August 22, 2017

Sound View Hosts Free Concert by the ‘Duke Robillard & his All-Star Band,’ Tomorrow Evening

Duke Robillard

The Town of Old Lyme and the Sound View Commission are sponsoring family-friendly, outdoor concerts at Sound View Beach this summer.

The final concert in the 2017 series will be held Thursday evening, Aug. 24, and features Duke Robillard and his All Star Band. International recording artist and Grammy nominee, Duke is recipient of many awards including: The Blues Music Awards “Best Blues Guitarist,” Canadian Maple Blues Awards “Best International Blues Artist,” The French Blues Association “Album of the Year” and “Guitarist of the Year.”

BB King himself has called Duke “One of the great players.” Duke was also the founder of “Roomful of Blues” band.

The free concerts will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the flag pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a lovely evening of sunset music.

Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the Shoreline Community Center at 39 Hartford Ave. in Sound View.

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Letter to the Editor: First Selectmen Candidates Should Focus on Positive Future for Old Lyme, Not Negative Past

To the Editor:

This November Old Lyme will be having a municipal election. Either the incumbent Bonnie Reemsnyder, a Democrat, will prevail, or Judith Read, a Republican, will become First Selectwoman.

I am a native born resident of Old Lyme, and have happy memories of spending summers riding my bike, having ice cream at James Pharmacy ( a dime bought you a generous scoop of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry), and listening to katydids.. Old Lyme is a special place where civility and responsible citizenship can still prevail, and change is slow and measured ever since it was established as a “plantation” in the 1665 Loving Parting agreement with Saybrook Colony.

In my opinion, civility and openness is needed more than ever in this forthcoming election. It troubles me when I hear sotto voce that Bonnie did nothing about possible train tracks running through the center of town, or cares nothing about our beach communities, or about improvements on Halls Road.  I have been at meetings convened by our First Selectwoman at which these serious matters were discussed. The 85 page report sent to the DOT attests to her hard work at getting qualified professionals to weigh in on a poorly conceived route for express train tracks.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing if we went back to the League of  Women Voters forums (remember them?) where the candidates outline specific plans for the Town, not what evil things the other candidate has done to destroy the Town. Perhaps we could get national news coverage which would be beamed directly to Capital Hill in Washington. Old Lyme could even set a trend for problem-solving. As my grandchildren might say “what a concept”.

Sincerely,

Alison C. Mitchell,
Old Lyme.

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OS Library Hosts Ann Nyberg to Discuss Her Book on Katharine Hepburn, 11am Today

OLD SAYBROOK — Ann Nyberg, author and Emmy nominated WTNH-TV anchor and reporter, hosts a conversation about her recently published book, “Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady” at Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m.

Nyberg is a founding member and the Vice President of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) also in Old Saybrook.  Her book reflects the life of Miss Hepburn “through personal remembrances from the people whose lives she influenced.”

Nyberg’s zest and zeal for all things Connecticut and Kate will make this a captivating conversation.

Ann Nyberg

For more about Nyberg and her work, visit her popular website “Network Connecticut.”

This program is free and open to the public but registration is strongly recommended.

Nyberg will sign copies of “Remembering Katharine Hepburn,” which will be available for sale.

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Old Lyme Church Hosts Fundraiser 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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Legal News You Can Use: Proving Negligence in a Car Accident Case

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SPONSORED POST: To recover compensation in a car accident case, a plaintiff must satisfy the required elements of a negligence claim: duty, breach, causation and damages. Specifically, the plaintiff must persuade the jury that the defendant breached his or her duty of care, resulting in injury, by a preponderance of the evidence standard.

Element Two: Breach of Duty

As we discussed in a recent post, every licensed driver has a duty of care to operate his or her vehicle in a responsible manner. That duty includes abiding by traffic laws and paying attention to traffic and road conditions. Thus, the most contested element of a car accident case is usually not whether a duty existed, but whether the defendant driver’s actions breached that duty.

Types of Evidence in a Car Accident Claim

A plaintiff may use both direct and circumstantial evidence in a car accident case. Thanks to technology, there may be direct evidence of a defendant driver’s actions. For example, street cameras may have recorded the driver running a stop sign or red light. If a crash victim suspects that the other driver was texting behind the wheel, a subpoena to the driver’s cell phone carrier may confirm that suspicion. Many newer motor vehicles also contain an Event Data Recorder (EDR), or “black box,” which may have recorded speed and braking patters immediately before the collision.

Creating a Trial Narrative With Expert Testimony

Suisman Shapiro also has established relationships with accident reconstruction specialists. These professionals may offer testimony that interprets circumstantial evidence, such as skid marks, vehicle resting positions, EDR data, and the driver’s memories immediately before the crash. However, none of this evidence may be apparent without the skilled investigative efforts of a personal injury attorney.

The Law Firm of Suisman Shapiro focuses on this area of the law.

Source: Washington Post, “Study on drug-impaired driving gets pushback — from other safety advocates,” Fredrick Kunkle, May 1, 2017

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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 lead by Fred Fenton, an experienced kayaker and a long time director of the OL Land Trust. Fred 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 OL Land Trust 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 REQUIRED.

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Rockfall Foundation Invites Nominations for Local Environmental Champions

The Rockfall Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2017 Environmental Awards, which recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses for environmental efforts that contribute to the quality of life in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. Two categories of awards include the Distinguished Service Award and Certificates of Appreciation in the areas of preservation, conservation, restoration, or environmental education.

Awardees are recognized at the Rockfall Foundation’s annual meeting and grants celebration in November. Nominations must be submitted by September 15, 2017 and a form can be downloaded at www.rockfallfoundation.org or one can be requested by calling 860-347-0340.

Founded in 1935 by Middletown philanthropist Clarence S. Wadsworth, the Rockfall Foundation is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations. The Foundation supports environmental education, conservation and planning initiatives in the Lower Connecticut River Valley through public programs and grants.
In addition, the Rockfall Foundation operates the historic deKoven House Community Center that offers meeting rooms and office space for non-profit organizations.

For additional information about the 2017 Environmental Awards or the Rockfall Foundation, visit www.rockfallfoundation.org or call 860-347-0340.

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Youth Soccer Registration Now Open With Old Lyme Parks & Recreation

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The Fall Soccer Program is now open to Old Lyme residents. Teams are co-ed and are grouped by grade as follows: 

  • Pre-K (Ages 3-4)        
  • Grade K          
  • Grade 1         
  • Grade 2/3           
  • Grade 4/5

All games/sessions will be held at Town Woods Park. Pre K and Grades K-1  Instructional Soccer sessions will be held on Saturday mornings. Games for Grades 2-3 and Grades 4-5 will be held on Saturday mornings and these teams will practice on the field prior to their game.

Registration will be closed and forms must be received by Thursday, Sept. 7Forms are available at the Old Lyme Town Hall and on the Old Lyme Town Hall website. Note that Lyme Residents must sign-up with Lyme Parks & Recreation. Lyme and Old Lyme players will be combined on teams at the coaches meeting.

Teams will be formed at the Tentative Coaches Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 9The meeting will be held at the OL Town Hall Meeting Room. 

  • Pre-K, Grade 1 and 2 Coaches will meet at 9 a.m. 
  • Grades 2-3 and 4-5 coaches will meet at 10 am.

Coaches will be contacted by Old Lyme Parks & Recreation prior to the meeting to confirm the date and times of the meeting.

The tentative schedule is Saturday mornings from Sept. 16-Oct. 28, 2017. Coaches will call with details after the Teams have been formed and the schedules are made. Volunteer coaches are essential to the success of the Program. Your help is needed and appreciated.

For further information, contact Old Lyme Parks and Recreation Director Don Bugbee at 860.434.1605, ext. 235  or parkrec@oldlyme-ct.gov

Link to Parks and Recreation for schedules, cancellations and general information are on the Parks & Recreation page of the Old Lyme Town website. Programs are listed by season.

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Federation of Old Lyme Beaches Host ‘Meet The Candidates’ Nights for Each Party; Democrats, Friday

The Federation of Old Lyme Beaches is hosting two ‘Meet the Candidates’ nights on Friday, Aug. 18, and Friday, Aug. 25, respectively for the Republican and Democratic candidates for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen.

Challengers Jude Read and Chris Kerr are the Republican candidates for First and Second Selectmen – they were on hand at the event held Friday, Aug. 18.

Incumbents Bonnie Reemsnyder and Mary Jo Nosal are the Democratic candidates for the same positions and will similarly be on hand at the event being held from 7 to 10 p.m. next Friday, Aug. 25.

Both events will be held at the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave. Sound View.

Parking is available across the street from the Community Center.

Municipal elections awill be held this November and this is an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about important issues facing Old Lyme and particularly the beach areas. Candidates for Old Lyme Selectmen, Boards, and Commissions are invited to make presentations and answer your questions.

The Federation of Beaches urges everyone to attend and become informed voters.

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Salt Marsh Opera Presents ‘Opera in the Park’ in Old Saybrook, Sept. 1

Sarah Nordin

Salt Marsh Opera presents their annual event of well-known opera selections and musical theatre, “Opera in the Park,” on Friday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. on Old Saybrook Town Green, adjacent to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street.

Bring family and friends, blankets and chairs, and even relax with a picnic dinner.

Professional performers Sarah Nordin, mezzo-soprano and Tyler Putnam, bass will delight you with glorious music under the stars.

Nordin has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, toured Japan, and the Geneva Light Opera Company.

Tyler Putnam

Putnam has appeared with Opera Omaha, St. Petersburg Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Little Opera Theatre of New York.

This event is free, but a $10 donation is suggested to cover expenses.

Rain date is Saturday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m.

For additional information, visit www.saltmarshopera.org

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Last Day to Enjoy 116th Hamburg Fair, See the Famed ‘Ox Pull’ at 9am

Midway Carnival rides, animal exhibits, food concessions, pony rides, oxen-pull, crafts, kids games and top local musicians are among the favorite attractions for visitors attending the annual Hamburg Fair, now celebrating its 116th year.

Hosted by The Lyme Grange, the fair takes place rain or shine Friday Aug. 18, 5 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 209 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1 Sterling City Rd., Lyme, Conn. (located at the intersection of Rte. 156 and across from Reynolds’ Subaru.)

General admission to the fair is $7 per person, children up to age 12 are free.   Senior Citizens and Active Service men and women $5 per person (ID required).  Tickets are available for purchase at the entrance and free parking is offered on and nearby the site.

The three-day, family-friendly fair showcases many agricultural fair traditions including entries and exhibits for farm, animal, crafts, fruits, vegetables and more.  The intimate size of the fair makes for easy navigation, parking and crowd control.

Young fairgoers will enjoy children’s games offered on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will include a watermelon-eating contest, face-painting, three-legged race and prize winning contests.  Visitors are invited to watch the traditional pony- and horse-pulls on Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and the oxen-pull on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

Free on-stage music talent and entertainment is a growing Hamburg Fair highlight.  From country to pop, fiddlers to funk, there is something for everyone who enjoys live music.  The fair kicks off Friday evening music with performances in the amphitheater from country music favorites Katie Perkins and Branded.

See many local young artists hosted by Music Now and Nightingale’s Showcase on Saturday afternoon including; Connected, Sophie Spaner, Jake Kulak and Braiden Sunshine.  Saturday evening features local headliners Plywood Cowboy followed by Shiny Lapel Trio.  Sunday afternoon concludes with the tradition of bluegrass and fiddling by Eight Mile River Band and the Old Time Fiddlers.

The full music entertainment line-up is as follows:

Friday

  • 6:00-8:00pm: Katie Perkins
  • 8:30-10:30pm: Branded

Saturday

  • 1:00pm -5:45pm: Music Now/Nightingale’s Showcase – Up and coming local talent
    • 1:00-1:10: Rossi Sisters
    • 1:20-1:40: Galen Donovan
    • 1:45- 2:05: Chris Gregor
    • 2:10-2:30: Ciara Klimaszewski
    • 2:35-2:55: Chloe Morgan
    • 3:00-3:20: Sophie Spaner
    • 3:25-3:45: Greta Stroebel
    • 3:55-4:30: Conn3cted
    • 4:45-5:45: Jake Kulak and the Lowdown with special guest  Braiden Sunshine
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Plywood Cowboy
  • 8:30- 10:30pm: Shiny Lapel Trio

Sunday

  • 12:00-1:30pm: BlueGrass Duo
  • 1:45-3:00pm: Eight Mile River Band
  • 3:00-6:00pm: The Old Time Fiddlers

Each year the Hamburg Fair honors a cherished community member.  The 116th Hamburg Fair is dedicated in memory of Marita Knutson Rand, who proudly supported her community as a member and secretary of the Lyme Grange #147 and served as Hamburg Fair Committee Chairman and gatekeeper for over 30 years.  Knutson Rand was well known in the community through her involvement in Lyme Girl Scouts, Sunday school teaching at the First Congregational Church of Lyme, American Legion Auxiliary, Lymes’ General Store as a partner and Old Lyme Pharmacy Gift as shop manager for 35 years.

Highlighted sponsors of the Hamburg Fair include Reynolds’ Subaru, Hamilton Point Investments, GeoMatrix, Essex Savings Bank, Connected Systems, Guilford Savings Bank, Bogaert Construction, Middlesex Hospital, Lyme Public Hall Association, Wind River Environmental, Maddy Mattson Coldwell Banker, Block Design Build, Sapia Builders, Ring’s End, New England Power Equipment and Tiffany Built.

Visit www.hamburgfair.org for fair schedule, exhibit entry, and more information.  The 116th Hamburg Fair is hosted by Lyme Grange #147 and organized by many local volunteers to build community relationships and create lasting family memories.

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Let’s Roar On! Free Concert Tonight in Centerbrook Benefits ‘Soft Foot Alliance’

Michael McDermott will lead a talented group of musicians in a free concert, Aug. 20, to benefit The Soft Foot Alliance, which is working to achieve a sustainable co-existence between humans and wildlife in and around the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

CENTERBROOK — On Sunday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m., join Ivoryton Playhouse favorite Michael McDermott and his talented group of musicians at a free concert to raise awareness and funds for The Soft Foot Alliance. The evening will be filled with songs of hope and promise – from “Fields of Gold” to “Here Comes the Sun”; from Celtic culture and heritage through American folk traditions to new works.

McDermott will be joined by Kathleen Mulready, another Ivoryton Playhouse alum who starred in Finian’s Rainbow and shared the stage with Michael in The Irish… and How They Got That Way; also Nancy Herzig on flute,  David Jarkey on piano, Susan Mazer on guitar, Celeste Cumming on cello and the wonderful Lorelei Chang will dance.

This painting of Cecil The Lion by David Roelofs will be up for auction at The Soft Foot Alliance Benefit Concert being held Aug. 20.

McDermott has been seen many times at the Playhouse – most recently in The Bells of Dublin: The Carol of the Bells. He was moved by the story of Cecil the Lion and began a correspondence with Brent Stapelkamp, who lives and works with the animals and people in and around the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Stapelkamp formed The Soft Foot Alliance – a new Trust dedicated to improving the lives and landscapes of people living on the boundary of Hwange National Park – that is working to achieve a sustainable co-existence with wildlife. Lion, hyena, elephant, baboon and honey badger are the main focal species of the Trust’s work as they impact people’s livelihoods on the park’s boundaries.

“By designing actions that, firstly, improve the lives and the livelihoods of the people living with these animals, and secondly, promote the conservation of the animal, we hope to achieve co-existence between the two.” says Stapelkamp.

The concert will take place at Centerbrook Meeting House, 51 Main St, Centerbrook, CT 06409 at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20. There will also be a silent auction with some special prizes, including a portrait of Cecil painted by artist, David Roelofs.

The concert is free but seating is limited. Call 860-707-0732 to reserve your tickets today and join the campaign to support a sustainable future for the people and animals of Zimbabwe.

Visit The Soft Foot Alliance at www.softfootalliance.com

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Big Band Event at Brewers Essex Island Marina Today Benefits Local Charities

Bob Hughes plays his saxophone on the dock at Brewers Essex Island Marina.

ESSEX — Saxophonist and band leader Bob Hughes is inspired by views of the Connecticut River at Brewers Essex Island Marina, where he and his 16-piece orchestra, “The Bob Hughes Big Band,” are scheduled to perform on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Billed as an “Island Swing,” the fundraising event is sponsored by the Essex Council of the Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

The Bob Hughes Big Band will present a fundraising ‘Island Swing,’ Aug. 20.

Hughes, a resident of Essex, has had a lifelong love affair with big band and swing music.  In addition to the rare and vintage saxophone that has accompanied him for more than 70 years on his musical journey, Hughes is proud of his library of arrangements that he has used to educate himself in the styles of such greats as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and his personal favorite, Stan Kenton.

View from Brewers Essex Island Marina, where the Bob Hughes Big Band will give a concert, Aug. 20.

Hughes has led his Essex-based band for 15 years and is extremely proud of the exceptional local musicians that have bonded under his leadership.  Together, they are helping to keep top-level swing music alive in this part of New England.

In addition to outstanding music and dancing, attendees of the Aug. 20 “Island Swing” event, which will run from 5 to 8 p.m., will enjoy an evening of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres supplemented by a buffet, wine, beer and soft drinks.  Tickets are $50.  All proceeds will support local charities.

For tickets or more information, call Ed McCaffrey at 860-575-4694 or visit http://www.olos-sxorg/2017_knightsofcolumbus_islandswing.pdf

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Public Invited to Explore I-Park This Afternoon at Free Open Studios Event


EAST HADDAM
— The public is invited to explore the grounds of I-Park and meet this month’s resident artists at a free Open Studios on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the I-Park campus in East Haddam.

The 450-acre artists’ retreat is generally closed to visitors to give the resident artists undisturbed time to work on their creative endeavors. But once a month, at the conclusion of each four-week residency, visitors are invited to meet the artists in their studios, attend a presentation featuring some of their work, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and stroll some of the trails winding through I-Park’s bucolic, art-filled campus.

Studios will only be open from 2 to 3:30 p.m., so guests are advised to arrive early so they have enough time to visit all six studios before the 3:30 p.m. presentation. A reception follows, with refreshments courtesy of On the Rocks restaurant.

  • Lindsey Drager, Michigan: Creative Writing
  • Azita Moradkhani, Massachusetts/Iran: Visual Arts
  • Anna Louise Richardson, Australia: Visual Arts
  • Harry Stafylakis, New York: Music Composition/Sound Art
  • Octavio Vazquez, New York/Spain: Music Composition/Sound Art
  • Senbo Yang, California/China: Landscape/Ecological Design

Admission to Open Studios is free, but visitors are encouraged to make reservations in advance by going to i-park.org and clicking on the events tab.

For additional information, write events@i-park.org or call 860-873-2468.

I-­Park is an artists-in-residence program offering fully-funded, four-week residencies in visual arts, architecture, moving image, music composition/sound art, creative writing and landscape/ecological design. Since its founding in 2001, I-­Park has sponsored more than 800 residencies, and has developed cross-­disciplinary projects of cultural significance and brought them into the public domain.

I-­Park’s 450-acre campus encourages dialogue between the natural and built environments, and has been the setting for exhibitions, performances, symposia, and programs that facilitate artistic collaboration.

For more information, visit i-­park.org.

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Marc Black Plays 50s, 60s Music in Summer Concert at Lyme Library, Aug. 25

Marc Black will play at Lyme Public Library Aug.
25. All are welcome and admission is free.

Marc Black plays ‘Music of the 50s and 60s’ on Friday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Rd./Rte. 156, Lyme, CT.

Black presents the history of the 50s and 60s through the lens of popular music of the time.  This is an engaging, humorous program in which the audience will relive this colorful time in our history.  This is a second return engagement.  Black has performed at the library for the last two years and both performances were standing room only.  

Call to register at (860) 434-2272 or email programreg@lymepl.org

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State to Hold Public Hearing Today in Hartford on Millstone’s Role in State

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will hold a public hearing on Thursday Aug. 17, regarding Gov. Malloy’s executive order initiating a study of Millstone’s role in Connecticut.

This is an opportunity to share your perspective about Millstone Power Station.

Those who wish to testify may attend the public hearing at 9:30 a.m. in the Gina McCarthy Auditorium, 79 Elm Street, Hartford.

RSVP to DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov by Tuesday, Aug.15, by 4 p.m. if you plan to attend and/or present oral comment at the meeting.

You can also submit written comments by emailing them to DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov.

For more information on the public hearing click here.

To read the request for comment click here.

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LOL Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ Tonight at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds; All Welcome

A view across the Sculpture Grounds.

This Wednesday evening, the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Chamber of Commerce is hosting a special Summer Business After Hours at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Prospective Chamber members are welcome to join current members in this beautiful outdoor location, which slopes gently down to the Lieutenant River and where more than 100 outdoor sculptures are located. This is a great opportunity to see the Chamber in action and evaluate whether you wish to join.

Sculptor Gilbert V. Boro in his studio.

Join Chamber members to network with other local businesses and also hear acclaimed sculptor and the owner of Studio 80, Gilbert Boro, talk about his remarkable abstract works and his lifelong dedication to the arts.  Boro is also hosting the 2017 Summer Sculpture Showcase at the moment, which adds works by some 20 guest sculptors to the usual inventory of sculptures on display.

Three works by Gilbert Boro can be seen in this photo.

It will be possible for current members to renew their membership during the evening and prospective members to sign up as members right away.  The Chamber year runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

The Chamber’s 2017 Scholarship winners, Olivia Ellis and Sophie Christiano, will also be in attendance to be honored for their achievements.

Appetizers, wine and soft drinks will be served. There is no charge to attend but an RSVP to email@lolcc.com would be helpful for planning purposes.

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Play Beach Blanket Bingo Tonight at White Sand Beach!

Beach_Blanket_BingoPlay Beach Blanket Bingo Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at White Sand Beach.

Hosted by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), the price for this fun, family evening is $5 per person or $20 per family. All are welcome.

A pizza dinner is included and prizes will be awarded to Bingo! winners.

Bring your beach blanket, bug spray … and your appetite!

This event is open to all Lyme-Old Lyme families.  Check the LYSB website or Facebook page after 5 p.m. for possible weather postponements.

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Death of Popular, Former LOL Middle School Teacher Announced

Richard LaVecchia. Photo courtesy of Potter Funeral Home, Willimantic.

Richard “Rich” LaVecchia, known affectionately to his students as “Mr. L,” passed away on Saturday, Aug. 12, of brain cancer.  Mr. LaVecchia was an immensely popular sixth grade science teacher at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for more than 40 years.  As his obituary states, “He engaged his students with hands-on experiments and interactive lessons that inspired many to go on in the field or, at least, return to say “hi” and share a desk-drawer snack.”

Today, we have heard nothing but fond memories of Mr. LaVecchia and the highest praise for his teaching and interpersonal skills from colleagues, Region 18 parents and former students alike.

Thank you for your outstanding and inspiring service to so many students, Mr. L.  You will be sadly missed.

RIP.

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Rogers Lake Re-opens for Swimming, Wading

Water samples collected by Ledge Light Health District at the Rogers Lake swimming area have indicated excessive bacteria levels.

Swimming or wading in Rogers Lake has therefore been prohibited until further notice.

Updates will be posted on LymeLine.com as soon as available.

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