August 19, 2018

Last Chance to Enjoy All The Fun of the Hamburg Fair Today

The ferris wheel at Hamburg Fair is always a popular attraction.

Milestone 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 their 117th year.

Hosted by The Lyme Grange, the fair takes place rain or shine Friday, Aug. 17, 5 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1 Sterling City Rd, Lyme, (located at the intersection of Rte. 156 and across from Reynolds’ Subaru.)

General admission to the fair is $7 per person, kids up to age 12 are free.   Senior Citizens and Active Service men and women $5/person (ID required).  Tickets are available for purchase at the entrance and $5 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 fair-goers will enjoy kids 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 contests with prizes.  Visitors are invited to watch the traditional pony and horse pulls on Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and 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; Conn3cted, Sophie Spaner, Forever Fool and Letterhead.  Saturday evening features local headliners Dizzy River Band followed by 60’s Explosion.  Sunday afternoon concludes with the tradition of bluegrass and fiddling by Longmeadow, Five in the Chamber and the Old Tyme Fiddlers.

The full music entertainment line-up is as follows:


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


  • 1:00pm -5:45pm: Music Now/Nightingale’s Showcase – Up and coming local talent
  • 1:00-1:10pm: Caleb “Reno” Haylon
  • 1:15-1:35pm: Emily May
  • 1:40- 2:00pm: Galen Donovan
  • 2:05-2:30pm: Cici Klimaszewski
  • 2:35-3:00pm: Chris Gregor
  • 3:05-3:30pm: Sophie Spaner
  • 3:35-4:10pm: Forever Fool
  • 4:15-4:55pm: Letterhead
  • 5:00-5:45pm: Conn3cted
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Dizzy River Band
  • 8:30- 10:30pm: 60’s Explosion


  • 12:00-1:30pm: Longmeadow
  • 1:45-3:00pm: Five in the Chamber
  • 3:00-6:00pm: The Old Tyme Fiddlers

Each year the Hamburg Fair honors a cherished community member.  The 117th Hamburg Fair is dedicated in memory of Jack Tiffany, who passed away in January after battling many health problems. He proudly lived in Lyme his whole life, and made it his mission to improve the farm and make Lyme a great place to live.

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 for fair schedule, exhibit entry, and more information.  The 117th Hamburg Fair is hosted by Lyme Grange #147 and organized by many local volunteers to build community relationships and create lasting family memories.  Money raised from the event proceeds are used to fund the Grange Association, Lyme Fire Association and Lyme Ambulance Association.


Teen Hosts Meatball Cart at Hamburg Fair to Raise Money for ‘Dog Days’ Charity

Hannah Morrison is sniffed by her dog Shadow, who was adopted from ‘Dog Days.’  Hannah will be hosting a Meatball Cart at the Hamburg Fair to raise funds for ‘Dog Days.’

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Morrison has loved animals for as long as she can remember.

When an eighth grade “Call to Action” project included a community service requirement, Morrison immediately knew she wanted to work with animals. “Originally, I was going to volunteer at an animal shelter,” Morrison recalls. “But all of the shelters I found had an age minimum of 16, and I was only 14 at the time. So I talked to Mrs. Regan, our English teacher, who told me that our librarian, Mrs. Isaacson, volunteered for an organization called Dog Days.”

Hannah Morrison (left) sells meatballs at the Haddam Neck Fair with her sister Julia (right) and friends Gabby Ehlert and Erin Rose.

Morrison immediately researched Dog Days and discovered that the organization takes dogs from kill shelters and hosts events where the dogs can be adopted. “In the United States, about 670,000 dogs are euthanized every year,” Morrison explains. “It’s not because they’re un-adoptable dogs that are violent or aggressive or have health issues. A lot of them are just in shelters that are overcrowded and don’t have the resources to care for them. So, people can come to Dog Days and adopt a dog there because there’s usually about 100 dogs at each event that would’ve been euthanized.”

In fact, Morrison herself adopted one of her three dogs from Dog Days. Shadow has now been a part of the Morrison family for three years.

Now, Morrison has taken it upon herself to help the rescue dogs in an even bigger way. At the Hamburg Fair starting today and continuing through Sunday, Morrison will be running a meatball cart where all of the proceeds benefit Dog Days. “I have a food cart that I’ve been doing for the past three years, and I was going to do an event at a store plaza just selling hotdogs and donating the money to Dog Days,” she says. “But when the Hamburg Fair contacted me asking if we were coming back, I was like ‘oh, maybe I could just use that.’”

Morrison is hoping raise about $2,000 for Dog Days, so be sure to stop by her meatball cart this weekend to grab some delicious food and benefit a great cause.

The next Dog Days event is on Oct. 20 and 21 in Cheshire, Conn.  For more information, visit 


Chestnut Hill Chamber Music Series Finale is Friday at the Kate; Features Works by Mozart, Mendelssohn

Now in its 49th season,Chestnut Hill Concerts will present four programs of chamber music this August at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. The prestigious series is highly-regarded, not only for its programming, but also for the world-class musicians that artistic director Ronald Thomas invites for the performances.

The concerts will take place August 3, 10, 17, and 24, all Friday evenings at 8 p.m. Cellist and artistic director Ronald Thomas will host and perform in each concert.

The season finale on Aug. 25 explores the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schumann, including the rarely-heard Horn Quintet in E-flat by Mozart, K. 407, written for one violin and two violas. The concert also includes Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49 and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47. This performance introduces Frank Huang, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, to the Chestnut Hill audience, and brings back some of its favorite performers: William Purvis, horn; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin and viola, Cynthia Phelps, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello; and Mihae Lee, piano.

The 2018 season of Chestnut Hill Concerts is made possible with support from the Connecticut DECD Office of the Arts.

All concerts are Friday nights at 8 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Subscriptions to the four concerts are $140 (orchestra) and $120 (balcony). Single tickets are $40 for orchestra seats and $35 for the balcony. Kids and teens come free. To purchase tickets, contact The Kate’s box office at 860-510-0453, or visit


Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ This Evening at the ‘Bee & Thistle’, All Welcome

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce hosts Business After Hours this evening, Aug. 16, at the Bee and Thistle Inn, 100 Lyme St. in Old Lyme from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to join Chamber members at this event when the hosts will be the staff of the Inn.  Admission is $5 payable in advance or at the door.

The Chamber is thrilled to be going “Back to the Bee!” Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will be able to enjoy the fabulous outdoor setting while networking and enjoying appetizers and beverages.  The Chamber will be giving each Chamber member or business present at the evening one free ticket for a beer or glass of wine.

‘The Bee’ also offers a three-course dinner special on Thursday evenings at $75 for two people including a bottle of wine.  Stay for that after the Chamber event.

Admission to the Business After Hours is just $5 per person.  For planning purposes, register and pay online at this link or write to and bring cash with you to the event.

Hear all the latest news from the Chamber and share news from your own business.


CT Dem’s, Republicans Hold Primaries Today: Check Out Our Voter’s Guide for Lyme, Old Lyme Residents

Polling stations in Lyme and Old Lyme open today at 6 a.m.

It’s Primary Day today in Connecticut.  Polls will be open in Lyme at the Lyme Town Hall and Old Lyme at the Cross Lane Firehouse from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in this election.

The State Voting Guide notes, “You must either show identification or sign a one line affidavit at the polling place if you have not provided proper identification when registering. A photo ID is not required. Acceptable forms of ID at the polling place are:

  • A Social Security card
  • Any other preprinted form of identification that shows your name and address, name and signature, or name and photograph.
  • Any current and valid photo ID that shows your name and address
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address

If you do not have identification, the affidavit form requires your name, residential address, date of birth, and signature. The affidavit states, under penalty of false statement, that you are the one whose name appears on the official checklist.”

An asterisk* against a name on the listing below indicates that is the endorsed candidate.

Lyme and Old Lyme Democrats will have these choices on their ballot:

Ned Lamont*
Joseph Ganim

Lieutenant Governor:
Susan Bysiewicz*
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman

Shawn Wooden*
Dita Bhargava

Attorney General
William Tong*
Paul Doyle
Chris Mattei

Lyme and Old Lyme Republicans will have these choices on their ballot:

Mark Boughton*
Timothy Herbst
Steve Obsitnik,
Bob Stefanowski
David Stemerman

Lieutenant Governor:
Joe Markley
Jayme Stevenson
Erin Stewart

U.S. Senator
Matthew Corey
Dominic Rapini

State Treasurer:
Thad Gray
Art Linares

Kurt Miller
Mark Greenberg

Attorney General:
Sue Hatfield
John Shaban


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday

A Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection will take place this Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Acceptable items can be taken to the Essex HHW Facility on Dump Rd., Essex (Rte. 9 North, Exit 4.)

Visit this link for a list of acceptable items.

The next Household Hazardous Waste event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8.


Lyme Library Offers Streaming Services from Hoopla, RB Digital

The Lyme Public Library is now offering streaming services from Hoopla and RB Digital.  Hoopla offers downloadable books and audio books, graphic novels, comic books, music, TV shows and movies. RB Digital offers British TV and movies from the Acorn Library, Indie Flix (independent films), The Great Courses Library, and Stingray Qello, the world’s largest collection of concert films and music documentaries.

Content from both Hoopla and RB Digital can be streamed to computers, portable devices and phones.

The services join the library’s other digital resources which include Overdrive downloadable books, audio books and magazines, Mango Languages, an online language learning tool offering over 70 languages, and FindIT CT and ResearchIT CT available from the Connecticut State Library.

Users must have a valid library card from the Lyme Public Library and can access the resources through the Library’s web site

Patrons are encouraged to call the library at 860-434-2272 or stop in the Library if they have questions or need assistance.


Lyme Farmers Market is Open Saturdays for the Season at Ashlawn

Fresh vegetables galore will be on sale again at Lyme Farmers Market on June 4.

Fresh vegetables galore will be on sale at Lyme Farmers Market  this Saturday.

The Lyme Farmers Market is open today from 9:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. at Ashlawn Farm in Lyme. It is the only market in New London County to be held on a working farm and its mission is to promote sustainable agriculture with locally-grown and -produced food, crafts, and specialty products.

New_logoVendors from the past 15 years will be present, along with several new ones. Market-goers will enjoy high quality organic produce, along with baked goods, seafood, meats, wine, and handcrafts.

There will be live music by The Grays, who play original and standard jazz compositions.

This weeks guest vendors include BeBo Beverage with Kombucha and Seacoast Mushrooms with their locally grown Mystic crop of organic, non GMO and voted Best in CT ‘shrooms. Freak of Nature brings handcrafted soaps and Natural Billy his raw, vegan salad dressings.

Mark Evankow will have stone bowls and bird baths. Handcrafted jewelry and tie dyed items will be sold by Moxie & Mission and the Olive Oil Factory will be back in the field with infused oils and vinegars.

This year’s seasonal vendors include:

Dondero Orchards
Meadowstone Farm
Burgis Brook Farm
Vic’s Guac Shop
Howards Bread
Cold Spring Farm
Pursuit of Pastry
Maple Breeze Farm
Mystery Farms
Peter Giamo Olive Oil
Charter Oak Scanning
Upper Pond Farm
Best of Everything Gourmet
Sunset Hill Vineyard
The Chicken Lady

The market is a non-profit entity, able to accept contributions and apply for grants to promote sustainable agriculture.


LOL School Organizations Host Bake Sale, Present Mentor & Mock Trial Programs at Midsummer Festival

Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are participating in the Old Lyme Midsummer festival in a number of ways.  All their tables will be at the Lyme Art Association.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS)Softball Team are hosting a Bake Sale full of tasty treats. They will also have the highly acclaimed and much sought after Wildcat Water for sale.

The LOL Schools Mentoring Program will be promoting their activities to the public and hoping to recruit new mentors to join the program.

The LOLHS Mock Trial team will be dispensing “legal advice” for a small fee as a fundraiser for the team.  They will also be discussing how the program works and encouraging members of the public to become involved in the program.

Information on Lyme-Old Lyme Schools will be available at all the tables.


LOL Chamber Promotes Chamber Businesses, Hosts Grand Draw at Midsummer Festival

Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Grand Draw at the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival tomorrow.  To enter, you must make a donation (minimum $1) to the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund and then you will be given a ticket to the Draw. Prizes include:

  • Two(2) hours of paddleboarding/kayak rental for four people           
    Donated by Black Hall Outfitters.  Value:$160
  • Four (4) admission tickets to the Wadsworth Atheneum   
    Donated by Lynn Farrell of Help With a Heart.  Value: $60
  • Two (2) tickets to A Chorus Line at the Ivoryton Playhouse, Aug. 11     
    Donated by Catherine Frank.  Value: $120
  • Two (2) seats on a Connecticut River Tour   
    Donated by Salt Marsh Tours.  Value: $120
  • One (1 ) month of up to two (2) classes per week of functional fitness at Old Lyme Wellness
    and donated by Old Lyme Wellness.  Value: $130
  • Old Lyme wall plaque         
    Donated by The Carousel Shop.  Value: $30
  • Pool inflatable   
    Donated by The Carousel Shop.  Value: $30
  • $75 gift certificate to APC Driving in Old Lyme
    Donated by APC Driving
  • Old Lyme sweatshirt   
    Donated by The Carousel Shop.  Value: $45
  • One (1) month of advertising on &    
    Donated by Shoreline Web News LLC  Value: $400

The Chamber will also be selling sun-catchers and American flags, and promoting Chamber businesses, publicizing Chamber activities and encouraging businesses to join.

Find the Chamber on the grounds of the Lyme Art Association.


Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Hosts Classic Car Show During Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival

This year’s Classic Car Show sponsored by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will be held on the grounds of the Bee and Thistle Inn on Saturday, July 28.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the grounds of the Bee & Thistle Inn, Lyme St, Old Lyme, next to the Florence Griswold Museum, between I-95 Exits 70 and 71.

There will be 14 classes shown as well as a ‘People’s Choice’ award.

Admission is $5 for spectators and $10 for show car registration (includes admission for driver and one passenger).  

The Lions will serve their usual fare, including bacon cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and fries.  All proceeds benefit Lions charities.

To pre-register your car for the event, visit the Car Show Registration at this link. Your $10 registration fee is not due til the day of the show.

The Car Show is now part of the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, where you will find art exhibitions, music and dance, family fun, and wonderful artisan cheeses and breads.

Directions: From the north, take I-95, exit 71, right onto Four Mile River Road, left onto Route 1 South, which becomes Lyme Street.  You will find the Bee & Thistle Inn on your right. From the south, take I-95, exit 70, go left onto Route 156, take a right onto Halls Road, then a left onto Lyme Street (Route 1, Boston Post Road). the Bee & Thistle Inn will be on your left.

Rain Date: Sunday, July 29.
Car owners: arrive by 9 a.m. Flea Market vendors: set up before 9 a.m. 


‘Blues Meets Pink’ Charity Benefit to Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer, Aug. 9

The American Cancer Society is encouraging residents throughout New London County to purchase tickets to the upcoming Blues Meets Pink Charity Benefit at Stonington Vineyards on Thursday, Aug. 9, to help support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of New London County. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance at

This one of a kind summer evening will feature light fare at no additional cost from local restaurants and vendors including Mystic Oysters from Noank, a cash bar, and a selection of food trucks with food for purchase. Guests of this charity event are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to enjoy performances from local blue artists on the lawn. Performances include a set from New York and Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame recipient Tom “the suit” Forest and a set from the Chris Leigh and the Latin Essence Jazz Quartet.

Dollars raised from the Blues Meets Pink event will benefit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of New London County, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic. The local Strides walk unites the community to honor those touched by breast cancer and raises awareness and funds to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eradicating breast cancer.

For more information on the Blues Meets Pink Charity Benefit ticketing, visit or email Margie Elkins at mdelkins23@gmail .com

To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of New London County, visit


Courtney Joins Others in Cautioning President Trump Not to Undo 73 Years of European Stability

Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT Second Congressional District)

Yesterday, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, joined 43 other members from the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees in releasing a joint statement regarding President Trump’s attendance at the NATO Summit and his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“As I have made clear over the last two years, our committees have been briefed by military and diplomatic personnel, as well as outside experts about the non-stop, focused efforts of the Russian government to disrupt the stable, democratic unity that has prevailed in Europe since the end of the Second World War,” said Courtney.“Whether it is election interference, the illegal annexation of Crimea, or the uncalled-for provocations at sea and in the air in the Baltics, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean, Russian military and intelligence forces are actively undermining the NATO alliance at every turn. My colleagues and I issued this statement to express our strong desire to the president that he should aggressively challenge President Putin on his government’s intentional violation of international law and norms.”

The 44 members said in their joint statement: “President Trump must not seek to undo the work that generations of American men and women have done to help defend and uphold democratic values throughout the transatlantic region. Europe returned from the devastation of the Second World War to prosperity largely due to the North Atlantic community’s commitments to its shared values and to collective defense. 

“The signals regarding potential outcomes that are coming from this administration in advance of the President’s upcoming trip to Europe are deeply concerning. Without question, in his upcoming meetings with NATO and President Putin, President Trump must continue to affirm America’s commitments to our allies, especially Article V of the Atlantic Treaty. He must not praise, condone, or abet any Russian efforts to undermine the sovereignty or democracy of any of our allies and partners. He must take a genuine stand against Russia’s cyber campaigns and its efforts to interfere in our elections. 

“President Trump must recognize the importance that our forward military presence and joint exercises play in deterring Russia and ensuring military readiness. He must not weaken this posture or suspend or cancel these crucial activities, nor emulate Russian propaganda attempting to discredit them.

“He must stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea and against the illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory and maintain sanctions until the conditions in the law are met. He must follow the law passed every year through the National Defense Authorization Act prohibiting military-to-military cooperation with President Putin. And he must continue to stand by NATO’s open-door policy on the admittance of new members. The substance and symbolism of these upcoming meetings will matter. The future of the Atlantic alliance and the international order, which has helped make the world safer and more prosperous is at stake.”

The other 43 members who signed the statement are:

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), Rep. Robert A. Brady (D-PA), Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA), Rep. James R. Langevin (D-RI), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Rep. Seth Moulton, (D-MA), Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Theodore E. Deutch (D-FL), Rep.Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. William R. Keating (D-MA), Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX),Rep. Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Rep. Bradley S. Schneider (D-IL), Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-CA).


Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce Hosts Annual Dinner, Presents Scholarships, Elects Board Members

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce presented Senior Business Leadership Scholarships to Mason Swaney (left) and Amanda Marsh while Brandon Lee (right) was the recipient of the Chamber’s Senior Scholarship for Promise and Achievement in the Arts.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce (LOLCC) held its Annual Dinner at the Old Lyme Country Club Wednesday, June 20.  Fifty-six people were present including state legislators, representatives from the Town of Old Lyme, and scholarship winners from Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS).  It was a memorable evening for all present.

The Senior Business Leadership Scholarship awardees share an amusing moment with  Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Russ Gomes (second from right) and State Senator Paul Formica (R- 20th).

The business section of the meeting opened with the Treasurer’s report by Tim Griswold, followed by LOLCC President Olwen Logan giving a review of the 2017-18 Chamber year. She reported that the four main goals of the year had all been met or surpassed;

  1. Increase Chamber Membership – Logan was pleased to announce membership has  risen from 60 in June 2017 to over 110 one year later.
  2. Publish a new “Chamber Member Directory and Visitor’s Guide” – publication of the new full color, 44-page guide was completed in March.  Copies are available in the Old Lyme Town Hall.
  3. Secure space for the Chamber in Old Lyme Town Hall – achieved with assistance from First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and her Assistant Cathy Frank.  Logan expressed thanks to both on behalf of the Chamber.
  4. Restoration of  the Chamber sponsored sign at the foot of the Exit 70 off-ramp was skillfully and carefully completed by Chamber member Sophie Marsh, who was honored with a bouquet in appreciation of her excellent work.

Logan also highlighted the many events organized throughout the year by the Chamber including Dinner Meetings at local restaurants, Business After Hours at a variety of locations, and Business Breakfasts.  She also mentioned some of the upcoming happenings through the summer, including Business After Hours at Lyme Art Association on July 18 and at the Bee and Thistle Inn on Aug. 15.

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) reads from the State Citation to the Chamber’s Senior Business Leadership Scholarship recipients. From left to right, Mason Swaney, Amanda Marsh, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Russ Gomes, State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th) and Carney.

Chamber Scholarships were then presented by State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th).  These were introduced by the Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Committee Russ Gomes and Olwen Logan.

The scholarship winners and their parents gathered together for this photo.

The recipients of LOLCC 2018 Business Leadership Awards were Lyme-Old Lyme High School seniors Mason Swaney and Amanda Marsh. Senior Brandon Lee was awarded the 2018 Scholarship for Promise and Achievement in the Arts. 

The Chamber also honored their Business Students of the Month from the 2017-18 school year at their Annual Dinner. From left to right, State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd), Aoife Hufford, Ann Cote, Alex Montville, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Russ Gomes, State Senator Paul Formica (R- 20th) and Olwen Logan, Chamber President and Scholarship Committee Co-Chair. Missing from photo is Patrick Looney.

Also honored at the meeting were the Chamber’s four Lyme-Old Lyme High School Business Students of the Month:

  • Patrick Looney,
  • Alex Montville,
  • Ann Cote
  • Aoife Hufford. 

Brandon Lee, winner of the Chamber’s Senior Scholarship for Promise and Achievement in the Arts glances at this high school art teacher and mentor Will Allik. Others in the photo from left to right are State Rep. Devin Carney, Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Russ Gomes, State Senator Paul Formica, Lee, Allik, Old Lyme Selectwoman MaryJo Nosal

The Chamber was honored that the Co-Chair of the LOLHS Business Department Joanne Hedwall and the Chair of the LOLHS Art Department Will Allik were also able to attend the dinner.

Finally, a new slate of board members was presented and then voted into office unanimously.  The officers for the year starting July 1, 2018 are:
Rich Shriver, President
Joann Lishing, Secretary
Tim Griswold, Treasurer. 

The Board of Directors is:
Gene Chmiel
Heather Gagnon
Dan Henderson
Doug LoPresti
Suzanne Thompson
Jean Wilczynski . 

Incoming President Shriver thanked outgoing President Logan for her leadership and many accomplishments and also thanked Gail Stevens for her contributions during her term on the board of directors.

The Old Lyme Country Club served a delicious meal in the beautiful main dining room and an enjoyable evening was had by all.


Talking Transportation: “The Automotive-Construction Complex”

How did Americans develop their love affair with driving?

Visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington and the transportation exhibit, “America on the Move,” will sell you on the commonly-held theory that when Henry Ford made cars affordable, Americans loved them and demanded more and more highways.

Of course, that exhibit is sponsored by General Motors, which donated millions to put its name on the collection.

But University of Virginia history Professor Peter Norton, author of “Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in American Cities,” says that’s a myth.  Just as outgoing President Eisenhower warned us of the military industrial complex, Norton says an automotive-construction complex took over our country, paving from coast to coast.

Sure, Americans like their cars.  But it was a conspiracy of economic interests that turned us into a car culture.  Where cities once enjoyed a network of cheap, fast streetcars, GM, Firestone and the oil companies bought and wiped them out, replacing them with buses and cars.

“This country destroyed and rebuilt its cities in the 20th century to serve automobiles,” says Norton.  And those same interest groups are alive and well today in Connecticut.

Groups like “Move CT Forward” aren’t pro-transportation as much as they are pro jobs … their jobs, in construction.  And they’ve spent a lot of money lobbying in Hartford to keep their members, the unions and contractors, busy.   While I’m happy they’re promoting transportation, their motives are hardly altruistic.

This is nothing new, says Norton.  The original interstate highways built in the 1950s used Portland Cement because that company lobbied so hard for its product over cheaper asphalt.  And now that rusting rebar and crumbling cement is costing us a fortune.

Another myth from that era was that President Eisenhower built the interstates to move troops quickly for national defense.  That may have been the pitch to Congress, but the real reason for the highways was to evacuate civilians from the big cities in the event of nuclear war.  Lucky we never had to test that idea.

Last August when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston … the most urbanized highway city in the country … authorities didn’t even try to evacuate people because they knew more would die on congested roads than in the storm.

Who pays for all this road building?  You do, in the form of income taxes and, yes, gasoline taxes.  But Norton says gas taxes are hardly a fair way to pay for all this.

Why does the motorist driving on a dirt road pay the same gas tax as one driving I-95?  The costs they place on road maintenance, the environment and our stress levels are grossly different, so why isn’t the cost?

“It would be like having Best Buy selling everything by the pound.  People would flock to the electronics (our crowded interstates) instead of the towels,” he notes (though I’m not sure Best Buy even sells towels, but I take his point.)

He reminds us that before the interstates, the nation’s first “super highways” like the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the New Jersey Turnpike were built – not as freeways – but toll roads, and they still are today.

Driving may seem to be free, but it isn’t.  And until we ask drivers to pay for its real cost, there is no incentive to do anything but drive (and pave) more.

Jim Cameron

About the author: 

Jim Cameron is founder of The Commuter Action Group, and a member of the Darien RTM.  The opinions expressed in this column are only his own.  You can reach him at

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Posted with permission of Hearst CT Media.


Lyme Soldiers in World War I Featured in Lyme Public Hall Exhibit on View Today

Lyme World War I veteran Maurice Hall Peck.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Lyme Public Hall Association presents an exhibition, Lyme in the Great War, Wednesday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

The displays draw on material from the Lyme Local History Archives, the World War I collection of the Connecticut State Library and Lyme families. Letters, photographs, and documents tell the stories of 27 Lyme men and one woman who served between 1917 and 1919 and the organizations back home that supported them.

The exhibit is the culmination of two years of research by the staff of the Lyme Local History Archives.

The exhibit will be on view at the Lyme Public Hall, which is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Conn.

Admission is free.

The Lyme Public Hall Association is dedicated to the appreciation of Lyme’s history, culture, and community through the preservation and use of the historic hall, its archives and historical programs.

For more information, visit


Rep. Carney Earns 100 Percent Voting Record During 2018 Legislative Session

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) earned a perfect voting record during the 2018 legislative session. There were 317 votes taken this year according to information released by the House Clerk’s office.

“I have always made it a priority to be present for every vote,” said Rep. Carney. “In my opinion, the most important part of my job is to ensure the people of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook are heard on each and every piece of legislation that comes before the General Assembly. I am proud to have achieved this distinction for the district for the fourth year in a row.”

Rep. Carney currently serves as ranking member of the Transportation Committee, is on the Environment Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session, visit the Office of Legislative Research website at

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Rep. Carney’s office at or 860-240-8700.


Lyme Ambulance Association Hosts BBQ & Square Dance Tonight

On Friday, July 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Lyme Ambulance Association hosts a BBQ & Square Dance at Hamburg Firehouse in Lyme.  All are welcome.

This will be an evening of great barbecue food and line/square dancing to the music of The Reel Thing with caller Bob Livingston. A teacup raffle with valuable prizes will also be featured.

Bring the whole family to this old-fashioned community event, which will be held rain or shine.
Admission is $20 for adults and teens, while children 12 and under are free.
Visit  for the ticket order form and more information or call 860-434-5667.
All proceeds benefit the Lyme Ambulance Association.

A Perfect Day for a Parade! Lyme Celebrates the Fourth of July Under Sunny Skies

Rowland Ballek, who served as this year’s Grand Marshal, smiles broadly as he fulfills his duty.  Photo by Mike Dickey.

The boom of the musket echoes through the ears of the crowds gathered on either side of Cove Street, patiently awaiting the commencement of the annual Fourth of July Parade in Lyme.

The traditional firing of muskets signals the start of the Lyme Fourth of July Parade. Photo by Michele Dickey.

These fine soldiers then take up their positions at the front of the parade.

‘Vintage’ soldiers march down Cove Rd. Photo by Michele Dickey.

Children sit on the sides of the road with bags in their hands, ready to collect any candy that might be thrown their way. 

Grand Marshal Rowland Ballek rides in style at the head of the annual Lyme Independence Day Parade. Photo by Katie Reid.

The parade begins with the Grand Marshal Rowland J. Ballek, who served as the moderator of Lyme’s Annual Town Meeting for 46 years.

Photo by Katie Reid.

People marching in the parade hold balloons and buckets full of candy, ready to toss the sweets to the youngsters who are watching the parade pass.

Photo by Katie Reid.

Children ride scooters with baskets filled with treats, enthusiastically waving American flags and expressing their patriotism with red, white, and blue skirts and streamers.

Everybody loves a parade! Photo by Michele Dickey.

They came from “Sea to Shining Sea” …

Photo by Michele Dickey.

And also participating are this interesting crew …

Photo by Michele Dickey.

… two bears and a gorilla wearing sunglasses, who seem to take the whole event in their stride!

Photo by Michele Dickey.

Next come the counselors and campers from Camp Claire as they proudly carry their banner and wave to spectators, while cheerfully singing, “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”

Photo by Katie Reid.

The Lyme Garden Club is here …

Photo by Katie Reid.

And the Lyme Cub Scouts make a very special appearance!

Photo by Katie Reid.

People drive by in the coolest cars in town …

… and the coolest tanks!

Bruce Noyes drives the tank while his wife Tammy sits atop the big machine. Photo by Michele Dickey.

And finally the Lyme Ambulance Association closes out the proceedings for another year.

Photo by Katie Reid.

And after all was done, there were smiling faces everywhere, but also some hot and exhausted folks including this four-legged fellow — a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel named Simon and owned by Heather and Tom Richardson.  Perhaps he was waiting for his free ice pop, courtesy of Hamburg Cove Yacht Club?

Photo by Michele Dickey.

Here’s hoping everyone had a happy Independence Day — see you next year!


Here Comes the Sun! Heat Wave Heralds Arrival of Summer, Read These Tips to Stay Cool

White Sand Beach in Old Lyme attracted quite a number of visitors, but many preferred to stay inside in the cool of their air-conditioning. Photos by Katie Reid.

A heat wave has swept over the northeast and down the east coast of the United States, with temperatures rising to over 95 degrees in Old Lyme. Summertime visitors and permanent residents alike have flocked to the beaches, all seeking opportunities for a refreshing swim and refuge from the beating sun.

The humidity is expected to break sometime over the weekend, but for now, say hello to the hot summer weather!

Some locals and folk from farther afield chose to try and cool off on White Sand Beach in Old Lyme, but others opted not to venture outside and brave the heat.

The Old Lyme Office of Emergency Management and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) offer the following tips during extreme high temperatures:

Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.

Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages — they can dehydrate your body.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.

Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air-conditioned libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.

  • Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
  • Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
  • Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.

For more information, visit this link.