Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School’s 2017 student musical is Alice in Wonderland Jr. Eighty students are involved in the cast and crew of the production that is based on the two novels written by Lewis Carroll in the 1860s and 1870s and the 1951 Disney movie.
State Public Hearing on Proposed Rail Route to be Held Today in Hartford; Carney Urges Residents to Testify in Person or by E-mail
UPDATED 12:17am: (in red italics): The legislature’s Transportation Committee is hosting a public hearing today on various transportation issues, including three bills related to the Federal Rail Authority’s (FRA) proposed bypass through southeastern Connecticut.
The first objects to the proposal to build a new high speed railroad bypass through southeastern Connecticut. The second requires municipal approval by town referendum for such a scheme to move forward and the third prohibits the state from spending any funds on such a proposal unless it has received municipal approval.
The public hearing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building – 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford. State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) is encouraging constituents and local elected officials to voice their opinions and concerns. ”
He stresses, however, “Due to high interest from across Southeastern Connecticut (and possibly Rhode Island), I am anticipating a large turnout for the public hearing on Monday. Public hearings can last a very long time, so I want to remind folks that they can submit written testimony to TRATestimony@cga.ct.gov if they cannot attend or cannot spend, potentially, several hours waiting to testify.”
Carney represents the 23rd district, which encompasses the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and a portion of Westbrook.
The Committee will hold a public hearing on a variety of bills including three mentioned above and described in more detail below that State Rep. Carney and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th) drafted. The hearing will give individuals the opportunity to speak about a number of transportation concerns facing the state.
The following bill proposals were drafted by both Carney and Formica, and will be heard during the public hearing:
HJ 54 RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSAL TO CONSTRUCT AN ALTERNATIVE AMTRAK ROUTE THROUGH SOUTHEAST CONNECTICUT
This bill proposal objects to the proposal by the FRA regarding construction of a bypass on the Northeast Corridor rail line between Old Saybrook, Connecticut to Kenyon, Rhode Island through the scenic and historic towns of southeast Connecticut.
SB 253 AN ACT REQUIRING MUNICIPAL APPROVAL OF CHANGES TO RAIL SERVICE
Carney, the leading Republican lawmaker on the legislature’s Transportation Committee, said: “Many of our constituents felt that their concerns were not properly considered and that the FRA was trying to ram this bypass proposal through without a proper public hearing from those most affected by it. We agree. So, we drafted this proposal which would require municipal approval, through referendum, for any changes to commuter rail service through an impacted community.”
SB 263 AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL APPROVAL OF CHANGES TO RAIL SERVICE
This bill proposal pairs with SB 253 in that it prohibits the state from expending funds on rail projects that did not receive municipal approval through a referendum.
Carney added, “I would encourage you to support these concepts and express your thoughts on how you feel the FRA process has gone thus far and any concerns you may have.”
To find a complete list of relevant bills on the agenda for Monday’s public hearing, visit: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/TRAdata/pha/2017pha00206-R001230TRA-pha.htm
For information on how to testify visit: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/content/yourvoice.asp.
Email written testimony in Word or PDF format to TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov.
Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Host Superbowl Scholarship Breakfast Today; Features Braiden Sunshine, Techno-Ticks, Prizes Galore
The annual Super Bowl ‘Scholarship Breakfast’ hosted by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions promises yet again to be a lively and delicious event this year.
Scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 5, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, this year’s breakfast hosts ‘The Voice’ superstar Braiden Sunshine, who will provide musical entertainment during the event. The school’s award winning Techno Ticks FIRST Robotics Team 236 will also be on hand to demonstrate their new robotic creations up close … and personal!
Feast on a hearty menu of blueberry pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, fresh fruit, coffee and OJ. Door prizes include restaurant and salon certificates, and other items donated by local businesses.
During the event, the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will conduct free, quick, non-contact eye screenings for people 2 to 92 years of age, using “Spot,” an instrument resembling a Polaroid camera. From a distance of three feet, “Spot” checks for six eye diseases, and within seconds it produces a detailed test report. This state-of-the-art equipment is used in the new Lions’ PediaVision preschool eye screening program.
The Lyme-Old Lyme community is invited to participate in this fun event. The annual breakfast is the Lions’ primary fundraiser for four $1,500 Lions’ scholarships awarded each year to deserving high school students resident in Lyme or Old Lyme.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for children under 12. For more information on Lions’ scholarships and the PediaVision program, visit www.lymeoldlymelions.org.
Celebrate ‘Take Your Child to the (Lyme) Library Day’ Today; Book Talk by Jen Hilger, Music by Braiden Sunshine
This Saturday, Feb. 4, Lyme Public Library will be celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day. Join the fun between 12 and 2 p.m. when local author and Old Lyme resident Jen Petty Hilger will be signing copies of her first published picture book, Thisbe, Queen of Adventure.
Then at 2 p.m. local singer-songwriter and ‘The Voice’ superstar Braiden Sunshine will speak about his journey as a musician to date and also sing a few songs.
Lyme-Old Lyme Schools 2017-18 Proposed $33.6M Budget Approved Unanimously by Board, Reflects Lowest Increase on Record
At a Public Forum held Wednesday evening, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser presented a budget for the 2017-18 school year of $33,634, 371 reflecting a 0.49 percent increase over the current year. The Region #18 Board of Education subsequently approved the budget unanimously at their regular meeting, which followed immediately after the forum.
Asked via e-mail Thursday morning for his thoughts on the budget, Neviaser told LymeLine.com, “We are proud to present the lowest budget increase on record for Region #18. While the increase is exceptionally low, this has been achieved through savings that do not impact any of our existing programs or services. ”
He added, “Detailed information will be available in the upcoming budget edition of the Focus on Education newsletter, which will be delivered to homes as an insert in The Lyme Times in early March.”
At Wednesday’s forum, Neviaser explained the budget was set to support the objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan by:
- Preserving and building upon the high standards of education in Lyme-Old Lyme while remaining fiscally responsible to our communities
- Supporting the ongoing renewal of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and staff development activities in response to the expectations of state and national standards.
- Continuing to plan and provide technology infrastructure and applications that are consistent with highly effective and efficient programming and operational standards.
- Maintaining high facility standards for all district buildings and grounds.
- Maintaining a dynamic and responsive approach to programming needs and mandates in special education.
- Maintaining both compliance and reasonableness in response to state and federal mandates.
He noted that budget increases include certified and non-certified salaries, instructional programming, and administrative services while decreases include costs for benefits, special education and debt service.
Neviaser stressed that while showing only a minimal increase, the operations/program budget still reflects:
- Continued adherence to class size guidelines
- Reduction of staff to account for enrollment decline
- Continuance of existing academic and extracurricular activities
- Adjustments for anticipated changes in the special education population
- Adequate funding for maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds
- Scheduled replacement of technology and equipment
- Program improvements that are consistent with high academic and operational standards
He also highlighted that, again despite only a marginal increase in the overall budget, several new programs were being implemented and a selection of facilities being upgraded. Program improvements include a new/updated elementary math program, technology infrastructure advancements and replacement of staff computers.
Facility upgrades include installation of window AC units at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School and Lyme School; addition of main campus pathway lighting; increasing the number of security cameras; installation of a concrete lacrosse practice wall and replacement of the fuel oil tank at Lyme School.
Further presentations of the budget will be held in the upcoming months, during which time the public can submit comments on the budget to the superintendent. A district budget hearing and referendum are tentatively set respectively for Monday, May 1, and Tuesday, May 2.
The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education will host a Special Meeting for the purpose of hosting a Public Forum on the 2017-18 budget on Wednesday evening, Feb. 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room in Center School.
All are welcome to attend this meeting, which will include a presentation on the budget proposal.
The date currently anticipated for a referendum to be held in both Lyme and Old Lyme on the budget is Tuesday, May 2.
The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education regular monthly meeting will immediately follow the Special Meeting at 7 p.m. in the same location.
The Friends of Lyme Library’s ‘Winter Movie Series’ continues Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. with a showing of The Birds directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren.
The Birds is a 1963 American mystery thriller film loosely based on Daphne du Maurier’s 1952 story of the same name. It focuses on a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over the course of a few days.*
Doors open at 1:30 p.m., film begins at 2 p.m. and admission is free. Popcorn will be provided — also at no charge. Bring your own beverage.
In honor of The Country School’s 60th Anniversary, the school’s Board of Trustees is providing a $10,000 merit scholarship to a student applying for admission to Grades 4-8 for the fall of 2017. Additional scholarships will be offered to students entering those grades based on applicants’ qualifications and/or need.
This will be the third 60th Anniversary Merit Scholarship awarded in celebration of The Country School’s founding six decades ago. An 8th Grader from Lyme won the first 60th Anniversary Scholarship, while a 4th Grader from Madison was the second recipient. In addition, other students received partial scholarships after applying for the merit scholarship.
Head of School John Fixx will share information about the 60th Anniversary Scholarship program on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 12:30 p.m. in conjunction with the school’s Winter Open House (taking place from 1 to 3:30 p.m.). While students sit for the Merit Scholarship test, parents will have the opportunity to tour campus and speak directly with faculty members, current parents, and administrators. To learn more and register, go to http://www.thecountryschool.org/scholarship.
The recipient of the $10,000 Merit Scholarship will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal promise as demonstrated by merit scholarship testing, school records, and an interview. Finalists will be asked to write an essay describing how a Country School education might benefit them and will be invited to spend a day on campus. The scholarship recipient will be notified in early March.
On Jan. 29, visitors will learn about the academic program and the wide academic, artistic, athletic, and leadership opportunities on campus. They will also learn about The Country School’s six-decade history of preparing graduates for the strongest independent secondary schools and high school honors programs in the area. Families will receive the impressive list of where Country School graduates attend college and hear how the Secondary School Placement Office assists families in attracting similar scholarship support for secondary school.
The 60th Anniversary Scholarship is for a new student and is renewed each year that the student is enrolled at The Country School, provided the recipient stays in strong academic standing and consistently demonstrates good citizenship. It is The Country School’s expectation that merit scholarship recipients will contribute significantly to the life of the School, creating a stronger overall experience for all students.
Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving 200 students in PreSchool through Grade on its 23-acre campus in Madison. In celebration of the school’s 60th anniversary, the campus has been undergoing a major transformation, with the installation of new athletic fields, tennis courts, and playground areas completed last year and a reconfiguration of campus infrastructure and outdoor common spaces taking place this year.
For more information, contact Pam Glasser, Director of Admission and Curriculum, at 203-421-3113, extension 122, or email@example.com. You may also learn more at www.thecountryschool.org.
State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) and State Senators Paul Formica (R-20th) will hold office hours in Old Lyme at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, located at 2 Library Ln. in Old Lyme on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
This session will provide constituents with an opportunity to ask questions or share their ideas and concerns about state government and the 2017 Legislative Session.
Carney represents the 23rd General Assembly District that includes Lyme and Old Lyme along with Old Saybrook and part of Westbrook.
Formica represents the 20th State Senate District that includes Old Lyme along with Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville (part), New London, Old Saybrook (part), Salem, and Waterford.
‘Together We Rise’ Holds Official ‘Sister Event’ to Women’s March on Washington at East Haddam, Saturday
The Women’s March on Washington has inspired over 370 other ‘sister marches’ to take place this coming Saturday, Jan. 21. All 50 states and Puerto Rico are confirmed to have at least one grassroots-led march on that day, as well as 55 global cities on six continents, from Tokyo to Sydney, Nairobi to Paris to Bogotá.
But if you’ve missed the bus — literally and figuratively — to DC, there is now a local opportunity to participate in a ‘Sister Event.’ Together We Rise – Building Bridges For Justice has just announced that East Haddam/Lower Connecticut River Valley is now registered as an Official Sister Event for Connecticut, along with Hartford, Salisbury and Stamford, for the Women’s March on Washington.
The East Haddam event will be a vigil to be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. This outdoor vigil will be at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House & Café, located at 374 Town Street in East Haddam, CT at the junction of Rte. 82 and Rte. 151.
A Still We Rise vigil has been ongoing weekly since November 2016 and is attended by a group of dedicated individuals each Saturday. The purpose is to keep social justice issues in the forefront of our community consciousness and to stand in solidarity with marginalized groups. From the suffrage movement to anti-war protests, vigils have a long tradition in our country as an effective form of peaceful protest.
“The gathering of men and women at the East Haddam weekly vigil is a powerful illustration of what can be done by a small group with a willingness to stand up and work for change. A perfect example of this determination is the fact that our vigil is a Sister Event for the Women’s March on Washington—one of only four Sister Events in Connecticut,” notes Edwina Trentham, organizer of the weekly Still We Rise vigils
Theresa Govert, Co-Chair of Together We Rise – Building Bridges For Justice comments, “What happens on the national stage affects all of us, but the strength of our Nation is built in the communities of action and compassion that start at the local level. The Women’s March on Washington is unique and powerful because it draws from grassroots movements, first time activists, seasoned organizers, and institutions to amplify our voices.”
She continues, “Over 700,000 people have registered for sister events and 200,000 people are registered to attend the event in Washington D.C., the movement total could easily be 1 million people concerned about justice and human rights. This is the community building and work we all need to do every day to strengthen our nation.”
For more information, visit: WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON SISTER MARCHES
For more information on the East Haddam vigil, visit their Facebook page.
The Lyme Land Conservation Trust will be featured this Saturday on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) in PBS’s “Visionaries” program, a national documentary series hosted by famed actor Sam Waterston.
The broadcast featuring Lyme will air locally at 7 p.m., and eventually will be rebroadcast on PBS stations across the country.
“Visionaries” film crews interviewed land trust members and filmed the Lyme Consolidated School’s Earth Day Celebration and Tour de Lyme, the land trust’s annual bicycling fundraiser.
Visionaries Executive Producer Bill Mosher said he selected the Lyme Land Trust and the Lyme community because he wanted to feature a small nonprofit working effectively on the local level that could serve as a model for other communities across the country.
“Lyme Land Conservation Trust turned out to be much more than we had imagined,” Mosher said. “It is an extraordinary example of the power individuals have to create positive change when they think and act locally.”
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, the Lyme Land Trust now has more than 3,000 acres of preserved farmland and forested wildlife habitat under management. It just completed a fundraising campaign to add another 84 acres in Hadlyme as new preserve.
The Lyme Land Trust Visionaries documentary will be aired nationally on PBS TV stations around the country and will be available on the Internet.
For more information, visit http://www.lymelandtrust.org/event/broadcast-of-film-about-lyme-and-lyme-land-trust-on-cptv/
Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools for the fall of 2017 is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School
Children who will be 5 years old on or before Jan. 1, 2018 are eligible to register for Kindergarten for September 2017.
While you may complete the registration process at either school, your child’s school placement will depend on District attendance zones.
Please bring to registration your child’s
- Birth Certificate
- Immunization/Health Records
- Three forms of proof of residency
If you cannot register on these days or would like additional information, call either school at these numbers to place your child’s name on the Kindergarten list and/or have your questions answered:
Lyme Consolidated: 860-434-1233
Mile Creek: 860-434-2209
Applications are now being accepted for the Virginia R. Rollefson Environmental Leadership Scholarship, a $1,000 award to recognize a high school student who has demonstrated leadership and initiative in promoting conservation, preservation, restoration, or environmental education.
Students residing in Middlesex County, Lyme or Old Lyme are eligible to apply.
The scholarship is presented by the Rockfall Foundation and applications must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, Feb. 1. For a copy of the application or for more information, visit www.rockfallfoundation.org or call 860-347-0340.
The Rockfall Foundation supports environmental education, conservation programs and planning initiatives in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. Established in 1935, it is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations whose mission is to be a catalyst– bringing people together and supporting organizations to conserve and enhance the county’s natural environment. Rockfall awards grants each year to organizations, schools and municipalities, and sponsors educational programs and symposia.
Merry Christmas to all our readers! We hope you enjoy a wonderful day with friends and family.
There are four Christmas Day services this morning in Lyme and Old Lyme as follows:
- Christ The King Church celebrates a Christmas Mass at 9 a.m.
- Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church hosts a Celebratory Service of Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.
- The First Congregational Church of Lyme holds a Christmas Day Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
- The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme holds a Christmas Day service at 11 a.m.
AREAWIDE — Five local land trusts invite amateur photographers of all ages to enter their favorite photographs of scenes in the towns of Essex, East Haddam, Salem, Lyme and Old Lyme in the Land Trusts Photo Contest. Children are especially encouraged to submit photos. Participants need not live in the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Salem, and East Haddam, but photos must be of scenes in one of these five towns. Land Trusts in these towns sponsor this photo contest.
Submissions will be accepted from the Jan. 1, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2017. Contest rules are available online at lymelandtrust.org. The link is http://www.lymelandtrust.org/news/photo-contest/. Entry forms for the contest are available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contest awards are being funded with the generous support of our commercial sponsors: RiverQuest /Connecticut River Expeditions, Ballek’s Garden Center in East Haddam, Essex Savings Bank, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Lorensen Auto Group, the Oakley Wing Group at Morgan Stanley, and Alison Mitchell in memory of her husband John G. Mitchell. John G. Mitchell was a life-long environmentalist and former photo contest judge.
A three-judge panel will select the winning photos. New as a contest judge this year is Joe Standart, an award-winning photographer, director and internationally known artist who loves photographing the natural world. Returning judges include Amy Kurtz Lansing, an accomplished art historian and curator at the Florence Griswold Museum; and Skip Broom, a respected award-winning local photographer and antique house restoration housewright.
$100, $75, $50 and $25 cash prizes will be awarded in each of five categories. The categories are Landscape/Waterscape, Plants, Wildlife, and Cultural/Historic (human interaction with nature, including domestic animals and buildings), for participants 15 years of age or older. Photographers 14 years old or younger may enter photos on any of these subjects in the Youth Category.
All entered photographs will be displayed and winners will be announced at a public reception Friday, March 10, 2017.
Emma Sked, a junior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS), has been appointed to the Governor’s Prevention Partnership Youth Council.
She is one of eight Connecticut youth selected through a competitive application process to serve as a member of this statewide organization whose mission is to help prevent underage drinking and substance use, prevent youth violence and bullying, and promote youth mentoring and peer to peer interactions.
“I am very excited to meet other teens from around the state and work together on state-wide projects to have an impact on a larger community,” Emma stated. “I know that I cannot stop all teens from using substances all at once. But if each project I collaborate on results in one person stopping to think, ‘Why am I doing this?’, then my efforts are worth it.”
Emma is the daughter of Elizabeth and Ken Sked of Old Lyme. Since her freshman year, she has been an active member of the Lyme-Old Lyme local prevention council, Community Action for Substance Free Youth Coalition (CASFY).
Emma serves as CASFY’s Youth Advocate, taking a formal role in leading youth prevention projects with the Lyme-Old Lyme High School club REACH (Responsible Educated Adolescents Can Help), and participating in all aspects of the coalition. Emma’s work with the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and CASFY created the opportunity for her work on prevention at the state level.
Emma’s activities at LOLHS include serving as a member of the Student Advisory Council, Student Leaders, Community Service, Spanish, Amnesty International clubs, and varsity softball. She is an Honor Roll student and has received awards in multiple subjects for academic excellence. Emma also works after school at the Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center.
To learn more about CASFY, visit www.lysb.org
Reynolds Subaru of Lyme Presents ‘Ambassadors Grant’ to Estuary’s MOW Program in Memory of Gary Reynolds
The Estuary Council of Seniors recently received, through Reynolds Subaru, the Ambassadors Grant from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) in memory of Gary Reynolds, owner of Reynolds Garage & Marine Inc. in Lyme, CT. Gary Reynolds was well known for his distinguished career in the automotive retail industry and his generosity in our local communities. He served on the board of directors of the NADA, representing franchised new car and truck dealers in Connecticut until his passing in 2013.
The Reynolds family designated the Estuary Council of Seniors to be the recipient of the Ambassadors Grant in memory of Gary and in addition to the award of $500, the Reynolds family matched the grant with an additional $500.
The Estuary is pleased to accept this wonderful grant from the NADA and gift from the Reynolds family in memory of Gary Reynolds in continuing support of the Estuary’s Meals on Wheels program. This past fiscal year the Estuary delivered over 50,000 meals to Meals on Wheels recipients in the nine town Estuary region including Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook & Westbrook.
Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Return Home Safely After Playing in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Ceremony
Members of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) band and chorus performed yesterday on the pier adjacent to the USS Missouri in Waikiki, Hawaii, as part of the 75th anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Meanwhile, here in Old Lyme, around 150 people gathered in the auditorium of the high school late yesterday afternoon to watch the band and chorus perform as part of a 1,200-strong contingent of musicians and singers from schools across the country.
Lyme-Old Lyme High School was the only school from Connecticut represented at the event.
News Channel 3’s Kevin Hogan, whose son attends LOLHS and is out in Hawaii, did a live segment from the auditorium during which he interviewed a member of the Friends of Music Inc. organization that has been fundraising all year to make the trip possible.
View the News Channel 3 segment at this link.
News Channel 8 ran this piece from Lyme-Old Lyme High School about the trip to Hawaii.
Fox 61 also broadcast a story about the LOLHS students in Hawaii at this link.
The most respected name in action sports film production, Warren Miller Entertainment, has announced its 67th full length feature film, Here, There & Everywhere, will be shown at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 8.
Travel along with the Warren Miller film crew to Crested Butte, Eastern Greenland, Kicking Horse BC, Montana’s Glacier Country, Fenway Park and Cordova, Alaska, to see the top winter athletes ski, ride, dog sled and shred the most extreme backcountry terrain around.
Everyone attending the show will receive a free voucher code that allows them to download a free lift ticket to Sugarbush or Killington.
Additionally, LOLEF will host a drawing that includes lift tickets to the following ski areas Okemo, Stratton,Mad River GlenBromley and more. The drawing will also include a pair of Rossignol skis, Smith Helmet, ski goggles, poles and gift cards from local outdoor shops, Action Sports and Denali.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and show runs from 7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door but may be limited.
For more information, contact Brian Greenho at email@example.com