September 26, 2020

Our Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2018

In 2018, our LymeLine year was dominated by stories related to the affordable housing proposal on Neck Rd., which prompted one of the largest town meetings in our experience and drew opinions across the spectrum. Six of our 10 most read stories related to that topic including two Letters to the Editor and three Op-Ed’s.

Interestingly though, in our review of the most read stories of 2018, it was not one of those many articles that attracted the highest readership but rather the one relating to the recent passing of Chip Dahlke, shown in the photo at right, which was such a great and tragic shock to so many in our community.

Pam Russell (left) and daughter Lisa in a photo taken early in 2018. Lisa was the victim of a serious accident in spring 2018.

In fact, the affordable housing stories do not enter the rankings until #3 on our list of 10 following our story about another tragic event — the horrific accident that befell Lisa Russell in Boston and the subsequent blood drive held in Old Lyme in her honor. Lisa’s dad Andy is long-time chair of the Old Lyme Board of Finance, mom Pam is a language arts teacher in Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School and Lisa graduated in 2007 from Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

The affordable housing article in third place was, in fact, not a report on that packed meeting but rather a Letter to the Editor from some local members of the clergy on the subject.

This photo shows the black bear that was seen in Hadlyme. Photo by E & J Bjornberg.

Other significant stories in our Top 10 Most Read Stories were the death of a sheep by a black bear in Lyme and the announcement by University of New Haven just days before the fall semester was due to begin that they were pulling out of Lyme Academy leaving the college with an uncertain future.

Our full listing of our most read stories of 2018 is as follows:

  1. Remembering Chip Published 12/11/18
  2. Community Comes Out in Force to Support Blood Drive Honoring Lyme-Old Lyme HS Grad Lisa Russell Published 7/08/18
  3. Letter to the Editor: Old Lyme Clergy Speak Out in Support of Affordable Housing Published 6/09/18
  4. Black Bear Kills Sheep in Lyme, Residents Warned to Take Precautions; DEEP Notes Black Bears Rarely Aggressive to Humans Published 9/30/18
  5. Boisterous Crowd Packs Middle School Auditorium to Listen to, Give Opinions on HOPE’s Affordable Housing Proposal Published 6/08/18
  6. Op-Ed: SECoast Questions Proposed HOPE Development in Old Lyme Published 5/11/18
  7. Op-Ed: ‘A Project Without Solutions’: SECoast Director Questions Possible Approval of HOPE’s Affordable Housing Proposal Published 9/12/18
  8. Letter to the Editor: Two “Inescapable Facts” About Affordable Housing in Old Lyme Published 6/10/18
  9. University of New Haven to Stop Granting Degrees at Lyme Academy in 2019 Published 8/27/18
  10. Op-Ed: HOPE Explains Background, Process to Their Affordable Housing Proposal in Old Lyme Published 5/24/18

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