public cruises and programs. Photo by Judy Preston.

A Supporting level ticket will include a 45-minute cruise aboard the Onrust, a special mixed drink and a conversation with Greta Wagle, Director of The Onrust Project. 

The Standard ticket includes the drink and food tasting, music, games, and cannon demonstration and is $30 for members/$35 for non-members.  The Supporting ticket includes the above as well as the special cruise and is $50 for members/$55 for non-members (When reserving you will need to select a cruise time of 5:15 or 6:30 p.m.) Additional beverages will be available at a cash bar.  Participants must be 21 years of age or older and show ID.  To buy a ticket, visit the Connecticut River Museum’s website at ctrivermuseum.org or call 860-767-8269.

Funds will go towards supporting the educational mission of The Onrust Project, a nonprofit floating museum that provides the public with a living history experience of 17th century life and maritime exploration. 

The Connecticut River Museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main Street in Essex and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. The Museum, located in the historic Steamboat Dock building, offers exhibits and programs about the history and environment of the Connecticut River. For a full listing of Museum programs, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org or call 860-767-8269.

Photo Credits:

  1. The historic replica vessel Onrust is docked at the Connecticut River Museum through mid October for public cruises and programs. Photo by Judy Preston.
  2. Spend an evening enjoying historic Dutch cultural traditions at the Connecticut River Museum and take a cruise aboard Onrust. Photo by Pim Van Hemmen.
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