October 17, 2017

Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ Wednesday Evening at Flo Gris, All Welcome

Lyme-Old Lyme’s Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Florence Griswold Museum on Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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 the Florence Griswold Museum. All are welcome to this free event, especially prospective members of the Chamber.

At the event, the Chamber will be launching 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!

Also, all the candidates running in the November election in both Lyme and Old Lyme have been invited to the event, so this is your chance to “Meet and Greet” them.  There will be no campaign speeches, but the candidates will be mingling with all the attendees so you can chat informally to any or all of them.

A representative from the Florence Griswold Museum will also be saying a few words about the major contribution the Museum has made to the arts locally, regionally and nationally.  Old Lyme is so fortunate to have this treasure in our midst.  It will also be possible to tour the Faerievile, USA exhibit on the grounds of the Museum.

The Chamber expresses its sincere appreciation to the Museum for hosting this event.



‘Overabove,’ Co-founded by Old Lyme’s Visgilio, Expands with Opening of West Coast Office 

The staff of OverAbove gather for a group photo in front of their premises at the Witch Hazel Works in Essex.

ESSEX – Overabove, a strategic marketing and communications firm based in Essex, Conn., has expanded its business footprint and enhanced its offerings with the opening of a Los Angeles office. The firm’s new office is located in Manhattan Beach on the Manhattan Beach Studios’ Media Campus – a facility where media arts, studio production, new technology and ideas converge.

The creative space is just south of Hollywood and bustling with the kind of activity at the heart of Overabove’s culture and services. Seasoned industry leader Tara Walls has been appointed to lead the firm’s new office.

As Head of Entertainment for Overabove, Walls will draw upon nearly 25 years of experience in the Hollywood entertainment industry to connect brands with television shows, feature films and talent. She’ll leverage industry relationships and tap her experience in brand integration and promotional partnerships, as well as with music and influencers, to craft customized entertainment partnerships to elevate brands of all sizes. She’ll also create original content to give brands exposure.

Walls’ depth of experience in identifying and structuring relationships between Hollywood properties and brands will bring strong added value to Overabove’s clients. While Walls only recently joined Overabove in a formal capacity, she’s been an extension of the Overabove team for more than a decade – collaborating with the firm on a number of entertainment partnerships for shared clients.

A resident of Los Angeles, Walls joins the Overabove team after serving as executive vice president of brand integrations & entertainment partnerships at FRUKT and Rogers & Cowan. She previously worked as a product placement executive at two Hollywood film studios.

“We are thrilled that our business footprint will now reach from coast to coast and that our new office is in such an ideal, exciting location – spearheaded by someone as talented and experienced as Tara,” said Ralph Guardiano, principal and co-founder of Overabove. “We know that these enhancements will greatly benefit our clients’ strategic and creative plans and look forward to seeing the results.”

Old Lyme resident John Visgilio, principal and co-founder of Overabove with Guardiano, added, “The opening of our West Coast office along with Tara’s hiring is part of our continued evolution to keep our clients’ brands above the noise, make our offerings as extensive and accessible as possible, and tap new growth opportunities.”


Undefeated Old Lyme Named Top ‘Cats in CT Coaches’ Girls’ Soccer Poll

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Paul Gleason takes time out from a recent practice to pose for a photo with one of his assistant coaches (who is also his daughter), Allyson Gleason.

Paul Gleason’s Old Lyme soccer girls soccer are having quite a week!

Not only did they top this week’s Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Association Class M-S poll, but they also continued their remarkable  unbeaten run reaching 12-0-0 overall and 8-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Old Lyme defeated Coginchaug Friday at Lyme-Old Lyme High School 6-0. Mya Johnson put the ball in the net three times while Maddie Ouellette scored two goals and Ciara Klimaszewski claimed one. Danielle McCarthy notched the single assist for the Wildcats.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch shared the Old Lyme goal with six saves in total.

In goal for Coginchaug was Claire DeFlora with 12 saves.

Old Lyme is now 12-0-0 overall and 8-0-0 in the Shoreline.

Previously on Wednesday, Old Lyme defeated Haddam-Killingworth (HK) 8-0 at HK. Mya Johnson scored three goals and gave two assists, Maddie Ouellette put away two goals and also had an assist, while Brittney DeRoehn, Maria Denya and Lydia Tinnerello each had a goal. Danielle McCarthy added an assist.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch were in the goal for Old Lyme with a total of nine saves. In goal for HK were Gabby Wyzykowski and Mia Rubino with a total of 10 saves.

This afternoon, Oct. 16, the girls face Old Saybrook away.

Go Wildcats!


Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women Host Fundraising Trivia Night, Tuesday

The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club is sponsoring a Trivia Night to benefit the Lyme-Old Lyme Love Your Playground Project.

The event will be held Tuesday, Oct.17, starting at 7 p.m. at the Lyme Tavern in Niantic.

Participation fee is $20 a person, which includes entry, food and a raffle ticket.


Lyme Land Trust’s Brockway-Hawthorne Opening Celebration Postponed to Next Sunday, Oct. 22

Explore the beautiful trails of the Brockway Hawthorne Preserve, Oct. 14.

The Lyme Land Trust hosts an opening celebration for its newest property, the Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22.  Meet at the Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve Parking Lot, Brush Hill Rd. in Lyme.

This 82-acre nature preserve has been developed with hiking trails that traverse all the significant places from savannah-like terrain bordered by stone walls to some of the last remaining hemlock stands in Lyme. Parts of the trails meander along Whalebone Creek with wonderful rocky outcroppings and crossings on bridges built by Dominion Power Station volunteers.

See this stone wall in the Brockway Hawthorne Preserve.

The trails connect with the existing system at the Ravine Trail, which, in combination with Selden Creek Preserve, offers an extensive network of trails with many diverse habitats.[/caption]

After the ribbon cutting, join Ralph Lewis former State of CT geologist and Tony Irving, forest ecologist for a short walk “Talk and Walk” looking at the long- and short-term land-use history of the preserve.  See how bedrock and glacial geology shaped the land, thus dictating how it has been worked over the centuries.

For more information, email Info@LymeLandTrust.org


Old Lyme Country Club WGA Holds End of Season Awards Luncheon

The OLCC WGA winners gather for a photo, from left to right, Esther Boyle, Eleanor Perkins, Karen Danielson, Carol Gordon, Helene Nichols, Carolyn Daddona, Sharon Craig (with boot), Kacey Constable, Katie Bollo and Elizabeth Conlon

The Old Lyme Country Club Women’s Golf Association (OLCC WGA) held its end of season Awards Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 5.  Hospitality Chairwomen Jacquie DeMartino and Mardee Moore organized a lovely buffet meal.  Vickie Winterer and Eleanor Perkins, the Awards Chairwomen, provided an elegant selection of glassware awards. 

And the winners were:

18 Hole Champion: Helene Nichols

18 Hole Champion Runner-Up: Carolyn Daddona

9 Hole Champion: Maggie Johnston

9 Hole Champion Runner-Uo: Sharon Craig

Senior Club Champion: Helene Nichols

Senior Club Champion Runner-Up:   Carol Gordon

Individual Handicap Champion: Elizabeth Conlon

Individual Handicap Runner-Up: Katie Bollo

36 & Over Champion: Esther Boyle

36 & Over Champion Runner-Up: Eleanor Perkins

Member-Member Champion (2): Kacey Constable & Carol Gordon

Member-Member Runner-Up (2): Karen Danielson & Helene Nichols

Most Improved: Elizabeth Conlon

Most Chip-Ins: Carolyn Daddona

Low Putts: Karen Danielson

Class A Ringers: Lori Polito

Class B Ringers: Carolyn Daddona

Class C Ringers: Ann Jose


‘Pour for a Pup’ at New Reynolds’ Building in Lyme Tonight Raises Funds for CT Pound Pups

Renee DiNino and friend.

LYME — Reynolds’ Subaru will be hosting Pour for a Pup event Saturday, Oct.14, to help support the Connecticut pound pups. The event will take place in Reynolds’ brand new state of the art facility. All are welcome.

This charity event will have wine and beer tastings from Tony’s Package Store and Staehly’s Farm, Tito’s has offered to provide cocktail tastings, fun auction items will be available, Best of Everything Country Gourmet will be catering the event, and DJ Boppers will be providing music.

Vice president of the CT Animal House, Jude Levin, states “Pour for a pup, yep that’s right! Come join us for a fun night with a wine and beer tasting, delicious food, awesome DJ “Boppers”, and the beautiful and gracious Renee DiNino who will be our Mistress of Ceremonies. All proceeds go directly to help the CT Pound dogs in need.”

The event will take place 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Reynolds’ Subaru, 268 Hamburg Rd., Lyme CT.

To purchase your tickets at $35 per person, come to Reynolds’, Malloves Jewelers, or visit www.ctanimalhouse.org.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Plant Sale Today

The Old Lyme Historical Society will be holding its Fourth Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, Oct. 14, (rain date: Oct. 21), at 55 Lyme St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until inventory is sold.

Beautiful, locally-grown annuals and perennials will be on sale at extremely competitive prices.

All proceeds benefit the Old Lyme Historical Society.


LAA Hosts ‘Palate to Palette,’ a Delicious, Fun-filled Fundraiser, Thursday

AREAWIDE — Lyme Art Association (LAA) hosts a delicious and art-filled fundraiser, ‘Palate to Palette,’ Oct. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a sumptuous offering by the area’s top restaurants and caterers, plus a variety of craft beer and wine.

The event includes a silent auction featuring works of art specially created by LAA member artists as well as celebrity artists.

Tickets are $45 for LAA members, or $50 for guests.


Foliage Folk Festival in Hadlyme Next Weekend Raises Funds to Tackle Opioid Epidemic in our Communitites

Gather your friends and head on down to Hadlyme for the First Annual Foliage Folk Festival. A two-day event full of music, craft vendors, art, food trucks and valuable education on tackling the opioid epidemic in our communities at the Hadlyme Public Hall on Friday, Oct 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct 21, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Accidental overdose is the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, surpassing car accidents. And this year, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner projected that CT will likely have more than 1,000 people die from drug overdoses, a skyrocketing figure when compared to 2012, when fatal overdoses totaled 357.

But still, only 1 in 10 Americans with a substance use disorder receives treatment and research shows that stigma keeps people from getting the treatment they need. Help us #stopthestigma, get connected to resources to help the people you love while also having a fun-filled night!!

The event features local talent such as Honey Hill (East Haddam/Brooklyn), The Brazen Youth (Lyme), Noons Quarry (East Haddam), The Wallace Trio (Guilford) and acts from Brooklyn and Boston.

All proceeds raised will be donated to organizations working to address the opioid epidemic in Connecticut. Tickets are $25 per night per adult, $40 for a weekend pass, $10 for people 17 and under and free from kids under 6.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit our website at foliagefolkfestival.org or call Theresa Govert at 860-817-3115.


SECWAC Hosts Political Scientist, Foreign Policy Expert Tonight to Discuss, ‘Trump Foreign Policy’

Johns Hopkins University political scientist Michael Haltzel, PhD, will deliver remarks on the foreign policy of the Trump administration, Friday, Oct. 13 in Old Lyme.

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Johns Hopkins University political scientist Michael Haltzel, PhD, who will deliver remarks on the foreign policy of the Trump administration on Friday, Oct. 13, at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium, located at 53 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6 p.m.. Walk-in attendance is $20.

Dr. Haltzel is Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, the School of Advanced International Studes, Johns Hopkins University. He received a B.A. magna cum laude with honors in history from Yale, an M.A. in Soviet Studies and a Ph.D. in history, both from Harvard, and also studied in Berlin, Marburg, and Helsinki. He speaks German and Russian, and is the author or editor of 10 books on European history and international relations, and a frequent contributor to American and European newspapers, journals, and the electronic media.

He capped a distinguished career in public service from 1994 to 2005 as senior foreign policy advisor to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and Staff Director of the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As lead Democratic Senate staffer on NATO and Balkan policy, he co-led the bipartisan ratification of two rounds of NATO enlargement (1998; 2004) and was deeply involved in U.S. policy in the Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo campaigns.

In 2009-10, Haltzel was appointed Head of the U.S. Delegations to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) review conferences in Warsaw, Copenhagen, and Vienna, and headed the U.S. delegation to the OSCE’s 2009 Human Rights Conference in Warsaw. He has also served as director of West European studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, deputy director of Aspen Institute Berlin, and Chief of the European Division of the Library of Congress.

This presentation is a part of the SECWAC annual Speaker Series of up to 10 events held between September and June. SECWAC meetings are free to members; membership is $75 per year, or $25 to young adults under 35. The general public (non-members) is welcome for $20, and meetings are free for area college and high school students. Following the presentation, SECWAC members are invited to join Dr. Haltzel for a dinner at the Old Lyme Country Club; dinner is $35 and must be reserved in advance (by Tuesday, Oct. 10) via email at info@secwac.org.

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America. Their mission is to foster an understanding of issues related to foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate and educational programming. The organization provides a public forum for dialogue between our members and experts on foreign relations at up to 10 events per season between September and June. Membership information is available at secwac.org.


Shoreline Sewing Company Shares A Common Thread with New London Adult Education English Language Learners

Participants in the recent sewing ‘Notebook’ project led by Deb Alvord of the Shoreline Sewing Machine Company in Old Saybrook proudly display their handiwork: front row, left to right: Zanaib Hbaish, Amal Khilo, Fahima Jemmo, Lee Park, Ren Hu, Borgia Colon, Deb Alvord. Peter Alvord stands in the back row.

Deb and Peter Alvord, owners of The Shoreline Sewing Machine Company in Old Saybrook recently offered their time, talent and sewing materials to English Language Learners at New London Adult & Continuing Education (NLAE.)

Deb Alvord, an expert sewer, quilter and instructor presented a sample ‘Notebook’ cover project, which six students from South Korea, Dominican Republic, Syria and China replicated using four sewing machines plus a special edging machine. Peter Alvord was also on hand to assist and otherwise repairs sewing machines.

As adults, these international students come to the United States with a great deal of expertise. However, they are often limited in their expression because of a lack of English. This sewing exercise enabled these students, with significant background in tailoring, embroidering, and design to be emboldened and express themselves when words are often difficult.

The point of this collaboration was to build upon existing knowledge and strength of non English speakers to segue into practical English learning.

For more class offerings at both organizations, visit www.shorelinesew.com and www.newlondonadulted.org. 

Editor’s Note: Andrea Fenton, the author of this article, is a resident  of Old Lyme and an English Language Teacher at NLAE.


‘Meet the Candidates’ Night for Old Lyme Board of Selectmen is Tonight

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce will host a ‘Meet the Candidates for Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’ night on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme.  All are welcome.

First Selectman candidates Bonnie A. Reemsnyder (D, incumbent) and Jude Read (R), and Selectmen candidates Mary Jo Nosal (D, incumbent) and Chris Kerr (R) will offer prepared remarks and answer questions posed by Paul Choiniere, Editorial Page Editor of The Day.  Olwen Logan, Publisher/Editor of LymeLine.com and President of the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce, will be event moderator.

Questions/topics for the candidates may be submitted for consideration in advance to editor@lymeline.com or email@lolcc.com or mailed to Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 4152, Old Lyme, CT 06371.  Questions must be received by Friday, Oct. 6.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.  Polls at Cross Lane Firehouse in Old Lyme will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Absentee ballots are available now through the Old Lyme Town Clerk.


See ‘Faerieville USA’ at Flo Gris Museum Through Oct. 29

Children delight in the fun and whimsical creations while adults marvel at the creatively conceived and handcrafted works of art.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn., presents Faerieville USA: In and Around a Wee Faerie Town on the grounds of museum’s campus through Oct. 29. It was announced on Friday that although the Museum and grounds will be open tomorrow, Columbus Day, the special events scheduled for the day –  the Quirky and Creative Artisan Faire and parade led by the Chester Fife and Drum – have now been moved to Sunday, Oct. 22, due to the inclement weather forecast for Monday.

Visitors follow their map of Faerieville to 31 hand-crafted faerie scenes. Visitors will stroll along Wee Faerie Boulevard and marvel at the quintessential small-town features such as the wee faerie bakery, library, and flower shop. There’s everything faeries need to live, work, and play. This annual event has come to signify an enriching, not-to-be-missed outing for visitors of all ages.

This year’s Wee Faerie Village is the ninth of the Museum’s annual outdoor creative installations. Challenged to create their scenes using natural materials, most artists work for at least six months on their creations.

Erica Mann, a preschool teacher who resides in Pomfret, Conn.is fashioning the Faerieville Elementary School and Athletic Park for this year’s Wee Faerie Village. She says she’s enjoying thinking back to her favorite memories on a playground and them imagining how those old favorites could be constructed from natural materials like sticks, bark and moss.

A first-time contributor to the Village, Mann states, “I want to create a space that the littlest of faerie folk would love. Being a teacher myself, it is so perfect that I am creating the Faerieville Elementary School. I am designing a magical little place that I would want to teach if only I could shrink down and become one of those wee faeries!”

Wee faeries always welcome!

Artists are selected from across Connecticut and a few from outside the state. This year, students from Deep River Elementary School, Haddam-Killingworth High School, and the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (New London) returned to participate in the event. New to the artists’ roster this year are students from Pleasant Valley School in South Windsor, who are contributing the Faerieville Art Museum.

A special feature of Faerieville is Sand-topia, a small city made entirely of sand. Sand sculptor Greg Grady transforms a seven-ton pile of very dense, flat-grained sand into an intricate marvel-worthy mini metropolis.

Special Events

As part of its Wee Faerie Village exhibition, adults and families with children can enjoy a month of faerie-themed activities. Events include, parties, performances, book discussions, and craft activities. Many events are included in Museum admission. Visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for a complete list.

Sundays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Every Sunday in October from 11am to 5pm visitors can drop in for Americana-inspired hands-on projects. A different project each week. Program is included in Museum admission.

Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9
These events have now been postponed to Sunday Oct. 22, due to the inclement weather forecast for Monday, Oct. 9

The Museum will open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faerie dance lessons begin at 11:30 a.m. At noon, Chester Fife & Drum Corps will lead visitors in a parade through Faerieville. Wings, crowns, tiaras, and Americana attire are encouraged. Hands-on crafts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop for artful objects created by local artisans and crafters inspired by the faerie realm. This quirky and creative artisan fair is a special one-day, pop-up event at the Museum. Program is included in Museum admission.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Join artist Maureen McCabe and gallery owner Jeff Cooley at the Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme for an intimate artful conversation about the work in The Fantastical Art of Maureen McCabe and Ersnt Von Maydell, a gallery show inspired by the fantastical artwork of Baron Ernst von Maydell (German, b. 1884). Cooley is a longtime collector of the fairy-filled images and McCabe created a new body of work inspired by the Baron’s whimsical paintings. A light reception concludes the event. The Fantastical Art of Maureen McCabe and Ersnt Von Maydell is on view at the Cooley Gallery October 7 through November 12, 2017.

Saturday, Oct. 14

From 11am to 4pm visitors can enjoy Faerieville’s Farm Day and Pumpkin Patch Party. Wonder through the pop-up barnyard and impromptu pumpkin patch. Meet Gemini the calf, Poppy the goat, Shasta the donkey, and hens Idina and Girdy before choosing and decorating the perfect pumpkin. Animals are visiting from Wounded Eagle Farm in Canterbury. Pumpkins, gourds, and other fall produce for sale by the Davis Farm of Norwich. Apples for sale from Haywood Farm in New Hartford.

Saturday, Oct. 21
From 11am to 4pm Leslie Evans, Director of the Avery-Copp House Museum, offers a drop-in presentation on the historic use of herbs in attracting or distracting faeries, protection from witches, or controlling others emotions (ie. love potions). Participants discover the “magical” property of these herbs before creating their faerie amulet sachet. Herb-infused snacks and beverages will be available for tasting. Program is included in Museum admission.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Visitors will have Halloween fun from 11am to 4pm with treats and hands-on crafts. Visitors are encouraged to dress up as faeries from around Faerieville (a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker) to march in the Cavalcade of Costumes Parade. Parade begins at 12noon. Craft-bag prizes for all participants. Program is included in Museum admission.

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm with extended hours on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. The Museum will open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9 from 10am to 5pm. Admission during the exhibition is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, $13 for students, $5 for members. Children 12 and under are free thanks to the support of an anonymous donor. Admission includes the outdoor walking tour of the faerie village as well as the Florence Griswold House, Chadwick Studio, Rafal Landscape Center and the Krieble Gallery with three special exhibitions.


Old Lyme Church to Ring Steeple Bell 59 Times This Evening in Memory of Las Vegas Dead; All Welcome to Attend, Express Need for Change

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme where the bell will be rung 59 times this evening starting at 6 p.m. in memory of each life lost in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas gun massacre.

In New England villages, bells were used as a way of drawing people out of their homes for public purposes. They were used to announce times of worship, celebration and mourning … but they were also used as a way of sounding an alarm, of calling a community to action.

As it was then, so it is now.

On Sunday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m., the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme invites the entire community to join its members on the front lawn as the steeple bell is rung 59 times in memory of the individuals who lost their lives to the recent gun violence in Las Vegas, Nev.

LymeLine.com Opinion:

The bell tolls will not only remind us of each precious life lost on Oct. 1, but will also serve as an alarm, calling us to attention as a community. They will remind us that moments of pious silence — as some members of Congress would recommend — are not enough. We need to change. We need to improve our society.

The bell tolls will provide resonant, loud and insistent reminders of the insanity of firearms in this country. We need the clarion call of a bell to rouse us from our slumber. We need to change the way we live.

The bell will be sounded 59 times on Sunday evening … and again every time there is another ritualized mass shooting in America.

All are welcome Sunday evening at 6 p.m.


Bushnell Farm Hosts Free ‘Frost Season ‘ Program Today

Bushnell Farm hosts Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Song and Story, Sunday.

OLD SAYBROOK — Bushnell Farm hosts Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Song and Story, Sunday, Oct. 8, with State Historian Walt Woodward and the Band of Steady Habits, 4 p.m. 1445 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook, CT

This is a free program. The public is welcome. Parking available on-site.

For more information, call (860) 767-0674.


Letter to the Editor: First Selectman Candidate Read Has Long History of Volunteerism, Successful Small Business Management, Community Involvement

To the Editor:

I have known Jude Read and her husband Sloan Danenhower for over 34 years and enthusiastically endorse Jude’s candidacy for first selectman of Old Lyme. Always an active community member, Jude has volunteered with the Board of Education, the Board of Finance, MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation and the Old Lyme Historical Society. She is not only active, she is always up to date with Old Lyme’s agendas and ready to implement projects with her steady hand, and outstanding leadership.

I have had the pleasure of working alongside Jude on various committees over the years and have seen firsthand that she is a true team player. She listens to all sides of an issue, gives full consideration and works toward a constructive and well-executed response. Her effervescent personality and genuine love of our town is obvious to all who meet her. Jude believes that our many talented residents are a vital resource for running the town and that by working together, there is no need to outsource services vital to the community.

Jude and her family have strong ties to this community; as a parent, she volunteered in school projects, led a Girl Scout troop and instilled the value of community involvement in her two children, Megan and Sloan (Will). A successful small business manager and owner, Jude not only manages people, but is able to create adaptable budgets with a keen eye (and a calculator).

Jude believes that an informed and involved community makes a strong and healthy community, and I couldn’t agree more. Please join me and vote for Jude Read and Chris Kerr on November 7th.


Jane Schellens,
Old Lyme.


Lyme-Old Lyme High School Hosts Open House for Prospective Students, Friday

Lyme-Old Lyme High School hosts an Open House for prospective students on Oct. 20th

School offers tuition options for students not resident in Lyme or Old Lyme

On Friday, Oct. 20, Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) welcomes prospective students who do not currently attend a Lyme-Old Lyme School and/or their parents to visit the high school during its Fall Open House for Prospective Students.  In order to offer a customized experience for each prospective student and/or their parents, interviews are being offered throughout the day to accommodate varying schedules.

Each meeting with a school counselor will be preceded by a student-led tour of the high school. This format is intended to allow all attendees an opportunity to gain a general overview of the school and interact with current students, as well as to obtain answers to individual questions and information on curriculum, student opportunities and more.

In terms of the type of students and/or families the District is aiming to attract, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explains, “This event is offered for students in a variety of situations such as students whose families are looking to move to the area, students who reside here but attend private, parochial, or magnet schools, and tuition-paying students who live in other towns.”

In April 2016, LOLHS was named the eighth best public high school in Connecticut by US News & World Report in their listing of Best High Schools. Moreover, LOLHS was ranked nationally at #429 and consequently, as one of the top 500 schools in the country, was awarded US News & World Report’s highest honor of a gold medal. Within the state, LOLHS had the highest ranking of any school in New London County and came in ahead of Simsbury, Greenwich and Darien High Schools.

Year after year, LOLHS graduates are accepted into a wide range of diverse and highly selective schools across the US and in some cases, internationally. The Lyme-Old Lyme School system has become a pipeline to the Ivy League schools and the “Little-Ivies” including such schools as Duke, MIT and Stanford.

Facilities at the high school are exceptional with state-of-the-art technology implemented throughout the building thanks to a $49 million renovation project completed in 2014. The math, science, language, and technology and engineering areas along with the art, music, drama and athletic facilities are now of a quality and sophistication that resembles a college environment, rather than a high school.

Current enrollment at LOLHS is 483 students across Grades 9 through 12 and the average class size is between 15 and 18. The school offers a full spectrum of core subjects taught in-house, including 17 Advanced Placement subjects, and also an extensive range of online classes taken through the Virtual High School program. Students also have the option to pursue the acclaimed Techno-Ticks robotics program along with more than 35 other extra-curricular clubs.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School enjoys exceptionally strong music, drama and art programs, which have been recognized with numerous awards both at the state level and nationally. The school’s athletic program has similarly received innumerable honors over the years and is proud to have several past, present and future Olympians among its alumni.

If you would like to attend this informative event, call Glynis Houde at 860-434-2255 to schedule your appointment. For further information, contact Tracy Lenz, LOLHS Director of Guidance, at 860-434-2255 or lenzt@region18.org or James Wygonik, LOLHS Principal, at 860-434-1651 or wygonikj@region18.org.


Lyme DTC Launches New Website

As part of its ongoing efforts to encourage local residents to learn more about – and get more involved in – town government, the Lyme Democratic Town Committee (DTC) has announced the launch of a new website at www.LymeDTC.org.

With just a few clicks, visitors to the new website can:

From left to right, candidates for, respectively, Lyme Selectman and First Selectman, John Kiker and Steve Mattson stand together.

Contact their local, state and federal legislators.

Find out how to register to vote or obtain an absentee ballot.

Learn more about the Democratic candidates running for office in November.

Find out when the next meetings of many town boards, committees and commissions are going to be held.

Keep tabs on local news, issues and information.

Discover how Lyme’s Town Meeting form of government works.

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.


‘Cat’s Take the Cream, Crush Cromwell

Old Lyme players celebrate a goal in the game against Morgan High School. (File photo by Jennifer Funaro.)

Old Lyme pulled off a huge win yesterday evening when they defeated Cromwell 3-1 at Cromwell High School. Maddie Ouellette was the first to score for Old Lyme from an assist from Mya Johnson. Jenny Ritchie followed up with a goal off an assist from Danielle McCarthy and the Wildcats’ final goal was scored by Mya Johnson assisted by Caroline Wallace.

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera with nine saves.

Cromwell’s lone goal was scored by Olivia Belcourt;  Jessica DellaRatta was in goal for Cromwell where she made 14 saves.

Old Lyme is now 10-0-0 overall and 6-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Go Wildcats!