June 19, 2019

Join a ‘Leading Together’ Conversation This Afternoon at Old Lyme Library, Hosted by Community Foundation of Eastern CT

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (CFECT) is committed to hearing the voices of residents and convening state leaders, experts and communities to discuss issues affecting Eastern Connecticut. In recent years, the CFECT has held Thriving Community Conversations on women, arts, youth, animal welfare and environmental issues, as well as Connecticut’s fiscal crisis and its impact on the nonprofit sector in our region.

The next LeadingTOGETHER Thriving Community Conversation will be held at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Old Lyme Library on Tuesday, June 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The discussions will help to inform and inspire the Foundation’s work while offering the opportunity for participants to think creatively about community solutions, sparking new or deeper connections to lead together for change.

In addition, the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Old Lyme Library will be sharing information about their current and upcoming programs and invite community members to engage in further conversations and opportunities.

All Old Lyme and Lyme residents are invited to join the conversation. Those interested in attending should RSVP by email to events@cfect.org or call Pam Mola at 860.442.3572.

Serving 42 towns and comprised of over 500 charitable funds, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut puts philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of the region. The Foundation stewards net assets of over $88 million and has awarded more than $56 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students since its founding in 1983. To learn more, visit cfect.org.


CT Valley Camera Club Hosts Renowned Photographer George Fellner This Evening: All Welcome

George Fellner will give a talk titled “Pictures at an Exhibition: A Mindset for Creative Photography” on June 3 at the CT Valley Camera Club

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.

George Fellner

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 .


Death of Milton N. Allen of Old Lyme Announced

The death of Milton N. Allen, of Old Lyme, has been announced.  Mr. Allen passed away May 29, 2019, at Essex Meadows.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371.

A full obituary will be published in the coming days.


‘Take a Hike’ Today to Celebrate CT Trails Day, FloGris Offers Afternoon Hike to Barbizon Oak

The Barbizon Oak in Old Lyme.

‘Take a Hike’ – the Old Lyme Open Space Commission’s signature slogan – will ring out across America this weekend.

June 1 and 2 are both National and Connecticut Trails Day, with over 250 hikes and outdoor activities scheduled across the state, including in Old Lyme.

The state sponsor, the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), describes the weekend as “New Year’s Eve in June” when families and people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy our “natural walking places.”

In Old Lyme, the Florence Griswold Museum is sponsoring a two-hour interpretive walk from 1 to 3 p.m. through the town’s Champlain North Open Space, which features the historic “Barbizon Oak.”  At over 16 ft. in circumference, the 300-year-old white oak is one of Connecticut’s largest and was named in honor of the Old Lyme art colony.

The walk will travel through mixed oak woods and moss-covered ledge to investigate a late season vernal pool. Participants will explore the native flora and fauna of the site and a unique colony of native mound ants. Wear appropriate shoes for walking on a dirt trail, stepping across ledge, and along the edge of wet areas. No dogs.

Local naturalist Judy Preston will lead the walk. Walk is free, but reservations suggested with Preston at (860) 395-0465 (rain or shine); meet at Picnic Table near Parking Lot at Museum.

For more information, visit the museum’s web site.

If you prefer to strike out on your own or in an informal group, Old Lyme is blessed with other beautiful trails, ranging from easy to more challenging.

Click for locations and trail maps for Old Lyme Open Space and Old Lyme Land Trust preserves.

One of the day’s goals is to introduce folks to the state and town’s trails and spur their regular use as a means of healthy exercise and a way to appreciate nature’s wonders and seasons.  So enjoy the weekend, “take a hike” and if you bring your dog, please keep it under control as a courtesy to other hikers.

And if you wish to keep hiking, join both organizations for a Hiker’s Happy Hour on June 6 at the Old Lyme Inn.


Lyme Land Trust Introduces NaturePlace Self-guided Trail Today, CT Trails Day

A view of the Lyme Land Trust’s Banningwood Preserve, where the NaturePlace Self-guided Trail will be opened on Saturday.

On Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., join the Lyme Land Trust for the opening of the NaturePlace Self-guided Trail, which highlights the fascinating ecology, history and geology at the Lyme Land Trust’s Banningwood Preserve. A new map and brochure will provide details about the interpretive trail, which is designed to engage curious hikers of all ages and interests.

NaturePlace is an outdoor education space inspired by the vision of Diana and Parker Lord.

Lyme Land Trust Directors and environmentalists Regan Stacey and Wendolyn Hill will guide the group through the stations on the tour with the assistance of Parker Lord, history enthusiast.

Reservations are appreciated at openspace@townlyme.org

Inclement weather cancels.

Directions: 41°25’25.11″N 72°24’07.49″W, Banningwood Preserve, Town Street (Rte. 82), Lyme CT. About one quarter mile north of Hadlyme Four Corners (the intersection of Brush Hill Rd, Rte. 82, and Rte. 148).


I-Park Open to the Public Today on National Trails Day

Painters will be working ‘En Plein Air’ in I-Park on National Trails Day. Photo by Nancy Pinney.

I-Park artists-in-residence program will open its scenic campus in East Haddam to lovers of nature, art and music in observance of Connecticut Trails Day on Saturday, June 1. The grounds will be open from 2 to 6 pm, joining 250 other events in this annual statewide celebration. Rain date will be Sunday, June 2.

Normally closed to the public to ensure the privacy of its resident artists, I-Park’s campus and its 26 trails will be open for strolling, hiking and exploring. Visitors are offered the pleasure of discovering the property’s confluence of woods, fields, waterways and stone walls — as well as the abundance of site-responsive artworks that have been installed on the property since I-Park’s founding in 2001.

Landscape painters from throughout the region will be stationed around the grounds, capturing the beauty of the setting and representing the merger of art and nature that has been a hallmark of I-Park’s residency program.

The Grays, a percussion-based improvisational quartet from Chester that performs original compositions, will be playing from 2 to 4 p.m.  Guests are welcome to sit and listen to the music or even bring a picnic lunch.

Since 2002, Mie Preckler has been working on a large-scale, ongoing site intervention, “A Conversation with the Gravel Pit”. Over time she has persuaded the landscape to bend gently to her will, creating Mie’s Trail and exposing the site-specific topography of this previously barren industrial site. Mie returns to I-Park every year to maintain this work and document the subtle changes that have taken place since her last visit. She will lead a guided walk of the trail at 4:30 pm.

This is a free, family-friendly event and reservations are requested. To reserve your space, go to i-park.org.

For additional information, write events@i-park,org or call 860-873-2468.

Note that due to the fragility of the art work and trails, pets are not permitted on the I-Park grounds.


Essex Rotary Hosts 61st Annual Shad Bake This Afternoon

Planking the shad to cook in front of the fire in the same manner in which it has been done for hundreds of years.

ESSEX — One of our State’s great culinary customs returns to the Connecticut River Museum tomorrow from 3 to 6 p.m. with the 2019 Essex Annual Shad Bake.  For 61 years, the Rotary Club of Essex has been proudly holding this annual rite of spring, nailing delicious American shad onto oak planks and roasting them around a large bonfire.  Share this wonderful Connecticut tradition with your family and friends.

This year’s Bake is made possible through the generous support of AJ Shea Construction, Guilford Savings Bank, and The JECM Foundation. Additional support comes from Clark Group/Middle Cove Marina, Essex Savings Bank/Essex Financial Services, Tower Laboratories, and many other sponsors.

Bill Hoffstetler demonstrates the fine art of removing bones from shad; a fish referred to by local Native Americans as the “inside out porcupine”.

The Museum’s interim executive director, Thomas Wilcox said “We are pleased to host and partner with the Rotary Club of Essex on this iconic event that celebrates part of the Connecticut River’s heritage and supports the many worthwhile projects of Rotary and Museum.” This volunteer-run event has been organized by the Rotary Club of Essex and is coordinated by Bake Master Joseph Shea. Shea stated that “We offer one of the most unique culinary traditions in New England at one of the most majestic and historic locations. It is a winning combination!” 

In addition to the delicious food, a variety of activities take place throughout the afternoon. For shad lovers, the lure is the secret ingredients and the authentic method of preparing and baking the fish which has been handed down through generations of Connecticut natives.  Nailed onto oak planks with salt pork and placed in front of the bonfire, the fish picks up the smoky flavor of the fire and the seasoned oak boards on which it is baked. Add to this delicacy homemade potato salad, tossed green salad, and pie from Lyman Orchards and your shad experience is complete.

Baking the shad.

Don’t care for shad?  Grilled chicken is also available!  In addition to the food, participants will be able to enjoy live music and touring the Museum, which will be open until 6 pm.  The vibrant atmosphere is enhanced with picnickers and the delicious smell of shad baking around the open fire.  

The $35 adult (Shad or Chicken dinner option) and $10 child (10 and under) ticket includes the full meal including one water or soda (child ticket includes a hot dog and salads) and admission to the Museum.  Tickets, if available, will be $40 on the day of the event. Beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase with a valid ID.  Freshly shucked clams and oysters will also be available at an additional price beginning at 3 p.m. No carry-in alcohol will be permitted.

Bill Hoffstetler demonstrates the fine art of removing bones
from shad; a fish referred to by local Native Americans as the “inside out porcupine”.

To purchase tickets, visit shop.ctrivermuseum.org or buy them in person at the Centerbrook Package Store, Essex Hardware, or the Connecticut River Museum.  There will be no parking on the Museum grounds and on-street parking is very limited.  On the day of the event, a free shuttle will be running between the Museum and the Essex Town Hall parking lot. 

The Connecticut River Museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main Street and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays until after Memorial Day. The Museum, located in the historic Steamboat Dock building, offers exhibits and programs about the history and environment of the Connecticut River. For a full listing of Museum programs and events, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org or call 860-767-8269.

The Rotary Club of Essex is the local chapter of Rotary International whose membership is made up of service minded professionals.  The club and its members are committed to improving the community, connecting with other professionals, sharing their time and experience with the young, supporting global causes, and using their skills to help others.  For more information about the Shad Bake and Rotary Club visit http://www.rotaryclubofessex.com.


Gainor Davis Appointed to Lead Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Starting July 1

Gainor B. Davis, New Executive Director at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Conn.

The Connecticut River Museum, on the waterfront in Essex, Conn., has announced the selection of Gainor Davis as the new Executive Director. Chosen after a nationwide search, Ms. Davis will assume the duties of Executive Director on July 10, 2019.

Davis currently serves as the Executive Director of the Historical Society of Carroll County in Westminster, Md., a museum which she has led since January 2015. She is an experienced museum executive, having previously led several important institutions, including serving as the President/CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio, for six years; as President/CEO of the York (Pa.) County Heritage Trust; as Director of the Vermont Historical Society in Montpelier and Barre, Vt.; and as Executive Director of Longue Vue House & Gardens in New Orleans, La.

Davis has established a reputation of achieving financial stability for her institutions, along with overseeing up-to-date, audience-oriented, relevant programming that has attracted new audiences. Her accomplishments include overseeing the creation of three new hands-on spaces at three different museums – experience that uniquely qualifies her to create and open the Connecticut River Museum’s planned new River Discovery Center on its campus.

Davis brings a strong background in fundraising and marketing, and she has led two successful multi-million-dollar capital campaigns. Prior to her museum-director positions, her fundraising career included posts at Temple University in Philadelphia as Director of Development & Alumni Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences; at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations; at the Strong Museum in Rochester, N.Y., as Deputy Director for Public Affairs, and at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as Director of Development and then as Associate Director of Administration.

Davis holds a Ph.D. in American History from Temple University in Philadelphia, an M.A. in American History and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, Newark, Del., and an A.B. in History from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She has also published and lectured widely.

She stated, “I am very excited about the role that the museum can play in serving both the Essex-area community and the larger Connecticut River region north of the museum, extending into Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. I look forward to partnering with local and regional organizations to serve new communities. I am delighted to move back to New England and to the Essex region, where I have many ties, and to become part of the community” Davis added, “It is an honor to be invited to join the capable staff at the CRM and to work with such a committed Board.”

Peter Coombs, who chaired the Search Committee as well as chairing the museum’s board, said, “Gainor Davis was selected after a rigorous national search, with a unanimous decision of the Search Committee and the unanimous approval of the Board. We were impressed with Gainor’s accomplishments over a distinguished career as a history-museum director and advancement professional.”

Davis will take the reins from Interim Director Tom Wilcox, who is leading the museum through the transition period. Previous director Christopher Dobbs announced last August that he had accepted an offer to lead the larger Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., triggering the nationwide search.

The Search Committee was chaired by Board Chair Peter Coombs and co-chaired by Alison Brinkman. It included board and community members Tom Klin, Joanne Masin, Brenda Milkofsky and Tom Wilcox. For the national search, the Connecticut River Museum retained Marilyn Hoffman and Scott Stevens of Museum Search & Reference, an executive-search firm located in Manchester, NH and Boston that specializes in placing museum leaders.

Founded in 1974, the Connecticut River Museum has developed as a place where anyone interested in topics about the River can come and be inspired through exhibitions and collections, a library, educational opportunities and public programs. The mission is to lead in the study, preservation and celebration of the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River and its valley.

Since 1986, it has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a mark of distinction in the field. The Connecticut River Museum’s campus includes the preserved 1878 Essex Steamboat Dock and Warehouse, which was saved from demolition, the Hayden Chandlery, which now serves as the Thomas A. Stevens Library, and the historic 1732 Samuel Lay House.

Education is central to the museum’s mission, and public programs include workshops for school-age children, adult lectures, and on-water excursions aboard the recreation of Adriaen Block’s Onrust and RiverQuest as part of its popular eagle watches. Annually, the museum serves more than 20,000 general visitors, delivers programing to 4,000 school children, and provides scholarship support to a further 1,000 underserved school children and summer campers.

The museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main Street and is a membership-supported educational organization. Membership is open to all.

For more information regarding the Museum, call 860-767-8269 or see www.ctrivermuseum.org.


Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center Presents Lecture in Old Lyme Tonight on ‘Hummingbirds and Swifts’

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.


Death of Paul Nelson Announced

Paul Howard Nelson, 1933-2019

Paul Howard Nelson, Navy flight navigator, salesman, business leader, photographer, author, and lecturer passed away on May 24th at the age of 86 in Old Lyme, CT. He was surrounded by his children and his companion.

He began his career in 1953 by enlisting in the Navy where he served on the aircraft carrier the USS Coral Sea during the Korean War. In 1957, he graduated from St. John’s University with a BA in Liberal Arts. For over four decades he worked his way up in textile sales.  At J.P. Stevens, he started as a sales associate and rose to become the head of institutional sales. He later ran The Bibb Company, before becoming a textile broker, working with global textile giants such as Frette. He was a true salesman who became a great manager. He authored several textbooks on management for his industry. Throughout his life, he maintained a love for aviation and photography.  He combined the two by shooting cover photos for aviation magazines.

After retirement, he turned his focus to a longtime hobby, Ragtime and Jazz music. He lectured extensively on the historical and cultural significance of this music.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Nelson grew up in Far Rockaway, Queens, attending St. Francis De Sales primary school and then St. John’s Preparatory School.

Mr. Nelson believed in family first, specifically children first. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Maureen T. Nelson (Gilbride).  He is survived by four children Gina Wilcox (Brady) of Old Lyme, CT; Laura Nelson (Jim Kremens) of Westport, CT; Paul F. Nelson (Julie) of Wilmette, IL; and Andrew Nelson (Meghan) of Cincinnati, OH as well as his brother Peter Nelson of Far Rockaway, Queens.  A self-described “Indoor Grandpa,” he is also survived by eight adoring grandchildren; Charles Kremens, Sarah Nelson, Mary Nelson, Annabelle Kremens, Daphne Nelson, Ava Gray Wilcox, Tess Nelson, and John Nelson. Finally, he was honored to be the loving companion to Irene Stella.

A wake will be held at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme, CT on Friday, May 31 between 5 – 7 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held the following day on Saturday, June 1st at 2 pm in the same location.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT or the Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital “Closer to Free” fund in New Haven, CT.


Everyone Loves a Parade! Memories of Memorial Day 2019

Quietly sitting behind a stash of Memorial Day flags, this baby patiently waits for the parade to begin.

It was a perfect day for a parade on Monday in Old Lyme and our wonderful town hosted yet another parade filled not only with mirth and merriment, but also pride and patriotism.

Huge thanks to our fantastic photographers, Troy Clark, Michele Dickey, and Mary Jo Nosal.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School band, under the direction of Mr. Jay Wilson, leads off the parade.

VFW members march into view soon after …

… followed by Old Lyme’s First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (front left), Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal, Selectman Chris Kerr (back right) and State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd), who acknowledge the cheering crowd.

The three winners of the fifth-grade essay contest, “What Memorial Day Means to Me” ride proudly in the parade.  It’s said that one of the best perks of winning the contest is to ride in that red convertible toward the front of the parade!  The winners are, from left to right: Silver Medalist Jonathan Farrell, Gold-Medal Winner Carter McGinchy, and Second Runner Up Carlson St. Louis.  All attend Lyme Consolidated School.

For perhaps the first time in the parade, a pull-toy bunny chases after a people-powered red wagon. Will it ever catch up?

Another parade first? Members of the Shoreline Roller Derby—an all-female roller-skating league from Groton (think the former Melody Skating Rink)–dazzled spectators while handing out fliers.

The Nightingales Precision Ukulele Band also incorporated a few kazoos …

Members of the Old Lyme Historical Society look resplendent in a horse-drawn wagon.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Band, directed by Ms. Carrie Wind, performed without music during the parade’s return trip as well!

Pearl Harbor survivor Floyd Welch is a reminder of the real meaning of the holiday.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Techno-Ticks demonstrated a device all along the parade route that tossed baseball-sized beach balls into the crowds lining the route. Some who caught the balls returned them, while others kept them as souvenirs.

The Deep River Fife & Drum Corps play their hearts out …

… while one of Old Lyme Fire Department’s trucks, filled with excited children, follows it down the parade route.

The New London Firefighters Pipes & Drums bring the spirit of Scotland to the parade, and …

… members of the Old Lyme Fire Department (OLFD) look splendid in red and black.

This OLFD member carries flowers into the cemetery …

… to join fellow OLFD members standing in line ready for the cemetery service to begin.

State Senator Paul Formica (R) helps Pearl Harbor survivor Floyd R. Welch from his car …

Mr. Welch makes his way to the service, assisted by Senator Formica and a second gentleman.

Old Lyme Fire Department Chaplain Mervyn Roberts, assisted by two members of the OLFD, heads towards the American Legion tent for VIP guests at the service.

Chaplain Roberts gives his traditional speech at the service.

Commander William Appleby  (in sunglasses) looks on attentively while Chaplain Roberts speaks.

Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (D) stands with Old Lyme Selectman Chris Kerr (R), State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th)

Chaplain Roberts (second from left) sits with the three essay winners on the front row of the American Legion tent.

What a grand day with so many memories!



Old Lyme’s Memorial Day Parade Starts at 11am Today

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 the annual essay contest titled, “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.


Halls Road Improvements Committee Open House, June 15


Lost Dog in Lyme

This beautiful dog, Dexter, is missing.

Dexter, a 10-year-old dark brown (with white spots) German Shorthaired Pointer mix, has been missing since Thursday afternoon. Dexter is generally friendly, but he may be frightened and disoriented at this point. He was last seen near Hamburg Cove on Wednesday, 5/22/19, and was wearing a collar with nametags and rabies vaccination tag. He also has a microchip.

If you have any information, call Richard Gordon at 617-549-2776 or Andrew Barker at 617-669-7195.


Celebration of Life, Memorial Event for Glenn ‘Chip’ Dahlke to be Held, June 22; All Welcome, RSVPs Requested

The late Glenn ‘Chip’ Dahlke.

The Dahlke family is hosting a Celebration of Life and Memorial Event for the late Glenn ‘Chip’ Dahlke, at Ashlawn Farm in Lyme, Conn., Saturday, June 22.

There will be a cookout, live music, and a keg. Feel free to BYOB.

The celebration begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until the cows come home.

Bring your best Chip stories as everyone will gather to open the mic up to guests who wish to share a memory.

All are welcome. Reply to the event at this link as ‘Going’ so that the family may plan accordingly.


New Principal Announced for Mile Creek School

Kelly Enoch is the new principal of Mile Creek Elementary School.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have announced the appointment of Kelly Enoch to the position of Principal of Mile Creek Elementary School. Enoch will replace Dr. Patricia Downes who is retiring after 30 years of service to the district as both a teacher and an administrator.

Enoch currently serves as the Director of Pupil Services for the Clinton Public Schools, a position she has held since 2014. She has also worked as a Supervisor of Special Services in Clinton and was a classroom teacher in kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades at West Vine and West Broad Street Schools in Stonington, Connecticut. In addition, Enoch worked as a special education teacher and program manager for students with autism spectrum disorders. From 1993 to 1997, she served as a preschool special needs teacher. Enoch resides in Old Lyme with her husband and her son who is a student at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Lyme-Old Lyme Superintendent Ian Neviaser states, “After a long and extremely thorough process that began back in February, we are very excited to welcome Kelly Enoch as the new Principal of Mile Creek School. Kelly comes to us with a wealth of experience in a variety of areas. Her intelligence, work ethic, and genuine care for students impressed the search committee which consisted of stakeholders from our entire school community.”

Enoch will assume her new duties beginning July 1, 2019. 


Bob Doyen Named Old Lyme’s 2018 ‘Citizen of the Year’

Old Lyme’s 2018 Citizen of the Year Robert ‘Bob’ Doyen stands proudly between his wife Barbara ‘Bobbi’ Doyen and Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder. Photos by MJ Nosal.

After several previous tries, the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen was finally able to name their choice for the 2018 Citizen of the Year at Monday evening’s Annual Town Meeting. First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder made the announcement by reading from a proclamation drawn up in honor of Robert ‘Bob’ Doyen that began with this question, “What does our 2018 Citizen of the Year have in common with Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Susan Saint James, and Walt Disney’s Black Beauty?”

The unpredicted answer was, “These celebrities came to Old Lyme for the Special Olympics in 1994 – the same year that Bob Doyen was first appointed to the Harbor Management Commission.”

Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder reads the proclamation announcing Robert ‘Bob’ Doyen, standing to her left, as Old Lyme’s 2018 Citizen of the Year.

Doyen has been a member of Old Lyme’s Harbor Management Commission for 25 years, serving as both its Treasurer and Vice Chair. As the proclamation read by Reemsnyder notes, “His appointment to Harbor Management was a perfect fit. As Bob explains on his realtor website, “having grown up on Fishers Island, the move to areas along the Connecticut shoreline and the Connecticut River was a natural one. The River and Sound have a tremendous amount to offer, be it fishing, boating or beaches. You couldn’t ask for a better place to live.””

The other organization to which Doyen has given exemplary service is the Old Lyme Volunteer Fire Department, which he joined in 1988 and where he has held the offices of Lieutenant and Purchasing Agent for the department. The proclamation states, “An active Apparatus driver, Marine operator and Pump operator, he assists in training new Apparatus drivers and Marine operators.”

Bob Doyen, the 2018 Old Lyme Citizen of the Year, stand with some of his fellow Old Lyme Fire Department members after the honor was announced.

Still reading from the proclamation, Reemsnyder continued, “Doyen’s 30+ years of service have earned him a reputation in the Fire Department for his willingness to pitch in whenever he is needed. He has been a member of the Old Lyme Volunteer Fire Department’s Apparatus Committee throughout his tenure with the department. That committee is responsible for developing the specifications for new apparatus for the department.”

Reemanyder concluded, “We thank Bob Doyen for his lengthy service to our community as we proudly name him an Old Lyme celebrity —  our 2018 Citizen of the Year.”


All Proposals Pass at Old Lyme’s Annual Budget Meeting

Around 50 people turned out for last night’s Old Lyme Annual Budget Meeting and subsequently approved all the items on the agenda that went to a vote.

These included the adoption of the Town Budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, and the setting of the mill rate at 22.41.

A proposal to purchase, using open space acquisition funds, lands owned by Jean A. McCulloch Farm, LLC, consisting of approximately 300 acres situated near Whipporwill Rd. and Flat Rock Hill Rd., in accordance with the terms of an already specified Contract of Sale for $600,000 (a copy of the Contract, which includes a map, is available at the Town Clerks’ office) was approved.

Associated with this, authorization was also given for the First Selectwoman and/or the Town Attorney

  • to negotiate and consummate a modification to the easement covering these lands, in order to permit the Town the legal right to construct and maintain vehicle parking areas on the said lands and promote the public use and enjoyment of the open space lands.
  • to execute and sign, on behalf of the Town, such contracts, deeds and other instruments as are reasonably necessary to carry out this purchase and easement modification.

Three appropriations were also passed as follows:

  • $73,000 to the Health Insurance Account for health insurance costs associated with new memberships and changes in status.
  • $16,000 to the PW Project Contractors Account for emergency repairs to Grassy Hill Road Bridge.
  • $26,000 to the CRRA/MIRA Account for increase in CRRA/MIRA tipping fees.

For more details on the meeting, read this article titled, Old Lyme voters pass budget, 300-acre open space purchase by Mary Biekert and published on theday.com


Evening of Song with Tenor Brian Cheney, June 22, Benefits Old Lyme DTC

Tenor Brian Cheney will present an ‘Evening of Song,’ Saturday, June 22, at the Chester Meeting House.

The Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee hosts “An Evening of Song with Tenor Brian Cheney,” Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty St., in Chester.

Cheney, an Old Lyme resident, is an acclaimed, professional tenor, who has performed to rave reviews in venues across the US and internationally.

Admission is a $35 donation to the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee.  Reservations can be made at this link.


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.