December 15, 2017

Carney Earns 100 Percent Voting Record for 2017 Legislative Session

State Rep. Devin Carney

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23),, whose district includes Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and the southern section of Westbrook, earned a 100 percent voting record for the 2017 legislative session according to recently released data from the House Clerk’s office. There were 417 votes cast during the 2017 regular session and special session. This marks Carney’s third year in a row with a perfect voting record.

“It is my duty to be present for every vote and I am glad to have accomplished that for the third year in a row,” said Rep. Carney. “My first priority is to ensure that the people of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook always have a voice in Hartford.”

Rep. Carney currently serves as the top House Republican on the Transportation Committee and is also a member of the Environment Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

The next regular legislative session will convene in February 2018.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2017 legislative session visit the Office of Legislative Research Acts for 2017.pdf

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


LYSB Hosts Free, Four-session Substance Abuse Education, Prevention Program in January for Parents

Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau presents a free, four-session substance abuse education and prevention program for parents on Wednesdays in January (Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31) at 7 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Library.  This workshop series was developed by LYSB and CASFY to help parents understand substance abuse and its impact on children and youth.
Guest speakers and relevant resource materials will be offered at each session.
This program is free and for parents of children of all ages. Register at

Topics covered during the workshop series:

  • Current drug trends among youth in CT and US.
  • How to have the drug discussion with your kids
  • Risk factors
  • Marijuana –  what’s the real story?
  • Teachable moments
  • Prescription drugs
  • Paraphernalia and vaping
  • What to do if you suspect your child is using
  • Current laws and school rules regarding substances
  • Resources

Join Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber’s Holiday Party Tomorrow

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber hosts its Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Old Lyme Inn.  Join members for a thoroughly festive evening when you will enjoy passed appetizers followed by a three-course dinner and be entertained by the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Select Singers.

The event starts with assorted passed appetizers of Stuffed Mushrooms, Bruschetta, and Cheese and Crackers, accompanied by a cash bar. After a starter of House Salad, the entrées on offer are Statler Chicken, Hanger Steak or Seared Salmon (select one.) All the entrees are served with potatoes, vegetable, rolls and butter. A dessert of Apple Cranberry Crisp with vanilla ice cream followed by coffee or tea, rounds off the meal.

The price is $50 per person. The Chamber is expecting a sold-out event, so reserve your seat(s) promptly.  All reservations with payment must be made by Friday, Dec. 8.

Click on this link to read more and make your reservation.


Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Named to College Board’s AP Honor Roll; One of Only 447 Districts in US, Canada to Earn Accolade

Access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and AP exam results at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, pictured above, have earned Lyme-Old Lyme Schools a place on the College Board’s 8th Annual AP Honor Roll.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are one of only 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada placed on the 8th Annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll by the College Board.

To be included on the Honor Roll, Lyme-Old Lyme High School was required to increase the number of students participating in AP courses between 2015 and 2017, while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals demonstrates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students, who are ready for the AP regimen.

“We are incredibly proud of the hard work of our students, staff, and community in making this recognition a reality. This continues to support our strong reputation as a premier school district in Connecticut and the nation as a whole” said Superintendent Ian Neviaser. “The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.”

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

The complete 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at this link. 

The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools provide a private school experience in a public school setting and accept resident students from both Lyme and Old Lyme as well as non-resident students on a tuition basis.  For more information, call 860-434-7238 or visit


Join an Afternoon Hike in Hartman Park With Lyme Land Trust Today

Lyme Land Trust hosts a Sunday Afternoon Hike, Dec. 10, along the Orange Heritage Trail in Hartman Park, Lyme.

Join Trust members from 1:30 to 3:30-ish p.m. on a walk into the past to visit historical ruins, including the mysterious three chimneys. Learn about the community that lived there up until 150 years ago. Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member, and Lyme Open Space Coordinator, will lead the hike.

The Orange Trail is a beautiful path through the woods which leads to several remnants of historical structures. There are some rocky areas and moderate hill climbs. The entire walk is about three miles long with options for short cuts. There will be a snack break halfway through. Bring water or something to drink.

Meet at the Hartman Park Entrance Parking Lot on Gungy Road in Lyme.

Registration is appreciated at

Rain cancels. Check for updates at

The parking lot is on Gungy Road about 1.5 miles north of the four-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Rd., Grassy Hill Rd., and Gungy Rd.


Partnership Co-Op Now Open Weekends at Old Saybrook Main St. Store

Gifts hand-crafted by the Lakota Indians will be on sale at the Partnership Cooperative.

The Partnership Co-Op hosts its Annual Holiday Sale from Thursday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 17.  The Partnership Co-op features Native American crafts, Haitian art and Palestinian goods from respectively Tribal Crafts, Inc. featuring Lakota art and crafts, the Crosby Fund for Haitian Education and the Tree of Life Educational Fund.

Join the organizers for the Grand Opening Reception on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wine, snacks and a raffle will be offered at the Co-op’s store in the former Southern Exposure building located between Cartier Optical and Nail Spa at 264 Main Street in Old Saybrook.

Assorted Lakota crafts and jewelry

Storefront hours are as follows:
Opening Reception Thursday, Dec. 7: 6 to 8 p.m.
Fridays, Dec.8 & 15: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays, Dec. 9 & 16: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays, Dec. 10 & 17: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Partnership Co-operative is a collection of several non-profit organizations based out of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. All proceeds are returned to the artisans of the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, participating Haitian artists and the Tree of Life Educational Fund.

To learn more about this collective of non-profits, visit these websites:

Tribal Crafts, Inc. featuring Lakota art and crafts:
The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education:
Tree of Life Educational Fund:


Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation Hosts Screening of Warren Miller’s ‘Line of Descent’ Tonight

The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation is hosting a viewing of the Warren Miller ski film, Line of Descent, on Thursday, Dec. 7,  at 7 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School auditorium. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at this link or on the Foundation’s website at

Local sponsors include: Action Sports of Old Saybrook, Black Hall Outfitters of Old Lyme, Denali of Old Saybrook and Morrissey Cycle of Old Lyme.

A free lift ticket to Sugarbush will be available with each ticket sold. Prize drawings will be held at intermission.

Come enjoy a fun winter evening with the family and at the same time support local educational opportunities for both students and adults in Lyme and Old Lyme.


Death of Barbara (Seim) Hill Announced

Barbara (Seim) Hill, Sept. 7, 1925 – Dec. 1, 2017

Barbara (Siem) Hill

Barbara (Seim) Hill, 92, passed away peacefully at home, Bay Village, Sarasota, Florida on December 1, 2017. She was born in Bridgeport, CT September 7, 1925, daughter of Harry E. and Vera (Bertilson) Seim. She obtained her nursing degree from Simmons College. Her beloved husband of 64 years, Nicholas S. Hill IV, predeceased her in 2012.  She retired from a nursing career which culminated in 16 years as Supervisor of the Visiting Nurses Association in Old Saybrook. She resided in Old Lyme for 34 years, where she raised her six children, then Old Saybrook for 31 years, before moving to Sarasota, Florida.

Barbara will be remembered for her sweet kindness, her brightness of spirit and her determination to make the world around her a better place, which she passed on to her children and everyone she met. She saw the positive in every situation. “She was the best mother and grandmother in the world” and she will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her children: Pamela Vernon of Quechee, Vermont; Nicholas S. Hill V (Sophia) of Sherborn, MA; Penny Hill (Larry Wild) of Sarasota, FL; Wendolyn Hill (Richard Sutton) of Lyme, CT; Melinda Hill (Mark Yuknat) of Haddam, CT; and Jeffrey Hill (Sherry) of Old Saybrook, CT.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Kayt and Colin Vernon, Kyra and Alyssa Hill, Hester and Isabel Sutton, Alex Yuknat, Bethany Benak and Samantha Hill; and four great-grandchildren; and her best friend, Ann Daum.

There will be a private service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Visiting Nurses Southeastern CT: VNASC, 403 N Frontage Road, Waterford, CT 06385or Planned Parenthood of Southwest Florida, 736 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Fl 34236.

Online Guest book located at


Cappella Cantorum Presents Their Holiday Concert in Madison Tonight

The Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus will present its Holiday Concert Saturday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Madison on the Green, Meetinghouse Lane (off Route 1), Madison.

Start the holiday season with a joyful evening of music. Cappella’s new director Simon Holt of the Salt Marsh Opera will conduct the chorus, professional soloists and orchestra in the performance of Bach’s Cantata 140 (“Sleepers Wake!”), Rutter’s “Gloria” and Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols.”

Christmas carols will be sung at the end of the program.

Tickets are $30 online or at the door. Visit Students are free.

For more information, visit the website or call 860-526-1038.


Lyme Land Trust Announces Appointment of Kristina White as New Executive Director

Kristina White has been named the new executive Director of the Lyme Land Trust. Photo by George Moore

The Lyme Land Conservation Trust has announced that the board has appointed Kristina White as its new executive director to replace George Moore, who has retired.

The Land Trust is very pleased that Moore will be succeeded by long-time Lyme resident, Kristina White. She has been an actively contributing member of the Land Trust’s Board since 2014 and takes over the executive director position after serving for the last 10 years as the Musical Masterworks Administrative Director. White has also been active in community affairs and currently serves as the treasurer of the Lyme Fire Company.

The Land Trust is deeply grateful for George Moore’s service as executive director and his dedication over the last 14 years. He was elected to the Land Trust Board as a director in 2003. In 2007, he was elected board president, and in 2013 the board appointed him as its first executive director. Through his vision and effective management, Moore has helped transform the Land Trust into one of the most active and successful in the state.

Land Trust President, John Pritchard, stated that, “In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Land Trust, the board has elected George as its first Director Emeritus, a position newly created to honor his service. We hope that George will remain a member of the Land Trust family.”


Reading Uncertainly? ‘Lab Girl’ by Hope Jahren

This month, let’s try an intensely introspective autobiography of a botanical scientist, wrapped in a biography of trees, flowers, and plants.

Hope Jahren, a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, writes the clear, coherent, and engaging story of her upbringing in Minnesota, her education, travel and work in California, Georgia, Maryland, and Hawaii, intermixed with her study and analysis of the history and lives of plants and trees. And she apparently has a photographic memory as she recalls detailed conversations with her teachers, students, science mates and husband.

But, early on in my reading, I had a nagging question: does this intense self-analysis and self-reflection indicate something else?

Jahren finally acknowledges being a “manic-depressive woman” four-fifths of the way through her writing. She is consumed with her love of and study of plants: it dominates her life.

Fellow human beings? She acknowledges an early debt to her science-minded father, but never mentions him again after her first pages. Her scientific partner, Bill, is never granted a last name, nor is her husband, Clint. And none of those three is mentioned in her credits. She devotes one of the longest chapters to the birth of her son, but he remains nameless (mentioned only as “my toddler” and “my son.” Note he is not “our” son.)

But her often lyrical phrases continue to delight you as a reader, “a leaf is a platter of pigment strung with vascular lace,” and “vines are hopelessly ambitious,” and “being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life.” Hers is a two-part, parallel story of intense curiosity – her science and her life.

Her self-analysis close to the end reads as follows:

“I’m good at science because I’m not good at listening. I have been told that I’m intelligent, and I have been told that I am simple-minded. I have been told that I am trying to do to much, and I have been told that what I have done amounts to very little. I have been told that I can’t do what I want to do because I am a woman, and I have been told that I have only been allowed to do what I have done because I am a woman. I have been told that I can have eternal life, and I have been told that I will burn myself out into an early death. I have been admonished for being too feminine and I have been distrusted for being too masculine. I have been warned that I am far too sensitive and I have been accused of being heartlessly callous.

But I was told all these things by people who can’t understand the present or see the future any better than I can. Such recurrent pronouncements have forced me to accept that because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along. I don’t take advice from my colleagues, and I try not to give it. When I am pressed, I resort to these two sentences: You shouldn’t take this job too seriously. Except for when you should.”

If that doesn’t arouse your curiosity to read this book, I don’t know what will!

Jahren’s conclusion, “Our world is falling apart quietly.” And her more optimistic recommendation: go plant a tree once a year! Which is exactly what my wife and I have done in our 24 years in Lyme, Conn. We’ve planted 13 Evergreens, four Red Maples, three Acacia, two Apples, one Japanese Maple, and one Witch Hazel. Yes, we’ve cut down an apple savaged by a hurricane, plus two small apples, but the latter were promptly replaced with two pears!

Do read Hope Jahren … and plant a tree.

Editor’s Note: ‘Lab Girl’ by Hope Jahren is published by Alfred A. Knopf, 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.


Old Lyme/Valley Warriors Face Rocky Hill Tonight in Class S State Quarter-Final

The sixth-seeded Old Lyme/Valley football team (9-1) faces number three seeds Rocky Hill (10-0) on the latter’s home field tonight in a CIAC Class S quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m.

Read a preview of the game in this article by Ned Griffen and published on Nov. 27.

Go Warriors!



Final Day to Enjoy Hadlyme Hall’s Artisans Show

The 16th Annual Artisan Show at Hadlyme Public Hall will be held over Thanksgiving weekend from Friday through Sunday.

Hadlyme Public Hall

Kick off your holiday shopping by coming to support local artists, community spirit, and tradition. This annual venue of local artists and artisans will include oil and watercolor fine art, handmade jewelry, cement décor, pottery, and many other mediums as well as new exhibitors.

Buy Raffle Tickets at the show for ‘one of a kind’ raffle prizes.

at_the_showThe show opens with a reception on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.  The show is then open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on Sunday.

Admission is free on all three days.

For further information, click here.


Preserve Closures in Lyme During Deer Firearm Hunting Season Have Begun, Continue Through Dec. 19

The following Preserves in Lyme will be closed Monday through Friday through Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 except to licensed hunters with valid consent forms from the Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator: Beebe Preserve, Chestnut Hill Preserve

  • Eno Preserve
  • Hand Smith
  • Honey Hill Preserve
  • Jewett Preserve
  • Mount Archer Woods
  • Pickwick’s Preserve
  • Plimpton Preserve.

These preserves, owned by the Town of Lyme or the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, will be open on Saturdays and Sundays during this hunting period as no hunting is allowed on weekends. The hunting program is fully subscribed.

For more information on the hunting program in Lyme, visit this link.


Christ the King Hosts Annual Ecumenical, Community Thanksgiving Service This Evening


The annual Community Service of Thanksgiving, sponsored by the churches of Lyme and Old Lyme, will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, at Christ the King Church.

All are welcome to attend this ecumenical service of prayer and song, which will feature music by the choirs of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, and Christ the King Church. Clergy from the various faith communities will participate, as will lay members and community leaders.

A free-will offering will be taken up during the service to benefit the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for the Shoreline Food Pantry, to help our neighbors in need.

Everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is welcome to attend the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service.

For more information, visit

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Announces Quarter 1 Honor Roll

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Honor Roll
Quarter 1   2017-18

High Honors

Grade 12: Samantha Barretta, Cassandra Burrows, Erin Cornelius, Jacob Coverdale, Matthew Crisp, Anna Donato, Adam Drummond, Kayla Elliott, Hope Femia, Samuel Fuchs, Jace Funaro, Keelin Hurtt, Liam Johnston, Lauren King, Maeve Kolb, Cora Koproski, Sarah Kwon, Jordan Lewis, Bilal Malik, Claudia Mergy, Lauren Mitchell, Shannon Nosal, Emma Pennie, Katherine Pettersen, Julia Ritchie, Emily Rivera, Caroline Sirna, Emma Sked, Julia Smith, Reed Spitzer, Gabriel Stephens-Zumbaum, Felicia Sutton, Bianca Tinnerello, Ryan Wallace, Caroline Wholean, Ellie Wiese, Hannah Wisner, Erik Zawodniak, Madeline Zrenda

Grade 11: Kathryn Atkinson, Catherine Battalino, Lauren Birk, Casey Blue, Mackenzie Blue, Gary Bocian, Claire Britton, Ann Cote, Emma Danes, Britney DeRoehn, Corey Drummond, Grace Edwards, Olin Frederiks, Zachary Gidius, Grace Gilbert, Emily Grenier, Kylie Hall, Colin Hallahan, Ada Harjunpaa, Sarah Hayward, Liam Holloway, Aoife Hufford, Ciara Klimaszewski, Sophie Kyle, Joshua Liefeld, John Manthous, Brynn McGlinchey, Hannah Morrison, Jacob Olsen, Katherine Reid, James Rollins, Olivia Rugg, Noah Rumm, Kellie Sablone, Caroline Sagristano, Anna Sather, Robert Sedlatschek, Peter Sherman, Carson Swope, Emily Tan, Colleen Walsh, Alexander Williams

Grade 10: Alexandra Alpha, Anabella Arias, Emily Balocca, William Bartlett, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Rory Cavicke, Daisy Colvin, Elizabeth Cravinho, Isabel Dean-Frazier, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Julia DiMella, Raymond Doll, Theodore Enoch, Araselys Farrell, Nicholas Fava, Leah Fouquette, Jada Fuentes, Katherine Funaro, Tanner Griffin, Sophia Griswold, Caroline King, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Connor Maguire, Jacqueline Malizia, Melissa Mauro, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Dylan Mulligan, Chandler Munson, Kyle Myers, Samantha Olson, Sofia Pecher-Kohout, Jenna Porter, Jared Ritchie, Jane Scheiber, Taylor Sedlatschek, Brady Sheffield, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Olivia Stack, Haley Stevens, Julia Stout, Philip Sweeney, Lydia Tinnerello, Kiera Ulmer, Megan VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Clair Wholean, Anna Williams, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 9: Paige Alpha, Kaylee Armenia, Sophie Arnold, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Olivia Bartlett, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, John Cox, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Corah Engdall, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Michael Guillet, Catharine Harrison, Alayna Hettick-Harlow, Isabella Hine, Steven Jette, Regan Kaye, Paige Kolesnik, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Mackenzie Machnik, Madelyn Maskell, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Michael Milazzo, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Gavin Porter, Jacob Quaratella, Hayden Saunders, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, Angus Tresnan, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Ellery Zrenda


Grade 12: Maggy Biega, Cara Cahill, Charlotte Carmody, Anna Catlett, Samantha Caulkins, Rose Cheney, Brendan Cowee, Matthew Cushman, Samuel Frankel, Audrey Gavin, Michaela Giannotti, Natalie Golden, Morgan Greenho, Gillian Holloway, Mikela Jacobson, Heather McGrath, Christopher Munger, Amanda Murphy, Madeline Ouellette, Olivia Scott, Collin Stalls, Mason Swaney, Alexander Swanski, Marieke Warlitz, Abigail Zelmanow

Grade 11: Teresa Allan, Kendall Antoniac, Paige Britton, Liam Clark, Tyler Clark, Lily Cox, Thomas Creagan, Miles Cutler-Stamm, Andy Espinal, Kate Hickie, Mya Johnson, Andrea Kathe, Jillian Kus, Elyza Learned, Peter Macadam, Alexander Montville, Nicholas Myers, Emily O’Brien, Thomas Pennie, Julia Reynolds, Jenny Ritchie, Quinn Romeo, Nicholas Roth, Eli St.Germain, Griffin Standish, Adam Syed

Grade 10: Faith Brackley, Chloe Cahill, Madison Cann, Ethan Carrion, Faith Caulkins, Emilia Cheesman, Brandon Cheng, Ty Dean, Samuel Dushin, Brian Funk, Lucy Gilbert, Kamber Hamou, Connor Hogan, Parker Hubbard, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Elizabeth McCarthy, Jonathan Nichele, Samantha Owen, Colby Sides, Summer Siefken, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Sydney Trowbridge, Aedan Using, Katelyn Wells

Grade 9: Colbe Andrews, Emily Ashton, Sonia Bair, Michael Battalino, Hunter Collins, Jackson Cowell, Axel Cruz, Patrick Dagher, Trube Dean, Jackson Goulding, Samantha Gray, Lillian Grethel, Aryn Jones, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Emma Meekhoff, Timothy O’Brien, Lauren Pitt, Aidan Powers, Ethan Rivera, Kassidy Standish, Katrina Wallace, Avery Welch


Wildcats Defend Class S State Title Against Holy Cross Today

Defending champions Old Lyme face Holy Cross in the CIAC Class S state championship game today at 1 p.m. at Middletown High School.  This is the third straight year that Old Lyme has played in the Class S championship — they came away with a draw in 2015, won 1-0 in 2016 … what will happen in 2017?


Read a preview of this afternoon’s game by Vickie Fulkerson and published in The Day 11/17/17 at this link.

Read a story about the Wildcat’s coach Paul Gleason by Mike DiMauro and published in The Day 11/16/17 at this link.

Read a full report of the semi-final game against St. Paul by Mike DiMauro and published in The Day 11/15/17 at this link.


Last Night to See Disturbing Story of ‘Radium Girls’ at LOL High School

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Fall Play this year is Radium Girls by DW Gregory, a play based on the true story of women, who were factory workers and contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.

Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.  As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Performances will be for two nights only, Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov.18.   Showtimes are at 7 p.m. and admission is $8 for students, $12 for adults.

For more information, call 860.434.1651.


Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ Tonight at High Hopes, All Welcome

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 High Hopes, 29 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme. All are welcome to this free event, especially prospective members of the Chamber.

At the event, the Chamber will be discussing 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!

A representative from High Hopes will also be giving a brief talk about their amazing facility here in Old Lyme, which is nationally acclaimed in the world of therapeutic riding.  We are so fortunate to have this treasure in our town.  It will also be possible to tour the stables, barn and training areas.

The Chamber expresses its sincere appreciation to High Hopes for hosting this event.



SECWAC Presents, ‘Water Scarcity: A Global Perspective,’ This Evening

Martha Hoffman will speak on Tuesday at SECWAC’s next meeting about water scarcity.

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Martha Hoffman and Chris Ochaloi of Call to Care Uganda speaking on the topic, Water Scarcity: A Global Perspective, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. for a reception and 6 p.m. for the presentation at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium

Chris Ochaloi

Hoffman is President of the Madison-based non-profit Call to Care Uganda, and Chris Ochaloi is Call To Care Uganda’s Ugandan Chairman

Following the presentation, join Hoffman and Ochaloi, guests, and fellow members for a delicious meal at Old Lyme Country Club. The price is $35 per person. A reservation is required to attend the dinner; call 860-912-5718 or email to make your reservation (vegetarian option available if reserved in advance). Checks payable to SECWAC (or credit card payment) are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad.

Learn more at

Martha Hoffman founded Call to Care Uganda in 2007 to help vulnerable children through health and education initiatives, starting with efforts to ensure that rural villages could access clean, safe drinking water.  So far, the organization has helped over 44 Ugandan villages, bringing potable water to thousands of people who would otherwise not have a safe supply of such a basic necessity of life.

In addition, Call To Care Uganda has helped bring better healthcare through provision of mosquito nets and a malaria prevention interactive teaching-tool developed by Martha, coordinated sponsorship programs with schools both locally and overseas, investment in schools and education (including a school-building project in the unreached area of Kaberamaido, Uganda), and outfitting hospitals, clinics and sick bays.

As Call To Care Uganda celebrates its 10th anniversary, Hoffman is excited to visit along with Ochaloi, CTCU’s Ugandan Chairman.  He has been instrumental in the implementation of many community development projects, and Hoffman refers to him as “her arms, legs, eyes and ears…on the ground in Uganda.”  Ochaloi was born and raised in the District of Kaberamaido, and has a Masters’ degree in Business Administration – Non-governmental Organization Management, and Bachelor of Divinity Degree – Uganda Christian University, Mukono.

Hoffman and Ochaloi will present their specific field work, dealing with the water crisis –  the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), as announced by the World Economic Forum in January 2015, and discuss the noted transformation this work has realized to date.