August 15, 2022

Hamburg Fair Opens Friday!

All the fun of the Hamburg Fair begins on Friday.

LYME — The Hamburg Fair opens this coming Friday and continues through Sunday.

The ferris wheel at Hamburg Fair is always a popular attraction.

This family friendly event showcases many agricultural fair traditions while highlighting top local music talent and entertainment. The intimate size of the fair makes for easy navigation, parking and crowd control.

Visitors will enjoy Milestone Midway Carnival rides and games, Grange Hall coffee and breakfast sandwiches, food concessions, pony rides and entries and exhibits for farm, animal, crafts, fruits, vegetables and more.

Participate in the kids’ games on Saturday or come to watch the car track and demos.

Admission prices are:

  • General $10; Advance Sale $8
  • Kids 11 and under FREE
  • Active Service Men and Woman $8 (ID required)
  • Senior Citizens $8

Visit this link to buy tickets online.

Visit this link to view the full Fair program.

Visit this link to view the Fair book.

Visit this link to view the live music schedule.

Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Author Event Tomorrow to Discuss Just-Released 5th Edition of Book on Historical OL Beach Personalities

Historic postcard of Sound View Beach. Submitted by Old Lyme Historical Society Inc.

OLD LYME — On Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m., the Old Lyme Historical Society Inc. (OLHSI) presents a talk and book-signing by local authors and historians Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos in the OLHSI building at 55 Lyme St.  All are welcome to this free event.

The husband and wife team, who live in Old Lyme, will speak about their book, Rum Runners, Governors, Beachcombers & Socialists: Views of the Beaches in Old Lyme.

Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos will give an author talk on their book, Rum Runners, Governors, Beachcombers & Socialists: Views of the Beaches in Old Lyme, Monday evening at the Old Lyme Historical Society building at 55 Lyme St. Photo by Angela Chicoski Photography.

The event celebrates the newly-released fifth edition of the book, which features recently-scanned and color-corrected historic photos and postcard images that bring the beaches’ colorful history to life. Illustrations include a map of the Old Lyme shoreline, decades-old newspaper clippings and postcards, and original photographs.

Published by the OLHSI, the book details the history of Sound View — America’s Oldest Public Beach — and the other beach colonies of Old Lyme. It is an intricately researched and intriguing exploration of the beach communities from Griswold Point in the west to Point O’ Woods in the east.

Signed 5th edition copies of the book will be available to attendees at a 20 percent discount.

Donations are welcome for the Carol Noyes Winters Scholarship Fund.

Salt Marsh Opera Hosts Free ‘Opera in the Park’ in Old Saybrook, Friday

OLD SAYBROOK — Join Salt Marsh Opera on Friday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. for a free concert at the Old Saybrook Town Green. Rain date is Saturday, Aug. 20.

The concert will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Arrive early for the best seating. This event is suitable for all ages.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, settle in, and enjoy these three performers:




Editor’s Note: The Old Saybrook Town Green is adjacent to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on Main Street in Old Saybrook, Conn. Click for directions.

Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee Announces Endorsements for November Elections

The Old Lyme DTC has endorsed incumbent CT Governor Ned Lamont (D) for the position in the upcoming November election.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee (DTC) has announced its endorsements for the upcoming November election for Democratic candidates for State and Federal offices.

The unanimous endorsements were made at the regular monthly meeting of the Old Lyme DTC held Wednesday, Aug. 10. 

In a press release announcing the endorsements, the Old Lyme DTC states that it, “Applauds all, who have stepped up to lead, and urges the community to go out and vote on Nov. 8 …”

The press release also notes that the Old Lyme DTC believes that, “The endorsed candidates listed below reflect the best interests for the future of Old Lyme.” 

Governor – Ned Lamont 

Lieutenant Governor – Susan Bysiewicz 

Attorney General – William Tong 

Treasurer – Erick Russell 

Secretary Of The State – Stephanie Thomas 

Comptroller – Sean Scanlon 

U.S. Senator – Richard Blumenthal 

U.S. Representative District 2 – Joe Courtney 

State Senator 20th District – Martha Marx 

State Representative 23rd District – J. Colin Heffernan

Enjoy an Ice Cream Social (+Pie!) at Lyme Public Hall Tonight

Photo by Dovile Ramoskaite on Unsplash.

LYME — The traditional Ice Cream Social fundraiser at the Lyme Public Hall is being held Saturday evening, Aug. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

For $10, you can savor a slice of homemade pie made by talented community bakers, along with a generous scoop of premium ice cream from local favorite Salem Valley Farms.

Enjoy these treats, meet some friendly neighbors and tap your toes to the music of Dan & Dave from Java Groove in the air-conditioned Public Hall — what better way to spend a summer evening?

This event is sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives, Inc. and all proceeds from the event will benefit the organization.

This Ice Cream Social is a throwback to the early 20th century when the Hall sponsored many such gatherings for the community.

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Conn. For more information, visit

The Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of Lyme’s history, culture, and community through the preservation and use of the historic hall, its archives and historical programs.

Exhibition of Art by Lyme Academy Students Opens Today at Niantic Gallery With Reception

The signature work of the 2022 Lyme Academy Student Exhibition is this portrait study titled, ‘Katie’ by AnneMarie Johnson.

NIANTIC/OLD LYME — Niantic Bay Gallery of Fine Art is hosting an exhibit of work by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts students, featuring academic drawings from current students and a painting by instructor Edmond Rochat.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and there is no fee for admission.

This is a special opportunity to view and purchase the work of students.

The opening reception in downtown Niantic will feature an evening of both fine art and refreshments.

The Niantic Bay Gallery of Fine Art is located behind the Arthur Murray Dance Center at 291 Main St Unit C in Niantic, Conn.

Death Announced of Gerald Paul “Gerry” Karpuska Jr., 35, of Old Lyme; Graduated 2004 From LOL High School

OLD LYME — Gerald Paul “Gerry” Karpuska Jr., 35, of Old Lyme passed away July 12, 2022, with his loving family by his side.

Gerry was born Aug. 16, 1986, to Gerald and Joanne Karpuska in New London. After Gerry graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 2004, he went on to excel at carpentry being a craftsman, not just a carpenter …

Gerry was a man of many talents, being very mechanically inclined and having the desire to labor outdoors. His meticulous labor was that of a perfectionist …

Gerry was a conversation starter with memorable Vermont vacations, eventful Florida trips, Fourth of July escapades, fishing, motocross, and skiing experiences …

He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Joanne Karpuska of Old Lyme; his brother and wife, Kyle and Alyssa Karpuska of Waterford; his sister and husband, Dana and Matthew Stark and nephew Rusty of Old Lyme; paternal grandparents, Raymond and Joan Karpuska of Old Lyme; and many caring cousins, aunts and uncles …

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gerry’s name to Bikes For Kids at P.O. Box 94, Centerbrook, CT 06409.

Death Announced of Ethel Gordon Chatkin, 93, of Old Lyme, a Musician

OLD LYME – Ethel Gordon Chatkin of Old Lyme, passed away July 22, 2022, at the age of 93. Ethel was born and raised in Minot, N.D., and moved to New England, subsequent to her attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa …

Ethel was a musician, beginning in grade school with violin lessons from Arturo Petrucci of Italy, who also taught an eminent Julliard professor Sally Thomas, also originally of Minot …

The family would like to pay tribute to Rabbi Marc Eckstrom and Dr. David Walker, Michele Snitkin and Martha Shoemaker for their support during Ethel’s struggle for healing …

Give Blood in Old Lyme Today; Donors Urgently Needed to Prevent Seasonal Shortage

Give blood or platelets before Aug. 31 for chance to win year’s supply of gas

OLD LYME — Did you know about 62 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood?

But, only about 3 percent does.

By making an appointment to help save lives with the American Red Cross in August, donors can pump up the blood supply and keep it from falling to shortage levels. Platelet donors are especially needed now.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., a Blood Drive is being held at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd. Register for an appointment at this link. Donors can also schedule an appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you, everyone who comes to give blood or platelets between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value. There will be three lucky winners.

Everyone who comes to give blood or platelets in August will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.*

*Terms apply. Visit for details.  

Lyme, OL Republicans Choose Klarides as Candidate for US Senate, But Levy Wins Statewide in Tuesday’s Primary

LYME/OLD LYME — The unofficial results of the Primary elections in Lyme and Old Lyme were as detailed below.

A majority of Republican voters in both Lyme and Old Lyme chose Themis Klarides over Leora Levy as their candidate for US Senate to face Democrat Richard Blumenthal in November.

Statewide, however, Levy — who received a late endorsement from former President Donald Trump — won 50.54 percent of the vote while Klarides took 40.09 percent. Peter Lumaj was a distant third with 9.36 percent of the vote.


Themis Klarides: 54
Leora R. Levy: 52
Peter Lumaj: 7

Dominic Rapini: 51
Terrie E. Wood: 57


Stephanie Thomas: 125
Maritza Bond: 20

Erick Russell: 85
Dita Bhargava: 39
Karen DuBois-Walton: 22



Themis Klarides: 186
Leora R. Levy: 165
Peter Lumaj: 37

Dominic Rapini: 229
Terrie E. Wood: 149


Stephanie Thomas: 277
Maritza Bond: 61

Erick Russell: 172
Dita Bhargava:92
Karen DuBois-Walton: 74

A la Carte: Savor Intense Flavors From This Summer Vegetable Gratin

Lee White

It is difficult to believe it is already August.

On the last day of July, there was a boules party. You probably remember how I love playing this lawn game (like bocce, but with little wooden balls at which we throw larger stainless steel balls) with great friends, wine and incredible food.

There are rarely themes, but yesterday it was Italy.

In addition to chef Michel Nischan and his sprightly wife, Lori, there were about six other chefs from New York City, including restaurant chef Rocco DiSpirito, who has written lots of cookbooks and starred in The Restaurant reality show some years ago.

After hors d’oeuvre, dinner began with the most delicious meatball in red sauce (created by our own member John Murphy, who, it turns out is about four percent Irish and 96 percent Italian), followed by a yummy risotto. Those two could be almost anyone’s full dinner, but instead there were two kinds of bread, grass-fed meat and many vegetables, perfectly roasted. Finally, ices and Italian cookies.

Ah, but my, oh my, the vegetables.

On my way home, friends gave me lots and lots of veggies from other neighbors’ garden. And I thought about the very best gratin I ever made.

If you can Google this article (it is available), it is much longer than this recipe (and beautifully written), but this recipe alone can be your go-to side. I have served it at room temperature. There is rarely anything left over to reheat the next day.

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash.

Summer Vegetable Gratins with Intense Flavor
By Susie Middleton, Fine Cooking, Issue 33
Yield: 8 to 10 as a side dish

Use a gratin pan that is at least 8-inches by 11-inches  Pyrex pan or something pretty that is at least two inches high. Use the very best fresh vegetables, the best cheese and the best olive oil.

To customize your gratin, choose all sizes and colors of tomatoes, zucchini, small eggplant, sliced potatoes.

Choose parmigiana Reggiano, feta, goat cheese, gruyere, mozzarella (my least favorite, though) and fontina.

Use whatever herbs you like: thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, mint, savory or parsley. 

Use a sharp knife to prep the veggies. Susie starts the pan with caramelized onions. She suggests par-boiling the eggplant and potatoes. Let some of the tomatoes drain a bit. Toss squash with olive oil. Cut the vegetables evenly, on the bias. 

Now layer the gratin. Spread onions in one tin layer in the dish. Then, starting at narrow end, if you have one, arrange a row of vegetables, slightly overlapping. Prop up the row at a 60-inch angle. Sprinkle with cheese. Do the same with each layer. Top the finished gratin with a drizzle of olive oil, a good covering of breadcrumbs and more cheese. 

Cook until gratin is well browned and greatly reduced in volume. Most gratins cook in about an hour and 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

A rule of thumb: after a few minutes in the oven, gratins begin to bubble as the veggies release moisture. Bubbling becomes quite vigorous and, as the vegetables juices reduce, the bubbling lessens. At the end, much of the vegetables will have shrunk and pulled away from the sides of the pan. 

Let the whole dish rest for at least 15 minutes before serving. If there is extra, refrigerate. The caramelized flavor will be even better.

I have served this dish at room temperature.

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. Contact Lee at

Hamburg Fair Seeks Additional Volunteers for Event, Aug. 19-21

After a two-year absence due to COVID-19, the Hamburg Fair is happening in 2022!

The dates of the big event are Friday, Aug. 19, Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, and in the words of the organizers, the Fair is back with back with “More to see and more to do!”

But they still need a little help to pull off the event successfully. They are looking for volunteers to serve as gate-keepers, ticket-takers, beverage-servers, and general fairgrounds- and entertainment-helpers along with other important tasks throughout the weekend.
Do you have a few hours of time that you can give to support the Fair?
If you would like to volunteer in any capacity, complete the form at this link or reach out to the Volunteer Hotline either at or call at 860-598-0808. Someone will soon get back to you with details of the perfect place for you to help at this year’s Fair.

Rochelle Davis Named Lyme Land Trust ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Lyme Land Trust Environmental Director Sue Cope (left) and Lyme Land Trust Executive Director Kristina White (right) of the Lyme Land Trust present Rochelle Davis with the 2022 Volunteer of the Year Award. Photo by Dan Hulseberg.

LYME — Rochelle Davis, volunteer steward of the Grassy Hill Preserve, was awarded the Lyme Land Trust ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award at the organization’s annual meeting.

During the last two years, Davis worked to improve habitat in the Grassy Hill Preserve Meadow to promote biodiversity. She has transformed a field filled with invasive plants to one populated by native plants that support a variety of pollinators and wildlife.

Davis single-handedly removed dense thickets of invasive plants, including autumn olive trees and multiflora bushes. 

At home, she propagates native plants from seeds to replant in the Preserve.

Davis shares detailed reports via the app “iNaturalist,” where she started a “Grassy Hill Preserve” virtual project to digitally catalogue the species in the preserve. The project can be accessed by anyone who visits the iNaturalist website or has the app on their device.

Over 130 flora and fauna observations have been documented to date.

She regularly walks the preserve and actively manages what is growing, at all times going above and beyond what is asked of a steward. 

Rochelle Davis won the Lyme Land Trust’s 2021 People’s Vision Award in the ‘Imagining Lyme’ contest with this photo ‘Mushroom in a Forest, Beebe Preserve.’ The photo was chosen by the public out of all submissions.

Davis has also actively participated in the Lyme Land Trust project Imagining Lyme – A Visual Exploration of Lyme’s Preserves since its inception two years ago. She has been awarded for several photos of distinction and won the 2021 People’s Vision Award – chosen annually by the public out of all the submissions, with her photo Mushroom in a Forest, Beebe Preserve.

During the award presentation, Sue Cope, Lyme Land Trust Environmental Director, said, “ The power and example of what one dedicated human can do in a year for one preserve has been staggering and we are so incredibly grateful for Rochelle’s time and effort.” 


Monkeypox Cases Rise to 48 in CT

Wyoming Now the Only US State Without a Single Case, Highest Number of Cases in NY State

LYME/OLD LYME — The number of cases in the state has risen to 48 as of this morning, Aug. 9, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.

On July 26, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) Director of Health Stephen Mansfield confirmed to by email that there are still no cases of monkeypox in the nine towns, which comprise the LLHD. These towns include both Lyme and Old Lyme. We are currently seeking an update on the situation.

Wyoming is now the sole state, which has reported no cases.

On Aug. 4, the White House declared monkeypox a public health emergency.

On Saturday, July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

The CDC’s 2022 US Map & Case Count includes an ongoing, updated count of monkeypox cases throughout the country. There are 8,934 cases in the US at time of publication of this article.

The states with the highest number of cases at time of publication (Aug. 9) are New York (1,960), California (1,310), Florida (936), Texas (702), Illinois (672), Georgia (625), and the District of Columbia (303).

Connecticut’s first case was announced on July 5.

“Monkeypox spreads through close prolonged contact with an infected person. This might include coming into contact with skin lesions, or body fluids, sharing clothes or other materials that have been used by an infected person, or inhaling respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH)  Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD.

She added, “Residents who are concerned about fever, swollen glands, and a new rash, should contact their health care provider.

Diagnostic testing for monkeypox is now available from commercial laboratories, including LabCorpMayo Clinic, and Quest, and providers can order testing from these laboratories as they would order other diagnostic tests. Testing is available through the State Public Health Laboratory, Monday-Friday.

Although anyone can get and spread monkeypox, the current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. For those who have multiple or anonymous sex partners, their likelihood of monkeypox exposure is high.

Due to the state’s current low case count, Connecticut has not received a substantial allotment of the monkeypox vaccine from the federal government at this time. More doses are expected in the coming weeks.  

Vaccination may be recommended for those who:

• Are close personal contacts of people with monkeypox (post-exposure prophylaxis)
• May have been exposed to the virus
• May have increased risk of being exposed to the virus, such as people who perform laboratory testing to diagnose monkeypox

“At the present time, our top priority is ensuring access to post-exposure prophylaxis and then expanding to a larger pool of atrisk persons when our vaccine supply allows us to do so,” explained Commissioner Juthani.

For those seeking treatment or additional information on the vaccine and antivirals, contact your health care provider or call the DPH Epidemiology Program at (860) 509-7994 or (860509-8000 after hours.

For more information about monkeypox, visit the CDC monkeypox webpage and/or the CT DPH monkeypox webpage.

Editor’s Note: Parts of this article are based on a press release issued July 14 by CT DPH and sent to by Ledge Light Health District.

Vendor, Partner, Food Truck Applications Now Open for High Hopes Holiday Market, Event to be Held Nov. 13 in Old Lyme

The High Hopes Holiday Market will be held this year on Sunday, Nov. 13.

OLD LYME — The High Hopes Holiday Market will be back again in-person on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at the organization’s location at 36 Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme.

For one afternoon, the High Hopes arena in Old Lyme will be transformed into a marketplace with something for everyone.

Vendor applications are now open at this link. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 26, and vendors will be notified of their status by Friday, Sept. 2.

For further information, e-mail Trudy Burgess or call her at 860.434.1974 x 123.

Death Announced of Patricia “Pat, Patty” Ann Moody, 69, of Old Lyme; Services Thursday in OL

OLD LYME — Patricia “Pat, Patty” Ann Moody, 69, of Old Lyme, passed away July 22, 2022, peacefully at home after a six-month fight against cancer …

Pat owned and operated “A Yellow Butterfly” salon in Clinton, for 36 years, and was a poker dealer at Mohegan Sun for the last 20 years.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Duck River Cemetery, McCurdy Road, Old Lyme.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published Aug. 8, 2022 by The Day.

Death Announced of Warren J. Sulmasy, Sr., Father of Glenn of Old Lyme

Warren J. Sulmasy, Sr., born in the Throgs Neck section of The Bronx and resident of Smithtown, NY for over 54 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 25th with his wife of 68 years, Margaret “Peggy” by his side. He was 89 years old …

He is survived by his wife Peggy, his children and their (spouses); Daniel (Lois) of Washington, DC, Cathy Thomas (Pete) of Darien, CT, Glenn (Marla) of Old Lyme, CT and daughter-in-law Dawn of Naples, FL.  …

Warren leaves his 11 grandchildren whom he adored and spoiled on every occasion.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 7, in Newsday.

Sample Aug. 9 Primary Ballots for Old Lyme Democrats, Republicans

Sample Primary Ballots – Old Lyme

COVID-19 Update: 16 Confirmed Cases in Old Lyme in Past Week, Three in Lyme

Old Lyme’s Total Cumulative COVID-19 Cases Now 1,418, Lyme’s Equivalent Number is 342

Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

LYME/OLD LYME — The latest COVID-19 case count reported by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (dated Saturday, Aug. 6) shows 1,418 cases for Old Lyme and 342 for Lyme. These numbers have increased from our last report on Friday, July 29, by 16 cases in Old Lyme and three cases in Lyme.

Connecticut’s Positivity Rate was 11.79% on July 29 but has now risen to 11.92% as the increased infection rates of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 make their mark.

The cumulative total of COVID-19-related fatalities in Connecticut rose from 11,102 on July 29, to 11,139 on Aug. 6, meaning a further 37 residents had died during that period.

Visit this link to view additional historical data and detailed graphics on COVID-19 vaccination levels and positive cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The site is updated by Old Lyme resident William Fitzgerald.

Lyme Congregational Church Seeks Volunteers to Assist With Parking Fundraiser During Hamburg Fair

The First Congregational Church of Lyme needs volunteers to assist with their parking fundraiser during the Hamburg Fair

LYME — The First Congregational Church of Lyme seeks volunteers to assist with parking for the Hamburg Fair from Aug. 19 through 21.

This traditional church fundraiser is essential to the church’s goal of renovating its aged kitchen. An updated kitchen will allow congregants to improve their service to homeless neighbors through the New London Community Meal Center. It will also allow for church fellowship.

This volunteer work not only benefits a worthwhile cause but also represents a great opportunity to meet new people while enjoying the outdoors.

If you can spare some time, the church needs your help. And if you have friends who would be willing to assist, then ask them to volunteer too. Moreover, if you know of any teenagers, who need volunteer hours for school or college applications, they would also be welcome.

If you wish to volunteer and/or have any questions, contact Rich Clippinger at or at 860-910-2512 if you can help.

Help is needed in these time slots:

Friday, Aug. 19: 
4:30-6:30 p.m. – 1 spot
6:30-8:30 p.m. -1 spot

Saturday, Aug. 20:
8:30-10:30 a.m. – 1 spot
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 2 spots
12:30-2:30 p.m. – 3 spots
2:30-4:30 p.m. – 4 spots
4:30-6:30 p.m. – 3 spots
6:30-8:30 p.m. – 4 spots
8:30-10:30 p.m. – 2 spots

Sunday, Aug. 21
8:30-10:30 a.m. – 2 spots
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 4 spots
12:30-2:30 p.m. – 4 spots
2:30-4:30 p.m. – 4 spots
4:30-6:30 p.m. – 3 spots