June 19, 2019

Lyme Library Book Sale Continues Today

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Calling all booklovers!

The Friends of Lyme Library have announced that they will hold their Summer Book Sale this year on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, in the library’s community room.

The sale will be open on Friday from 3 to  7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a large selection of books, both fiction and nonfiction, for sale. Most of the books for sale are hard cover along with a good selection of trade paperbacks, children’s books, DVD’s, and CD’s.

Credit cards will be accepted for purchases over $20. Stop by and find some treasures to add to your home collection.

The library is located on Rte. 156 in the new town complex shared with the Lyme Town Hall and Lyme Consolidated School.

The Friends appreciate your support and generous donations. They look forward to seeing you at the the Friends’ Summer Book Sale.

For library hours and directions, visit www.lymepl.org.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Hosts Graduation Ceremony Tonight

Hats high! Lyme-Old Lyme High School graduates celebrate their success. File photo by Kim Tyler.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School will hold its Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2019 this evening on the field between the middle and high schools starting at 6 p.m.

Entry to the field is open and the public is welcome to attend the event.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

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Join the Parade! LYSB Invites “Anyone on Wheels” to March With Them Tomorrow

Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) invites any youth in Lyme and Old Lyme, who are not already participating in the Memorial Day parade down Lyme Street on Monday, to join the parade and march with them, saying, “Everyone belongs at LYSB!”

Decorate your bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers … basically anything with wheels (but nothing that’s motorized!) and then join the fun!

Meet at the corner of the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School tennis courts (behind the large illuminated “Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools” sign) at 10:30 a.m. The parade steps off at 11 a.m.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

to all moms — and all those fulfilling the role of mom — everywhere!  And special thoughts to all those missing their moms today ….

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Final Day for Duck River Garden Club’s Plant Sale in Old Lyme

Geraniums and more will be on sale Friday and Saturday at the Duck River Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale.

Enjoy a weekend of flowers, plants and more!

The annual fundraising plant sale, sponsored by the Duck River Garden Club of Old Lyme, will be held Friday, May 10, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Lyme Shopping Center on Hall’s Road (near The Hideaway Restaurant.)

Pre-order beautiful geraniums at $5 each in the following colors: red, white, pink or fuchsia.  Call 860-434-9094 or 860-434-8827 to order by Tuesday, May 7, for pick up Friday, May 10.

Pick out that special gift for Mom or browse the club’s selection of heirloom tomatoes, annuals, and vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, geraniums, perennials and shrubs that will be available.

Flowers, plants, vegetables, herbs and so much more … sprinkled with plenty of advice and good humor … at Duck River Garden Club’s Annual Sale.

If you are a gardening bargain hunter, check out “The Garden Shed” filled with great Tag Sale items.  There are also new shrubs, trees and rose tables this year.

There will be more than 600 member’s plants as well as heirloom tomatoes, annuals, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs geraniums and a an area of the member’s homemade pastries and hot coffee called,“Delectable Edibles,” to make your shopping  more enjoyable.

All proceeds from the sale go to ongoing civic projects, which include scholarships, senior’s garden therapy program, holiday wreaths for public buildings, baskets for families in need, and maintenance of plants at town locations. The Duck River Garden Club members look forward to seeing you and can help with any questions.

For more information about the Duck River Garden Club, visit www.oldlymeduckrivergc.org

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Enjoy ‘Free Day’ at the Florence Griswold Museum Today

Back by popular demand Matilda Browne, one of the key members of the Lyme Art Colony, comes to life in this first-person theatrical appearance by writer and actor Diana Dunlap. Enjoy our visitor from yesteryear who was born on May 8, 1869, as she strolls through the Griswold House, telling stories of a life filled with art and adventure.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme presents its annual Community Free Day on Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Lyme. The event offers free admission to the Museum’s 12-acre campus, and includes family friendly activities and a special appearance by Diana Dulap portraying artist Matilda Browne in the Florence Griswold House from 11am to 4pm.

“Our Community Free Day is a great way for all ages to spend the day at the Museum,” stated David D.J. Rau, Director of Education and Outreach. “The fun and educational activities planned for this year are a wonderful introduction for the many first-time visitors we get on this annual day.”

Museum-goers visiting the original Florence Griswold House are treated to guides sharing stories of the Lyme Art Colony artists who stayed with Miss Florence in the boardinghouse over 100 years ago. The house, decorated as it was in 1910, includes the original paintings that artists created on the door and wall panels of the house.

On view in the Museum’s Krieble Gallery, the exhibition The Great Americans: Portraits by Jac Lahav asks the question, who are our national heroes? Benjamin Franklin? Rosa Parks? Albert Einstein? Lahav’s nearly seven-foot-tall paintings of 30+ famous figures are a celebration of America layered with references to history, lore, and imagery that shape our understanding of these larger-than-life icons. Through his psychologically complex and sometimes cheeky treatment of iconic figures from politicians to celebrities, Lahav explores the nature of cultural identity.

One day only! Matilda Browne, one of the key members of the Lyme Art Colony, comes to life in this first-person theatrical appearance by writer and actor Diana Dunlap. Enjoy our visitor from yesteryear who was born on May 8, 1869, as she strolls through the Griswold House, telling stories of a life filled with art and adventure from 11am to 4pm.

At 2pm, William J. Mann, awarding-winning biographer, LGBTQ activist, professor, and Director of Central Connecticut State University’s LGBT Center, gives a gallery talk focusing on two figures from the current exhibition, The Great Americans. Mann has made a career of deconstructing the enduring appeal of American icons.

Visit the Florence Griswold Museum on Sunday during Community Free Day.

Central to his book The Wars of the Roosevelts (2016), is a fascinating alternative picture of Eleanor, who witnessed firsthand the brutality of politics (her uncle Theodore’s politically expedient destruction of her father Elliott and her husband Franklin’s management of his extramarital affairs), emerging stronger as a result. Moreover, Mann’s discussion of Eleanor’s own outside relationships with both men and women are grounded in a 21st-century awareness. As a professor of LGBT history, he has also considered the legacy of Harvey Milk, openly gay San Francisco Supervisor assassinated in 1978, who has arguably become more famous and important in death than in life.

While at the Museum, families are encouraged to follow scavenger hunt cards in the Florence Griswold House, and uncover art details in the Krieble art gallery with “Can You Find Me” game cards.

Families can pick up the keepsake publication, My Sticker Book Guide to the Florence Griswold Museum. The beautifully illustrated booklet tells the story of Miss Florence and her artist friends. Each time a child visits the Museum, they earn a sticker to complete one of the booklet illustrations. Those who collect all six stickers receive a gift.

From 11am- 4pm, drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of painting. All materials included. Adventurers of all ages can learn more about nature through a selection of Explorer Kits. All materials included.

Free Day attendees can also visit the Chadwick Art Studio, presented as it would have looked in 1920, the Rafal Landscape Center, as well as the Museum’s gardens and grounds along the Lieutenant River. The award-winning Café Flo will be open for lunch.

A consistent recipient of a Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence, the Florence Griswold Museum has been called a “Giverny in Connecticut” by the Wall Street Journal, and a “must-see” by the Boston Globe. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, the Museum features a gallery for changing art exhibitions, education and landscape centers, a restored artist’s studio, twelve acres along the Lieutenant River, and extensive gardens. The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut. Visit FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for more information.

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Class of 2019 Holds ‘Shred It’ Fundraiser, Saturday

Shredded_paperOn Saturday, April 27, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Class of 2019 will shred documents for businesses and individuals. Anyone can bring their papers to shred to the LOLHS parking lot from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a donation.

Many people have unwanted papers sitting in boxes or on desks around their house.  The papers could be old tax returns, bank statements, bills, credit card statements, newspapers or school ditto sheets.  This fundraiser provides the community an opportunity to securely discard unwanted papers from houses or businesses.

“We are excited to hold this Shred-it Fundraiser because the demand for secure document shredding services is growing.  This fundraiser provides a low cost way to accomplish this community service,” said LOLHS senior Brynn McGlinchey, the event organizer.

Last year, this high school class conducted this same fundraiser.  It collected over 120 bags of unwanted papers and generated over $1,200.

The class used the funds for its class activities. Class activities included three dances and many community service projects throughout town.

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it’s ‘Drug Take Back Day’ Today!

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lyme Street Fire House, 69 Lyme St., Old Lyme, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) and the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Prevention Coalition will give residents another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

This event is free and anonymous — no questions asked.

Since the first Lyme-Old Lyme ‘Drug Take Back’ event in 2011, citizens have returned more than 500 pounds of medications to prevent misuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets. Sadly, prescription drug abuse is on the rise among adults and youth, so this is a great opportunity to dispose of your unwanted medications.

The mission of the LOL Prevention Coalition is to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use among youth by collaborating with the community to raise awareness, modify social norms, educate youth and adults, initiate policy change and promote healthy activities.
The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at LYSB.  Join them at any meeting or contact LYSB at 860-434-7208.  Visit their website to learn more about their programs, L/OL youth survey reports, and resources.

This event is co-sponsored by LYSB, LOL Prevention Coalition, Old Lyme Police Department, Troop F State Police, and Old Lyme Fire Department.

For more information about the Drug Take Back event or the LOL Prevention Coalition, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit www.lysb.org

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LYSB Hosts ‘The Bizz’ Tonight, Proceeds Benefit Youth Programs

Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau (LYSB) presents the 22nd annual performance of The Bizz, Friday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School auditorium. The show celebrates the talent that abounds in the youth of our community and the venue offers increased seating over the middle school auditorium.

The show features more than 20 acts, which include singing, dancing, instrumental and bands, all performed by talented Lyme-Old Lyme youth.

LYSB Director Mary Seidner told LymeLine that possibly a record number of acts auditioned this year, noting,”Unfortunately we didn’t have room for all of them.  We saw many talented performers and we congratulate everyone on their creativity and energy.”

The show has sold out several times in recent years, so early arrival is recommended.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $8 at the door.  Tickets can be ordered in advance at this link.

All proceeds from the show benefit LYSB programs.

For more information, call 860-434-7208.

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Inter-denominational ‘Walk to End Hunger’ to be Held This Morning in Old Lyme

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On Friday, April 20, an inter-denominational ‘Walk to End Hunger ‘will be held to benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. Gather in the Griswold Room of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church at 9:45 a.m. for sign-in and prayer. The route follows Shore Rd. to Johnny Cake Hill Rd. to McCurdy Rd., past Christ the King Church to First Congregational Church, and then back again, a distance of approximately three miles.

All ages are welcome and encouraged to to join this reflective walk co-organized by Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, and First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Even if you are unable to walk, you can contribute by sponsoring a walker. Envelopes for monetary donations can be found on the counter outside the Griswold Room and at the walk. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item.

 

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LYSB Hosts Summer Camp Fair This Afternoon

Kids_from_Camp_FlyerLymes’ Youth Service Bureau presents a Summer Camp and Activities Fair in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Commons, Wednesday, March 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome and admission is free.

More than 30 local camps will be at the Fair.  There will be opportunities to pick up brochures, meet camp representatives and also, to register for a variety of camps.

Pizza will be available for sale.

Click here to view a full listing of the participating organizations.

For more information, call 860.434.7208 or visit www.lysb.org

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Support the Class of 2019’s Safe Grad Party! Eat From/Dine at Sal’s Pizza Today

pizzaSupport the Safe Grad Party for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2019 by eating at or buying take-out from Sal’s Pizza at 29 Spencer Plain Rd. in Old Saybrook today.

Owned by the Fava family of Old Lyme, Sal’s has become a favorite among many Lyme-Old Lyme families. The restaurant is donating part of the proceeds for the entire day, eat-in or take-out, to the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2019 Safe Grad Party fund.

To place your order or for more information, call 860-399-8331.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Host Super Bowl Scholarship Breakfast This Morning, Music by Braiden Sunshine

The annual Super Bowl ‘Scholarship Breakfast’ hosted by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions promises yet again to be a lively and delicious event this year.

Scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 3, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School cafeteria, this year’s breakfast hosts ‘The Voice’ superstar Braiden Sunshine, who will provide musical entertainment during the event.  Enjoy the Good News Clowns and their balloon creations, face painting and silly antics.

Meanwhile, the school’s award-winning Techno Ticks FIRST Robotics Team 236 will also be on hand to demonstrate their new robotic creations up close … and personal!

Feast on a hearty menu of blueberry pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, fresh fruit, coffee and OJ. Door prizes include restaurant and salon certificates, and other items donated by local businesses.

Old Lyme’s own Braiden Sunshine will perform at the LOL Lions Super Bowl Breakfast his morning.

During the event, the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will conduct free, quick, non-contact eye screenings for people 2 to 92 years of age, using “Spot,” an instrument resembling a Polaroid camera. From a distance of three feet, “Spot” checks for six eye diseases, and within seconds it produces a detailed test report.  This state-of-the-art equipment is used in the new Lions’ PediaVision preschool eye screening program.

The Lyme-Old Lyme community is invited to participate in this fun event.  The annual breakfast is the Lions’ primary fundraiser for four $1,500 Lions’ scholarships awarded each year to deserving high school students resident in Lyme or Old Lyme.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children under 12.  For more information on Lions’ scholarships and the PediaVision program, visit www.lymeoldlymelions.org.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Host Kindergarten Registration Today

Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools for the fall of 2018 is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School.

Children who will be five-years-old on or before Jan. 1, 2019 are eligible to register for this year’s Kindergarten class.

While you may complete the registration process at either school, your child’s school placement will depend on District attendance zones.

Please bring to registration your child’s

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization/Health Records
  • Three forms of proof of residency

If you cannot register on these days or would like additional information, call either school at these numbers to place your child’s name on the Kindergarten list and/or have your questions answered:

  • Lyme Consolidated: 860-434-1233
  • Mile Creek: 860-434-2209

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools look forward to welcoming your child.

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Christmas Tree Pick-up by Old Lyme Public Works Starts Jan. 14

The Town of Old Lyme Public Works Department will pick up Christmas trees in Old Lyme during the week commencing Jan. 14. If you would like the Town to pick up your tree, you must have it curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.

If you miss pick up on your street, you can take your tree to the Transfer Station (open Tuesday through Saturday) at no charge.

There will be no return trips for curbside pick up.

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Season’s Greetings

Christmas-Bow-Picture_512x384We wish all our readers and advertisers a wonderful, peaceful and enjoyable holiday season.

Thank you for all your support this past year and we look forward to serving you with even stronger coverage of the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme next year.

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Christmas Week Church Services in Lyme and Old Lyme

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Churches in Lyme and Old Lyme are following their normal schedule of services today.  Starting tomorrow, there are numerous additional Christmas services being held in both towns.  As a service to our readers, we have listed below all the services of which we are aware — please advise us of any errors or omissions.

Christ The King Church

Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve

4 p.m. — Vigil Mass of the Nativity with children’s pageant and youth choir
11:30 p.m. — Concert with adult choir and orchestra, followed by:
12 a.m. — Midnight Mass of the Nativity

Tuesday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day
9 a.m. — Mass of the Nativity

First Congregational Church of  Lyme

Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
5 p.m. — Candlelight Celebration

Sunday, Dec. 30
10 a.m. — Worship Service

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
5 p.m. — Service for families with young children, with The Living Manger.
8 p.m. — Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols
10 p.m. — Late-night Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec. 30
One service only at 11 a.m. in unity with the South Lyme Union Chapel — no Sunday School.

Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church 

Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
4 p.m. — Family Eucharist with Christmas Story
10:30 p.m. — Festival Eucharist with full choir with the
Rev. Cn. Mark K. J. Robinson presiding at both services.

Tuesday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day
10 a.m. — Holy Eucharist with the Rt. Rev. Laura Ahrens presiding

Sunday, Dec. 30
One service only at 9:30 a.m. — A Morning Prayer Service with Christmas Lessons and Carols.

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Blood Drive Today in Old Lyme: Give the Gift of Life This Holiday Season

Give-Blood-Give-LifeThe American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive tomorrrow, Wednesday, Dec.19, at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., from 1 to 6 p.m.  There is currently a critical need for blood donations — please help if you are able.

A shortage of blood donations can lead to delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients.

Remember the “The need is constant.  The gratification instant.” Walk-ins are welcome.

To make an appointment to donate your blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org.

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Old Lyme Town Band Plays ‘Holiday Pops Concert’ at ‘the Kate’ Tonight

The Old Lyme Town Band will perform their ‘Holiday Pops Concert’ at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, ‘The Kate,’ in Old Saybrook on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

‘The Kate’s’ program information states, “Nothing says the holidays like the Old Lyme Town Band playing some festive selections for the season.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and available at this link.

Visit the Old Lyme Town Band’s website at this link or thekate.org for more details.

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Take The Tour! See Old Lyme’s ‘Homes for the Holidays’ Today, Benefits OL Children’s Learning Center

housetour_logo_largerThe Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center (OLCLC) presents “Homes for the Holidays” House Tour of Old Lyme on Saturday, Dec. 8. The tour begins at Old Lyme Town Hall, located at 52 Lyme Street, and will feature a Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The self-guided House Tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will spotlight beautifully decorated Old Lyme homes. A few local businesses will also open up as a part of the tour, including the Lyme Art Association, The Florence Griswold Museum, and the Old Lyme Historical Society.

On the day of the event, Home Tour ticket-holders can use their ticket stub for free admission to the Florence Griswold Museum and visit their Magic of Christmas display.

The Lyme Art Association will also be open to Home Tour ticket-holders to see their stunning Deck the Walls Exhibit.

The Old Lyme High School Select Singers will perform at the Old Lyme Historical Society building, promising to put you in the holiday spirit.

Advance tickets are available online for $25 by visiting this link or in person at OLCLC (57 Lyme Street, Old Lyme); and the Chocolate Shell (18 Lyme Street). Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $30.

The tour will be held rain, snow or shine.

Proceeds will benefit OLCLC enrichment programs. Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center is a non-profit accredited early childhood school and child care center.

For more information, visit www.olclc.com or call (860) 434-1728 ext. 1.

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