May 15, 2021

Town of Lyme Holds Annual Budget Meeting Outdoors, Wednesday: Major Issue is Size of Town’s Open Space Fund

LYME — The Town of Lyme will hold its Annual Budget Meeting Wednesday, May 19, at 5 p.m., in person and outside Lyme Town Hall at 480 Hamburg Rd. in Lyme.

Due to COVID restrictions, attendees are requested to bring a folding chair or umbrella if needed. Masks must be worn, and social distancing is required.

The proposed budget can be viewed at this link.

The following agenda items will be discussed and may be voted on:

  1. Acknowledge receipt of the Town of Lyme Annual Reports for the Fiscal Years ending June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
  2. Consider and act on an Ordinance to repeal and replace Town of Lyme Code 157-23(c) to adjust the process for applying for mooring permits in the waters of the Town of Lyme.
  3. Consider and act on an Ordinance concerning the appointment of the Treasurer.
  4. Consider and act on a Resolution accepting North Lyme Cemetery and the assets of the North Lyme Cemetery Association.
  5. Consider and act on a Resolution to require the Board of Finance to set a minimum goal of $1,000,000 for the Open Space Reserve Fund.
  6. Consider and act on estimates of the Board of Finance for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2022.

Concern have been raised both directly with, via email announcements, and on social media regarding the decision by the Lyme Board of Finance to reduce the Town’s Open Space Reserve Fund by 50 percent from $1 million to $500,000.

On April 27, around 60 people attended the board of finance’s virtual Public Hearing on the budget to express their concerns verbally, while a number of others wrote letters that were read into the record.

A subsequent board of finance Special Meeting held April 29, confirmed the reduction in the size of the fund. Since then several groups have been actively spreading awareness of the change to their members and other townspeople.

First Selectman Steven Mattson has introduced a Resolution requiring the board of finance to set a minimum goal of $1 million for the Open Space Reserve Fund. This Resolution will be voted on during Wednesday’s meeting.


Old Lyme’s Annual Town Budget Meeting to be Held In Person Monday, No Virtual Option on Offer

OLD LYME — The Town of Old Lyme will hold its Annual Town Budget Meeting in person only on Monday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall at 52 Lyme St., The following agenda items will be discussed:

  1. To adopt the Budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, as recommended by the Board of Finance.
  2. To adopt a proposal that taxes in the Town of Old Lyme on Real Estate and Personal Property shall be paid in two (2) semi-annual installments, the first payment being due on July 1, 2021 and the second payment on January 1, 2022.  Any tax in these categories under $100.00 will be due in full in one payment in July, 2021, as are vehicles on Supplemental List due in July, 2022 in one payment.

A vote will likely then be taken to approve both items.

35th Youth Art Show on View at Lyme Academy Tomorrow

This unnamed work by seventh grader Madeleine Trepanier is featured in the Youth Art Show on view Saturdays at Lyme Academy of Fine Art.

OLD LYME — The 35th Youth Art Show is on view to the public again tomorrow, Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sill House Gallery at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts located at 84 Lyme Street.

The show will be open for the final time and the same time period next Saturday, May 22. There will be no weekday viewing opportunities.

All are welcome and admission is free.

Masks must be worn when visiting the gallery and social distancing practiced.

The show, which celebrates the creativity of Lyme and Old Lyme youth, is the result of a 35-year collaboration between Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools and Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.

Featuring work by more than 100 students in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools from Grade 6 through Grade 12, the show includes many pieces that have recently won impressive awards in state and local competitions.

For more information, contact Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau at 860-434-7208 or visit

Deadline for Applications to Summer Sculpture Showcase is Today; Exhibition in Old Lyme to Open June 19

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds located at 80 Lyme St. in Old Lyme, is accepting submissions until this Friday, May 14, for their Summer Sculpture Showcase 2021, which will be on display from June 19, through Oct. 30, 2021.

The 2021 Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in locations tailored to accentuating art. This year Studio 80 has announced the expansion of their Showcase in a new collaboration with the neighboring Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Both Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts attract artists from a broad range of artistic communities, which will provide for an exhibition of diverse sculptures.

Keeping in line with the Academy’s mission to educate artists through the traditional forms of representational and figurative art and along with the Sculpture Grounds’ mission to nurture interactions between art, nature and community, Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is excited to present an exhibition that nurtures relationships within the artistic community both institutions mutually serve.


Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds and Lyme Academy of Fine Arts are thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and anticipate this exhibition will attract art-loving visitors from near and far. Both institutions are committed to the important public mission to enrich the cultural life of the region for the education, enrichment, and enjoyment of our community.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is a vibrant community environment dedicated to arts education and appreciation on the Connecticut shoreline. Our mission is to create a bond between art, nature & community by inspiring and promoting participation in the arts.

Visit this link to view the full prospectus.

Open Space Coordinator Seeks Volunteers to ‘Nip the Knotweed,’ This Morning

Japanese Knotweed

LYME — On Friday, May 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lyme’s Open Space Coordinator is looking for volunteers to help the Town remove invasive Japanese knotweed from a few areas in Lyme.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, clippers or loppers and bottled water.
The plan is to cut the knotweed down to the ground and bag the plant material using the “method of 3s,” which involves undertaking three chops this growing season (May, mid-July and August), then repeating the process for three years to eliminate the knotweed for good without herbicide. The cuttings must be carefully disposed of since each little piece will regrow into a new plant.

Interested volunteers should send an email to to register and receive more information and directions.

A brochure explaining how to eliminate knotweed at home can be found by clicking on this link:

CTK Men’s Club Hosts Food Drive Next Week to Benefit Shoreline Soup Kitchens, Starts Sunday

Members of the Christ The King Church Men’s Club take a break from their work preparing for next week’s Food Drive.

OLD LYME — Christ the King Men’s Club is holding a Food Drive to benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries from Sunday, May 16, through Sunday, May 23.

The Club is offering three ways to donate as follows:

  1. Place donation into the food drive box inside the Christ the King Church entrance at 1 McCurdy Drive, Old Lyme.  Visit for details. 
  2. Stop into Nightingales Acoustic Café on 68 Lyme Street to make your donation. Visit for cafe hours. 
  3. Text Mark Gilbert at 860-598-0813 or call Peter Gallagher at 869-598-9060 to have your donation picked up from your Lyme/Old Lyme home or place of business. 

Suggested items to donate are cereal, canned goods, pastas, rice, and … more cereals!

Forgot to shop? Cash/check donations are always welcome.

The Club wishes to extend special thanks to Coffees Country Market, Foodworks Natural Market and Nightingales Acoustic Café for their generous support of this food drive.

Deadline Today to Buy Tickets for Musical Masterworks’ Final Virtual Concert of Season Featuring Tessa Lark

Violinist Tessa Lark

OLD LYME — Musical Masterworks presents its final concert video of its 30th Season, which will be filmed from the stage of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme in early May.

The concert video will feature the music of Handel, Ives and a grand finale for the season with Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D Minor.

The musicians will be Tessa Lark on violin, Gilles Vonsattel on piano, and Edward Arron on cello.

Tickets are on sale through May 14. The link to the virtual concert will be made available to ticket buyers on May 15.  The video can be enjoyed for three weeks and watched as many times as one wishes until June 5. 

Ticket holders are able to experience Musical Masterworks as never before with the audio-video production team creating an intimate concert experience, providing a virtual front row seat to the performers’ artistry.

To purchase individual video tickets ($40 each), or student tickets ($5 each), visit Musical Masterworks at or email

Musical Masterworks looks forward to returning in October 2021 with its 31st season.

TONIGHT, OL-PGN Library Hosts Virtual Presentation by Old Lyme Author/Sailor Ron Breault

OLD LYME — Through the choppy waters of restoration to the calm seas of seasoned boat ownership, local author Ron Breault will take attendees on a 25-year virtual voyage of his sailing life aboard Marionette.

The presentation is free but you must pre-register to obtain the Zoom link.

Visit this link to read a review by Felix Kloman of Voyaging with Marionette, which was published Aug. 3, 2020 on

Death Announced of John Sholtis of Old Lyme

OLD LYME – John Sholtis, 77, of Old Lyme passed away May 9, 2021.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Judy; daughter Adrienne and her husband Jim Lair; daughter Michelle Sholtis, her husband Michel Leroy; and the light of his life granddaughter Vivian Leroy; along with daughter of the heart Natalie Wellmaker and family…

Visit this link to read the full obituary published May 13, in The Day.

Drive-Thru Vaccination Clinic (+ Ice- Cream!) for 12 to15-Year Olds in Old Saybrook Sunday, Monday, Tuesday

LYME/OLD LYME/OLD SAYBROOK — It is time to vaccinate 12-, 13-, 14-, and 15-year-old children against COVID-19.

Visit www.VaccinateMy and choose a date and time for your child’s appointment. Pfizer vaccines will be administered.

Drive-through vaccination clinics are being held at Old Saybrook Middle School (OSMS) from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on the following weekday dates:

  • Friday, May 14
  • Monday, May 17
  • Tuesday, May 18

Weekend clinics are being held at OSMS from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. on the following dates:

  • Sunday, May 16
  • Saturday, May 22
  • Sunday, May 23

You will not need to exit your car for your child to receive the vaccine. Parents, who are not yet vaccinated, may also receive a vaccine at the same time as their child on any day.

After you and/or your child has been vaccinated, you can even choose an ice-cream to enjoy!

The OSMS is located at 60 Sheffield St., Old Saybrook.


Old Lyme EDC Recommends Declaration of Zoning Approval Moratorium on Halls Rd. Projects

OLD LYME — The following resolution was approved by seven members present at the Old Lyme Economic Development Commission’s regular monthly meeting held Wednesday, May 5. One member, Margaret Jane DeRisio, abstained citing a possible conflict of interest.

The Old Lyme Economic Development Commission (EDC) is tasked with supporting and encouraging a vibrant and sustainable business climate in Old Lyme, scaled to the resources and needs of the town. We seek the optimum development of business opportunities in Old Lyme. The mix of businesses in a particular area such as Halls Road can have a significant impact on the climate for all businesses there, current and future. Planning, therefore, becomes important. 

Because Halls Road connects the northbound and southbound halves of Exit 70 on I-95, its current commercial-only zoning makes it most attractive (in the current business climate) to regional and national chains whose businesses are aimed at highway traffic, and not at the needs of our small town. 

For decades Old Lyme’s planning documents have explicitly said the town should give preference to businesses that support the needs of the town and discourage those aimed at servicing I-95 traffic. They have sought to prevent Halls Road from becoming a series of truck stops and fast-food venues. 

Halls Road has only a limited space that can ever be developed. The town should do what it can to ensure that this limited area is developed in such a way as to best serve the needs of the town and its businesses, present and future. Each new development has an impact on the range of possible future developments. If the Halls Road plan calls for mixed use in a walkable, bicycle-friendly, town-center environment, then each new development in that area must support that long-term goal. Any step in a contrary direction (e.g. toward truck stops, warehouses, factories, big-box stores, etc.) works to prevent the accomplishment of the long-term goal, and should be prohibited or strongly discouraged in this area. These contrary developments are not just sub-optimal uses of a limited resource (buildable land). Their presence significantly reduces the chance of getting the investments we do seek in that area: a mix of smaller-scale market-rate housing combined with shops and restaurants that serve the population of Old Lyme. 

The Halls Road plan is near completion. The next phase includes changing the zoning along Halls Road to reflect the goals of the plan. This will give future investors a clear sense of what types of development are encouraged along Halls Road and which types are not. Clarity is good for business. If Old Lyme does the planning and zoning work correctly, it will attract the kinds of investment we want, and help transform Halls Road into a sustainable, mixed-use, commercial area more in keeping, both visually and functionally, with the small town feel of Old Lyme. Bad developments today obstruct more and better investments in the future. Today, investors interested in mixed-use developments like those envisioned in the town’s plan cannot consider Halls Road because it is zoned “commercial-only.” They are not allowed to compete with truck stops or storage warehouses for the limited property there.

We think it would be wise to declare a moratorium on zoning approvals for projects along Halls Road, effective immediately, pending the completion of the Halls Road plan and any new zoning regulations based on it. It is not fair to our town or to investors to move forward with projects while the rules are in flux. We cannot support near-term projects that would work to prevent or degrade future developments of higher long-term value.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Middle School Announce Q3 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
Q3 Honor Roll    2020-21

Grade 12:
Kaylee Armenia, Olivia Bartlett, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Kyuss Buono, Keenan Burr, Kate Cheney, Hunter Collins, Emerson Colwell, Megan Cravinho, Patrick Dagher, George Danes, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Corah Engdall, Isabella Flagge, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Samuel Koenigs, Paige Kolesnik, Avery Lacourciere, Grace Lathrop, Mackenzie Machnik, Madelyn Maskell, Elle McAraw, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Anwyn Paynter, Jenny Pelaez Cajamarca, Gavin Porter, Aidan Powers, Ezra Pyle, Julie Rudd, Hayden Saunders, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, McKenzey Thompson, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Ellery Zrenda.

Grade 11:
Nicholas Adeletti, Nihad Bicic, Hannah Britt, Mackenzie Bussolotti, James Creagan, Lauren Creagan, Henry Cutler-Stamm, Eleanor Dushin, Lauren Enright, Victoria Gage, Nicolette Hallahan, Austin Halsey, Andrew Hedberg, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Robyn King, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Stephanie Mauro, Elle Myers, Bella Orlando, Jacob Ritchie, Margaret Rommel, Alexander Roth, Frank Sablone, Calvin Scheiber, Abigail Sicuranza, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Maverick Swaney, Madison Thompson, Alexandra Tinniswood, Evan Visgilio, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Paige Winchell, Jenna Woods.

Grade 10:
Olivia Alpha, William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jillian Beebe, Jordan Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, William Danes, Anna Davis, Jacob Derynioski, John Eichholz, Alexis Fenton, Ethan Hale, Willa Hoerauf, Arber Hoxha, Jonah Lathrop, Ford Macadam, Amy Magalhaes, Marielle Mather, Kennedy McCormick, Madalyn McCulloch, Madeleine Morgado, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Kelsey Pryor, Izzadora Reynolds, Santiago Rodriguez, Benjamin Roth, Eli Ryan, Alyssa Spooner, Samantha Tan, Tova Toriello, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten.

Grade 9:
Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Sarah Colangelo, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Eva D’Onofrio, Mulanga Drysile, Amelia Gage, Marcia Geronimo, Calla Gilson, Sydney Goulding, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Douglas Griswold, Abby Hale, Ella Halsey, Sedona Holland, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Emmerson Kaye, Grady Lacourciere, Griffin McGlinchey, Elaina Morosky, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Ronald Olin, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Sydney Siefken, Hannah Thomas, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Tyler Wells, Duohui Yan.

Grade 12:
Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Juliette Atkinson, Sonia Bair, Rachel Barretta, Sadie Bowman, Jackson Cowell, John Cox, Francette Donato, Samantha Gray, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Aryn Jones, Regan Kaye, Gabriel Lavoie, Owen Macadam, Emma McCulloch, Emma Meekhoff, Michael Milazzo, Lauren Pitt, Jacob Quaratella, Kassidy Standish, Jake Stewart, Katelyn Zbierski.

Grade 11:
John Almy, Evan Clark, Ryan Clark, John Conley, Grace Coverdale, Caroline Crolius, Elise DeBernardo, Elizabeth Duddy, Samantha Geshel, Aiden Goiangos, Shawn Grenier, Liam Grethel, Jackson Harris, Zoe Jensen, Cora Kern, Evan Morgan, Samuel Mullaney, Emily Nickerson, Brendan O’Brien, Michael O’Donnell, Lauren Presti, Adeline Riccio, Aidan Russell, McLean Signora, Daniel Stack, Victoria Stout, Olivia Turtoro, Aden Wilson, Ryan Zbierski.

Grade 10:
Sophia Adkins, Whitney Barbour, Ava Brinkerhoff, Sarah Burnham, Jennifer Cajamarca, Luke Celic, Nicholas Cox, Matthew Grammatico, Aidan Kerrigan, Theodore Lampos, Karleigh Landers, Monique Lavoie, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Calvin Monte, Jaden Reyes, Rhyleigh Russell, Jenna Schauder, Anders Silberberg, Ned Smith, Malcolm Speirs.

Grade 9:
Jedidiah Arico, Elliot Bjornberg, Ava Cummins, Macklin Cushman, Lucas DaSilva, Alexis Frascarelli, Nyla Goulis, Katherine Gryk, Leland Hine, Jair Lata Yanza, Luke Legein, Matthew Mazzalupo, Katherine Mullaney, Dylan Paynter, Grace Phaneuf, Ava Roth, Cailin Ruhling, Kylie-Jean Sevigny, Haley Shaw, Madeleine Soriano, Gabriel Tooker, Kalea VanPelt, Keara Ward, Summer Wollack.

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Quarter 3 Honor Roll   2020-21

Grade 8:
Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Quinn Arico, Natalie Barndt, Micah Bass, Molly Boardman, Justin Bonatti, Mark Burnham, Nathan Burres, Chase Calderon, Andrew Clougherty, Tabitha Colwell, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Ella Evans, Grace Ferman, Benedict Frazier, Hoshena Gemme, Ava Gilbert, Abigail Griffith, Henry Griswold, Jonathan Harms, Nicolas Hatch, Kaela Hoss, Rowan Hovey, Shyla Jones, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Mia Klewin, Peter Kuhn, Ada LaConti, James Lahot Straub, Elise Leonardo, Evan LeQuire, Andrew Liu, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Simler, Audrey Spiegel, Kathleen Walsh.

Grade 7:
Charlotte Antonino, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Trevor Buydos, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Sophia D’Angelo, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Jonathan Farrell, Gabrielle Field, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Scarlette Graybill, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Katherine King, Jade Lawton, Maya LeQuire, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Elise Marchant, Samuel Masanz, Bridget McAdams, Carter McGlinchey, Ryan Miller, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Louis Patana, Isabella Presti, Jacob Prokopets, Taylor Quintin, Jenna Salpietro, Sophia Shaposhnikova, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Addison Spooner, Carson St.Louis, Andrew Taylor, Meredith Thompson, Margaret Thuma, Lucian Tracano, Madeleine Trepanier, Connor Vautrain, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Edith Williams, Oliver Wyman, Stella Young, Carl Zapatka, Katherine Zhang.

Grade 6:
Collin Anderson, Lucia Arico, Addison Arndt, Zak Avelange, Phineas Barrett, Zachary Belval, Mia Bonatti, Ceciley Buckley, Morgan Buerger, Marla Bulas, Brooke Burgess, William Burgess, Ryan Burres, Anna Bussmann, Brennan Butzer, Lillian Calabrese, Aidan Carpentino, Chase Catalano, Isaac Chartier, Amirah D’Lizarraga, Elliot Dunn-Sims, Samson Edmed, Edward Fiske, Lauren Fulara, Kaedin Gerster, Harrison Goulis, Charles Halsey, Owen Holth, Carolyn Hu, Kalonji Joyce, Elsa Jungkeit, Josephine Kiem, Allisondra Krol, Callahan Lacourciere, Alexa Legein, Olivia Lovendale, John Morosky, Emelia Munster, Grace Osborne, Mia Palmer, Ainsley Rinoski, Cameron Russell, Kevork Shegirian, Nicholas Sokolowski, Carli Teixeira, Magdalena Tooker, Ethan Trepanier, Bowen Turick, Kaylyn Vernon, Ivy Wilson, Charles Zelek.


Grade 8:
Oliver Avelange, Shane Eastman-Grossel, Samantha Fiske, Bronwyn Kyle, Brenden Landry, Colette Marchant, Andrew Sicuranza, Madeline Supersano.

Grade 7:
Julia Clark, Anne-Marie Hinckley, Harrison Kleefeld, William Landon, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Ian Maeby, Daniela Marin Yanza, Quenten Patz, Tanner Snurkowski, Charlotte Spiegel, John Turick.

Grade 6:
Johanna Coker, Taiyo Gemme, Samuel Gilbert, Gavin Goulis, Skylar Graybill, Logan Landry, Matilda Miller, Eva Oulahan-Smith, Arthur Riccio, Collin Swaney, Brody Ziolkovski.

Virtual Presentation on ‘What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know,’ Tonight; All Welcome

Join a virtual presentation this evening at 7 p.m. titled, Smokescreen: What the Marijuana Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know.

From the leading authority on marijuana—a man who has served as White House advisor on drugs to three different administrations and who NBC News once called “the prodigy of drug politics”—comes the remarkable and fascinating exposé about how 21st century pot, today’s new and highly potent form of the drug, is on the rise, spreading rapidly across America by an industry intent on putting rising profits over public health.
All are welcome, but you must pre-register to obtain the Zoom link.

Lyme Grange Hosts Plant Sale Today

LYME — On Saturday, May 8, the Lyme Grange hosts a Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grange sited on the corner of Sterling City Rd, and Rte. 156 in Lyme.

A great selection of perennials and annuals will be offered for sale.

All proceeds benefit the work of the Grange.


Duck River Garden Club’s Plant Sale Continues Today in Old Lyme

Geraniums and more will be on sale at the Duck River Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale, which is being held May 7-8, with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

OLD LYME — The Duck River Garden Club will hold its traditional Plant Sale Friday, May 7, from 12 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 19 Halls Rd. in the parking lot in front of The Hideaway.

In light of COVID-19 restrictions, the sale will be a little different this year. It cannot be the  feeling and touching of foliage of years gone by, but there will still be a good selection of quality plants. This year, customers will be doing more pointing than touching!
The in-person sale will include a collection of annuals, herbs, vegetables, geraniums, hanging pots, perennials, including a selection of native perennials, plus information from Pollinate Old Lyme! on hand, and members’ plants.
In terms of pre-orders, there is an April 30 deadline for new plant combos and ever-popular geraniums. Check out the combos on the order form – four different pre-packed sets of annuals – Sun Combo/Pollinator Powerhouse, another Sun Combo of bold flower colors, and two Shade Combos. There are also two vegetable combos – Lettuce & Tomatoes and the Classic Vegetable Combo, an assortment of squashes, eggplant and pepper.; plus a Herb Combo.
People can order these combos and geraniums for curb-side pick-up or DRGC members will  deliver these to Old Lyme residents.
The order form is available at this link:
The form should be downloaded, printed, completed and mailed with a check to DRGC, PO Box 4116, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

In-person shopping options will include hanging baskets (great Mother’s Day gifts), a special selection of native pollinator-friendly perennials, plus other popular perennials and members plants.

Native pollinator perennials and member’s plants will be available first come-first served during sales hours only (no trying to sneak in early this year!)
Due to COVID safety protocols, plants and payment areas will be spaced out and Ledge Light Health District, Town of Old Lyme at State of CT health/safety requirements will be followed.
There will be no sales of home-made bakery treats or goods from the gardener’s shed this year.
The DRGC members are looking forward to seeing community members again.

A la Carte: Linguini with Rhubarb and Parmesan is a Perfect Combo, Who Knew?

Lee White

I am wild about rhubarb. 

I had wonderful friends who had an enormous rhubarb patch. When they were younger, they would bring arms full of the ruby and green fruit to me so I could make strawberry-rhubarb pies and puddings. (Yes, I know, rhubarb is a vegetable, just as tomatoes are a fruit, but we are free to call them whatever we like!)

They also showed me how to “stew” rhubarb and use it as a sauce with pork chops, chicken and fish. As they got older, and, although they continued to drive, had a problem getting up the driveway and into our somewhat steep steps into the house, I would come to their house and cut the rhubarb myself, then spend hours talking them in their cozy kitchen.

They are gone now. I no longer live in the same town and have no idea who bought their house. I could probably find out who did, and maybe drop over and ask if they might let me cut a few stalks.

No, this is New England; one doesn’t drop in on strangers.

A couple of years ago, because the season for rhubarb isn’t long, I started freezing rhubarb, fresh and stewed. I sweeten it a bit and serve it as a savory adjunct and with strawberries for dessert.

But in this new issue of Fine Cooking, there are some new ways to use rhubarb, including with pasta. I suggest you pick up a copy of this April/May issue, but this is one recipe I found absolutely delicious.

Linguini with Rhubarb and Parmesan
From Fine Cooking, April/May, 2021. “Spring Fling”

Yield: serves 6

12 ounces dried linguini
3 cups ¼-inch-thick slices fresh rhubarb
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/3 cup very good extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese, about 1 ½ cups), more for garnish
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Photo by Heather Barnes on Unsplash.

Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.

Place rhubarb in colander, and drain the pasta over it. Wipe the pot dry.

In the same pot, cook the garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 30 seconds or until lightly golden. Add pasta mixture. Remove from the heat.

Add the 6 ounces cheese and pasta water. Toss to coat. Return to medium heat.

Cook and stir until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add parsley and pepper. Toss to combine. Garnish with additional parmigiana and serve immediately.

About the author: Lee White has been writing about restaurants and cooking since 1976 and has been extensively published in the Worcester (Mass.) Magazine, The Day, Norwich Bulletin, and Hartford Courant. She currently writes Nibbles and a cooking column called A La Carte for and the Shore Publishing and the Times newspapers, both of which are owned by The Day. She was a resident of Old Lyme for many years, but now lives in Groton, Conn.

Death Announced of Florence G. McMahon of Old Lyme, Formerly of Newington, CT

Florence G. McMahon, 85, recently of Old Lyme CT (formerly of Newington CT and Needham MA) died peacefully in hospice care after a brief illness on Tuesday April 27th …

… She married her beloved husband Walt McMahon in 1959. They settled in Newington where they lived together for 50 years until Walt passed away in 2010. Flo remained in Newington for a short time moving to Needham MA to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Two years ago, she moved to Old Lyme …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published May 2, in the Hartford Courant.

Death of James F Tuohy Announced, Father of Mary Lou Duffy of Old Lyme; Particpated in Okinawa Invasion, Loved Spending Time at OL Shores

James F. Tuohy, 95, husband of the late Dorothy (Sullivan) Tuohy of West Hartford, passed away peacefully Saturday April 17, 2021 …

… He enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after high school and was stationed in the Pacific Theater during WWII, participating in the invasion of Okinawa on the LST 890 …

… Jim also loved spending time every year at Old Lyme Shores with his family. He always had a positive outlook on life, a zest for living and a great sense of humor. …

…  Jim will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Mary Lou Duffy and her husband Jim of Old Lyme, Geralyn Eagan and her husband Michael of West Hartford, ….

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 21, in the Hartford Courant.

Registration Open at Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center for Variety of Summer, Fall Programs

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center (OLCLC) at 57 Lyme St. is opening enrollment for the following programs:

Preschool/Kindergarten Summer Experiences: (June 28 -Aug. 6)

A six-week summer program open to children ages 3-6. Families can sign up for any amount of weeks, but programs are limited to 16 per week.  

Each week has a different theme, and events and activities will revolve around that theme.  Themes include: gardening, camping, construction, water fun, zoo and the Olympics. Reading and mathematics are built into all themes, and younger students will be provided with a rest time each day. 

There is also an option of before and/or after care for families who work. 

Programs are filling up quickly, so send your registration paperwork in ASAP. The cost per week is $300.00 for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. care.  


Registration is now being accepted for enrollment into the following programs:

Infant Program:  Six (6) weeks to twelve (12) months

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Take a Watch Rock Hike This Afternoon Followed by ‘Hiker’s Happy Hour’ at Old Lyme Inn

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OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT), the Old Lyme Open Space Commission and the Old Lyme Inn are sponsoring a “Hiker’s Happy Hour” on Wednesday, May 5.

Hikers should meet at 4:15 p.m. at the Old Lyme Land Trust’s Watch Rock Preserve, in the parking lot at the end of Joel Road.

From Rte. 156, turn off onto Noyes Road, take an immediate right on Caulkins Road and when it bends to the left, take another quick right turn onto Joel Road and follow it to the end.

The pleasant hike will wend its way though the Preserve where hikers will look at coastal forest, a reclaimed meadow, and attempts to restore the native understory vegetation.  Spectacular views of the Connecticut River are also to be found.  The hike is flat and easy and will take 45 minutes.

Hikers should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring insect repellent.

Afterward, hikers can enjoy a friendly happy hour at the nearby Old Lyme Inn.  You need not hike to enjoy the event; the happy hour at the Inn will begin at 5 p.m. for hikers and others alike.

The public is invited to join the hike and/or the happy hour.

A Watch Rock Preserve trail map may be found at the Old Lyme Land Trust website.

P.S. In the event of rain, meet at the Old Lyme Inn for Happy Hour instead of Watch Rock.