February 17, 2020

Eversource Conducts Statewide Infrared Helicopter Inspections Through Feb. 28

LYME — Rights of way in Lyme are included on the list of towns over which Eversource is currently conducting aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment. This semiannual inspection, which takes place at locations throughout Connecticut, is an important part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable electric service.

The work involves the use of a helicopter (pictured above) equipped with heat-sensing, infrared scanning technology, which can detect potential equipment issues before they occur.

Inspecting images taken from the Eversource helicopter and looking for potential equipment issues.

The aerial inspections continue through Feb. 28. Weather permitting, flights will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Old Lyme Boys Defeat Glastonbury with Last Minute Basket in Double OT Thriller

Aedan Using (#33) was Old Lyme’s top scorer in Saturday night’s non-conference game against Glastonbury. File photo.

LYME-OLD LYME — The Old Lyme boys’ basketball team held on to a hard-fought, double overtime 70-68 victory over Glastonbury in a non-Conference game played Saturday night on their home court.

Leading Old Lyme’s scoring was Aedan Using with 27 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks.  Other top scorers for the Wildcats were Jared Ritchie with 14, Brady Sheffield with 12, and Ray Doll with 11.

Glastonbury hit a lay-up with 11 seconds left, which Old Lyme failed to answer, to equalize with the Wildcats and force the first overtime.  At the end of the first overtime, Glastonbury’s Dave Tosatti hit a three-pointer with seven seconds on the clock to force the second OT.

But in the second OT, Old Lyme’s Aedan Using found a cutting Jacob Ritchie, who made a basket with just 20 seconds remaining that turned out to be the game winner.

Old Lyme is currently 13-1 in the Shoreline Conference and 15-1 in the season.

In previous games:

Feb. 12

Old Lyme beat Amistad 57-56. Leading Old Lyme was Aedan Using with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Also contributing were Brady Sheffield with 11, Ray Doll and Jared Ritchie each chipped in 10.
Amistad was led by Bordeaux who scored 12 points.
Feb. 8

Old Lyme beat Old Saybrook 72-44.  Ray Doll led all scorers with 18.  Brady Sheffield and Aedan Using each had 12 while Jared Ritchie notched 10. Aedan Using also had nine rebounds and five assists.

Mike Almada led OS with 22 points.

Feb. 4

Old Lyme beat Westbrook 98-50. Leading Old Lyme was Aeden Using with 29 points and Jared Richie with 18 points. Brady Sheffield added 14 points.

Westbrook were led by Joey Caslin, who had 14 points, and Brenden Engles with 13.


Essex Winter Series Continues with Concert by Classical Guitar Duo, LINÜ, March 8

ESSEX – The Essex Winter Series (EWS) season continues March 8 with the classical guitar duo, LINÜ, performing at John Winthrop Middle School, Deep River. The virtuosic and versatile Gulli Bjornsson and JIJI are aspiring young artists searching for new ways to promote classical music. They have received many accolades for their guitar playing and have backgrounds in composition, film, electronic music, visual arts and theater.

Essex Winter Series’ 43rd season concludes on March 29 at Valley Regional High School with BeethovenFest, a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th with seven world-renowned artists: David Shiffrin, clarinet; William Purvis, horn; Marc Goldberg, bassoon; Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; and Timothy Cobb, double bass.

All concerts begin at 3 p.m. and are general admission. For tickets call 860-272-4572 or visit www.essexwinterseries.com.

The 2020 season is generously sponsored by Masonicare at Chester Village with co-sponsors The Clark Group, Essex Meadows, Essex Savings Bank, Jeffrey N. Mehler CFP LLC, Tower Laboratories, and hospitality sponsors Guilford Savings Bank and BrandTech Scientific.


Proposed 2020-21 Budget for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Shows First Ever Decrease Over Current Year

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

LYME-OLD LYME — In what Superintendent Ian Neviaser said is a first for the district, the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education approved a proposed 2020-21 budget that is less than the current budget but does not cut programming or staff.

The $35,066,107 million budget is $18,651, or 0.05 percent less than the current $35,084,758 spending plan.

Neviaser said the decrease in large part is due to ..

Read the full article by Mary Biekert and published Feb. 10 on TheDay.com at this link. 


Sen. Formica Supports Proposals to Increase Transparency, Oversight of Quasi Agency Reform

Sen. Paul Formica (R-20th) speaks during Tuesday’s press conference at which recommendations to increase transparency and oversight of Connecticut’s quasi-public agencies were presented.

HARTFORD/OLD LYME – Senator Paul Formica (R-20th), whose District includes Old Lyme, joined Senate and House Republicans at a press conference Tuesday to put forward recommendations to increase transparency and oversight of Connecticut’s quasi-public agencies.

Sen. Formica said, “There is no question that Connecticut’s quasi-public agencies handle vital functions for the state.  It is time to make sure these functions are being performed properly.  I’m proud to stand with my colleagues and offer solutions – specific reforms to increase transparency and prevent further issues.  We have a responsibility as legislators to protect taxpayers and enforce trust and transparency with all agencies including the quasi-public agencies.”

“Reforms that mandate accountability and transparency from quasi-public agencies must be in place before they are issued any more authority, projects or funding,” added Sen. Formica.

Proposals from this Senate Republican plan include:

  1.  Require submission of quasi-public agency separation agreements and contracts with an annual cost of over $50,000 or a duration of five years or greater to the Attorney General for review and comment before entering into or renewing any such contracts.
  2. Eliminate the State Code of Ethics carve out for quasi-publics regarding contracts with immediate family members. This change will strengthen the code of ethics application in quasi publics to prevent family members of employees from inappropriately benefiting financially through employment or contracts awarded.
  3. If any appointment has not been filled for 3 months, the Board of any quasi-public must send notice to those responsible for making appointment. If an appointment is not filled for more than 6 months after that, allow the Board to fill any such open appointment.
  4. Require all quasi publics to submit all salaries to the Comptroller’s office, OFA and committee of cognizance annually.
  5. Require all quasi-publics to submit any salary proposed that will exceed more than $200,000 or higher or a 5% or higher salary increase to the committee of cognizance. If no committee of cognizance, require such information be sent to the Appropriations Committee. Committees will review prior to salary becoming effective.
  6. Require each quasi-public to report annually to the committee of cognizance and appear before such committee to answer questions regarding such report.  The form and substance required in the report shall be set forth by OPM.
  7. Require all quasi-public agencies to submit financials to the Comptroller for disclosure on CORE.
  8. Require an Office of Policy and Management (OPM) designee to be on any finance committee of the board of any quasi-public entity.
  9. Charge the Department of Administrative Services with developing off the shelf policies and procedures that can be used by all quasi-publics with little modification.
  10. Extend Attorney/Client Privilege to members of the General Assembly, and its staff, State Auditors and the office of the Attorney General so that privilege is not waived by sharing materials with any of the entities.
  11. Require each quasi-public to report specified information annually to the Governor, Auditors of Public Accounts and Office of Fiscal Analysis.

Editor’s Notes: (i) Visit this link for a related article titled Republicans Question Lamont Administration Over Quasi-Public Agencies by Christine Stuart and published Feb. 11 on CTNewsJunkie.com.

(ii) This article is based on a press release issued by Sen. Paul Formica’s office.

(ii) Senator Paul Formica represents the residents of the 20th Senatorial District, which includes Old Lyme along with Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Saybrook, Salem and Waterford.


Carney Hosts Office Hours Tonight in Lyme, All Welcome

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

LYME – State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) hosts Office Hours in the Community Room at Lyme Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

The library is located at 482 Hamburg Rd., Lyme.

This event is designed to provide residents with a forum to hear about issues most likely to be taken up during this legislative session, ask questions about state and local government, or other issues affecting their communities.

If you are unable to make the event but would like to contact State Rep. Carney, email him at Devin.Carney@housegop.ct.gov, or call him at 800-842-1423.


Girls’ Basketball: ‘Cats Lose to Morgan But Defeat H-K

LYME-OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Varsity girls played what coach Don Bugbee called a, “physically tough” game Saturday (Feb. 8) and came away with a 38-32 loss but it was by no means an embarrassing one. The low score hints at the demanding nature of the contest causing Bugbee to conclude, “We’ll learn from our shortcomings and get better as a result.”

Junior Sam Gray scored eight points and nabbed five rebounds, while fellow Junior Grace Lathrop added six points and five rebounds. Senior Taylor Thompson also scored six pooints with six rebounds and Junior Ellie Zrenda contributed the same number of points and rebounds as Thompson.

Old Lyme’s record stood at 10-6 at the end of that game.

The Junior Varsity girls, who are having an exceptional season, took their record to 14-1 with a resounding 52-16 victory over Morgan. Sophomore Ali Kyle led the team’s scoring with 15 points followed by Freshman Hayley Cann with 12 and Sophomore Marina Saia Lloret with nine points.

Tuesday (Feb. 11) brought the Haddam-Killingworth girls down to Old Lyme but H-K went home with a bitter 34-54 loss allowing the Wildcats to take their record to 11-6.  Bugbee described it as, “A very solid team effort both offensively and defensively throughout the game,” adding, “Contributions in all aspects of the game coming from everyone made us a difficult opponent for sure.”

Junior Sam Gray scored 14 points while fellow Junior Emily DeRoehn also scored 14 with 10 rebounds and three steals. Junior Ellie Zrenda notched nine points, four rebounds and three steals.

The JV team continued their extraordinary march with a 42-24 win over H-K taking their record to a remarkable 15-1.
Freshman Hayley Cann scored 16 points while fellow Freshman Alexis Fenton added 13.

On Friday, Feb. 14, Old Lyme take on Fitch at 5:30 p.m. (JV) and 7 p.m. This home game for Old Lyme will also be Senior Night at which the team’s sole Senior, Taylor Thompson and her parents will be honored.


New ‘estuary’ Magazine Focused on Connecticut River Watershed Launches This Month

OLD LYME — There’s a new magazine in town!

Estuary Ventures Inc. has announced the launch of a new quarterly magazine, titled estuary, about the “Life of the Connecticut River.”  Publisher and Old Lyme resident Dick Shriver tells LymeLine.com that estuary is for those who live in, care about, and are interested in, the Connecticut River watershed.

The magazine, available both online and in print, features stories about the Connecticut River’s science and conservation efforts, history, people, fish and other wildlife, places for recreation, and challenges for the future.

“We want our readers to luxuriate in the stories, photographs and other images,” says Shriver, adding, “With regard to conservation, we believe the more people there are who know what’s happening in the watershed, the more people there will be who will volunteer or otherwise contribute to take better care of it.”

Estuary is the only magazine dedicated to the entire watershed of the Connecticut River, all 410 miles of it.  The source of the River is near the Canadian border in New Hampshire and it then flows down New Hampshire’s border with Vermont, passing through western Massachusetts, and ultimately past Hartford and Essex to its mouth in Connecticut bordered by Old Saybrook on the west and Old Lyme on the east.

Dick Shriver

Sixty years ago, people who travelled along parts of the Connecticut River wore gas masks because of the malodorous and toxic surroundings along the way. Many, who now work on behalf of the River in a variety of ways, are thrilled that the River is once again, in Shriver’s words, “Clean, healthy and full of life,” though he quickly notes, “There is still so much more to improve.” The Connecticut River watershed is also home to many important tributaries such as the Deerfield, Farmington and Ottauquechee Rivers.

The first issue of estuary will be in subscribers’ mailboxes by Feb. 29. Online subscribers will be able to see the magazine sooner; the issues will be archived so that new subscribers will be able to access all back issues. 

Shriver explains the first issue focuses on, “Science and Conservation” and that the themes of the next three issues are respectively: Recreation; Birds, Migration and Wildlife; and History, Waterfowl and Ice. More than two dozen professional story tellers and photographers have contributed stories and visual essays for the first two issues.

It will be possible to obtain copies of back issues in print as long as supplies last. 

The online estuary magazine is available for $20 per year (four issues), and the print plus online combination for $40 per year.  Subscribe for either option at this link.

For more information about the magazine, visit estuarymagazine.com.  

For additional information and/or questions, contact Shriver at pubisher@estuarymagazine.com


Save The Date for East Lyme’s 2020 ‘Touch-a-Truck,’ May 16

Touch A Truck is for one and all, big and small.
Spend some time with us, have yourselves a ball.

EAST LYME — On Saturday, May 16, the Thames West Auxiliary of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut and the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Department will co-sponsor the 13th Annual Touch A Truck. This family event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCook Point Park in Niantic, Conn., with a rain date of Sunday, May 17.

Fire engines, food, and face painting will all be on offer! This year, the event celebrates Armed Forces Day (May 16) with an emphasis on vehicles from the National Guard, Submarine Base, and Coast Guard. In addition, music performances in the Band Pavilion will feature patriotic music.

The main event is, of course, trucks! Children will be able to climb, steer, blow horns, and just imagine in a wonderful array of trucks. This unique event will feature vehicles from the military, law enforcement, fire departments, commercial companies, and industrial companies.

In addition, Roaming Railroad will provide tours around the park. Six Food Trucks will return to provide an array of food choices for snacks and lunch. Also, the Rotary Club of Niantic will be on hand to present Amber Alert, a program allowing parents to take steps to safeguard their children. There will also be face-painting, hair-beading, games, and crafts. 

The suggested donation is $5 per person (age 2 and up) to benefit the Child and Family Agency (CFA) of Southeastern CT, Inc., a private non-profit that has been working to support children and families for over 200 years. CFA provides a continuum of care beginning with early childhood development centers, outpatient and home-based behavioral health services, as well as school-based health centers and after-school programming. Last year CFA served over 10,000 children and families in over 40 Connecticut communities.

Visit the CFA website to learn more about the Agency, to volunteer, or to donate.

To learn more about Touch A Truck 2020 or to register a vehicle, visit the CFA website, their Facebook page ‘Touch A Truck East Lyme, CT’ or call Child & Family Agency at 860-443-2896, Ext. 1407.


Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Hire East Haddam Op’s Director as Facilities Director, Succeeding 20-Year Incumbent John Rhodes

Ronald Turner is the newly-appointed Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Facilities Director.

LYME-OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have announced that Ronald Turner has been hired to fill the position of Director of Facilities and Technology. Turner will replace John Rhodes, who is retiring after 20 years service to the district.

Turner is currently the Director of Operations for the Town of East Haddam, Conn., where he is responsible for 40 different properties including the entire school system. Prior to his work in East Haddam, Turner was employed by the Connecticut State Police for t22 years and brings a strong school safety background to the position.

He is a graduate of Skidmore College and stood out among a pool of over 50 candidates for the position.

He will begin his new position on March 2, 2020.


Bishop Ian Douglas to Visit Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, Feb. 23; All Welcome

Bishop Ian T. Douglas. Photo credit: Episcopal Church in CT website.

OLD LYME — Bishop Ian Douglas will baptize, confirm, receive and reaffirm 14 children, youth and adults on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme during the 10:30 a.m. service. He will preside at the Holy Eucharist and preach the sermon for this last Sunday after the Epiphany. The Bishop will be assisted in worship by the parish’s provisional priest-in-charge, The Rev. Anita Schell.

Following the service a festive coffee hour will be held in the Griswold Room. All are invited to join the worship service, and also to attend the reception, at which the bishop will greet parishioners, families and friends.

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D. is the 15th Bishop Diocesan of The Episcopal Church in Connecticut, serving 160 parishes and faith communities in the state of Connecticut.  Elected in October 2009, he was ordained bishop in April 2010.  From 1989 to 2010 he was a faculty member at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., where he was the Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity.

A sought-after speaker nationally and internationally, Douglas is the author/editor of four books and numerous academic and popular articles on the topics of mission, the missional Church, contemporary Anglicanism, and world Christianity.

Saint Ann’s Church, Old Lyme

Douglas also served as Priest Associate at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Mass., from 1989-2010. Douglas resides in Essex, Conn., with his wife, Kristin Harris.  They enjoy fitness training and outdoor activities including sailing, kayaking, skiing and walking their dog, and are the parents of three young adults: Luke, Timothy, and Johanna.

Saint Ann’s was established in 1883 as an Episcopal mission in the Black Hall section of Old Lyme. Once a month, a priest arrived on horseback to celebrate the Eucharist. In 1892, a Guild House was erected and services began to be held there.

In 1923, the Diocese of Connecticut purchased the former Baptist Church on Lyme Street for the growing Saint Ann’s Parish. During the Depression, membership dwindled and the Lyme Street building was sold to the Catholic Church for $1.

Saint Ann’s Parish resumed services in the Guild House where they remained an active congregation for 30 years. Saint Ann’s current building was dedicated in 1956 and renovated in the summer of 2019.

For more information about Saint Ann’s, visit the church’s website.


Tickets on Sale Now for Fourth Annual Festival of Women’s Plays at Ivoryton Playhouse, Feb. 22

Sharon Goulner’s play is Savior.

IVORYTON:  The Ivoryton Playhouse has announced the date of its Fourth Annual Women
Playwrights Initiative – 4 x 4 in 2020.

Over 170 plays from all over the country were submitted to the initiative and the four finalists will be traveling to Ivoryton from Washington State, California, Indiana and Maryland to have their work presented in a series of staged reading on Saturday, Feb. 22, with a snow date of Sunday, Feb. 23.

The Initiative includes the Ellie Award and a $500 stipend for each of the four women playwrights chosen and provides a safe, nurturing environment for the development of new, one-act plays with a director and actors.

The plays are by and about women and the issues that shape their lives, and the workshop culminates in a festival of staged readings, which will take place at the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., Ivoryton, CT 06422.

Crystal V. Rhodes’s play is 1200 miles to Jerome.

At 2 p.m., there will be two readings presented.  Savior by Sharon Goldner finds two modern moms at a yoga class dealing with an absurd yet very familiar situation – what do you do when your five-year-old tells you he is the messiah?

1200 miles to Jerome by Crystal V. Rhodes relates the daunting experience of the Franklin family, who are traveling through the Deep South with a fugitive in tow in the 1940s. It is a journey in which “driving while black” could mean the difference between life and death.

At 7 p.m., the festival will continue witha  performance of Court by Holly Arsenault, which takes an intimate look at divorce and custody battles from a child’s unique, funny and raw perspective.

Deanna and Paul by Dagney Kerr concludes the event. In this play, Deanna is a quirky waitress with a strict no tipping policy and Paul a surly customer with a tight lid on his heart. Their lonely worlds collide one day in a small-town diner, where one cup of coffee can change everything.

To purchase tickets for the Women Playwrights Festival, call 860.767.7318 or visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Holly Arsenault’s play is Court.

Tickets are priced as follows: $20 — adult; $15 — senior; $10 — student for one performance.

Buy tickets for both performances at these special prices: $30 — adult; $25 — senior; $10 — student. Call the box office at 860.767.7318 to book two-performance packages.

Check the Playhouse website for additional workshops and special festival deals with local restaurants.

The Ivoryton Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT  06442.

Dagney Kerr’s play is Deanna and Paul.

For more information about the Women Playwrights Initiative and to read biographies of the playwrights, visit www.ivorytonplayhouse.org


Hear ‘Trout Quintet,’ Bluegrass-, Jazz-Inspired Duos at Musical Masterworks Concerts This Afternoon

Doublis bassist Michael Thurber males his debut at Musical Masterworks, Feb. 8-9. Photo by Lauren Desberg.

OLD LYME — Join Musical Masterworks at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. for a program celebrating the return of perennial favorite musicians, violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Jeewon Park, along with an encore appearance by violist Ettore Causa, and the much-anticipated Musical Masterworks debut of double bassist Michael Thurber.

Performing with artistic director and cellist Edward Arron, they will play Schubert’s beloved “Trout” Quintet.

Concert attendees will also hear a collection of original bluegrass- and jazz-inspired duos for violin and bass, composed and performed by Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber. The program also includes the Piano Quartet in A minor by the Spanish composer Joaquin Turina, and an arrangement for violin, cello and bass of the Viola da Gamba Sonata in G minor by J.S. Bach.

Join Edward Arron for an in depth pre-concert talk about the program at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Musical Masterworks’ 29th season runs through May 2020 and includes a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary on March 13, 14 and 15, and on May 1, 2 and 3, 2020, when concert-goers will have the remarkable opportunity to hear the complete cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets.

To purchase a mini subscription ($100 each), a subscription to the Beethoven concerts or individual tickets ($40 adult; $5 student), visit Musical Masterworks at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.


Listen to ‘CT Outdoors’ Today with Suzanne Thompson, Features Upcoming Fishing & Outdoor Show at Mohegan Sun

OLD LYME — Got cabin fever? Or do you want to see the latest in kayak fishing, fly fishing  and outdoor gear?

On this week’s CT Outdoors radio show, Old Lyme resident Suzanne Thompson gets the details on the new CT Fishing and Outdoor consumer exhibition show that debuts at Mohegan Sun Earth Expo and Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16.

Thompson’s guests are John Myles from Three Belles Outfitters and Marina in Smith Cove, Niantic Village, on the East Lyme side of the Niantic River, and Al Gag, well-known and respected throughout the East Coast as the inventor of the Whip-It Fish and Whip-It Eels soft plastic lures. Listeners might recognize Al’s voice from vignettes on ESPN and New England stations.

The 30-minute show airs at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 8, and 7 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, on WLIS 1420 AM/Old Saybrook & WMRD 1150 AM/Middletown and streaming at www.wliswmrd.net.

The three-day consumer show includes seminars, celebrity outdoors speakers, a kayak pond with an introduction to kayak fishing lessons (prepare to put on a Personal Flotation Device and get wet!), fly-tying and casting demos, along with hundreds of booths of fishing and outdoor recreational and adventure products. Tickets are $12 for adults, children 12 and under are free. See full schedule and show details at www.ctfishingoutdoorshow.com

To play back this CT Outdoors show at any time from your PC, MAC or laptop, go to www.wliswmrd.net, click the On Demand icon, look for pop-up screen from radiosecurenetsystems.net, and scroll to CT-Outdoors-20420—CT-Fishing—Outdoor-Show.


Old Lyme Basketball Girls Claim Another Victory, This Time Over Old Saybrook

OLD LYME — Last Thursday, Feb. 6, saw Don Bugbee’s girls, who were playing on their home court, soundly defeat Shoreline rivals Old Saybrook 49-35, taking the Wildcats’ record for the season to 10-5.

A delighted Bugbee described the critical part of the game as the third quarter when he said that the team gave, “A very strong performance outscoring the Rams 20-9,” noting that was, “The difference in the game for sure.” He added that the Wildcats had offered, “a solid team defense,” noting that, “Scoring 20 points in a quarter is a difficult match-up for any team to overcome.”

Game highlights included junior Sam Gray scoring 19 points with five rebounds and three steals while Junior Emily DeRoehn added nine points, nine rebounds and six steals. Senior Taylor Thompson contributed seven points, nine rebounds and three steals.

The Junior Varsity team also won the same evening crushing Old Saybrook 48-15 and thus taking their record to a remarkable 13-1. Freshman Hayley Cann scored an outstanding 20 points while fellow Freshman Alexis Fenton notched 13 and Sophomore Maddie Thompson added nine points.

UPDATED 2/6: Lyme-Old Lyme HS, MS Issue Revised Q1 Honor Rolls

Editor’s Note: We received updated versions of the Honor Rolls this morning from the Superintendent’s Office with their apologies. We have therefore re-published the Honor Rolls in their entirety.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School

Q1 Honor Roll 2019-20

High Honors

Grade 12:

William Bartlett, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Madison Cann, Faith Caulkins, Emilia Cheesman, Elizabeth Cravinho, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Raymond Doll, Theodore Enoch, Leah Fouquette, Tanner Griffin, Sophia Griswold, Quinn Hickie, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Jacqueline Malizia, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Dylan Mulligan, Chandler Munson, Samantha Olson, Carter Popkin, Jared Ritchie, Samuel Roth, Andre Salkin, Jane Scheiber, Brady Sheffield, Colby Sides, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Alec Speirs, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Stack, Olivia Tetreault, Ryan Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Lydia Tinnerello, Sydney Trowbridge, Megan VanSteenbergen, Jackson Warren, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 11:

Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Sophia Arnold, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, Jackson Cowell, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Fiona Frederiks, Jackson Goulding, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Isabella Hine, Paige Kolesnik, Avery Lacourciere, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Mackenzie Machnik, Luke Macy, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Lauren Pitt, Gavin Porter, Jacob Quaratella, Julie Rudd, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward

Grade 10:

Grace Arnold, Hannah Britt, Evan Clark, John Conley, Caroline Crolius, Elias D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Duddy, Eleanor Dushin, Samantha Geshel, Ethan Goss, Nicolette Hallahan, Austin Halsey, Madison Hubbard, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Owen Kegley, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Stephanie Mauro, Emily Mesham, Jacob Meyers, Elle Myers, Brendan O’Brien, Michael O’Donnell, Bella Orlando, Jacob Ritchie, Margaret Rommel, Alexander Roth, Lloret Sala, Olivia Schaedler, Calvin Scheiber, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Madison Thompson, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Paige Winchell, Avery Wyman

Grade 9:

William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jordan Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Grace Colwell, William Danes, Anna Davis, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, Clarence Hinckley, Willa Hoerauf, Arber Hoxha, Karissa Huang, Aidan Kerrigan, Celia LaConti, Phoebe Lampos, Theodore Lampos, Jonah Lathrop, Monique Lavoie, Marielle Mather, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Cooper Munson, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Izzadora Reynolds, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Dylan Sheehan, Anders Silberberg, Alyssa Spooner, Samantha Tan, Tova Toriello, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams


Grade 12:

Anabella Arias, Jean-Luc Bolduc, Martinez Carcamo, Rory Cavicke, Philip Cone, Sarah Conley, Samuel Dushin, Araselys Farrell, Nicholas Fava, Katherine Funaro, Lucy Gilbert, Samuel Guenther, Kamber Hamou, Connor Hogan, Parker Hubbard, Kaitlyn Jacobson, Caroline King, Connor Maguire, Angelina Marinelli, Melissa Mauro, Natalie Meyers, Ryan Mitchell, Jeremy Montazella, Kyle Myers, Cajamarca Pelaez, Haley Stevens, Kiera Ulmer, Katelyn Wells, Clair Wholean

Grade 11:

Kaylee Armenia, Maxwell Bauchmann, Hunter Collins, John Cox, Patrick Dagher, Bianca Dasilva, Corah Engdall, Leslie Farrell, Isabella Flagge, Sadie Frankel, Eveliz Fuentes, Samantha Gray, Lillian Grethel, Regan Kaye, Gabriel Lavoie, Madelyn Maskell, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Brendan McTigue, Brianna Melillo, Marina Melluzzo, Michael Milazzo, Aidan Powers, Ezra Pyle, Hayden Saunders, Angus Tresnan, Katrina Wallace, Avery Welch, Katelyn Zbierski, Ellery Zrenda

Grade 10:

Nicholas Adeletti, Nihad Bicic, Olivia Catalano, Ryan Clark, John Coffey, Anne Colangelo, Sean Cordock, James Creagan, Lauren Creagan, Henry Cutler-Stamm, Elise DeBernardo, Michael DeGaetano, Liam Fallon, Victoria Gage, Aiden Goiangos, Shawn Grenier, Jackson Harris, Lillian Herrera, Zoe Jensen, Cora Kern, Robyn King, Olivia Lecza, Alex Lee, James Mazzalupo, Evan Morgan, Samuel Mullaney, Lauren Presti, Adeline Riccio, Aidan Russell, Frank Sablone, Abigail Sicuranza, McLean Signora, Meghan Speers, Olivia Turtoro, John Videll, Jerry Zhang

Grade 9:

Olivia Alpha, Elsie Arafeh-Hudson, Whitney Barbour, Jillian Beebe, John Buckley, Sarah Burnham, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Nicholas Cox, Kylie Dishaw, Archer Evans, David Evers, Alexis Fenton, Richard Frascarelli, Matthew Grammatico, Makenna Harms, Dylan Hovey, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Karleigh Landers, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Macadam, Joseph Montazella, Calvin Monte, Alexander Olsen, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Jacob Rand, Santiago Rodriguez, Benjamin Roth, Joseph Steinmacher, Marco Supersano, Lea Wilson

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School

Q1 Honor Roll 2019-20

High Honors

Grade 8:

Peighton Andrews, Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Sarah Colangelo, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Lucas DaSilva, Eva D’Onofrio, Amelia Gage, Ryder Goss, Sydney Goulding, Nyla Goulis, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Douglas Griswold, Katherine Gryk, Nathaniel Heon, Sedona Holland, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Emmerson Kaye, Grady Lacourciere, Brodie Lippincott, Anna McAdams, Griffin McGlinchey, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Grace Phaneuf, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Ava Roth, Cailin Ruhling, Haley Shaw, Madeleine Soriano, Hannah Thomas, Keara Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Summer Wollack

Grade 7:

Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Natalie Barndt, Micah Bass, Gavin Biega, Molly Boardman, Mark Burnham, Chase Calderon, Tabitha Colwell, Gloria Conley, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Autumn Dionne, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Ella Evans, Grace Ferman, Hoshena Gemme, Ava Gilbert, Henry Griswold, Jonathan Harms, Kaela Hoss, Kyle Ingersoll-Bonsack, Hannah Johnston, Shyla Jones, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Ada LaConti, James Lahot, Brenden Landry, Elise Leonardo, Evan LeQuire, Andrew Liu, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Filip Pecher-Kohout, Sophie Pennie, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Simler, Nola Slubowski, Audrey Spiegel, Morgan Standish, Kathleen Walsh, Ava Wood-Muller

Grade 6:

Charlotte Antonino, Lucy Bartlett, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Trevor Buydos, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Julia Clark, Jack Conroy, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Sophia D’Angelo, Braden Dawson, Michael DeFiore, Synthia Diaz, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Alexa Donovan, Gabrielle Field, Arthur Fusscas, Eric Fusscas, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Benjamin Goulding, Scarlette Graybill, Anne-Marie Hinckley, Bodie Holland, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Katherine King, William Landon, Jade Lawton, Maya LeQuire, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Ian Maeby, Elise Marchant, Yanza, Marin, Yanza, Marin, Samuel Masanz, Bridget McAdams, Carter McGlinchey, Ryan Miller, Eiley Montanaro, Madeline Murphy, Sybil Neary, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Jackson Pannier, Quenten Patz, Isabella Presti, Jacob Prokopets, Taylor Quintin, Jenna Salpietro, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Charlotte Spiegel, Addison Spooner, Carson St.Louis, Andrew Taylor, Meredith Thompson, Margaret Thuma, Lucian Tracano, Madeleine Trepanier, John Turick, Connor Vautrain, Eve Videll, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Edith Williams, Oliver Wyman, Carl Zapatka, Katherine Zhang


Grade 8:

Jedidiah Arico, Henry Boremski, Macklin Cushman, Mulanga Drysile, Alexis Frascarelli, Abby Hale, Leland Hine, Dakota Kotzan, Luke Legein, Matthew Mazzalupo, Lucas McMillan, Matthew Miller, Avra Montazella, Charles Sahadi, Sydney Siefken, Owen Snurkowski, Gabriel Tooker, Kalea VanPelt, Tyler Wells

Grade 7:

Quinn Arico, Oliver Avelange, Justin Bonatti, Dylan Carnaroli, Shane Eastman-Grossel, Marcella Gencarella, Rowan Hovey, Elizabeth Lopez, Colette Marchant, Nathan Morgan, Max Novak, Ysabel Rodriguez, Andrew Sicuranza, Josephine Small, Madeline Supersano, Charlotte Tinniswood, Ava Wilcox

Grade 6:

Joshua Alix, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Madeline Power, Tanner Snurkowski, Gabriel Waldo, Julius Wilson


‘Survivors of Suicide Loss’ Meet 1st, 3rd Thursdays at LYSB in Old Lyme

OLD LYME — The Brian Dagle Foundation hosts Survivors of Suicide Loss  tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau building, 59 Lyme St., Old Lyme. The group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the same location.

This group of survivors offer support, healing, and hope so that together they can survive their loss. The group provides an atmosphere of acceptance for exploring feelings that are often not understood by others. It offers a chance to share helpful resources and to provide and receive support through the long grief process.

All are welcome and admission is free. Call Ann Irr Dagle to register at 860-625-5280 or email her at bdtmemorialfoundation@gmail.com

This group is led by an American Foundation of Suicide Prevention trained facilitator, who is also a survivor of suicide loss.For more information, visit the Brian Dagle Foundation’s website.


Want to Know More About Mosquitoes? Potapaug Hosts Presentation Tonight, All Welcome

OLD LYME — Worried about mosquitoes?

Potapaug Audubon hosts a presentation on Mosquitoes of Connecticut and the Viruses they may Transmit given by John Shepard from the Department of Environmental Sciences Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

Shepard has expertise in the identification of larval and adult mosquitoes in the northeastern U.S., mosquito biology, and the ecology/epidemiology of arboviruses in the northeastern U.S., particularly West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Come early for cheese and crackers and cider and catch-up conversations. All are welcome.

Visit the Potapaug Audubon website for more information.

For more about
Shepard, visit this link. 


State Sen. Needleman Announces Candidacy for Re-election in 33rd District, Includes Lyme

State Senator Norm Needleman (D-33rd)

ESSEX/LYME — State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) announced his candidacy yesterday for re-election to the 33rd State Senate District. First elected to his seat in 2018, Senator Needleman represents the town of Lyme along with those of Colchester, Chester, Clinton, Essex, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, and Portland.

“It is an honor to be able to represent the 33rd Senatorial District, and I’m excited to continue serving my constituents,” said Sen. Needleman. “My time in the General Assembly has been an incredible experience, and I truly enjoy fighting for my district to ensure we build a stronger future for them and all the citizens of Connecticut. I humbly ask my constituents for the opportunity to do so for another term.”

Needleman serves as Senate Chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, Vice Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, and is a member of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding, Transportation, and Commerce Committees.


Old Lyme Basketball Girls Play Two, Win Two

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme girls enjoyed back-to-back wins on the road, Feb. 1 and 3.

Last Saturday, Feb. 1, the girls defeated North Branford 47-21 in what coach Don Bugbee described as “probably the best team effort of the season.” Noting that the girls were “regrouping after two straight losses,” he commented, “Contributions from 10 players, especially on the defensive aspect of the game, made them a very difficult match-up for North Branford.”

Highlights of the game included Junior Emily DeRoehn scoring 12 points, while taking nine rebounds and three steals. Meanwhile, Sophmore Megan Loflin added 12 points with five rebounds and Junior Sam Gray scored eight points, with five rebounds and three steals.

This game took the Wildcats record to 8-5.

Additionally, the Junior Varsity (JV) girls won their game 49-25, bringing their record to 11-1. Freshman Hayley Cann had 16 points and Sophmore McLean Signora added 15.

On Monday, Old Lyme continued their winning streak beating Westbrook away 54-31.  Bugbee told LymeLine, “It was a very good team effort for the second straight game, which put us in control throughout the contest.” He added, “Contributions from 10 players, both defensively and offensively, were the key to this success.” Top scorer was junior Sam Gray, who scored 19 points and took eight rebounds.

The Wildcats are now 9-5.

The JV girls won their game 50-12, bringing their record to 12-1. Leading the team in scoring were freshman Hayley Cann with 11 points, sophomores Melanie Warren and Maddie Thompson with 10 and 9 points respectively, and freshman Alexis Fenton with nine.

Old Lyme, playing at home, meets Old Saybrook tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 6, and then faces Morgan at Clinton on Saturday, Feb. 8.