August 7, 2022

Community Calendar

Jan
1
Sat
New Year’s Day Hikes with Lyme Land Trust (Choice of Six) @ Various Preserves in Lyme
Jan 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jan
20
Thu
Presentation on “Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut” @ Lyme Public Library
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jan
22
Sat
‘Propagating Pollinator Plants from Seed’ Presentation via Zoom @ Virtual via Zoom
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Jan
26
Wed
Presentation on CT’s ‘Great’ and ‘Buried’ Rivers @ Old Lyme PGN Library & virtual
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Taking a trip down the Hog River — Connecticut’s only buried river.

OLD LYME — Did you know Connecticut has a ‘Buried River’? It is the Hog River, which was buried under the City of Hartford in the 1940’s.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., enjoy a conversation with Dick Shriver, publisher of the local Estuary magazine, and Elizabeth Normen, publisher of Connecticut Explored, and also the author of “My Ride Down the Hog River,” which is published in Estuary’s winter issue.  

They will discuss stories about the environmental history of the state’s iconic “Great River,” and, in contrast, the little, buried Hog River.

Register here for a link to this virtual program. All are welcome and the program is free.

Stop by the library and pick-up free, complimentary winter issues of Connecticut  Explored and/or Estuary magazine.

Feb
10
Thu
Future Halls Rd. Overlay District: Zoom Presentation @ Virtual
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Apr
7
Thu
‘Season of the Osprey’ Filmmaker to Give Zoom Presentation @ Virtual
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Apr
10
Sun
Lyme Land Trust Presents Talk on Old Growth Forest Network @ Lyme Public Hall
Apr 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Johnston Preserve in Lyme was designated a future Old Growth Forest in 2021.

LYME — On Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m., the Lyme Land Trust hosts a presentation about the Old Growth Forest Network with Professor Joan Maloof at Lyme Public Hall.

Professor Maloof, who is Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University, founded the Old Growth Forest Network in order to preserve, protect and promote the country’s few remaining stands of old-growth forests.

This program is of particular importance to regional residents as the Town of Lyme now plays an important role in the United States’ biospheric health as a holder of one of three such designated forests in the state of Connecticut. Lyme’s Johnston Preserve was designated a future Old Growth Forest in 2021.

Joan Maloof is the author of Treepedia: A Brief Compendium of Arboreal LoreThe Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the WoodsNature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests, and Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest and other publications.

Books will not be available for purchase at the talk, but if attendees bring your pre-purchased book(s), Joan Maloof will sign the book(s) after the talk. All books are available from the usual outlets, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble or by ordering from your local bookstore.

To register for this event, email Education@lymelandtrust.org with subject: “Old Growth Forest.”

This program is made possible be a generous co-sponsoring project between estuary magazine, the Friends of the Lyme Public Library, and the Lyme Land Trust in collaboration with the Town of Lyme.

Apr
22
Fri
Earth Day Live Video Screening of ‘Spring Emergence’ via Zoom
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

LYME — In celebration of Earth Day today, Lyme Land Trust is offering a live video screening tonight at 7 p.m. via Zoom of Spring Emergence: An Exploration of Wildflowers in Pleasant Valley and Jewett Preserves.

This new, 27-minute video is the third in a series of preserve explorations with charismatic naturalist Mike Zarfos.

Zarfos, the writer, and Sue Cope, the video editor, will be live for a brief introduction to the video and then, after the viewing, for a live Q & A.

All are welcome to join the presentation. Preregister by sending an email to sue.cope@lymelandtrust.org to obtain the Zoom link.

Apr
23
Sat
Earth Day Walk of the Johnston Preserve in Lyme @ Johnston Preserve on Rte. 82
Apr 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

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

On 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.

Apr
25
Mon
RLA Virtual Meeting to Discuss Public Comment on No Wake Buoys @ Virtual
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Rogers Lake Authority is holding a virtual meeting tonight, April 25, 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.

May
6
Fri
Duck River Garden Club Plant Sale @ Old Lyme Shopping Center
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
May
7
Sat
Duck River Garden Club Plant Sale @ Old Lyme Shopping Center
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lyme Grange Plant & Bake Sale @ Lyme Grange
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
May
14
Sat
‘John Brown & the Backporch Pickers’ Perform at Hamburg Fairgrounds @ Hamburg Fairgrounds
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On Saturday, John Brown & the Back Porch Pickers will provide ‘Music in the Ring’ at Hamburg Fairgrounds.

LYME — The Hamburg Fair Association in cooperation with the Lyme Public Hall presents a spring music concert featuring “John Brown and the Backporch Pickers” band on Saturday evening,  May 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the ring at the Fairgrounds.

John Brown

The band, known for its well-blended mix of traditional country, classic rock, and heartfelt originals that reflect the trials and tribulations of life is sure to entertain those of all ages.

Grab your folding chairs or blanket and pack your families and friends in your car, truck, or SUV to join us for a night of great music!

Admission is $30.00 per carload and proceeds benefit the 2022 Hamburg Fair.

Hotdogs, hamburgers, and soda/water will be available for sale onsite.

Don’t miss this fun-filled, fund-raising event at Hamburg Fair Grounds, 2 Sterling City Rd., Lyme, CT.

Jun
5
Sun
Tour de Lyme
Jun 5 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Jun
28
Tue
OL Special Town Meeting to Approve Disbursement of $2.1M ARPA Funds @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jul
5
Tue
Old Lyme Special Town Meeting to Approve Disbursement of $2.1M Federal ARPA Funds @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

OLD LYME — UPDATED 6/29: The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen has called a Special Town Meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall at 52 Lyme St. The Special Town Meeting will be conducted in person only.

This meeting will consider and act upon the following single agenda item:

Whether to approve the disbursement of $2,120,593 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, as outlined in the report of the Old Lyme American Rescue Plan Committee  (APRC) report dated June 21, 2022, and as recommended by the Old Lyme Boards of Selectmen and Finance on June 21.

Copies of the proposed ARPA disbursements are available in the Town Clerk’s office and on the Town of Old Lyme website.

In summary:-

  1. 23 small businesses (< 500 employees per the US Treasury Department) applied for and met the requirements to receive grants up to $10,000, having substantiated pandemic-related economic loss occurring between March 3, 2021 and April 1, 2022:
  2. 10 nonprofit organizations (501c3) applied for and met the requirements to receive grants up to $10,000, having substantiated pandemic-related economic loss occurring between March 3, 2021 and April 1, 2022:Community Initiative Grants were recommended
  3. To invest in and support mental health services or public health services to assist Old Lyme residents (seven projects)
  4. To reinvest in Old Lyme government services that were deemed essential during the pandemic (such as emergency services) to ensure future preparedness (11 projects)
  5. To invest in current and future infrastructure challenges such as clean water and sewer/waste treatment (two projects)
  6. To invest in town-wide broadband (internet) improvements and/or cell services (one project)
  7. To invest in early childhood care, and education (three projects)
  8. To invest in bringing visitors to our Old Lyme attractions, restaurants, shops, and accommodations (six projects)
  9. To invest in affordable housing to meet the needs of those working and living in Old Lyme (one project)
  10. To provide (direct and indirect) financial assistance to Old Lyme families and households having difficulty recovering from pandemic losses (two projects)

In addition to the 10 recommendation categories above, the American Rescue Plan Committee has included in its recommendations:

• Reserving up to $20,000 to cover fees by an independent consultant retained to administer the Economic Recovery Grant applications (this expenditure was approved by the Town in its 3/21/22 Town Meeting)

• Reserving up to $20,000 in legal, outreach, and administrative costs associated with the survey and application, and granting processes.

Read the full details of all the proposed beneficiaries/projects at this link.

Jul
16
Sat
The Farmers Market at Tiffany Farms @ Tiffany Farms, Lyme
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Jul
28
Thu
Town of Old Lyme Special Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall Meeting Room
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen has called a Special Town Meeting on Thursday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Conn.

This meeting will be conducted in person only.

The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

  1. Due to the absence of the Town Clerk from this Meeting, the appointment of a clerk pro tempore (per general Statutes § 7-21), for purposes of this Meeting only.
  2. The following proposed Resolution:

RESOLUTION: Be it resolved that the Town of Old Lyme, CT grants the request by The Point O’Woods Association, Incorporated (POW) that the Town of Old Lyme (Town), for purposes of Connecticut General Statutes §7-372 only, consents to POW issuing bonds pledging the security of POW in the amount of up to $820,000.00 for the purpose of restoration and rebuilding of the boat basin bulkhead.

POW is a separate taxing district situated within the limits of the Town of Old Lyme. The Town is not liable at law for any debt of such a district, and its consent to this bond issue does not and cannot be interpreted to mean that the Town is now assuming or shall ever have any obligation to assume any or all of the obligations to be created by the bond issue.

Copies of a brief description of the project proposed by POW are available in the Old Lyme Town Clerk’s office and online here.

Jul
30
Sat
NACA Currach Regatta @ Custom House Pier
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Free Concert by Old Lyme Town Band @ Field behind LOLMS
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fireworks Display Hosted by Town of Old Lyme @ On field behind LOLMS
Jul 30 @ 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Aug
20
Sat
Hamburg Fair @ Hamburg Fairgrounds
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Hamburg Fair @ Hamburg Fairgrounds
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm