September 23, 2017

Lyme-Old Lyme Troop 26 Boy Scouts Conquer ‘Swamp Base’ in Louisiana

These intrepid Lyme-Old Lyme Troop 26 Boy Scouts and Scot Leaders attended ‘Swamp Base’ in July of this year. From left to right, (front row) Brooke Smith, Swampbase guide; Mike Miller, Theodore Wayland, Dennys Andrades, Maxwell Bauchmann, and Peter Bauchmann; (back row)  Mark Wayland, John Miller, Evan St. Louis, and Mary Powell-St.Louis.

Editor’s Note: This personal account of the Swamp Base 2017 experience was submitted by Life Scouts Evan St. Louis and Theodore Wayland.

The steady lapping of our oars was only interrupted as we had to lean back in our canoe seats to avoid low branches, while we were keenly observed by the alligators swimming by …

On July 7, Lyme-Old Lyme Boy Scout Troop 26 became the first ever Connecticut troop to attend the Boy Scouts of America High Adventure called Swamp Base. This program is based at the Atchafalaya Swamps in southern Louisiana. On the day of our arrival, our crew of five scouts and four adult leaders visited the nearby town of Lafayette, to sample local cuisine and to become acclimated to the local temperature and humidity. 

The next day, our first full day in the area, we traveled to a historical region called Vermilionville and learned about the Acadian culture of southern Louisiana. We met our guide for the trip, Brooke, a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL.) That night we thoroughly checked all our equipment and provisions then fell fast asleep in the ULL dorms.

Cypress groves stand tall in the Henderson Swamp.

Our swamp venture began very early that next morning as we drove to a spot at the start of a canal and launched our canoes. The canal went on for 4.4 miles. At the end of the canal, it seemed as though there was a wall of trees, and that section of paddling was aptly called “The Wall” by our guide. That area was perhaps the most challenging section of the whole trip. There were trees and shrubs very close together, and you had to stay in the middle of the waterway to avoid wasp nests.

Thankfully, we made it through this section unscathed and there were no wasps anywhere else on the trip.

After the narrows opened up into the Henderson Swamp, there was much more room to maneuver. The first day we traveled 19.3 miles to houseboats where we would be sleeping. The Henderson swamp had areas where the Cypress trees were logged over 100 years ago, and any trees that are left were considered the runts back then.

Our houseboat captain gave a fascinating overview on the alligators of the Bayous, and their role in the environment. At this point, we had seen enough alligator behavior to realize that they are more scared of us then we were of them, and would try to avoid us.

The next morning, we had an exciting airboat tour of the outlying areas of Henderson Swamp where cypress trees grew in groves. It truly is amazing that the Cypress trees can grow in over six feet of water. After all of the beautiful sights on the airboat tour, it would be back to traveling under our own power.

This day we would cover 10.3 miles; however, after paddling only about a mile from the houseboats, we had to portage our canoes over a levee. This portage was 900 feet long and over the 25-foot-tall levee, but with the extra weight of gear and canoes, it felt much longer. The late morning heat was near its peak adding to the challenge of this portage. After that, the paddle was nice and slow with a wide-open waterway, with plenty of shade from the heat.

That night, we slept on Rougarou Island in hammocks covered with mosquito-netting. The Rougarou was a creature similar to a werewolf in the legends of the Laurentian French communities – fortunately there were no modern versions present during our trip! We also had a blowgun contest with very basic materials – this was fun, but may not have provided us too much security if a Rougarou showed up.

Our next day of paddling was 14.4 miles and not too difficult, but the wildlife was probably the most diverse that we saw throughout our trip. We saw a wide variety of birds and plants in different areas, and quite a few alligators, the most on any day of our journey. Midday of this paddle, it began pouring with rain, and there was an interesting sight of the giant raindrops bouncing on the water as they hit it, but multiplied millions of times. This was the point we were really glad to have dry bags, so none of our gear got wet.

After the rain stopped, we still had to cross two lakes, which were strenuous, but we knew how close Island Outpost was, our final stop. Once we arrived, the Boy Scout crew that had arrived the previous day helped us get our canoes onto the dock. On Island Outpost, there were showers, and clean water was readily available. We would be sleeping in cabins for two nights, on bunks in rustic cabins, after enjoying our jambalaya dinner prepared for us. 

Catfish for dinner!

The next day at Island Outpost we had no paddling and enjoyed other relaxing activities including swimming, boating, and paddle boarding. There were fishing trips by boat, and setting out catfish jug lines. After later checking the jug lines to harvest our catch, we enjoyed a catfish fry that would be a side to gumbo for dinner with plentiful Cajun spice to notch up the heat.

The morning of the last day, we woke up before 5 a.m. to be able to see the sunrise at 6:13 a.m. on Sandy Cove from a great vantage point. We were in the water at about 5:30 a.m. and started immediately. We made it to the outlook point just in time, because within a minute of us arriving, the top of the sun had started to peek above the horizon. It was definitely worth waking up for, to see the sun climb up into the sky rapidly.

A beautiful early morning view of the bayou.

After eating breakfast on the water, we continued paddling, trying to get to the next scheduled portage early before it got too hot. We went in between ancient Cypress trees on the edge of Lake Fausse  Pointe. There were a few alligators there that were very close to us. It was fabulous here too in terms of both the view and the overall cleanliness of the area.

The second portage was easier than the first, except for the very end. The end of the second portage, behind the levee, was referred to as the “Swamp Stomp” – an area several hundred-feet long where there was thick mud and certain areas of waist-high water that we had to wade through pulling our canoes. Once we were through the Swamp Stomp, we came out onto a chilly river.

This part of our trek was the easiest, because there was a current that carried us almost the whole way to the end of our journey. We had gone swimming off the canoes from time to time on previous days of the trip, but with this current it was not necessary to paddle as much, and at this time it was much more refreshing and enjoyable to be in the water.

The conquerers of Swamp Base High Adventure 2017 stand with paddles in hand at the end of their successful journey.

At the end of our paddling adventure, we had completed 61.6 miles of canoeing the swamps and lakes of this amazing area over five days. We had a sense of accomplishment at completion, and all of us agreed if offered the chance to conquer the Swamp again, we would be there! 

Y’all come back now, won’t ya?!

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Old Lyme Town Hall Gets a Facelift

Painters from Martinez Painting work on the upper sections of Old Lyme Town Hall.

During 2007-2008, Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall was renovated and an addition built, providing ADA accessibility and mechanical upgrades as well as expanded space. The results pleased both staff and visitors but that was nearly 10 years ago, and in some areas, the paint on the older portion of the facility failed to adhere.

It also became apparent that many of the plantings along the building were too close to the exterior siding and this, in combination with the passage of time, caused a number of areas of rot and deterioration.

The front entrance of the Old Lyme Town Hall is being refreshed with a new coat of paint.

This summer, the exterior of the building was power-washed and the deteriorated skirt and corner boards (which contained lead-based paint) were removed. These latter will be replaced with material that resists rot and is appropriate for use at or near ground level.

All remaining surfaces will be scraped, encapsulated and will receive two coats of fresh paint.

Even the flag pole gets a fresh coat of paint!

The contractor for project, which started Aug. 1 and should be completed by Sept. 10, is Martinez Painters of Clinton, Conn. 

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Elected Officials, Candidates, Potential Candidates Turn Out for Annual Lyme DTC Picnic

Congressman Joe Courtney and Lyme Selectman Candidate John Kiker at the LDTC picnic. Photo by Shauna MacDonald.

Congressman Joe Courtney, Secretary of State Denise Merrill, State Representative Matthew Lesser,  two potential 2018 gubernatorial candidates – Jonathan Harris and Chris Mattei – along with District 33 probate judge candidate Jeannine Lewis and Lyme First Selectman Steve Mattson were among the speakers at the Annual Lyme Democratic Committee (DTC) Picnic held this past Saturday, Aug. 19.  The event was emceed by John Kiker, the Democratic candidate for Lyme selectman, at the Sunset Hill Vineyard.

The speakers addressed the need to turn out Democrats for the upcoming municipal elections on Nov. 7 and to more actively engage local Democrats year round in their state and local governments.  Lewis, Mattson and Kiker are all up for election in November in Lyme as, respectively, District 33 probate judge, first selectman and selectman.

Lyme First Selectman Steve Mattson (2nd from left) and District 33 Probate Judge Candidate Jeannine Lewis (speaking) at the LDTC picnic. Photo by Shauna MacDonald.

Mattson said, “As we move toward this November’s election, I believe this is the message you will hear. Get involved in your town.  Love your town.  That is the reason I agreed to run for first selectman and I know John shares the same objective as he runs for selectman.”

Kiker said he hoped to encourage more residents to actively participate in discussions and decisions that could potentially affect the town – by serving on and attending the meetings of our boards, commissions and committees – so Lyme remains the beautiful, historic community it is.

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 third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme Town Hall. The meetings are open to the public and all registered Democrats are encouraged to attend.

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Old Lyme Land Trust Announces Annual Kayak Regatta, Sept. 10

The Old Lyme Land Trust hosts the 4th Annual Kayak Regatta, Sept. 10.

All kayakers and canoers are invited to join the 4th annual Kayak Regatta. The Regatta will launch at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, from the Lieutenant River boat launch, located on Rte. 156 near Ferry Rd.

The launch will start on the rising tide; boaters can take the opportunity to put ashore at the Morning Glory Café for lunch or to meet with friends, or continue up river to explore from the water the natural beauty and features of the Lieutenant River.

The river was once a thriving boat building center and is now a serene protected waterway surrounded by salt marsh and cliffs. The tour will pass several Old Lyme Land Trust preserves, Lohmann Buck Twining and the Roger Tory Peterson Refuge. On the eastern bank of the river the Regatta will pass the picturesque grounds of the Bee and Thistle Inn and the Florence Griswold Museum. During the high tide, a side trip up the Mill Brook River is possible. Beaver dams and fish ladders can be seen before reaching Rogers Lake.

The Regatta will be led by Fred Fenton, an experienced kayaker and a long time director of the Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT). Fenton will point out special features of the area and answer questions about the preserves.

The return trip will start about 3 p.m. as the tide changes

The Regatta will be held rain or shine. No registration is needed and there is no charge for the Regatta. Donations to the OLLT will be gratefully accepted.

For more information, visit www.oldlymelandtrust.org or contact fredffenton@gmail.com. Send your e-mail if you would like to be notified of cancellation.

Personal flotation devices, i.e. life jackets are mandatory.

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Shoreline Bus Schedule Change Now in Place

9 Town Transit is planning schedule changes to its Rte. 1 bus service between Old Saybrook and Madison.  The changes, which reduce the number of daily trips by two, begin today, Monday, Aug. 14.

The district began a public comment process in March in response to reductions in subsidies from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  Through the process, 9 Town Transit was able to identify trips that impacted the least amount of people.  Still, as many as 50 people’s daily travel will be impacted by these changes.

“We understand the impact these changes have on our community,” says Joseph Comerford, Executive Director of 9 Town Transit, “but when our subsidies are reduced, we must cut back service to remain financially stable.”

Comerford says the district pushed off the changes as long as possible, while they worked with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and legislators in an attempt to secure the necessary funding.  With a new fiscal year beginning, the district felt it could no longer delay the changes.

Additional information and schedules are available at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 860-510-0429.

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Asch Retires from Cappella Cantorum After 47 Years, Simon Holt Appointed New Music Director

Barry Asch is retiring after 47 years at the helm of Cappella Cantorum.

Co-founder, music director, and conductor of Cappella Cantorum, Barry B. Asch, has announced his retirement from the Cappella Cantorum MasterWorks Chorus.  Asch has conducted the MasterWorks Chorus for 47 years during which time over 65 major choral works have been performed. 

The inaugural performance was March 1970 with Schubert’s Mass in E Flat.  Asch formed the popular Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus in 1977, and the SummerSings series in 1987.  Both events still continue.

The Eighth Annual Messiah Sing or Listen in 2016 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center was nearly filled to capacity.  This favorite holiday tradition was conducted and organized by Asch.  ‘The Kate’ will host the ninth annual event on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.

Group sessions and vocal classes have been offered to Cappella members with renowned soprano Patricia Schuman and tenor Brian Cheney.

Asch began Cappella Cantorum’s European Concert Tours in 1981.  The tours are currently organized by member Patricia Hill of Madison.

Simon Holt has been named the new Musical Director of Cappella Cantorum.

A highlight of Cappella Cantorum was performing five concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York City with Mid-America Productions.  This opportunity was initiated by Asch.

Cappella Cantorum has represented 20 communities throughout southeastern Connecticut.

Simon Holt, artistic director of Salt Marsh Opera and director of music at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, will be the new music director of the Cappella Cantorum MasterWorks Chorus.

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Play Live Jazz at Shoreline Community Center’s Drop-In Session, Aug. 17

There will be a Live Jazz Session Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave., Old Lyme, starting at 7 p.m. Piano, guitar, bass and drum musicians are invited to drop by and jam all evening.

Bring refreshments, enjoy the music, and even dance if you want!

This is a fundraiser for the Community Center. The requested donation is $5.

For more information, call Rob at 860-710-1126.

This event is sponsored by the Sound View Beach Association, Inc.

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Paynter Fine Art Hosts Adi Dahlke Solo Show

Artwork by Adi Dahlke is on display in a solo show at Paynter Fine Art in Old Lyme.

Paynter Fine Art in Old Lyme presents a solo exhibition of new works by local artist Adi Dahlke from July 29 through Aug. 26.  The exhibition includes several pieces not previously displayed in a public setting.

Dahlke is a member of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2015.

Paynter Fine Art is located at 16 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

Gallery hours are 12 to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

For more information, call (860) 322-9529 or email paynterfineart@gmail.com

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Essex Attorney Selected as Official Democratic Candidate for District 33 Probate Court Judge

Attorney Jeannine Lewis

On Thursday, July 20, delegates representing nine towns within the 33rd State Senate District, which includes the Town of Lyme, selected Jeannine Lewis, an attorney at Hudson and Kilby, as the Democratic candidate for the upcoming vacancy of District 33 probate court judge.  As well as Lyme, Connecticut’s 33rd Probate Court District includes Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.  The probate court for District 33 is located in Old Saybrook.

In announcing her selection, the District 33 Democratic Town Committee delegates commended Lewis for her extensive experience and expertise in Connecticut probate law; her deep understanding of the issues and responsibilities involved; and her personal and professional commitment to protecting the rights of – and serving the needs of – area residents who require the assistance of the probate court.  The delegates also thanked the other three individuals who had been vying for this nomination – attorneys James Carey, Sean Donlan and Stephen Sheehan. 

Probate judges typically handle estates, trusts, adoptions, name changes, and the termination of parental rights and conservatorships, among other important matters. All candidates for the position must be members of the Connecticut bar. 

Upon receiving the nomination, Lewis said, “Since I first applied to law school, it has been a dream of mine to serve my community as judge of probate.  If elected to this position in November, I plan to dedicate my time outside of the  court’s daily duties to mentoring new attorneys, and to providing assurances that our elderly and disabled community members are properly cared for and protected.”

Lewis, in addition to her law practice – which is focused on probate matters, estate planning and elder law – is the Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA’s) Elder Law Section, and serves on the Integrity of the Practice/Pro Bono Committee of the CBA’s Estates and Probate Section.  She is a board member of the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, and provides pro bono legal counsel to Sister Cities Essex Haiti, a local charity that helps residents of the town of Deschapelles, Haiti.

Lewis will face Republican and other challengers in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, special election later this year.

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‘String of Pearls’ Plays ‘Summer Sounds’ Tonight at Lymes’ Senior Center

The ‘String of Pearls’ band will play at Lymes’ Senior Center, July 27.

Come and enjoy a summer evening at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd. for “Summer Sounds” — a five-week musical series.  All ages are welcome. Admission is free.

‘String of Pearls’ will present the fourth and final concert Thursday evening, July 27, starting at 7 p.m.  The band will play Big Band sounds

The Platinum Sponsor is Lymes’ Senior Center.

The Ice Cream Sponsor is the Old Lyme Republican Town Committee

Bring your chairs, blankets, dinner, etc. the performances will be held out on the lawn (weather permitting) or inside if the weather is inclement.

A free ice cream social will follow all concerts.

 

 

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‘Affordable Art’ by Local Seniors on Show at OL Town Hall Through August

This work by Jean McLean created during the art class taught at Lymes’ Senior Center is one of the signature pieces of the upcoming exhibition at Old Lyme Town Hall.

Students of classes from Lymes’ Senior Center under the instruction of local artist Sharon Schmiedel are hosting an exhibition of their artwork during the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival this year. 

Watercolor by George Kinser.

This year’s show is titled, “The Affordable Art Exhibit.”  

Students have been introduced to a variety of art mediums and encouraged to experiment, leading to an exciting and diverse show.

Artwork priced from $10 to $50 includes watercolors, drawings, acrylics, mixed media and pen and ink.

A portion of each sale will be donated to the Lymes’ Senior Center.  Each piece will be simply mounted and ready to hang.

The exhibit and sale will run through the end of August.  Contact information for any sale will be available at the exhibit.

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“Ironing” Things Out: Old Lyme Teen Raises Awareness About Deadly Iron Overload Disease

Hemochromatosis activist Patricia Moriarty

Patricia Moriarty, resident of Old Lyme and rising senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, is having a Hemochromatosis Awareness Week in Old Lyme during the week commencing July 31. Patricia will be holding various events and handing out flyers throughout Old Lyme making people aware of this disease and spreading word on hope.

Hemochromatosis is an iron overload disease that kills many adults and is avoidable through regular phlebotomies. Family members of Patricia’s have suffered from this disease, which became her call to action. July is National Hemochromatosis awareness month and she wants to spread the word throughout Eastern Connecticut.

As part of her awareness campaign, Patricia will be a guest on the radio show Healthy Rounds on WTIC on July 29, with Dr. Anthony Alessi. Patricia lost her grandfather to this disease and is committed to spreading the word on this preventable but deadly disease. Other members of Patricia’s family sought out the simple genetic testing and also have this hereditary and potentially deadly disease. Fortunately, with simple DNA testing and routine blood work, one can avoid the long-term organ damage that results from not seeking periodic phlebotomies throughout the year.

In the fall of 2016, Patricia started The Phillips Exeter Hemochromatosis Awareness Club and has hosted awareness days at her school and at other community events.

Additional information about the club founded by Patricia can be found on her Hemochromatosis Awareness Facebook page, titled Exeter Hemochromatosis Awareness Club.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High, Middle Schools Publish Q4 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has published the Honor Roll for Quarter 4, 2016-2017, as follows:

HIGH HONORS

Grade 12: Margaret Berger, Avery Bikerman, Mary Bolles, Lauren Boulay, James Coburn, Morgan Constantinou, Sydney Cowell, Rose Datum, Olivia Ellis, Hunter Friel, Alexandra Gourlay, Everett Grethel, Brennan Griffin, Rachel Hayward, Hayden Hendrik, Joseph Lester, Haley Mahon, Matthew McCarthy, Francesca Melluzzo, Julia Morrison, Julian Muller, Caleigh O’Neil, Peyton Ogden, Jacob Olson, Jenna Peduzzi, Olivia Reneson, Natalie Rugg, Lauren Schillawski, Skyelar Shaw, Cody Stalls, Tanner Sutton, Sophie Warlitz, Laura Wayland, Brendan Wright

Grade 11: Samantha Barretta, Cara Cahill, Erin Cornelius, Adam Drummond, Keelin Hurtt, Maeve Kolb, Sarah Kwon, Lindsay Lewchik, Claudia Mergy, Lauren Mitchell, Shannon Nosal, Emma Pennie, Julia Ritchie, Emily Rivera, Julia Smith, Reed Spitzer, Gabriel Stephens-Zumbaum, Alexander Swanski, Bianca Tinnerello, Caroline Wholean, Ellie Wiese, Lauren Williams, Hannah Wisner, Abigail Zelmanow, Madeline Zrenda

Grade 10: Kathryn Atkinson, Catherine Battalino, Lauren Birk, Casey Blue, Mackenzie Blue, Claire Britton, Paige Britton, Liam Clark, Ann Cote, Britney DeRoehn, Corey Drummond, Olin Frederiks, Grace Gilbert, Kylie Hall, Colin Hallahan, Sarah Hayward, Kate Hickie, Liam Holloway, Aoife Hufford, Mya Johnson, Ciara Klimaszewski, Sophie Kyle, Elyza Learned, John Manthous, Danielle McCarthy, Brynn McGlinchey, Hannah Morrison, Nicholas Myers, Emily O’Brien, Sydney Ogden, Thomas Pennie, Katherine Reid, Nicholas Roth, Olivia Rugg, Noah Rumm, Kellie Sablone, Caroline Sagristano, Anna Sather, Robert Sedlatschek, Parker Stone, Emily Tan, Colleen Walsh

Grade 9: Alexander Williams, Alexandra Alpha, Anabella Arias, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Madison Cann, Faith Caulkins, Rory Cavicke, Emilia Cheesman, Elizabeth Cravinho, Isabel Dean-Frazier, Maria Denya, Raymond Doll, Nicholas Fava, Jada Fuentes, Sophia Griswold, Kamber Hamou, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Renate Kuhn, Daniel Kwon, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Jacqueline Malizia, Melissa Mauro, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Chandler Munson, Samantha Olson, Jenna Porter, Jared Ritchie, Jane Scheiber, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Stack, Haley Stevens, Olivia Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Lydia Tinnerello, Sydney Trowbridge, Kiera Ulmer, Megan VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wayland, Katelyn Wells, Trevor Wells, Clair Wholean, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

HONORS

Grade 12: Graham Aird, Abigail Berger, Ethan Bushy, Adam Czarnecki, Meredith Duxbury, Sophie Edson, Alexander Edwards, Julie Golebiewski, Anthony Gryk, Hannah Guenther, Emma Hoyt, Lily Iannitti, Jack Machnik, Bilal Malik, Megan McCarthy, Anna Mesham, Allison Murphy, Kiran Nadkarni, Bailey Nickerson, Lauren Quaratella, Caeli Rice, Camron Roberts, William Roberts, Matthew Sapere, Olivia Schumacher, Marissa Smith, Jacob Stack

Grade 11: Reilly Bair, Kameron Bohan, Anna Catlett, Lily Chamberlain, Rose Cheney, Jacob Coverdale, Anna Donato, Hope Femia, Samuel Fuchs, Jace Funaro, Audrey Gavin, Luke Hoffman, Gillian Holloway, Mikela Jacobson, Liam Johnston, Tasha Joshy, Amanda Marsh, Alec Maskell, Madeline Ouellette, Emma Paynter, Katherine Pettersen, Tabatha Rubitski, Caroline Sirna, Emma Sked, Collin Stalls, Alexandra Sulmasy, Mason Swaney, Ryan Wallace, Erik Zawodniak

Grade 10: Teresa Allan, Madison Babcock, Jocelyn Campbell, Tyler Clark, Lily Cox, Noah Crolius, Grace Edwards, Evan Getz, Zachary Gidius, Patrick Looney, Priyal Patel, Eaven Rivera, Eli St.Germain, Carson Swope, Adam Syed, Ethan Tracano, Caroline Wallace

Grade 9: Devin Burton, Chloe Cahill, Daisy Colvin, Sarah Conley, Samuel Dushin, Emily Evers, Leah Fouquette, Cameron Gagnon, Lucy Gilbert, Tanner Griffin, Darin Hamou, Grace Hanrahan, Lauren Huck, Benjamin Kelly, Caroline King, Elizabeth McCarthy, Mason Morrissey, Dylan Mulligan, Samantha Owen, Sofia Pecher-Kohout, Samuel Roth, Taylor Sedlatschek, Summer Siefken, Philip Sweeney, Aedan Using, Jackson Warren

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School has published the Honor Roll for Quarter 4, 2016-2017, as follows:

HIGH HONORS

Grade 8: Emily Ashton, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, John Cox, Megan Cravinho, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Leslie Farrell, Isabella Flagge, Sadie Frankel, Eveliz Fuentes, Jackson Goulding, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Isabella Hine, Steven Jette, Aryn Jones, Regan Kaye, Paige Kolesnik, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Riley Nelson, Timothy O’Brien, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Margot Paynter, Jacob Quaratella, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Mara Sked, Lian Thompson, Angus Tresnan, Katrina Wallace, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Avery Welch, Ellery Zrenda

Grade 7:  John Almy,Grace Arnold, Andrew Bennett, Elizabeth Boulay, Hannah Britt, Mackenzie Bussolotti, Chloe Campbell, Evan Clark, Ryan Clark, Anne Colangelo, Nicholas Cox, Lauren Creagan, Elias D’Onofrio, Elise DeBernardo, Eleanor Dushin, Liam Fallon, Victoria Gage, Samantha Geshel, Aiden Goiangos, Fiona Hufford, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Owen Kegley, Robyn King, Michael Klier, Felse-Alexandra Kyle, William Larson, Megan Loflin, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Mikayla Masilotti, Evan Morgan, John Moriarty, Elle Myers, Victoria Nichele, Emily Nickerson, Bella Orlando, Margaret Rommel, Frank Sablone, Aksel Sather, Calvin Scheiber, Abigail Sicuranza, Abby Speckhals, Meghan Speers, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Madison Thompson, John Videll, Evan Visgilio, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Mary Wholean, Paige Winchell

Grade 6: Bridget Allan, Olivia Alpha, Whitney Barbour, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jillian Beebe, Jordan Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Jennifer Cajamarca, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, Marjorie Curtis, Arthur Danford, Anna Davis, Cole Dobratz, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, David Evers, Alexis Fenton, Mason Freer, Amy Gonsalves, Matthew Grammatico, Makenna Harms, Willa Hoerauf, Dylan Hovey, Karissa Huang, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Katie Johnston, Aidan Kerrigan, Hannah Kwon, Celia LaConti, Phoebe Lampos, Theodore Lampos, Karleigh Landers, Jonah Lathrop, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Macadam, Marielle Mather, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Calvin Monte, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Allott Patterson, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Jacob Rand, Izzadora Reynolds, Benjamin Roth, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Jenna Schauder, Dylan Sheehan, Anders Silberberg, Ned Smith, Malcolm Speirs, Alyssa Spooner, Joseph Steinmacher, Samantha Tan, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams, Quinn Williams, Andrew Zelek

HONORS

Grade 8: Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Sophie Arnold, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Connor Britt, Hunter Collins, Axel Cruz, Samantha Gray, Alayna Harlow, Destiny Kus, Gabriel Lavoie, Emma McCulloch, Emma Meekhoff, Brianna Melillo, Michael Milazzo, Sophia Ortoleva, Paige Phaneuf, Lauren Pitt, Jeremy Rand, Tessa St.Germain, Kassidy Standish, Isabella Warren

Grade 7: Nicholas Adeletti, Kate Bauchmann, James Creagan, Caroline Crolius, Meyer Goldberg, Nicolette Hallahan, Lillian Herrera, Madison Hubbard, Camden McMinn, Emily Mesham, Brendan O’Brien, Aman Patel, Jacob Ritchie, Alexander Roth, Maverick Swaney

Grade 6: Elsie Arafeh-Hudson, Eli Brown, Sebastian Burgio, Ian Diaz, Kylie Dishaw, Archer Evans, Richard Frascarelli, Reece Guillet, Ethan Hale, Madison Krol, Monique Lavoie, Joseph Montazella, Thomas Moore, Jack Morgan, Jaden Reyes, Santiago Rodriguez, Trinity Velazquez, Colin Wiese

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Four Lyme-Old Lyme Students Receive Leadership Awards from CT Board of Education

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Principal Jim Wygonik (left) stands with CABE Leadership Award  high school winners Callie Kotzan and Daniel Cole.

Daniel Cole and Callie Kotzan, 12th grade students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, and Aidan Powers and Isabella Hine, 8th grade students at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, were recently recognized by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) with a Student Leadership Award.

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Principal Michelle Dean stands with CABE Leadership Award middle school winners Aidan Powers and Isabella Hine.

Students are nominated to receive this award by their school principal. Students nominated exhibit the following leadership skills:

  • Willingness to take on challenges
  • Capability to make difficult decisions
  • Concern for others
  • Ability to work with others
  • Willingness to commit to a project
  • Diplomacy
  • Ability to understand issues clearly
  • Ability to honor a commitment

Superintendent Ian Neviaser and the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education recognized these students at the June 7 Board of Education meeting.

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Eno Retires, Mattson Sworn in as First Selectman of Lyme

At yesterday’s Lyme Board of Selectmen meeting, Steve Mattson raises his hand while taking the oath of office as First Selectman of Lyme. Photo by M. Mattson.

At yesterday’s Lyme Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Democrat Steve Mattson was sworn in as first selectman of Lyme after the current first selectman Ralph Eno, a Republican, had read his resignation letter. Mattson will serve the remainder of Eno’s term through November of this year.

Eno is retiring after serving a total of more than 20 years as first selectman.

Selectman Parker Lord will also continue to serve on the board.

Mark Wayland, another Republican, was appointed by Mattson and Lord to serve in the now vacant selectman’s position.

 

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See Heartwrenching ‘West Side Story’ at Ivoryton Playhouse Through July 30

Arianne Meneses (Consuelo) and Jason Daniel Rath* (Pepe) rehearse a scene from West Side Story.

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City in the breathtaking musical, West Side Story, which opened at the Ivoryton Playhouse July 5. With book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the original 1957 Broadway production ran for over 700 performances before going on tour, and garnered six Tony nominations.

Mia Pinero makes her debut at Ivoryton as Maria in ‘West Side Story.’

The story is set in the Upper West Side of New York City in the mid-1950s and explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. When, Tony, a Jet, falls in love with Maria, a Shark, the young lovers struggle to keep their love alive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice.

The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre when it was first produced; West Side Story remains one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

The film version starring Natalie Wood, Russ Tamblyn, Richard Beymer and Rita Moreno won 10 Academy Awards and in 2009, Karen Olivo won a Tony for her portrayal of Anita in the Broadway revival.

Stephen Mir* plays Tony in the Ivoryton Playhouse production of ‘West Side Story’ opening July 5.

Stephen Mir* returns to Ivoryton to play the role of Tony and Mia Pinero* makes her Ivoryton debut in the role of Maria.

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Mike Morris, with set design by Dan Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Cipollina. Executive Producers are Michael A. Dattilo and Frank Perrotti

Tonight, Tonight, won’t be just any night!  Don’t miss the experience of this show live on stage at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

West Side Story opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Wednesday, July 5, and runs through Sunday, July 30. 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

Pictures by Ivoryton Playhouse

Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main St. in Ivoryton.

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Lampos, Pearson Skillfully Bring The Lymes’ Revolutionary Role to Life in OL Library Talk

Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos gave a fascinating talk at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library last Tuesday.

Last Tuesday evening local authors and historians Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos gave a captivating talk to a packed house gathered at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library that took the audience back in time to pivotal turning points in the Revolutionary War involving the Lymes.

Husband and wife Pearson and Lampos asked their audience to imagine they were standing at the bend of the “Three roads” as it was then called — McCurdy, Lyme St. and Ferry Road — and then expertly described the street during an ordinary day in bustling colonial times.  Such was their storytelling expertise that as they spoke, you could almost see the shipbuilding on the river, merchant deliveries being made by horse-drawn wagons and the ferry making its way across to Saybrook.

Only then did you realize how much our town has changed … but at the same time, how much it has not changed at all. 

It is not always a given that writers are also good oral story tellers, but when you can almost hear the gallop of Israel Bissell — one of the five riders dispatched with Paul Revere — thundering down Lyme  Street with his call to arms, you know that Pearson and Lampos are exemplary at both and moreover their love of history so strong, that you can’t help but feel it too.

The intricate parts played and the powerful plans made by these memorable figures whom you have heard about all your life are exciting stuff! To know that all this was going on here in this town, shaping not just individual futures but the country’s too, summons up a host emotions.

Lampos and Pearson delivered an extraordinary history lesson that brought Lyme street into a “new light.“  When you have the chance, take the time to hear this talk and you will have a new appreciation for our town greens and the inspirational independence the Lymes had before, during and after the Revolutionary War … and continue to exhibit to this day.

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Lyme Land Trust Celebrates 50 Glorious Years of Conserving Land


The Lyme Land Conservation Trust celebrated its 50th anniversary last Saturday with a barbecue picnic on the field next to the iconic Grassy Hill Church that the Land Trust saved several years from being turned into a housing development.


In keeping with the Land Trust’s tradition of focusing its energies on environmental preservation rather than social galas, the picnic was low-key and informal.


President John Pritchard’s remarks were brief, noting the Land Trust’s astounding success in helping to protect the rural character of Lyme, thanking the picnic volunteers, and reminding the picnickers that they are responsible for the Land Trust’s achievements.


He then turned the microphone back the Plywood Cowboy band, which provided lively music for the event.

And clearly a good time was had by all!

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Lyme DTC Recommends Jeannine Lewis as 33rd District Candidate for Probate Judge

Attorney Jeannine Lewis

The Lyme Democratic Town Committee (DTC) has announced that it would be recommending Jeannine Lewis – an attorney at Hudson and Kilby – as the preferred Democratic candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant position of District 33 probate court judge.  (The official Democratic candidate will be determined later this summer at a nomination convention attended by representatives from all the DTCs in District 33.)

Lewis, along with three other Democratic candidates, recently addressed the June meeting of the Lyme DTC, where each presented their qualifications for the position and responded to questions from the committee.  Lyme DTC Chairman John Kiker said, “In our opinion, Lewis demonstrated she had extensive experience in probate law, a thorough understanding of the issues and responsibilities, and a personal commitment to helping protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

In addition to running a law practice focused on probate matters, estate planning and elder law, Lewis serves on the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA’s) Elder Law Section, and on the Integrity of the Practice/Pro Bono Committee of the CBA’s Estates and Probate Section.  She is a board member of the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries and provides pro bono legal counsel to Sister Cities Essex Haiti, a local charity that helps residents of the town of Deschapelles, Haiti.

Probate judges typically handle estates, trusts, adoptions, name changes, and the termination of parental rights and conservatorships, among other important matters. All candidates for the position must be members of the Connecticut bar. The probate court for our District is located in Old Saybrook and serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.  Terrance Lomme, the current probate judge for our District, is retiring on July 18, 2017. 

The candidate selected at the nominating convention later this summer will go on to face Republican and other challengers in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, special election. Whoever wins the election will serve the remainder of Judge Lomme’s term, which ends Jan. 9, 2019.

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 third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme Town Hall. These meetings are open to the public and all registered Democrats are encouraged to attend.

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CT Trust Warns $1.1 Billion Susquehanna Bridge Project Might Set Unacceptably Low Bar for Environmental Protection in CT

Rendering of Susquehanna Bridge Project. Source: David Anderson, “Deadline approaches for comments on Susquehanna rail bridge replacement”, April 6, 2017, Baltimore Sun.

A June 26 announcement by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that the $1.1 billion Susquehanna Bridge Project on the Northeast Corridor in Maryland poses “no significant impact,” drew sharp comment from Daniel Mackay, Executive Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, who warned that such a decision could set an unacceptably low bar for mitigating historic, cultural and environmental resource impacts from future high speed rail projects in Connecticut.

The proposed rail bridge replacement project bisects the National-Register-listed Havre de Grace Historic District in Maryland, comprised of approximately 1000 historic structures, many from the 18th century, on the banks of the Susquehanna River, and was reported in the Baltimore Sun on June 26, 2017.

“FRA determined that the most comprehensive level of environmental review was not needed for this $1.1 billion dollar rail project in the midst of a historic coastal community in Maryland,” noted Daniel Mackay, Executive Director of the Connecticut Trust. “Connecticut and Rhode Island communities caught in the cross-hairs of FRA’s bypass proposals should be concerned for the signal sent by this Maryland project – the process ahead may not yield the protections that communities want for themselves.”

Since the FRA released draft plans on November 15, 2015 to expand new high-speed railroad corridors across coastal Connecticut and Rhode Island, under a federal planning process called “NEC Future,” the Connecticut Trust, and its grassroots partner SECoast, have led a campaign to counter FRA’s insensitive approach to transportation planning for the Northeast Corridor routes through Connecticut.

“FRA’s plan represents a once-in-a-generation decision that will fundamentally shape the communities, economies and ecology of coastal southern New England,” explained Gregory Stroud, Director of Special Projects at the Connecticut Trust, and co-founder of SECoast. “The only sure way to protect our communities from these types of impacts is to fully remove these projects from the Record of Decision.”

The FRA is expected to announce a long-delayed Record of Decision for NEC Future this summer, finalizing a blueprint for the Northeast Corridor which will shape infrastructure decisions and investment through 2040, or later. The current blueprint has been in place since a similar process completed in 1978. The Northeast Corridor, which connects cities between Washington, D.C. and Boston, is the nation’s busiest rail corridor.

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