July 7, 2022

Inaugural Winners Receive Cup, Champagne After Participating in July 4th Patriotic Boat Parade on Rogers Lake

Tereza and John Mainetti proudly display the cup they were by Dave and Christina Evers for the “Most Enthusiastic, Patriotic, and Best Decorated Boat” in the 2022 Rogers Lake Boat Parade. All photos submitted.

LYME/OLD LYME — The third annual Rogers Lake Boat Parade was another great success this year and, for the first time, a cup was awarded for the “Most Enthusiastic, Patriotic, and Best Decorated Boat” in the parade.

Maureen Plumleigh was at the wheel of her appropriately-decorated boat in the parade.

Dave and Christina Evers conceived the idea of the trophy to promote a unifying and positive spirit around the parade. Christina explained to LymeLine, “Dave grew up on this lake and wants people to enjoy and create memories just like he has … he thought the trophy would be fun.”

Lady Liberty graced this boat with her torch while Uncle Sam rode atop.

The inaugural winners of the handsome trophy were Tereza and John Mainetti, who keep it for 12 months and then return it to be presented to next year’s winner. The judges of the contest were Ray and Bobbi Ward.

The cup holding a bottle of champagne patiently awaits its first winner.

Congratulations to the winners, and also all those involved in organizing the parade and contest.

After Two-Year Absence, Long-Awaited White Elephant Sale Opens Friday

And they’re off! The annual White Elephant Sale starts each year on the first strike of 9 a.m. on the designated Friday.

OLD LYME — After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the perennially popular White Elephant Sale (WES) opens Friday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and continues Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Most departments offer items at half-price on the second day. There may be some mask restrictions on inside shopping.

The Sale is hosted by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

For those new to the town or folk who have never participated, this sale is one of the main events on both the town and church calendars.

Garage, tag and rummage sales may be everyday affairs, but few, if any, can match the size and color of this one. The sale items are organized into some 20 departments that fill the church buildings as well as every available space on the lawn.

The WES has grown so large that it has become a true “community event” since many of the donations are from non-church members and quite a number of volunteers are also from outside the church.

The sale raises a significant amount of money for missions and good works both locally and throughout the world. Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, literacy volunteers, affordable housing, and disaster relief worldwide.

For more information about the sale or if you would like to volunteer to help in any capacity, whether with the sale itself or clean-up, call the church office at 860.434.8686 and/or visit www.fccol.org/wes.

See you at ‘The Sale’!

‘String of Pearls’ Band Gives Free Outdoor Concert at Lymes’ Senior Center Tomorrow

The ‘String of Pearls’ Big Band will play a free concert tonight at the Lymes’ Senior Center.

OLD LYME — Tomorrow, Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m., the String of Pearls Band will perform outdoors at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme.

The band will play the Best of Big Band Swing and The Great American Songbook.

All are welcome to join this free musical performance.

Free ice cream will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the concert.

Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes!

Call 860-434-4127 or email seniorcenter@oldlyme-ct.gov for more information.

CT Dept. Of Public Health Announces State’s First Monkeypox Case

HARTFORD, Conn.—The Connecticut Department of Public Health has announced the first case of monkeypox in a Connecticut resident.  The patient is a male between the ages of 40 and 49 and is a resident of New Haven County. The patient is isolating and has not been hospitalized. No other patient information will be released.

“DPH believes that the risk to Connecticut residents from this case is low,” said Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD.

She continued, “The United States is currently experiencing a monkeypox outbreak, and there will likely be additional cases in Connecticut in the weeks ahead.”

Monkeypox can spread 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.” 

Over the past month, DPH has raised awareness of monkeypox among higher risk populations, alerted and educated local medical professionals, and informed local health departments throughout the state to monitor for cases.

For Connecticut residents that are concerned about fever, swollen glands, and a new rash, contact your health care provider for evaluation. Health care providers should request orthopoxvirus testing for patients at the state public health laboratory by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at (860) 509-7994.

For more information about monkeypox, visit Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued by Ledge Light Health Department.

Big Changes on Lyme Board of Selectmen; Mattson Retires as First Selectman, Lahm Takes Over Top Spot, Kristina White Appointed as Third Selectwoman

On July 5, Democrat Steven Mattson retired from position of First Selectman of Lyme.

LYME — At the July 5 Lyme Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Steve Mattson (D) retired after having served as a Selectman for 17 years and as First Selectman for five.

In taking his retirement, Mattson said, “It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve the town I love, but it’s time for me to spend some more time with my family and do a little traveling.  This is the perfect time for me to step down.  The Town is in great financial shape and the board of selectmen is in excellent hands.”

Mattson had previously announced his intent to retire at the June 6 board of selectmen meeting.

Immediately following Mattson’s retirement, Second Selectman John Kiker (D) and Third Selectman David Lahm (R) appointed Lahm to serve as Lyme First Selectman for the remainder of Mattson’s term, which ends December 2023.

Lahm said, “On behalf of the Town of Lyme, I would like to thank Steve for his more than 20 years of outstanding service to our town, not only on the board of selectmen, but on numerous other Town boards and commissions as well.  He has been a dedicated public servant, our Town has benefited from his leadership and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Kristina White has been appointed Third Selectwoman of Lyme. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Lyme Land Trust. Photo by George Moore

First Selectman Lahm and Second Selectman Kiker then turned to the appointment of a new selectman to serve on the board to finish out Lahm’s term as Third Selectman.

They announced the appointment of Kristina White (D) to the position of Third Selectwoman.

White has lived in Lyme for nearly 20 years and served in high-profile volunteer and professional positions for a number of area organizations, boards and charities – including the Lyme Planning & Zoning Commission, the Lyme Fire Company, Musical Masterworks and the Lower Connecticut River Land Trust.

She currently serves as the executive director of the Lyme Land Trust.

Lahm said, “Kristina is an excellent addition to the Board.  John and I welcome her, and look forward to working closely with her.”

Old Lyme Residents Unanimously Approve $2.1M in ARPA Spending in Special Town Meeting

Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker presents the recommendations from the American Rescue Plan Committee at Tuesday evening’s Special Town Meeting. Photo by Phil Parcak.

OLD LYME – At Tuesday evening’s Special Town Meeting, Old Lyme taxpayers voted unanimously to approve a final disbursement of $2,120,593 in the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The payout includes over 60 individual disbursements addressing 10 key recommendations such as supporting the economic recovery of Old Lyme’s small businesses and supporting public health services.

The vote came following the June 21, 2022 recommendations of the Town’s Boards of Selectmen and Finance.

The Town previously approved $41,622 at the March 21, 2022 Special Town Meeting. The Town has now allocated its total ARPA funding from the Federal Government, as required within the stated deadline.

In September 2021, the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen appointed a committee of a dozen townspeople representing a cross-section of concerns including health and human services, emergency services, business, and tourism. The “ARP Committee” began its work a month later with one of its first tasks being to conduct a survey of residents and business leaders and develop two application processes.

Subsequently, following the submission of almost 80 economic recovery and community initiative grant applications, the ARP Committee created a set of recommendations for the board of selectmen that included distributing up to $10,000 in ARPA funds to 33 individual businesses and nonprofits for economic recovery, and more than 30 initiatives that would serve Old Lyme in its ability to move forward from the pandemic, while better preparing for the future.

Approved initiatives include $275,000 for a new ambulance for Old Lyme’s volunteer ambulance organization, $114,160 toward four years of increased mental health services provided through Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, and $55,000 to repair the Swan Brook outlet’s wood outfall, an issue that has caused flooding in the Miami Beach and Hawks Nest communities.

Old Lyme Town Clerk Vicki Urbowicz read the motion ahead of the vote in the Special Town Meeting held Tuesday evening. Attorney Victoria Lanier (seated at left) moderated the meeting.

Some initiatives receiving funding will result in fun and innovative ways for organizations to provide services to Old Lyme residents. 

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will receive $6,350 to fund a mobile/outdoor children’s library service with the purchase of a Library e-assist Book Bike. The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, a center of the Connecticut Audubon Society, can expect to receive $157,095 toward its anticipated children’s science discovery and environmental learning center.

Initiatives to address the local economy by bringing visitors back to Old Lyme include $137,599 toward renovations to the Sound View Community Center, $30,875 toward Black Hall Outfitter’s targeted tourism marketing to watersport enthusiasts, $8,000 toward the 2023 Midsummer Festival, and $2,700 for additional outreach efforts by the Town’s Economic Development Commission.

The full list of approved economic recovery grants and community initiatives can be found at this link.

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold felt the grants addressed a broad set of ideas and needs. “The American Rescue Plan Committee took into account a broad range of needs and concerns and addressed them in a rational and unprejudiced way.”

Griswold continued, “These recommendations not only bring funding to individual businesses and organizations that make up the fabric of our community, but also help the Town itself move forward from a time that challenged our ability to provide important public services.” 

In addition to the recovery grants and initiative concepts submitted by Town organizations, the ARP Committee voted to recommend to the Town the allocation of $20,000 to the Town’s Social Services Discretionary Fund to help residents during hardship. The Committee also recommended that any funds not expended by a grant recipient or the Town itself by the Federal deadline of December 2026 be redirected to the Discretionary Fund.

The set of recommendations voted on by the Town Tuesday evening also includes up to $20,000 in administrative, outreach, and legal costs associated with the ARPA funding and up to $20,000 in fees to a consultant hired by the Town to review and recommend the economic recovery grants following his appraisal of applicants’ financial losses.

Thomas Gotowka, Old Lyme American Rescue Plan Committee Chairman, said the Committee met the charge put forward and could be proud of its work. “I am very pleased at how well we [the Committee] covered the community landscape. The list reflects Old Lyme’s needs, as seen in responses to our survey; and an objective appraisal of each application or proposed initiative,” Gotowka said.

He further noted that the Committee had in place several safeguards to avoid any conflict of interest and worked to meet “the requirements and mandates of the legislation.”

About 60 Old Lyme residents were in attendance at the Special Town Meeting Tuesday evening. Following Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker’s presentation of the ARP Committee’s recommendations, those in attendance voted unanimously to approve the package.

Griswold noted that grants to businesses and organizations will be made once the Town receives its second and final ARPA installment, which is anticipated shortly. Letters to grant recipients will go out in the coming weeks.

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued by the ARP Committee.

The Little Town of Lyme Hosts Another Lovely Independence Day Parade

All photos by Michele Dickey.

LYME — UPDATED 7/6 WITH MORE TEXT & PHOTOS: It was a perfect day for a parade! And townspeople and local area residents turned out  in force to celebrate Independence Day in the little Town of Lyme.

The grand marshal for this year’s parade was Parker Lord, who served as a selectman on Town of Lyme’s Board of Selectmen for more than 20 years and retired in 2021.  Lord continues to serve the Town as chair of its Open Space Commission.

Founded in 1958 by the late local pediatrician Dr. William Irving as a family affair for his children, this small town parade now draws a big crowd. 

They came on appropriately-decorated bikes …

Lyme’s own Ambulance Services drew loud cheers …

There were vehicles from all walks of life …

A golf cart was a useful means of conveyance …

Lyme Pollinator Pathway representatives of all ages asked parade-goers to save the bees …

The Scouts waved the flag …

Young, local activists had plenty to celebrate … and say …

Betsy Ross dropped by …


Park & Rec. carried a message …

Another flag …

And another …


Hot dogs were welcome!

Lyme Public Library waved cheerily …

This little girl enjoyed every minute of the parade …

A French connection was established with this wonderful Citroen 2CV …

And the sign on the bridge said it all … what a great parade to celebrate such a special day!

Old Lyme Special Town Meeting to be Held Tonight; Approval of Disbursement of $2.1M Federal ARPA Funds to 23 OL Small Businesses, 10 Non-Profits & More, on Agenda

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen will hold a Special Town Meeting this evening, Tuesday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall at 52 Lyme St.

This meeting will consider and act upon the following single agenda item:

Whether to approve the disbursement of $2,120,593 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, as outlined in the report of the Old Lyme American Rescue Plan Committee  (APRC) report dated June 21, 2022, and as recommended by the Old Lyme Boards of Selectmen and Finance on June 21.

The Special Town Meeting will be conducted in person only.

Copies of the proposed ARPA disbursements are available in the Town Clerk’s office and on the Town of Old Lyme website.

In summary, the disbursement recommendations are as follows:-

  1. 23 small businesses (< 500 employees per the US Treasury Department) applied for and met the requirements to receive grants up to $10,000, having substantiated pandemic-related economic loss occurring between March 3, 2021 and April 1, 2022. Twenty-two of the 23 grants recommended are for $10,000.
  2. 10 nonprofit organizations (501c3) applied for and met the requirements to receive grants up to $10,000, having substantiated pandemic-related economic loss occurring between March 3, 2021 and April 1, 2022. Eight of the 10 grants recommended are for $10,000.
    Community Initiative Grants are recommended in the following categories:
  3. Investment in and support mental health services or public health services to assist Old Lyme residents (seven projects)
  4. Reinvestment in Old Lyme government services that were deemed essential during the pandemic (such as emergency services) to ensure future preparedness (11 projects)
  5. Investment in current and future infrastructure challenges such as clean water and sewer/waste treatment (two projects)
  6. Investment in town-wide broadband (internet) improvements and/or cell services (one project)
  7. Investment in early childhood care, and education (three projects)
  8. Investment in bringing visitors to our Old Lyme attractions, restaurants, shops, and accommodations (six projects)
  9. Investment in affordable housing to meet the needs of those working and living in Old Lyme (one project)
  10. Provision (direct and indirect) of financial assistance to Old Lyme families and households having difficulty recovering from pandemic losses (two projects)

In addition to the 10 recommendation categories above, the American Rescue Plan Committee has included in its recommendations:

• Reserving up to $20,000 to cover fees by an independent consultant retained to administer the Economic Recovery Grant applications (this expenditure was approved by the Town in its 3/21/22 Town Meeting)

• Reserving up to $20,000 in legal, outreach, and administrative costs associated with the survey and application, and granting processes.

Read the full details of all the proposed projects/beneficiaries to receive grants at this link.

Old Lyme High School Class of 1970 to Host (Belated) 50th Reunion, Seeks Missing Classmates

OLD LYME — Finally … after being postponed twice by the pandemic, the Old Lyme High School (OLHS) Class of 1970 is holding three separate reunion events Friday, Sept. 30, Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.

The Class is hoping to locate the following classmates and not only members of the graduating class, but anyone who was ever part of this class:

  • Alfred Arpin
  • Sidney Biddle Barrows
  • Charles Benway
  • James Bowers
  • Nancy Bowes
  • Darlene Brooks
  • Richard Carbone
  • Charles Carlson
  • Bob Chapman
  • Robert Cornish
  • Ray Davis
  • George Grabel
  • Jerri Husch
  • Jean Karter
  • Charles King
  • Michael Leahy
  • Jeffrey Maynard
  • David Morgan
  • Paul O’Connell
  • Fred Oppelt
  • Charles Rasmussen
  • Bev Roberts
  • Kim Robinson
  • Mark Robinson
  • Deborah Ross
  • Harold Saunders
  • Tom Schull
  • Jeffrey Shalett
  • Jan Smith
  • William Smith
  • Dale Stone
  • Ethel Swaney
  • Mary Karen Thruelsen
  • David Tubek
  • Gretchen Weigle
  • Kathi Ann Ward.

If you are or know the whereabouts of any of these people, please send any information to Michele Dickey at  micheledickey@sbcglobal.net.

If you are a member of the OLHS Class of 1970, but have not received an email from the committee and/or your name is not listed above, you are also requested to contact the email.

Lyme Holds Traditional Independence Day Parade This Morning

The ladies of the Lyme Garden Club are a perennially popular feature of the parade. Photo by B.A. Harris.

LYME — The traditional Lyme parade in celebration of Independence Day will be held Monday, July 4, starting at approximately 10 a.m. The parade will begin near Camp Claire on Cove Rd., cross Rte. 156, and end at the Lyme Grange. 

The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be Parker Lord, who served as a selectman on Town of Lyme’s Board of Selectmen for more than 20 years and retired in 2021.  Lord continues to serve the Town as chair of its Open Space Commission.

The traditional firing of muskets signals the start of the Lyme Fourth of July Parade. Photo by Michele Dickey.

Temporary street closings will be in effect during the parade, travel delays are possible and parking may be limited in some areas.  

Rte. 156 will be closed from approximately 10 to 10:15 a.m. between Sterling City Rd. North and South.

Lyme Town Hall, Lyme Public Library, the Transfer Station and Hamburg Recycling Center will all be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Lyme Public Hall Exhibit Showcases ‘Lyme of Yesteryear,’ Open Again at Weekend, July 9-10

This historical photo of the Lyme First Congregational Church is featured in the exhibit on view at the weekend at Lyme Public Hall.

LYME — The exhibit Lyme of Yesteryear will be on view again, Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, at the Lyme Public Hall from 2 to 5 p.m. each day.

Photographs and research from the Bacdayan Local History Archives recall one-room schools, mills, farms and river enterprises that existed in early twentieth century Lyme. Memories of times past from local residents will also be featured. 

Admission is free; the public is encouraged to visit before or after the traditional parade on the 4th of July, or one of three additional dates.  

This exhibit has been organized by the Archives Committee of the Lyme Public Hall and Local History Archives, Inc.

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rte. 156) in Lyme, CT. 

For more information, visit www.lymepublichall.org

Sound View Puts On a Perfect Hometown Parade

A smiling Joann Lishing proudly carries the flag at the front of the parade. All photos courtesy of Frank Pappalardo.

OLD LYME — The weather was kind and so the crowds came out in Sound View to celebrate the Fourth of July.

And celebrate they did with a grand parade through the streets of this wonderful neighborhood that borders Long Island Sound.

They came on bikes…

They came in (appropriately decorated!) golf carts.

The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen came …

Veterans from Lyme-Old Lyme Post 1467 — David Griswold at front, center of photo — came …

Uncle Sam came in a golf cart …

He also joined the cheerful marchers …

The Emergency Services came …

In fact, the whole community came — led by the tuneful Sound View Band …

Even this colorful little guy came!

And the event ended with the contest results being announced by the ever-smiling Frank Pappalardo and Gail Fuller.

Rogers Lake Hosts Boat Parade to Celebrate ‘Our Nation’s Birthday,’ Today

There were flags a-plenty at last year’s Rogers Lake Boat Parade. Will there be even more this year? (File photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — After the great success of the 2020 inaugural Rogers Lake Boat Parade, and the 2021 Rogers Lake Boat Parade, another one is planned this year starting at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 3, from the Hains Park area. The rain date is Monday, July 4, also at 1 p.m.

Both motorized and non-motorized boats are invited to participate but all must be festively/patriotically decorated. New this year: a trophy will be awarded for most enthusiastic, patriotic, and best decorated boat in the parade.

In order to achieve a timely start, participants should arrive around 12:45 p.m.

Will Lady Liberty be at the Rogers Lake Boat Parade this year? File photo.

Follow the designated lead boat or join in at your location. The route is one counter-clockwise lap around the lake.

Once the parade has begin, all boats should follow the designated lead boat or join at your respective location.

The route will be one counter-clockwise lap around the lap.

Boats should stay within 100 ft. of the shore at ‘No Wake’ speed and no swimming in or near the parade is permitted.

All participants are requested to be respectful and mindful of everyone’s safety. 

Additional information is as follows:

  • Space out and enjoy the shoreline 
  • Follow Rogers Lake laws and safety regulations 
  • This is a family-friendly event(be kind) 
  • Participate at your own risk 
  • Do not throw anything off a boat and no trash is to be discarded in the lake


Tri-Town Parade Of Emergency Vehicles, First Responders Takes Place This Morning Through Lyme, E. Haddam, Salem

LYME — A parade of emergency vehicles and First Responders will be held Saturday, July 2, starting at 9 a.m. and traveling through the towns of Lyme, East Haddam and Salem. The community is encouraged to cheer on the parade with signs, hearts and noise-makers.

Antique vehicles are welcome to join the parade on Bone Mill Rd.

Death Announced of David William O’Donnell of Old Lyme; Brother of Scott, Graduate of OL High School

OLD LYME — David William O’Donnell of Old Lyme passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Middlesex Hospital.

He leaves behind his wife Linda; a brother Scott O’Donnell … and two nephews, Owen and Adein O’Donnell.

David was born in Keene, N.H., the son of Carol Rose and Andrew O’Donnell. At age 10 he moved to Old Lyme. He graduated from Old Lyme High School, and joined the Army, …

David married his wife Linda Jean Murphy, June 30, 1984, at Rogers Lake Clubhouse in Old Lyme. In 2008 he moved back to Old Lyme with his wife, to be closer to his family …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published June 10, 2022 in The Day.

Neviaser Answers Questions on Armed Guards in LOL Schools (Podcast)

LYME/OLD LYME — In an interview published on June 23, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser fielded questions from Connecticut-East.com’s Brian Scott-Smith about the Region 18 Board of Education’s June 15 decision to arm security guards in LOL Schools. The vote was carried by a 7-2 majority.

Scott-Smith says the objective of the interview is “to find out how they [LOL Schools] got here and what it all means.

The interview can be listened to via this link on CTNewsJunkie.com and lasts around 20 minutes.

One of the questions Neviaser answers in this “very direct discussion,” is, “What’s the need for speed?” to which he counters, “I would not agree that this was rushed,” before responding in full.

He also discusses that he feels, after so many school shootings in the US, ‘The country has become numb to it [gun violence.]

In addition, Neviaser states that he firmly believes, “The quicker the response [to gun violence in schools], the more likely you are to save lives.”

Death Announced of William Martin Auwood, Father of Nancy Laro of Old Lyme

QUAKER HILL — William Martin Auwood, 94, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully June 21, 2022. Bill was the beloved husband of Ruth (Hartman) Auwood who passed July 19, 2019. The shared sixty-seven blessed years of marriage …

Bill began a career at Charles Pfizer in quality control, at the time the department had only eight employees. He retired after 42 years of service …

Bill is survived by his daughters, Nancy Laro and her husband Dr. Kenneth Laro of Old Lyme and Kathleen Hill and her husband Peter Hill of Springfield, Va. …

There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home located at 48 Grand St., in Niantic …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published June 30, 2022 in The Day.

Old Lyme Named ‘Best Summer Destination in CT’ by TravelPulse.com

Old Lyme has been named the ‘Best Summer Destinations in Connecticut’ by TravelPulse.com.

OLD LYME — TravelPulse.com has just announced its list ofEvery State’s Best Summer Travel Destination’ and Old Lyme has won the honor for the state of Connecticut! The travel site states, “the focus [of the list] … is on the best of the best, the summer spots that hit it out of the park every single year this time of year.”

Justifying its selection of Old Lyme, the site states, ” This coastal town is big on history and pulses with fun all summer long. Known for throwing great Memorial Day and Fourth of July events, the town also sits near two state parks (Rocky Neck and Hammonasset) which both boast beautiful beaches. But you don’t have to leave Old Lyme to go “beaching”, as Soundview Beach is home to handsome sands and a collection of waterside bars and restaurants.”

Unfortunately, the site chose to publish the above text under a photo of the beach at Hammonasset State Park, which — as we all know — is not in Old Lyme, but never mind … we won the prize for ‘Best Summer Destination in Connecticut’ anyway!


Old Lyme-PGN Library Adds One More Day to Half-Price Book Sale, TODAY 10-4

Visit the Old Lyme PGN Library on Wednesday to check out the BookCellar’s Half-Price Sale.

OLD LYME — Today, Wednesday, June 29, Phoebe’s BookCellar at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes (PGN) Library will be hosting an additional day for its Half-Price Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pre-loved books, DVD’s and more will all be on sale at half price — in fact, everything will be on sale except historic maps!

Every dollar earned at the BookCellar goes directly to support the Library.

The BookCellar is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Phoebe’s BookCellar is a highly successful, volunteer-run used bookstore managed by the Friends of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. Besides the special editions, there is a wide range of gently-used books in what is now the only remaining general interest bookstore in Old Lyme.

If you have not yet visited, readers are invited to stop by and shop, drop off book donations, or complete a volunteer application. Choose from thousands of books available on such topics as art, business, classics, computers, cooking, language, literature, medicine, music, parenting, pets, reference, religion, sports, world history as well as books for children, young adults, modern fiction and non-fiction.

There is also a large collection of DVDs, CDs and Audiobooks. The BookCellar also features a large collection of Rare Books at very reasonable prices. Click here to see catalogs.

The BookCellar gratefully accepts “gently used” books, but respectfully requests no damaged, mildewed, moldy or musty books (these should be recycled.)

For further information, contact the BookCellar at phoebesbookcellar@gmail.com, call 860.434.1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org

The Old Lyme-PGN Library is located at 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme CT 06371. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm; Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.  The Library is closed on Sunday.

Friends of CT Libraries Honor Friends of Old Lyme Library

On Saturday, June 11, the Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL) honored the Friends of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Library (OL-PGN.)

BookCellar Co-Chairs Joan Overfield (immediately left of podium) and Claudia Condon (second from left from podium) receive the award for the Friends of Old Lyme’s Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library from the Friends of CT Libraries.

The award, which was designated for municipalities with a population under 15,000, recognized the OL-PGN for their outreach to the community during the pandemic when the Library was closed.

The Co-Chairs of the OL-PGN’s BookCellar, Claudia Condon and Joan Overfield, went up to Avon, Conn., to accept the award at FOCL’s Annual Meeting.

The citation for the award acknowledged that Phoebe’s BookCellar has been in continuous operation for more than 25 years. During that time, volunteers have worked to create opportunities to expand the library’s outreach along with awareness of the BookCellar and its support of the Old Lyme library. (One hundred percent of the income generated by the BookCellar is donated to the library to support its programs.)

The citation continues, “While the library and BookCellar were closed for an extended period during the pandemic, volunteers continued to find avenues to provide outreach to the community, as follows:

Book Bundles for Children
Volunteers assembled age-appropriate bundles of 3-5 books and distributed them to 116 children served by the Shoreline Food Pantries.

Little Free Libraries
BookCellar volunteers initiated support for two Little Free Libraries by filling them with over-stock.

Phoebie’s Freebies
This cart is located outside the library main entrance and offers patrons a choice of the BookCellar’s overstock of books and media. It is extremely popular and available to all.

Outreach to Region 18 Teachers and Staff
Friends of the Library provided every teacher and staff member with a gift certificate to the BookCellar for the 2020-2021 school year.

Outside book sales
Several pop-up sales were created outside the library during the pandemic. They were expanded to include refreshments and entertainment by local bands.”