November 19, 2017

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.


Final Day of Old Lyme PD’s Holiday Food Drive Today

Food Drive fun on Wednesday outside Big Y!

Food Drive fun outside Big Y in Old Lyme!  File photo by M. Garvin.

Old Lyme Police Officers will host the final session of their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Lyme Marketplace on Halls Road near the Big Y.

All food donated will be forwarded to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) for distribution to families in need. Food will also be given to stock the pantries at Lymes’ Senior Center and the Town of Old Lyme Social Services.

Donations of non-perishable food can be taken directly to the Old Lyme Police Department at 294 Shore Rd., or to LYSB at 59 Lyme St. between Nov. 13 and Monday, Nov. 20.

Families in need of food should contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 ext. 0



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.


Christ the King Hosts Annual Ecumenical, Community Thanksgiving Service, Tuesday


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 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.


Duck River Garden Club Hosts Community Wreathmaking Event, Dec. 4

The members of the Duck River Garden Club (DRGC) are extending an invitation to the public to join them on Monday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rogers Lake Community Center for their annual Christmas wreathmaking.

Once again the DRGC offers the opportunity to bring joy to our neighbors, as members of the club and community join together in the holiday spirit of giving.  Many large wreaths are made and delivered to town buildings in Old Lyme.

The Club also makes tussie/mussies to decorate trays that Meals on Wheels deliver to Old Saybrook and Lyme and Old Lyme residents.

It is a lovely Christmas workshop with music and refreshments, which make everyone’s efforts so enjoyable.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Students Host Rousing Veteran’s Day Assembly, Filled With Emotion

Last Friday, when many public schools gave students a vacation day in honor of Veterans Day, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools took a different approach. With students attending school for a full day, LOL Schools chose to honor veterans in their community in a highly respectful and meaningful morning of ceremonies that begin in Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School with a hearty breakfast.  After a ceremony there, the veterans moved to the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) where, after a short reception, they were ushered into the school’s auditorium.

After a welcome by Assistant Principal Jeanne Manfredi, colors were presented and then Emma Sked led the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silence in honor of all the nation’s veterans.

Senior Emily Rivera (pictured above) gave opening remarks in which she spoke fondly of her life as the child of military parents and how her dream now is to pursue a career in the US Air Force.

Lyme-Old Lyme Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #1467 Commander Larry Olsen (right in photo above) was the first guest speaker. He described the origin of Veterans Day and spoke of his deep pride in the strength and integrity of the American military.  Olsen went on to present LOLHS student Alex Williams (left in photo above) with the Voice of Democracy Essay Award and Williams then read an excerpt from his essay.

The screening of a poignant video titled, “A Soldier’s Story,” featuring Old Lyme resident James Keenan followed. A deep hush fell over the auditorium as Keenan described his experience in World War II’s European area of operations in which he initially fought and was then captured, held under horrific conditions in a prison camp, transported in a truck packed with other prisoners almost to the point of suffocation for three long days and nights, before ultimately being liberated by the Allies.

After Brynn McGlinchey and Bella Hine had read the names of the fallen from Lyme and Old Lyme in all wars from World War I onwards, the band changed the somber tone of the proceedings when they struck up the Armed Forces Salute.  Members of each branch of the military stood when their respective part of the Salute was played.

At the end of the music, Caroline LeCour proudly stepped forward to introduce her grandfather, Morris LeCour (pictured below), who offered his own remembrances of his military service.

Following  a spirited rendition of ‘America The Beautiful’ by the combined LOLHS chorus and band, all the individual veterans present were acknowledged one by one.

The colors were retrieved and as the color guard climbed the auditorium stairs, physics teacher and US Navy veteran Glenn Elliott (pictured above) proudly saluted.

After the ceremony, Manfredi (left in photo above) took the opportunity to chat with Emily Rivera (right) and her parents, while each veteran filed out and was presented with a gift bag as a remembrance of the day.


‘Deck The Walls’ on View at Lyme Art Association Through Jan. 5, 2018

‘Mountain Views’ by Thomas Adkins, oil on linen, is one of the featured works on view in the ‘Deck the Walls’ exhibition at the LAA.

The Lyme Art Association’s annual festive art exhibition and sale is their Deck the Walls holiday show, which is on view through Jan. 5, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. that is free to the public and will feature live music. All painting purchases from 5 p.m. on Nov.17, through 5 p.m. on Nov. 18, will be tax-free. More than 200 original works of art by member artists will be on display and priced to sell as holiday gifts.

Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty, featuring paintings created during this fall’s paint out at Molson’s Pond, will be on exhibition in the Goodman Gallery.

“For Deck the Walls, the Lyme Art Association features a wide variety of appealing subjects at affordable prices that are great for holiday shopping. We hope to help solve those gift giving dilemmas – a beautiful piece of artwork is always appreciated!” says Jocelyn Zallinger, Gallery Manager.

The Lyme Art Association is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am – 5 pm, and by appointment. The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Streetin Old Lyme, at the corner of Halls Road. Call (860) 434-7802 for more information, or visit


Honoring Those Who Serve … or Served

Firing a three-round salute to honor all US Veterans.

Despite the bitterly cold weather last Friday, a brief but touching ceremony to honor the nation’s veterans was held outside Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall led by members of the Lymes’ Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #1467.

Larry Olsen, Commander of Post #1467, (at left in photo above) gave introductory remarks and offered prayers.  He was joined by fellow VFW members in uniform, the newly-re-elected Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (in white jacket in photo above) and a number of local townspeople.

A three-round salute was fired and then a Lyme-Old Lyme High School student (in red jacket in photo below) played ‘Taps’ followed by a second student playing the echo.

Finally, when the ceremony was concluded, the veterans were no doubt relieved to go into the town hall for some well-earned refreshments … and warmth!


Old Lyme Soccer Girls Storm Into State Semis, Face St.Paul Tonight

Saving a goal! File photo of Wildcat Emily Rivera.

After the major disappointment of their loss in the Shoreline Conference final, Paul Gleason’s Wildcats are bouncing back in a big way.  Yesterday they advanced to the semi-final of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class S state tournament by crushing Coventry 2-1.  Significantly, the “crushing” was not in the scoreline but rather in the fact that Old Lyme had scored both of its two goals within the first four minutes.

Goal! File photo by Jennifer Alexander.

Maddie Ouellette was first to score for Old Lyme with an assist from Danielle McCarthy. The team’s leading scorer Mya Johnson was the second to score unassisted. Coventry’s lone goal was scored by Alexa Stinson after 15 minutes.

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera with three saves while Grace Galey made 10 saves for Coventry.

Old Lyme advances to the semi finals on Tuesday against St. Paul with a 6:30 p.m. kick-off at Falcon Field in Meriden.


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)

High Hopes Hosts 7th Annual Holiday Market Today

The Holiday Market at High Hopes always draws a crowd well in excess of 2,000 people.

The High Hopes Holiday Market is one of Connecticut’s premier Holiday Events. This year over 60 curated vendors will come together with food stalls, music, kids’ activities and a whole barn-full of holiday spirit, to benefit over 1,800 children, teens and adults, who participate annually in High Hopes Therapeutic Equine programs.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. over 2,300 visitors will come through the barn in search of holiday inspiration. They’ll find something for everyone on their list from handmade silver jewelry to unique upcycled clothing, woolly socks to silk scarves, beer tasting to home-made honey, babies’ gifts to coffee table books, and cheese-makers to chocolatiers.

During the market, there will be a drawing of the winning ticket for the Annual Raffle, supported this year by Valenti Auto Mall. One lucky winner will drive away in a brand-new Jeep Wrangler. Tickets are $50 and only 1,500 will be sold in total, so purchase yours ahead of time from High Hopes by calling Karena Garrity at 860.434.1974 x 119.

There will be food trucks for every taste including:

  • The Rolling Tomato Brick Oven Pizza
  • Supreme Hot Dogs
  • Bureaus Sugarhouse Kettle Korn
  • Chester’s Barbeque
  • Flanders’ Fish Market
  • Meriano’s Cannoli Truck
  • Munchies
  • Taco Pacifico
  • Omar Coffee — Refreshment Partner
  • gourmet grilled cheese from The Whey Station.

Kids will be kept occupied with activities sponsored by Eversource Energy.

This year an Authors’ Corner has been added with four local authors all offering book sales and signings.

  • Local celebrity chef and friend of High Hopes Jacques Pépin will be signing copies of his book: A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the kitchen with Shorey, 1-2pm.
  • Lauren K. Stein will be introducing her new book: Fresh Made Simple from 11-12:30pm,
  • Deanie Humphrys-Dunne will be signing copies of her children’s book: My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses from 2:30-4:00pm.
  • Photographer Caryn B. Davis will be selling signed copies of her new book, A Connecticut Christmas: Celebrating the Holiday in Classic New England Style, throughout the day.

Local band The Brazen Youth and their friends from the Ashlawn Recording Company will be finishing their first tour and entertaining visitors at the market at the same time.

High Hopes extends thanks to Media Partners WNLC and 100.9 K-Hits and Music Sponsor Bob’s Discount Furniture.


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:

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


Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts Business Breakfast This Morning to Discuss Halls Rd. Improvements

Join members of the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce at their next Business Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Old Lyme Town Hall Meeting Room. A continental breakfast will be served.  All are welcome. Admission is free.

The Halls Road Improvement Committee will present an update on their progress and provide examples of projects that have transformed Main Streets in other Connecticut communities. Attendees will be asked to share their thoughts and ideas about what improvements are most important for Halls Road and the community of Old Lyme.

New members can join the Chamber and current members can renew at the meeting. Annual membership is still only $50, payable to Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.

Questions? Contact Chamber President Olwen Logan at


Old Lyme Historical Society’s 2018 ‘Now and Then’ Calendar Makes Perfect Holiday Gift

The Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) will be celebrating the release of the new 2018 Now & Then Old Lyme Community Calendar at a free public reception Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the OLHS building at 55 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.  The calendar, along with other publications, will be for sale at the event. All are welcome to attend: wine, beer and light refreshments will be served and a door prize will also be awarded.

There will be a weaving demonstration, exhibition and sale by the Connecticut Handweavers Guild.

This is the fifth year that the OLHS has published this popular calendar that incorporates a different set of photographs from the organization’s archives, again juxtaposing the historical images with contemporary ones of the same scene.  The images included in the calendar are a small sampling of the many interesting archived photographs of Old Lyme establishments,  landscapes, and scenes dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each calendar month is generously sponsored by a different community organization and includes the dates of their events throughout the year.  The intent is to highlight and assist in marketing activities occurring in Old Lyme in 2018 as well as remembering the past.

The Sponsors of the 2018 Now & Then Community Calendar are: the Town of Old Lyme, Speirs Plumbing, PGN Library, Lyme Art Association, Carousel Shop, Black Hall Grille, First Congregational Church, Bee & Thistle Inn, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Florence Griswold Museum, Cooley Gallery and the Old Lyme Historical Society.

The 2018 Now & Then Old Lyme Community Calendar was designed by James Meehan and edited by Alison Mitchell.  Michaelle Pearson was the copy-editor.

The mission of the OLHS is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the rich history” of Old Lyme.  To find out more about the OLHS and its interesting activities, explore their website at or stop by its office at 55 Lyme St..


Reemsnyder, Nosal Re-elected; Kerr Takes Third Spot on Old Lyme Board of Selectmen,

Incumbent Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal hug after both were announced respectively as the top two vote-getters in the board of selectmen race.  Both therefore retain their seats.

Democrat Bonnie Reemsnyder swept to a fourth term as Old Lyme Selectwoman with a convincing 1,520 votes over her Republican opponent Judith Read, who polled 1,248 votes. Noting, “It was quite a race,” Reemsnyder commented, “We had a formidable campaign, [against a] formidable opponent. I would not take her [Read’s] candidacy lightly.”

Incumbent selectwoman, fellow Democrat Mary Jo Nosal, received the second highest number of votes with 1,478 while Republican Chris Kerr took 1,266 votes. Since Kerr received more votes than Read, he will take the third spot on the board of selectmen vacated by selectman Arthur “Skip” Sibley, who chose not to run again.  Reemsnyder spoke highly of Kerr saying that since he has served on the board of finance for many years, “He’s familiar with what’s going on.”  Nosal added, “I’m looking forward to working with Chris.”

A smiling Bonnie Reemsnyder celebrates her election to a fourth term as Old Lyme First Selectwoman with BJ Bernblum (right) who was also re-elected to the board of finance. Chris Kerr (rear, left) was elected to the board of selectmen and becomes its newest member.

Having stood outside the polling station since 5:30 a.m., an exhausted Reemsnyder was clearly pleased with the result declaring, “I am very excited — I’m delighted to be continuing to serve Old Lyme.”

Similarly, Nosal summed up her feelings in one word, “Exhilarated. “She added, “I’m very happy.  We had a fabulous team that worked so hard.”  Finally, Nosal expressed thanks to, “All the voters who came out to support us,” while also noting, “Judy ran an excellent race.”


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 very shortly after their announcement.


Letter to the Editor: Planning Commission Chair Endorses Hard-working, “Thinker” Kerr for Old Lyme Selectman

To the Editor:

Chris Kerr is an intelligent, hardworking individual with integrity, a personal approach to people and dedication to the Town of Old Lyme.

For decades, I have known Chris personally, professionally and as a volunteer in service to the Town of Old Lyme.  Chris is a “thinker” and not a reactionary.  Chris’s approach to situations is very professional as Chris works to identify the source of a concern and then strives to define and implement a reasonable resolution.  Beyond the Planning Commission, Chris also has extensive experience as a member of the Old Lyme Board of Finance.

As a member of the Planning Commission, Chris has actively supported changes to the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) that supports planned growth for the Town of Old Lyme.  Recently, Chris has actively supported proposed changes to the POCD that encourages changes in Old Lyme land use regulations that would simplify applications to modify shoreline residential structures to comply with FEMA standards.  I believe that Chris is a valuable resource and as Selectman, would make a tremendous contribution to Old Lyme.


Harold Thompson,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is the chairman of the Old Lyme Planning Commission.


Letter to the Editor: Democrat High Speed Rail Activist Wants Change in Old Lyme, Voting Republican

To the Editor:

Over the last two years I have worked on the high-speed rail issue with nearly every community, from Providence, RI, to Greenwich, CT.
I’d like to think that I’ve gained an honest measure of Old Lyme, and our town government.
I understand the reluctance of many of you to cross the aisle, but this liberal Democrat will be voting for a change on November 7. I’ll be voting for Judith Reed and Chris Kerr for Old Lyme. I strongly urge you to join me.
Greg Stroud,

Old Lyme

Editor’s Note: The author is the founder of