December 13, 2017

Flag Tribute to Veterans with Lymes’ VFW Post #1467 This Morning in Essex

A short Flag Tribute to Veterans will be held this morning at 10 a.m. in the Essex Town Park across from Saint Johns Episcopal Church assisted by 15 members of the Lymes’ VFW Post #1467 in their uniform of blues and grays with VFW caps and white gloves.
All are welcome to come and stand in tribute to the flag of the United States of America and honor our veterans.  The ceremony is anticipated a round half an hour.
The outline of the ceremony is as follows:
– Opening of Funeral Flag (1 minute)
– Opening Prayer Lymes’ VFW Post #1467 Chaplain Capt. (Ret) Larry Olsen (2 minutes)
– “Amazing Grace” Recorded Music (2:30 minutes)
– Lymes’ VFW Post Rifle Volley followed by TAPS
– Echo TAPS by Charles and Susan DeLinks in honor of those who died in service to our country (3 minutes)
– Scottish Bag Pipe marching music (2 minutes)
– Playing of Armed Forces Medley: Service members invited to come up, touch the flag, and stay with their left hand as their theme is played (5 minutes)
– Pledge of Allegiance Led by St. Johnʼs Youth (2 minutes)
– “God Bless The USA” by Lee Greenwood Recorded Music (4 minutes)
– The United States National Anthem Recorded Music (2 minutes)
– Dismissal: Observe silence while the flag is folded (3 minutes)
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Child & Family Hosts Star-Studded Fundraiser Tonight at Garde

A Night to Celebrate our Stars — the Children

The Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut will host “Celebrate our Stars – the Children! “ on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center in New London. The evening of music and dancing will kick off the public phase of Child and Family Agency’s endowment campaign.

Ann Nyberg of WTNH will serve as Honorary Chair; Kevin Hogan of WFSB will Emcee, and Alva Greenberg will Chair the event.

The evening will highlight CFA’s B.P. Learned Mission Students who are celebrating 10 years of theater; an a cappella performance by the award winning Tufts University Beelzebubs; performances by The Community Dance Ensemble Students; and a special appearance by local talent Braiden Sunshine, 2015 fan favorite and semi-finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”.

To order tickets, visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-night-to-celebrate-our-stars-tickets-38810105069?aff=es2

All proceeds from the event will benefit the endowment and programs of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.

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Mattson Re-elected as Democrat First Selectman in Lyme Joined by Newcomer Kiker; Lord Also Re-elected, Wayland Loses Seat

Steven Mattson

After learning the results of today’s municipal election, Lyme First Selectman Steven Mattson, who received 553 votes, and newly elected Selectman John Kiker (435 votes) issued the following statement:

“We would like to thank the people of the Town of Lyme for electing us to the board of selectmen.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve you and work on your behalf for the next two years.

“We look forward to working with Parker Lord (507 votes) on the board of selectmen to:

  • recruit good, experienced townspeople to serve on town boards, commissions and committees, and train them to help lead our town into the future;
  • strengthen our town’s communications on important news, issues and decisions, and explain how residents can take advantage of available opportunities to voice their support or concerns; and
  • ensure important town decisions include a thorough explanation of applicable regulations and residents’ concerns.

“We want to thank all of the many volunteers who helped out – including our peers on the Lyme Democratic Town Committee – for an excellent job running our campaign and encouraging residents to turn out to vote. 

“We were delighted to learn that Lyme voters chose Jeannine Lewis as their choice for District 33 Probate Judge – and eagerly await the final election results for our district.

“We love this town and want to help keep it the way it is – beautiful, historic and sparsely developed.  We look forward to contributing meaningfully to its future.  Thank you.”

Republican First Selectman candidate Mark Wayland received 398 votes.

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 fourth Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme Town Hall (barring holidays or other necessary schedule changes). These meetings are open to the public and all registered Democrats are encouraged to attend.

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Election Day is Today, Polls Open From 6am to 8pm

Lyme and Old Lyme voters go to the polls tomorrow to elect a variety of town government positions. There are contested races in both Lyme and Old Lyme.

Click here or on the “Letters” tab above to read all the letters we have received relating to the elections.  Open any letter on its individual page to read the associated comments.

Polling stations open at 6 a.m. tomorrow and close at 8 p.m.  Lyme residents cast their votes at the Lyme Town Hall while Old Lyme residents should go to the Cross Lane Firehouse.

Optical scan machines will be used.

Voters must present identification.

We will publish the results here on LymeLine.com very shortly after their announcement.

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Lyme First Selectman Candidates Respond to Our Questions

To assist our Lyme readers in making their choices regarding for whom they should vote tomorrow, we posed three questions in writing to the candidates for Lyme First Selectman as follows:

  1. Why are you running?
  2. What are the three most significant issues that Lyme is currently facing?
  3. With reference to your Question 2 response, which issue of the three is the greatest and how do you envisage dealing with it?

We gave a 250-word limit for the response to each question to which each candidate adhered strictly: we are most appreciative of that.

We thank both candidates sincerely for responding in a timely manner and are pleased to publish their responses today accompanied by their respective biographies and photos.

Click on the links below to read each candidate’s responses:

Steven Mattson (D): Candidate (Incumbent) for Lyme First Selectman

Mark Wayland (R): Candidate for Lyme First Selectman

 

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See ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,’ Tonight; All Welcome to This Free Event

The Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is hosting a free screening of the film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School Auditorium.

Screenagers is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work.  This is the parenting issue of our time, and LYSB hopes this film will begin to foster community-wide and family conversations.

Teens and kids are spending more time on their phones than ever before.  Kids spend on average 6.5 hours a day on screens and that doesn’t include classroom or homework screen time. Boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week.  Some recent studies show us that screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction.

Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make Screenagers when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.

Director Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories that depict messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  In this 60-minute documentary, she probes into teens and their digital lives, exploring her own family as well. The film reveals how tech time impacts the development of kids, and offers solutions on how they can better navigate their cyber world.

Interwoven into compelling stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on real changes happening in the brain. Screenagers goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, but reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

The screening is sponsored by the LYSB, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, and made possible by a grant from the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation.  The 60-minute documentary and subsequent discussion will explore social media, video gaming, use of screens in academics, and Internet addiction. The film will also explore ways parents can intervene and educate in a way that empowers their teens. The film is not available for streaming, renting, or purchasing, and can only be seen at a community screening.

The screening on Nov. 6 in Old Lyme is free and open to the public, and is suitable for all audiences ages 10 and up.  The film will be shown to all Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School students during the school day.

For more information, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or www.lysb.org  or www.screenagersmovie.com

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Deadline Regarding Election-Related Letters to the Editor

We will not be publishing any Letters to the Editor related to the election, which we receive after 12 p.m. (noon) today. We will continue to publish comments related to published letters through midnight tonight.

We will endeavor to have the final letters we have received prior to the noon deadline and the (already-received) responses from the Lyme candidates for First Selectmen published by 1 p.m. today.

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CT Valley Camera Club Hosts Professional Nature Photographer at Tonight’s Meeting

‘Hurricane Ridge’ by nature photographer Mark Bowie

Mark Bowie to Speak on Techniques for Taking Stunning Landscape Photographs

The guest speaker at the Monday, Nov. 6 meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be the acclaimed photography writer and public speaker Mark Bowie, who will give a presentation titled “Multiple Exposures for Maximum Landscapes.”  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lyme’s Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn. All are welcome.

By shooting multiple exposures in the field and combining them in-camera or in the digital darkroom, photographers can extend exposure latitude, depth of field and camera resolution. They can push the bounds of what can be captured with a camera and open opportunities for taking “never-before-possible” images.

In this new presentation, designed for both amateur and seasoned shooters looking to take their landscape imagery to new levels, Bowie covers the field techniques and state-of-the-art software he uses to produce many types of multi-shot composites.

Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer and much sought-after public speaker. His work has been published internationally in books and magazines, on calendars, posters, and greeting cards, and in advertising media. His first two coffee table books, Adirondack Waters and In Stoddard’s Footsteps, have become landmark regional publications. He followed those with The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. Each won the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Photography Book of the Year Award.

He has also authored two extensive e-books on night photography: The Light of Midnight and After Midnight: Night Photography by Example, and recently released one on his photographic journey, Finding November.  Mark is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute and leads digital and landscape photography workshops and tours.  For information, please visit www.adkpi.org.

This event is sponsored in part by Hunt’s Photo & Video (http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/).

The CVCC is dedicated to offering its membership the opportunity to become better photographers.  The group 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 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/.CVCC 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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Letter to the Editor: Republican Endorses Democrat Mattson as Most Qualified Lyme First Selectman Candidate

An Open Letter to Lyme residents and business owners:

I would like to offer my whole hearted endorsement of Steve Mattson for First Selectman in Lyme.

After serving Lyme for many years on the Board of Selectman, as well as on many other town boards and committees it is clear to me that Steve has the unparalleled credentials necessary to lead our town.

His significant prior corporate and business experience has only further prepared him for the continued fiscal management of our Town during the ongoing crisis in our State’s budget. This experience will also help in maintaining a strong and articulate voice as he continues to work with our State representatives.

Having personally worked alongside him during my time as Lyme’s Emergency Management Director, I know that he has the temperament to manage emergencies, and work effectively with our emergency-management personnel and our Fire and Ambulance services.

For the good of Lyme, I endorse Steve Mattson as the most qualified candidate for First Selectman. As a registered Republican, I believe the health and safety of Lyme will be best served by Steve, regardless of party affiliation.

Sincerely,

Richard Lee Watkins, Lieutenant USNR & Vietnam Veteran,
Lyme

Editor’s Note: The author is a past Lyme Emergency Management Director & Current CM-75, past Lyme Fire Company Chief & Veteran Member.

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Op-Ed: Wayland, Lord Will Continue Tradition of Excellent Leadership in Lyme

By Tony Lynch

I half-jokingly refer to Lyme as “Lynch’s last stand”.  I’m a refugee from Greenwich, Southport and Glastonbury.  All three of those towns were bucolic farming communities when generations of my family moved to them.  All three are now densely populated suburbs, with attendant traffic, chain stores and restaurants.

Most of us likely moved here because we cherish the wide open spaces, light traffic and the absence of traffic lights, stores, restaurants and industry.  With careful stewardship on the part of our town government and volunteer organizations, Lyme stands a good chance of remaining as pastoral as it is today.

Lyme also has one of the lowest property tax mill rates in the state, yet through careful fiscal managment, has still been able to complete a Town Hall and Library project, convert the landfill to a transfer station, and support the Lyme Land Conservation Trust and the Nature Conservancy in preserving open space.  This year, our leaders also had the foresite to anticipate that the state would cut it’s contribution to the education budgets of towns like ours.  As a result, we are one of few towns in the state that were not surprised by that development and thus didn’t have to increase local taxes to compensate.

This past July, after more than two decades of excellent leadership, our First Selectman, Ralph Eno, retired.  We now have the opportunity and responsibility to elect a successor who will continue to shepherd our town in a similar way.

Which leads to my unequivocal endorsement of Mark Wayland for First Selectman.  Mark is a 3rd generation native of Lyme whom I have come to know and respect as a fellow leader of Lyme-Old Lyme Boy Scout Troop 26.  In the years that we served together, Mark demonstrated excellent leadership skills, uncompromising ethics and a natural ability to foster teamwork among our youth and adults.  Not one to shy away from a challenge, Mark completed Wood Badge training, Scouting’s pinnacle adult leadership program that only a small percentage of leaders complete.  The curriculum emphasizes project management, conflict resolution, listening, mentoring and team development – all essential skills for a First Selectman.  Mark rose through the ranks and currently serves as the Troop’s Scoutmaster.  He also serves as a Selectman in Lyme and as a volunteer with the Lyme Fire Company.

Mark recently commented that “I knew at an early age how special our town is, and I want to keep it that way for future generations to enjoy as much as I have”.  Together with Selectman Parker Lord, I believe Mark will succeed to our great benefit.

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent voter (like me), I urge you to come out and vote on Tuesday and join me in electing Mark Wayland as our First Selectman and Parker Lord as Selectman to continue the excellent leadership our town has enjoyed for many years.

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This Evening, Lyme Public Library Foundation Presents ‘King Cole: The Songs of Cole Porter’

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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‘Cats Play for Another Shoreline Championship Today

High jump with a difference! Heading the ball away from the goal. All photos by Jen Alexander.

Continuing their unbeaten run, Old Lyme stormed into the Shoreline Conference final yesterday by soundly defeating Cromwell 3-0 in their semifinal game at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Total intensity.

Mya Johnson was the first to score with an assist from Maddie Ouellette. Caroline Wallace followed up with another assist from Maddie Ouellette and then Maddie Zrenda scored the third and final goal for Old Lyme on a penalty.

Goal!

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera, who had seven saves for Old Lyme.  Jessica DellaRatta was in net for Cromwell with 12 saves.

Time to celebrate.

Old Lyme is now 17-0-0 overall.

The Shoreline Championship game will be held at at Portland High School on Saturday at 3 p.m. against the winner of the North Branford/Morgan game.

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Sale of Works by Lyme Artists Continues Today

Birdbaths crafted by Steve Evankow will be available for purchase at the Lyme Artists’ Sale opening Friday at Lyme Public Hall.

The Lyme Artists’ Sale will be held this year at the Lyme Public Hall on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. to which all are welcome.  The sale is also open Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eight Lyme artists are featured as follows:

Steven Evankow, stone bird baths
Angie Falstrom, watercolors
Judy Friday, paintings, hooked pillows
Ann Lightfoot, jewelry
Diana Lord, oils
Lina Tuck, felted bags
Tina West, handknitting
plus yarn, cards, calendars and more.

This annual event is sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall and is open to the public. The Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Rt. 156) in Lyme.

For more information, contact Angie Falstrom at 860-434-3194.

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Letter to the Editor: Wayland, Lord Are Both From Lyme, For Lyme, Understand Lyme

To the Editor:

I am pleased to have served the Town of Lyme for many years as a selectman, school board member and for 30 years as state representative in Hartford. During that period, I worked with some great selectmen in Lyme who knew the importance of maintaining our essential services with one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.

I am now confident that, when elected, Mark Wayland will continue with our tradition of having exceptional people serve our town as its chief executive officer. He grew up in Lyme and knows firsthand what our residents appreciate and in fact why many have moved here from other towns in the state.

I hope you will vote for Mark and his running mate, long time Board of Selectmen member, Parker Lord, on Nov. 7. They are both from Lyme and deserve to be elected.

Sincerely,

John J. Tiffany II,
Lyme.

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Interested in Work of Child & Family Auxiliary? New Volunteers Always Welcome

 
 New members are always welcome to join theChild & Family Agency’s Lyme/Old Lyme Auxiliary and help with their various fundraising events—from the Polar Express and the Cookie Walk during the Holidays, to the Annual Sale in the Spring, and the biennial Lyme/Old Lyme Garden Tour in June.  Give as much time as your schedule allows.
      
Child & Family Agency is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being and development of all children and their families, with emphasis on the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional, and intellectual care and nurturing. With offices in New London, Essex, and Groton, and programs dealing with children’s health care, child abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, parent education, and child guidance, Child & Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in southeastern Connecticut.
Agency funding comes from a variety of state and private sources, with the Auxiliaries raising critical unrestricted funds. Volunteers and supporters are always welcome. For more information, visit www.childandfamilyagency.org.
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Friends of Lyme Library Host Sunday Movies: See ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ Nov. 19

The line-up for the remaining Sunday Movies to be hosted by the Friends of Lyme Library in November is as follows:

All Quiet on the Western Front
Nov. 19,
 at 2 p.m.
From 1930, based on possibly the most famous book about the First World War, which ended on Nov. 11, 1918. The film rights were bought by Universal Studios and the director, Lewis Milestone used thousands of German army veterans as extras to make the film as realistic as possible. It was considered a truthful account of the war by most critics. Nominated for four Oscars, it won for Best Movie and Best Director. A true classic. 2 hrs. 37 min.

After each movie there will be time to socialize and discuss the film. There is no charge for the event. Feel free to bring your own (non-alcoholic) refreshments.

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Letter to the Editor: Wayland Has All The Required Qualities To Excel As Lyme First Selectman

To the Editor:

Being the first selectman in a small town comes with unique challenges. The first selectman is expected to cheerfully solve issues ranging from taxes and zoning, to neighborhood disputes and unsightly guardrails.

In order to be a successful first selectman of a small town, one must not only be a problem solver, but he or she must also be kind, patient, and understanding. This is why I know that Mark Wayland will excel when it comes to the job. His endless knowledge on the Town of Lyme, his compassionate, caring nature, and his no-nonsense intelligence will help him solve any problem that comes his way, big or small.

William T. Koch Jr.,
Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a former first selectman of Lyme.

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Old Lyme Girls Play Shoreline Soccer Semi at Home This Afternoon

Let’s hope we see these girls in another victory lap later this afternoon!

The top-seeded Old Lyme soccer girls (16-0-0) begin the defense of their Shoreline Conference title this afternoon in a semi-final game against Cromwell at home at 3 p.m.  Yesterday’s planned semifinal game against the fourth-seeded Panthers (11-2-4) was postponed due to some lingering power outages in town and the challenging state of some roads due to the weekend storm.

The unbeaten Wildcats (16-0) are not only reigning Shoreline champions, but also CIAC Class S champions.

Come out and support the ‘Cats! GO WILDCATS!

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9 Town Transit Offers Bus Passes to Assist Displaced Puerto Ricans

As Puerto Rican residents displaced by hurricane Maria arrive at Bradley Airport, they are greeted by a public that is eager to assist in taking care of their needs in any way possible. So far, aid with housing, health care, food and clothing is the primary objective. Now 9 Town Transit has now stepped in with an offer to assist with transportation. 

9 Town Transit is offering the lower Connecticut River valley’s newest residents free monthly bus passes.  The passes can be used on any 9 Town Transit bus for unlimited trips throughout the region and even into Middletown, New Haven and New London. “These new residents need to access shopping, medical facilities and jobs, at the very least”, says 9 Town Transit Chairman Leslie Strauss, “These bus passes help them restart their lives here in region.”

Anyone interested in the program must contact their local emergency management director or call the 2-1-1 help hotline. 

To help provide funding for this service, the district has started a fundraiser. For $59, a donor may purchase a pass that will provide unlimited service on all 9TT bus routes, 6 days a week for an entire calendar month. To donate, visit www.9towntransit.com/maria.

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Wildcats Soccer Girls End Regular Season With Perfect Record, First in School History

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Paul Gleason has much celebrate with one of his assistant coaches (and daughter) Allyson Gleason after his team ended the regular season with a perfect record

The Old Lyme soccer girls wrapped up the first perfect season in the school’s history yesterday with a convincing 4-0 victory over Valley Regional at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Maddie Zrenda was first to score with an assist from Mya Johnson, who scored the second goal with an assist from Danielle McCarthy.

The third goal was scored by Danielle McCarthy with assist from Britney DeRoehn and the final goal was put in the net by Kaylee Armenia with assist from Bianca Tinnerello.

Emily Rivera with in the Old Lyme goal and made two saves whileLexi Dellarocco defended Valley’s net making 12 saves.

Paul Gleason’s girls finished their regular season with a 16-0-0 record and 10-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Old Lyme will host the Shoreline semi finals Tuesday against the winner of the Cromwell/East Hampton game.

GO WILDCATS!

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