May 20, 2019

Old Lyme Holds Annual Budget Meeting Tonight; 2018 Citizen of the Year to be Announced at Meeting

The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen will host the Annual Budget Meeting on Monday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium at 53 Lyme Street in Old Lyme.  Agenda items include the long-awaited announcement of Citizen of the Year of 2018.

Other agenda items, which may be voted on at the meeting, include:

  1. The adoption of the Budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, as recommended by the Board of Finance.
  2. A proposal that taxes in the Town of Old Lyme on Real Property and Personal Property shall be paid in two (2) equal semi-annual installments, the first payment being due on July 1, 2019 and the second payment being due on January 1, 2020, provided that any such tax of less than $100 for the year shall be due in full in one payment on July 1, 2019, and provided that taxes in any amount  owed for vehicles on the Supplemental List shall be made in one payment due on January 1, 2020.
    1.  A proposal to purchase, using open space acquisition funds, lands that are owned by Jean A. McCulloch Farm, LLC, consisting of 300 acres, more or less, situated near Whipporwill Road and Flat Rock Hill Road, in accord with the terms of a Contract of Sale dated on or about April 1, 2019, for the consideration of $600,000 (a copy of the Contract, which includes a map, is available at the Town Clerks’ office); and
    2. To promote the public use and enjoyment of the open space lands, to authorize the First Selectman and the Town Attorney to negotiate and consummate a modification to the easement covering the said lands, in order to permit the Town the legal right to construct and maintain vehicle parking areas on the said lands; and
    3. In furtherance of the foregoing, to authorize the First Selectman to execute and sign, on behalf of the Town, such contracts, deeds and other instruments as are reasonably necessary to carry out the said purchase and easement modification.
  3. An appropriation of $73,000 to the Health Insurance Account for health insurance costs associated with new memberships and changes in status.
  4. An appropriation of $16,000 to the PW Project Contractors Account for emergency repairs to Grassy Hill Road Bridge.
  5. An appropriation of $26,000 to the CRRA/MIRA Account for increase in CRRA/MIRA tipping fees.
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Ride the 7th Annual ‘Tour de Lyme’ Today! Registration Open at Event, Proceeds Benefit Lyme Land Trust

And away they go … the 7th annual Tour de Lyme takes place this Sunday.

Join the seventh annual Tour de Lyme on Sunday, May 19.  For competitive riders, this is a chance to warm up for the cycling season ahead. For others, it provides a wonderful occasion to pedal through Lyme and enjoy the surrounding countryside.  If you are a mountain biker, this is an opportunity to ride through private lands open only for this event.

Everyone – riders, sponsors, and volunteers – will enjoy a post-ride picnic at Ashlawn Farm with popular food trucks, beer and live music.  This year there will be physical therapists to help with any injuries, the always popular massage therapists to loosen tight muscles, and a plant sale to stock up on herbs for the season ahead. There will also be Tour de Lyme shirts for sale.

For complete information and online registration, visit www.tourdelyme.org

Ready to ride!

It’s not a race but a carefully planned series of rides designed to suit every level of skill and endurance. There are four road rides of varying length and degree of difficulty:

  • The CHALLENGE, the name says it all, is 60 miles – a real workout;
  • The CLASSIC, shorter at 25 miles, but still a challenge;
  • The VALLEY Rides pleasant easier rides with fewer hills, 26 miles or 35 miles
  • The FAMILY at just 8 miles designed for riding with children. 

There are also two mountain bike options;

  • the RIDER’S TEST a 26.5 mile ride for serious enthusiasts
  • a shorter, less challenging option.

The Tour de Lyme is hosted by The Lyme Land Conservation Trust.  Since 1966, the Lyme Land Trust has been conserving the unique and historic landscapes of Lyme, Connecticut. During those years, the Lyme rural community has shown that a small population can have a big impact and protect more than 3000 acres of woodlands, working farm fields, and bird-filled marshes. The result is an outdoor paradise – open to all. 

Money raised from the Tour de Lyme will create added opportunities for public enjoyment of the Land Trust preserves while protecting and maintaining what has already been conserved for generations to come. 

The Lyme Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – registration and donations are tax deductible.

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Where Art Meets Nature: I-Park Hosts Free, Open Studios Event Today

The public is invited to visit I-Park for its first Open Studios of the 2019 season. Guests will be able to meet six of the seven resident artists on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. I-Park is located at 428 Hopyard Rd. in East Haddam, which adjoins the Devil’s Hopyard State Park.

The facility is generally closed to visitors to give the artists undisturbed time to work on their creative endeavors. But once a month, at the conclusion of each residency, visitors are invited to meet the artists in their studios, attend the presentation segment that features select time-based works, enjoy complimentary refreshments and stroll the trails winding through I-Park’s scenic, art-filled campus.

The studios will only be open from 2 until 3:30 p.m. so guests are encouraged to arrive early so they have enough time to visit all the studios before the 3:30 p.m. presentations.

A reception with refreshments will follow.

I-­Park is an artists-in-residence program offering fully funded residencies in visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, moving image and architecture/landscape design. Since its founding in 2001, I-­Park has sponsored more than 900 residencies, and has developed cross-­‐disciplinary projects of cultural significance and brought them to life in the public domain.

Set within a 450-acre nature preserve, I-­Park has a strong interest in site-responsive and environmental art – and has been the setting for exhibitions, performances, symposia and programs that facilitate artistic collaboration.

The Artists-in-Residence at I-Park.

The artists-in-residence are:

Marianne Barcellona is a painter and professional photographer from New York City. Her extensive travels provide raw inspiration for her paintings.

Hugh Livingston is a composer and sound artist from California who creates multi-media installations related to natural and built spaces; he also performs exploratory cello music. His artworks have been installed internationally.

Colette Lucas is a mixed media artist and gardening enthusiast based in New Hampshire. Her botanical motifs are created from a combination of imagination, observation and research.

Tom Nazziola, a New Jersey composer, has had his music featured on virtually every medium in the world of music. From “live film music” to choral and orchestral pieces, his compositions have been performed around the world.

Dominica Phetteplace is a prize-winning Washington (state) poet and writer whose work has appeared in Asimov’s, Zyzzyva, Copper Nickel and Ecotone as well as numerous other publications.

Allison Roberts is a lens-based artist from Oklahoma. She works primarily with photography, video and installation to address memory, place and identity as such are experienced during periods of transition.

Jane Simpson is a mixed media artist from New Hampshire. Her collage and assemblage work is comprised mainly of found paper – made either by mother nature or human ingenuity. Recently she has incorporated graphite drawings inspired by vintage photographs.

Although admission to Open Studios is free, advance reservations are requested. To reserve your space, visit i-park.org. For additional information, email events@i-park.org, call 860-873-2468 or visit i-­‐park.org.

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

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
2018-19 Quarter 3 Honor Roll   

High Honors

Grade 12: Kendall Michelle Antoniac, Kathryn Sean Atkinson, Madison Olivia Babcock, Jacqueline Patricia Barry, Casey Madison Blue, Mackenzie May Blue, Ann Marie Cote, Emma Carolyn Danes, Britney Jean DeRoehn, Corey Paxton Drummond, Grace Anne Edwards, Olin Burns Frederiks, Zachary Thomas Gidius, Grace Ann Gilbert, Emily Nicole Grenier, Kylie Erva Hall, Colin Emanuel Hallahan, Sarah Katherine Hayward, Haley Rose Heath, Kate Niamh Hickie, Liam Francis Holloway, Riley May Jacobson, Mya Lynn Johnson, Sophie Anne Elizabeth Kyle, Henry Alexander Lahm, John Thomas Manthous, Danielle Marie McCarthy, Brynn Elizabeth McGlinchey, Hannah Nichole Morrison, Leah Marie Neithamer, Emily Anne O’Brien, Jacob Thomas Olsen, Thomas William Pennie, Katherine Duyen Reid, Noah William Rumm, Kellie Marie Sablone, Caroline Anne Sagristano, Anna Ruth Sather, Robert Louis Sedlatschek, Justin Colby Shaw, Penelope Jeanne Small, Emily Xinping Tan, Caroline Anna Wallace, Colleen Elizabeth Walsh, Alexander Clay Williams

Grade 11: Emily Eileen Balocca, Emma Elizabeth Bass, Audrey Campbell Berry, Faith Laurel Caulkins, Rory Nelligan Cavicke, Isabel Priscilla Dean-Frazier, Arianna Teresa DelMastro, Maria Ashley Denya, Raymond Michael Doll, Nicholas Bernardo Fava, Jada Anaelsa Fuentes, Tanner James Griffin, Sophia Rose Griswold, Kamber Hani Hamou, Lauren Elizabeth Huck, Jeffy Mathew Joshy, Rachael Anne Larson, Brenna Paige Lewis, Connor Patrick Maguire, Jacqueline Rose Malizia, Thomas Peter McCarthy, Ryan Patrick McTigue, Samantha Heather Olson, Jenna Tracy Porter, Andre Jeffrey Salkin, Garrett Michael Smith, Emily Marie Speckhals, Evan Thomas St.Louis, Olivia Mae Stack, Olivia Lucy Tetreault, Kiera McKeon Ulmer, Megan Lynn VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wilson Wayland, Trevor Dennis Wells, Anna Elliott Williams, Maggie Vaughan Wisner, Conner David Wyman, Katherine Ruby Zelmanow

Grade 10: Juliette Frances Atkinson, Rachel Katherine Barretta, Emma Ann Boardman, Keenan Lawrence Burr, Martinez Erika Yanira Carcamo, Kate Margaret Cheney, Emerson Mylon Colwell, John Berry Cox, Megan Dorothy Cravinho, Bianca Serapilia Dasilva, Emily Jane DeRoehn, Fiona Mary Frederiks, Schuyler Bates Greenho, Lillian Ellette Grethel, Emma Rose Griffith, Catharine Judith Harrison, Isabella Faith Hine, Grace Ann Lathrop, Owen Russell Macadam, Elle Addison McAraw, Emma Meekhoff, Marina May Melluzzo, Riley Elizabeth Nelson, Sophia Grace Ortoleva, Connie Wendy Pan, Lauren Adam Pitt, Jacob Leary Quaratella, Hayden Brooks-McCall Saunders, Tait Alexander Sawden, Jesper Fredrik Silberberg, Jake Talin Stewart, Lian Elise Thompson, Angus James Graeme Tresnan, Lauren Elizabeth Wallace, Kelly Marie Walsh, Ellery Hope Zrenda

Grade 9: Grace Avery Arnold, Nihad Bicic, Hannah Faith Britt, Evan Davis Clark, Anne Josephine Colangelo, John Glynn Conley, Lauren Elizabeth Creagan, Caroline Grace Crolius, Elias Orion D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Mackenzie Duddy, Eleanor Eliza Dushin, Samantha Brie Geshel, Aiden John Goiangos, Madison Grace Hubbard, Fiona Dorothy Hufford, Nevin Varkey Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Owen Talbot Kegley, Cora Catalina Kern, Michael Richard Klier, Felse Alexandra Catherine Mary Kyle, William Christopher Larson, Reese Jameson Maguire, Abigail Eve Manthous, Stephanie Marie Mauro, Grace Corbett McAdams, Evan David Morgan, Elle Jolie Myers, Bella Kai Orlando, Adeline Michelle Riccio, Katie Ann Roberts, Margaret Jeanne Rommel, Alexander Joseph Roth, Frank Louis Sablone, Olivia Fu Xin Schaedler, Calvin Nicklas Scheiber, Abigail Jane Sicuranza, Abby Katherine Speckhals, Drew Michael St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Grace Stout, Madison Grace Thompson, Olivia Elizabeth Turtoro, Aidan Matthew Ward, Melanie Emma Warren, Ellie Donna Wells, Mary Katherine Wholean, Ryan Everett Zbierski

Honors

Grade 12: Teresa Elisabeth Rosie Allan, Catherine Marie Battalino, Lauren Ann Birk, Claire Constance Britton, Paige Catherine Britton, Jocelyn Miracle Campbell, Tyler Wilson Clark, John Joseph Coughlin, Lily Marilyn Cox, Thomas Martin Creagan, Marlena Julianne Elmoznino, Aoife Marie Hufford, Andrea Rose Kathe, Joshua William Liefeld, Nicholas Noah Myers, Jenny Yana Ritchie, Eaven Rivera, James Patrick Rollins, Quintin Robert Romeo, Nicholas Francis Roth, Olivia Leigh Rugg, Griffin Rex Standish, Carson Selden Swope, Ethan Gabriel Tracano

Grade 11: Anabella Nicola Arias, Martinez Lisbet Yosery Carcamo, Emilia Annmarie Cheesman, Sarah Belle Conley, Elizabeth Anne Cravinho, Ty Kenton Dean, Theodore Edward Enoch, Emily Grace Evers, Araselys Rose Farrell, Lucy Marie Gilbert, Parker Phillip Hubbard, Renate Jane Kuhn, Biuma Kazadi Mariame, Melissa Nicole Mauro, Natalie Grace Meyers, Ryan Christopher Mitchell, Maxwell Derek Morrissey, Chandler Mary Munson, Samantha Elizabeth Owen, Cajamarca Jenny Gabriela Pelaez, Jared Scott Ritchie, Jane Stacey Scheiber, Taylor Ann Sedlatschek, Colby Patrick Sides, Summer Abigail Siefken, Haley Ryan Stevens, Ryan Jules Tetreault, Lydia Grace Tinnerello, Sydney Kathleen Trowbridge, Jackson Calvert Warren, Clair Margaret Wholean

Grade 10: Colbe Kent Andrews, Kaylee Ann Armenia, Olivia Louise Bartlett, Maxwell Otto Bauchmann, Jason Richard Beebe, Ava Campbell Berry, Truman Arthur Boller, Kyuss Buono, Patrick Nuhad Dagher, Francette Mae Donato, Corah Serene Engdall, Leslie Dorothy Farrell, Sadie Caffry Frankel, Eveliz Adelaide Fuentes, Regan Joshua Kaye, Corey Aidan Klimaszewski, Paige Elizabeth Kolesnik, Destiny Marita Kus, Gabriel Ilunga Lavoie, Mackenzie Rose Machnik, Emma Kay McCulloch, Brianna Frances Melillo, Michael Joseph Milazzo, Timothy Shane O’Brien, Anwyn Mae Paynter, Gavin Lawrence Porter, Ezra Nathaniel Pyle, Tessa Leighann St.Germain, Katrina Marie Wallace, Alison Grace Ward

Grade 9: Nicholas Mark Adeletti, John Cochrane Almy, Andrew James Bennett, Ethan Jeremiah Carr, Ryan Joseph Clark, James William Creagan, Elise Marie DeBernardo, Mischa Jo Elmoznino, Nicholas Michael Fiore, Iona Dominique Fitzgerald, Victoria Noel Gage, Nicolette Cote Hallahan, Andrew Edward Hedberg, Julia Lee Johnston, Olivia Frances Lecza, Alex Almeida Lee, Mikayla Grace Masilotti, Jacob Douglas Meyers, Samuel Alias Mullaney, Brendan Patrick O’Brien, Michael St.John O’Donnell, Jacob Paul Ritchie, Aidan Lee Russell, McLean Ivana Signora, Matthew William Snyder, Maverick Anthony Swaney, John Russell Videll, Evan Joseph Visgilio, Aden River Wilson, Paige Alyssa Winchell, Avery Richard Wyman

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
2018-19 Q3 Honor Roll   

High Honors

Grade 8: Bridget Allan, William R Barry, Callie Grace Bass, Livie Abigail Bass, Jillian Hope Beebe, Jordan Faith Beebe, Gillian Anna Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Lyn Bucior, Gretchen Wood Burgess, Sarah Frost Burnham, Hayley Marie Cann, Liam Foley Celic, Luke Harty Celic, Alexander John Chrysoulakis, Grace Victoria Colwell, William Christopher Danes, Anna Rebecca Davis, Kylie Praylyn Dishaw, Cole Raymond Dobratz, John Pierson Eichholz, Clarence Charles Hinckley, Willa Kate Hoerauf, Dylan Scott Hovey, Karissa Kanghan Huang, Owen Alexander Ingersoll-Bonsack, Aidan Shea Kerrigan, Phoebe Athena Lampos, Jonah Michael Lathrop, Monique Makwes Lavoie, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Harris Macadam, Marielle Grace Mather, Madalyn Josephine McCulloch, Caden Charles Monte, Cooper Kenneth Munson, Kelsey MacKinstry Pryor, Izzadora Georgia Reynolds, Benjamin Joseph Roth, Eli Winston Ryan, Alyssa Nicole Spooner, Tova Maeve Toriello, Kaitlyn Emily Ward, Harry William Whitten, George Henry Williams, Quinn Madison Williams

Grade 7: Peighton Andrews, Emma Catherine Bayor, Oliver Campbell Berry, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Henry Edison Boller, Henry Ronald Boremski, Drew Arthur Brackley, Natalie Faith Buckley, Jackson Charles Bullock, Sarah Jane Colangelo, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Macklin David Cushman, Eric Jacques Dagher, Eva Rose D’Onofrio, Ryder James-Edward Goss, Sydney Grace Goulding, Nyla Susan Goulis, Alexis Lee Grasdock, Justin James Green, Katherine Lynette Gryk, Abby Janet Hale, Nathaniel Flynn Heon, Leland Gerber Hine, Sedona Holland, Agatha Fay Hunt, Beatrice Stelfox Hunt, Sabina June Jungkeit, Emmerson Norcia Kaye, Dakota Wills Kotzan, Luke Samuel Legein, Matthew William Mazzalupo, Anna Gerety McAdams, Griffin Sam McGlinchey, Matthew Braden Burns Miller, Katherine Elizabeth Mullaney, Delaney Grace Nelson, Isabelle McEntire O’Connor, Kayla Ann O’Leary, Grace Olivia Phaneuf, Jack David Porter, Luisa Lambert Raby, Haley Rae Shaw, Owen Thomas Snurkowski, Keara Megan Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Scott Wells, Tyler Joseph Wells, Summer Paige Wollack

Grade 6: Emma Rose Arelt, Ella Aley Austin, Natalie Amelia Barndt, Micah Everett Bass, Molly Grace Boardman, Samuel David Bocian, Chase Miles Calderon, Tabitha Rose Colwell, Gloria Luz Conley, Chloe Irene Datum, Zoe Siena Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Anne Edmed, Anna Sophia Eichholz, Ella Evans, Grace Elisabeth Ferman, Hoshena Sora Gemme, Marcella Margaret Gencarella, Salvatore Anthony Gencarella, Ava Clare Gilbert, Henry Martin Griswold, Kyle Nathaniel Ingersoll-Bonsack, Shyla Chantelle Jones, Simon Maxwell Karpinski, Aven Irene Kellert, Olivia Grace Kelly, Ella Frances Kiem, Ada Marie LaConti, James Emmanuel Lahot, Elise Grace Leonardo, Andrew Liu, Colette Elena Marchant, Nathan James Morgan, Abigail Nancy O’Brien, Kanon Amy Oharu, Filip Jaromir Pecher-Kohout, Sophie Catriona Pennie, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Lyn Simler, Morgan Kelly Standish, Charlotte Rebekah Tinniswood, Leah Fay Volponi, Kathleen Noel Walsh, Ava Gray Wilcox, Ava Rose Wood-Muller

Honors

Grade 8: Olivia Grace Alpha, Elsie Beatrice Arafeh-Hudson, Whitney Tyler Barbour, Cooper Russell Bowman, Arber Hoxha, Madison Madonna Krol, Karleigh Paige Landers, Joseph Nicholas Montazella, Calvin Andrew Monte, Alain Jaromir Pecher-Kohout, Santiago Israel Rodriguez, Rhyleigh Berit Russell, Anders Erik Silberberg

Grade 7: Nicholas Paul Cheesman, Lucas Milo DaSilva, Amelia Lynn Gage, Brodie Cole Lippincott, Elaina Marie Morosky, Ronald Peter Olin, Ava Sophia Roth, Kylie-Jean Patricia Sevigny, Sydney Morgan Siefken, Madeleine Sydney Soriano, Gabriel Charles Tooker, Kalea VanPelt

Grade 6: Christopher Patrick Anderson, Oliver Pierre Avelange, Austin Ruben Buckingham, Mark Kasper Burnham, Autumn Reign Dionne, Shane Hudson Eastman-Grossel, Samantha Rose Fiske, Abigail Ann Griffith, Jonathan Cole Harms, Brenden Thomas Landry, Elizabeth Blackwell Lopez, Ysabel Mariflor Rodriguez, Kelly Fei Sheehan, Andrew John Sicuranza

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Old Lyme Historical Society Presents Lecture on Bygone Transportation Tonight; All Welcome

Steve Cryan will be the guest speaker at the Old Lyme Historical Society Thursday evening.

The stories of commercial transportation in the Connecticut River Valley will come to life on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. when the Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc. (OLHSI) presents Steve Cryan, who will give a lecture titled, “Transportation of a Bygone Era”

Using his colorful storytelling technique and vibrant images, Cryan will take the audience on a wonderful journey through place and time in this one-of-a-kind presentation featuring his photographs of tugboats and steam trains.

The event will be held at the OLHSI building at 55 Lyme St., Old Lyme. All are welcome.

Suggested donation at the door is $8 (two for $15) and the proceeds will benefit the OLHSI.

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Death Announced of Veteran, Former Old Lyme Citizen of Year, James G. ‘Tim’ Keenan

This photo taken on Patriots Day, September 11, 2015 includes James G. (Tim) Keenan seated at right of the middle row. Also in the photo are WWII veterans (from left to right) are (front row) Norman Emerson, Thomas Clements and Francis Fetrow; (second row) George King, George Hunt, and Edmund Wolcott (standing); and (third row: Janet Littlefield, James Noyes and Page Wodell.

The death of James G. ‘Tim’ Keenan on May 11, 2019 has been announced. A familiar figure at veteran’s events in Old Lyme, Mr. Keenan was also a former Old Lyme Citizen of the Year.  His obituary can be found at this link.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 17, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371. A graveside service will take place Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Old Lyme Ambulance Association, 14 Cross Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371, or the Old Lyme Chapter of the American Legion, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com for photos, tributes, directions, and more service information.

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Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center Presents CT River Lecture Series This Month; Third Lecture on ‘Hummingbirds and Swifts,’ May 29

This May, the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center will present its annual Connecticut River Lecture Series, showcasing experts on environmental, scientific, and cultural issues of interest to residents of Southeastern CT. The Kitchings Family Foundation sponsors the series.

This year’s lecture topics are:

Centuries of Climate History as told by our Trees
Thursday, May 9, at 5pm in Old Lyme Town Hall
Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist at the Harvard University Forest

Tidelands of the CT River: An Ecological Treasure of Global Importance
Wednesday, May 15, at 5pm in Hamilton Hall, Essex Meadows
Scott Warren, Temple Professor Emeritus of Botany at Connecticut College

The Habits and Work of Two Species: Hummingbirds and Chimney Swifts
Wednesday, May 29, at 5pm in First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Margaret Rubega, Connecticut State Ornithologist & Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut.

For details, locations and reservations, visit https://www.ctaudubon.org/rtp-programs-events/~

Lectures are free but seating is limited.

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Town of Lyme to Hold Annual Town Meeting Tonight, Proposed 2019-20 Budget Published

The Town of Lyme will hold its annual Town Meeting Tuesday, May 14, at 8 p.m. at Lyme Town Hall. It has published the proposed Town budget for next year in the “Classifieds” section of “The Day,” as well as on its website and Facebook page.

All residents of Lyme who are qualified to vote in the Town Meeting are invited to attend.

At the meeting, the Town will present the following agenda to residents:

⦁ Acknowledge receipt of the Town of Lyme Annual Report for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2018.
⦁ Consider and act on an ordinance concerning the appointment of the Lyme Town Clerk.
⦁ Consider and act on an ordinance to allow the Lyme Tax Collector to retain overpayments of less than $5.00.
⦁ Consider and act on a repeal and replacement of Ordinance 2011-2 authorizing the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Lyme to accept gifts, grants, devises, bequests and trusts to increase the amount authorized to an amount up to and including $100,000.00.
⦁ Consider and act on estimates of the Lyme Board of Finance for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020.

The proposed town budget can be viewed or downloaded at https://bit.ly/2PMFkLD.

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CT Valley Camera Club Hosts Renowned Photographer George Fellner, June 3: All Welcome

The guest speaker at the Monday, June 3, meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be professional photographer George Fellner, who will give a talk titled, “ Pictures at an Exhibition: A Mindset for Creative Photography.” The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn. All are welcome. There is no admission charge.

This program explores the characteristics and attributes that make a photograph successful.  While there are numerous categories and genres of subject material, there are nonetheless certain common denominators that can be implemented for making a good photograph.  One can determine a preferred genre as well as a theme that relates to a personal frame of reference for creating a body of work.

Specifically, there is a set of criteria that can be defined as objectives.  For example, an image should have impact and possess a certain attraction that is both compelling as well as captivating for the viewer.  A creative expression that is unique and imaginative, helping to convey a message is paramount for a photograph that is intended to leave a lasting impression.

Furthermore, drama and emotion have the propensity to affect the viewer’s experience.  The elements of composition certainly are a part of the equation, as well as the technical understanding of proper lighting, color balance, resolution, detail, contrast, tonal gradation, among other specific aspects.

Through a discussion of concepts, strategies, and process, George Fellner presents a mindset for creative photography.  His use of visual examples helps to illustrate the positive and negative aspects of a photograph in a descriptive and revealing manner.  The intent is to provide an understanding of what makes a photograph creative and what is involved in judging images in a photo show.  Ultimately, as photographers, we all strive to learn what works for Pictures at an Exhibition.

As a photographer and architect, Fellner is committed to a dual life-path involving visual discovery and design, relating to both the natural and built environments.  He has been presenting photography programs to camera clubs, art guilds, professional organizations, historical societies, community groups, and schools since 2004.  His subjects include landscape, architecture, travel, and elements of nature.

Fellner received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida.  Now, with over 30 years as principal of Fellner Architects, he continues to utilize his design sensitivities for creative photography.

Fellner’s photographs have been published in books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and travel guides.  INK Publications magazine (Feb 2013) featured the article Photographer George Fellner: Architect for Body and Spirit.  The book Artists’ Homes and Studios (2015) by E. Ashley Rooney features Fellner’s studio, art, and creative process.  He wrote and published his first book Imaginary Realms: The Visual Language of Stones and Crystals (2016).

His latest book Essence of Architecture in East Haddam: Expressions of a Connecticut River Town is being published in May of 2019.

Fellner’s work has been exhibited in art galleries and museums, both in group shows and solo shows.  A series of his images are exhibited in permanent art collections at the Yale School of Medicine, the Jackson Laboratory at the University of Connecticut, and the NYC offices for Nature Genetics, an international science journal.

The CVCC is dedicated to offering its membership the opportunity to become better photographers. The group offers a variety of presentations and interactive workshops to help members expand their technical and creative skills. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcomed.  The club draws members from up and down the river, from Middletown to Old Saybrook; from East Hampton to Old Lyme; and along the shoreline from Guilford to Gales Ferry.

For more information, visit the club’s website at https://ctvalleycameraclub.smugmug.com/ . CVCC meeting dates, speakers/topics, and other notices are also published on the club’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CTValleyCameraClubPage .

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Want to March in Old Lyme’s Memorial Day Parade? Here’s How …

Old Lyme’s Annual Memorial Day observance is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

The Memorial Day observance is sponsored by the Town of Old Lyme, the Old Lyme Fire Department, American Legion Post # 41 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1467.

If readers would like to participate, contact the Old Lyme First Selectwoman’s office at Town Hall or email olfd387@comcast.net.

The grand parade will start promptly at the Lyme Street Fire Station and proceed via Lyme Street and McCurdy Road to the Duck River Cemetery for a memorial service.

Following the program, the parade will re-form and return to the fire station where refreshments will be available to all parade participants.

The winners of an essay contest on “What Memorial Day Means To Me” will read their essays as part of the cemetery program.

Parade participants are asked to report to the fire station not later than 10:30 a.m. for assignment to positions in the line of march, which will form on the access road behind the fire station.

In the event of rain, the parade will be canceled and an appropriate ceremony will be conducted at the Middle School Auditorium at 11 a.m. followed by refreshments at the Lyme Street Fire Station.

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Region 18 Budget Approved by Almost 2:1 Margin in Referendum

The proposed 2019-20 Region 18 budget was approved convincingly in both Lyme and Old Lyme by an almost 2:1 margin in yesterday’s referendum.  The “Yes’ votes totaled 558 (63.4 percent) while the No’s notched 322 (36.6 percent.)

Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented, “We are pleased with the outcome of this referendum vote and appreciate the continued support of our schools from the communities of Lyme and Old Lyme. This budget will allow us to continue to provide the premier education experience in Connecticut.”

The breakdown of the vote from each town was as follows:

Lyme
Yes: 162
No: 34

Old Lyme
Yes: 396
No: 288

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Community Connections Host CT Mirror’s Budget Reporter This Morning at Networking Breakfast; All Welcome

CT Mirror Budget Reporter Keith Phaneuf will be the speaker at Community Connections, May 8.

Community Connections and the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce host a Networking Breakfast Wednesday, May 8, at 8 a.m. at the Old Lyme Country Club. The guest speaker will be Keith Phaneuf, who is Budget Reporter at the CT Mirror. He will speak on, “How Connecticut’s Budget Woes Affect Your Organization.”

Phaneuf will address Connecticut’s legacy of pension debt and its ongoing impact on social services, health care, education, transportation and municipalities. He will also cover Governor Ned Lamont’s attempt to balance state finances both for the upcoming budget and over the long haul, and its implications for these priorities and Connecticut’s next generation of taxpayers.

Admission is $15 and all are welcome. Breakfast will be served.

Register online at www.LOLCommunityConnections.org or contact Tina Birkic at: (203) 249-4642 or tinabirkic@gmail.com.

Send your check payable to Community Connections to 5 Rose Ln., Old Lyme, CT  06371

Community Connections provides opportunities to discuss community issues and interests, and opportunities for collaboration among organizations serving Lyme and Old Lyme.

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Blood Drive Today in Old Lyme in Honor of LOLHS Grad Lisa Russell

Pam Russell (left) stands with daughter Lisa sometime previous to the serious accident Lisa sustained in spring 2018 in Boston. A Blood Drive is being held in Old Lyme tomorrow in honor of Lisa.

A Blood Drive is being held tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme at 2 Ferry Rd.

This Drive is in honor of a former resident of Old Lyme, Lisa Russell, who is in her twenties and was seriously injured in an accident in Boston in the spring of 2018.  Lisa, was a member of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Class of 2007, and her siblings are also LOLHS graduates.  Her father is Andy, who serves as Chairman of the Old Lyme Board of Finance and her mother, Pam, is  a Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School language teacher.

Lisa was struck by an out of control driver while walking in Medford, Mass., one year ago.  In her journey to recovery, she required more than 80 pints of blood (most in the first hours and days following her accident).

Lisa’s sister Kim, who has organized the drive, is hoping to fill 100 appointments at tomorrow’s drive. Readers can book an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org

All donors will receive a $5 Amazon Gift card from The Red Cross.

Anyone who cannot donate but wishes to help at the Blood Drive can sign up to help at https://signup.com/go/SWEXfDC

 

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Vote Today in Referendum on Region 18’s Proposed 2019-20 Budget

Polling stations in Lyme and Old Lyme are open today from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A referendum is being held today in Lyme and Old Lyme on the Region 18 proposed 2019-20 budget. Voting takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting locations for Lyme and Old Lyme are respectively Lyme Town Hall and Cross Lane Firehouse.

Residents of Old Lyme and Lyme age 18 and over are eligible to vote in the referendum, which in order to pass, must achieve a simple majority of the combined vote of both towns.

The result will be published on LymeLine.com as soon as it is available this evening.

On Feb. 6, the Region 18 BOE approved a $35,084,758 budget for the 2019-2020 school year. This proposed budget represents a 2.29 percent increase over the prior year.

The main program improvements are the Pre-K expansion, 1:1 technology expansion for K-12, updated Next Generation Science Standards materials and enhanced security.

The major facility projects in the Operating Budget are the replacement of three tennis courts ($225K), classrooms for the Pre-K expansion ($180K), partial redesign and carpet replacement of the Middle School Media Center ($45K), and carpet replacement in Lyme Consolidated School ($12K.) These projects total $462K.  The proposed installation of a solar electric system, which is part of the non-operating budget, will be funded by the purchase of a power agreement.

Certified salaries at $14.0 million comprise 39.9 percent of the budget while non-certified salaries at $3.5 million account for 9.9 percent.

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Commentaries on the Proposed 2019-20 Region 18 Budget

We received a request from Old Lyme resident Mona Colwell to publish the statement she read at the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education meeting last Wednesday, May 1.  Her statement (printed below) relates to the proposed 2019-20 Lyme-Old Lyme Schools budget on which the citizens of Lyme and Old Lyme will vote in a referendum on Tuesday.

Since the referendum is so close, we invited Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser to respond to the statement. He explained that he did not wish to do so as he is bound under election rules not to give an opinion on a matter being voted on by the public within seven days of that election.

In the interests of equity and independence to which we always attempt to ascribe, we are therefore publishing a statement on the budget given to us by Superintendent Neviaser back in February, which reads as follows:

“I am pleased that the Board of Education has voted to support the fiscally responsible budget that we proposed.  The 2.29 percent increase is one of the lower budget increases our communities have seen and is far lower than all of our surrounding districts.  This budget will continue to provide a top notch educational program to our students and communities with enhancements to what is already one of the strongest districts in the state.”

Colwell’s statement made May 1 to the Region 18 Board of Education reads:

“Four months ago, you, the Board, accepted an idea of pre-k expansion in the upcoming budget on a premise that it could work in the budget. However, you have been given misinformation about this proposed pre-k expansion.
You were told that the student population and the numbers of sections at Mile Creek were decreasing – they are not.
You were told that this was a way to avoid letting teachers go – however we now know this expansion requires increasing the number of teachers and Instructional assistants for Region 18
The data you were presented in support of pre-k expansion is not comparable to our area – there is no data to support the benefits of a 5 day, all day pre-k program for the socio-economic population in our towns.
The curriculum we have now was developed as a one on one peer based academic special needs program, so yes, we have a curriculum, but it’s not one that is created for a universal pre-k program.
You were told that the local businesses are ok with the expansion, but they are not and offering free pre-k for all will put local businesses out of business, further reducing the options available to our local families so they will have to go to Old Saybrook and East Lyme for other preschool options. Where are they going to buy a house then? According to Ian Neviaser, they’ll buy a house where their kids are going to preschool and that will not be in our towns.
You were told that everyone in our towns wants free pre-k for all kids – we have over 300 signatures on two petitions from people who don’t want the pre-k expansion in it’s (sic) current form, who are asking you as a Board to hold off on this proposal so that the program can be fully developed.Diane Linderman and Ian Neviaser told us at the Middle School PTO meeting in March that you, as a Board, still have time to rework the Region 18 2019/2020 budget, you can remove the proposed pre-k expansion costs of $400,000, you can adjust for the $150,000 in insurance savings that we already know about and you can decrease the heating expenses to Region 18 by $300,000 by taking steps to prevent heat loss in all of our buildings and offer a flat budget for the 2019/2020 school year without taking any programing away from our k-12 students.
By creating a flat budget, the current $1.2 million increase to the taxpayers of Old Lyme will be decreased by over $640,000.
Ian Neviaser has said that he’ll keep the pre-k expansion even if the budget gets voted down – the truth is that no one in our towns wants the budget to get voted down.
But we do want fiscal responsibility and we want you, the Board of Education, to represent us, the taxpayers. That’s why you were elected. As a Board, you can take the pre-k expansion out of the budget since it was put in under false pretenses. Then you’ll have time to explore how to add universal pre-k in a cost effective manner, with realistic logistics, minimal impact on the taxpayers and no negative effect on local businesses.
As a Board of Education concerned with children who may not be receiving pre-k exposure prior to kindergarten, you can change the lottery system, that we all know is not a blind lottery, to give preference to those families who have financial hardship and may not be able to afford sending their children to pre-school. We already as a community have accepted that the peer program is paid for by the taxes. So, make an adjustment to your acceptance of peers to ensure that those children most in need are taken over those who can afford to send their children to preschool.
Give us a budget that we can support on May 7th.
Thank you.”

 

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Receives ‘College Success Award,’ Only 1,722 Schools Recognized Nationally

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has received the College Success Award from GreatSchools.org.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has received the College Success Award, which honors schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for college, enroll in college and succeed once they get there.

Launched by GreatSchools.org, the 2019 College Success Award recognizes only 1,722 schools in 25 states. Award-winning schools have a successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two- or four-year college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year, according to available data from each state.

College- and career-ready graduates are critical to fueling the U.S. economy, as 65 percent of jobs will require a post-secondary degree by 2020. Lyme-Old Lyme High School is one of the approximately 20 percent of eligible schools that won the College Success Award.

In response to this recognition, Superintendent Ian Neviaser stated, “This honor is a testament to the commitment of our students and their families, our dedicated staff, and the communities that continue to support our mission. We are honored to be recognized as a part of such an elite group.”

“Lyme-Old Lyme High School is providing their students with a high-quality education that equips and empowers them with the skills to forge a path to bright futures,” said Jon Deane, CEO of GreatSchools.org. “We applaud students, parents, teachers and the entire community for their dedication to pursuing college success.”

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‘Point of View’ on Display at Lyme Art Association Through June 7

‘Afternoon Shadows’ by Steven Linde in pastel is the featured work in ‘Point of View.’

Lyme Art Association currently hosts ‘Point of View,’ the 98th Annual Elected Artist Show and Sale, and also a show by the Connecticut Watercolor Society.

Both exhibitions are on view through June 7.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 to 5 p.m, and by appointment. Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested.

Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.

For further information, call (860) 434-7802 or visit lymeartassociation.org

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Musical Masterworks Presents Season Finale Concert This Afternoon

Cellist Edward Arron

Musical Masterworks will close its 28th season by celebrating the masterpieces of Haydn, Prokofiev and Schubert on Saturday, May 4, at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the acoustically perfect First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

This season finale of the 28th season of Music Masterworks features acclaimed husband-wife duo, pianist Gloria Chien and violinist Soovin Kim, who join Edward Arron for a performance of Schubert’s remarkable E-flat Major Trio, one of the great masterpieces from the composer’s final year.

The program will begin with the C Major Trio by ‘Papa’ Haydn, followed by Prokofiev’s F minor Sonata for Violin and Piano.

Individual tickets are available for $40 for adults and $5 for students. Visit Musical Masterworks at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.

Musical Masterworks returns in October with its 29th season, which will include a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary featuring his complete quartets during two special three-day concert weekends in March and May 2020.

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CANCELLED: Lyme Land Trust Hosts Earth Day Celebration Today

Looking for bugs at the Earth Day Family Festival 2018. File photo submitted by Lyme Land Trust.

5/4 UPDATE: This event has been CANCELLED due to rain.  It will be re-scheduled for late summer or early fall with a similar lineup of activities.

Celebrate Earth Day next Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 2nd Annual Earth Day Family Festival sponsored by the Lyme Land Trust. During this community event at Banningwood Preserve on Town St. in Lyme, there will be a short half-mile walk from parking to Diana’s Field where there will be a host of family-friendly activities.

Scheduled activities are as follows:

  • 11 a.m. Meet for family-friendly forest walk with biologist Jim Arrigoni (meet at entrance to Banningwood Preserve)
  • 12:30-2 p.m. Geology walk with Ralph Lewis (meet Ralph in Diana’s Field)

‘Anytime’ activities include:

  • ‘Bug Discovery’ in Roaring Brook with Pat Young of the Eight Mile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee
  • Fun and games in Diana’s Field with Lyme’s Park and Rec.
  • Live music in Diana’s Field
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • S’mores by the bonfire
  • Bring your own blanket and picnic!
  • Goodie bags

Bring your own water to drink.

For more information, contact stewardship@lymelandtrust.org or visit lymelandtrust.org

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State Police Host Open House on Becoming a State Trooper in Sound View This Morning

The State Police will host an Open House for anyone interested in applying to the next testing phase to become a Connecticut State Trooper on Friday, May 3, at the Shoreline Community Center in Old Lyme from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

All questions regarding the State Police Academy and general life as a State Trooper will be answered by Old Lyme Resident State Trooper Greg Hunter.

The public is also welcome to discuss any current issues, questions or concerns about local law enforcement matters as well as any about the upcoming summer beach season.

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