June 5, 2020

Old Lyme Town Hall to Reopen to Public June 22, But With New Protocols in Place

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen has set the date for town employees to return to work at the Town Hall as Monday, June 22. Memorial Town Hall will also open to the public but with restrictions on the same day.

In an email to staff, Old Lyme First Selectman Tim Griswold has explained the precautions being taken and the new protocols that will be in place for intra-staff interactions as well as those between staff and members of the public.

Griswold states in the email, “Personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves will be provided to employees and I ask that staff wear masks when in hallways and other common areas.”

He then lists the measures that are being implemented to protect both the health of employees and the public.

In terms of foot traffic entering the building, the main Town Hall doors and lower level doors will remain locked.

People will enter through the double doors in the foyer next to the meeting hall (at the left of the building as one looks at it from the road) where two Parks and Recreation “Greeters” will meet them and take the temperature of each member of the public entering the building. These “Greeters” will also ensure that each person is wearing a mask and if no mask is present, one will be provided.

Parks and Recreation Director Don Bugbee will serve as the manager of the Greeters.

The Greeters will then direct the public to the office they wish to visit.

In the event more than two or three people are requesting access to a specific office at the same time, the Greeters will ask members of the public to wait in the Meeting Hall. The Greeters will use walkie-talkies to communicate with the larger volume offices.

Once the line is sufficiently reduced, the Greeter will direct the next person waiting to proceed to that office.

The public will have access to the main floor restrooms only. There will be no public access to the lower level.

Regarding general sanitizing facilities and procedures, there will be hand sanitizing stations at the main entrance and in other locations in Town Hall. Dutch doors with built-in counters will be installed in the  First Selectman’s and Assessor’s office doorways. Plexiglass barriers will be placed in the doorways above the counters.

Plexiglass barriers will also be installed in the Town Clerk’s office and in the Building and Land Use areas on the second floor.

Tape will be used to show the public where to stand so that they remain six feet apart while they are waiting for a staff member.

The Town Hall cleaning contractor will continue daily sanitizing of common areas.

Business interactions will see a number of changes. Beach passes, tax payments, and dog licenses will only be accepted by drop-off or in the mail (except for cash payments). Beach passes will not be issued in person.

Griswold notes in his email, “We are strongly encouraging members of the public to conduct their business by phone and/or mail to reduce the number of people entering Town Hall,” adding that a front door lock box has been installed and will be utilized for people to drop off items outside of regular hours.

He also stresses that all meetings with Town Hall staff will take place by appointment only in the immediate term. and that boards, commissions, and committees will continue to meet virtually until the State changes restrictions on in-person gatherings.

Griswold concludes, “I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we adapt to doing business differently for the foreseeable future.”

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COVID-19 Cases in Old Lyme Rise to 18, Lyme Holds at One

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

OLD LYME/LYME — Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold confirmed by text message Thursday to LymeLine that one new case of COVID-19 was reported on May 26 in Old Lyme. This confirmed case, which he mentioned at the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, June 1, was a 67-year-old male.

Ledge Light Health District issues an update on COVID-19 statistics in their coverage area each Friday afternoon.  We will publish any additional details from that as soon as we receive the update.

There are now 17 confirmed COVID-19 case in Old Lyme plus one fatality.

In an effort to clarify the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced and also includes the fatality.

DateNo. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
April 2514
May 115
May 1517
May 2618

Details of all Old Lyme’s confirmed cases to date are now as follows:

  • a 64-year-old female
  • a 21-year-old female
  • a 27-year-old male
  • a 53-year-old female
  • a 61-year-old female
  • a 29-year-old female
  • a 40-year-old male
  • a 53-year-old male
  • a 60-year-old female
  • a 48-year-old male
  • a 85-year-old female
  • a 95-year-old female
  • a 20-year-old female
  • a 43-year-old female
  • a 48-year-old female
  • a 70-year-old male
  • a 67-year-old male

The fatality, which is in addition to the confirmed cases listed above, was a 61-year-old female.

Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case was tested in Florida, but used an Old Lyme address although she does not live here. Because she gave the Old Lyme address, Griswold said that Ledge Light Health District must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

Lyme’s first and only confirmed case was a 34-year-old male.

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Peaceful Rally & March for Racial Justice Planned in Old Lyme, Saturday


OLD LYME —
A peaceful march and rally for racial justice is planned for Saturday at 1 p.m. in Old Lyme.

One of the organizers, Anna Reiter of Old Lyme, explained to LymeLine, “The goal of the march and rally is to allow the community to stand together against racial injustice and offer opportunities for community members to realize that microagressions are things that we can learn about and correct in our everyday lives.”

Participants will start by meeting and lining up along the sidewalk in front of the Old Lyme Town Hall and then will proceed down Lyme Street to the lawn of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

Plans are still being developed but speakers will include Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold, Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal, Rev. Dr. Steve Jungkeit of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and Human Rights Attorney David Rubino, who is also the Democratic candidate for the 23rd House seat in November’s election.

Following speeches, everyone will be guided into a moment of silence while kneeling down.

Reiter stressed, “We really want this to be a meaningful and powerful event for attendees.”

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It’s National Trails Day on Saturday! Take a Hike on Old Lyme’s Newest Open Space, the McCulloch Family Property

OLD LYME — (taken from a press release issued by the Old Lyme Open Space Commission) The Old Lyme Open Space Commission welcomes you to the “officially open” McCulloch Family Open Space on National Trails Day, June 6.

The newest town open space property has three trails, all with well-marked entrances.

“Tree in the Gap” trail:  This trail is accessed from Whippoorwill Rd., but note the trail begins in a temporary earthen parking area.  The Commission advises walkers to be cautious entering and exiting the area, particularly after a rain, when tires may slip.  When the town receives approval, a gravel parking lot will be constructed.

Yellow trail: This trail is accessed off Whippoorwill Rd.  A parking area is adjacent to the trail.  Both the McCulloch Family Open Space and the Deborah and Edward Ames Open Space, across the road, share parking in this area. It is important to note the parking area is adjacent to private property, which the owner has graciously allowed the town to use, so the Commission urges people using the parking area to respect property boundaries.  

Red trail: A third trail begins from Flat Rock Hill Rd. Parking is permitted on the road cul-de-sac.  Again, the Commission requests that walkers should respect homeowners’ property as the trail briefly runs alongside a private driveway.

Rook’s Meadow & Jimmy’s Pond

A beautiful meadow overlooking a peaceful pond is a short walk from the “Tree in the Gap” trailhead.  A hand-hewn bench is in the meadow (with additional facilities to be added later).  The Commission suggests this is a wonderful spot for quiet contemplation, plein air painting, reading a book or just taking a relaxing lunch break.  

Jean Vasiloff, in a past interview, said, “This was really my mother’s land,” and the Open Space Commission chose to honor (Vasiloff’s mother) Rook, and her husband Warren McCulloch, with its naming. Jim Mildrum, a life-long property resident and now one of its land stewards, was similarly honored for the pond he created alongside the meadow.

Lay Preserve: The McCulloch Family Open Space is connected seamlessly with the Old Lyme Land Trust’s Lay Preserve offering an option of longer hikes.  

A map of the McCulloch Family Open Space is now available on the town website. The Commission is pleased to offer a new option for walkers and hikers in the form of downloadable maps accessible via your smartphone with a QR code found on the trail kiosks at each entrance.  Paper maps can still be printed from the website. 

Point your smartphone’s camera at the QR code and you will see a drop-down section or link to the “hiking” section within the Old Lyme Open Space website.  Access the map and open it on your device.

Since the town closed on its McCulloch property purchase last September, volunteers have devoted hundreds of hours toward this opening.

In the fall, the beautiful property was simply not ready for visitors — there were no trails. Old farm fencing criss-crossed the property and the existing conservation easement did not allow for parking.

The Open Space Commission worked with the Old Lyme Land Trust to blaze and map its new trails.  It partnered with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance to pull fencing. 

Students from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, with safe social distancing, helped to groom trails this spring.

Legal work proceeded to modify The Nature Conservancy (TNC) easement to allow construction of permanent off-road parking. 

At present, TNC and the State Attorney General have approved an easement modification, but a last legal step of judicial approval was halted when state courts closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Over this time, trail markers have been posted, kiosks and gates constructed, and signs purchased and mounted, all to make the open space experience as safe and pleasant as possible.

Warren and Rook McCulloch, with their children, moved to Old Lyme in the late 1920’s, and purchased about 450 forested acres on the cusp of the Great Depression.  

Over the years and generations, the McCulloch property served many purposes – a summer camp for city children, a working farm attracting kids who came to work and stayed, and a breeding farm for Morgan horses. 

Warren and Rook’s children, Dave McCulloch, Jean Vasiloff and Taffy Holland, so loved the property they gave The Nature Conservancy a conservation easement to “protect and preserve” the property in perpetuity.

Now it is the town of Old Lyme’s turn to safeguard this lovely land.

The Open Space Commission asks only that hikers and visitors respect the property and leave trails in the condition you find them (or better).  There are no trash bins, so take out all your waste, including that of dogs.

Per safety guidelines, maintain a social distance of six feet and, if that is not possible, wear a face covering.

The Commission notes National Trails Day is the perfect opportunity to, “Take a Hike,” and enjoy the truly special McCulloch Family Open Space.

Here at LymeLine.com, we say kudos and congratulations to everyone involved in this wonderful project which will benefit the town for generations.

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Lyme DTC Calls on All 2020 Candidates to Pledge to Reform Criminal Justice System, Address Police Misconduct

LYME – The Lyme Democratic Town Committee released a statement yesterday requesting all 2020 candidates who seek to represent the residents of Lyme to pledge to support reform of the nation’s criminal justice system and to address police misconduct at all levels.

The text of the statement is as follows:

In the wake of the protests spurred by the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other African American citizens across this country – which have thrown a long-overdue, national spotlight on injustice – the Lyme Democratic Town Committee calls upon all candidates in the coming November election, who are seeking to represent the residents of Lyme, to pledge their support for reforming our criminal justice system and addressing the issue of police misconduct at the national, state and local levels.

Specifically, we call upon each of the following candidates to make such a pledge:

  • 23rd Congressional District Representative candidates Dave Rubino (D) and Devin Carney (R);
  • 33rd District State Senator candidates Norm Needleman (D) and Brendan Saunders (R);
  • U.S. Congressional Representative candidates Joe Courtney (D), Justin Anderson (R) and Thomas Gilmer (R); and
  • U.S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The events the nation is witnessing and the concerns Americans across this country are expressing through protests and other means must be translated into laws and institutional practices by the government officials we elect into office this fall to represent us.

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‘Black Lives Matter’ Peaceful Protest, March to be Held Sunday in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK — A peaceful protest and march for Black Lives Matter is will be held Sunday, June 7, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Town Green at 302 Main Street, Old Saybrook.

Those intending to participate in the event are asked to wear a mask as the community continues to be vigilant about protecting citizens from the spread of COVID-19.

A press release from Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna, Jr. and published on the Town of Old Saybrook website states: “This much is clear: Discrimination of any sort, racism in any fashion and/or police brutality have no place in the Old Saybrook Community, or anywhere else. I, for one, will always do my best to promote a culture of equality and justice for all in our town.”

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Old Lyme VNA Hosts Free Face Mask Distribution Event for Lyme/Old Lyme Residents, Tuesday

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association is holding a drive-through face mask distribution event on Tuesday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for residents of Lyme and Old Lyme.  The event will be held at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School, 69 Lyme St,, Old Lyme.

Lyme and Old Lyme residents must show proof of residency and will receive five free face masks per car. This is a drive-up event, where drivers will be directed by signage and volunteers to a pick-up station in the High School driveway curbside while supplies last.

With more businesses opening and the State requirements regarding the use of facial coverings in public spaces, this is an opportunity to ensure all residents have access to this vital personal protective equipment.

This event is sponsored by the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association, which serves both Lyme and Old Lyme, with assistance from Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Lyme Emergency Management, and Old Lyme Emergency Management.

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Inaugural Online Exhibition at Lyme Academy Features Artwork by Lyme School Students, Opens Friday

“Nature Rings,” a remarkable work by Morgan Buerger, Grade 5, is on view in the “Art is … Elementary” online exhibition, hosted by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, which opens June 5.

OLD LYME — Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is launching a new online gallery with an inaugural exhibition titled “Art Is … Elementary. Selected Works by the Fine Artists of Lyme Consolidated School, Lyme.” The exhibition will be open for viewing Friday, June 5.

Lyme Academy has hosted the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools K-12 “Youth Art Show” in the Sill House Gallery for more than 30 years. This year, which would have been the 35th annual show, had to be cancelled since all schools in Connecticut were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,

This delightful work, titled,”A Mandolorian Cuteness,” by Renee Viera, Grade 4, is included in the online exhibition.

The revitalized Academy has been expanding into the online arena in recent months offering both lessons and demonstrations. “An online gallery therefore seemed the next logical step,” explains Kimberly Monson, Instructor and Programming Director at Lyme Academy, adding, “It’s a way to offer our community a means to share art.”

This cheery”Happy Frog” by Colton Schroder, Grade 1, is on show in the new exhibition.

Asked how this particular show featuring student artists from grades K-5 at Lyme Consolidated School came about, Monson says, “It felt like these kids were experiencing a lot of loss. It’s hard enough for them to be away from school, their teachers and their friends, but then to have all of the extra-curricular activities cancelled as well, that’s an awful lot to take away” Lyme Consolidated School art teacher, Jennifer Pitman adds,“The pandemic has cost us so many of our cherished traditions. I’m really glad that this is one tradition we’ve been able to uphold.”

“The Amazing Principle” by Jonah Scheckwitz, Grade 4, is an instantly-recognizable drawing of the real Lyme School Principal James Cavalieri.

 

Monson went on to explain, “Jen [Pitman] and I felt this was something we could give back to the kids. It’s a way to celebrate them with an exhibition, which is still hosted by Lyme Academy.”

This evocative work, titled, “A Sunset Reflection,” by Brooke Burgess, Grade 5, is featured in the upcoming show.

Pitman credits Monson with really making the show happen, noting, ““I’m really grateful for Kimberly’s support. Showing our students’ art on the Lyme Academy’s new Online Gallery is a real treat. It’s exciting for the kids to be able to see their work displayed by such a prestigious institution. And she provided a big assist by putting the exhibition together.” Monson was well-suited to serving as a catalyst for the show since, in addition to her employment at Lyme Academy, she is also a professional, working artist.

“On The Rails” by Zak Benedetto, Grade 2, utilizes wonderful colors.

Pitman concludes, “The annual Youth Art Show is a real highlight for me. I hope all of the students and their families will enjoy seeing the results of their hard work in this new way. I’m so proud of their growth as young artists.”

This wise-looking “Owl” by Mary McAdams, Grade 2, makes its debut in the Lyme Academy online show.

The link to view the exhibition will be published on Thursday, June 4, on the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts website,

 

 

 

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Lyme’s Traditional Fourth of July Parade Cannot be Held This Year Due to COVID-19 Crowd Size Restrictions

Lyme’s Fourth of July parade will not take place this year. File photo from a previous parade by Michele Dickey.

LYME — At their meeting Monday afternoon, the Lyme Board of Selectmen discussed whether the Fourth of July parade, which traditionally takes place on Cove Rd., should be held this year. First Selectman Steve Mattson stressed “It is not a Town of Lyme function,” but rather, “A community function … whoever shows up walks, rides or whatever.”

Mattson said, “It is my opinion that the event should not be held this year.” Selectman John Kiker agreed, saying, “I just think it’s too soon,” and Selectman Parker Lord added, “I agree it’s the thing to do.”

In addition, recognizing the revised restrictions imposed by Governor Lamont in terms of the size of public gatherings, the Town has now posted the following announcement on their website advising residents, “The traditional Cove Road July 4th Parade cannot be held this year, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order #7TT, which prohibits public gatherings of more than 25 people during this phase of the pandemic.”

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Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Annual Meeting via Zoom, Monday

OLD LYME — The 15th Annual Meeting of the Old Lyme Historical Society will take place via Zoom on Monday, June 8, at 7 p.m.

In order to join the meeting, RSVP to oldlymehistory@gmail.com by Saturday, June 6, for login and password information.

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Milling, Paving Construction Project on Rte. 156 Underway in East Haddam, Continues Through Lyme, Old Lyme

EAST HADDAM, LYME, OLD LYME — The Connecticut Department of Transportation started a milling and paving project yesterday on Rte. 156. This project, which will mill and pave 8.44 miles of the road from East Haddam to Old Lyme, begins with the milling, which will continue through June 23. Roadway paving will then commence July 7 and continue through July 22.

Motorists can expect lane closures on Rte. 156 beginning at Rte. 82 in East Haddam through Lyme, ending on Rte. 1 in Old Lyme. The regular work schedule for this project will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Drivers should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.

Motorists are also requested to maintain a safe speed while driving in the construction area or when approaching it.

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Death of Russell C. Raymond of Old Lyme Announced

OLD LYME – Russell C. Raymond, 85, of Old Lyme passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 29, 2020. Russell was born in New London Oct. 31, 1934. He was the son of Asa and Leora Smith Raymond. Mr. Raymond was predeceased by his wife Jacquelyn in 2009.

Raymond worked for …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published on The Day.com.

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Incumbent State Sen. Needleman Nominated Unanimously to Run Again for 33rd Senate District Seat, Includes Lyme

State Senator Norm Needleman (D-33rd)

LYME — (Based on a Press Release released by Sen. Needleman’s office) On May 22, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) was unanimously endorsed for re-election to the 33rd State Senate District by Democratic delegates.

First elected to the State Senate seat in 2018, Sen. Needleman represents the towns of Lyme along with Colchester, Chester, Clinton, Essex, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Westbrook and Portland.

Needleman will be challenged by Republican Brendan Saunders, who is running for the Senate for the first time, although he has been involved in numerous Republican campaigns. Saunders received unanimous endorsement for his candidacy at the Republican District Convention, May 18,

“The need for strong, effective leadership in the State Senate has never been more important than now, due to the crisis created by COVID-19,” says Sen. Needleman in the press release announcing his endorsement, noting, “In my time at the General Assembly, I’ve worked in a bipartisan manner to tackle our most difficult challenges. More now than ever, I believe that inclusive, non-partisan dialogue is what’s needed to solve tough problems. This ‘makes sense perspective characterizes my approach to representing our district in the State Senate.”

He continues, “That’s why I’m anxious to continue my service at the Capitol to help our state recover from this once-in-a-century crisis.  Doing so requires knowledge of town operating procedures, experience in managing local resources and skill in business planning. As your State Senator, I’m utilizing my expertise in those areas to help constituents and small businesses navigate state and federal assistance programs, as well as connect people with the resources they need to sustain their livelihoods and support their health during the pandemic.”

Sen. Needleman serves as Deputy President Pro Tempore, Senate Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, Vice-Chair of the Planning & Development Committee, and is a member of the Commerce, Finance Revenue & Bonding, and Transportation Committees.

He also serves as First Selectman of the Town of Essex.

Sen. Needleman has been instrumental in the passage of a bill bringing wind energy generation to Connecticut. This legislation enables up to 40 percent of future energy needs to come from carbon-free renewable energy and creates a new industry for Connecticut. Needleman states it could add as much as $2 billion to the state’s economy, bringing with it thousands of skilled, well-paying jobs.

Citing other successes benefiting the 33rd District that he has supported, Needleman mentions allowing first responders, police officers, and firefighters to receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and assisting passage of a bill raising the age of access for tobacco products from 18 to 21, protecting youths from addiction.

Needleman also sponsored and enacted legislation holding energy companies accountable for prompt responses to power outages and formulated policy solutions to protect rivers and lakes from invasive species.

As founder and CEO of Connecticut-based Tower Laboratories, Needleman has created over 100 well-paying manufacturing jobs directly in the 33rd Senate District.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Seniors to Experience ‘Drive-In Graduation,’ Followed by Celebratory Parade Through Town


OLD LYME —
The Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Class of 2020 will be the first class in recent memory – and perhaps ever – not able to enjoy the pomp and ceremony of a full commencement event in the company of their peers on their graduation day, which this year is scheduled to be Friday, June 12.

Faced with the twin challenges of schools being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing rules still in effect, not only have Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools found a unique way to give the senior class a memorable graduation while still adhering to social distancing protocols, but also a group of parents of LOLHS  seniors have come up with an inspired opportunity for the community as a whole to celebrate the graduates.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools will host a meticulously planned “Drive-in Graduation” event from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. for students and their families only during which each graduating student will be able to drive up to the school at a specified time, hear their name read over the Public Announcement system, walk up onto the stage, and receive their High School Diploma from LOLHS Principal James Wygonik.

Caps and gowns — and masks — will be worn throughout and there will even be a moment allowed after the student receives his/her diploma for each family to take some photos. At that point, students — standing alone — may briefly remove their masks. Strict rules will be in place governing who can attend, the number of cars permitted per family and numerous other details.

Then on the evening of June 12, starting at 6:30 p.m., the students will form a parade of their personally-decorated cars in Town Woods Park. The parade will proceed from there to Boston Post Rd. and then follow that to Lyme Street continuing to the foot of the McCurdy.  The Old Lyme Resident State Trooper will supervise the parade and the Old Lyme Fire Department will also be participating.

The hope is that the townspeople will line the route to celebrate the graduates with cheering, waving signs, honking horns and generally making a supportive noise.  All those celebrating along the route are urged to follow social distancing guidelines at all times.

The parade is anticipated to last until 7 p.m.

The parade organizers, Teri Lewis, Katie Balocca,  Dottie Wells, Teri Arias and Linda Hamilton, are all parents of graduating seniors. Lewis explained in a text how the idea of a parade came about  saying, “We really wanted to give them [the graduating seniors] something to look forward to… [after] everything these kids have had to deal with.”

She commented that the First Selectman’s Office, the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce, the Old Lyme Resident Trooper and Police Department, and the Old Lyme Fire Department “have all been amazing” in helping to formulate the plans for the parade. Lewis summed up the process of turning the original idea of the parade into reality in the words, “Everyone has been extremely supportive.”  Plans are still in the works for precise details of the parade and more information will be forthcoming in due course.

Lewis added enthusiastically “I think this will not only be wonderful for our seniors, but the whole town needs this.”

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Lyme, Old Lyme Boards of Selectmen Meet Today, Will Discuss Reopening of Town Halls

LYME/OLD LYME — Both the Lyme and Old Boards of Selectmen (BOS) are holding virtual meetings today and are scheduled to discuss the reopening of their respective town halls.

The Lyme BOS meets at 3:30 p.m. The board has already scheduled the opening of town hall for Monday, June 8. Depending upon the infection rate in New London County and the availability of testing for staff, the public will have access to the building three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with limits on the number of simultaneous visitors and a requirement that all visitors wear masks inside the building and maintain social distancing. Staff will continue working a full week schedule.

The board “very tentatively” plans a return to all normal operating hours for the building beginning Monday, July 6. The board stresses, however, that “this date will, however, be entirely dependent upon the level of infection in the community at that time.”

The Old Lyme BOS meets at 7:30 p.m. and their agenda includes an item ‘Opening Town Hall to the Public – Target Date of Monday, 22 June.’ More detailed information will be available after the meeting.

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LAA Welcomes Welcomes Public Back With Two Exhibitions, Opening June 26

‘Sea Sparkles’ in oil by Jacqueline Jones is one of the signature works of the Wind, Waves and Water exhibition opening June 26 at the Lyme Art Association.

OLD LYME — The Lyme Art Association (LAA) welcomes the public back to the gallery June 26 with Wind, Waves and Water: A Marine Show. This is a juried show of LAA’s member artists that celebrates the unique beauty of the open water, shorelines, rivers, and all the activity and life that accompany these settings. The juror for Wind, Waves and Water is Russell Kramer, ASMA.

This year the Association welcomes back the Hudson Valley Art Association for their 87th Annual Juried Exhibition. This show always includes award winners from artists across the region.

Both shows will be on view from June 26 through Aug. 14.

The LAA is located in Old Lyme, at 90 Lyme Street. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment at other times. Please wear a mask.

The LAA was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the town’s historic district.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 to 5 pm, or by appointment. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org

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Death of John L. Peeler of Old Lyme Announced, Former Member of OLFD

OLD LYME — John L. Peeler, 73, of Old Lyme passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Yale New Haven Hospital.

John was born Nov. 28, 1946, in Chicago, Ill. to James L. and Mary Ellen Peeler. He was raised in Hammond, Ind. and honorably served in the U.S. Navy.

John married Rosann Stragand July 8, 1967, in Old Lyme. …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published on May 29 on TheDay.com.

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Lyme, Old Lyme Churches Offer Online Services

LYME-OLD LYME — In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and in order to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order requiring no public gatherings, the churches in Lyme and Old Lyme are again planning online services for this Pentecost weekend.

Christ The King is offering a live-stream version of their 5 p.m. mass on Saturdays and also live-streaming daily masses at 12 p.m.

Details of this weekend’s services are as follows:

Christ The King Church:

To view the live stream of the 5 p.m. mass on Saturday, join a Zoom Meeting at:

Meeting ID: 223 857 915
Password: 634317

and for the 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, join a Zoom Meeting at:

https://zoom.us/j/225302077?pwd=M2RQZWhIVnlINmFNSXdBTTl6a3k1dz09

Meeting ID: 225 302 077
Password: 364282

A new link for Daily Masses will be posted as soon as it is available.

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme:

Visit this link for today’s (May 31) service.

The Church will host a Fellowship Hour via Zoom at 11 a.m. this morning. Visit this link for more details of how to access the event.

 

First Congregational Church of Lyme:

Email Pastor Susan Olson at pastorsusanolson@gmail.com or Emily Bjornberg for the URL to view the Sunday service. 


Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church:

Online services are available at this link.

 

South Lyme Union Chapel:
Worship services are cancelled until further notice.

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Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Remain at 17 in Old Lyme, One in Lyme

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

OLD LYME/LYME — Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold confirmed in a text earlier today that no new cases have been reported in Old Lyme as at today’s date. He noted, however, that he had “not received this week’s update from Ledge Light.”

Ledge Light Health District normally issues an update on COVID-19 numbers on Friday afternoon.  We will publish the details from that as soon as we receive the update.

There remain 16 confirmed COVID-19 case in Old Lyme plus one fatality.

The two most recent cases are a 48-year-old female and a 70-year-old male.

In an effort to clarify the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced. It shows a fairly steady growth over time.

DateNo. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
April 2514
May 115
May 1517
May 2618

Details of all Old Lyme’s confirmed cases to date are now as follows:

  • a 64-year-old female
  • a 21-year-old female
  • a 27-year-old male,
  • a 53-year-old female
  • a 61-year-old female
  • a 29-year-old female
  • a 40-year-old male
  • a 53-year-old male
  • a 60-year-old female
  • a 48-year-old male
  • a 85-year-old female
  • a 95-year-old female
  • a 20-year-old female
  • a 43-year-old female
  • a 48-year-old female
  • a 70-year-old male

The fatality, which is in addition to the confirmed cases listed above, was a 61-year-old female.

Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case was tested in Florida, but used an Old Lyme address although she does not live here. Because she gave the Old Lyme address, Griswold said that Ledge Light Health District must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

Lyme’s first and only confirmed case was a 34-year-old male.

 

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Musical Masterworks Announces Appointment of Lawrence Thelen as Managing Director

The new Managing Director of Musical Masterworks is Larry Thelen.

OLD LYME — Musical Masterworks has announced the appointment of Lawrence Thelen as their new Managing Director.

Thelen is a theatre producer and writer. In 1999, he produced an off-Broadway revival of Ghosts at the Century Center for the Performing Arts. Soon after, he joined the staff of Goodspeed Musicals as their Producing Associate and Literary Manager, where he remained for seven years.

Prior to and during his time at Goodspeed, Thelen served as Artistic Director for both the Cherry County Playhouse and the Thunder Bay Theatre.

As a writer, he is the author of the book The Show Makers: Great Directors of the American Musical Theatre, as well as numerous articles and several plays, including Pie in the SkyHiggins in Harlem and Eating Rhode Island.

His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Dramatics Magazine, Show Music Magazine and The Paragon Journal.

In addition to his work with Musical Masterworks, Thelen is the CEO of Mermaid Properties, a Connecticut-based real estate investment and property management firm.

Originally from California, Thelen now resides in Haddam with his two daughters.

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