May 19, 2022

Lyme-Old Lyme Baseball Roundup

LYME/OLD LYME BASEBALL
April 25:
East Hampton defeats Old Lyme 7- 6 

The game was tied at five with East Hampton batting in the bottom of the sixth when Hall (2-4; 2 RBI) doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats lost despite out-hitting East Hampton nine to eight. Lyme- Old Lyme scored 3 runs in the top of the first inning to take an early lead.

East Hampton took the lead back in the bottom of the first inning when Scovill (1-1; 2 RBI) singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs.

East Hampton knotted the game up at five in the bottom of the fourth inning.  East Hampton scored one run when Hall singled.

Paluska got the win for East Hampton. He went four and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out three.

Both Santiago Rodriguez and Maverick Swaney had 5 strikeouts a piece for the Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats.

Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats had nine hits in the game.  Owen Snurkowski (2-4; 1 RBI) , Grady Lacourciere (2-3; 1 RBI), and Riley Warecke (2-4; 3 RBI) all managed multiple hits for Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats.

East Hampton collected eight hits on the day.  Diaz (2-4) and Hall each collected multiple hits for East Hampton.

April 22:
Cromwell defeats Old Lyme 8-2 

DiMenna was credited with the victory for Cromwell as he surrendered only two runs on six hits over seven innings, striking out two.

Grady Lacourciere went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats in hits.

Cromwell racked up nine hits in the game.  DiMenna (2-4; 2 RBI) and Ucol (2-4) each managed multiple hits for Cromwell.

April 20
Valley Regional Crushes Old Lyme 16- 1

Valley got things moving in the first inning, when James Marsden(1-4; 1 RBI) hit a solo homer.

Old Lyme knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning, when Sparaco threw a wild pitch allowing Grady Lacourciere to reach home for Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats.

Valley pulled away for good with one run in the second inning.  In the second, Shea hit a solo homer.

Valley scored six runs in the sixth inning.  Valley’s big inning was driven by home runs by Carver (3-4; 1 RBI) and Hutchinson (3-4; 7 RBI) and a single by Finnegan (1-2; 1 RBI).

Sparaco took the win for Valley Regional. The pitcher allowed three hits and one run over two innings, striking out three and walking one.

Hutchinson threw four innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Valley Regional tallied six home runs on the day. Marsden had a long ball in the first inning. Carver went for the long ball in the sixth inning. Hutchinson had a homer in the fifth and sixth innings. Shea (2-3; 3 RBI) went deep in the second and third innings.

Lacourciere led Old Lyme with two hits in four at bats.

Valley collected 14 hits on the day. Carver, Hutchinson, Shea, Sparaco, and Salbiniski each collected multiple hits for Valley.

Valley was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Erwin made the most plays with  11.

April 18:
North Branford defeats Old Lyme 8- 4 

North Branford got on the board first and scored on a sacrifice fly by Garett (1-2; 1 RBI) , a triple by Scalia (1-2; 2 RBI), and an error in the second inning.

Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats lost despite out-hitting North Branford ten to five.

Mike Virginelli pitched North Branford to victory. He allowed nine hits and three runs over six and a third innings, striking out four.  Oconner threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.

As the Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats racked up ten hits in the game.  Owen Snurkowski (2-3), Alex Roth (2-4), and Grady Lacourciere (2-4; 2 RBI) each had multiple hits for Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats.

Nuzzo went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI at the plate to lead North Branford in hits.

Tonight, Lymes’ Senior Center Building Committee Hosts Public Forum on Proposed Renovation Plans; All Welcome

LYME/OLD LYME — On Monday, Apr. 25, at 7 p.m., the Lymes’ Senior Center (LSC) Building Committee will host a public forum on the potential renovation of the Senior Center.

Lymes’ Senior Center Committee members will present the current proposal and then answer questions from the community.

All residents of Lyme and Old Lyme are welcome to attend the forum, which will be held in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium.  

The committee has prepared a public-information packet regarding the proposal, which can be viewed at this link.

The building committee is currently moving forward with a request for funds from the Towns of Old Lyme and Lyme to continue the next phase of the project to renovate the center. 

Jeri Baker, who serves as both chair of the LSC Building Committee and chair of the Lymes’ Senior Center Board of Directors, told LymeLine by phone, “We are encouraged by the growing support for this project by the boards of selectmen and finance for both towns.”

She noted, “The committee has stayed the course toward renovation and reconfiguration as being the most cost effective way to address the growing membership and needed space for programs and services offered by this shared municipal agency.”

Baker pointed out that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, LSC membership peaked at 1006 members. During the COVID closure, membership dropped to a low of 554 but since the center re-opened, it has steadily increased to well over 950.

Baker commented enthusiastically, “I fully expect membership to stand at over 1000 by the time of the forum.”

She also noted that during a March 3 meeting, the Old Lyme Board of Finance (BOF) Chairman asked if the committee had entertained the idea of a constructing a new building rather than a renovation.

Baker explained to LymeLine, “The original charge by the towns from Day One back in 2019 was to look at renovation and reconfiguration of space; a new build was not on our radar until that question was asked.”

The committee immediately took the question to heart, but Baker explained, “After estimating the costs of both options, we determined in less than a week that a new build is much more expensive and not the way to go.”

Those comparisons were presented at the Old Lyme BOF March 15 meeting for consideration and discussion. The BOF raised additional concerns regarding the cost of a new building and asked for further information.

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold also raised the question of public awareness of the project at this meeting.  

Baker explained to LymeLine, “We look forward to this opportunity on April 25th to give town residents the information they need to secure their support for the project.”

She continued, “We have posted all the facts and a plethora of information on the websites of both towns for two years, attended many meetings with the boards of both towns, and have tried to get the word out about how important it is to help the center — and ultimately the residents of the towns it serves.”

Baker also stressed that the LSC Building Committee is not a sub-committee of the LSC Board of Directors but rather a committee appointed by both towns. It therefore intentionally represents not only both towns but also a broad cross-section of the community.

Editor’s Note: The members of the LSC Building Committee are:
From Lyme:
Alan Sheiness – Lyme BOF chair
John Kiker – Selectman, co-chair of committee
Russell Learned –Senior Director,  Centerbrook  Architects and Planners
Mary Stone – Active community volunteer, former Member of Region 18 Board of Education

From Old Lyme:
Jeri Baker – committee chair, chair of the LSC Board of Directors
Arthur “Skip” Beebe – retired general building contractor, member of many local organizations
Bennett Bernblum – Old Lyme BOF member
Ken Biega – Vice President, Noble Construction Management, Essex
Dr. Richard Goulding – former Region 18 BOE member, pediatric emergency physician

Ex officio members:
Steve Mattson, Lyme First Selectman
Timothy Griswold, Old Lyme First Selectman,
Stephanie Gould, LSC Director

 

Rogers Lake Authority Hosts Virtual Meeting This Evening to Discuss Public Comment on No Wake Buoys

OLD LYME — The Rogers Lake Authority is holding a virtual meeting tonight with a single agenda item of reviewing public comment concerning the controversial topic of No Wake Buoys.

To join the meeting, use the following meeting link: https://oldlymect.webex.com/oldlymect/j.php?MTID=m4be2068d5a47f0384c11fe3ab1950ae6

To join by phone, call: 1-408-418-9388 and enter Access Code: 2332 517 5949.

The Rogers Lake West Shores Association is holding a viewing party of the meeting at the Rogers Lake Clubhouse this evening at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Editor’s Note: Read a related Open Letter to the Lyme, Old Lyme Boards of Selectmen:- Actions of Rogers Lake Authority Spark Concern, Anger published April 21, on LymeLine.com.

Death Announced of Gordon H. Ely, 93, of Essex; Attended Old Lyme High School, Member of OL Fire Dept. for 71 Years

ESSEX — Gordon H. Ely, 93, of Essex, CT lived a long and happy life and died peacefully on April 17, 2022 surrounded by his family. Gordon was born in Old Lyme, CT on February 22, 1929, son of Clarence Samuel Ely and Ellen (Richards) Ely. He attended Old Lyme High School and then joined the National Guard …
Gordon was a member of the Old Lyme Fire Department for 71 years. In 1956, he married the love of his life, Lois D’Addario, formerly of West Hartford, and was married for 65 years, residing in Essex since 1960 …
He is pre-deceased by his brothers Theodore, Edwin, Donald, Joseph, John, and Robert Ely originally from Old Lyme …
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30AM on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 14 Prospect St., Essex. Internment with full military honors will be held following the Mass at Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme …
Visit this link to read the full obituary published April 24, in the Hartford Courant.

Two New Shows on View at Lyme Art Association

‘The Bar at Rracis’ by Wende Caporale in pastel is one of the featured works in the Hudson Valley Art Association’s 89th Annual National Exhibition.

OLD LYME — Two new shows are on view at the Lyme Art Association (LAA) through June 2, 2022 at the LAA building located at 90 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

‘Murmuration’ by Michael Lynch in watercolor is one of the signature works in the ‘Expanding Visions’ show.

Expanding Visions is the LAA’s annual member show that showcases the varied artistic visions of the association’s membership. All types of artwork will be celebrated: hyper-realism, impressionism, abstraction, and non-representational styles.

The exhibit will be juried by Robert Pillsbury, former president of the Salmagundi Club of New York. The show runs from April 15 .

Concurrent with Expanding Visions, the Hudson Valley Art Association (HVAA) will present its 89th Annual National Juried Exhibition. This exhibition includes the finest representational paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from HVAA’s member artists.

“We are looking forward to these two strong and exciting shows,” says Lyme Art Association’s Executive Director, Laurie Pavlos, adding, “We are very pleased to welcome back HVAA and display what is sure to be a very impressive show.”

She explains, “The HVAA has been coming back for years: they love our beautiful gallery space and our visitors love their impressive and varied works. They always have a great deal of beautiful sculpture which looks fabulous in the gallery.”

She added, “Our Expanding Visions show continues the excitement into the rest of the gallery. The wide range of styles shown side by side in this exhibit makes this a very energetic show and provides something for every art lover.”

The LAA was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community.

The Association is located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the national historic district.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on exhibits, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, visit  www.lymeartassociation.org or call (860) 434-7802.

Lyme Land Trust Celebrates Earth Day with Johnston Preserve Walk, OL Land Trust Hosts Milkweed Planting; Both Events Today

Take an Earth Day walk through the Johnston Preserve in Lyme on Saturday. Photo by Wendy Hill.

This morning, Saturday, April 23, Lyme Land Trust offers an Earth Day Walk  of the Johnston Preserve led by forest ecologist Anthony Irving. The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until around 11:30 a.m.

The Town of Lyme’s 250-acre Johnston Preserve was designated a future Old Growth Forest by the Old Growth Forest Network (OGFN) in 2021

This walk is co-sponsored by the Town of Lyme. Meet at the Johnston Preserve on Rte. 82 in Lyme.

There is no charge and all are welcome, but registration is required at openspace@townlyme.org

Also this afternoon, the Old Lyme Land Trust is hosting a “Earth Day Milkweed Planting” at Watch Rock Preserve at 2 p.m. Milkweed plants are the chief source of food for monarch butterflies, famed for their extraordinary migration to Mexico. If you are interested in helping, email ollandtrust@gmail.com for all the details.

Today, Lyme Ambulance Association Offers Free Class on How to Recognize Medical Emergencies

LYME — On Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Lyme Ambulance Association is offering a class titled, ‘Emergency 101.’

The class is free for Lyme residents aged 14 and over and will teach attendees how to learn to recognize a medical emergency.

The class will be held at the Hamburg Fire Station.

Call 860-510-2815 to reserve your place.

Death Announced of Captain Richard W. “Dick” Krom, USN Retired, of Old Lyme; Founded Malta, Inc. to Help the Homeless in SE CT

OLD LYME — Captain Richard W. “Dick” Krom, USN retired, 78, formerly of Niantic died at his home in Old Lyme Feb. 11, 2022 …

Upon Retirement, Dick focused on helping others. He was coordinator of the Care and Share Soup Kitchen in Groton for 20 years. In 1999, Dick founded Malta, Inc. to help those who are homeless in Southeastern Connecticut. He served as its President for 20 years.

Dick leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Pamela (Cline) Krom; and three children, Laura (Michael) Michaud, Kyle (Maureen) Krom, and Kevin (Ilene) Krom …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published April 17, in The Day.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Name Allison Hine as New Principal of Lyme School

The new principal of Lyme Consolidated School is Allison Hine.

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools is pleased to announce that Allison Hine has been named principal of Lyme Consolidated School and will begin her position July 1, 2022.

Hine, a resident of Old Lyme, is currently the principal of Brownstone Intermediate School in Portland, Conn. She replaces Jim Cavalieri, who is retiring after 44 years in education, 20 of those as principal of Lyme Consolidated School.

Hine has more than 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher and administrator. In addition to her work at Brownstone Intermediate School, she has served as the assistant principal and as social studies curriculum coordinator for the Stonington (CT) Public Schools.

She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher for the Old Saybrook Schools.

Hine has previously served on the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education and has been an active volunteer with Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau and numerous other community organizations.

“We are pleased to have Mrs. Hine join us in her new role as Principal of Lyme Consolidated School. Mrs. Hine’s dedication and passion for our schools stood out during the interview process. Her extensive elementary school experience will allow her to continue to support the strong programming at Lyme School,” commented Ian Neviaser, Superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.

The selection process began in February and yielded more than 40 applicants. A selection committee comprised of over 25 people conducted several rounds of interviews as well as a site visit.

A community forum and survey were also conducted as part of the selection process. Teachers, staff members, parents, and community members were asked to rank the characteristics of a leader they deemed most important, as well as provide responses to a series of questions.

Lyme-Old Lyme MS Principal Ambruso Named CT Middle School Principal of the Year

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Principal Mark Ambruso has been named Connecticut’s MS Principal of the Year.

OLD LYME — Mark Ambruso, principal of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, has been named the 2022 Connecticut Middle School Principal of the Year.

Nominated by numerous colleagues, Ambruso is known for his leadership and authenticity. He is credited for fostering a positive, safe and fun middle school environment for all students.

Mark Ambruso

“Mark develops strong relationships with every student in our building,” says Renee Molnar, a guidance counselor at the school. “He goes out of his way to get to know something about everyone he meets. He makes you feel welcome and cared for and you leave any interaction with him feeling energized and motivated.”

Sponsored annually by the Connecticut Association of Schools and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the recognition is designed to spotlight the achievements of individual school leaders and at the same time increase public awareness of the critical role that principals play in the education of our youth.

The program honors those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, a passion for educational excellence, a commitment to their students and staff, and service to their communities.

Ambruso joined Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School in July of 2017 from Windham Technical High School where he was principal. Ambruso previously served as the principal, and before that the assistant principal, at Bacon Academy and as a science teacher and coach at Norwich Free Academy.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award. This would not be possible without the collective commitment and exemplary efforts of my colleague and Assistant Principal, Noah Ventola, and Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School’s faculty and staff.  Most importantly, I’d like to thank our wonderful families and amazing students.

The success of our middle school and district is a testament to the support and direction of our Superintendent, Central Office, and Board of Education. I’d like to also thank my wife and children for supporting me and sharing in my career.”

Editor’s Note: We send hearty congratulations to Mark on gaining this well-deserved honor.

Nationally Renowned Guest Artists Lead Painting Workshops at Lyme Academy

Lyme Academy hosts artist Patrick Okrasinski for an intensive workshop, the Principles of Landscape Painting in May. Image courtesy of the artist.

OLD LYME — Lyme Academy of Fine Arts hosts four comprehensive painting workshops in April, May and June.

These workshops offer students an opportunity to work closely with nationally-renowned guest artists for a concentrated and intensive period of time. Students will gain technical experience and insight into the diverse perspectives and methodologies of figurative and representational art.

The workshops are as follows:
April 22-24.: Painting the Still Life
May 16-20 and May 23-27, Mon-Fri: Principles of Landscape Painting
May 20-22: Sustained Observation
June 1-15: Rose Painting

Todd Casey, The Shamrock, 2015. Oil on linen, 30 by 22 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

‘Painting the Still Life’ will be led by Todd Casey and runs Friday through Sunday, April 22-24. Register at this link.

Guided instruction held in the inspiring studios of the Lyme Academy will address composition, drawing, light, color theory, form, depth, edges, and how to introduce narrative elements into a painting based on the direct and focused observation of selected objects.

“Casey’s work is both realistic and progressive, carefully observed and inherently narrative. Every painting has a tale to tell, brewed from a deep well of introspective thought,” says co-artistic director, Jordan Sokol, who curates the guest artists hired to conduct the comprehensive art workshops at the Academy.

Principles of Landscape Painting’ is an intensive two-week workshop running Monday through Friday for two weeks, May 16-20 and May 23-27.

This workshop is presented by Patrick Okrasinski, a former student of Artistic Directors Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gurpide. Artists will visit multiple local plein air venues of historical significance in Old Lyme, while learning the foundations of successful plein air landscape painting in a picturesque setting.

Guided instruction will address theories of value, mass, composition, representing light and color, optical effects encountered outdoors, perspective, and more.

Edmond Praybe will lead ‘Sustained Observation’, a three-day still life workshop, May 20-22.

Known for his focus on the convergence of perception and abstraction, Praybe will discuss the role of change and time when painting. He will guide students in how to set up a still life, to look for color and value relationships, and to examine the abstract structure that can be created paintings.

The fourth painting workshop ‘Rose Painting’ will be presented by internationally-recognized, award-winning botanical painter Kathleen Speranza, June 1-15.

Sperenza’s paintings are known for exploring the visual language of space, light, color and form as it relates to specific subjects from nature. This workshop is intended for experienced painters, who wish to study the complex geometry and exquisite subtle colors of garden roses.

The course will include an indirect method of painting and the introduction of a specific limited palette.

Detailed registration information and workshop costs can be located on the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts website at www.lymeacademy.edu.

Founded in 1976 by the sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, the Academy was created as an institution dedicated to a traditional, skills-based education.

In 2021, Lyme Academy, a non-profit educational organization, returned to its founding roots to offer foundational skills in the fine arts; providing a curriculum which combines rigorous studio instruction in drawing and painting with anatomy, sculpture, and the history of art.

The Academy affirms its legacy and commitment to the community of Old Lyme by providing a vibrant schedule of lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and part-time programs.

Located midway between Boston and New York, Old Lyme, Conn. has been a site of artistic congregation for over a century, becoming the heart of the Lyme Art Colony and the Home of American Impressionism.

Learn more by visiting www.lymeacademy.edu.

It’s Community Day TODAY at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School! Stop by and Help Paint the Welcome Mural


OLD LYME —
It’s Community Day TODAY from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School!

Drop by and meet Jasmine Oyola-Blumenthal, who is the lead artist creating the new Welcome mural in the school. Help paint a portion of the mural and/or write a welcome message of encouragement to a new or current student.

All are welcome.

The mural is part of the Sister Murals Project sponsored by Public Art for Racial Justice Education (PARJE), which was officially launched March 1, 2021. PARJE utilizes the broad appeal of art and education to confront racial injustice.

One mural has already been unveiled in Norwich and now murals are being worked on concurrently in Old Lyme and New London.

Lead artist for the Old Lyme Sister Mural is Jasmine Oyola-Blumenthal.

Oyola-Blumenthal joins the Sister Murals Project as an alumna of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

The Old Lyme Sister Mural is being installed inside Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, adjacent to the gymnasium. In addition to her role as lead artist, Oyola-Blumenthal will work with school faculty to develop student workshops, which will coordinate with the project.

Oyola-Blumenthal and her counterpart, Marvin Espy, in New London were selected from a field of nearly 20 applicants.

In her application, Oyola-Blumenthal referred to the ability for art to inspire people to talk to one another saying, “Art is a neutral vessel that can bring forth conversations that can be uncomfortable and promote opportunities to open dialogue on racial justice and education.”

Oyola Blumenthal also has extensive experience working with students.

April 19 COVID-19 Update: Four New Cases in Old Lyme Raise Cumulative Total to 1079, Lyme Holds at 265

Photo by CDC on Unsplash,

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Tuesday, April 19, by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) shows four new, confirmed COVID-19 case in Old Lyme and none in Lyme.

This case raises Old Lyme’s cumulative case total to 1079 while Lyme’s holds at 265.

The most recent day when at least five cases were reported in either town was Feb. 28, 2022, when seven cases were announced.

April 5, 2022 was the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either town.

Prior to March 25, Lyme had gone for 23 consecutive days with no new cases being reported. Two new cases were reported in Lyme on March 25.

Prior to April 5, the most recent day on which no new cases were reported in either Lyme or Old Lyme was March 24. There were also no new cases on March 9 and 4, and Feb. 24. The previous date prior to Feb. 24 when no new cases were reported in either town was Dec. 12, 2021.

Statewide Situation – Daily Update

The state’s COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate continues to rise. On Tuesday, April 19, the rate increased to 7.35% from 6.63% on April 18.

This rate of 7.35% is the state’s highest recorded COVID-19 Daily Positivity Rate since Feb. 2, 2022 when the Rate stood at 7.43%.

On April 19, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations increased to 159 from 145 on April 18.

In contrast, on Jan. 12, 2022, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations was 1,939.

Of those hospitalized on April 19, the number not fully vaccinated was 54 (representing 36.0%).

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Connecticut held at 10,813 on April 19 for the fifth day, according to The New York Times.

The next Daily Data Report will be issued by CT DPH Wednesday, April 20, around 4 p.m.

Statewide Situation – Weekly Update

This map, updated April 14, 2022 shows the average daily rate of new cases of COVID-19 by town during the past two weeks. Old Lyme remains in the Yellow (second lowest) Zone while Lyme has moved into the Red (highest) Zone. Fifty four towns (representing a total of 32% of the state) are now found in the Red Zone. Only cases among persons living in community settings are included in this map; the map does not include cases among people who reside in nursing home, assisted living, or correctional facilities. Map: Ver 12.1.2020 Source: CT Department of Public Health Get the data Created with Datawrapper.

On Thursday, April 14, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) released its latest weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (pictured above), which indicates that 54 municipalities are now in the Red (highest of four) Zone for case rates. These towns include Lyme, while Old Lyme has moved into the Yellow (second lowest) Zone.

This number has increased by 29 from the 25 towns recorded in the Red Zone last week. Read this press release from CT DPH emphasizing the need for caution regarding COVID-19 transmission at this time.

Although this total of Red Zone towns reflects an increase over last week’s number, it still shows a reduction in the number of Red Zone towns since  Jan. 27, when the total was 168 out of 169 towns.

The April 14 total of 54 is equivalent to 32.0% of towns in the state, which are in the Red Zone.

As of April 14, 2022 five towns in the Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) are in the Red Zone:- Lyme, Waterford, New London, Ledyard and Stonington.

Two are in the Orange (second highest) Zone:- East Lyme and Groton.

Two are in the Yellow (second lowest) Zone:- North Stonington and Old Lyme.

No towns remain in the Gray (lowest) Zone.

The LLHD is no longer issuing reports with updated Case Rates and other metrics.

The CT DPH will issue an updated map of the zones Thursday, April 21 — the map is updated weekly on Thursdays.

The color-coded zones are:

Red: Indicates case rates over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population
Orange: Indicates case rates between 10 to 14 cases per 100,000 population
Yellow: Indicates case rates between 5 and 9 per 100,000 population
Gray: Indicates case rates lower than five per 100,000 population

Increase in Cases in Lyme & Old Lyme Since August 2021

The cumulative total of confirmed cases for Old Lyme has now increased by 636 since Wednesday, Nov. 10, when the total stood at 443 — that number had stood unchanged for a week since the previous Thursday, Nov. 4.

On Aug. 26 — which was the day Lyme-Old Lyme Schools started the new academic year — Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 372, meaning there have now been 707 new cases there since that date.

Meanwhile, Lyme’s cumulative total on Aug. 26 was 114 indicating 151 new cases have also been confirmed there during the same period.

Ledge Light Health District Update

The LLHD is no longer issuing weekly updates unless there is, “any significant change in case rates, hospitalizations, etc.”

On April 14, LLHD sent LymeLine.com this press release issued by CT DPH the same day. It begins: With the current uptick of COVID-19 cases—coupled with the upcoming schedule of spring holidays and family gatherings—the Connecticut Department of Public Health is reminding residents of the tools currently in place to help contain the spread of the virus. 

In an email sent Thursday, March 24, regarding the latest COVID-19 data, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) Director of Health Stephen Mansfield stated, “In New London County, residents are advised to:

LLHD continues to focus its vaccination efforts on homebound populations and providing initial vaccinations and boosters to individuals who were vaccinated previously. Information about vaccination opportunities can be found at https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/.”

An explanation of the new CDC Community Levels tool by Thomas Gotowka can be found at this link.

COVID testing opportunities can be found at COVID-19 Testing | Ledge Light Health District (llhd.org)

The following link provides centralized access to Connecticut COVID data: https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-data/wa3g-tfvc/

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There has been one COVID-related fatality of a Lyme resident: a 57-year-old male passed away Nov. 16, 2021. On Nov. 30, the state finally included this fatality in its data

Four COVID-related fatalities have now been reported in Old Lyme. The first two fatalities from Old Lyme, which were reported in 2020, were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

Details of the third and fourth fatalities, which were reported respectively in 2021 and on Feb. 4, 2022, have not been made available.

COVID-19 Situation in LOL Schools

Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an April 1 email to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.”

He then stated, “For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

For a summary of cases in LOL Schools between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2022, visit this link.

View a full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

Death Announced of John Cordock, 58, of Old Lyme; Services in OL April 20 & 21

OLD LYME — John Cordock, 58, passed away unexpectedly April 12, 2022, at his home in Old Lyme. He was the devoted husband of Reyly Cordock and an exceptional father to his son Sean …

He was a parishioner of Christ the King Church in Old Lyme …

He is survived by his siblings, James Cordock, his wife Valerie, Catherine Wible, her husband Douglas, and Thomas Cordock, and his wife Anna …

A Wake will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Christ the King, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. April 21, at the same location. Reception follows …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published April 17, in The Day.

Contentious No-Wake Zone on Tonight’s Rogers Lake Authority Meeting Agenda

Post on Rogers Lake West Shores Association Facebook page publicizing tonight’s meeting.

LYME/OLD LYME — UPDATED @9:45am with details of RLA post on Town of OL website. This evening, Tuesday, April 19, the Rogers Lake Authority (RLA) will meet in the Old Lyme Town Hall’s Meeting Room at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting is likely to draw a large crowd as the contentious topic of the proposed No-Wake zone on Rogers Lake is on the agenda.

In a post dated April 5, and published on the Town of Old Lyme website, the RLA notes that it, “… works to promote health and safety in and on Rogers Lake. The RLA coordinates water testing of the lake water; coordinates bids for weed mitigation; and schedules lake patrol personnel for the summer months to enforce safety, regulation and ordinance adherence.”

The statement adds, “A significant level of confusion exists within the community surrounding proposed “slow-no wake” buoys the RLA has been investigating. To clear up confusion, a summary update has been prepared.”

View the summary update at this link.

The full agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Old Business:

  • Read and approve minutes from March 9, 2022, meeting.
  • Update on Finance Board meetings for 21/22 and 22/23 expenditures.
  • Detail review of 21/22 budget and expected expenditures.
  • Review of need for State boat launch attendant.
    • Possible DEEP training.
  • Review of patrol boat and launch attendant recruitment.
  • Presentations canceled.
    • CT Agricultural Experiment Station.
    • UCONN alewife study.
  • Finalize draft of Ordinance revision changes for submission to DEEP.
    • No Wake buoy deployment requires ordinance approval.

New Business:

  • Update of signage at boat launch.
  • Purchase of new sandbar buoy.
  • Plan for Spring Newsletter
  • Any other new business.
  • Public Comment.

The Town Hall is located at 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.

Editor’s Note: For more on this story, read Rogers Lake Authority meets Tuesday on proposed ‘no wake’ ordinance by Jodi Alberti and published April 18 in The Day.

Registration Now Open for Variety of Summer Youth Programs at Lyme Academy

This summer, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will offer a wide range of art programs for students aged 11 and older. Photo by Kayla Lilli.

OLD LYME — This summer, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will offer a full schedule of summer art programs for students ages 11 and up. Storied landscapes coupled with in-studio instruction by acclaimed, professional artists will provide an exceptional opportunity for students to improve their artistic skills.

The three distinctive youth programs include a Pre-College and Middle School Academy, beginning in June, and Academic Summer Intensives beginning in July. Each program has been developed in alignment with the nationally recognized, specialized arts instruction offered at the Academy.

Registration is open now.

“We are offering a unique opportunity to acquire and hone the foundational skills that form the bedrock of artistic study for a lifetime”, says Jordan Sokol, Co-Artistic Director at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. “The curriculum has been designed so that new and budding artists can participate on an entry level.”

He continued, “At the same time, experienced young artists, who may be looking towards a long-term academic study of art, can grow their skills and confidence to participate in future serious and rigorous programs such as the CORE program offered at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.”

The Pre-College Academy for students ages 14-18 offers beginner- to advanced-level art instruction through a series of workshops designed to foster creativity, build artistic skills, and develop a clear personal point of view.

Each one-week session includes learning the fundamental principles of drawing, painting, and sculpture, while introducing contemporary perspectives and dialogues.

For students wishing to explore the diverse world of illustration, workshop offerings include Illustration Essentials and World-Building.

All Pre-College programs are taught by college faculty in the Academy’s state-of-the-art facilities. These courses are ideal for young artists developing their portfolios.

The Middle School Academy, or “Apprentice Program,” offers students ages 11-13 week-long workshops concentrating on a significant artist in history.

During the summer program, students look to Edgar Degas, Sandro Botticelli and Georgia O’Keeffe for inspiration, creating original works that reflect the qualities specific to each master. The Apprentice program is a fun, hands- on opportunity to work in a professional artist’s studio, while learning about iconic artists and art movements.

The weekly classes for the Pre-College and Middle School Academy will run June 20 through Aug. 17, and range in price from $325 to $650 per session.

The Academic Summer Intensive Program is available for students ages 14 and up, offering the option of Drawing from July 11th-29th and/or Painting from August 1st-17th.

The intensive program offers students an immersive studio experience focused on the foundations of drawing and painting in the academic tradition.

Students will utilize custom north-lit studios, where they will draw daily from direct observation of live models and plaster casts, utilizing a sequential, systematic progression designed to strengthen visual acuity and develop a strategic approach to interpreting the visual experience.

The first three-week session of the two-part workshop will focus on drawing as an introduction to both perceptual and conceptual modes of observation. Students will explore the fundamental properties of light, form, structure, proportion, and gesture.

In the optional, second three-week session, these methodologies are applied to oil painting.

Students will learn to employ a direct-painting method, with focused discussions about paint-handling and color-mixing. Students are encouraged to attend the drawing session as a foundation for the painting session.

Tuition is $2250 per workshop and $4000 if both workshops are attended.

In addition to summer programming, the Academy offers ongoing workshops and classes throughout the year designed to provide a solid, skills-based visual education to develop one’s portfolio and abilities under the leadership of professional artists.

To learn more and to register for any of the programs, visit www.lymeacademy.edu.

Learn more at www.lymeacademy.edu.

It’s Tax Day Today!

Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash.

LYME/OLD LYME — You probably don’t need us to remind you, but today is the deadline for paying both your state and federal taxes.

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has answers to your last-minute questions here.

The Inland Revenue Service has help here.

Good luck … and have a great day!

Happy Easter, Happy Passover! Variety of Easter Services Offered in Lyme, Old Lyme

LYME/OLD LYME — The churches of Lyme and Old Lyme are hosting a variety of Easter services today.Full details of each church’s services are listed below, along with the respective Zoom links (if available) if you opt to join a service virtually.

Christ The King

Easter Sunday
On Easter Sunday, masses are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (with full choir and orchestra). All are welcome. (Use the Sunday Mass Zoom Link to join us online.)

First Congregational Church of Lyme

Easter Sunday
A celebratory Easter Sunday service will be held  Sunday, April 17, at 10 a.m. in person or on Zoom).  All are welcome.

After worship, there will be a coffee hour and a traditional children’s egg hunt at 11 a.m.

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Easter Sunday Worship Services
Easter Sunrise Service 
6 am at Griswold Point (from Old Shore Road, follows signs to Griswold Point)
Easter Sunday 9 & 11 am Worship Services
Feel free to wear a mask if this is more comfortable for you. Now that the weather is warmer, the fresh air ventilation in the Meetinghouse has been increased . If you are visiting the Nursery, it is asked that you do wear a mask.
The service will be livestreamed on YouTube for those who are unable to attend. (The link for our YouTube Livestream of the 9am service is here). Recordings of the services will be available for viewing via the church’s website, Facebook and YouTube page.
The bulletin will be available ahead of time on the church website.
Childcare will be available at the 9 a.m. service. Sunday School will not meet, but will resume on April 24, at 10 a.m.

Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church

Easter Sunday
Day of the Resurrection
8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Festival of the Holy Eucharist with full choir at both services.

All Zoom link information may be found on the church’s website.

Happy Easter, Happy Passover! Variety of Easter Services Offered in Lyme, Old Lyme

LYME/OLD LYME — The churches of Lyme and Old Lyme are hosting a variety of Easter services today.Full details of each church’s services are listed below, along with the respective Zoom links (if available) if you opt to join a service virtually.

Christ The King

Good Friday
No Mass will be celebrated.

The 3 p.m. Good Friday service centers on the reading of the Passion of the Lord, which is followed by the Veneration of the Cross. Christ the King’s adult choir provides music for this solemn observance.  To join online, use the Daily Mass Zoom link on the church website.

Confessions will be heard after the service. Later in the evening, the Stations of the Cross will be recited at 7 p.m., after which there is another opportunity for Confessions.

Holy Saturday
At 12 p.m. in the narthex, all are invited to bring a basket of their own goodies for the Blessing of the Easter Food, a tradition that dates back to 12th century Poland.

There is no 5 pm Mass on this Saturday; the Easter Vigil Mass will start at 8 pm.  This service begins in the dark. At a fire outside, the Paschal candle is lit and brought into the church, and from it smaller candles are lit one by one — until the entire church is glowing from the light of the congregation’s candles.

Special readings and music mark this liturgy, which features the full choir along with organ, timpani, and bells; the Gloria is sung; baptismal promises are renewed; and this year, the Confirmation of a young parishioner will be celebrated.

To join online, use the Zoom link for the Saturday Vigil Mass on the church website.

Easter Sunday
On Easter Sunday, masses are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (with full choir and orchestra). All are welcome. (Use the Sunday Mass Zoom Link to join us online.)

First Congregational Church of Lyme

Easter Sunday
A celebratory Easter Sunday service will be held  Sunday, April 17, at 10 a.m. in person or on Zoom).  All are welcome.

After worship, there will be a coffee hour and a traditional children’s egg hunt at 11 a.m.

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Good Friday 
Meetinghouse open for prayer and meditation.
Easter Sunday Worship Services
Easter Sunrise Service 
6 am at Griswold Point (from Old Shore Road, follows signs to Griswold Point)
Easter Sunday 9 & 11 am Worship Services
Feel free to wear a mask if this is more comfortable for you. Now that the weather is warmer, the fresh air ventilation in the Meetinghouse has been increased . If you are visiting the Nursery, it is asked that you do wear a mask.
The service will be livestreamed on YouTube for those who are unable to attend. (The link for our YouTube Livestream of the 9am service is here). Recordings of the services will be available for viewing via the church’s website, Facebook and YouTube page.
The bulletin will be available ahead of time on the church website.
Childcare will be available at the 9 a.m. service. Sunday School will not meet, but will resume on April 24, at 10 a.m.

Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church

Good Friday
12 p.m. Liturgy with reserved sacrament

3 p.m. Stations of the Cross in the Memorial Garden

Easter Saturday
5 p.m. Service in the Memorial Garden

Easter Sunday
Day of the Resurrection
8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Festival of the Holy Eucharist with full choir at both services.

All Zoom link information may be found on the church’s website.

COVID-19 Cases in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools January Through March 2022

LYME/OLD LYME — Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an April 1 email to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.  For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

He added, “In light of the significant reduction in cases since our return from February vacation, we have slowly discontinued most COVID-19 mitigation strategies excluding required quarantine/isolation for those that test positive and enhanced building ventilation.  We are in the process of removing all remaining plastic shields from schools, students and staff no longer need to practice physical distancing, and large group gatherings are not limited in number.  Mask use still remains optional and handwashing will continue to be encouraged.”

A full listing of all LOL Schools-related cases during 2022 is given below.

View the full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

The listing below is the latest information that we have with the most recent cases first — there may have been further updates, however, which we have not yet received.

The following abbreviations are used in the lists below: LOLHS: Lyme-Old Lyme High School, LOLMS: Lyme-Old Lyme
Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, MC: Mile Creek School, and CS: Center School Pre-Kindergarten

MARCH 2022
Wednesday, March 30: Total: LOLHS: 2, Lyme: 1
Monday, March 28: Total: LOLHS: 2
Thursday, March 24: Total: LOLMS: 1
Wednesday, March 23: Total: LOLHS: 1, CS: 1
Tuesday, March 22: Total: Lyme: 1
Sunday, March 20: Total: LOLHS: 1
Wednesday, March 16: Total: LOLHS: 1
Monday, March 14: Total: CS: 1
Sunday, March 13: Total: LOLHS: 1
Thursday, March 3:  Total: LOLHS: 1
Wednesday, March 2: Total: LOLHS: 1

FEBRUARY 2022
Friday, Feb. 18: Total: LOLMS: 1, MC: 1
Thursday, Feb. 17: Total: 1,  MC: 1
Wednesday, Feb. 16: Total: 6, LOLMS: 3
Monday, Feb. 14: Total: 6, LOLMS: 2, MC: 3, Lyme: 1
Sunday, Feb. 13: Total: 3, LOLMS: 2, MC: 1
Friday, Feb. 11: Total: 2, LOLHS: 1, CS: 1
Thursday, Feb. 10: Total: 2, Lyme: 1, CS: 1
Wednesday, Feb. 9: Total: 2, LOLHS: 1, MC: 1
Tuesday, Feb. 8: Total: 0
Monday, Feb. 7: Total: 3, Lyme: 1, MC: 1, CS: 1
Sunday, Feb. 6:Total: 2, LOLMS: 1, MC: 1
Friday, Feb. 4: Total: 5, LOLHS: 2, LOLMS: 1, MC: 2
Thursday, Feb. 3: Total: 1, Lyme: 1
Wednesday, Feb. 2: Total: 3, MC: 3
Tuesday, Feb. 1: Total: 1, MC: 1

JANUARY 2022
Monday, 1/31: Total: 2, LOLMS: 1, Lyme: 1
Sunday, 1/30: Total: 1, Lyme: 1
Friday, 1/28: Total: 3, LOLHS: 1, LOLMS: 1, MC: 1
Thursday, 1/27: Total: 3, LOLHS: 1, Lyme: 2
Wednesday, 1/26: Total: 3, LOLHS: 1, MC: 2
Tuesday, 1/25: Total: 4, LOLMS: 2, MC: 2
Monday, 1/24:Total: 9, LOLHS: 2, LOLMS: 1, Lyme: 1, MC: 4, CS: 1
Sunday, 1/23:Total: 3, LOLMS: 1, Lyme: 2
Friday, 1/21:Total: 8, LOLHS: 4, LOLMS: 2, MC: 2
Thursday, 1/20: Total: 5, LOLMS: 1, MC: 1, Lyme: 3
Wednesday, 1/19: Total: 7, LOLHS: 2, LOLMS: 4, CS: 1
Tuesday, 1/18: Total: 7, LOLHS: 3, LOLMS: 2, MC: 2
Monday, 1/17: Total: 6, Lyme: 4, MC: 2
Friday, 1/14: Total: 3, MC: 2, LOLHS: 1
Wednesday, 1/12: Total: 3, MC: 2, LOLMS: 1
Monday, 1/10: Total: 3, CS: 1, Lyme: 2
Sunday, 1/9: Total: 2, MC: 1, Lyme: 1
Friday, 1/7: Total: 1, MC: 1:
Thursday, 1/6: Total: 7, LOLHS: 5, Lyme: 1, CS: 1
Wednesday, 1/5: Total: 14, LOLHS: 6, MC: 1, Lyme: 3, CS: 4
Tuesday, 1/4: Total: 5, LOLHS: 4, CS: 1