September 17, 2021

Old Lyme PGN Library Hosts CT Author Jim Cameron in Zoom Presentation, Tuesday

Jim Cameron

OLD LYME — On Tuesday, Sept. 21, the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library hosts Jim Cameron in an Author Talk via Zoom from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Connecticut author Jim Cameron will share some funny and insightful tales about his 40 years as a news reporter, media trainer and public relations consultant.  He’ll offer the inside scoop on how to get social media savvy with his best public relations techniques.

This is a virtual program. Registration required to receive the Zoom link. Register at the library website at

Dadonna Wins Old Lyme Country Club WGA’s 9-Hole Championship, Kurlansky of Lyme is Runner-Up

Old Lyme WGA’s 18- Hole Champion (right) stands with the trophy and her caddy Carol Gordon.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Country Club Women’s Golf Association (WGA) held its 18- and 9-hole Club Championship play-offs, Aug. 26

The 18-hole finalists were Hollis Barry of Essex and Kacey Constable of Old Saybrook. 

The 9-hole finalists were Carolyn Daddona of Westbrook and Patty Kurlansky of Lyme. 

Old Lyme WGA’s 9- Hole Champion Carolyn Daddona (right) stands with her trophy and caddy Cathy Burnett.

Following tradition, the WGA members followed the players around the course in a caravan of golf carts.  Despite the 90+ degree heat, the women all played exceptionally well. 

The 18-hole Club Champion was Kacey Constable and the 9-hole Club Champion was Carolyn Daddona. 

A champagne toast to the victors was held on the Clubhouse deck at the end of the tournament.

Sept. 15 COVID-19 Update: One New Case Takes Old Lyme’s Cumulative Total to 407, Lyme Holds at 129

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. by the Connecticut Department of Health shows an increase in COVID-19 case numbers in Old Lyme compared with Tuesday’s report. No new cases were reported in Lyme over the same 24-hour period.

Old Lyme’s cumulative total of confirmed cases increased by one over the previous reporting day, Sept. 14, from 406 to 407.

Lyme held steady, meanwhile, at a cumulative total of 129 cases.

Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 369 on Aug. 20, meaning there have been 38 new cases since that date just over three weeks ago.

The next Connecticut Daily Data Report will be issued Thursday, Sept. 16, around 4 p.m. Reports are not issued on Public Holidays, Saturdays or Sundays.

COVID-19 Cases in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

This is the latest information that we have with the most recent cases first — there may have been further updates of which we are unaware.

On Thursday, Sept. 16, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser informed the school community that a previously reported positive case of COVID-19 is now impacting Mile Creek School and Center School.

On Monday, Sept. 13, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, which had been reported the previous day, was announced.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1,  a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Mile Creek School was announced.

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, Neviaser informed the school community that late on Monday, Aug. 30, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme-Old Lyme High School had been reported.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Neviaser informed the school community that late on Friday, Aug. 27, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme School had been reported.

In all cases, contact tracing was completed and those individuals who needed to quarantine were notified. They will be able to return to school following their quarantine period. All other students and staff will continue to attend school as scheduled.

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There is no change in the number of fatalities reported in either Lyme (0) or Old Lyme (3).

The first two fatalities from Old Lyme, which were reported in 2020, were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male. Details of the third, which was reported in 2021, have not been made available.

Visit this link for our Sept. 9 update, which includes statewide data.

Fun, Food and Finds at Christ The King’s Harvest Festival, Saturday; Silent Auction, Rummage Sale Continue Sunday

Christ The King’s Rummage Sale is always a great place to look for bargains.

OLD LYME — Volunteers at Christ the King Church (CTK) in Old Lyme are putting the final touches on this year’s Harvest Festival, which happens on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The family-friendly Harvest Festival has a little something for everyone: the massive King’s Rummage Sale features a huge selection of quality furniture, toys, bicycles, sporting goods, collectibles, artwork, housewares, holiday decorations, books, CDs, and DVDs, jewelry, and more.

At the Silent Auction you can bid on all kinds of themed baskets, artwork, and more, plus a few unique items, like a vintage fur jacket and a kid’s electric car.

Beautiful fall plants and produce from Smith’s Acres in East Lyme — as well as some perennials from CTK gardeners — highlight the Plant Sale.

Homemade goodies in the Bake Sale will tempt your sweet tooth,  and an assortment of Games and Crafts will keep the kids entertained.

Be sure to come hungry so you can enjoy lunch served up by the Men’s Club — and live entertainment from talented local musicians.

If you cannot get there Saturday, you can still check out the Silent Auction and the Rummage Sale (with prices drastically reduced) on Sunday morning, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

As always, admission to Christ the King’s Harvest Festival is free.

COVID measures: Hand sanitizers will be available at the entrances, and the number of people in small rooms at any one time will be limited. For the safety of all, everyone is strongly encouraged to wear facemasks, regardless of vaccination status.

Christ the King Church is located at 1 McCurdy Road in Old Lyme. Visit for directions, and follow us on Facebook (@christthekingchurcholdlyme) for updates.

For more information, visit or call 860-434-1669. 

Volunteer for a ‘Coastal Clean-Up’ at Old Lyme’s White Sand Beach, Rocky Neck State Park, Saturday; Sponsored by ‘Reynolds Subaru of Lyme

Coastal Clean-Up volunteers display the bags of trash collected from the beach at Rocky Neck State Park last year. This event was sponsored by Reynolds Subaru of Lyme. Photo submitted.

OLD LYME/EAST LYME — Are you concerned with the state of our environment? Do you want to help do your part to preserve our coastlines? Then join a volunteer coastal clean-up of White Sand Beach in Old Lyme on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is part of Save the Sound’s annual coastal cleanup efforts, which are held every fall, and sponsored by Reynolds’ Subaru and Subaru of New England.

Last year 78 pounds of garbage were collected at White Sand Beach and Marie Ryan of Old Lyme was the Team Captain. She has stepped up again to fulfill that role for this year’s White Sand Beach Clean-up — contact her to volunteer or for further details at or call her at 860-304-3334. Ryan told LymeLine that she is hoping to find around 12-15 volunteers.

The Connecticut Cleanup is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which takes place each year during September and October. Volunteers remove trash and collect data that will be used to help stop debris at its source. Around 13 billion trash items were collected globally on International Coastal Cleanup Day in 2020.

Kendall Perkins displays a skull she found during a previous ‘Save The Sound’ Coastal Clean-up Day’ held at White Sand Beach. File photo.

Another opportunity to assist this effort is offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, where you can join Reynolds’ Subaru to help keep that Park clean. Trash items such as cigarette butts, candy wrappers, plastic bags, and gloves/masks are just a few examples of what can be found and removed with your help.

Volunteers will team up and not only collect trash, but also track data on the types of items you find. You can use the Clean Swell app, or paper cards that will be provided for you.

If you would like to join, or if you have any questions, reach out to Jared at Reynolds’ Subaru at or call (860)434-0028.

There are additional opportunities to assist this effort beyond these local ones. Find a complete list of clean-ups throughout the state at this link, choose your beach and then register. Save the Sound will follow up with details about how to connect with your beach’s Cleanup Captain on the day of the event.

For more information about Save the Sound’s Coastal Cleanup program, visit or call Save the Sound’s Volunteer Coordinator, Annalisa Paltauf, at (203) 787-0646, Ext.116.

Lyme Public Hall, Congregational Church Host Tag Sales, Saturday

Lyme Public Hall. Photo submitted.

LYME — The George House Tag Sale will be held at the Lyme Public Hall on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will feature housewares, furniture, jewelry, tools, small appliances, linens, toys, sporting goods, gift items and unexpected treasures. 

Proceeds will go toward the maintenance of the Lyme Public Hall building, the Lyme Local History Archives, and programs for the public. 

Concurrently, the First Congregational Church of Lyme will be holding a sale of children’s items (clothing, toys, etc.) and also serving food. 

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Conn. and the church is adjacent.  

Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden Takes Shape, Invites Community to Open House, Saturday

Volunteers tend the Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden at Town Woods Park.

OLD LYME — In March 2021, a group of interested residents of Lyme and Old Lyme met on Zoom to plan the Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden (LOLFSG), a garden dedicated to growing and donating all produce to local food pantries. As the end of summer draws near, the group is delighted to share their progress and invite readers to visit the site.

The LOLFSG will be holding two Open House/Work Sessions on two upcoming Saturdays, Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the garden, which is located behind the field house and playground at Town Woods Park.  All are welcome.

Jim Ward, who conceived the original idea for the garden and has been the driving force behind its development, explained, “Board members are anxious and excited to share the progress we have made in establishing the garden and look forward to answering any questions concerning our vision.”

In the months following the inaugural meeting, the LOLGSF participated in a crowdsourcing fundraiser sponsored by Sustainable CT in which 82 donors helped raise $8350.  With $7500 of those funds being matched, the LOLFSG was able to purchase fencing materials and broke ground at Town Woods Park in June.

A view of the Community Share Garden showing the three raised beds in the background.

Ward commented enthusiastically, “Through the dedicated efforts of volunteers, an eight-foot deer fence has been erected, the installation of an irrigation system is in progress, three raised beds have been built and additional in-ground beds have been prepared.  We are on track to plant and harvest our first crops in Spring 2022!”

As the number of LOLFSG members increases, volunteers of all ages are invited to join the organization. Ward invites readers to consider volunteering, visiting the garden, or continuing to support the LOLFSG financially.

He notes, “Our next steps are to complete the installation of the irrigation system, install electricity, erect a storage shed and garden (plant, weed, water, harvest).   Updates and additional photos are available through Facebook, Instagram or at the LOLFSG website.”

Old Lyme Residents Approve $42K Related to Police, Ranger Hours at Special Town Meeting; Some Reimbursement of Amount by Federal Government Anticipated

OLD LYME — UPDATED 9/15: More than 100 people attended an Old Lyme Special Town Meeting held last night in the auditorium of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School. Those present approved by a voice vote the single item on the agenda regarding whether to appropriate $42,000 in connection with Old Lyme Police overtime and Ranger time incurred during the fiscal year 2020-21.

Some of the $42,000 was incurred in connection with the Town’s response to the COVID-19 virus and the Town expects that amount to be partially reimbursed to the Town by the U.S. Federal Government.

This was the second time this motion had been brought to a vote after failing to pass at an Old Lyme Special Town Meeting held Aug. 16.

Editor’s Note: Visit this link to read a related Letter to the Editor from Kathleen Tracy.

Death of Agnes Quaini O’Connor, 90; Long-time Resident, Community Volunteer of Old Lyme

OMAHA, NEB./OLD LYME — Agnes was born as a United States citizen in Varese, Lombardy, Italy on January 18, 1931, … she married Joseph E. O’Connor in West Haven on July 4, 1953 …

After moving many times with the Navy, Agnes and Joe moved to their beloved Old Lyme in 1979 …

She served on the Lyme-Old Lyme School Board for many years, including a term as Chairwoman. She was a lifelong learner who loved reading and was a generous volunteer and donor at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and would often say “if you can read, you can learn to do anything.” She loved nature and was an avid gardener and member of the Duck River Garden Club and the Florence Griswold Museum Garden Gang as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Old Lyme Land Trust …

Agnes … was very involved at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme in many capacities over the last 40 years …

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00am in Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT. Interment will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371 …

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Agnes Q. O’Connor to …

Visit this link to read the full obituary, published on

SECWAC Hosts Presentation on ‘Haiti and Democracy’ Tonight; Registration for Zoom Option Still Open

Professor Laurent Dubois will speak Tuesday on ‘Haiti and Democracy.’

OLD LYME — On Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m., Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Professor Laurent Dubois, Co-Director for Academic Affairs of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia, speaking on,“Haiti & Democracy.

This event is presented in collaboration with the local organization Sister Cities Essex Haiti (SCEH) and is a hybrid online/in-person presentation.

The SECWAC Annual Meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. and Professor Dubois will be introduced at 6 p.m.

With comfort and safety in mind, this program and many following will be offered as a hybrid event – both in-person and available by Zoom.

Limited in-person attendance at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is offered but registration for it is now closed. Masks will be required during the in-person event, and there will be no pre-meeting hors d’oeuvres.

Zoom registration is still open. If you plan to attend via Zoom, click here to register as a virtual attendee.

The topic of “Haiti & Democracy” is based on his 2013 book Haiti: The Aftershocks of History and current events in Haiti. Dubois’ book will be available from Bank Square Books at the meeting or is sold online (free shipping).

How can an understanding of the broader history of Haiti help us understand the current political impasse in the country?

In this talk, Dubois will offer some guideposts for understanding the long-term history of the country, focusing on the complex political and cultural dynamics that have shaped the present. He will discuss how and why the relationship between Haiti and the U.S. has developed as it has, the impact that relationship has had on the way North Americans often see Haiti, and how to move beyond certain kinds of limited and damaging interpretations towards a fuller, more capacious understanding.

The goal of the presentation, and the discussion to follow, will be to map out productive ways of engaging with Haiti’s history and culture, and thinking collectively about the future of the U.S.-Haiti relationship.


Laurent Dubois’ compelling book, Haiti the Aftershocks of History, traces the history of Haiti from pre-slavery days through the revolution, and the following eras up to this century. He is a specialist in the history and culture of France and the Caribbean, focusing mainly on Haiti.

He has received  The Frederick Douglas prize as well as Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for his writing.

At Duke University for the past decade, he was professor of history and also co-chair for the Franklin Humanities Center’s Haiti Laboratory for three years.

He is now at the University of Virginia as a co-director of the Democracy Institute. Learn more about his recent appointment as co-director here.


Old Lyme to Hold Special Town Meeting Tonight; New Location, In-Person Only Attendance to be Permitted

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen will hold a Special Town Meeting this evening — Monday, Sept. 13 — at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School. This meeting was originally scheduled to be held in the Meeting Hall at Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall but has had to be moved due to a conflict with the Zoning Commission

This Special Town Meeting will be conducted in-person only. There will be no online option for attendance.

The Meeting will consider and act upon the following business item:

1.         Whether to appropriate forty-two thousand dollars ($42,000) in connection with the Police overtime and Ranger time incurred during the fiscal year 2020-21, some of which was incurred in connection with the Town’s response to the COVID-19 virus and which the Town reasonably expects will be partially reimbursed to the Town by the U.S. Federal Government.

The business item related to calling the meeting was approved by the board of selectmen at its meeting on Aug. 31.

Editor’s Note: Visit this link to read a related Letter to the Editor from Kathleen Tracy.

FloGris Hosts Spectacular ‘Hollywood on Lyme’ Gala, Sept. 25; Bidding Now Open on Amazing Auction Items

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold museum hosts its annual gala again this year.

As our corner of the world emerges from a year of unforeseen challenges and seclusion, the Florence Griswold Museum is ready to throw a very special event, Hollywood on Lyme.

With all the glitz and glamour of an old Hollywood premiere, the Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance will offer the full red carpet treatment.

Adaptations will be made for your safety, but Hollywood on Lyme still promises to be an elegant evening filled with the joys of being reunited with friends, dancing under the stars, and raising a glass to the Museum.

Bidding on the online auction opens Sept. 12. All the auction information is at this link.

To purchase tickets via phone, please contact DeeDee at 860-434-5542 x 122. Questions?

To download your invitation CLICK HERE.

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001 …

Photo by Ellen Cole.

OLD LYME — UPDATED 9/13 with additional photos. The Old Lyme Fire Department commemorated the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the United States of America that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, by flying the Stars and Stripes prominently on a fire truck parked in front of  their building on Lyme Street.

Photo by Ellen Cole.

Meanwhile, down at the Old Lyme Police Department building on Shore Rd., the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen held a ceremony at 9 a.m. recognizing the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Photo by Old Lyme Fire Department/Town of Old Lyme.


Photo by Old Lyme Fire Department/the Town of Old Lyme.


Photo by Old Lyme Fire Department/the Town of Old Lyme.


Photo by Ellen Cole.

Thank you to the OLFD for this poignant and so important reminder of such a tragic day and thank you to the OLPD for hosting the commemorative ceremony.

Many thanks also to Ellen Cole for sending us the OLFD photos and also to the Old Lyme Fire Department/Town of Old Lyme for those taken at the ceremony at the OLPD.

Death of Beverly Burgess Stadnick Announced, Mother of Glenn Stadnick of Old Lyme

NIANTIC — Beverly (Burgess) Stadnick died peacefully at Crescent Point in Niantic, Sept. 3, 2021, at the age of 84 …

Beverly is survived by her son Glenn Stadnick and daughter-in-law Theresa Stadnick of Old Lyme; and daughter Tamie Smith of Niantic. She also leaves behind grandsons, Samuel Stadnick of Old Lyme, and Patrick Smith of Fort Collins, Colo.; granddaughters, Carey Stadnick Greggila (Christopher) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Rebecca Smith of Golden, Colo., each of whom was her favorite.

A memorial service is scheduled for Beverly at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Main Street, Niantic, with a reception to follow at McCook’s Point Park. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Beverly’s life …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 12 in The Day.

Death Announced of Barbara Marsh Gustafson, Resident of Lyme for 50 Years

CLARENCE, N.Y. — Barbara Marsh Gustafson, age 94, died on August 12, 2021, in Clarence, NY after a brief illness …

In 1948, she graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in education and married her beloved husband, Richard L. Gustafson, a fellow graduate of the University of Connecticut. In 1965, she and her family moved to Lyme, CT, where she resided for 50 years. She was very active in that community, serving in civic, community, and church organizations. Her interests included gardening, sewing, knitting, and swimming. In 2015, she moved to Clarence, NY to live with her daughter, Sarah. …

An Interment Service was held at Eight Mile River Cemetery in Lyme on September 4, 2021. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Buffalo (

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 12 in the Buffalo News.

Christ The King Hosts Harvest Festival & Rummage Sale, Saturday

All the fun of the fair will be happening Saturday at Christ the King’s Harvest Festival.

OLD LYME — The annual Harvest Festival takes place at Christ the King Church (1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme) on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and features a rummage sale, silent auction, bake sale, kids’ games and crafts, great food, live music, and an autumn plant sale.

The rummage sale, bake sale, and plant sale will continue Sunday morning, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon (with steep discounts on rummage sale items, while supplies last.) 

COVID mindfulness: Hand sanitizers will be available at the entrances, and numbers of people in small rooms will be limited at any one time. For everyone’s safety, wearing facemasks is strongly encouraged for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Visit for directions, and follow the church on Facebook @christthekingchurcholdlyme for updates.

For more information, visit or call 860-434-1669.

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Twenty Years On … Remembrance Ceremony for Sept. 11, 2001 to be Held in Old Lyme Today

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen invites townspeople to come to the Old Lyme Police Department building at 294 Shore Rd. at 9 a.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 11, to participate in a ceremony recognizing the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on our country.

All are welcome.

Tickets Still Available for Old Lyme Republicans’ Annual Picnic Tomorrow

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Republican Town Committee’s (OLRTC) annual picnic returns this year Sunday, Sept. 12, with a festive and family-friendly barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. at picturesque Griswold Point.

“Sunset on the Sound,” the committee’s annual picnic fundraiser, features a barbecue feast, live music provided by the String of Pearls band, and a silent auction.

Visit with your neighbors, meet the endorsed candidates for this November’s town elections, and hear from local and state officials and dignitaries.

Special invited guests include Mike France, Republican Congressional candidate for the 2nd District; Themis Klarides, former Connecticut House minority leader; Ben Proto, Connecticut GOP chair; and Bob Stefanowski, 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate. It’s a delightful way to spend a late summer afternoon, with a view of the Sound.

Tickets for “Sunset on the Sound” are $50 per person, and may be purchased at the OLRTC website; or call Tammy Hinckley at 860-598-4375. Families are welcome — children 13 and under are admitted free.

This is a COVID-sensitive, outdoor event; the picnic will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center Hosts Benefit with Live Auction at Former Bee & Thistle, Tonight

OLD LYME — The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center (RTPEC) invites you to ‘make a beeline’ to their new home at 100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme (the former Bee & Thistle Inn) for an event this Friday, Sept. 10, to benefit RTPEC.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by Chef Ani, a silent auction and a live auction led by world renowned Senior Auctioneer C. Hugh Hildesley,
who has conducted some of Sotheby’s most prestigious sales, including the Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis Sale and the Property of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Click here to view live auction items.

Purchase tickets at $150 per person here

The event is being held outdoors and CDC Covid Protocols will apply.

Even with the event outside, it is requested that attendees be vaccinated.