October 17, 2017

Lyme-Old Lyme VFW Hosts Dinner Raffle at Christ the King, Oct. 28

Lyme-Old Lyme Annual VFW will host a Dinner Raffle at Christ The King Hall at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.  All are welcome.

Raffle prizes include cash, vacation timeshare, a private airplane ride, Callaway golf clubs and more.

Admission is $25 per person or $10 for children under 12.  Call John Donnelly at 860-904-0676 for tickets.

Ed Shyloski, Commander,Lyme-Old Lyme VFW Post 1467, notes, “We own no bar, no building; we just do good works” especially for
Vets In Need.

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Lyme Public Library Foundation Presents ‘King Cole: The Songs of Cole Porter,’ Nov. 4 

Photo by Joe Standart of a previous ‘Six of Clubs’ concert at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

The Lyme Public Library Foundation presents King Cole: The Songs of Cole Porter on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Performed by Six of Clubs, conceived and narrated by Nick Firth, and produced by John Hargraves, the concert will feature an evening of classic Cole Porter tunes to benefit the Lyme Public Library Foundation.

A reception will follow the concert at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Patron tickets, including the concert and reception, are available for $100. Tickets for the concert alone are $40. Learn more at http://www.lymepl.org/special-events.htm.

The Foundation expresses sincere gratitude to the event sponsors and underwriters, Sunset Hill Vineyards, Reynolds’ Garage & Marine, and Novak Brothers Landscaping.

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

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.

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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.

 

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Legal News You Can Use: Why Many Car Accidents Happen Close to Home

Part of the reason many accidents occur near home is because driving in familiar places can cause drivers to rely on memory instead of what is happening around them. This auto-pilot phenomenon can prevent people from remaining vigilant while driving, potentially causing them to miss important visual cues. It is imperative that drivers combat this phenomenon by staying awake and alert as unpredictable elements, such as other drivers, crossing animals or mechanical failure, can always cause an accident. However, because others are also likely driving on auto-pilot, motorists should also ensure that they always buckle their seat belt no matter how far they are driving.

Further, fatal car accidents are more likely to occur at certain times of times of the day, particularly when workers are heading home or when residents are out running errands. For example, 16 percent of fatal accidents that occurred in 2013 took place between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.. Further, 31 percent of car accidents in 2013 occurred between 6 p.m. and midnight.

Car accidents that occur on interstates, local highways or even rural roads can result in serious injuries or even death. If the accident occurred due to another driver’s negligence or risky driving habits, those who suffered injuries could seek compensation for the damages they sustained in the incident, including recovering the cost of their medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. However, some insurance companies may attempt to settle the claim for less than what the injured individuals need. In such an event, filing a lawsuit against the at-fault motorist with an attorney’s help might be advisable.

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

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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

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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!

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Lyme Resident Sally H. Aubrey Wins Best in Show in Rowayton Arts Center

Untitled watercolor by Sally H. Aubrey of Lyme took top honors at the Rowayton Arts Center ‘Expressions’ exhibition.

The winners of “Expressions” were given their awards at the Rowayton Arts Center’s opening reception on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The show, one of the Rowayton Arts Center’s largest, was juried and open to all artists. There were 218 entries. Sally H. Aubrey of
Lyme, CT won Best in Show for her untitled abstract watercolor. The Mavis Fenner Memorial Award ($250) for Best in Show was also awarded to Aubrey.

The exhibition will be in the gallery through Oct. 29.

The exhibition chairs are Milan Chilla and Linda Francis. The judge is award-winning artist Rosemary Webber from Mystic, Conn.

The Rowayton Arts Center is a hub of cultural activity in the community. It has been a place for artists to exhibit and sell their work for almost 60 years. The vibrant art center has art school and art gallery and holds many different kinds of events throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.rowaytonarts.org

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Community Music School Announces Caroline Wholean as one of Greenleaf Award Winners

Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Caroline Wholean.

AREAWIDE — The selection committee for the Carolyn R. Greenleaf Memorial Fund of Community Music School has chosen two local music students as the recipients of the Fall 2017 Carolyn R. Greenleaf Music Award: pianist Caroline Wholean and violinist Schuyler Dragoo.  This award is given each semester to two high school students who have demonstrated exceptional musical ability and motivation, and awards a semester of private lessons at Community Music School in Centerbrook.

Caroline Wholean is a senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Her rigorous academic schedule is supplemented with rowing for the crew team, competing on the math team and playing clarinet in the high school band and wind ensemble. A student of Community Music School for 12 years, she has taken violin and piano lessons and is a member of the String Ensemble. She was recently awarded the Connecticut Secretary of State’s Excellence in Citizenship Award. Caroline plans to continue her music education in college next year.

Schuyler Dragoo is both a violinist and a vocalist who will be entering her sophomore year at Haddam-Killingworth High School. Schuyler has been studying violin for eleven years with Irene Rissi in Waterford. She has participated in the CT Southern Region Orchestra for the past four years, and has attended Point CounterPoint, a chamber music camp in Vermont, for the past five years. Schuyler will be singing with the select choir in school this coming year, and is looking forward to using this scholarship to further her vocal technique and abilities at the Community Music School.

The Carolyn R. Greenleaf Memorial Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County in 2008 by her friends to honor Greenleaf’s dedication to music and education. The Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Music Award is open to students of Middlesex County and the Lymes and is awarded twice a year, based entirely on merit.

Editor’s Notes: i) Community Music School is an independent, nonprofit school which provides a full range of the finest possible instruction and musical opportunities to persons of all ages and abilities, increasing appreciation of music and encouraging a sense of joy in learning and performing, thus enriching the life of the community.

ii) Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County. Working with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments since 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 850 grants totaling more than $2.5 million to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities,  environmental improvements, and for health and human services. 

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Lady ‘Cats Pull Off Another Purr-fect Performance

Yesterday, the Old Lyme girls continued their extraordinary unbeaten run this season with a convincing 5-0 win over Ledyard yesterday on the Wildcats’ home field at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Mya Johnson scored three goals while Maddie Ouellette also put the ball in the net and had an assist.  Keelin Hurtt also contributed a goal and Danielle McCarthy had two assists.

Emily Rivera made seven saves in goal for Old Lyme while Delaney Gagnon notched 14 in goal for Ledyard.

Old Lyme is now 9-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Go Wildcats!

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Shoreline League of Democratic Women Hosts Forum on First Amendment Challenges, Thursday

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW) presents a panel discussion titled “A Forum: First Amendment Challenges Today” on Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street on the Guilford Green.  The event will be free and open to the public.

The three special guests participating on the panel will be Candace Clement – campaign director for Free Press and Free Press Action Fund; Susan Campbell – columnist, lecturer and author; and Andy Schatz – American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut Board President.

In 2017, challenges to free speech and free press from the highest levels of government are stirring up controversy across the political spectrum. In an effort to counter the fight over Internet Neutrality, attacks against journalists and efforts to limit public protest,  citizens and the media are drawing on the power of the First Amendment to bolster these core principles of our democracy.

The distinguished panel will discuss the beloved and enduring Constitutional Amendment that enables speech, expression, publication and the free flow of information.  The forum aims to help citizens gain a better understanding of the fundamental tenets of the First Amendment and what is at stake at this time in history.

Guest panelist Candace Clement is the Campaign Director for Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund, a national, non-profit advocacy organization that focuses on media and technology policy and fights for Citizen Rights to connect and communicate.

Susan Campbell is a distinguished lecturer at the University of New Haven’s Department of Communication, Film and Media Studies. She is also a newspaper columnist, and a contributor to the political website, The Hill.

Since 2010, Andy Schatz has been board president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. His legal career spanned over 30+ years in private law practice. While at Harvard Law School, he was an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

The views and opinions expressed during this presentation do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the SLDW.

For more information about this event, call 860-399-1147 or visit www.SLDW.org. The SLDW has membership in the towns of Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Lyme, Old Lyme, Centerbrook, Essex, Ivoryton, Deep River, Chester, Killingworth, Madison, Guilford and Branford.

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women is a social and political fellowship that unites Democratic women along theshoreline, and focuses on issues important to women of all ages. Women are encouraged to join the SLDW and participate in the organization’s valuable work in the community.  Participation may be 30 minutes a month, or 30 minutes a year. As a part of the SLDW educational charter, members will be notified of important pending state and national legislation.

For more information on the Shoreline League of Democratic Women, send email tosldworg@gmail.com or contact Belinda Jones at 860-3.99-1147. For more information about SLDW events and organization, visit the SLDW web site at http://www.SLDW.org.

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Open House at Lyme Local History Archives, Oct. 21, to Feature WWI documents from Lyme Families

On Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., special displays at the Lyme Local History Archives will showcase World War I (WWI) letters,documents and photographs saved by Lyme families.  Letters now in the Archives written by five Lyme soldiers give a picture of the last years of the war in Army posts in Georgia and on the front lines in France.

Also on view will be Archives materials from 1917–1918 including Lyme Grange minutes, which record local concerns on the home front.  Resources for researching  Connecticut relatives who served in the war will be displayed.

In 2016, the Archives began a two-year project to solicit documents, letters or photographs related to World War I from Lyme families.  A number of families responded by donating WWI materials or allowing scans of documents.  The Open House will highlight these materials new to the Archives as well as WWI materials given by previous donors.

The Lyme Local History Archives are located in the Lyme Public Library at 482 Hamburg Rd  (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Conn.

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Award-Winning Photographer Presents ‘Tools of Travel Photography’ at CT Valley Camera Club Meeting

Shadows of camels and their riders in the Sahara desert in Erg Chebi, Morrocco (Photo by David H. Wells)

The guest speaker at next Monday’s (Oct. 2) meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be award-winning photographer/videographer David H. Wells, who will give a presentation titled, “The Tools of Travel Photography.” The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn.  All are welcome.

Wells uses whichever technology he feels is most appropriate for the specific situation to create visual narratives. He is based in Providence, RI, affiliated with Aurora Photos and is also a photo-educator. One editor described him as a “… specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.”

Wells became the photographer he is today by first trying on the styles and/or methods of other well-known and historic photographers. Then he mastered the challenging discipline of color slide film. He fused all of these experiences, over 30-plus years, to develop his own style, built on a mastery of light, exposure and tonality, framing and composition with predictable and consistent control over focus and depth of field.

As a photography educator, he leads students to learn how to master consistently these same elements of photography. He was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.”

A Sicilian sunset (Photo by David H. Wells)

His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Over the years he has worked on assignment for such magazines as Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Sunday New York Times, Time, etc. He also worked for corporations such as Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont as well as for non-profits such as the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund.

His work has been featured in more than 50 exhibitions and he has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and at the Maine Media Workshops. He has received two Fulbright fellowships, a grant from Nikon/N.P.P.A., a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation.

For more information on David H. Wells, visit his website.

Connecticut Valley Camera Club is dedicated to offering its membership the opportunity to become better photographers. The club offers a variety of presentations and interactive workshops to help members expand their technical and creative skills. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcomed. The club draws members from up and down both sides of the river, from Middletown to Old Saybrook; from East Hampton to Old Lyme; and along the shoreline from Guilford to Gales Ferry.

For more information, visit the club’s website at https://ctvalleycameraclub.smugmug.com/. The Club’s meeting dates, speakers / topics and other notices are also published on the club’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CTValleyCameraClubPage/

 

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Reading Uncertainly: ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan

Can you imagine an entire novel, spoken through the senses of a foetus, awaiting his entry into this world?

McEwan’s opening sentence sets the stage: “Here I am, upside down in a woman.” From that point, this young man extols first the “condition of the modern foetus. Just think: nothing to do but be and grow, where growing is hardly a conscious act. The joy of pure existence, the tedium of undifferentiated days. Extended bliss is boredom of the existential kind … In here I’m owed the privilege and luxury of solitude,” as his mother listens continuously, with ear-buds, to self-improvement books, biographies and world classics.

But at the same time it is a story of, first, murder, and then the revenge of his mother and of the young man himself. I realized that about halfway through this engrossing and often-hilarious tale, McEwan is embedded in a take-off on Hamlet. This youngster’s mother, Trudy, is drawn from Gertrude. His stepfather, Claude, is Claudius, a “fraud who’s wormed in between my family and my hopes.”

This leads the still-enclosed boy to conclude his “dim view of our species, of which psychopaths are a constant fraction, a human constant. ” His reaction: “Anxiously, I finger my cord.”

His brain, after listening to all that his mother hears, plus her plans with her lover, leads him to a sour conclusion about his life yet to come, “Long ago, someone pronounced a groundless certainty a virtue. Now, the politest people say it is. I’ve heard their Sunday-morning broadcasts from cathedral precincts. Europe’s most virtuous spectres, religion and, when it faltered, godless utopias bursting with scientific proofs, together they scorched the earth from the tenth to the twentieth centuries. Here they come again, risen in the East, pursuing the millennium, teaching toddlers to slit the throats of teddy bears. And here I am with my home-grown faith in the life beyond.”

Towards the end (or the beginning, his birth), he comments: “It’s already clear to me how much of life is forgotten even as it happens. Most of it. The unregarded present spooling away from us, the soft tumble of unremarkable thoughts, the long-neglected miracle of existence.” But the young man does start …

That sums up this mesmerizing story, in a nutshell: a woman’s womb for your world view.

My own coda: “To be or yet to be: that is gestation.”

Editor’s Note: ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan, was published by Doubleday, New York, 2016.

Felix Kloman

About the Author: Felix Kloman is a sailor, rower, husband, father, grandfather, retired management consultant and, above all, a curious reader and writer. He’s explored how we as human beings and organizations respond to ever-present uncertainty in two books, ‘Mumpsimus Revisited’ (2005) and ‘The Fantods of Risk’ (2008). A 20-year resident of Lyme, he now writes book reviews, mostly of non-fiction that explores our minds, our behavior, our politics and our history. But he does throw in a novel here and there. For more than 50 years, he’s put together the 17 syllables that comprise haiku, the traditional Japanese poetry, and now serves as the self-appointed “poet laureate” of Ashlawn Farms Coffee, where he may be seen on Friday mornings. His wife, Ann, is also a writer, but of mystery novels, all of which begin in a bubbling village in midcoast Maine, strangely reminiscent of the town she and her husband visit every summer.

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In Tight Contest, Old Lyme Swim Team Ultimately Falls to H-K

On Sept. 28 at Haddam-Killingworth, the co-op swim team of Lyme-Old Lyme and Valley competed against Haddam-Killingworth. Despite a strong performance by Old Lyme-Valley, Haddam-Killingworth won the meet in the end with a score of 76 to 61.

Lyme-Old Lyme placed first in the following races:
-medley relay (Kim Beradis, Kaeleigh O’Donnell, Lily Cox, and Connie Pan)
-200 yard freestyle (Lily Cox)
-200 yard individual medley (Kaeleigh O’Donnell)
-100 yard freestyle (Connie Pan)
-500 yard freestyle (Lily Cox)
-200 yard freestyle relay (Kim Beradis, Kaeleigh O’Donnell, Lily Cox, and Connie Pan)
-100 yard backstroke (Kim Beradis)
-100 yard breaststroke (Kaeleigh O’Donnell)

Haddam-Killingworth came first in the 50 yard freestyle (Kiera Bragdon).

Lyme-Old Lyme notched second in the 50 yard freestyle (Connie Pan).

Lyme-Old Lyme divers Anna Donato and Britney Detuzzi earned Honorable Mentions in the 50 yard freestyle coming in respectively 5th and 6th.

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