August 19, 2022

Tonight, Salt Marsh Opera Hosts Free ‘Opera in the Park’ in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK — Join Salt Marsh Opera on Friday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. for a free concert at the Old Saybrook Town Green. Rain date is Saturday, Aug. 20.

The concert will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Arrive early for the best seating. This event is suitable for all ages.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, settle in, and enjoy these three performers:

KIRK DOUGHERTY, TENOR

ABIGAIL PASCHKE, SOPRANO

BLAKE HANSEN, PIANIST

Editor’s Note: The Old Saybrook Town Green is adjacent to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on Main Street in Old Saybrook, Conn. Click for directions.

Intake for (Christ The) King’s Rummage Sale Starts Aug. 31, Sale Takes Place Sept. 17 & 18

Furniture donations are welcome for the King’s Rummage Sale.

OLD LYME — The end of summer is fast approaching. Are you cleaning closets, organizing cupboards, or clearing out clutter?  Are you moving or downsizing and don’t know what to do with all the stuff you’ve accumulated? 

Christ the King Church in Old Lyme does not want you to send your gently-used household items to the dump. They suggest you upcycle your goods by donating them to the King’s Rummage Sale at Christ the King Church’s Harvest Festival. 

Donations are being accepted Wednesday, Aug. 31, through Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon (except Labor Day Weekend), at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme (Parish Hall entrance).

Additional evening hours for donations are being offered this year from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 31, Sept. 6, and Sept. 8.  

All donated items should be in good condition: working, clean, and saleable. No clothes, shoes, or textbooks can be accepted. (Visit www.christthekingchurch.net/kings-rummage-sale for a complete list of items that cannot be accepted.

Email CTKHarvestFestival@gmail.com or call the parish office (860-434-1669) if you have large or upholstered items to donate.

Book donations will be gratefully received.

The annual Harvest Festival takes place at Christ the King Church (1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme) on Saturday, Sept. 17,  from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and features the rummage sale, a silent auction, a bake sale, kids’ games and crafts, great food, live music, and an autumn plant sale.

The rummage sale, bake sale, and plant sale will continue Sunday morning, Sept.18, from 9 a.m. to noon (with rummage sale items half price, while supplies last.)

Ceramics are a popular donation item for the Rummage Sale.

Follow the church on Facebook @christthekingchurcholdlyme for updates.

For more information, visit www.christthekingchurch.net or call 860-434-1669.

Lyme, Old Lyme Democrats Host Annual Summer Picnic Tomorrow, Sen. Blumenthal to Attend

Senator Richard Blumenthal attends a Democrat fundraiser. Photo submitted by Lyme DTC.

LYME — On Saturday, Aug. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Lyme and Old Lyme Democratic Town Committees (DTCs) host their 2022 Summer Picnic at Lyme Public Hall, a short walk from the Hamburg Fair. All Democrats and Democratic supporters are welcome.

Senator Richard Blumenthal will be attending as the honored guest.

There will be picnic goodies galore to enjoy, as well as opportunities to mingle with friends, neighbors and local DTC members.

Parking for the event will be available in the parking lot of the Lyme First Congregational Church or the Subaru dealership (the $6 fee benefits the church and the local Boy Scouts.)

A $25.00 donation for the picnic is suggested. Find donation information to the Lyme DTC and Old Lyme DTC at these links.

 

FRA Announces $65.2 Million Grant for New CT River Bridge Between Old Lyme, Old Saybrook

This photo shows the Amtrak bascule bridge between Old Lyme, Conn. (to the left) and Old Saybrook, Conn. (to the right) in the open position. This image by Denimadept is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

Second $20M FRA Grant Supports Phase 1 of CT DOT’s Plan to Replace Seven Power Substations Along New Haven Line

HARTFORD, CT/OLD LYME – On Aug. 18, Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation announced that Connecticut has been awarded two grants totaling more than $85.2 million from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for major infrastructure improvement projects on the Northeast Corridor.

The funds will be used for two significant capital projects that improve safety and reliability along the Connecticut-owned New Haven Line and the Amtrak-owned Shore Line East, ensuring no disruptions occur along the Northeast Corridor. They are being awarded under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program.

The first grant, in the amount of $65.2 million, will support the replacement of the existing Amtrak-owned Connecticut River Bridge between Old Saybrook and Old Lyme with a modern and resilient new moveable bridge.

The project will improve safety, reliability, and trip time. Maximum speeds will increase from 45 miles per hour on the current span up to 70 miles per hour. The increase to 70 mph afforded by a more modern miter rail design will be a marked improvement: however, speed restrictions on the curves on either side of the Connecticut River Bridge will still be required but will be optimized to achieve maximum impact.

The existing 115-year-old Connecticut River Bridge poses a significant risk of long-term disruption to the Northeast Corridor due to its age and condition. The bridge was opened in 1907 and is the oldest rolling lift bascule span bridge between New Haven, Conn. and Boston, Mass.

The bridge spans the Connecticut River 3.4 miles north of the mouth of the Long Island Sound. It serves the Northeast Corridor main line and is used by Amtrak’s intercity service, Shore Line East (SLE) commuter rail service, and freight operators. Approximately 38 Amtrak trains, 12 CTDOT (SLE) trains, and six Providence and Worcester Railroad trains travel across the bridge each weekday, a total of 56 trains per day.

The bridge has a movable span that is raised up to allow boats to pass. The Connecticut River Bridge fails to open and close properly, which has led to cascading delays to rail and maritime traffic. Due to its age and deteriorated condition, the operational reliability of the existing bridge is at high risk.

The new bridge will be built along a new southern alignment, with an offset of 52 ft. from the centerline of the existing bridge to the centerline of the new bridge.

The replacement bridge will maintain the two-track configuration and existing channel location and provide a moveable span with additional vertical clearance for maritime traffic. Delays from bridge openings will be significantly reduced, and Amtrak will realize maintenance savings from the new structure.

This grant marks the second Federal-State Partnership program contribution toward the project, with an additional $65.2 million being awarded in fiscal year 2020.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation and Amtrak will provide a 38% match.

The second grant, in the amount of $20 million, will support phase one of the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s overall plan to replace the seven power substations along the New Haven Line, beginning with the replacement of the first two.

These substations have not been repaired or renovated since the 1980s.

The upgraded substations will be more reliable, more energy efficient, and less costly to maintain. The aging power infrastructure poses a significant risk of rail service disruption, and maintaining the assets is essential to ensuring reliable train service for passengers.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont commented, “We all know how critical the Northeast Corridor is for job creation, economic growth, and environmentally friendly transportation. Our administration has a vision for faster, more reliable, and greener public transportation, and we are doing everything possible to make that vision a reality. Thanks to these grants, that reality is moving one step closer.”

In a joint statement, the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation said, “The Northeast Corridor is one of the busiest rail lines in North America, with more than 144,000 commuters using the New Haven Line and Shore Line East daily to travel to work or visit family.”

The statement continues, ” This critical Federal Railroad Administration funding will provide desperately needed improvements to the New Haven Line and Shore Line East, paving the way for more reliable and faster public transportation. This important investment in Connecticut upgrades the power supply and removes a major chokepoint along Shore Line East by replacing the outmoded, deteriorating Connecticut River Bridge.”

Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti noted, “We appreciate the Federal Railroad Administration’s ongoing support of Connecticut’s rail infrastructure, which will help improve safety and reliability along the Northeast Corridor.”

Dennis Newman, executive vice president of strategy, planning and accessibility for Amtrak, stated, “Amtrak is grateful to the Federal Railroad Administration for awarding two grants totaling more than $85.2 million to fund critical infrastructure projects on the Northeast Corridor in Connecticut – the New Haven Line Power Program and Connecticut River Bridge.”

He added, “The funding from these grants will help modernize the infrastructure in the state and improve the reliability of both commuter and intercity train services to provide a better travel experience for Connecticut residents and visitors.”

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued Aug. 18, from the Office of CT Gov. Ned Lamont, and information published on the Amtrak.com website about the Connecticut River Bridge.

Hamburg Fair Opens Today at 5pm

All the fun of the Hamburg Fair begins on Friday.

LYME — The Hamburg Fair opens this coming Friday and continues through Sunday.

The ferris wheel at Hamburg Fair is always a popular attraction.

This family friendly event showcases many agricultural fair traditions while highlighting top local music talent and entertainment. The intimate size of the fair makes for easy navigation, parking and crowd control.

Visitors will enjoy Milestone Midway Carnival rides and games, Grange Hall coffee and breakfast sandwiches, food concessions, pony rides and entries and exhibits for farm, animal, crafts, fruits, vegetables and more.

Participate in the kids’ games on Saturday or come to watch the car track and demos.

Admission prices are:

  • General $10; Advance Sale $8
  • Kids 11 and under FREE
  • Active Service Men and Woman $8 (ID required)
  • Senior Citizens $8

Visit this link to buy tickets online.

Visit this link to view the full Fair program.

Visit this link to view the Fair book.

Visit this link to view the live music schedule.

Lyme Art Association Hosts Opening Reception This Evening for Two New Shows: ‘Point of View,’ ‘True Blue’

One of the signature works in ‘Point of View’ is ‘Good Night’ (above) in oil by Elected Artist Christopher Zhang. The show is currently on view at the Lyme Art Association.

OLD LYME — On Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., Lyme Art Association (LAA) will host an Opening Reception for two new shows, which opened Aug. 12. All are welcome.

The first is Point of View, the 101st Annual Elected Artists Show, which showcases the ‘best of the best’ in representational art from LAA’s Elected Artists.

These are the Association’s most accomplished artists and also torch-bearers for the American representational tradition. They follow directly in the footsteps of the original Lyme Art Colony artists, who hung their tonalist and impressionist works on the walls of the local library back in 1901.

‘To the Summit’ in oil by Blanche Serban is featured in the ‘True Blue’ show on view at the LAA.

The second exhibition is True Blue. Considered beneficial to the mind and body, the color blue elicits a sense of tranquility and healing. The LAA challenged its Associated Artists to submit work where blue is the predominant or most significant color in their piece.  This ode to blue will be both pleasing and intriguing for visitors.

Both shows are on view through Sept. 22, 2022 and sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank. Admission is free with donations appreciated.

The gallery is open at 90 Lyme St. in Old Lyme from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment.  The Lyme Art Association is located in the Old Lyme Historic District in a building designed by Lyme Colony artist and architect, Charles Adams Platt.

The LAA was founded 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.

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

Connecticut’s Tax-free Week Starts Sunday

A good time to shop — Connecticut’s Sales Tax-Free Week runs from Sunday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Aug. 27. Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash.

HARTFORD, CT — The State of Connecticut will hold a Sales Tax-Free Week from Sunday, Aug. 21, to Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022.

During this one-week sales tax holiday, retail purchases of most clothing and footwear items priced under $100 are exempt from the Connecticut sales and use tax. The exemption during Sales Tax-Free Week applies to each eligible item costing under $100, regardless of how many of those items are sold to a customer on the same invoice.

This is the first time that Connecticut has held two one-week sales tax holidays within one calendar year. A similar Sales Tax-Free Week was held in April, which was created through legislation that was approved earlier this year by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont.

“This is the second weeklong sales tax holiday the state is holding this year, and it is scheduled right at back-to-school season to help families stretch their dollar a little bit more during this busy time, while also giving businesses an extra boost to their bottom line,” Governor Lamont said. “This is also an excellent opportunity to shop at some of our state’s locally-owned retailers and support the many great small businesses we have in Connecticut.”

Many retailers also choose to offer additional clothing and footwear discounts of their own during the week, resulting in even more savings for shoppers.

Details on Sales Tax Free Week, including a listing of individual items that are exempt or taxable, can be found online by visiting portal.ct.gov/DRS/Sales-Tax/Sales-Tax-Free-Week.

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued by the Office of Governor Ned Lamont.

DATE CHANGE: Old Lyme Shopping Center Goes Up For Auction, Now Sept. 6-8

The Old Lyme Marketplace is scheduled to be sold via an online auction. File photo.

OLD LYME — UPDATED 8/15: We note today from the online listing for this property that the date of the auction has been postponed from the previously announced Aug. 23-25 to Sept. 6-8. There is no explanation given on the listing for the delay.

The Old Lyme Shopping Center has been put up for sale via an online auction opening Sept. 6 (previously Aug. 23.)

Ten-x.com’s NorthEast Private Client Group is handling the sale and the property details are listed as follows:

Primary Property Type: Retail
Gross Area (Sq. Ft.): 50,223
Year Built: 1964
Occupancy: 77%
Occupancy as of Date: 07/06/2022
Lot Size (Acres): 5.22
Parking Count: 154
Bidding opens Aug. 23 and closes Aug. 25, with the starting bid set at $1.5 million.
The property is being marketed per the agent’s description as, “Ideally located immediately off exit 70 on I-95 (59,000 ADT) on US Route 1 (11,000 ADT) in the heart of a primary retail and commercial corridor.” The description also notes, “Annual consumer spending within a 5-mile radius surpasses $435,000,000.”
The potential sale was mentioned at yesterday’s Old Lyme Board of Selectmen meeting by members of the Halls Road Improvement Committee (HRIC), who were presenting their proposal for a Halls Road Overlay District (HROD) to the selectmen.
Asked this morning for her reaction to the planned sale, HRIC Chair Edie Twining responded by email, “If you look at the announcement, they go on about how convenient to the highway it is.  [That could likely mean] More gas stations??

She added, “So until that overlay [the proposed HROD] is in place, this [property] is most appealing to highway service plazas and the like. If we had the overlay, highway-focused developers would have to compete for the space with those interested in pursuing our vision:- retail up front with multi-family residential, with its better ROI.”

Twining concluded optimistically, “We are aiming to submit our application for the Halls Road Overlay District in September. After some productive meetings with the [Old Lyme] Zoning Commission, I am hopeful that this will become a reality this year.”
Editor’s Note: We will have more on the Halls Road Overlay District in a subsequent article.

Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee Announces Endorsements for November Elections

The Old Lyme DTC has endorsed incumbent CT Governor Ned Lamont (D) for the position in the upcoming November election.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee (DTC) has announced its endorsements for the upcoming November election for Democratic candidates for State and Federal offices.

The unanimous endorsements were made at the regular monthly meeting of the Old Lyme DTC held Wednesday, Aug. 10. 

In a press release announcing the endorsements, the Old Lyme DTC states that it, “Applauds all, who have stepped up to lead, and urges the community to go out and vote on Nov. 8 …”

The press release also notes that the Old Lyme DTC believes that, “The endorsed candidates listed below reflect the best interests for the future of Old Lyme.” 

Governor – Ned Lamont 

Lieutenant Governor – Susan Bysiewicz 

Attorney General – William Tong 

Treasurer – Erick Russell 

Secretary Of The State – Stephanie Thomas 

Comptroller – Sean Scanlon 

U.S. Senator – Richard Blumenthal 

U.S. Representative District 2 – Joe Courtney 

State Senator 20th District – Martha Marx 

State Representative 23rd District – J. Colin Heffernan

Exhibition of Art by Lyme Academy Students Opens Today at Niantic Gallery With Reception

The signature work of the 2022 Lyme Academy Student Exhibition is this portrait study titled, ‘Katie’ by AnneMarie Johnson.

NIANTIC/OLD LYME — Niantic Bay Gallery of Fine Art is hosting an exhibit of work by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts students, featuring academic drawings from current students and a painting by instructor Edmond Rochat.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and there is no fee for admission.

This is a special opportunity to view and purchase the work of students.

The opening reception in downtown Niantic will feature an evening of both fine art and refreshments.

The Niantic Bay Gallery of Fine Art is located behind the Arthur Murray Dance Center at 291 Main St Unit C in Niantic, Conn.

‘The Farmers Market at Tiffany Farms’ is Open Today, New Addition This Year is ‘Community Outreach’ Tent

View of the Farmer’s Market at Tiffany Farms.

LYME — ‘The Farmers Market at Tiffany Farms’ in Lyme will open today from 9 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. with fresh farm produce, baked goods, seafood, maple syrup, and more on sale.

Jen Tiffany stands proudly in front of the 2020 Farmers Market that she and her husband Bill Hurtle will host again this summer at Tiffany Farms.

This Farmers Market, which evolved from the Lyme Farmers Market of yesteryear, is a perennially popular destination for both local and regional shoppers.

Jennifer Tiffany and her husband Bill Hurtle run the market and are excited this year to introduce “Community Service” and “Hospitality” tents.  

For the Community Outreach tent, Tiffany explains, “We will be compiling a list of approximately 20 different organizations and providing one group per week with the market venue as a form of outreach.”

She stresses, “The idea is to not promote sales of their product or enhance collection of donations. It’s quite simply to provide the selected group a platform giving them the opportunity to spread their cause — in other words, to say, “Here we are and this is what we are all about.”

The hospitality tent, Tiffany explains, will be a resting spot for those who just need to sit a spell, noting, “We had some very faithful, strong-willed but physically-challenged visitors attending the market last year and this tent will be out of respect for them.”

A view of the iconic Tiffany Farms where the Farmers Market will be held.

Tiffany notes, “All Department of Agriculture, Markets, Department of Health and CT Grown guidelines will apply.”  She aspires to the same look as [Lyme Farmers Market at] Ashlawn,” with the aim being to offer a “very classy ” market, focused on Connecticut-grown or-produced items such as dairy, beef, vegetables, herbs, jellies and syrups.

Aerial view of Tiffany farms showing where the Farmer’s Market will be located.

The list of full-time vendors this year includes:

  • Chatfield Hollow Farm

  • Dondero Orchards

  • Falls Brook Farm

  • Fat Stone Far

  • From the Farm

  • Maple Breeze Farm

  • Marna Roons

  • TALK Seafood

  • Tiffany Farms Pasture Raised Beef

  • Traveling Italian Chef

  • Upper Pond Farm

  • Wave Hill Breads

Guest Vendors include:

  • Confections by Toni-Marie
  • Mostly Nuts
  • Simply Sweet by Elana

Lyme, OL Republicans Choose Klarides as Candidate for US Senate, But Levy Wins Statewide in Tuesday’s Primary

LYME/OLD LYME — The unofficial results of the Primary elections in Lyme and Old Lyme were as detailed below.

A majority of Republican voters in both Lyme and Old Lyme chose Themis Klarides over Leora Levy as their candidate for US Senate to face Democrat Richard Blumenthal in November.

Statewide, however, Levy — who received a late endorsement from former President Donald Trump — won 50.54 percent of the vote while Klarides took 40.09 percent. Peter Lumaj was a distant third with 9.36 percent of the vote.

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

UNITED STATES SENATOR: 
Themis Klarides: 54
Leora R. Levy: 52
Peter Lumaj: 7

SECRETARY OF THE STATE: 
Dominic Rapini: 51
Terrie E. Wood: 57

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES:

SECRETARY OF THE STATE:
Stephanie Thomas: 125
Maritza Bond: 20

TREASURER: 
Erick Russell: 85
Dita Bhargava: 39
Karen DuBois-Walton: 22

OLD LYME

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

UNITED STATES SENATOR: 
Themis Klarides: 186
Leora R. Levy: 165
Peter Lumaj: 37

SECRETARY OF THE STATE: 
Dominic Rapini: 229
Terrie E. Wood: 149

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES:

SECRETARY OF THE STATE:
Stephanie Thomas: 277
Maritza Bond: 61

TREASURER: 
Erick Russell: 172
Dita Bhargava:92
Karen DuBois-Walton: 74

Rochelle Davis Named Lyme Land Trust ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Lyme Land Trust Environmental Director Sue Cope (left) and Lyme Land Trust Executive Director Kristina White (right) of the Lyme Land Trust present Rochelle Davis with the 2022 Volunteer of the Year Award. Photo by Dan Hulseberg.

LYME — Rochelle Davis, volunteer steward of the Grassy Hill Preserve, was awarded the Lyme Land Trust ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award at the organization’s annual meeting.

During the last two years, Davis worked to improve habitat in the Grassy Hill Preserve Meadow to promote biodiversity. She has transformed a field filled with invasive plants to one populated by native plants that support a variety of pollinators and wildlife.

Davis single-handedly removed dense thickets of invasive plants, including autumn olive trees and multiflora bushes. 

At home, she propagates native plants from seeds to replant in the Preserve.

Davis shares detailed reports via the app “iNaturalist,” where she started a “Grassy Hill Preserve” virtual project to digitally catalogue the species in the preserve. The project can be accessed by anyone who visits the iNaturalist website or has the app on their device.

Over 130 flora and fauna observations have been documented to date.

She regularly walks the preserve and actively manages what is growing, at all times going above and beyond what is asked of a steward. 

Rochelle Davis won the Lyme Land Trust’s 2021 People’s Vision Award in the ‘Imagining Lyme’ contest with this photo ‘Mushroom in a Forest, Beebe Preserve.’ The photo was chosen by the public out of all submissions.

Davis has also actively participated in the Lyme Land Trust project Imagining Lyme – A Visual Exploration of Lyme’s Preserves since its inception two years ago. She has been awarded for several photos of distinction and won the 2021 People’s Vision Award – chosen annually by the public out of all the submissions, with her photo Mushroom in a Forest, Beebe Preserve.

During the award presentation, Sue Cope, Lyme Land Trust Environmental Director, said, “ The power and example of what one dedicated human can do in a year for one preserve has been staggering and we are so incredibly grateful for Rochelle’s time and effort.” 

 

Monkeypox Cases Rise to 48 in CT

Wyoming Now the Only US State Without a Single Case, Highest Number of Cases in NY State

LYME/OLD LYME — The number of cases in the state has risen to 48 as of this morning, Aug. 9, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.

On July 26, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) Director of Health Stephen Mansfield confirmed to LymeLine.com by email that there are still no cases of monkeypox in the nine towns, which comprise the LLHD. These towns include both Lyme and Old Lyme. We are currently seeking an update on the situation.

Wyoming is now the sole state, which has reported no cases.

On Aug. 4, the White House declared monkeypox a public health emergency.

On Saturday, July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

The CDC’s 2022 US Map & Case Count includes an ongoing, updated count of monkeypox cases throughout the country. There are 8,934 cases in the US at time of publication of this article.

The states with the highest number of cases at time of publication (Aug. 9) are New York (1,960), California (1,310), Florida (936), Texas (702), Illinois (672), Georgia (625), and the District of Columbia (303).

Connecticut’s first case was announced on July 5.

“Monkeypox spreads through close prolonged contact with an infected person. This might include coming into contact with skin lesions, or body fluids, sharing clothes or other materials that have been used by an infected person, or inhaling respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH)  Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD.

She added, “Residents who are concerned about fever, swollen glands, and a new rash, should contact their health care provider.

Diagnostic testing for monkeypox is now available from commercial laboratories, including LabCorpMayo Clinic, and Quest, and providers can order testing from these laboratories as they would order other diagnostic tests. Testing is available through the State Public Health Laboratory, Monday-Friday.

Although anyone can get and spread monkeypox, the current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. For those who have multiple or anonymous sex partners, their likelihood of monkeypox exposure is high.

Due to the state’s current low case count, Connecticut has not received a substantial allotment of the monkeypox vaccine from the federal government at this time. More doses are expected in the coming weeks.  

Vaccination may be recommended for those who:

• Are close personal contacts of people with monkeypox (post-exposure prophylaxis)
• May have been exposed to the virus
• May have increased risk of being exposed to the virus, such as people who perform laboratory testing to diagnose monkeypox

“At the present time, our top priority is ensuring access to post-exposure prophylaxis and then expanding to a larger pool of atrisk persons when our vaccine supply allows us to do so,” explained Commissioner Juthani.

For those seeking treatment or additional information on the vaccine and antivirals, contact your health care provider or call the DPH Epidemiology Program at (860) 509-7994 or (860509-8000 after hours.

For more information about monkeypox, visit the CDC monkeypox webpage and/or the CT DPH monkeypox webpage.

Editor’s Note: Parts of this article are based on a press release issued July 14 by CT DPH and sent to LymeLine.com by Ledge Light Health District.

Vendor, Partner, Food Truck Applications Now Open for High Hopes Holiday Market, Event to be Held Nov. 13 in Old Lyme

The High Hopes Holiday Market will be held this year on Sunday, Nov. 13.

OLD LYME — The High Hopes Holiday Market will be back again in-person on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at the organization’s location at 36 Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme.

For one afternoon, the High Hopes arena in Old Lyme will be transformed into a marketplace with something for everyone.

Vendor applications are now open at this link. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 26, and vendors will be notified of their status by Friday, Sept. 2.

For further information, e-mail Trudy Burgess or call her at 860.434.1974 x 123.

CT Primary is Today, Polls Open in Lyme, Old Lyme 6am-8pm

LYME/OLD LYME — Connecticut’s Primary is being held tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 9. Only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic Primary and registered Republicans in the Republican Primary. Unaffiliated and minor party voters may not vote in either Primary.

View a sample Democratic ballot for Lyme residents here.

View a sample Republican ballot for Lyme residents here.

View sample Democratic and Republican ballots for Old Lyme residents here.

IN-PERSON VOTING
For LYME Residents

For voters who prefer to vote in person, the polls at Lyme Town Hall will be open on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For OLD LYME Residents

For voters who prefer to vote in person, the polls at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School gymnasium, 53 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, will be open on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

CANDIDATES ON THE REPUBLICAN BALLOT IN LYME & OLD LYME

UNITED STATES SENATOR: 
Themis Klarides, Madison, CT
Leora R. Levy, Greenwich, CT
Peter Lumaj, Fairfield, CT

SECRETARY OF THE STATE: 
Dominic Rapini, Branford, CT
Brock Weber, Wolcott, CT — NOW WITHDRAWN
Terrie E. Wood, Darien, CT

CANDIDATES ON THE DEMOCRATIC BALLOT IN LYME & OLD LYME

SECRETARY OF THE STATE:
Stephanie Thomas, Norwalk, CT
Maritza Bond, New Haven, CT

TREASURER: 
Erick Russell, New Haven, CT
Dita Bhargava, Greenwich, CT
Karen DuBois-Walton, New Haven, CT

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RETURNING ABSENTEE BALLOTS

To return your absentee ballot:

The official Ballot Box outside Lyme Town Hall. Photo courtesy of the Town of Lyme website.

For LYME Residents — three options

  • Walk into Lyme Town Hall and hand it to the Town Clerk before close of business on Aug. 8.
  • Mail it using the U.S. Postal Service. Ballots returned by mail must be received by the Town Clerk by 8 p.m. on Aug. 9.
  • Insert it in the Official Ballot Drop Box located on the edge of the sidewalk at Lyme Town Hall by 8 p.m. on Aug. 9. (See photo at left.)

Do not return your ballot via the mail slot in the door of Lyme Town Hall.

Note that the Official Ballot Drop Box is for completed ballots only.  No other material should be deposited in the drop box.  You should only deposit your ballot in the Town of Lyme drop box if you are a resident of Lyme.  Do not drop your ballot in the drop box of any other town.

Voters who have questions on absentee voting are welcome to contact the Lyme Town Clerk at 860-434-7733 during regular business hours.

The official Ballot Box outside Old Lyme Town Hall. Photo courtesy of the Old Lyme Selectman’s Office.

For OLD LYME Residents – three options

To return your absentee ballot:

  • Walk into Old Lyme Town Hall and hand it to the clerk at the front desk.
  • Mail it using the U.S. Postal Service. Ballots returned by mail must be received by the Town Clerk by 8 p.m. on Aug. 9.
  • Insert it in the Official Ballot Drop Box located in front of the Old Lyme Town Hall (see photo at right) by 8 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Do not return your ballot via the mail slot in the door of Old Lyme Town Hall.

Note that the Official Ballot Drop Box is for completed ballots only. No other material should be deposited in the drop box. You should only deposit your ballot in the Town of Old Lyme drop box if you are a voter of Old Lyme.  Do not drop your ballot in the drop box of any other town.

Voters who have questions on absentee voting are welcome to contact the Old Lyme Town Clerk at 860-434-1605 x 220 and x 221 during regular business hours.

Editor’s Note: The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization in existence for over 100 years.  All genders are welcome to join. For more information, visit: https://my.lwv.org/connecticut/lwv-southeastern-connecticut

Sample Aug. 9 Primary Ballots for Old Lyme Democrats, Republicans

Sample Primary Ballots – Old Lyme

COVID-19 Update: 16 Confirmed Cases in Old Lyme in Past Week, Three in Lyme

Old Lyme’s Total Cumulative COVID-19 Cases Now 1,418, Lyme’s Equivalent Number is 342

Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

LYME/OLD LYME — The latest COVID-19 case count reported by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (dated Saturday, Aug. 6) shows 1,418 cases for Old Lyme and 342 for Lyme. These numbers have increased from our last report on Friday, July 29, by 16 cases in Old Lyme and three cases in Lyme.

Connecticut’s Positivity Rate was 11.79% on July 29 but has now risen to 11.92% as the increased infection rates of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 make their mark.

The cumulative total of COVID-19-related fatalities in Connecticut rose from 11,102 on July 29, to 11,139 on Aug. 6, meaning a further 37 residents had died during that period.

Visit this link to view additional historical data and detailed graphics on COVID-19 vaccination levels and positive cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The site is updated by Old Lyme resident William Fitzgerald.

Lyme Congregational Church Seeks Volunteers to Assist With Parking Fundraiser During Hamburg Fair

The First Congregational Church of Lyme needs volunteers to assist with their parking fundraiser during the Hamburg Fair

LYME — The First Congregational Church of Lyme seeks volunteers to assist with parking for the Hamburg Fair from Aug. 19 through 21.

This traditional church fundraiser is essential to the church’s goal of renovating its aged kitchen. An updated kitchen will allow congregants to improve their service to homeless neighbors through the New London Community Meal Center. It will also allow for church fellowship.

This volunteer work not only benefits a worthwhile cause but also represents a great opportunity to meet new people while enjoying the outdoors.

If you can spare some time, the church needs your help. And if you have friends who would be willing to assist, then ask them to volunteer too. Moreover, if you know of any teenagers, who need volunteer hours for school or college applications, they would also be welcome.

If you wish to volunteer and/or have any questions, contact Rich Clippinger at rclippinger@snet.net or at 860-910-2512 if you can help.

Help is needed in these time slots:

Friday, Aug. 19: 
4:30-6:30 p.m. – 1 spot
6:30-8:30 p.m. -1 spot

Saturday, Aug. 20:
8:30-10:30 a.m. – 1 spot
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 2 spots
12:30-2:30 p.m. – 3 spots
2:30-4:30 p.m. – 4 spots
4:30-6:30 p.m. – 3 spots
6:30-8:30 p.m. – 4 spots
8:30-10:30 p.m. – 2 spots

Sunday, Aug. 21
8:30-10:30 a.m. – 2 spots
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 4 spots
12:30-2:30 p.m. – 4 spots
2:30-4:30 p.m. – 4 spots
4:30-6:30 p.m. – 3 spots

 

High Hopes is August Beneficiary of Old Lyme ‘Big Y’s Community Bag Program,’ Aims to Reduce Single-Use Plastics  

OLD LYME – This year, local community non-profits are more in need of support than in any other time in the recent years’ past. Now shoppers can give back to the local community and help to reduce single-use plastics by purchasing a special reusable bag at Big Y.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. has been selected by the Old Lyme Big Y store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Big Y Community Bag Program for the month of August.

The Big Y Community Bag Program is designed to give back to the local community with every reusable bag purchased.  This program offers a way for shoppers to give back as part of the regular weekly routine.

High Hopes will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 reusable Big Y Community Bag purchased at the Big Y in Old Lyme. 

When asked her reaction to High Hopes being selected as this month’s beneficiary, Kitty Stalsburg, Executive Director of High Hopes said, “We are thrilled to be participating in this innovative program that makes it possible for shoppers to give back to local non-profits while reducing single-use plastic in the environment. We appreciate the community support in this important initiative to make a difference.”

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is a non-profit based in Old Lyme, CT. Founded in 1974, High Hopes works to foster a community where horse and human interactions improve lives. Learn more about High Hopes by visiting highhopestr.org.

For more information about the Big Y Community Bag Program, visit bigy.bags4mycause.com.