July 16, 2020

LYSB, Local Social Services Launch Summer Lunch Program Today

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is launching the community’s first Summer Lunch Program for families who have been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19, or qualify for the SNAP or Free/Reduced Lunch Programs.

Funded by private donations, the Summer Lunch Program is organized by LYSB in partnership with the Social Services Departments from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.

Free and nutritious lunches will be distributed curbside between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. behind LYSB on the middle school driveway, starting Thursday, July 16, and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 20.

Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau Director Mary Seidner explained, “The school lunch program ended in June and we wanted to fill the gap to help feed children whose families are struggling to afford their basic needs.  Our community is so generous when neighbors need help.”

Seidner adds, “We are working with local restaurants to provide much of the food, and the lunches will be delicious!”
Lunches will be provided to any child 18 and under.

To learn more about LYSB’s Summer Lunch Program, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit www.lysb.org


Old Lyme Library Hosts Two Virtual ‘Adventures in the Antarctic;’ Caryn Davis to Speak via Zoom, July 28

Brian Greenho will discuss his adventure in the Antarctic July 16 in a Zoom event hosted by the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

OLD LYME — 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Connecticut sailor and explorer Nathaniel Palmer. To celebrate, the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is hosting two programs under the title, ‘Adventures in Antarctica,’ via Zoom in the coming weeks.

The first program is being held Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. when local resident Brian Greenho will share his adventures hiking and skiing the mountains of Antarctica along with stunning photos of the scenery and wildlife taken during his travels. He will also include some entertaining stories about training and preparing for his trip.

See amazing photos of Antarctica by Caryn B. Davis in a July 28 virtual presentation hosted by Old Lyme’s PGN Library. Photo by Caryn B. Davis.

The second program takes place Tuesday, July 28, also at 6:30 p.m. when local photographer Caryn Davis will share her stunning images of Antarctica. Davis fulfilled a lifetime dream when she traveled to ‘The White Continent’ in January of this year and will offer insights on climate change, eco-tourism impact, and the allure of Antarctica. She will also discuss the history and environment of the continent and explore Connecticut’s connection to it.

Registration is required in order to to receive an email invitation for these Zoom events.

To register, email kbalocca@oldlymelibrary.org noting which program(s) you would like to attend.


‘The Bizz’ Goes Virtual, Deadline for Audition Video Submissions is This Friday

OLD LYME — In a creative response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is hosting its enormously popular Annual Youth Talent Show, The Bizz as a virtual performance this year.

It will be streamed free online Friday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m.

The deadline to submit acts is this coming Friday, July 17. The rules pertaining to video submission are as follows:

• Email video submissions to lysb@lysb.org .
• Include all names and ages of performers in your email.
• All submissions must be prerecorded and sent by Friday, July 17th.
• All submissions must be under 2 minutes in length.
• All submissions must be shot in landscape mode with good lighting and sound (LYSB will be in touch if your video does not meet these criteria). You may be asked to re-film.
• Depending on the number of submissions, LYSB reserves the right to edit video to make them shorter in length.
• Group acts are encouraged, but please be respectful of social distancing.  Be creative with editing.
• No lip-synching.
• All acts must have lyrics that are appropriate for a family audience.
• One act per person.  You cannot participate in more than one act.

If you have questions or comments, contact Missy Garvin at lysb@lysb.org prior to sending your video.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Zoom Presentation on Historic Furniture Care, Preservation, July 30

Join a Zoom presentation July 30, hosted by the Old Lyme Historical Society on how to care for and preserve historic furniture and wooden artifacts.

OLD LYME — In cooperation with the Old Lyme Historical Society, nationally recognized wood conservator and lecturer Tad D. Fallon will make a Zoom presentation Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. on the care and preservation of historic furniture and wooden artifacts.

Topics include how furniture conservators examine objects, what they look for, and how they formulate intervention strategies. Tips on surface examination techniques, deciphering patina, and identifying past interventions will be discussed, and examples presented.

Collections upkeep and some do’s and don’ts of furniture care will be outlined. This talk is filled with practical knowledge that will interest anyone with family heirlooms, wood furnishings, or detailing in their home they want to preserve for future generations.

Immediately following the talk, there will be an informal question-and-answer session. Zoom participants are welcome to share visuals of their objects for discussion.

For more information, visit this link.

To register for this free presentation, email info@oldlymehistorical.org


All Lyme, Old Lyme Churches Continue Online Services Today, CTK Also Offers In-Person Masses for (Max.) 100

LYME-OLD LYME — In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, all churches in Lyme and Old Lyme are again planning online services for this Sunday, July 12. Christ The King, however, will also offer in-person masses with a restriction on the number of congregants.


At Christ The King, public attendance will now be allowed at weekday mass only (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.), in accordance with directives from the Norwich Diocese.  All who attend will be required to wear face masks, use hand sanitizer, and follow social distancing guidelines. This mass will continue to be live-streamed via Zoom for those who cannot come to church or are in a vulnerable population and wish to stay home..

Details of this weekend’s services are as follows:

Public attendance is now allowed at weekend Masses, as announced by Bishop Cote.  Christ the King Church will return to its usual schedule of Masses: 5 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

All who attend will be required to wear face masks, use hand sanitizer, and follow social distancing guidelines, and attendance will be limited to no more than 100 at each Mass.  Because of this, a brief survey has been created — just three questions — which will helps determine how many parishioners to expect at each Mass. 

If you are sick, have a fever, or think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, stay home.

The Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still suspended, and Masses will continue to be live-streamed via Zoom for those who cannot come to church or prefer to stay home.

Click here for links to participate to live-streamed Masses.


Email Pastor Susan Olson at pastorsusanolson@gmail.com or Emily Bjornberg for the URL to view the Sunday service.


Visit this link for today’s (July 12) service.

The Church will host a Fellowship Hour via Zoom at 10 a.m. this morning. Visit this link for more details of how to access the event.

Online services are available at this link.


Worship services are being held online at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Email Karen Geisler at karengr007@gmail.com for connection details.


Lyme Church Offers “Hate Has No Home Here” Yard Signs for Sale

Selam Olson.13, displays one of the yard signs being sold by the First Congregational Church of Lyme. Selam is the daughter of Susan Olson, who serves as the church Pastor. Photo submitted.

LYME — The First Congregational Church of Lyme is partnering with Hate Has No Home Here to sell yard signs to members of the community. The signs show the message in a number of languages.

Lyme First Congregational Pastor Susan Olson notes, “While we’re a church, the movement is not related to a religion or political party–everyone can participate.”

Asked why the church decided to start selling the signs, Olson explains in a text to LymeLine, ” I came across the Hate Has No Home Here Project while doing some research for a sermon a few weeks back. I liked the origin of the project. It comes from a residential neighborhood in Chicago, mostly focused on families in walking distance of one particular elementary school.”

She continues, “A third grade child coined the phrase and the neighbors created the signs. The idea has spread like wildfire across the globe.”

Pointing out, “The project made sense for us at Lyme Church. We bought 100 signs to resell because we know that 100 signs denouncing hate will make a big splash in the Lyme area, whereas in a larger town like Hartford or New Haven, it would be harder to see them as part of a movement.”

“As Christians,” Olson adds, “We are deeply concerned about current events, about the deep stain of racism, and how hatred in all its forms is poisoning our communities and our world. We wanted to respond in a way that includes the whole community–not just our church–and the sign campaign seemed to be a good place to start.”

She concludes, “We hope that many of our neighbors and friends will join us in saying that hate has no home here.”

The signs are being sold for $6. The next opportunity to purchase signs will be Sunday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the church parking lot.

Those wishing to buy a sign should bring a check payable to First Congregational Church of Lyme or exact change. Distribution of signs at the church will be contactless. The church’s Facebook page states, “Drive up, pop your trunk, drop your money in a box outside your window and off you go. We’re spreading love, not germs!”

Once a sign has been obtained, people are invited take a picture of their family with their sign and the church will post it (with appropriate permissions) on the church’s social media accounts.


It’s Donut Day! Sound View Donuts Are on Sale at Weekend, Benefits Shoreline Community Center

OLD LYME — The Sound View Beach Association, Inc. (SVBA) in Old Lyme is a community organization and usually only holds events from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day. However, due to restrictions from the Coronavirus pandemic, the SVBA is unable to hold their usual activities this year.

The SVBA’s main fundraiser is selling doughnuts on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day.
The freshly-made, delicious doughnuts will be on sale at the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave, Old Lyme, from 7 to 10 a.m. or until sold out.

It is now possible to preorder the donuts. The Advance Donut Order Form is at this link.

There are three ways to place your order:

  1. If you would like a Word document of the form, request it via email from Gail Fuller at gfuller2@aol.com
  2. Print the form, complete it, scan it and return it to gfuller2@aol.com
  3. Email gfuller2@aol.com with your name, beach address, phone number, details of order, and which day you will be picking them up (Saturday, Sunday or Labor Day.)

Advance orders must be picked up by 9 a.m. on the day requested. The order cannot be guaranteed after 9 a.m.

All sale profits benefit the Shoreline Community Center.

Two Ministers – Jack Madry of New London, David Good of Old Lyme – to Speak at Old Saybrook March for Justice This Evening

The Old Saybrook March for Justice meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in front of ‘the Kate’ in old Saybrook to hear speakers and then march down Main St.

OLD SAYBROOK/LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Saybrook March for Justice is an inclusive and welcoming coalition of friends and neighbors, who care deeply about basic human rights. The group gathers each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in front of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook — the Kate — where they listen to speakers and then, immediately following the speeches, march peacefully up and down Main St. All are requested to wear masks.

Their mission statement says, ” We are outraged by centuries of structural racism in this country. We stand with Black Lives Matter. We listen, learn and act. We understand that silence is not an option and we will not be bystanders to white supremacy.”

The statement continues, “We aim to be allies and antiracist. We are respectful, nonpartisan and inclusive. We welcome all who share our values. We educate ourselves and join in weekly marches.”

Signs were held high at a previous rally as the marchers crossed Main Street in Old Saybrook.

Today, Wednesday, July 8, all are welcome to meet at the Kate at 6 p.m. for a teach-in followed by a march.

Rev. David W. Good, Minister Emeritus of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

The speakers at this evening’s event will be Rev. Jack Madry from New London and Rev. David Good from Old Lyme. The question they will address is: “What role should the faith community be playing in advancing our national movement on racial justice?”

Rev. Jack Madry is the pastor of the Madry Temple, a predominantly Black congregation in New London, named in honor of Pastor Jack’s father.  Rev. Jack Madry is also an accomplished jazz pianist and for many years performed at Mashantucket. 

Rev. David W. Good is the Minister Emeritus of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, a predominantly White congregation. 

Through many years of interracial friendship, the two congregations have shared picnics, jazz concerts, volleyball games and church banquets.  Their ministers have preached in each others’ pulpits and shared Christmas and New Year’s Eve worship services.

Out of this friendship, the two congregations have partnered with Habitat for Humanity, building houses in New London County, starting first with a home on Pattagansett Road in East Lyme on land donated by Judy and Phil Simmons, members of the Old Lyme church. In Salem, members and friends of both churches had the honor of working side by side with Rachel Robinson — wife of Jackie Robinson, the great player and pioneer in racial justice — on land she donated to Habitat for Humanity.  

Representatives of each church then traveled to South Africa, along with Rachel Robinson and Emmanuel Red Bear (a proud descendant of Sitting Bull) to take part in the Jimmy Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity, working side by side with Black choir members from Soweto and Johannesburg. 

To celebrate Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and the end of Apartheid, Madry Temple and The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme organized the “World House Tour” for a 50-member choir from South Africa that performed throughout New England and New York, including the Garde Theater in New London. 

“World House” came from Martin Luther King Jr.’s book, “Chaos or Community: Where Do We Go From Here?”  In the last chapter, Dr. King recommended that all imagine that the human race had inherited a large house — a World House — in which all the races, religions and nationalities had to learn how to live together in peace.


A New Independence Day Parade Tradition Starts on Rogers Lake

In the spirit of Independence Day, Lady Liberty stood tall on board one of the boats.

OLD LYME — Undoubtedly disappointed that both the Sound View and Lyme Independence Day parades were cancelled this year due to COVID-19 concerns, Rogers Lake residents took matters into their own hands and came up with an inspired solution to the social distancing issue associated with parades.

Rogers Lake West Shores Association President Dave Evers (standing center) waved cheerfully to the lakeside onlookers.

They organized at very short notice the “1st Annual Rogers Lake 4th of July Boat Parade,” which was held Saturday morning. It lasted over and hour and was in the words of the Rogers Lake West Shores Association (RLWSA) Facebook page author, “a complete success.”

Appropriately-decorated boats of all shapes and sizes joined the cheerful parade, which Maureen Plumleigh described succinctly to LymeLine as, “Colorful, noisy and just plain fun.”

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) took the opportunity to enjoy the day out on the water … and do a little campaigning for the upcoming election!

We are very grateful to the RLWSA for sharing their great photos with us of this wonderful new tradition so that our readers can now enjoy the event too!

Flags … and fun!




Saint Ann’s Nearly New Shop in Old Lyme Reopens for Sales

The Nearly New Shop of Saint Ann’s Parish.

OLD LYME — The Nearly New Shop of Saint Ann’s Parish will start accepting consignments again Monday, June 22. The Shop will be open every day next week through Friday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Shop will reopen for sales starting Wednesday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Henceforward, it will be open every Tuesdays through Saturdays at the same time.

Clothes for consignment should be clean, wrinkle free, and on hangers. Forms should be filled out with item detail or can be provided at the time of your visit.

All customers are reminded that properly worn face masks must be worn at all times while visiting the Nearly New Shop and similarly social distancing must be practiced at all times.

The Shop is located  at 70 Shore Rd. (corner of Shore and Mile Creek Rd’s.)

The Shop management says, “We are beyond excited to be opening our doors once again. Although you won’t be able to see our smiles when you walk in the door, know we’ll be grinning ear to ear under our masks!”


Old Lyme Library Celebrates Phoebe’s 122nd Birthday with Ice Cream, Smiles

All photos by Martha Shoemaker.

OLD LYME — The Phoebe Griffin Noyes (PGN) Library in Old Lyme celebrated its 122nd birthday yesterday by serving 122 ice creams — well, actually it was around 200!

Smiling library staff and volunteers were out in force on the grounds of the PGN Library fronting onto Lyme St. waving signs …

… saying how pleased they were to see community members again and encouraging those who were driving or walking by to stop and accept a brown bag, which contained …

… an ice cream and a book mark about this year’s Read. Explore. Learn! summer program.

Ably supported by the Old Lyme Police Department, people of all ages cheerfully accepted brown bags from staff.

Phoebe herself, aka Mary Dangremond, stopped by to take in the festivities. Dangremond has been portraying Phoebe for many years at numerous events.

Established as a free public library in 1897 and dedicated in 1898, the building construction was funded by the generous gift of Charles H. Ludington in honor of his mother-in-law, Phoebe Griffin Noyes.
In the photo above, Eleanor Hufford carefully hands a bag to Library Director’s daughter Maggie Huffman.

Asked how she felt the event had gone, Library Director Katie Huffman replied enthusiastically, “It was such a heartwarming day! …

… We were so pleased to share a bit of fun with the community and to say thanks for their support. And of course, it was fabulous to see some of our patrons after all these months of isolation!”

The ice cream was supplied by the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe and …

… sponsored by the Old Lyme Historical Society and the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce.

The PGN Library itself remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 and ongoing interior renovations.

If you need assistance using their online resources, help connecting to local or regional services, or general research assistance, call 860-598-0490 and a staff member will assist you from home.

The Library will begin accepting returns on Monday, July 6. All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours in compliance with state and CDC requirements.

Due to this, the book drops will remain closed, but materials may be dropped off at the Library during the following times:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The PGN Library staff and board anticipate reopening in a limited capacity later in July once the shelving and collections are back in place.



Lyme Ambulance Association Seeks IT Volunteer, Four Hours Per Month

Carl Clement (left) accompanied by George Mooney and other members of Lyme Ambulance Department march in the 2017 July 4 parade. File photo by C. Judy.

LYME — Lyme Ambulance Association is looking for a volunteer Information Technology Person to assist with a variety of tasks including simple web updates (training is available), interactions with the hosting provider and monitoring the donation widget.

The approximate time requirement is four hours each month, but could be longer if desired.

For further information, contact Ariana Eaton at 860.510.2815 or deputychief@lymeambulance.org


Happy Father’s Day!

Photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash

Happy Father’s Day to all our readers who are fathers or serve as father figures in someone’s life.

And to celebrate the day, here are a few of our favorite quotes on the subject of fathers and fatherhood – feel free to share yours!

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.”
– Unknown

“A father picks you up when you fall, brushes you off and lets you try again.”
– Unknown

“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.”
– Frank A. Clark

“Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.”
– Mike Myers

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.”
– Umberto Eco

“Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.”
– Charles Kettering

“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons.  And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”
– Walter M. Schirra, Sr.


Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation’s 15th Annual Walk Goes Virtual, Registration Now Open

LYME/OLD LYME — Registration for the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation’s 15th annual walk is open.

This year, the foundation is hosting a “Virtual Walk to Cure Breast Cancer” on Saturday, Oct. 3, but participants can walk, run or bike anywhere they choose at any time. Registration is available online at www.TBBCF.org

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, registration will be open through the end of October. A few virtual events are planned on or around Oct. 3, the designated Walk Day. The plan is to be able to gather together again in person, as a foundation, the first Saturday in October, 2021.

The registration fee is $25 and is non-refundable. Participants must be 12 and older. Because this is an extraordinary year, and the potential challenges around fundraising are recognized, fundraising targets for 2020 have been reduced as follows: $150 for all walkers and $100 for cancer survivors and students, ages 12 to 22. As in past years, all fundraising should be completed by the end of the year.

The foundation acknowledges and supports the many participants, who set their own fundraising goals, and raise much more money for breast cancer research than required.

Although the format of the signature walk has changed for this year, the mission stays the same – a commitment to fight breast cancer by directing 100 percent of gross fundraising dollars directly to breast cancer research.

Since 2020 is virtual, the foundation hopes friends and family from across the country and the globe will join in this fundraising event.


Old Lyme VNA Hands Out Around 3000 Masks to Lyme, Old Lyme Residents at Drive-Through Event

OLVNA volunteers gather for a photo during the mask distribution event held at Lyme-Old Lyme High School yesterday. All photos by Michellee Spiers.

OLD LYME — “I think that this was the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association’s (OLVNA) first drive-through event, so we were a little worried going in, but then it came off without a hitch.” That was how OLVNA coordinator Holly Lyman summed up yesterday’s face mask distribution, which the organization held at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Some 3000 masks and more than 500 LYSB Resource Cards were handed out at no charge to Lyme and Old Lyme residents.

Asked how many masks the volunteers had handed out, Lyman replied by email, “We have not yet done a count, but we think we gave away 2500 to 3000 masks along with about 500 to 600 of LYSB’s wonderful resource cards.  We think we had about 500 to 600 cars come through the event.”

Careful signage and directions from volunteers made the event go smoothly.

Saying that overall, “The event went very well,” she noted Lyme and Old Lyme residents had to show proof of residency to receive five free face masks per car. Drivers were directed by signage and volunteers to a pick-up station in the high school driveway curbside.

An Old Lyme Volunteer Nurse hands a package of masks to an appreciative driver.

Lyman commented, “It was really fun working with different groups in the community.  We got brilliant support from LYSB [Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau], which helped pay for the masks, and also from Ledge Light Health District, Old Lyme Emergency Management, Lyme Social Services, Lyme Emergency Management, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Old Lyme Police and Rangers, and local representatives,” adding immediately, ” … and I hope I did not leave anyone out!”

Taking a few minutes out towards the end of their hectic day, these Old Lyme Volunteer Nurses were able to reflect on a job well done.

Responding to a question as to why the OLVNA had organized the event, Lyman said in her email, “As Connecticut reopens, face masks are one of the ways for people to keep themselves safe and help keep the community safe from the coronavirus.  We wanted to make these masks as generally available as possible.”

Editor’s Note: We thank sincerely all those who made yesterday’s event possible, especially the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association,  which serves both Lyme and Old Lyme.


Peaceful Rally & March for Racial Justice Planned in Old Lyme

A peaceful march and rally for racial justice is planned for Saturday at 1 p.m. in Old Lyme.One of the organizers, Anna Reiter of Old Lyme, explained to LymeLine, “The goal of the march and rally is to allow the community to stand together against racial injustice and offer opportunities for community members to realize that microagressions are things that we can learn about and correct in our everyday lives.”Participants will start by meeting and lining up along the sidewalk in front of the Old Lyme Town Hall and then will proceed down Lyme Street to the lawn of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.Plans are still being developed but speakers will include Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold, Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal, Rev. Dr. Steve Jungkeit of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and Human Rights Attorney David Rubino, who is also the Democratic candidate for the 23rd House seat in November’s election.

Following speeches, everyone will be guided into a moment of silence while kneeling down.

Reiter stressed, “We really want this to be a meaningful and powerful event for attendees.”


Quixotic Quarantine: One Man’s Musings


Fritz Jellinghaus

I went out to the car this afternoon, the first time in two months since being quarantined, hours spent searching the house and every coat pocket for my car keys which I finally found in the freezer underneath a package of frozen peas where I must have dropped them coming in from the market, pre-quarantine, in a hurry to do something that I can’t now  remember I used to do.

The peas might well have been contaminated by then, so I washed the package and every package adjacent to it, including one-by-one about thirty ice cubes. You can’t be too careful.

I didn’t remember the code to open the garage doors, so I had to go back into the house and look it up on the paper taped to the refrigerator door marked in big red letters, “Confidential Personal Codes.” There it was, 36-2-547. Phew. The pharmacy was holding a prescription I couldn’t remember ordering, and it had to be picked up by five today. It was now 4:45. 

When I got into the car and started the engine, easy enough, the windshield wipers were still on from the rainy night pre-pandemic when we came back from dinner with friends we now only see during longer and longer cocktail visits via Zoom. I didn’t have time to look up “Wipers” in the car manual which was somewhere in the trunk under molding clothes awaiting the re-opening of my dry cleaner. 

So off I went, ignoring passing drivers beeping and pointing fingers at their windshields, flashing high beams in friendly warnings of police ahead, which I would have acknowledged if I’d been able to find my own headlight whatchamacallit. There were 18 cars ahead of me at the pharmacy drive-in window, and I could have listened to music or news if I’d hit the right knob instead of the one that rolled down the two back windows. 

When I got to the front of the line—the 5 p.m. deadline extended, the sign said, until midnight—I couldn’t remember which knob opened the driver’s window so I started to get out of the car door, wearing a mask and gloves, when the woman inside, wearing a mask and gloves, screamed at me to stay in the car so she could hand me my prescription through the window.

I had to crawl over the front seat into the backseat to the only car window that was open. I took the prescription and contorted myself back into the driver’s seat, too embarrassed to look at her. 

“You know it’s not raining, don’t you?”

I didn’t know what I knew. The wipers, the entire car, was a complete mystery. I might as well have been piloting Apollo 252.

The prescription was a mystery, too, and I pulled the car to the side of the parking lot to open the package. I didn’t care that I forgot the sanitizer pads to wipe it clean. Inside was a small bottle: three tablets, 5 mg, Valium.

Too little too late.

Cream Cheese

I ate an entire block of cream cheese yesterday.

Not in a sandwich or on a bagel like a civilized quarantined person, but like an oink at the trough, as if it were the last bit of cream cheese on the planet. And not with a teaspoon or off the end of a knife, either, but with a device that could have been manufactured by John Deere for heavy lifting.

They say when the lockdown is over, there will be lots of pregnant women, alcoholics and fat people. I’m doing my share.


Staying Home.

I just stumbled across my calendar, blew off the dust, and saw that I have to go out next week to pick up meds.

I’ve been so used to a sedentary life—coddled by the comforts of home and blessed by Cynthia’s congenial company and our neighbors who have shopped for us, old and at-risk as we are—that the thought of cleaning up my act, shaving and combing my hair, all eight of them, makes me, frankly, cranky.

If the meds aren’t going to improve my attitude any time soon, I’ll pick them up some time next year.


Old Lyme Residents Asked to Paint Kindness Rocks

Kindness rocks!

OLD LYME — The Town of Old Lyme Kindness Committee is asking residents to consider painting kindness rocks with supportive sayings. The finished rocks can be dropped off in a box outside Memorial Town Hall (52 Lyme St.) any time. The rocks will be distributed to Meals on Wheels, the Lymes’ Senior Center, and the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.

“We want to provide the community with another positive outlet during this challenging time, while also spreading hope and encouragement to our vulnerable populations,” said Kindness Committe Chair Michelle Noehren. “Sometimes all it takes to turn someone’s day around is a small gesture of kindness, and we hope that providing these rocks to those who need support will help them through the harder days.”

Last month the Kindness Committee encouraged residents to submit videos thanking the administrators, teachers, and staff at Lyme-Old Lyme Schools for their hard work and dedication in helping students transition to distance learning. 

During each meeting of the committee since the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the state, members have been generating ideas about how to build community, support those who are struggling, and offer ways for residents to help.


Facts & Figures from Old Lyme EMS; Who Does What at a Vehicle Accident Scene, Managing the COVID Crisis in Old Lyme

CategoryJanuary 2020February 2020March 2020
Traumatic Injury131
Breathing issues149
Abdominal pain101
Chest pain751
Cardiac arrest001
CVA (stroke)010
Altered Mental Status204
Traffic accident (MVA)1794
Medical device143
Hazardous Material (HazMat)300
Lift Assist100
Fire assistance for PT's130
Allergic reaction000
Psychiatric/Abnormal Behavior435
Poisoning, e.g., CO2 200

OLD LYME — Traffic accidents for the three-month period from January through March of this year totaled 30, whereas incidents involving pain/sickness increased to 45. 

We are coming out of winter and hoping traffic accidents due to inclement weather will slow down, though we will likely see an increase in traffic accidents in our area as summer approaches. Some reasons for this include: distraction from sun glare, more people (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists) outside, teenagers home from school, and an increase in road construction projects. 

Also, as residents are aware, Old Lyme’s traffic increases significantly during the warmer months with summer residents and beach visitors. We can also expect more traffic with the near-future lifting of the Covid-19 self-isolation. 

Old Lyme Ambulances generally respond to accident scenes.

When an accident occurs on local roads, town or state police, ambulance(s) and sometimes fire trucks and apparatus will respond. In addition to service vehicles, many volunteers show up on the scene in their private vehicles to assist with numerous tasks including obtaining patient information, vitals, fetching equipment and then securely replacing it back in the ambulance before transport to the ER. 

If a paramedic arrives on scene and travels with the patient in the ambulance to the ER, then the volunteer can drive their paramedic vehicle and follow the ambulance to the ER. This way, the paramedic will have their paramedic vehicle for the next call without having to be dropped back off at the scene. There are many reasons why it’s important to have extra hands on deck.

In most cases, it is important for volunteers to arrive at the scene of the accident prior to the ambulance’s arrival. Volunteers are able to stabilize the patient, obtain invaluable information by sizing up the scene, and documenting personal information including the patient’s  medication list, vital signs, nature of the illness or injury and more. As a result, by the time the ambulance and crew arrive, much of the initial work is completed and if needed, the patient(s) can be transported to the ER sooner.

A new stretcher system facilitates moving a patient into an ambulance.

Ambulances use a siren with red and white emergency lights to inform traffic that they are on the way to a call. During an active emergency and on the way to the scene, volunteer EMTs and EMRs use green lights in their vehicles (volunteer firemen use blue lights.) Whenever you are driving and see a vehicle with these lights approaching, please move safely to the shoulder so the First Responders can get to the scene. 

All EMT’s and EMR’s carry a trauma bag with lifesaving First Responder equipment so that, when arriving on the scene, they can radio to 911 dispatch or the responding ambulance the location of the emergency, for example, if a home is not marked well or if patient is injured on a trail. Also, they will request additional services if needed, such as police, paramedic, additional ambulance, extra man power, or the LIFE STAR helicopter.  

With Covid-19 still prevalent, respiratory distress calls more than doubled in March. Chief Tom Rozanski, President Claire Haskins, Vice President Dave Musto and Deputy Chief Juan Tirado of the Old Lyme Emergency Management Services (EMS) Executive Committee have been very busy coordinating virtual meetings for emergency preparedness with town Emergency Operations Committee, chaired by Old Lyme Fire Marshal Dave Roberge. Included in the meeting are Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold, Old Lyme Selectmen Christopher Kerr and Mary Jo Nosal, Resident State Trooper Matt Weber and town officers, and Old Lyme Fire Chief Steve Super.

The Old Lyme EMS Executive Committee has also had virtual meetings with other surrounding town ambulance departments.  Due to the demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), when supplies becomes available, a volunteer quickly offers to pick them up.  Many hands lighten the load.

Old Lyme EMS thanks the residents in advance for allowing us to serve our community. If you are interested in joining, call 860-434-0089. There are always two EMT’s manning the Cross Lane building from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., unless they are responding to a call. In light of the current social distancing protocol, it is best to call about how to obtain an application.  


Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club Cancel This Year’s Classic Car Show

This year’s planned Classic Car Show hosted by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club has been cancelled. It has been held contemporaneously with Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival for the last several years.  Photo by Lyme-Old Lyme Lions

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club has announced today that their annual Classic Car Show will not be held this year. The Car Show usually takes place at the Bee and Thistle Inn during the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival.

In a message to LymeLine and in statement published on the Club’s Facebook page, Lion Phil Parcak said, “After the cancellation of the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, it is with deep regret that the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Classic Car Show will not be held this year.”

He notes that the Car Show and the Pancake Breakfast are the Club’s largest fundraisers and the funds raised from those events are used to fund high school scholarships.

Parcak concludes, “Our Club will get through this and continue to serve the community.”