November 24, 2020

Win a Subaru! High Hopes Hosts a ‘Raffle for a Cause’

A 2020 Subaru Forester 2.5i is the first prize in this year’s Raffle for a Cause sponsored by High Hopes of Old Lyme, CT and Reynolds Subaru of Lyme, CT.

OLD LYME — High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is holding a raffle in which the first prize is a 2020 Subaru Forester 2.5i. The second prize is an Apple i-Pad Mini and the third an Amazon Echo Show. Reynolds Subaru of Lyme is High Hopes’ raffle partner for this event.

All proceeds from the raffle benefit the programs at High Hopes.

Tickets are $50 each, two for $90, four for $180 or five for $225.

The raffle will be drawn during a live feed at noon on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Winners will be notified immediately following the drawing. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

All federal, state and local taxes on prizes are the winner’s responsibility.

Visit this link for full details of the raffle.

Buy your tickets at this link!


Old Lyme Soccer Girls Defeat Coginchaug 1-0, Advance to Shoreline Conference Final

Grace Lathrop races after a ball in Wednesday’s quarter-final against Old Saybrook.

OLD LYME — 12PM UPDATE: Old Lyme girls defeated Coginchaug 1-0 this morning to advance to the Shoreline Championship final against Haddam-Killingworth. The final will be played Monday, afternoon (Nov. 16) in Old Lyme with a 1:30 p.m. kick-off.

Top-seeded Old Lyme meet #4 seeds Coginchaug in a Shoreline Conference semifinal this morning. Kick-off is at 10 a.m. on the Lyme-Old Lyme varsity field behind Center School.

The other semifinal took place Friday afternoon. Haddam-Killingworth defeated East Hampton 2-0 and move onto a berth in the final.

Although Old Lyme, coached by Paul Gleason, have played in the state tournament final for the past five years, ending as champions in four of those years, the team does not have the opportunity to repeat that success as there is no state tournament this year due to COVID.

The last time the Old Lyme girls won the Shoreline Conference tournament was 2016.

Read a report with photos of the girls’ quarter-final game against Old Saybrook at this link.




We Honor and Thank Our Veterans on This Veterans Day

File photo of a previous year’s Flagpole Ceremony at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall when a three-round salute was fired to honor all veterans.

Today we remember all who serve — or have served — our country in order to maintain our freedom and preserve our peace.

We thank them sincerely for their service.


Wildcat Soccer Quarterfinal Double-Header to be Held Today in Old Lyme

The Cromwell goalie saves a shot by an Old Lyme player in the Wildcats 3-1 victory over Cromwell on Saturday.

OLD LYME — UPDATE: 3:30pm: LOL Boys lose 3-1 to Haddam-Killingworth.
3:48pm: LOL Girls defeat Old Saybrook 5-1

The Shoreline Conference Soccer Championship brings a quarterfinal double-header to the Old Lyme varsity field tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The Lyme-Old Lyme boys, seeded third, coached by Ally Gleason, take on #6 Haddam-Killingworth at noon followed by the top seeded Lyme-Old Lyme girls, coached by Ally’s father, Paul, face #8 Old Saybrook with a 2 p.m. kick-off.


Last Saturday, Nov. 7, the Old Lyme girls defeated Cromwell 3-1 with goals by Abby Manthous, Kyle and Emily DeRoehn. Below are some action photos from that game taken by Elizabeth Mauro, captions to be added shortly.






Lyme, Old Lyme Town Halls Closed Today in Honor of Veteran’s Day

LYME/OLD LYME — Both Lyme and Old Lyme Town Halls will be closed Wednesday in honor of Veteran’s Day.


Death of Ronald Vidou Announced; Army Veteran, Lifelong Resident of Old Lyme

OLD LYME — Ronald David Vidou, 77, widower of Bonnie J. Vidou of Old Lyme passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, at Yale New Haven Hospital with family by his side. Ronald was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Waterbury.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, assigned to the prestigious 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, nicknamed the “Fighting Eagles” and proudly served his country in Korea. During his time in the service he earned the rank of Sergeant.

Ron was a lifelong resident of Old Lyme …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published Nov. 11 in The Day.


Enjoy a Free ‘Evening Under the Stars’ Tonight with Lyme-Old Lyme HS Band & Chorus; All Welcome

OLD LYME — On Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m., Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Band and Chorus host an ‘Evening Under the Stars’ concert.  This event, which is open to the community and offers free admission, will be held on the field between LOLHS and LOL Middle School.

Bring a chair or blanket.

Social distancing and masks required.

The event should last no longer than one hour.


Death of Peter Charles Bekaert of Old Lyme Announced

OLD LYME – Peter Charles Bekaert of White Sands Beach, Old Lyme, passed away peacefully at Middlesex Hospital Friday Nov. 6, 2020, due to complications from diabetes. He is survived by his mother Polly; sister Casey; and brother John. He is predeceased by his father Eugene Charles Bekaert …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Nov. 9 in The Day.


After 48 Years Driving a School Bus in Old Lyme, Caroline Doughty Hangs Up Her Keys

Caroline Doughty at the wheel of her bus on her last day driving for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools after 48 years service. Photos courtesy of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

OLD LYME — Can you imagine getting up every morning and driving a school bus in Old Lyme?

Well, that’s the first thing to think about … but now try this. Can you imagine getting up (very early) every morning and driving a school bus in Old Lyme for 48 years?

Well, that’s what Caroline Doughty did … and she just retired on Oct. 30!

Doughty started her career in August/September 1972 and has driven for six different companies, as each was contracted in turn by Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools.

She became a household name on the bus routes she drove, always respected for her firm but fair way of dealing with the students she transported.

Caroline Doughty says farewell to a Lyme-Old Lyme school bus after an amazing 48 years, of being a bus driver.

Apart from driving students to each of the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools on a daily basis, Doughty’s work has included taking athletic teams to their games, and providing transportation for field trips.

At one time, she drove residents out of the South Lyme (Point O’ Woods Beach) area when it was flooded.

Doughty also drove for the Special Olympics Games in 1995 when High Hopes Therapeutic Riding hosted the equestrian events for the contest.

She notes that one of her most rewarding experiences has been driving the children of former students that she used to transport.

Doughty was showered with cards and gifts from students and parents on her retirement.

The catalyst for her retirement was her 72nd birthday, which was Nov. 2. She says with a smile that she’s looking forward to not always having to wake up so early in the morning!

Her retirement plans include enjoying more of her hobbies such as gardening, sewing, knitting, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Vincent, have been married for 47 years and are lifelong residents of Old Lyme. They have two married children and five grandchildren, ages 5 to 21.

We join the Lyme-Old Lyme community in wishing you a well-deserved and very happy retirement (and we’ll use the name we knew you by when you picked up our children every day on Hawthorne Rd.), “Mrs. Doughty”!


Florence Griswold Museum Hosts Virtual Samuel Thorne Memorial Lecture This Evening

Cree artist Kent Monkman’s mistikôsiwak (The Wooden Boat People) 2019, which will be the topic of discussion in the Annual Samuel Thorne Memorial Lecture this Saturday, Nov. 7.

OLD LYME — This Saturday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 6 p.m., the Florence Griswold Museum hosts the Annual Samuel Thorne Memorial Lecture. This lecture has been rescheduled from April and is now a virtual event. This free event is limited to 500 spaces.

Randall Griffey, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art discusses Kent Monkman’s Great Hall Commission for The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Griffey discusses Cree artist Kent Monkman’s mistikôsiwak (The Wooden Boat People) 2019. These two monumental canvases on view in The Met’s Great Hall explore themes of colonization, immigration, loss, and resilience through the lens of Indigenous people.

For the commission, the Toronto-based Monkman mined European and American art in The Met’s collection, re-examining conventional representations of Indigenous peoples in the Western art canon. Griffey will describe how The Met’s work with contemporary artists like Monkman can offer challenging and diverse perspectives on the Euro-US shared history.

If you are interested in this program, register at this link. You will then be sent a link to watch the program.

This event is co-sponsored by the Connecticut League of History Organizations.


Musical Masterworks Goes Virtual This Season, Tickets on Sale for Concert Videos

Musical Masterworks’ October performers James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega.

OLD LYME — Musical Masterworks has launched its 30th Anniversary Season by offering a new way for chamber music aficionados to enjoy its concerts in the form of professionally-produced video.  Concert-goers can watch from the comfort of their homes on the screens of their choice. 

The season’s first concerts will be filmed at the end of October and the link to the virtual concert will be made available to ticket buyers Nov. 7.  The video can be enjoyed for three weeks and watched as many times as one wishes. 

Artistic Director Edward Arron explains, “We have adjusted our season in order to bring our five concert programs to our devoted concertgoers virtually, through recordings made by an award-winning team of videographers and audio technicians. While restrictions remain in place for in-person gatherings, we are thrilled that our performances can be filmed in our usual concert space.”

Musical Masterworks will begin the 2020-21 season with two all-Beethoven programs.

October will see pianist Andrew Armstrong join renowned violinist James Ehnes to perform three sonatas by Beethoven. 

In December, the month of Beethoven’s actual 250th birthday, James Ehnes, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Che-Yen Chen and Edward Arron will perform three Beethoven String Quartets.

The spring Musical Masterworks concert will welcome back a number of favorite artists, including Rieko Aizawa, Todd Palmer, Jeewon Park, Randall Scarlata, Gilles Vonsattel, and Tessa Lark, featuring musical treasures from Bach to Corigliano.

Ticket-holders will be able to experience Musical Masterworks as never before: the audio-video production team will create an intimate concert experience, providing a virtual seat on the stage.

Arron shared his thoughts about this unusual season, saying, “The experience of living through this unsettling period has reinforced my belief that the arts and live performance are essential to humanity and are an indispensable part of a healthy society.”

He adds, “It gives me great pride that our organization has committed to presenting a full season of concert programs as we celebrate the 30th season of Musical Masterworks.”

Musical Masterworks’ season runs October 2020 through May 2021.  To purchase a video ticket subscription ($150 each), a video mini-subscription ($100 each), individual video tickets ($40 each), or student tickets ($5 each), visit Musical Masterworks at Musical Masterworks at or call 860.434.2252


Death of Frederick S. Osborne Announced, Former President of Lyme Academy

The death of Lyme Academy President Emeritus Frederick S. Osborne, who served as the Academy’s second president  from 2002 through 2007, has been announced.

Mr. Osborne was responsible for ushering the Academy through to a fully accredited, independent fine arts college. He was devoted to the mission of the Academy and understood the contribution of illustration carrying the torch of realism at a time when arts institutions were dismissing observational skills in drawing, painting and sculpture. Mr. Osborne added the Illustration major to the degree-granting Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Visit this link to read Lyme Academy’s tribute to President Emeritus Osborne.

Visit this link to read Mr. Osborne’s obituary published Nov. 8, in The Times, Trenton.




Election 2020: State Results & Interactive Visuals

STATEWIDE — Our Local Independent Online News (LION) colleagues at have prepared a couple of interactive maps of the State Senate and House results for readers to explore. Use the toolbox to group and sort Senate/House districts by political party and demographic characteristics.

Here is the State Senate map.

Here is the CT House of Representatives map.

Related articles at can be found at:

Dems Post Gains In Legislative Seats While Some Key Republicans Hang On
By CTNewsJunkie Published Nov. 4, 2020 12:48am

Senate Democrats Strengthen Majority
By Hugh McQuaid Published Nov 4, 2020 1:47pm


Sen. Paul Formica Named Senate Republican Deputy Leader, Kevin Kelly Named Leader

State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th)

HARTFORD – State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21st) has been named the next Senate Republican Leader by the Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus. Sen. Kelly has named State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th) to serve as his deputy, taking the title of Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore.

Sen. Kelly was chosen by his fellow caucus members to serve as the next caucus leader following the retirement of Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) who has served as leader since 2014.

Kelly said of Senator Formica that he, “…  is one of the hardest working and most caring lawmakers I have ever met.”

He added, “Paul is a consensus builder and a budget expert, who was instrumental in crafting the historic bipartisan budget of 2017 that implemented smart financial policies Republicans have long advocated for including a spending cap, bonding caps and a volatility cap.”

Kelly continued, “Those successes are the reason why our state has a record-breaking rainy day fund today and has enable our state to start contributing more to paying down on our state’s unfunded pension liabilities. Paul Formica’s expertise on the budget, experience as a small business owner and job creator, as well as his ability to bring people together will make him an exceptional partner in leading our caucus during these difficult times.”

“I am deeply honored to have been selected to help lead our caucus as deputy leader,” said Sen. Formica. “Connecticut is the greatest state in the greatest nation in the world. But there is so more that must be done to help all people in our state achieve the American Dream. I look forward to helping lead our caucus and our state through these challenging times, with a focus on keeping people safe, healthy and creating opportunities for all people.”

Senator Formica represents the residents of the 20th Senatorial District, which includes Old Lyme, as well as Bozrah, East Lyme, a portion of Montville, New London, , a portion of Old Saybrook, Salem, and Waterford. He was first elected in 2015 and prior to that served as the First Selectman of East Lyme from 2007-2015.

He has also been the owner and operator of Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant for over 35 years.

Senator Formica currently serves as Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee and the Energy and Technology Committee. He is a founder of the bipartisan Tourism Caucus and co-chairs the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Legislative Caucus. A resident of East Lyme, he is the father of four adult children — three daughters and one son.

Sen. Kelly said, “I am incredibly honored to be named the next leader of the Senate Republican Caucus,” said  “Our caucus is made up of hard-working individuals who love our state and are ready to fight for it.”

He continued, “We must lead our state through the unprecedented challenges of pandemic recovery by simultaneously focusing on job growth and protecting those most vulnerable to COVID-19: our elderly population and minority communities.”

Sen. Kelly is currently the Ranking Member of the Aging Committee, the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, and the Committee on Children. He also serves as a member of the Regulation Review Committee.

Kelly has been an advocate for health care affordability and accessibility, supporting the needs of senior citizens, growing jobs, improving women’s health care, and advancing “Aging in Place” initiatives.

Sen. Kelly has served in the State Senate since 2011 representing Monroe, Seymour, Shelton and Stratford. He resides in Stratford with his wife Cindy. Their family includes four children and soon to be seven grandchildren.

For more information on State Senator Paul Formica visit Follow Sen. Formica at, on Twitter and Instagram @SenatorFormica.

For more information on State Senator Kevin Kelly visit Follow Sen. Kelly at, on Twitter @21KevinKelly or Instagram @SenatorKevinCKelly.



Town of Old Lyme Awarded Sustainable CT Certification

OLD LYME — The Town of Old Lyme has announced that it has received certification as a Sustainable CT municipality, demonstrating a commitment to creating a community that strives to be thriving, resilient, collaborative, and forward-looking. 

Old Lyme met a broad range of sustainability accomplishments to qualify for its Bronze-level certification.  The Town’s application was submitted by the board of selectmen’s Sustainable Old Lyme Team, a group initially created in 2018 with Old Lyme residents, who have volunteered their time to this process. 

“The Town is fortunate to have several dedicated members of the Sustainable Old Lyme Team, who have worked hard to earn this significant certification,” said Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold. He commented, “Among the numerous sustainable actions listed by Sustainable CT, the Team has focused on safe walking areas in Old Lyme. The Team surveyed residents, and not surprisingly, heard that walkability is important. Good going, Team, and go for the silver!” 

Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that inspires and supports communities in becoming more efficient, resilient, and inclusive, announced 17 newly-certified communities this past week, including Old Lyme. The highest level of certification currently offered is silver.

In its application for Sustainable CT certification, Old Lyme demonstrated significant achievements in nine sustainable impact areas ranging from community building and a vibrant ‘arts & creative culture,’ to well-stewarded land and resilient planning.  Old Lyme successfully completed actions included a detailed Walkability Study and Audit conducted by the Sustainable Old Lyme Team. 

Sustainable Connecticut considered nine of Old Lyme’s submissions to be “Success Stories,” including its Arts & Creative Culture, its Effective Community Communications, and its 2010 Plan of Conservation & Development. Also highlighted as a Success Story was Lyme-Old Lyme Public School’s commitment to Clean Energy by 2030.

Sustainable CT has seen strong momentum and growth as a valuable, high-impact program.  One-hundred and twelve municipalities have registered for the program, representing 80 percent of the state’s population.  Collectively, 61 municipalities, over 36 percent of the state’s communities, have earned Sustainable CT certification. 

Certification lasts for three years, with submissions rigorously evaluated by independent experts and other Sustainable CT partners.  

“Congratulations to our newest Sustainable CT certified communities,” said Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director of the program.  “They join a growing number of certified towns and cities that are demonstrating municipal practices that make our communities more inclusive, healthy, connected, and strong.” 

The program is managed by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University and includes actions that help towns and cities build community connection, social equity, and long-term resilience.  The program’s action roadmap and support tools are especially relevant as towns seek practices and resources to promote racial justice and respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Sustainable CT is independently funded, with strong support from its three founding funders: the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Common Sense Fund, and the Smart Seed Fund. 

Additional support is provided by: the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Connecticut Community Foundation, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Main Street Community Foundation, and other sponsors.

Old Lyme and all spring and fall 2020 certified communities will be recognized later this year at the Annual Convention of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities in December. 

For more information, visit

Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from a press release issued by the Town of Old Lyme.


Florence Griswold Museum Hosts Lampos, Pearson Presenting Their Latest Book on Local, ‘Hidden History,’ 2pm This Afternoon

Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos will give an author talk on their latest book, The Hidden History of Old Lyme, Lyme and East Lyme, Thursday evening via a Zoom presentation. Photo by Angela Chicoski Photography.

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum hosts an Online Bok Event, Thursday, Nov. 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. when Old Lyme residents and expert local historians Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson, will introduce their newest book, ‘The Hidden History of Old Lyme, Lyme and East Lyme.’

In this fascinating, just-published book, Lampos and Pearson trace the evolution of education and representation in the Lymes, and how decisions made by the founders helped shape the history of our nation.

They will survey the artistic heritage of colonial-era graveyards, and explore the Spiritualist camp in Niantic that has hosted séances since 1882.
The authors will also discuss how the traditions of the Nehantic tribe lived on to the present day through the Tantaquidgeon family at Mohegan, and detail the lives of fascinating figures like Moses Warren, a surveyor of what is now Ohio; diarist Joseph Caples; and early civil rights leader David Ruggles, who helped over 1000 slaves escape via the underground railroad, including Frederick Douglass.

The lecture will take place virtually via GoTo Webinar and a link to access the event will be sent when participants register. There is no admission fee. Register at this link and receive the link in return.

Signed Copies of their book Hidden History of Old Lyme, Lyme and East Lyme (The History Press, August 2020) are available through the Shop at the Museum. Click here to purchase.

Support for this event is provided by ArtBridgesFoundation and Connecticut Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.
The media sponsor is WSHU Public Radio.



CT Audubon to Buy ‘Bee & Thistle Inn’ in Old Lyme, Plans to Renovate it as Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center HQ

OLD LYME — (Press release issued by CT Audubon) The Connecticut Audubon Society and its Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center (RTPEC) will soon have a new facility in Old Lyme to continue to carry out the regional conservation, science research and education work that began five years when the RTPEC was established.

The organization has reached an agreement to buy the former Bee and Thistle Inn, at 100 Lyme St. The plan is to create an environmental education center for people of all ages. It will become the Estuary Center’s new headquarters and will include a room for public talks and workshops, a location for summer day camp, and a staging area for research on the ecology of the estuary.

The RTPEC offices, which are currently at 90 Halls Rd., will move to the new facility as well.

The 5.25-acre site is on the Lieutenant River, a tributary of the Connecticut River. It includes a wetland area and offers river access to the local 56-acre section of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

The RTPEC has developed a strong reputation in its five years based on a succession of successful programs. The Center currently reaches 5,000 young people and adults across the region through environmental education programs at schools, online and in the field.

“The RTPEC is one of our jewels, and this new facility is in a perfect location for a nature center that focuses on the estuarine environment,” said Connecticut Audubon Executive Director Patrick Comins. “We can’t wait to introduce people to its birds and wildlife, and to use it as a launching area for more great outings. The volunteers who had the vision to establish the center in 2015 and then to keep building on its success deserve all the credit for this.”

Connecticut Audubon is planning a  comprehensive campaign to cover the purchase price to renovate the building for visitors, and to preserve this landmark for the community. The goal is to open the new facility within 12 to 18 months.

Claudia Weicker, chair of the RTPEC Regional Board, said that the new facility’s location, next to the Florence Griswold Museum, was particularly appropriate.

“Our commitment to conservation of the Connecticut River estuary and of Long Island Sound is as strong as ever,” she said. “We focus on the environment and education, in particular, and, in doing so, we relate the importance of nature to the history and culture of our area. This location, next to the home of Miss Florence Griswold, revives the synergy that existed between America’s great art colony and the beauty of the natural world.”

The Center is named after Roger Tory Peterson, the artist, writer, teacher, and conservationist, who lived and worked in Old Lyme. Peterson’s acclaimed field guides to birds and nature are widely known and recognized as iconic in their field.

Two of the Center’s most successful programs will continue to take place elsewhere. Its spring and fall lecture series regularly draws overflow crowds to local auditoria to hear nationally-known experts on birds, estuary science and other conservation topics.

The Science in Nature outdoor education program will continue to be taught at area schools, natural areas within walking distance of schools, and through distance learning.

Those two off-site programs will complement the offerings at the new center, said Alisha Milardo, the director of the RTPEC.

“The residents of southeastern Connecticut have an abiding interest and enthusiasm for environmental conservation programs,” she said, adding, “Our education, science research and advocacy programs have received great support and we’re confident that at this new location we will be able to expand our offerings for the community.”


LYSB Hosts ‘Stress Happens’ Program on ‘Building Self-Esteem Skills,’ This Evening

Erica Cuni, LMFT

LYME/OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) hosts the second of a four-part series titled, ‘Stress Happens,’ Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Tonight’s program covers, ‘Building Self-Esteem Skills,’ and is presented by Erica Cuni, LMFT, known as “The Burnout Professor.”

Cuni is a clinical therapist, Reiki master, mediation facilitator, graduate professor, and fellow burnout survivor.

Register for the Nov. 5 program at this link. You will then receive the Zoom link in return.

The remaining programs will all take place at 7 p.m. and their dates and topics are scheduled as follows:

Helping Your Child Overcome Fear & Anxiety
Building Stronger Connections in Your Home

This 12-step roadmap is what every parent wishes for – how to help their child navigate stress. It is possible to level up your child’s stress management game without worrying about insurance, diagnosis, medication (or moving to Bali for a year long retreat).

Each meeting will have actionable steps for you to practice to help deal with burnout and stress.

This program is for any age.


Lyme Art Association Hosts Fundraising Virtual Art Auction

‘To and Fro’ by Dora Atwater Millikin is one of the works on which you can bid in the LAA’s virtual auction.

OLD LYME — Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Lyme Art Association (LAA) made the difficult decision to cancel 2020’s Palate to Palette event.

Although that wonderful in-person event is not taking place this year, the LAA is hosting a virtual art auction in its place.

Enjoy a unique chance to bid on extraordinary pieces by the talented artists of the Lyme Art Association. Bidding is now open in this online auction, which runs from Friday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov.15.

‘Voluminoua’ by Janine Robertson is another work in the online auction.

There are two easy ways to participate and show your support for the historic gallery and contemporary artists you love.

1. Enjoy a online auction featuring signature works by twelve outstanding artists:

2. Purchase a “virtual ticket” (a fully deductible donation). With every purchase of a $50 ticket, you will be entered in a drawing for two tickets for the next Palate to Palette. No ticket purchase is required to participate in the auction.

Auction pieces are on display at the Lyme Art Association.

The LAA enormously appreciates the public’s ongoing support. All proceeds from this event will help keep the LAA’s doors open to everyone and showcase the work of member artists.


Old Lyme Provisional Results Predict Final Local Results with Wins by Courtney, Formica, Carney

Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) has won a seventh term in the Nov. 3 election.

OLD LYME — The provisional results for Old Lyme show wins for Democrat US Rep. Joe Courtney in the 2nd Congressional District and Republicans Paul Formica and Devin Carney in the 20th State Senate District and 23rd House District respectively.

US Rep. Joe Courtney (D) has a substantial lead over his challenger Justin Anderson, but has yet to declare victory.

State Senator Paul Formica (R)  is currently winning over challenger Martha Marx, but a recount easily may be necessary.

Sate Rep. Devin Carney (R) appears to have secured victory over challenger David Rubino.

(The results below, which we stress are still provisional, show the winner in red. The following abbreviations are use: WF: Working Families and I: Independent.)


Biden & Harris (D): 3,225

Trump & Pence (R): 2,095

Jorgensen & Cohen (Libertarian): 68

Hawkins & Walker (Green): 20

Representative in Congress 

Joe Courtney (D & WF): 3,392

Justin Anderson (R): 1,877

Daniel Reale (Libertarian): 34

Cassandra Martineau (Green): 51

State Senator 

Martha Marx (D & WF): 2,443

Paul M. Formica (R): 2,856

Joseph Taraya (Independent): 41

State Representative 

David A. Rubino (D & WF): 2,552

Devin R. Carney (R & I): 2,813


Registrar of Voters 

Marylin C. Clarke (D): 2,994

Catherine Q. Carter  (R): 2,257