July 27, 2017

‘String of Pearls’ Plays ‘Summer Sounds’ Tonight at Lymes’ Senior Center

The ‘String of Pearls’ band will play at Lymes’ Senior Center, July 27.

Come and enjoy a summer evening at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd. for “Summer Sounds” — a five-week musical series.  All ages are welcome. Admission is free.

‘String of Pearls’ will present the fourth and final concert Thursday evening, July 27, starting at 7 p.m.  The band will play Big Band sounds

The Platinum Sponsor is Lymes’ Senior Center.

The Ice Cream Sponsor is the Old Lyme Republican Town Committee

Bring your chairs, blankets, dinner, etc. the performances will be held out on the lawn (weather permitting) or inside if the weather is inclement.

A free ice cream social will follow all concerts.

 

 

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Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival Opens Tomorrow With Free Concert by ‘Nick & the Shady Creek Band’ at Flo Gris

Flowers at the Festival: the Florence Griswold Museum hosts a number variety fresh flower, fruit and vegetable vendors.

OLD LYME– A “quintessential New England” weekend, this year’s Old Lyme Midsummer Festival kicks off tomorrow, Friday, July 28, with a toe-tapping concert on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum, and continues Saturday, July 29, up and down Lyme Street with new offerings and old favorites throughout the day.  The concert tomorrow starts at 7 p.m. but the grounds of the Museum are open from 5 p.m. for al fresco picnicking.

This year’s 31st annual festival again takes place in the heart of Old Lyme’s historic district. The mission of the festival partners is to celebrate the cultural heritage of Old Lyme, with art, music, food and family fun.

Nick and the Shady Creek band will entertain in a free concert on Friday evening, July 28.

The festivities kick-off Friday night featuring the bluegrass sounds of Nick and the Shady Creek with a lawn concert beginning at 7 p.m. This free concert is sponsored by All Pro Automotive and the Graybill Family.  Before the concert the Florence Griswold Museum will host an open house, with free admission to the special exhibition Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art from 5 to 7 p.m.

The crowd settles in to enjoy the Friday night concert at the Florence Griswold Museum.

The Saturday Festival continues with arts exhibitions, kid’s activities, music, food and specialty shopping at locations along historic Lyme Street. Many locations also include “hands on” arts activities.

The bulls at the Lyme Art Association are alway a major draw at the Festival.

Shuttle buses will be available for the length of the festival, and take participants from designated parking lots to stops along Lyme Street. Parking lots will be open at the high school campus on Lyme Street, as well as the Old Lyme Marketplace on Halls Road.

Partner activities and events on Saturday include the following (from the north end to south end of Lyme Street):

Old Lyme Lions Club: Annual Antique Car Show, held at the Bee & Thistle. The Lions will also serve hamburgers and hot dogs.

Florence Griswold Museum: a new Bohemian Street Fair, Hands-on/Minds-on Activities, Parading Paws Dog Show, food trucks, Folk Musician Dave Fry, The Shop Super Sale, and reduced admission to historic house and exhibitions

Lyme Art Association: Art sales and exhibitions, savory pies, LAA’s famous Ice Tea and Lemonade, and a fun and interactive “Masterpiece Photo Op”

Old Lyme Inn: Live music and refreshments under the tent, air-conditioned table service inside the historic inn

The “Fence Artists” will be back at the Old Lyme Inn this year.

Fence Artists Show: Now at the Old Lyme Inn, this group of local artists will sell artwork and provide art demonstrations throughout the day.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts: Art demonstrations, student/alumni exhibition, live music and refreshments

Chamber of Commerce: A Vendor Fair and youth music tent

The 2017 Summer Sculpture Showcase features exhibits from more than 15 guest sculptors as well as some 80 pieces by owner and sculptor Gil Boro.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds: Summer Sculpture Showcase, fashion show, dance performance, live music and artist talk

Patricia Spratt for the Home: The always-anticipated warehouse sale of specialty linens

Lymes Youth Services Bureau: The Midsummer 5K

See a selection of historic looms in action at the old Lyme Historical Society’s presentation in the former Grange building on Lyme St.

Old Lyme Historical Society: Handweavers’ demonstration and community loom, troubadour Jim Lampos, Historical Society publications for sale.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools: Learn more about the extracurricular activities of the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools including the High School Crew Team and musical opportunities.

Town of Old Lyme/Senior Center: Music & Movement yoga for families, Magician “Mr. Magic,” caricature drawings, King Arthur Flour Cookie Truck

Old Lyme-PGN Library: Phoebe’s BookCellar Midsummer Sale, hourly story times, Young Adult’s screenprinting, History Press authors, hands-on learning on e-books and more

Most locations will have food options available.

A detailed listing of events and activities is available at www.OldLymeMidsummerFestival.com.

Key sponsors of the Festival include Essex Savings Bank/Essex Financial Services, Pasta Vita, LymeLine.com/ValleyNewsNow.com, and The Day Publishing. Additional financial support comes from Paul Burdick Oil Company, Old Lyme Marketplace, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Florence Griswold Museum, Zelek Electric, and Caliber Computing.

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“Ironing” Things Out: Old Lyme Teen Raises Awareness About Deadly Iron Overload Disease

Hemochromatosis activist Patricia Moriarty

Patricia Moriarty, resident of Old Lyme and rising senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, is having a Hemochromatosis Awareness Week in Old Lyme during the week commencing July 31. Patricia will be holding various events and handing out flyers throughout Old Lyme making people aware of this disease and spreading word on hope.

Hemochromatosis is an iron overload disease that kills many adults and is avoidable through regular phlebotomies. Family members of Patricia’s have suffered from this disease, which became her call to action. July is National Hemochromatosis awareness month and she wants to spread the word throughout Eastern Connecticut.

As part of her awareness campaign, Patricia will be a guest on the radio show Healthy Rounds on WTIC on July 29, with Dr. Anthony Alessi. Patricia lost her grandfather to this disease and is committed to spreading the word on this preventable but deadly disease. Other members of Patricia’s family sought out the simple genetic testing and also have this hereditary and potentially deadly disease. Fortunately, with simple DNA testing and routine blood work, one can avoid the long-term organ damage that results from not seeking periodic phlebotomies throughout the year.

In the fall of 2016, Patricia started The Phillips Exeter Hemochromatosis Awareness Club and has hosted awareness days at her school and at other community events.

Additional information about the club founded by Patricia can be found on her Hemochromatosis Awareness Facebook page, titled Exeter Hemochromatosis Awareness Club.

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Old Lyme to Hold Special Town Meeting Tonight to Discuss Mosquito Management Plan

The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen has announced a Special Town Meeting this coming Wednesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall to discuss and vote on two matters.

The first is to approve the expenditure of $30,000 for Mosquito Management Plan for Fiscal Year 2018, as recommended by the Old Lyme Boards of Selectmen and Finance.

The second is to approve the additional expenditure of $25,000 from the Town Buildings Improvement Fund for exterior work on the town hall.  This proposal is also recommended by the boards of selectmen and finance.

Readers are advised to take photo ID if they wish to vote.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High, Middle Schools Publish Q4 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has published the Honor Roll for Quarter 4, 2016-2017, as follows:

HIGH HONORS

Grade 12: Margaret Berger, Avery Bikerman, Mary Bolles, Lauren Boulay, James Coburn, Morgan Constantinou, Sydney Cowell, Rose Datum, Olivia Ellis, Hunter Friel, Alexandra Gourlay, Everett Grethel, Brennan Griffin, Rachel Hayward, Hayden Hendrik, Joseph Lester, Haley Mahon, Matthew McCarthy, Francesca Melluzzo, Julia Morrison, Julian Muller, Caleigh O’Neil, Peyton Ogden, Jacob Olson, Jenna Peduzzi, Olivia Reneson, Natalie Rugg, Lauren Schillawski, Skyelar Shaw, Cody Stalls, Tanner Sutton, Sophie Warlitz, Laura Wayland, Brendan Wright

Grade 11: Samantha Barretta, Cara Cahill, Erin Cornelius, Adam Drummond, Keelin Hurtt, Maeve Kolb, Sarah Kwon, Lindsay Lewchik, Claudia Mergy, Lauren Mitchell, Shannon Nosal, Emma Pennie, Julia Ritchie, Emily Rivera, Julia Smith, Reed Spitzer, Gabriel Stephens-Zumbaum, Alexander Swanski, Bianca Tinnerello, Caroline Wholean, Ellie Wiese, Lauren Williams, Hannah Wisner, Abigail Zelmanow, Madeline Zrenda

Grade 10: Kathryn Atkinson, Catherine Battalino, Lauren Birk, Casey Blue, Mackenzie Blue, Claire Britton, Paige Britton, Liam Clark, Ann Cote, Britney DeRoehn, Corey Drummond, Olin Frederiks, Grace Gilbert, Kylie Hall, Colin Hallahan, Sarah Hayward, Kate Hickie, Liam Holloway, Aoife Hufford, Mya Johnson, Ciara Klimaszewski, Sophie Kyle, Elyza Learned, John Manthous, Danielle McCarthy, Brynn McGlinchey, Hannah Morrison, Nicholas Myers, Emily O’Brien, Sydney Ogden, Thomas Pennie, Katherine Reid, Nicholas Roth, Olivia Rugg, Noah Rumm, Kellie Sablone, Caroline Sagristano, Anna Sather, Robert Sedlatschek, Parker Stone, Emily Tan, Colleen Walsh

Grade 9: Alexander Williams, Alexandra Alpha, Anabella Arias, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Madison Cann, Faith Caulkins, Rory Cavicke, Emilia Cheesman, Elizabeth Cravinho, Isabel Dean-Frazier, Maria Denya, Raymond Doll, Nicholas Fava, Jada Fuentes, Sophia Griswold, Kamber Hamou, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Renate Kuhn, Daniel Kwon, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Jacqueline Malizia, Melissa Mauro, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Chandler Munson, Samantha Olson, Jenna Porter, Jared Ritchie, Jane Scheiber, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Stack, Haley Stevens, Olivia Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Lydia Tinnerello, Sydney Trowbridge, Kiera Ulmer, Megan VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wayland, Katelyn Wells, Trevor Wells, Clair Wholean, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

HONORS

Grade 12: Graham Aird, Abigail Berger, Ethan Bushy, Adam Czarnecki, Meredith Duxbury, Sophie Edson, Alexander Edwards, Julie Golebiewski, Anthony Gryk, Hannah Guenther, Emma Hoyt, Lily Iannitti, Jack Machnik, Bilal Malik, Megan McCarthy, Anna Mesham, Allison Murphy, Kiran Nadkarni, Bailey Nickerson, Lauren Quaratella, Caeli Rice, Camron Roberts, William Roberts, Matthew Sapere, Olivia Schumacher, Marissa Smith, Jacob Stack

Grade 11: Reilly Bair, Kameron Bohan, Anna Catlett, Lily Chamberlain, Rose Cheney, Jacob Coverdale, Anna Donato, Hope Femia, Samuel Fuchs, Jace Funaro, Audrey Gavin, Luke Hoffman, Gillian Holloway, Mikela Jacobson, Liam Johnston, Tasha Joshy, Amanda Marsh, Alec Maskell, Madeline Ouellette, Emma Paynter, Katherine Pettersen, Tabatha Rubitski, Caroline Sirna, Emma Sked, Collin Stalls, Alexandra Sulmasy, Mason Swaney, Ryan Wallace, Erik Zawodniak

Grade 10: Teresa Allan, Madison Babcock, Jocelyn Campbell, Tyler Clark, Lily Cox, Noah Crolius, Grace Edwards, Evan Getz, Zachary Gidius, Patrick Looney, Priyal Patel, Eaven Rivera, Eli St.Germain, Carson Swope, Adam Syed, Ethan Tracano, Caroline Wallace

Grade 9: Devin Burton, Chloe Cahill, Daisy Colvin, Sarah Conley, Samuel Dushin, Emily Evers, Leah Fouquette, Cameron Gagnon, Lucy Gilbert, Tanner Griffin, Darin Hamou, Grace Hanrahan, Lauren Huck, Benjamin Kelly, Caroline King, Elizabeth McCarthy, Mason Morrissey, Dylan Mulligan, Samantha Owen, Sofia Pecher-Kohout, Samuel Roth, Taylor Sedlatschek, Summer Siefken, Philip Sweeney, Aedan Using, Jackson Warren

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School has published the Honor Roll for Quarter 4, 2016-2017, as follows:

HIGH HONORS

Grade 8: Emily Ashton, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, John Cox, Megan Cravinho, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Leslie Farrell, Isabella Flagge, Sadie Frankel, Eveliz Fuentes, Jackson Goulding, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Isabella Hine, Steven Jette, Aryn Jones, Regan Kaye, Paige Kolesnik, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Riley Nelson, Timothy O’Brien, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Margot Paynter, Jacob Quaratella, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Mara Sked, Lian Thompson, Angus Tresnan, Katrina Wallace, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Avery Welch, Ellery Zrenda

Grade 7:  John Almy,Grace Arnold, Andrew Bennett, Elizabeth Boulay, Hannah Britt, Mackenzie Bussolotti, Chloe Campbell, Evan Clark, Ryan Clark, Anne Colangelo, Nicholas Cox, Lauren Creagan, Elias D’Onofrio, Elise DeBernardo, Eleanor Dushin, Liam Fallon, Victoria Gage, Samantha Geshel, Aiden Goiangos, Fiona Hufford, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Owen Kegley, Robyn King, Michael Klier, Felse-Alexandra Kyle, William Larson, Megan Loflin, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Mikayla Masilotti, Evan Morgan, John Moriarty, Elle Myers, Victoria Nichele, Emily Nickerson, Bella Orlando, Margaret Rommel, Frank Sablone, Aksel Sather, Calvin Scheiber, Abigail Sicuranza, Abby Speckhals, Meghan Speers, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Madison Thompson, John Videll, Evan Visgilio, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Mary Wholean, Paige Winchell

Grade 6: Bridget Allan, Olivia Alpha, Whitney Barbour, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jillian Beebe, Jordan Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Jennifer Cajamarca, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, Marjorie Curtis, Arthur Danford, Anna Davis, Cole Dobratz, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, David Evers, Alexis Fenton, Mason Freer, Amy Gonsalves, Matthew Grammatico, Makenna Harms, Willa Hoerauf, Dylan Hovey, Karissa Huang, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Katie Johnston, Aidan Kerrigan, Hannah Kwon, Celia LaConti, Phoebe Lampos, Theodore Lampos, Karleigh Landers, Jonah Lathrop, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Macadam, Marielle Mather, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Calvin Monte, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Allott Patterson, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Jacob Rand, Izzadora Reynolds, Benjamin Roth, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Jenna Schauder, Dylan Sheehan, Anders Silberberg, Ned Smith, Malcolm Speirs, Alyssa Spooner, Joseph Steinmacher, Samantha Tan, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams, Quinn Williams, Andrew Zelek

HONORS

Grade 8: Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Sophie Arnold, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Connor Britt, Hunter Collins, Axel Cruz, Samantha Gray, Alayna Harlow, Destiny Kus, Gabriel Lavoie, Emma McCulloch, Emma Meekhoff, Brianna Melillo, Michael Milazzo, Sophia Ortoleva, Paige Phaneuf, Lauren Pitt, Jeremy Rand, Tessa St.Germain, Kassidy Standish, Isabella Warren

Grade 7: Nicholas Adeletti, Kate Bauchmann, James Creagan, Caroline Crolius, Meyer Goldberg, Nicolette Hallahan, Lillian Herrera, Madison Hubbard, Camden McMinn, Emily Mesham, Brendan O’Brien, Aman Patel, Jacob Ritchie, Alexander Roth, Maverick Swaney

Grade 6: Elsie Arafeh-Hudson, Eli Brown, Sebastian Burgio, Ian Diaz, Kylie Dishaw, Archer Evans, Richard Frascarelli, Reece Guillet, Ethan Hale, Madison Krol, Monique Lavoie, Joseph Montazella, Thomas Moore, Jack Morgan, Jaden Reyes, Santiago Rodriguez, Trinity Velazquez, Colin Wiese

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LOL Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ at Black Hall Outfitters This Evening; All Welcome

This evening, the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Chamber of Commerce is hosting a very special Summer Business After Hours at Black Hall Outfitters on Shore Rd./Rte. 156 in Old Lyme from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Prospective Chamber members are welcome to join current members in this beautiful outdoor location — this is a great opportunity to see the Chamber in action and evaluate whether you wish to join.

Join Chamber members to network with other local businesses and also hear Gene Chmiel, owner of Black Hall Outfitters, talk about his thriving business located on the Black Hall River.

It will be possible for current members to renew their membership during the evening and prospective members to sign up as members right away.  The Chamber year runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Appetizers, wine and soft drinks will be served. There is no charge to attend but an RSVP to email@lolcc.com would be helpful for planning purposes.

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Community Foundation Awards Record $664,000 in Scholarships to 268 Students in Eastern CT

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (CFECT) has announced an unprecedented level of college scholarships made possible through the generosity of donors who believe in the
power of education to change lives. More than 260 students from its 42 communities in Eastern Connecticut were selected by The Foundation’s Scholarship Committees to receive over $664,000 in single and multi-year awards. Students from Old Lyme and the respective scholarships, which they were awarded by the Foundation, are listed below:

  • Daniel Cole: Alfred G. & Imogen M. Moss Scholarship
  • Olivia Ellis: Alcino M. Almeida Scholarship, Peter Matthews Scholarship
  • Caleb Michaud: Fletcher Family Scholarship
  • Samuel Michaud:  Beatrice E. McEwen Scholarship
  • Caleigh O’Neil: Edith M. Harris Memorial Scholarship
  • Natalie Rugg:  Pfizer Scholarship
  • Cody Stalls: Alfred G. & Imogen M. Moss Scholarship

“We are very fortunate that our donors share with us a resolve to remove the financial barriers for area students as they pursue their educational dreams and to create opportunities where few to none exist,” said Maryam Elahi, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Every child is important and whether it is through the arts, sciences, humanities or technical/vocational training, education is the catalyst for a brighter future for them and for our society.”

Closing the “opportunity gap” by making higher education more accessible to the region’s youth has long been a strategic priority for the Foundation. Scholarships are one of the critical ways to close this gap especially over the last decade when tuition costs have skyrocketed.

The Foundation is affiliated with Community Foundation Opportunity Network, a national network that is addressing the impact of this opportunity gap and which is inspired by the writings of sociologist, Robert Putnam (Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis). “This partnership is informing the Community Foundation’s work with donors, nonprofits and other partners to strengthen a broad range of opportunities for youth of all ages in our region,” stresses Elahi.

Community Foundation Board Chair Govind Menon commented, “Supporting the future of young people in our communities is fundamentally important to our success. Communities will only prosper as our youth and families prosper. As part of our unique platform to facilitate change and offer strong leadership in this area, we are extremely pleased that our 103 scholarship funds enable us to make this important investment in our young people as they go out into the world and become the leaders of tomorrow.”

Editor’s Notes:
i) For a full list of scholarship recipients, visit
http://www.cfect.org/Scholarship-Seekers/Selecting-Recipients/2017-Recipients

ii) Serving 42 towns and comprised of 476 charitable funds, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut puts philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of the region. The Foundation stewards net assets of more than $72 million and has awarded more than $48 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students since its founding in 1983. To learn more, visit cfect.org Connect with the Foundation on Facebook.com/CommunityFoundationofEasternConnecticut and Twitter.com/cfectnews.

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Blumenthal Celebrates Removal of Controversial High Speed Rail By-Pass at Old Lyme Press Conference

Senator Richard Blumenthal addresses the audience at Old Lyme Town Hall Monday morning.

In a press conference held Monday morning in Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, congressional, state and local dignitaries celebrated the removal of the controversial Old Saybrook to Kenyon, R.I., by-pass from the Federal Rail Authority’s Record of Decision.

Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and State Representative Devin Carney (right) listen to Senator Richard Blumenthal speaking.

Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder expressed her gratitude to Senator Richard Blumenthal, saying, “I want to thank you very much for your advocacy and for all the time you spent coming to Old Lyme, making sure that the FRA heard our pleas and helping us with this fight,” adding, “We may be a small town but we have a big heart, and this town means a lot to us.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) and State Rep. Devin Carney (R) applaud the efforts of Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder.

Senator Blumenthal in turn thanked Reemsnyder for her efforts, commenting, “I want to thank Bonnie for her leadership and courage.  It shows the power of citizen action; it shows how everything we do can make a difference, because ultimately it was the town halls, in this room, at the schools, the comments and letters and calls, that defeated a hair-brained, half-baked notion”

A number of TV crews were on hand to record the proceedings.

Blumenthal then quipped, “I said from the beginning — I went a little bit out on a limb — that I would tie myself to the tracks if this hair-brained, half-baked plan was ever adopted, and I want to thank the citizens of this town and Eastern Connecticut for sparing me that sacrifice”

After the press conference, key players in the advocacy effort to remove the by-pass from the FRA’s Record of Decision gathered for a celebratory photo outside Old Lyme Town Hall.

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Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe Wins National Small Ice Cream Shop Contest!

Yesterday evening Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor located in Pittsburgh, Pa., announced the winner of Klavon’s National Small Ice Cream Shop Competition and the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe was declared the winner!

The prize is $10,000 and national recognition.

Huge congratulations to the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe & Cafe!

More to follow on this developing story.

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Blumenthal Comes to Town Today to Discuss the FRA’s ROD

Senator Richard Blumenthal (File photo)

Senator Blumenthal will be in Old Lyme at the Memorial Town Hall today to discuss the good news about the Federal Railroad Authority’s Record of Decision (ROD) and the removal of the Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass in the ROD.

All are welcome.

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Old Lyme Town Band Gives Free Concert — with Ice Cream — This Afternoon

The Old Lyme Town Band will give a free concert Sunday on the South Lyme Green.

On Sunday, July 16, at 4 p.m., the Old Lyme Town Band will present a free concert on the South Town Green in front of Christ the King Catholic Church Rectory.  Co-sponsored by the Old Lyme Historical Society, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Old Lyme Historic District Commission, this concert has become a eagerly awaited summer tradition.

Bring a chair, sit down and listen to the music!

Free ice cream from the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe will be served at intermission, courtesy of the Town of Old Lyme.

Music for all ages will be offered by the Old Lyme Town Band.

This year the Band marks its 42nd anniversary. Concert-goers will be treated to selections from Harry James, Dixieland Front and Center, I Dreamed a Dream, Classical Rondo, and other arrangements.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Christ the King Parish Hall. Parking is available in the Church parking lot.

Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon musical event guaranteed to appeal to all ages.

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Bargains Galore at Final Day of White Elephant Sale Today, Opens 8am

The crowd waits patiently for the clock to chime 9 a.m.

The crowd waits patiently for the clock to chime 9 a.m. before rushing to find their own special bargain.

Today is the second and final day of the White Elephant Sale sponsored by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.  The sale opens promptly at 8 a.m. and most departments are offering their items at half of yesterday’s price. Starting at 11 a.m., there are some further deeply discounted sales in clothing, and the household and luxury goods departments.

This popular sale raises money for missions and good works both locally and through out the world.  Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, world relief, housing, along with many many more.

For those new to the town or those who have never taken part, this is the 78th successive year and is one of the main events on both the town and church calendars.  Everyone has seen garage and rummage sales, but few can match the size and color of this one.

The sale items are organized into more than 20 departments that fill the church buildings and every available space on the lawn.  It has grown so large, it has become a true “community event” as many of the donations and a number of volunteer workers are non-church members.  Many people plan their vacations or family visits to Old Lyme so as to attend or work at the WES.

More than 200 volunteers pitch in for two weeks collecting, sorting, pricing and organizing items for the big day when the crowds anxiously gather outside the ropes surrounding the church grounds.  When the bell tower clock strikes 9 a.m., the ropes come down and the shoppers run for their favorite departments looking for those bargains.

And if that isn’t enough — there is lunch and soda to refresh the shoppers so they can repeat the same process again on Saturday morning when the prices are discounted by 50 percent.  Check out the pictures on the church website and a Youtube video link of a previous sale.

To volunteer, call the church office at 860-434-8686.

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“We Won!” Reemsnyder Says FRA’s ‘Record of Decision’ on High Speed Rail Route is “Exactly What We Wanted”

Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder

Almost unable to contain her delight, Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder told LymeLine.com in a phone call yesterday afternoon that she was absolutely delighted with the Record of Decision (ROD) announced today by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which takes the proposed Old Saybrook to Kenyon by-pass, “… out of the plan.” “It’s exactly what we asked for,” she said with noticeable emotion in her voice, adding excitedly, “We fought Goliath and we won.”

Reemsnyder acknowledged that the area between New Haven and Providence has been identified by the FRA as a “study area,” but said firmly that the idea of the by-pass has now been “eliminated,” and “… cannot be reinstated.” She added enthusiastically, “This is a great day for Old Lyme!”

Reemsnyder noted she had been concerned all the way through the process as to whether enough had been done by the Town, while also being told unequivocally, “The FRA will not be bullied by a small town.”  In the final analysis, she said, “The plan will be what it should have been from the beginning …” meaning that the Connecticut and Rhode Island DOT’s will work together to find a solution that does not ignore the residents.

Greg Stroud

Meanwhile, Greg Stroud, Executive Director of Special Projects at Connecticut Historic Trust, who has worked tirelessly against the FRA proposal in the northeast — especially in southeastern Connecticut — noted in a telephone conversation yesterday with LymeLine.com that the ROD is “very good news” for southeast Connecticut, but also cautioned, “We can’t declare victory.”  He said that unquestionably the ROD offers “breathing room,” but declared firmly that the work is “far from over.”

Commenting on the major effect of the opposition to the proposal, Stroud said, “The communities of southeast Connecticut have shown a united front against the by-pass.” He added that the unfailing support of Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney had been “key” in achieving the result and would be “very influential in the work ahead to find a better solution.”  Stroud also commended the  significant input of State Rep. Devin Carney and State Senator Paul Formica.

Looking to the future, Stroud said in a post on the SECoast Facebook page, “This Record of Decision does not assure a good solution, nor does it assure a better process, it does however, provide the communities of southeastern Connecticut with a some breathing room. As we move forward SECoast and the Connecticut Trust will continue to engage this issue, and push for a better planning process in the next stage.”

Editor’s Note: Read full details of the FRA’s Record of Decision at this link.

 

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Mark Nomad Band Plays Tonight in Sound View Concert Series

3:55pm Update: Due the forecast of inclement weather, this concert will be held in the Shoreline Community Center.

Mark Nomad

The Town of Old Lyme and the Sound View Commission are sponsoring family-friendly concerts at Sound View Beach this summer.

The second concert in the 2017 series will be held this evening, Thursday, July 13, and features the Mark Nomad Band, whose  music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Nomad’s blues have been tempered by years of living and experience; expressed by the plaintive cry of a bottleneck on acoustic guitar or the driving funk of his electric band.

Nomad began playing the blues in the 1960’s and by the 70’s, was sharing the concert stage with many of the biggest names in show business. He was co- founder of the original Little Village. Their debut album is considered a collector’s item and the band was legendary in the Northeast.

Nomad penned a jingle for the Subway fast food chain in their early days.  Another composition was used as the theme for WBAB, a major New York radio station, for 10 years. Nomad has performed at venues such as the Bottom Line, House of Blues, Bushnell Memorial, Toad’s Place, China Club, Iron Horse, Palace Theater, New Haven Coluseum and scores of colleges and blues festivals.

Nomad has been acclaimed as a master slide guitarist, a singer-songwriter and a bandleader. Whether performing solo or with his band, Nomad passionately takes the listener on a journey from where the blues have been, to where they’re going.

The free outdoor concerts will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the flag pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a lovely evening of sunset music.  The band plays a little bit of everything from marches, movie-themed medleys, and jazz, to big band, pop, and classical. Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

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Closures Announced at I-95 Exits 71, 72 Through Tomorrow, 5am

The I-95 contractor is planning on ramp closures next week for I-95 northbound, Exit 71, both on and off ramps.

Exit 72 may also be closed, depending on progress.

Closures will start Tuesday night (July 11) and continue through Thursday night (July 13) from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Ramp closure warnings will be posted 24 hours in advanced with detours in place during the closures.

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Announcement of NEC Future ‘Record of Decision’ on High Speed Train Expected This Morning

An announcement of the long-awaited Northeast Corridor (NEC) Future ‘Record of Decision’ in regard to the proposed high-speed railroad route between Washington, DC and Boston, Mass., is expected this morning.  

A congressional briefing is scheduled at 11 a.m. and a press briefing, in which LymeLine.com is participating, at noon.

 

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Old Lyme Historic Commission Hosts Two Public Hearings Today

The Old Lyme Historic District Commission (HDC) meets Monday, July 10, at 9 a.m. in the mezzanine conference room at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT.

The HDC will hold Public Hearings on the following two applications.

The HDC will then hear and act on the related Certificate of Appropriateness applications at the times stated:

  • 9:30 a.m. 90 Lyme Street, Lyme Art Association: Parking lot lights
  • 10 a.m. 55 Lyme Street, Old Lyme Historical Society: New sign

The public is invited to attend and express its views.

Letters may be sent or hand-delivered to the Historic District Commission, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT 06371.

Supporting material will be available at the Public Hearing.

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Conniff Gives Author Talk Today at FloGris Museum on his Latest Book

Local author Richard Conniff discusses his latest book, The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Map Pursuit of Life on Earth, at the Florence Griswold Museum from 2 until 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

From the mid-18th century to the early 20th, a colorful band of amateur naturalists explored the most perilous corners of the planet to discover new life forms. Amid globe-spanning tales of adventure, Conniff recounts a dramatic historical shift, as humans finally discovered the pantheon of life on Earth-and our place within it.

A book signing will conclude the event.

For more information and to make reservations, visit this link.

For more information about the Museum, visit this link.

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A La Carte: Corn Chowder with Lobster Makes Perfect Ending to Beach Day

Corn chowder

There are beach days and there are beach days.

I am not sure there has ever been a summer that didn’t include a salt-water vacation.

As a baby, toddler and teenager, there was Belmar, N.J. I had Angrist and Kasdan cousins who lived there full-time, although the two Angrist brothers worked in New York City, one as a librarian at CCNY and the other a pathologist at Albert Einstein medical school.

Charlie’s wife, Claire Kasdan Angrist, was a teacher of French as Asbury High School. Her twin brother had a son, who became a well known movie director. Claire and her sister, Sylvia Angrist, had married brothers. Claire and Sylvia used to play Scrabble in French.

And every day the sun shone, there was the beach.

Today is July 4, 2017. And today was a beach day as glorious as any I can remember.

Today, too, were two beach stories in The Day. On the front page was a story about the Miami Beach Association fencing in Old Lyme to stop a “significant increase in the inappropriate behavior of persons using the beach.” The second story, first page of the second section, was a feature saying Groton’s Eastern Point Beach “concession stand still serving up favorites”

My beach used to be Old Lyme. You needed a beach pass and there were very few parking places, but it wasn’t fenced.

Today, my beach is the one in Groton. As a City of Groton citizen, and an old woman, too, it costs $11 for the season. The beach is gorgeous and huge. And on this gorgeous, sunny Fourth of July, as I left the beach to go home to write this column, there are dozens more parking places available and the $1.75 foot-long hot dog is as good as it ever was, as long as a gull doesn’t get to it first.

Summer doesn’t get much better than this. And just imagine, fresh tomatoes and sweet corn are still to come. I still have packets of the latter in the freezer and I bought some lobster to go with it.

Corn Chowder

Adapted a lot from an 1964 edition of Joy of Cooking

One of the best things about this recipe is there is neither butter nor heavy cream in this recipe. Sure, some salt pork for flavoring, but this is pretty healthy.

Yield: serves 6 to 8 as a main dish with a salad and maybe some good bread

2 tablespoons olive oil
6 to 8 ounces salt pork, diced
One-half cup chopped onions
One-half cup chopped celery
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 and one-half cups peeled diced raw potatoes (with Yukon Gold, you needn’t peel)
2 cups water
One-half teaspoon salt
One-half teaspoon paprika
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk*
6 to 8 ears of fresh corn, blanched for 2 minutes in boiling water, then drained in iced water
Meat from claws and tail of one and one-half to two-pound cooked lobster, cut into small chunks
3 cups hot milk*
Chopped fresh tarragon, and more for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Pour oil into a heated, heavy-bottomed stock pot, add salt pork and sauté until browned.

Add onions, celery and green pepper and sauté until translucent.

Add potatoes, water, salt, paprika and bay leaf and simmer until potatoes are soft, around 15 minutes.

Add flour and 1 cup of milk and stir until mixture is thick.

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Final Day for White Elephant Sale Intake Today

There’s not much you can’t find at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme’s annual White Elephant Sale, which takes place this year on July 14 and 15!

Intake for the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL)’s 81st Annual White Elephant Sale – the extraordinarily popular summertime event that raises funds for charity – continue today, Thursday, July 6, with two intake sessions, the first from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then an evening session from 6 to 8 p.m.

The final two days of intake are Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, both running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale itself takes place the following Friday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, July 15, from 8 a.m. to noon.  

The sale is an important fundraiser that has grown in size every year, enabling its sponsor – FCCOL’s Ladies Benevolent Society (LBS) – to fund more than 25 nonprofit organizations across the region and around the world.  While there are other garage and rummage sales held by other organizations throughout the year, few can match the size, color, camaraderie and excitement of this one.

And they’re off! The annual White Elephant Sale starts each year on the first strike of 9 a.m. on the designated Friday.

Nearly 200 volunteers sign up to help collect, sort, price, organize and sell the various donated items displayed during the spectacular two-day sale.  Area residents who would like to volunteer, should call the church office at 860-434-8686, select option 5, and leave their name and number.

Donations will start being accepted June 29.  Area residents can donate antiques, art, books, bikes, canoes, clothing, collectibles, electronics, kayaks, kitchenware, shoes, ski equipment, tools, toys and more.  A complete list of the items the church does and doesn’t accept for the sale is available on the web at www.fccol.org/wesintake.  Donations will be accepted during following dates and times:

  • Thursday, June 29, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. AND 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, June 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 5, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. AND 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, July 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(Some items – including indoor and outdoor furniture – require advance notice to be donated. ) 

For more information, visit www.fccol.org/wes.

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