January 20, 2020

Old Lyme Girls Pull Off Confident Win at H-K

LYME/OLD LYME — On Tuesday, Don Bugbee’s girls traveled to Haddam-Killingworth and came away with a strong 46-32 victory. Leading scorer Sam Gray notched an impressive 19 points with eight rebounds while Emily DeRoehn added nine points with nine rebounds and five steals.

Coach Bugbee commented, “It was a solid team performance overall with offensive and defensive contributions from all players.”

The team’s current record is 5-2 in the Shoreline Conference.

On Friday, Old Lyme meets Amistad at home and next Tuesday, Jan. 14, they face East Hampton, also at home.


Carney, Formica Host Pre-Session Legislative Update, Jan. 22; All Welcome

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th)

LYME/OLD LYME/OLD SAYBROOK – State Representative Devin Carney (R-35) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) will host a legislative update to speak with residents prior to the start of 2020 legislative session, which convenes Wednesday, Feb. 5. 

The event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 12:45 to 1:45 p..m. at the Estuary Council of Seniors, 220 Main St., Old Saybrook and is open to the public and area residents who wish to discuss issues affecting the district, bill proposal ideas, or other legislative related topics.

If you are unable to make the event but would like to speak to either legislator, you can email Rep. Carney at Devin.Carney@housegop.ct.gov, or call him at 800-842-1423 or email Sen. Formica at Paul.Formica@cga.ct.gov or call the senate offices at 800-842-1421.


Legal News You Can Use: What Happens When You Suffer From Chemical Burns?

Chemical burns are a real problem in some workplaces. Whether you’re working in a chemistry lab or teach at a local university, you could be exposed to chemicals that could leave your skin burned and damaged.

Chemical burns can be caused by some common chemicals found in schools, homes and workplaces. For example, common products that sometimes cause chemical burns include:

  • Ammonia
  • Denture cleaners
  • Chlorine
  • Bleach
  • Battery acid

What are some symptoms of chemical burns?

Symptoms of chemical burns include:

  • Irritation or redness in the affected area
  • Loss of vision if the eyes came into contact with the chemicals
  • Numbness
  • Dead or blackened skin

If swallowed, some symptoms that might occur include:

  • Headaches
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle twitches

If you believe that you’ve suffered a chemical burn or that you’ve ingested chemicals at work, it’s important to call 911 or get to the hospital quickly. Your health care provider will then make a diagnosis based on your condition.

Chemical burns can affect the epidermis, resulting in superficial burns with a high likelihood of recovery. They can also cause burns that go into the dermis, which is a second-degree burn. Third-degree, or full-thickness burns, are when the subcutaneous tissues are involved.

Chemical burns must be treated as quickly as possible. The chemical needs to be removed from the skin or body in whatever way possible. Usually, the skin must be rinsed for 10 to 20 minutes with running water.

If you suffer a chemical burn at work, remember that your workers’ compensation coverage should cover your medical care and other losses.

Sponsored Post on behalf of Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law.


Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center Hosts Plethora of New Programs in New Year

OLD LYME — The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center (RTPEC) has announced an extensive range of new programs for the early months of 2020 as follows:


Wednesday, Jan. 8 , 10-11am
Theme: A Long Winter’s Nap – Animal Hibernation
RTP Estuary Center, Old Lyme

Start their love of nature early. Join us for this parent/caregiver and child nature class designed for children who are 3 to 5 years old. Activities will encourage discovery, explorations, and expression through stories, hands-on activities, and art.  Adult is free with child participant.

$15 members; $20 non-members. Register here


Tuesdays January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, and Monday, February 17, 5:30 pm
Old Lyme

Perhaps no other group of birds harbor as much mystery and intrigue as owls. As we’re heading to sleep they are just starting their day. These nocturnal hunters are perfectly adapted to life in darkness, from their silent flight to their unique eyes and ears. Join us at the newest and largest Old Lyme Land Trust property as we search for the incredible birds, and learn about what makes them such perfect nighttime fliers. Bring a headlamp or flashlight (preferably one with a red light setting) and binoculars, and bundle up! Appropriate for ages 10 and up. *Limit of 12 participants per program*

$5 for members, $10 for non-members

Tuesday, January 14 – Register
Tuesday, January 21 – Register
Tuesday, January 28 – Register

Tuesday, February 4 – Register
Tuesday, February 11 – Register
Monday, February 17 – Register


Greater Scaup, male in foreground.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 – 10:30 am
Griswold Point, Old Lyme

As the lakes and ponds of the northeast freeze over, many species of waterfowl head to the coast, to open water. Sea ducks, Loons, Grebes and more call the coast of Connecticut home during the winter. The mouth of the Connecticut River, on Long Island Sound, is the perfect place to spot these winter species gathering just offshore. Bring your binoculars, and layer up! We will provide a spotting scope, an essential piece of equipment for waterfowl watching.

$5 for members, $10 for non-members, register here


MLK Day Vacation Program with the RTP Estuary Center
Monday, Jan. 20; 9am – 4pm
Lyme Youth Services Bureau, Old Lyme

Explore the natural world of winter with the RTP Estuary Center! Outdoor explorations, hands-on science experiments, games, and creative activities are in store!  Winter attire required. Program is for ages 6 – 11. Each child should bring a water bottle and a nut free snack and lunch. Registration is required.

$40 members, $50 non-members. Registration is required. Register here


Thursday, Jan. 30, 5 pm
RTP Estuary Center, Old Lyme

Join us for the grand unveiling of our new CT River Estuary mural! This volunteer collaborated acrylic mural depicts our local estuary plants and animals at both the micro and macroscopic levels. You’ll also be able to see inside our ever changing and improving center and meet one-on-one with the teacher-naturalists and artists of the mural. Learn about the different styles that each of the artists brought to this collaborative piece and their background as budding or established artists. This event is free.

Register here


Whooo Wants to Learn about Owls?
Saturday, Jan. 25; 10:30 – 11:30 am and 1-2 pm
Saturday, March 7; 10:30-11:30 and 1-2 pm
RTP Estuary Center, Old Lyme

Join us for an hour with an owl! Our teacher-naturalists will be presenting Cookie, the barred owl while we learn about this local species up close including where and when they nest, what they sound like and ways you can help ensure a healthy population of barred owls in CT! We will also be examining real owl feathers, dissecting owl pellets, and identifying mammal bones. $15 members, $25 non-member, $10 for children 10 and under

Saturday, Jan. 25 10:30-11:30am – Register
Saturday, Jan. 25 1:00-2:00pm – Register

Saturday, March 7 10:30-11:30am – Register
Saturday, March 7 1:00-2:00pm – Register


Photo by Brian Bennett

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30-7:30pm
RTP Estuary Center, Old Lyme

Thursday, Feb. 13, 6 – 7 pm
Wild Birds Unlimited, Niantic

Sunday, Feb. 16, 9 – 11 a.m.
Connecticut College Arboretum, New London

Since 1998, people all over the world have participated in the first citizen science project to collect wild bird data, the Great Backyard Bird Count! Join us at the RTP Estuary Center for an informational session about the history and background of the count, as well as how to conduct your own Great Backyard Bird Count! On Sunday, February 16 come practice your skills in the field at the Connecticut College Arboretum in New London, a designated important bird area. Whether you are a seasoned birder or a novice, this is a great opportunity to learn how to identify and count birds in the wild, and be a part of a worldwide citizen project.
This program is free, but we ask that you register.

Register for the RTPEC Info Session here

Register for the Wild Birds Unlimited Info Session at 860-739-7302 or at wbuniantic@sbcglobal.net

Register for Field Session here


Feb. 22, 9-10:30am
Watch Rock Preserve, Old Lyme

Shake off your cabin fever, head outside and join one of our teacher-naturalists for a winter walk. We will look for tracks, listen for birds and enjoy the beauty of the woods in winter. Keep warm by trying to complete our winter scavenger hunt!

$5 members, $10 non-members, children 6 and under free, register here


Wildcat Girls Defeat Portland in Gritty Game

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme girls notched an important Shoreline Conference victory yesterday when they defeated Portland 32-28. The low-scoring game was played in Old Lyme and takes the Wildcat’s conference record to 4-2.

Coach Bugbee commented after the game, “After a slow start to the game, we improved throughout the second and third quarters,” adding, “We hung on through the fourth quarter for the win, against a very determined Portland team.”

Emily DeRoehn scored 14 points and took seven rebounds along with two steals while Sam Gray grabbed nine points, six rebounds and two steals.

Upcoming games for the girls are Tuesday, Jan.7, at Haddam-Killingworth and Friday, Jan. 10, when they face Amistad in Old Lyme. Junior Varsity games tip off at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity games at 7 p.m. All games are open to the public.


Talking Transportation: Speed Kills

Jim Cameron

Speed kills … and I don’t just mean methamphetamines.  Speeding on our roads is linked to over 36,000 deaths each year in the US.  That’s almost 700 deaths a week … 100 a day.

If a hundred people die in a plane crash, we go nuts.  But if they die on our roads we see it as the cost of doing business.  As one blogger put it… “it’s high time to stop sacrificing safety on the altar of speed”.

Most of those 36,000 deaths are pedestrians or bicyclists.  But tens of thousands of those deaths involve the motorists in the cars tied to the “accidents” caused by distracted driving, drink or drugs or fatigue.

Federal statistics show if you’re hit by a vehicle going 20 mph you have a 90% chance of surviving.  If the car or truck is going at 40 miles an hour your survival chances are just 10%.  Speed kills.  So why are we all driving so fast?

Because we have so far to travel and want to save time getting there.  In Connecticut, our homes and our work are far apart because we can’t afford (or don’t chose) to live closer to our jobs.  And either because we don’t want to (or chose not to), we don’t take mass transit, preferring the cocoon of our cars.

Sure, seat belts in cars save lives… if you wear them.  And air bags and other tech in cars are helping us avoid many accidents. But the death toll keeps climbing, especially where cars occupy the same driving space as bikes and pedestrians.

Consider New York City.

In 1990 there were 700 traffic deaths in NYC.  But by 2018 that number had dropped to 202, thanks to “Vision Zero”, Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious, billion dollar plan to reduce road deaths to zero by 2024.  More bike lanes, sidewalks and a 25 mph city-wide speed limit have made a big difference.  But this year saw an uptick in deaths, most of them involving bicyclists driving on city streets lacking bike lanes.

In Connecticut we have nowhere near the same density of urban traffic fighting for space with folks on two feet or two wheels, but neither do we have sidewalks in many towns.  Or bike lanes.  But we do have speeders, scofflaws and insufficient enforcement.

When it’s not crawling bumper-to-bumper, try driving 55 mph on the Merritt, I-95 or I-84 and see what happens.  As a State Trooper once told me as we cruised along at about 75 mph with the flow of traffic, “I look for the driver likely to cause an accident” by weaving or not signaling lane changes.  Even those enforcing our laws admit they don’t or can’t keep up with motorists’ need for speed.

Even when the cops do look for speeders, legal radar detectors and laser-jammers help violators from getting caught.  Attempts to install red-light cameras in Connecticut have always failed due to a combination of Big Brother paranoia and fears of the safety tech being turned into an unending revenue spigot for Towns and cities.

Weather conditions of course exacerbate the problem, especially with those driving the tanks we call SUVs who think they are immune to the laws of physics.

Bottom line:  can’t we all just chill out a bit and think of the safety of others if not ourselves?

Posted with permission of Hearst CT Media.

About the author: Jim Cameron is founder of The Commuter Action Group, and a member of the Darien RTM.  The opinions expressed in this column are only his own. You can reach him at CommuterActionGroup@gmail.com  For a full collection of  “Talking Transportation” columns, visit www.talkingtransportation.blogspot.com



Our Top 20 Stories of 2019

Articles and op-ed’s related to the Old Lyme election dominated our Top 20 most read stories of 2019. This photo shows First Selectman Tim Griswold, who was elected in November, and former First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, who lost per place on the board in the same election.

LYME/OLD LYME — Looking back over our most widely read stories in 2019 for Lyme and Old Lyme, it’s really no surprise that stories and op-ed’s related to the Old Lyme election dominated our Top 20.

Other topics featured in our Top 20 included the outbreak of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which ultimately claimed the life of an Old Lyme resident, the proposed and now withdrawn (for the moment) plan by the Governor to impose a new regionalization structure on Connecticut public schools, the Sound View sewer referendum, and discussions relating to the future of Halls Rd.

Our top two stories however, were centered on Lyme, where Dexter the German short-haired pointer went missing, and sadly — as far as we know — was never found, and in another unfortunate affair, a luxury sailboat sank in Hamburg Cove.

While Lyme had a relatively quiet and uncontroversial election season in which, at the end of the day, the Democrats saw all their candidates elected or re-elected, Old Lyme went through a bitter and hard-fought election, which ultimately drew the highest percentage turnout (36.7 percent according to figures published by Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill) in the state.  In a sea-change of town government, former Old Lyme Selectman Tim Griswold – a Republican, who was not even on the ballot when it was originally announced – unseated incumbent Democrate Bonnie Reemsnyder for the top spot and fellow Republicans swept into power pretty much across the board.  Election stories came in at 3rd, 5th, 7th, 18th, 19th and 20th.

The distressing EEE situation was covered in articles, which came in respectively at 4th, 8th and 17th place, while a piece on the Town of Old Lyme’s 300-acre land purchase from the McCulloch family notched 6th spot. The land acquired is intended to become Open Space apart from six acres designated for Affordable Housing.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser’s comments on the state’s forced school regionalization proposal came in at 9th place closely followed by one of our favorite stories, which was about the work of Jennifer Tiffany and Bill Hurtle to re-launch the former Lyme Farmers Market as The Farmers Market at Tiffany farms.

Articles on the controversial sewer proposal for Sound View and subsequent referendum took 11th, 13th and 14th places while the 12th spot was taken by an optimistic piece on the re-birth of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts – once again an independent academy and no longer a college of the University of New Haven – as it moves forward in the world.

Our list is rounded out with the announcement of the death of Candy Green, former owner of the Old Lyme Inn and Rooster Hall, who passed away in February 2019, which garnered 15th place and the list of Frequently Asked Questions wriiten by the Halls Rd. Improvement Committee, which took the 16th spot.

This is also a perfect time to acknowledgeagain  the contributions of our loyal band of columnists, the majority of whom have been writing for us for many years.  Jim Cameron writes lucidly about a great variety of  transportation matters, Felix Kloman offers incisive reviews of books galore, Lee White tempts our palates with the most wonderful recipes, and Nicole Prevost Logan writes with a Paris perspective on European — sometimes global — affairs.  Two new columnists have recently joined their ranks; Doris Coleman takes a look at the fascinating facts and figures recorded by Old Lyme Emergency Services and Tom Gotowka writes about the always interesting view from his porch.

We thank them all sincerely for their terrific columns.



Happy New Year!

Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash.

Well, what a year! And, of course, it’s also the end of a decade … and what a decade!

We’ll be publishing our traditional Review of the Year along with our inaugural Review of the Decade in the coming days but, in the meantime, we’d like to wish all our readers and advertisers a very Happy New Year 2020. We hope you have a wonderful year filled with peace, prosperity and good times. As we proudly enter our 18th year of continuous online publication, we thank you sincerely for your support of our independent news venture — we couldn’t do this without you!


Kick off the New Year With a Walk in the Woods! Lyme Land Trust Hosts Pleasant Valley Hike Today

This merry bnd of hikers gathered for the 2019 New Year’s Day hike led by Lyme Land Trust. Why not join them this year?

LYME — Start off the New Year with a refreshing walk in the woods!

Everyone is welcome to join a New Year’s Day Hike on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 to Pleasant Valley Overlook from 1 p.m. to roughly 3:30 p.m. Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust Board member, and Lyme Open Space Coordinator, will lead a walk to the overlook in Pleasant Valley Preserve.

The view from the Pleasant Valley Pverlook in Lyme is unobstructed at this time of year.

This is the time of year to gain a beautiful, unobstructed view of the Lyme vista. The walk is relatively easy most of the way, with a moderate climb to reach the overlook. A portion of the George and Rosemary Moore Trail will be followed.

The entire walk is about three miles. There will be a snack break on the overlook. Bring something to drink.

Inclement weather will cancel the hike. Check lymelandtrust.org for updates.

Directions: Rte. 156 north to left on Macintosh Rd. (across from Beaver Brook Road.) The parking area is about ¼ mile down on the right. Meet at Pleasant Valley Parking Lot at 1p.m.

Registration is appreciated at openspace@townlyme.org


Old Lyme Girls Defeat Unbeaten Valley

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme basketball girls defeated Valley Regional 41-34 last Monday, Dec. 30.  This was Valley’s first loss of the season and coach Don Bugbee commented, “The girls played extremely hard and stayed tough for the win against a very good Valley Team, who finished with a really strong fourth quarter comeback attempt.

Game highlights included Sam Gray scoring 14 points while taking four rebounds and three steals. Meanwhile, Emily Deroehn notched 12 points and took four rebounds along with four steals.

Old Lyme’s record in the Shoreline Conference is now 3-2.


Wildcat Boys Enjoy Strong Start to Basketball Season with Wins Over OS, Valley

LYME/OLD LYME — Kirk Kaczor’s Old Lyme boys have started the season on a high note with successive wins at home against respectively Old Saybrook on Dec. 19 and Valley Regional on Dec. 30.

Old Lyme beat Old Saybrook 80-47 with Aedan Using leading the way for Old Lyme with 24 points 12 rebounds and seven assists.  Meanwhile, Brady Sheffield notched 13 points and John Almy 12.  Old Lyme had a total of 22 assists on 28 field goals.

Davis Brown paced Old Saybrook with 32 points.

In yesterday’s battle of Shoreline teams against Valley, the final score was 61-53.  Leading the Wildcats in scoring was Brady Sheffield with 26 points.  Aedan Using contributed a total of seven assists, five blocks, eight rebounds and two steals.  Ty Dean chipped in with a career-high nine points.

Valley was led by Cade Edsinger (18 points) and Gavin Grabowski (13 points).


Upcoming Events at Lyme Public Library Through March

LYME — The following programs, which are scheduled at Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Rd, are free and open to all at. Registration at 860-434-2272 is appreciated.

Lyme Library Cookbook Club: The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook
Saturday, Jan. 11
1 p.m.

Just in time for the NFL Playoffs. Choose a recipe from this cookbook or share one of your own favorites.  The Cookbook Club will meet again Feb. 8, and March 14.

Backyard Birding with the CT Audubon Society Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center
Saturday, Jan. 18
2 p.m.

Fine tune bird-watching and identifying skills. If time and weather permit, attendees may go outside. Bring your binoculars.

Beyond Bicept: The Real Story of Rosie the Riveter, presented by Dr. Amanda Goodheart Parks
Saturday, Jan. 25
2 p.m.

Trace the journey from propaganda poster to feminist icon.

Prudence Allen: Secretary to Coretta Scott King. Sharing Stories of Time Spent with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his Family
Saturday, Feb. 15
2 p.m.

Raised in Connecticut, Prudence Allen supported equal rights for all, marched in civil rights marches in the 1960s, and joined Dr King and his family. She will share memories and stories of her time.

Endre (Andy) Sarkany, Childhood Survivor of the Holocaust
Tuesday, March 24
7 p.m.

Sarkany speaks to students about his personal experiences during the Holocaust, living under the brutality of the Soviet regime in Hungary, and finding a home in the United States.


Wildcat Girls Kick Off Basketball Season With Convincing Win Over Westbrook

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Girl’s Varsity team started their season strongly last Friday beating Westbrook with a convincing 53-29 victory. Playing on their home court, coach Don Bugbee commented enthusiastically, “It was a total team effort by everyone on both the offensive and defensive side of the game.”

Captain Emily DeRoehn, a Junior, notched 15 points with eight rebounds and seven steals while Sam Gray, also a Junior, scored 10 points, with three rebounds and four steals.


Celebrate Miss Florence’s Birthday Party, Ode to New Year, This Afternoon at Flo Gris Museum in Old Lyme

Balloons by the armful form part of the celebrations for Miss Florence’s birthday on Sunday.

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme hosts Miss Florence’s Birthday Party Sunday, Dec. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Florence Griswold was born on Christmas Day.

Visitors can share in this hands-on creative celebration of Miss Florence’s Christmas Day birthday. Birthday cake and fun celebratory activities, including balloon sculptures by April’s Balloon Creations, will be on offer to honor the woman who started it all.

Also on Dec. 29, the Museum celebrates Ode to the New Year with harp music by Faith Leitner. The harp was Miss Florence’s favorite instrument. Visitors can see the one her father brought back for her from England in the Florence Griswold House. Accomplished harpist Faith Leitner will perform in the gallery.

Both of these programs are included with Museum admission.

Faith Leitner will play her harp Sunday, Dec. 29, in the Florence Griswold Museum to celebrate “An Ode to the New Year.”

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95 and is open year-round Tuesday through Saturday from10am to 5pm and Sunday 1 to 5pm. The Museum is closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 students, and free to children 12 and under.

For more information, visit the Museum’s website www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org or call 860-434-5542 x 111.


Thinking About Regifting? Read More on This and Other Holiday Confessions

Thinking about regifiting one (or more) of those wonderful gifts you received on Wednesday?  Well, you’re not alone since according to a Holiday Confessions Survey, published on Reviews.org, more than half of Americans (58.52%) admit that they’ve regifted a present!

Read the full article with lots more confessions (e.g., more than two-thirds of us have peeked at our holiday presents early, three-quarters of us have kept a present we bought for someone else, and almost 30 percent of us have gone more than $500 into debt to pay for our holiday shopping) at this link.


Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Seniors Cravinho, Wells Receive Prestigious Superintendent/Student Recognition Awards

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser stands with CAPPS Superintendent / Student Recognition Awardees Elizabeth Cravinho and Trevor Wells after the students had received their awards at a ceremony held Dec. 10, in Old Saybrok.

LYME/OLD LYME — (Press Release) Elizabeth Cravinho and Trevor Wells, students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, have been awarded the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition Award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community at a ceremony held Dec. 10, 2019 at Saybrook Point Inn.

Ian Neviaser, Superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, made the presentation as part of a program designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining good scholastic progress.

The Superintendent/Student Recognition Program awards a Certificate of Excellence at the discretion of the local superintendent of schools according to a distribution formula set for all state school districts. Awards are generally given during American Education Week in November in order to provide a meaningful focus for each school district and to enhance the quality of the certificate.

Cravinho’s citation states:

Elizabeth Cravinho is not to be underestimated. She may present as a petite young woman but beware, for she is an energetic and determined dynamo. When you give her a task, consider it done. This energy level comes in handy when you consider all that she juggles: USAG Junior Olympic Gymnast, Concert Band President, Spanish Honor Society Vice President, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society, Student Advisory Council and Student Leaders, all while taking a challenging academic schedule and exploring her career aspiration of Dentistry.

Even when she took a risk and decided to give up gymnastics, which she loved and had participated in her entire life, she was planning how to spend her new-found time by taking advantage of opportunities within Lyme-Old Lyme High School and the Lyme and Old Lyme communities. Her altruistic nature motivates her to volunteer at Christ the King Church, Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and Special Olympics.
This genuine young woman is as good as they come. She has an unprecedented work ethic, strong beliefs and the conviction to stand up for them and a sense of purpose to know it is her responsibility to make things happen in her own life while knowing when others need a helping hand.

Wells’s citation states:

Trevor Wells is a leader and role model at Lyme-Old Lyme High School known for his determined work ethic, leadership and his undying energy and involvement in so many worthy causes. A National Honor Society member and President of the Class of 2020, Trevor takes on the most rigorous courses and thrives in an academic environment. He is motivated by his strong curiosity and thirst for knowledge but he is just as committed to goodwill and kindness. Trevor has taken every opportunity here at Lyme-Old Lyme High School; for example, he loves to explore other points of view and takes three languages, Latin, Spanish and Mandarin – and performs excellently in all three. 

Trevor is an athlete and an outstanding member of this community who has been recognized repeatedly with leadership roles in many areas. He dedicates numerous hours to his role as Class President, captain of the cross-country team and the outdoor track team, co-founder of the Recycling Committee, and assistant coach for the youth lacrosse team. Trevor takes initiative and is dedicated in all his endeavors, Trevor is a natural leader, garnering immediate respect from his peers, as he steps into these positions with passion and grace. 

Trevor has been instrumental in the success of so many clubs and activities and has truly made a mark here within the Lyme-Old Lyme High School community. His impact has been broad and extensive, and his leadership and unstoppable energy have benefited so many. 

CAPSS, the statewide school superintendents’ professional organization, is based in West Hartford and provides professional development, personal support, statewide conferences, legislative information and educational services to its membership.


Country School’s Goodman of Old Lyme Earns All-America Status at National X-Country Championships

Third-graders Laila Goodman of Old Lyme and Tillie Killam of Madison (pictured above) display their All-American awards received Dec. 14 when they took 1st and 9th place respectively in the Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships held in Madison, Wis.

OLD LYME — This past Saturday (Dec. 14), in cold and windy conditions in Madison, Wis., Laila Goodman of Old Lyme and Tillie Killam of Madison earned All-America status by taking 1st and 9th place respectively among 157 runners in the Junior Olympics (JO) Cross-Country Championships. Both girls are in third grade at The Country School in Madison, Conn.

Having finished 8th in the same competition last year in Reno, Nev., Goodman led the 7-8 girls’ race this year from start to finish, fending off challenges from top runners from California, New York, and 42 states to finish the 2K course in 8:01, five seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher.

Going to the National JOs for the first time, Killam needed a top-25 finish to become Country School’s third-ever All-American, and she earned it with a well-paced race and a fast finishing kick to flash across the line in 8:29.

Fellow classmate Lillian Clare of Madison raced in the 9-10 year-old division and blitzed the 3K course in 13:10 to take 94th out of 242 runners. Clare, Goodman and Killam qualified for Nationals by finishing in the top 30 in Connecticut and then the top 30 in Region 1, which includes all of New England, Long Island and the Adirondacks.

In national competition, Clare, Goodman, Killam and all Country School students run for Litchfield Track Club, whose 8 and Under girls cross-country team, led by Goodman and Killam, captured 4th place in the team competition Saturday against all the club teams in the United States.

The competition was held at the Yahara Hills Golf Course in Madison, Wis. Over 4,000 youth runners in ages 7 to 18 took part in the all-day competition.

In addition to Goodman and Killam, the Litchfield Track Club 8 & Under girls team included Gwen Krukar (Goshen) 65th, Alexa Johnston (Litchfield) 102, and Attie Bergin (Goshen) 115th. There were a total of 157 finishers in their race.

The team advanced to the finals by winning the Connecticut Association meet and placing 2nd in the Region 1 Championships on Long Island in November.

Due to a USATF rule that states to compete in a national event, a runner must turn age seven by December of that year, Country School 1st grader Liv Killam could not compete after qualifying for Nationals.

Also competing for Litchfield Track Club in Wisconsin were Annecy Vlieks of Madison (12:03 for 94th, 11-12 girls), Abbie Johnston (105th, 13-14 girls), and Branford’s Liam Watson (188th, 11-12 boys).

Founded in 1955, The Country School serves 200 students in PreSchool-Grade 8 on its 23-acre campus in Madison. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child. Signature programs such as Elmore Leadership, Public Speaking, STEAM, and Outdoor Education help prepare students for success in high school and beyond. See our community in action during our winter Open House on January 26 from 1-3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.thecountryschool.org.


Celebrate the Season with ‘An Actor’s Carol,’ a Delightful Twist on ‘A Christmas Carol,’ at Ivoryton Through Sunday

Michael Iannucci

IVORYTON – The Ivoryton Playhouse provides a fresh take on Dickens’s timeless A Christmas Carol with their production of Charles Evered’s An Actor’s Carol, which is on stage currently through Sunday,  Dec. 22.

It tells the tale of Hugh Pendleton, an actor drained of artistic passion after having played the character of Scrooge one too many times, which leads to Pendleton encountering three ghosts of his own. A cast of four actors plays 17 different characters in this hilarious new look at a classic that reminds us that the most jaded among us can find magic in the holiday season – and in the theater as well.

An Actor’s Carol made its premiere in 2015 in Palm Springs in a production starring Hal Linden, the Tony- and Emmy-winning actor, best known for starring on the 1970s sitcom “Barney Miller.” The play won the Outstanding Original Writing Award in the staged reading category of the Desert Theatre League Awards.

The playwright, Charles Evered, an award-winning playwright and filmmaker, is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and a former naval officer. He has written screenplays for major studios and directed two features of his own. Evered also wrote for the hit TV shows Monk, starring Tony Shalhoub. Currently, he is Professor of Playwriting at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) where he served as the department’s first artistic director.

Evered says, “An Actor’s Carol is a comedy, but unlike other spoofs and satires of A Christmas Carol, it has heart and truth, particularly about theater.”

This production is directed by Sasha Bratt with set design by Dan Nischan, costumes by Lisa, and lighting by Marcus Abbott.

Michael Iannucci* will be returning to the Ivoryton Playhouse where he previously appeared in The Games Afoot and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, to take on the role of Hugh Pendleton/Scrooge. He will be joined by Lev Harvey, who was recently seen in Shear Madness, Alec Silberblatt* who was here for Biloxi Blues and Moira O’Sullivan who has appeared in Ivoryton in  Biloxi Blues, Coney Island Christmas, and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Tickets are $35 adult / $32 senior / $20 student / $15 children under 12 and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates and subscriptions are available by calling the box office for information.)

The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

 *denotes member of Actors Equity


Support Old Lyme Library’s Renewal Campaign by Buying “Pizza for Phoebe” Today, 10am-8:30pm

OLD LYME — If you buy some delicious food from Teddy’s Pizza tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 18, between 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and you’ll be supporting the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library’s Renewal Campaign.

Teddy’s is generously donating a portion of the day’s proceeds directly to the campaign.

Teddy’s Old Lyme Pizza Palace is located at 264 Shore Rd. in Old Lyme.  Their phone number for more information or to place orders is 860-434-1517


Join Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber’s Holiday Dinner Tonight

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber hosts its Holiday Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Old Lyme Inn.  Join members for a thoroughly festive evening when you will enjoy passed appetizers followed by a three-course dinner and be entertained by the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Select Singers.

The event starts with assorted passed appetizers of Stuffed Mushrooms, Bruschetta, and Cheese and Crackers, accompanied by a cash bar. After a starter of House Salad, the entrées on offer are Chicken Marsala, Hanger Steak or Dijon Cod (select one.) All the entrees are served with potatoes, vegetable, rolls and butter. A dessert of Apple Cranberry Crisp with vanilla ice cream, followed by coffee or tea, rounds off the meal.

The price is $50 per person. The Chamber is expecting a sold-out event, so reserve your seat(s) promptly.

Click on this link to read more and make your reservation.