January 19, 2020

Lyme Library Presents Rescheduled ‘Backyard Birding,’ Feb. 29

LYME — UPDATE: DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY!

Curiousas to who is composing that sweet-sounding trill?

Join the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center at the Lyme Public Library to learn how to identify backyard birds by sight and sound this Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m.  Learn who is at the feeder during each season and what their feeding habits are.

Bring your binoculars for some outdoor practice. The presenter will also have some pairs available.

For information and to register, call the library at 860-434-2272.

Share

Celebrating ‘the Kate’s’ 10-Year-Anniversary, ‘On Golden Pond’ Runs Through Sunday


OLD SAYBROOK —
On Golden Pond” opens tomorrow at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center – the Kate — in old saybrook as part of the Kate’s 10-year-anniversary celebrations.

The Saybrook Stage Company will be performing this poignant and comedic piece by Ernest Thompson, which inspired the Hollywood blockbuster movie. Appropriately, in light of the theater’s namesake, On Golden Pond  was not only one of Katharine Hepburn’s most cherished performances but also earned her a fourth Academy Award for Best Actress.

On Golden Pond is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. He is a retired professor, nearing 80, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued and witty as ever. Ethel, 10 years younger, delights in all the small things that have enriched their long married life together.

They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her new fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son, Billy, behind for the summer.

Billy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the couple have longed for and Norman revels in taking him fishing and inspiring him with the classics. Norman, in turn, learns some new language and perspectives from Billy and the comedy ensues.

In the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together as they find themselves alone again on Golden Pond. 

The play originally opened on Broadway in 1979 and then was made into a movie in 1981 starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda – both actors won an Academy Award for their respective performances. Jane Fonda played the couple’s daughter.

Thompson was only 28-years-old when he wrote On Golden Pond; he also won a the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1981.

The cast includes Ralph Buonocore and Mark Gilchrist of Madison, Terri Corigliano of Old Saybrook, Jim Hile of Clinton, Amy Kirby of New London and Jake Totten of Granby.

Performances are Jan. 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinée Saturday and also Sunday, Jan. 19. 

Tickets  can be purchased directly at www.TheKate.org or  by calling  860.510.0453

Share

Old Lyme Basketball Boys Extend Unbeaten Run with Wins Over East Hampton, Portland

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme boys continued their unbeaten run last night with a 65-39 victory over East Hampton.
Jared Ritchie scored a career high 20 points and also scoring in double digits for the Wildcats was Ray Doll, who had 11 points and five assists.

Stephen Brady led East Hampton with 19 points.

On Jan. 3, Old Lyme jumped out to a 19-0 lead against Portland, but Portland climbed back eventually falling to the ‘Cats 61-44.  Ty Dean led all scorers with 15 points while Ray Doll, Brady Sheffield and Aiden Using added 10, 11 and 13 respectively for Old Lyme.
Share

Two New Exhibitions Open Friday at LAA in Old Lyme Featuring Associate Artists, New Elected Artists

‘Autumn in Old Lyme’ (oil) by Associate Artist Rosemary Webber is onw of thw featured works of ‘First Impressions.” opening Jan. 17 at the Lyme Art Association.

OLD LYME — Two new exhibitions open Jan. 17 at Lyme Art Association (LAA) and an Opening Reception for both will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the LAA, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT.

The First Impressions Exhibition is a juried exhibition of work by the Association’s Associate Artist members — accomplished artists who have been successfully exhibiting in selective shows at the LAA for at least four years. This exhibit will include a variety of media and themes including landscape, portrait, and still life paintings, as well as sculpture.

‘Ghosting In’ (oil) by Park Howard is a featured work in the ‘New Elected Artists’ exhibition opening Jan 17 at the LAA.

The second exhibition, New Elected Artists, features works by the six artists who were inducted into the LAA as Elected Artists in October 2019.  The artists — Thomas Adkins, Howard Park, Bob Perkowski, Deborah Quinn-Munson, Diana Roberts-Paschall and John Traynor — will present a selection of their work in the LAA’s Goodman Gallery.

Both exhibits run through Feb. 28.

“The Annual Associate Artists Exhibition highlights the range, creativity, and excellence of our Associate Artist members. This exhibition includes a variety of subjects, media, and styles: paintings or sculptures that capture the range of human emotion, the beauty and grandeur of the Connecticut landscape, or the personal objects and surroundings of everyday life,” notes Jocelyn Zallinger, LAA’s Gallery Manager.

She adds, “The New Elected Artists show in the Goodman Gallery also promises to be impressive; our new class of Elected Artists is very accomplished.”

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 St. in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the Old Lyme Historic District.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment.

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

Share

Lyme DTC Thanks Two Long-Term Volunteers – Mattson and Sauer – for Decades of Service

Maddy Mattson stands with State Senator Norm Needleman after being presented with an official statement of appreciation from Governor Lamont for her many years of service to the Lyme DTC.

LYME – At its most recent meeting, the members of the Lyme Democratic Town Committee (DTC) thanked Claire Sauer and Maddy Mattson for their decades of service to the Lyme DTC and the Town of Lyme, as the two long-term Democratic volunteers announced their intent to step down from the committee.

State Senator Norm Needleman gave Claire Sauer an official statement of appreciation from Governor Lamont for her decades of service to the Lyme and state Democrats.

Sauer has served on the Lyme DTC for more than 40 years and Mattson for more than 20 years. Both have played instrumental roles in the committee’s successes during their long tenures, according to Lyme DTC Chairman John Kiker.

State Senator Norm Needleman was on hand at the meeting to thank and celebrate their work; and Governor Ned Lamont recognized their contributions via an official statement.

The Lyme DTC’s mission is to support and strengthen the Democratic Party in the Town of Lyme and the State of Connecticut. The committee typically meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme Town Hall. These meetings are open to the public and all registered Democrats are encouraged to attend.

Share

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Asked to Consider Purchase of Lyme Academy-Owned 26+ Acres on Lyme St.

Aerial photo of the 26.31 acres for sale by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts taken from the Lyman Real Estate property listing and published with their permission.

OLD LYME — As part of its reinvention efforts over the past several months, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts officials recently approached the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education inquiring whether the district would be interested in purchasing academy-owned land abutting the public school campus off Lyme Street.

The academy owns approximately 39 acres of land across the street from its main campus, which is also on Lyme Street. Approximately 26 acres of that land has been listed for $5 million through the Lyman Real Estate group

Read the full story by Mary Biekert and published Jan. 10 on TheDay.com at this link.

Share

‘The Country School’ Hosts Open House Jan. 26, All Welcome

MADISON — The Country School jn Madison is holding an Open House Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity to meet engaged students and passionate teachers. Also, attendees can learn about the rigorous academic program and commitment to honoring the creativity, sense of wonder, and exuberance of childhood.

MADISON — Learn about the school’s signature programs – STEAM, Elmore Leadership, Outdoor Education, and Public Speaking – and their rich offerings in the arts and athletics.

Tour the transformed 23-acre campus and hear how alumni are thriving at top high schools and colleges across the country.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8. To learn more and register, visit this link.

Share

Start the New Year with a Twist … of Yoga! Classes at Saint Ann’s Thursday Mornings, All Welcome

OLD LYME — Yoga With A Twist is an all-level gentle Yoga Class. It is appropriate for first-time yoga students and those who are more experienced. The class will include breath work, stretching and moving with the combined objectives of strengthening the body, and improving balance and overall well-being.  Chairs will be available for those who do not want to practice on the mat.   

The instructor is Deb Novack, who believes that Yoga is for everyone and no matter what your limitations are, you will feel an improvement the first time you come to class. Dhe is a Hatha-style Yoga Teacher, who incorporates meditation, breathing techniques, restorative and yin poses and shapes, into her teahing.  

Novack is excited about, and experienced in, introducing new people to the healing modality of Yoga and meditation.

Class will be held at Saint Ann’s Church, 82 Shore Rd., Old Lyme, Conn. in the Griswold Room on Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. beginning on Jan. 9.  Bring a Yoga mat and any props you like working with (e.g., blocks, straps, blankets, etc.). Chairs will be available for use.

This is a community event and all are welcome.

The suggested donation is $10 and no reservation is required.  

Contact Deb Novack with any questions at debnovack1@yahoo.com or contact the Parish Office at Saint Ann’s #860-434-1621.

Saint Ann’s is an Episcopal parish in Old Lyme, which is under the direction of the Provisional Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Dr. Anita L. Schell. Saint Ann’s is located at 82 Shore Road (Rt. 156), two miles off I95, Exit 70. Convenient parking is adjacent to the church and the Sanctuary has ADA access. For more information, visit www.saintannsoldlyme.org .

Share

Lyme DTC Meets Monthly on Third Thursday, All Welcomd

LYME – The Lyme Lyme Democratic Town Committee’s mission is to support and strengthen the Democratic Party in the Town of Lyme and the State of Connecticut.  The committee typically meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Lyme Town Hall. These meetings are open to the public and all registered Democrats are encouraged to attend.

Share

Old Lyme Girls Pull Off Confident Win at H-K

LYME/OLD LYME — On Tuesday, Don Bugbee’s girls traveled to Haddam-Killingworth and came away with a strong 46-32 victory. Leading scorer Sam Gray notched an impressive 19 points with eight rebounds while Emily DeRoehn added nine points with nine rebounds and five steals.

Coach Bugbee commented, “It was a solid team performance overall with offensive and defensive contributions from all players.”

The team’s current record is 5-2 in the Shoreline Conference.

On Friday, Old Lyme meets Amistad at home and next Tuesday, Jan. 14, they face East Hampton, also at home.

Share

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center Hosts Plethora of New Programs in New Year

OLD LYME — The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center (RTPEC) has announced an extensive range of new programs for the early months of 2020 as follows:

BUDDING NATURALISTS

Wednesday, Jan. 8 , 10-11am
Theme: A Long Winter’s Nap – Animal Hibernation
RTP Estuary Center, Old Lyme

Start their love of nature early. Join us for this parent/caregiver and child nature class designed for children who are 3 to 5 years old. Activities will encourage discovery, explorations, and expression through stories, hands-on activities, and art.  Adult is free with child participant.

$15 members; $20 non-members. Register here

OWL PROWLS

Tuesdays January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, and Monday, February 17, 5:30 pm
Old Lyme

Perhaps no other group of birds harbor as much mystery and intrigue as owls. As we’re heading to sleep they are just starting their day. These nocturnal hunters are perfectly adapted to life in darkness, from their silent flight to their unique eyes and ears. Join us at the newest and largest Old Lyme Land Trust property as we search for the incredible birds, and learn about what makes them such perfect nighttime fliers. Bring a headlamp or flashlight (preferably one with a red light setting) and binoculars, and bundle up! Appropriate for ages 10 and up. *Limit of 12 participants per program*

$5 for members, $10 for non-members

Tuesday, January 14 – Register
Tuesday, January 21 – Register
Tuesday, January 28 – Register

Tuesday, February 4 – Register
Tuesday, February 11 – Register
Monday, February 17 – Register

WINTER WATERFOWL WALK

Greater Scaup, male in foreground.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 – 10:30 am
Griswold Point, Old Lyme

As the lakes and ponds of the northeast freeze over, many species of waterfowl head to the coast, to open water. Sea ducks, Loons, Grebes and more call the coast of Connecticut home during the winter. The mouth of the Connecticut River, on Long Island Sound, is the perfect place to spot these winter species gathering just offshore. Bring your binoculars, and layer up! We will provide a spotting scope, an essential piece of equipment for waterfowl watching.

$5 for members, $10 for non-members, register here

MLK DAY VACATION PROGRAM WITH THE RTP ESTUARY CENTER

MLK Day Vacation Program with the RTP Estuary Center
Monday, Jan. 20; 9am – 4pm
Lyme Youth Services Bureau, Old Lyme

Explore the natural world of winter with the RTP Estuary Center! Outdoor explorations, hands-on science experiments, games, and creative activities are in store!  Winter attire required. Program is for ages 6 – 11. Each child should bring a water bottle and a nut free snack and lunch. Registration is required.

$40 members, $50 non-members. Registration is required. Register here

MURAL REVEAL

Thursday, Jan. 30, 5 pm
RTP Estuary Center, Old Lyme

Join us for the grand unveiling of our new CT River Estuary mural! This volunteer collaborated acrylic mural depicts our local estuary plants and animals at both the micro and macroscopic levels. You’ll also be able to see inside our ever changing and improving center and meet one-on-one with the teacher-naturalists and artists of the mural. Learn about the different styles that each of the artists brought to this collaborative piece and their background as budding or established artists. This event is free.

Register here

WHOO WANTS TO LEARN ABOUT OWLS?

Whooo Wants to Learn about Owls?
Saturday, Jan. 25; 10:30 – 11:30 am and 1-2 pm
Saturday, March 7; 10:30-11:30 and 1-2 pm
RTP Estuary Center, Old Lyme

Join us for an hour with an owl! Our teacher-naturalists will be presenting Cookie, the barred owl while we learn about this local species up close including where and when they nest, what they sound like and ways you can help ensure a healthy population of barred owls in CT! We will also be examining real owl feathers, dissecting owl pellets, and identifying mammal bones. $15 members, $25 non-member, $10 for children 10 and under

Saturday, Jan. 25 10:30-11:30am – Register
Saturday, Jan. 25 1:00-2:00pm – Register

Saturday, March 7 10:30-11:30am – Register
Saturday, March 7 1:00-2:00pm – Register

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

Photo by Brian Bennett

INFO SESSION
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30-7:30pm
RTP Estuary Center, Old Lyme

Thursday, Feb. 13, 6 – 7 pm
Wild Birds Unlimited, Niantic

FIELD SESSION
Sunday, Feb. 16, 9 – 11 a.m.
Connecticut College Arboretum, New London

Since 1998, people all over the world have participated in the first citizen science project to collect wild bird data, the Great Backyard Bird Count! Join us at the RTP Estuary Center for an informational session about the history and background of the count, as well as how to conduct your own Great Backyard Bird Count! On Sunday, February 16 come practice your skills in the field at the Connecticut College Arboretum in New London, a designated important bird area. Whether you are a seasoned birder or a novice, this is a great opportunity to learn how to identify and count birds in the wild, and be a part of a worldwide citizen project.
This program is free, but we ask that you register.

Register for the RTPEC Info Session here

Register for the Wild Birds Unlimited Info Session at 860-739-7302 or at wbuniantic@sbcglobal.net

Register for Field Session here

FAMILY WINTER WALK

Feb. 22, 9-10:30am
Watch Rock Preserve, Old Lyme

Shake off your cabin fever, head outside and join one of our teacher-naturalists for a winter walk. We will look for tracks, listen for birds and enjoy the beauty of the woods in winter. Keep warm by trying to complete our winter scavenger hunt!

$5 members, $10 non-members, children 6 and under free, register here

Share

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Graduate, Now Playwright, Emily Zemba Launches Kickstarter to Fund New Play in NYC


LYME/OLD LYME —
If you’re an aspiring playwright, actually writing a play can be the relatively easy part but finding the funding to produce your play can be a major challenge.

Emily Zemba

Emily Zemba, a 2006 graduate from Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS), is trying a highly original approach to generate some seed money to bring her latest play to life on the stage.

She explained to LymeLine, “I have recently joined forces with two other amazing female writers to form The Pool — and our mission is to “take on the soul of America in rep” with our highly theatrical plays.” Along with fellow playwrights Kate Cortesi and Brenda Withers, Zemba has launched a Kickstarter campaign, which is aiming to raise $6,000 by next Saturday, Jan. 11, to cover the initial costs of putting on their respective plays in the fall of 2020 at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City’s West Village.

Asked about her play, Zemba says, “It is titled Superstitions, and is an absurd, dark comedy that links superstitions to cultural terrors and a collective national anxiety. I know, I know, anxiety is a riot! But I promise that the play is just as fun and ridiculous as it is unsettling. ” She notes that the play was nominated for 2018 Venturous Playwright Fellowship, and also that she has already received a grant from The Artists Patron Fund in support of this production.

After her graduation from LOLHS, Zemba attended Sarah Lawrence College and then went onto Yale University, where she obtained an MFA from the School of Drama in May 2015. Zemba’s parents are former Old Lyme Selectman Kurt Zemba and Catherine Frank, who retired from the position of Exceutive Assistant to Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder in October 2019.

Zemba notes that in addition to the Kickstarter, there will continue to be ways to donate directly through their website. Also, donations of $1,000 or more will be fully tax-deductible if made through their fiscal sponsor: New Georges (simply make the check out to New Georges with The Pool 2020 listed in the memo line.)

But the immediate challenge is to raise $6,000 by Jan. 11. At the time of writing, $4,597 has been raised so these young playwrights are close to the finish line. The Kickstarter page states: “We may still be about 10 months out from production, but there are several up-front costs which need immediate attention, for example:

  • The New Ohio requires a down payment a year out.
  • We have hired a PR Rep who will help launch our marketing campaign and assist with project visibility.
  • The directors who will helm our productions need contracts sooner rather than later, before their schedules get any busier.
  • We are hiring a creative producer to oversee and coordinate the myriad pieces of this ambitious undertaking.”

If you wish to donate to support these playwrights and help bring their plays to the stage, visit the Kickstarter page for The Pool at this link where there is more information about the project.

Share

Wildcat Girls Defeat Portland in Gritty Game

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme girls notched an important Shoreline Conference victory yesterday when they defeated Portland 32-28. The low-scoring game was played in Old Lyme and takes the Wildcat’s conference record to 4-2.

Coach Bugbee commented after the game, “After a slow start to the game, we improved throughout the second and third quarters,” adding, “We hung on through the fourth quarter for the win, against a very determined Portland team.”

Emily DeRoehn scored 14 points and took seven rebounds along with two steals while Sam Gray grabbed nine points, six rebounds and two steals.

Upcoming games for the girls are Tuesday, Jan.7, at Haddam-Killingworth and Friday, Jan. 10, when they face Amistad in Old Lyme. Junior Varsity games tip off at 5:30 p.m. and Varsity games at 7 p.m. All games are open to the public.

Share

Old Lyme Girls Defeat Unbeaten Valley

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme basketball girls defeated Valley Regional 41-34 last Monday, Dec. 30.  This was Valley’s first loss of the season and coach Don Bugbee commented, “The girls played extremely hard and stayed tough for the win against a very good Valley Team, who finished with a really strong fourth quarter comeback attempt.

Game highlights included Sam Gray scoring 14 points while taking four rebounds and three steals. Meanwhile, Emily Deroehn notched 12 points and took four rebounds along with four steals.

Old Lyme’s record in the Shoreline Conference is now 3-2.

Share

Wildcat Boys Enjoy Strong Start to Basketball Season with Wins Over OS, Valley

LYME/OLD LYME — Kirk Kaczor’s Old Lyme boys have started the season on a high note with successive wins at home against respectively Old Saybrook on Dec. 19 and Valley Regional on Dec. 30.

Old Lyme beat Old Saybrook 80-47 with Aedan Using leading the way for Old Lyme with 24 points 12 rebounds and seven assists.  Meanwhile, Brady Sheffield notched 13 points and John Almy 12.  Old Lyme had a total of 22 assists on 28 field goals.

Davis Brown paced Old Saybrook with 32 points.

In yesterday’s battle of Shoreline teams against Valley, the final score was 61-53.  Leading the Wildcats in scoring was Brady Sheffield with 26 points.  Aedan Using contributed a total of seven assists, five blocks, eight rebounds and two steals.  Ty Dean chipped in with a career-high nine points.

Valley was led by Cade Edsinger (18 points) and Gavin Grabowski (13 points).

Share

Upcoming Events at Lyme Public Library Through March

LYME — The following programs, which are scheduled at Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Rd, are free and open to all at. Registration at 860-434-2272 is appreciated.

Lyme Library Cookbook Club: The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook
Saturday, Jan. 11
1 p.m.

Just in time for the NFL Playoffs. Choose a recipe from this cookbook or share one of your own favorites.  The Cookbook Club will meet again Feb. 8, and March 14.

Backyard Birding with the CT Audubon Society Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center
Saturday, Jan. 18
2 p.m.

Fine tune bird-watching and identifying skills. If time and weather permit, attendees may go outside. Bring your binoculars.

Beyond Bicept: The Real Story of Rosie the Riveter, presented by Dr. Amanda Goodheart Parks
Saturday, Jan. 25
2 p.m.

Trace the journey from propaganda poster to feminist icon.

Prudence Allen: Secretary to Coretta Scott King. Sharing Stories of Time Spent with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his Family
Saturday, Feb. 15
2 p.m.

Raised in Connecticut, Prudence Allen supported equal rights for all, marched in civil rights marches in the 1960s, and joined Dr King and his family. She will share memories and stories of her time.

Endre (Andy) Sarkany, Childhood Survivor of the Holocaust
Tuesday, March 24
7 p.m.

Sarkany speaks to students about his personal experiences during the Holocaust, living under the brutality of the Soviet regime in Hungary, and finding a home in the United States.

Share

Wildcat Girls Kick Off Basketball Season With Convincing Win Over Westbrook

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Girl’s Varsity team started their season strongly last Friday beating Westbrook with a convincing 53-29 victory. Playing on their home court, coach Don Bugbee commented enthusiastically, “It was a total team effort by everyone on both the offensive and defensive side of the game.”

Captain Emily DeRoehn, a Junior, notched 15 points with eight rebounds and seven steals while Sam Gray, also a Junior, scored 10 points, with three rebounds and four steals.

Share

Thinking About Regifting? Read More on This and Other Holiday Confessions


Thinking about regifiting one (or more) of those wonderful gifts you received on Wednesday?  Well, you’re not alone since according to a Holiday Confessions Survey, published on Reviews.org, more than half of Americans (58.52%) admit that they’ve regifted a present!

Read the full article with lots more confessions (e.g., more than two-thirds of us have peeked at our holiday presents early, three-quarters of us have kept a present we bought for someone else, and almost 30 percent of us have gone more than $500 into debt to pay for our holiday shopping) at this link.

Share

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Seniors Cravinho, Wells Receive Prestigious Superintendent/Student Recognition Awards

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser stands with CAPPS Superintendent / Student Recognition Awardees Elizabeth Cravinho and Trevor Wells after the students had received their awards at a ceremony held Dec. 10, in Old Saybrok.

LYME/OLD LYME — (Press Release) Elizabeth Cravinho and Trevor Wells, students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, have been awarded the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ (CAPSS) Superintendent/Student Recognition Award for leadership service to the school, academic prowess relative to ability, and service to others in the community at a ceremony held Dec. 10, 2019 at Saybrook Point Inn.

Ian Neviaser, Superintendent of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, made the presentation as part of a program designed by school administrators to recognize students who have served their schools and communities while maintaining good scholastic progress.

The Superintendent/Student Recognition Program awards a Certificate of Excellence at the discretion of the local superintendent of schools according to a distribution formula set for all state school districts. Awards are generally given during American Education Week in November in order to provide a meaningful focus for each school district and to enhance the quality of the certificate.

Cravinho’s citation states:

Elizabeth Cravinho is not to be underestimated. She may present as a petite young woman but beware, for she is an energetic and determined dynamo. When you give her a task, consider it done. This energy level comes in handy when you consider all that she juggles: USAG Junior Olympic Gymnast, Concert Band President, Spanish Honor Society Vice President, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society, Student Advisory Council and Student Leaders, all while taking a challenging academic schedule and exploring her career aspiration of Dentistry.

Even when she took a risk and decided to give up gymnastics, which she loved and had participated in her entire life, she was planning how to spend her new-found time by taking advantage of opportunities within Lyme-Old Lyme High School and the Lyme and Old Lyme communities. Her altruistic nature motivates her to volunteer at Christ the King Church, Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and Special Olympics.
 
This genuine young woman is as good as they come. She has an unprecedented work ethic, strong beliefs and the conviction to stand up for them and a sense of purpose to know it is her responsibility to make things happen in her own life while knowing when others need a helping hand.

Wells’s citation states:

Trevor Wells is a leader and role model at Lyme-Old Lyme High School known for his determined work ethic, leadership and his undying energy and involvement in so many worthy causes. A National Honor Society member and President of the Class of 2020, Trevor takes on the most rigorous courses and thrives in an academic environment. He is motivated by his strong curiosity and thirst for knowledge but he is just as committed to goodwill and kindness. Trevor has taken every opportunity here at Lyme-Old Lyme High School; for example, he loves to explore other points of view and takes three languages, Latin, Spanish and Mandarin – and performs excellently in all three. 

Trevor is an athlete and an outstanding member of this community who has been recognized repeatedly with leadership roles in many areas. He dedicates numerous hours to his role as Class President, captain of the cross-country team and the outdoor track team, co-founder of the Recycling Committee, and assistant coach for the youth lacrosse team. Trevor takes initiative and is dedicated in all his endeavors, Trevor is a natural leader, garnering immediate respect from his peers, as he steps into these positions with passion and grace. 

Trevor has been instrumental in the success of so many clubs and activities and has truly made a mark here within the Lyme-Old Lyme High School community. His impact has been broad and extensive, and his leadership and unstoppable energy have benefited so many. 

CAPSS, the statewide school superintendents’ professional organization, is based in West Hartford and provides professional development, personal support, statewide conferences, legislative information and educational services to its membership.

Share

Country School’s Goodman of Old Lyme Earns All-America Status at National X-Country Championships

Third-graders Laila Goodman of Old Lyme and Tillie Killam of Madison (pictured above) display their All-American awards received Dec. 14 when they took 1st and 9th place respectively in the Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships held in Madison, Wis.

OLD LYME — This past Saturday (Dec. 14), in cold and windy conditions in Madison, Wis., Laila Goodman of Old Lyme and Tillie Killam of Madison earned All-America status by taking 1st and 9th place respectively among 157 runners in the Junior Olympics (JO) Cross-Country Championships. Both girls are in third grade at The Country School in Madison, Conn.

Having finished 8th in the same competition last year in Reno, Nev., Goodman led the 7-8 girls’ race this year from start to finish, fending off challenges from top runners from California, New York, and 42 states to finish the 2K course in 8:01, five seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher.

Going to the National JOs for the first time, Killam needed a top-25 finish to become Country School’s third-ever All-American, and she earned it with a well-paced race and a fast finishing kick to flash across the line in 8:29.

Fellow classmate Lillian Clare of Madison raced in the 9-10 year-old division and blitzed the 3K course in 13:10 to take 94th out of 242 runners. Clare, Goodman and Killam qualified for Nationals by finishing in the top 30 in Connecticut and then the top 30 in Region 1, which includes all of New England, Long Island and the Adirondacks.

In national competition, Clare, Goodman, Killam and all Country School students run for Litchfield Track Club, whose 8 and Under girls cross-country team, led by Goodman and Killam, captured 4th place in the team competition Saturday against all the club teams in the United States.

The competition was held at the Yahara Hills Golf Course in Madison, Wis. Over 4,000 youth runners in ages 7 to 18 took part in the all-day competition.

In addition to Goodman and Killam, the Litchfield Track Club 8 & Under girls team included Gwen Krukar (Goshen) 65th, Alexa Johnston (Litchfield) 102, and Attie Bergin (Goshen) 115th. There were a total of 157 finishers in their race.

The team advanced to the finals by winning the Connecticut Association meet and placing 2nd in the Region 1 Championships on Long Island in November.

Due to a USATF rule that states to compete in a national event, a runner must turn age seven by December of that year, Country School 1st grader Liv Killam could not compete after qualifying for Nationals.

Also competing for Litchfield Track Club in Wisconsin were Annecy Vlieks of Madison (12:03 for 94th, 11-12 girls), Abbie Johnston (105th, 13-14 girls), and Branford’s Liam Watson (188th, 11-12 boys).

Founded in 1955, The Country School serves 200 students in PreSchool-Grade 8 on its 23-acre campus in Madison. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child. Signature programs such as Elmore Leadership, Public Speaking, STEAM, and Outdoor Education help prepare students for success in high school and beyond. See our community in action during our winter Open House on January 26 from 1-3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.thecountryschool.org.

Share