December 15, 2018

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Senior Class Extends Sock Fundraiser to Community

Do your feet get cold during the winter?

Are your socks old and worn out?

Do you want to be the most stylish person in town?

Well, you are in luck!

Until Thursday, Nov. 15, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior class is selling Wildcat socks to help support the class. As the expenses of senior year (such as senior ball, field trips, and caps and gowns) start to pile up, the class is hoping to defray some of the costs with the sock fundraiser.

“The Class of 2019 is excited to extend this fundraiser to the Lyme-Old Lyme community,” says senior class president Gary Bocian, “We hope that people who may not be directly associated with the school will be able to support our senior class and the many events that are going to be taking place towards the end of the year.”

These extremely fashionable socks are available at https://tribesocks.com/products/wildcatsocks. Be sure to order your pair while they are still available!

Contact Gary Bocian (bociang@region18.org) with any questions.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Volleyball Team Hosts Fundraising ‘Superman Night’ Tonight to Honor Player’s Late Father

LOLHS Varsity volleyball team members Leah Fouquette (right) and Katelyn Wells model the Superman shirts, which will be on sale tomorrow evening at the Volleyball fundraiser in memory of Leah’s late father.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Girls’ Volleyball team will host a fundraiser to honor the memory of Joe Fouquette, who passed away this summer after a long battle with thyroid cancer. Mr. Fouquette’s daughter Leah is a varsity player for the volleyball team, so the players want to support her and her family in any way they can.

The whole volleyball team and their coach Ms. Beth Schreindorfer (second from left) will be participating in tomorrow evening’s fundraiser.

Every year, the volleyball team holds a fundraiser where all the proceeds go towards a designated cause. Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, usually the money raised goes to support breast cancer research. But for the past few years, the team has dedicated the night to causes that are a little more personal for them. Junior Katelyn Wells lost her mother during the summer of 2017, and the team hosted Pass the Love last season to remember Katelyn’s mom, Kathy Wells.

Pass the Love meant a lot to me and my family,” says Katelyn. “Losing a parent at our age is incredibly hard. But with the support that Leah and I have had, it’s been a lot easier, and we’ve been able to be strong. We are so grateful for the coaches and the team, and for everyone who donates.”

This Wednesday, everyone is welcome to attend Superman Night, so named in recognition of Joe Fouquette’s nickname. The Junior Varsity game starts at 4 p.m. and the Varsity game will start around 5 p.m. in the LOLHS gym.

The volleyball team have been working hard to publicize their fundraising event.

There will be pizza and baked goods available for purchase during the game as well as Superman shirts to honor Mr. Fouquette’s legacy. All of the proceeds will benefit a college fund for Leah.

“We would really appreciate it if a lot of people came out and showed their support on Superman Night,” says senior volleyball captain Jocelyn Campbell. “We hope that Leah and her family realize how much love and support they have and how much we care.”

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‘The Chocolate Shell’ Hosts Grand Re-Opening in New Space

Barbara Crowley stands proudly outside the window of her new ‘The Chocolate Shell.”

Attention all chocolate-lovers!

The Chocolate Shell in Old Lyme has changed locations … to right next door! The new space welcomes customers with shelves of candy, bright colors, and elegant chandeliers — a guaranteed delicious experience for all that enter.

Barbara will be ready to serve her customers on Labor Day afternoon.

Founded in 1980 by Catherine Pratt, The Chocolate Shell is now owned by Old Lyme resident Barbara Crowley. Wishing to expand the business and thus share her love of chocolate with more people, Crowley has moved the store to a larger space to accommodate her endless creative visions for the shop.

The colors of candy!

“I’m going to start hosting events here,” Crowley explains. “Chocolate and wine tasting evenings, chocolate and bourbon tasting evenings. I’m hoping to do those once a month if I can.” Her first event in the new store will be an all-chocolate dinner … and yes,  every course of the meal will have chocolate in it!

Take a seat!

“I want to start doing birthday parties for kids,” Crowley continues. “We can do paint your own chocolate, make your own assortment of chocolates, make your own chocolate pizza, anything I can plan to do in the shop. It’ll be so much fun! I’m totally looking forward to that.”

The store is a chocolate-lover’s paradise!

Crowley’s enthusiasm and excitement about the store is almost palpable as she describes the unique experiences that The Chocolate Shell gives its customers. “What makes the Chocolate Shell special is the fact that everything is personalized to the customer who comes in here. Whatever that customer wants, we will make sure we give it to them.”

Crowley invites chocolate-lovers and the community in general to join her at the Grand Re-opening of the all-new Chocolate Shell tomorrow, Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. when she be serving refreshments and giving tours of the new store. “It’s the next big adventure!” the effervescent Crowley exclaims.

For more information, visit www.thechocolateshell.com or call (860) 434-9727.

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Teen Hosts Meatball Cart at Hamburg Fair to Raise Money for ‘Dog Days’ Charity

Hannah Morrison is sniffed by her dog Shadow, who was adopted from ‘Dog Days.’  Hannah will be hosting a Meatball Cart at the Hamburg Fair to raise funds for ‘Dog Days.’

Seventeen-year-old Hannah Morrison has loved animals for as long as she can remember.

When an eighth grade “Call to Action” project included a community service requirement, Morrison immediately knew she wanted to work with animals. “Originally, I was going to volunteer at an animal shelter,” Morrison recalls. “But all of the shelters I found had an age minimum of 16, and I was only 14 at the time. So I talked to Mrs. Regan, our English teacher, who told me that our librarian, Mrs. Isaacson, volunteered for an organization called Dog Days.”

Hannah Morrison (left) sells meatballs at the Haddam Neck Fair with her sister Julia (right) and friends Gabby Ehlert and Erin Rose.

Morrison immediately researched Dog Days and discovered that the organization takes dogs from kill shelters and hosts events where the dogs can be adopted. “In the United States, about 670,000 dogs are euthanized every year,” Morrison explains. “It’s not because they’re un-adoptable dogs that are violent or aggressive or have health issues. A lot of them are just in shelters that are overcrowded and don’t have the resources to care for them. So, people can come to Dog Days and adopt a dog there because there’s usually about 100 dogs at each event that would’ve been euthanized.”

In fact, Morrison herself adopted one of her three dogs from Dog Days. Shadow has now been a part of the Morrison family for three years.

Now, Morrison has taken it upon herself to help the rescue dogs in an even bigger way. At the Hamburg Fair starting today and continuing through Sunday, Morrison will be running a meatball cart where all of the proceeds benefit Dog Days. “I have a food cart that I’ve been doing for the past three years, and I was going to do an event at a store plaza just selling hotdogs and donating the money to Dog Days,” she says. “But when the Hamburg Fair contacted me asking if we were coming back, I was like ‘oh, maybe I could just use that.’”

Morrison is hoping raise about $2,000 for Dog Days, so be sure to stop by her meatball cart this weekend to grab some delicious food and benefit a great cause.

The next Dog Days event is on Oct. 20 and 21 in Cheshire, Conn.  For more information, visit www.godogdays.org 

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‘Greenhouse Beauty’ Opens in Old Lyme With Emphasis on Non-Toxic Skincare Products, Self-Love

Rachel Postovoit

Rachel Postovoit, owner of the newly-opened Greenhouse Beauty store in Old Lyme, never pictured herself owning a business.

Having studied music at the University of Connecticut with the intention of pursuing music education, Postovoit was devastated when she was rejected from the education program and could no longer become a teacher. “It shattered my perception of myself,” she says with unabashed honesty, “But it shaped my life in a very different path because I was like, ‘Well, what am I going to do? What am I good at?’”

Soon thereafter, Postovoit began working for Reliance House, a non-profit mental health organization based out of Norwich, and took a part-time job at Lush, a cosmetics retailer. Having loved make-up her whole life, she decided to pursue a career in cosmetics becoming first the store manager for Bare Minerals at Mohegan Sun, then opening her own store in Trumbull, and ultimately becoming a “color specialist” for Sephora.

She explains her lifelong passion for make-up this way, “As a kid, every friend, my mom, my sister, every person I could get my hands on, I would do their make-up. But I didn’t really get into skin care until my own skin became more of a struggle.”

The area in the store where facials and make-up are given is low-stress and inviting by design.

As Postovoit pursued different options to improve her skin, she quickly realized that there were many ingredients in products that she did not recognize. She began to research home remedies and started to make her own skincare products to ensure that there were no toxins in them that could jeopardize her health.

Postovoit carefully examines the ingredients of the products she sells to ensure there are no toxins included.

Postovoit decided to open Greenhouse Beauty to give people an opportunity to try new products that are safe and all-natural. Tucked in a little corner next to The Hideaway in the Old Lyme Shopping Center, the store feels comfortable and welcoming to all. “All of this is foreign to me,” she laughs. “I did 10 years in the retail world, but I’ve never owned my own business. I’m hoping that the community views it as their store. If you want your space, you can have it. If you want me pamper you, you can have that, too.”

Greenhouse Beauty offers a comfortable, relaxed setting to discuss personal skincare and make-up.

Greenhouse Beauty offers a relaxed, carefree environment with products that range from natural face cleansers to sweetly scented candles. A photo gallery hangs on the wall above a pale, blue couch, and various plants adorn the space. Postovoit wants get a piano as well, with hopes that people will feel more at-home and comfortable.

Shelves of products line the walls and Postovoit will discuss each customer’s needs individually to help make the optimum choice..

She explains,“I want people to feel like you can really just relax and be yourself,” she says. “I hid under my make-up for years, and it’s not a good feeling. I hope people are able to find themselves and fall in love with themselves, even just a little bit. Everyone’s trying to change themselves, but there’s only one you. You are a gift, and I want people to know that when they come here.”

Greenhouse Beauty is located at 19 Halls Rd. in Old Lyme and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.greenhousebeautyct.com

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A Perfect Day for a Parade! Lyme Celebrates the Fourth of July Under Sunny Skies

Rowland Ballek, who served as this year’s Grand Marshal, smiles broadly as he fulfills his duty.  Photo by Mike Dickey.

The boom of the musket echoes through the ears of the crowds gathered on either side of Cove Street, patiently awaiting the commencement of the annual Fourth of July Parade in Lyme.

The traditional firing of muskets signals the start of the Lyme Fourth of July Parade. Photo by Michele Dickey.

These fine soldiers then take up their positions at the front of the parade.

‘Vintage’ soldiers march down Cove Rd. Photo by Michele Dickey.

Children sit on the sides of the road with bags in their hands, ready to collect any candy that might be thrown their way. 

Grand Marshal Rowland Ballek rides in style at the head of the annual Lyme Independence Day Parade. Photo by Katie Reid.

The parade begins with the Grand Marshal Rowland J. Ballek, who served as the moderator of Lyme’s Annual Town Meeting for 46 years.

Photo by Katie Reid.

People marching in the parade hold balloons and buckets full of candy, ready to toss the sweets to the youngsters who are watching the parade pass.

Photo by Katie Reid.

Children ride scooters with baskets filled with treats, enthusiastically waving American flags and expressing their patriotism with red, white, and blue skirts and streamers.

Everybody loves a parade! Photo by Michele Dickey.

They came from “Sea to Shining Sea” …

Photo by Michele Dickey.

And also participating are this interesting crew …

Photo by Michele Dickey.

… two bears and a gorilla wearing sunglasses, who seem to take the whole event in their stride!

Photo by Michele Dickey.

Next come the counselors and campers from Camp Claire as they proudly carry their banner and wave to spectators, while cheerfully singing, “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”

Photo by Katie Reid.

The Lyme Garden Club is here …

Photo by Katie Reid.

And the Lyme Cub Scouts make a very special appearance!

Photo by Katie Reid.

People drive by in the coolest cars in town …

… and the coolest tanks!

Bruce Noyes drives the tank while his wife Tammy sits atop the big machine. Photo by Michele Dickey.

And finally the Lyme Ambulance Association closes out the proceedings for another year.

Photo by Katie Reid.

And after all was done, there were smiling faces everywhere, but also some hot and exhausted folks including this four-legged fellow — a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel named Simon and owned by Heather and Tom Richardson.  Perhaps he was waiting for his free ice pop, courtesy of Hamburg Cove Yacht Club?

Photo by Michele Dickey.

Here’s hoping everyone had a happy Independence Day — see you next year!

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Here Comes the Sun! Heat Wave Heralds Arrival of Summer, Read These Tips to Stay Cool

White Sand Beach in Old Lyme attracted quite a number of visitors, but many preferred to stay inside in the cool of their air-conditioning. Photos by Katie Reid.

A heat wave has swept over the northeast and down the east coast of the United States, with temperatures rising to over 95 degrees in Old Lyme. Summertime visitors and permanent residents alike have flocked to the beaches, all seeking opportunities for a refreshing swim and refuge from the beating sun.

The humidity is expected to break sometime over the weekend, but for now, say hello to the hot summer weather!

Some locals and folk from farther afield chose to try and cool off on White Sand Beach in Old Lyme, but others opted not to venture outside and brave the heat.

The Old Lyme Office of Emergency Management and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) offer the following tips during extreme high temperatures:

Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.

Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages — they can dehydrate your body.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.

Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air-conditioned libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.

  • Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
  • Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
  • Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.

For more information, visit this link.

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Last Chance to See ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ at Lyme-Old Lyme High School

Reharsing a number from the show are, from left to right, Hannah Morrison, Lauren Mitchell, Katie Reid, Haley Stevens, Emma Bass, Heather McGrath, and Grace Edwards.

Hear ye, hear ye! The dates for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) spring musical are rapidly approaching and the whole community is invited!

This year, the Old Lyme Players are tackling the classic comedy Once Upon a Mattress. The musical reveals the untold stories of The Princess and the Pea as the audience discovers that the “lost princess” was actually royalty in the swamp lands, not a girl wandering through a storm, who stumbled upon the castle.

Princess Winnifred, nicknamed “Fred,” falls in love with the dapper Prince Dauntless and must pass the Queen’s virtually impossible royalty test before she and Dauntless can get married, but Queen Aggravain plots to sabotage Fred so that she and Dauntless cannot be together. Meanwhile, Lady Larken and Sir Harry, an unmarried couple living in the kingdom, are expecting a child, and they wait anxiously for the royal wedding since no one in the kingdom is allowed to get married before Prince Dauntless.

The musical is directed by Jim Motes with musical direction by Kristine Pekar, choreographed by Bethany Haslam, and conducted by Jacob Wilson. The show also features sets by William Allik along with costumes created and organized by Denise Golden.

Once Upon a Mattress stars Natalie Golden as Princess Winnifred, Caroline LeCour as Queen Aggravain, Jacob Olsen as Prince Dauntless, and Lauren Mitchell as the Minstrel. Additionally, the show features Sean Spina as the king, Elyza Learned and Liam Clark as Lady Larken and Sir Harry, Haley Stevens as the Jester and Sophia Griswold as the Wizard

The cast auditioned for the show in December and has been rehearsing weekdays from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. with additional Sunday choreography rehearsals from 4 to 6 p.m. The company has devoted a great deal of time and energy to the production and is eagerly anticipating sharing the production with the audience.

Old Lyme Players encourage audience members to arrive ready to sit back, relax and enjoy this lighthearted musical comedy set in a fairy-tale world, which the cast and crew magically create onstage.

Once Upon a Mattress opens at LOLHS on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m.  There are also 7 p.m. performances on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24.  In addition, there is a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on the Saturday.

Tickets, sold online at this link  and at the door, are $12 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults. For more information, call the high school at 860-434-1651.

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