September 28, 2020

Ledge Light Confirms No New COVID-19 Cases in Past Week in Lyme, Old Lyme; Current Totals are 9 in Lyme, 27 in Old Lyme

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LYME/OLD LYME — Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) issued their COVID-19 summary for the week ending Sept. 25 just after 7 p.m. Friday evening.

The report showed nine cases for Lyme and 27 cases for Old Lyme including two fatalities. These are same totals that LymeLine reported on Monday, Sept. 21.

This report covers cases by town for all the towns in the LLHD — both Lyme and Old Lyme are included in the district. LLHD states their data may conflict with what DPH reports on their website, as there is often a delay in posting data at the state level. The data LLHD reports was current as of noon Friday.

The most recent case in Lyme was a 62-year-old female, while Old Lyme’s was reported Sept. 15 and is a 19-year-old female.

The nine cases in Lyme comprise four females and five males ranging in age from one- to 68-years-old.

Gender and age details of the confirmed cases in Lyme to date are:

  1. Male, age 34
  2. Female, age 61
  3. Female, age 34
  4. Male, age 1
  5. Male, age 34
  6. Male, age 20
  7. Male, aged 68
  8. Female, age 21
  9. Female, age 62

The number of surviving cases in Old Lyme ranges in age from 19- to 82-years-old and comprises 12 males and 13 females. The two fatalities were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

To demonstrate the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine.com has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced and also includes both fatalities.

DateCumulative no. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
May 113
May 1515
May 2616
June 817
June 1018
June 1419
June 2221
June 2422
July 1722
July 2823
Sept. 224
Sept. 426
Sept. 1527

Details of all Old Lyme’s confirmed surviving cases to date are as follows:

  1. Female, age 64
  2. Female, age 21
  3. Male, age 27
  4. Female, age 53
  5. Female, age 61
  6. Female, age 29
  7. Male, age 40
  8. Male, age 53
  9. Female, age 60
  10. Male, age 45
  11. Female, age 20
  12. Female, age 43
  13. Female, age 48
  14. Male, age 70
  15. Male, age 67
  16. Female, age 68
  17. Male, age 50
  18. Male, age 21
  19. Female, age 48
  20. Female, age 34
  21. Male, age 20
  22. Male, age 28
  23. Male, age 74
  24. Male, age 61
  25. Female, age 19

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case (#2 in the list immediately above) was tested in Florida, but used an Old Lyme address although she does not live here. Because she gave the Old Lyme address, Griswold said that LLHD must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

Residents and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources including the Ledge Light Health District website (www.llhd.org), Facebook (@LedgeLightHD), Twitter (@LedgeLightHD), and Instagram (@LedgeLightHD).

Editor’s Note: Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) serves as the local health department in southeast Connecticut for the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme as well as East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, North Stonington,  Stonington and Waterford. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, LLHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents in a more efficient manner by consolidating the services within one organization.

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Free ‘Introduction to Photography’ via Zoom Presented by CT Valley Camera Club, Classes Start Tuesday

Richard Spearrin will teach the upcoming free ‘Introduction to Photography’ classes.

LYME/OLD LYME — Have you ever wanted to take better pictures? Or wondered why your pictures are not always sharp? Or perhaps you are overwhelmed with all the adjustments of your camera?

The Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CTVCC) will host two virtual tutorials to enable beginning photographers to start taking better pictures and enjoy using their cameras. Classes are free and will be offered through Zoom.com software.

The instructor is Richard Spearrin from Essex, a member of the CTVCC Steering Committee.

Spearrin started learning the successful elements of photography during his high school years working for a small CT newspaper. Most recently he has become extremely active in exhibiting at multiple area venues, arranging photo shoots for the camera club and mentoring beginning photographers.

The first of the two sessions, “Principles of Photography,” will concentrate on understanding the basics of good photography: exposure, lighting, focus and composition. In addition, attendees will understand how to use their digital camera more effectively.

The second session is titled, “Fun Principles of Photography,” and will discuss specific photographic activities such as capturing fireworks; creating silky streams and waterfalls; capturing light streaks; stopping action and extreme close up. Flash photography is also included in the second session.

Each session is scheduled for one hour and 30 minutes to accommodate questions and answers. And it does not matter if you use a smartphone, a point and shoot camera or a high-end adjustable camera.

As Ansel Adams, renowned environmental photographer, said, “A camera did not make a great picture any more than a typewriter made a good novel”. A good photograph is based on the heart, eye, and soul of the photographer.

Classes are free and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

To register, send your name and email address to Richard Spearrin at wrspearrin@yahoo.com.  You will receive an invitation to attend the Zoom meetings prior to the first class.

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In-Person Services Today at FCCOL (Outdoors), Saint Ann’s, Christ The King (Indoors), All with Online Options; Lyme Church, S, Lyme Chapel Stay Online

LYME-OLD LYME — The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is holding a live, outdoor service at 11 a.m. this Sunday. Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church and Christ The King Church are offering in-person services, the latter with a restricted number of congregants. All three churches also offer an online option while the First Congregational Church of Lyme continues with an online service this Sunday, Sept. 27.

CHRIST THE KING CHURCH:

Public attendance is now allowed at all Masses (Monday through Friday at 8 a.m.; Saturday at 5 p.m.; and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) in accordance with directives from the Norwich Diocese.

All who attend are required to wear face masks, use hand sanitizer, and follow social distancing guidelines.

All Masses will be live-streamed via Zoom for those who cannot come to church or are in a vulnerable population and wish to stay home..

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

The Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still suspended.

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

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF LYME:

Reminders for church services will be sent only to those that opt in by emailing pastorsusanolson@gmail.com. Email Pastor Susan Olson at pastorsusanolson@gmail.com or Emily Bjornberg for the URL to view the Sept. 27 service.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF OLD LYME:

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme will hold a live, outdoor worship service on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m.

While recognizing that the pandemic is still ongoing, the ministers believe the local situation has changed enough to experiment with holding a live, outdoor Sunday worship service – while, of course, following public safety guidelines and using the utmost caution. So they will lead a live, outdoor service on the front lawn of the church, from the steps of the Meetinghouse.

If you wish to attend, you must call or email the church office at 860-434-8686 or fccol@fccol.org to reserve your space:

  • Give your name and the number of people in your party, and indicate whether you all belong to the same household (and thus can be grouped together).
  • You will be contacted to confirm your reservation.
Here are the details of how the service will work:
    • Squares will be traced on the lawn with chalk, spaced 12 feet apart from each other. Individuals or families who make a reservation will receive a square to sit in during the service.
    • Each square will be limited to the members of a single household; and people must remain inside their square at all times in order to maintain social distancing. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on.
    • The number of squares will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • If there are no open squares available, people will be welcome to stand along the sidewalk – spaced 6 ft. apart from others.
    • Everyone must observe social distancing. While it may be tempting to hug or embrace those you haven’t seen for a while, that’s a temptation best resisted.
    • Masks will be required. The church will have extra masks and hand sanitizer on hand for those who may need them.
    • The church’s bathroom facilities will not be open.
    • While the service is open to all, everyone is urged to exercise all appropriate caution and reasonable judgment about whether they personally should attend.
    • The service will be filmed and made available online for those who cannot or should not be with us in person. By late Sunday night or early Monday morning, a video of the worship service will be posted on the church website, Facebook page and YouTube page – and a written version of the sermon and the Order of Worship for the service will be posted in the Virtual Meetinghouse.

In case of inclement weather, church leaders will communicate 24 hours in advance about how the Sep. 27 service will occur – that is, live and outdoors as planned, or online only.

SAINT ANN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH:

Saint Ann’s offer one, in-person service on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. that will also be available “live” on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. Later in the day, the recorded Zoom service will be available on their Online Worship Services page.

For those who attend the 9:30 a.m. service, there will be some new traditions. Six feet social distancing, wearing of masks, and sanitizing of hands will be practiced and there will be no communion, choral music nor coffee hour.

The priest, Vestry and ushers will give guidance on procedures – there will be signs as well.

Bible Study will be offered at 11 a.m. via Zoom.

SOUTH LYME UNION CHAPEL:
Worship services are being held online at 10 a.m. each Sunday. All are welcome. Email Karen Geisler at karengr007@gmail.com for connection details.

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Old Lyme VNA Offers Free Flu Vaccinations to LOL Residents, Oct. 10

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association will offer free, drive-by flu vaccinations to residents of Lyme and Old Lyme on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

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Blessing of the Animals at Saint Ann’s, Oct. 4

OLD LYME — On Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m., there will be a brief service and blessing of all creatures great and small at Saint Ann’s Parish in the outdoor pet garth on the property at 82 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT.

To commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assis, the Rev. Dr. Anita L. Schell will be blessing all of the pets present: dogs, cats, birds, fish and others.  You may bring a photo of your pets if it is difficult for your pets to attend the blessing. There will also be an observation of extinct species as well as recognition of endangered species around the world.

Please note that all pets should be leashed, tethered or caged for everyone’s safety and convenience.  All pet owners and guests should wear a mask and respect social distancing.  A pet treat, as allowed, will follow the service for each of the blessed animals.

Don’t miss the fun and opportunity to remember the life of St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the patron saint of ecology and animals.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Partnership for Social Justice, OS March for Justice Hold Next Event in Deep River, Wednesday

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Partnership for Social Justice and the Old Saybrook March for Justice will co-host their next Teach-In/March Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Deep River. Participants will gather in front of Deep River Town Hall.

The speaker will be Professor Jeffrey O’Leary, an associate professor of humanities at Mitchell College in New London.

All are welcome. It is requested that everyone should wear a mask at the event.

The Old Saybrook March for Justice is an inclusive and welcoming coalition of friends and neighbors, who care deeply about basic human rights.

Their mission statement states, ” 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. 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.”

The schedule for subsequent marches is as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Old Saybrook – in front of ‘the Kate’ with speaker Professor Blight, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Frederick Douglass.
All marches are on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For further information and to raise any questions, email osbmarch@gmail.com with any questions.
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Old Lyme Historical Soc., Duck River Garden Club Present Zoom Program on ‘Salt March Haying,’ Wednesday

Salt Marsh haying in progress. Photo courtesy of the Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, N.H.

OLD LYME — What is Salt Marsh and why was this grass so prized in Colonial times?

The Old Lyme Historical Society and Duck River Garden Club will provide the answers in a Zoom presentation titled, ‘Salt Marsh Haying,’ which they are co-sponsoring, Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.

Shaun Roche, Visitor Service Manager with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, will speak to the historic uses and  the eco-value of our salt marshes. 

All are welcome. Email info@oldlymehistorical.org to obtain a link to  this event.

from the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge

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Win a Subaru! High Hopes Hosts a ‘Raffle for a Cause’

A 2020 Subaru Forester 2.5i is the first prize in this year’s Raffle for a Cause sponsored by High Hopes of Old Lyme, CT and Reynolds Subaru of Lyme, CT.

OLD LYME — High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is holding a raffle in which the first prize is a 2020 Subaru Forester 2.5i. The second prize is an Apple i-Pad Mini and the third an Amazon Echo Show. Reynolds Subaru of Lyme is High Hopes’ raffle partner for this event.

All proceeds from the raffle benefit the programs at High Hopes.

Tickets are $50 each, two for $90, four for $180 or five for $225.

The raffle will be drawn during a live feed at noon on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Winners will be notified immediately following the drawing. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

All federal, state and local taxes on prizes are the winner’s responsibility.

Visit this link for full details of the raffle.

Buy your tickets at this link!

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Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center Presents the ‘Great Eats’ Raffle, Benefits Conservation Efforts

Gift certificates at a variety of shoreline eateries valued at $400 each are on offer as prizes in the ‘Great Eats’ raffle hosted by the RTPEC.. Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash.

OLD LYME — Purchase a Great Eats raffle ticket and support the conservation of our land, waters and the species that inhabit them.

Enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to some of the Shoreline’s finest eateries, valued at $400 each. Certificates will offered from eateries including:

  • Alforno Trattoria & Bar,
  • Atlantic Seafood,
  • Bar Bouchee,
  • Carlson’s Landing,
  • Fromage Fine Foods,
  • Griswold Inn & Wine Bar,
  • La Marea,
  • Liv’s Oyster & Restaurant
  • Old Lyme Inn
  • Pasta Vita Inc,
  • The River Tavern,
  • Rustica Restaurante,
  • Weekend Kitchen

Only 250 tickets will be sold.

Winners will be notified Oct 8, 2020 via email.

Raffle funds will benefit shoreline restaurants and support the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center’s efforts to strengthen the Southeastern Connecticut community and environment using three complementary approaches: Education, Research and Advocacy.

Drawings will be held on October 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. and can be seen on Facebook Live.

Purchase tickets at https://ibidmobile.net/greateats/reservations/

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COVID-19 Case Numbers Unchanged in Old Lyme, Lyme; Totals Remain at 26 in OL (Including 2 Fatalities), 8 in Lyme

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LYME/OLD LYME — This past Friday afternoon, Sept. 11, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) issued their weekly report of COVID-19 cases by town for all the towns in the health district they cover. Both Lyme and Old Lyme are included in that district.

The numbers reported on Friday (Sept. 11) showed no change from those we reported earlier in the day, when we said Old Lyme had a total of 26 cases including two fatalities while Lyme has a total of eight.

On Friday, Sept. 4, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) reported two new COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme and one in Lyme. The new cases in Old Lyme are both male, ages 74 and 61 respectively. The new case in Lyme is a 21-year-old female.

The number of surviving cases in Old Lyme ranges in age from 21- to 82-years-old and is equally divided between males and females with 12 of each. The two fatalities were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

The eight cases in Lyme comprise three females and five males ranging in age from one- to 68-years-old.

To demonstrate the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine.com has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced and also includes both fatalities.

DateCumulative no. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
May 113
May 1515
May 2616
June 817
June 1018
June 1419
June 2221
June 2422
July 1722
July 2823
Sept. 224
Sept. 426
Sept. 1527

Details of all Old Lyme’s confirmed surviving cases to date are as follows:

  1. Female, age 64
  2. Female, age 21
  3. Male, age 27
  4. Female, age 53
  5. Female, age 61
  6. Female, age 29
  7. Male, age 40
  8. Male, age 53
  9. Female, age 60
  10. Male, age 45
  11. Female, age 20
  12. Female, age 43
  13. Female, age 48
  14. Male, age 70
  15. Male, age 67
  16. Female, age 68
  17. Male, age 50
  18. Male, age 21
  19. Female, age 48
  20. Female, age 34
  21. Male, age 20
  22. Male, age 28
  23. Male, age 74
  24. Male, age 61

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case (#2 in the list immediately above) was tested in Florida, but used an Old Lyme address although she does not live here. Because she gave the Old Lyme address, Griswold said that LLHD must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

Gender and age details of the confirmed cases in Lyme to date are:

  1. Male, age 34
  2. Female, age 61
  3. Female, age 34
  4. Male, age 1
  5. Male, age 34
  6. Male, age 20
  7. Male, aged 68
  8. Female, age 21

Residents and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources including the Ledge Light Health District website (www.llhd.org), Facebook (@LedgeLightHD), Twitter (@LedgeLightHD), and Instagram (@LedgeLightHD).

Editor’s Note: Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) serves as the local health department in southeast Connecticut for the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme as well as East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, North Stonington,  Stonington and Waterford. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, LLHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents in a more efficient manner by consolidating the services within one organization.

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So Much on Offer at Lymes’ Senior Center — Even When It’s Closed!

Lymes’ Senior Center Board Chair Jeri Baker (right) and Carole Diffley (left), the Center’s Kitchen Manager, take some well-deserved time out while helping at the Drive-Thru Pick-Up Parade held at the Center last month.

LYME/OLD LYME — September is National Senior Center Appreciation Month and Jeri Baker, who serves as chair of the Lymes’ Senior Center Board of Directors, would like the communities of Lyme and Old Lyme to celebrate the fact that they have a thriving, buoyant Senior Center in their midst.

She is quick to point out, however, that this is in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created major challenges for the Center since March of this year in terms of both its danger to the health of seniors and the fact the Center has been forced to close because of it.

Lymes Senior Center Director Stephanie Gould

Baker comments, “It is hard to believe that there could be much to celebrate during this pandemic; but under the tireless efforts of Director Stephanie Gould, the Lymes’ Senior Center is still a huge part of the lives of seniors in our communities.” 

She explains, “It is now a model virtual world of opportunities and vital information.  Stephanie, our volunteers and staff maintain constant contact with our members online and in person through calls and mailings.” 

Asked to expand on the ways in which the Center has kept engaged with the Lyme-Old Lyme senior community during its closure, Baker notes that the center currently offers 15-23 exercise classes weekly, and these are also open to the greater communities regardless of membership.  Over 200 residents participate at this point.

She also notes that with a monthly calendar collaboration with other centers throughout the state, 75 additional free programs are also offered through Zoom. These offers include lectures, entertainment, virtual games, discussions, and other group activities in an effort to keep or seniors connected and entertained.  

Baker is effusive in her praise for how Gould has responded to the pandemic, saying, “At the very beginning of the pandemic and once the center physically closed, Stephanie sprang into action to conduct outreach to our members, especially those most vulnerable and who may not have online access.”

Baker adds, “Right now, volunteers, staff and the director personally keep in touch with weekly calls to 200 seniors through this effort and 70 more through direct mailing,” and in fact, online communications, personal contacts and the Center’s newsletter reach all members every month at minimum.

Another event that sparked a really positive response happened in August. Baker explains, “Last month we held a Drive-Thru Pick-Up Parade, at which seniors, who were required to followed all safety precautions, drove around the building to greet us as we dropped several useful and entertaining items into a bag for them. Some members even dressed up and decorated their cars.” 

Baker says enthusiastically, “This was the first in-person event held since the pandemic started, and it was such a pleasure to see so many friendly faces!”

The exterior of the Lymes’ Senior Center on Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme.

There are numerous other ways that the Center is helping its members and these include volunteers, who deliver books and puzzles to members. Another is a table outside the Senior Center building, which has free books, puzzles, magazines, word circle and crossword puzzle packets for seniors to pick up and borrow.

And a third is that, in conjunction with the Estuary Council of Seniors, Lymes’ Senior Center continues to serve over 50 residents weekly through their Meals on Wheels and “Grab and Go” food curbside program. 

Baker concludes positively, “Since there is no projected reopening for the Center at this time, we will maintain our efforts and expand them as well to reach all members and to inform the greater community about our work.” 

Editor’s Note: For more information about the Center and all the opportunities it offers, contact Lymes’ Senior Center Director Stephanie Gould at 860 434-1605 ext. 240 or seniorcenter@oldlyme-ct.gov. Reach Jeri Baker, Chair of the Lymes’ Senior Center Board of Directors, at 860 434-0781 or Jbaker262@comcast.net.

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High Hopes Announces New Member to Board of Trustees

Nancy Bulkeley

OLD LYME — Nancy Bulkeley, Senior Community Affairs Representative for Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, has joined the board of trustees for High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme.

“High Hopes is thrilled to have Nancy joining our Board.  Her familiarity with not only the mission and services of High Hopes but the surrounding community will be a tremendous asset,” says Kitty Stalsburg, Executive Director at High Hopes.

Stalsburg continues, “Nancy’s commitment to helping both organizations and individuals is visible in her long history within southeastern CT.  She is a champion for many causes that will enhance our well-being.  We are excited to work with her to build additional collaborations and strategic alliances within the area to ultimately improve not only access to services but also to maximize the impact of those services.”

Bulkeley has been in the Nuclear Industry for 24 years, in the areas of human resources, communications and public affairs.  In her current position, she is responsible for representing her company and its policies and programs in the community.

Bulkeley is the primary interface to local governmental and community groups not only in nuclear related discussions but as a key interface for the local charities that are part of Dominion’s focus as a responsible member of the community.  She supports education programs through tours, community outreach, special events, and establishes and promotes minority outreach programs.

Having served on committees and boards for several non-profit organizations in her community, Bulkeley currently serves as Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition Board Chair and is on the CorePlus Credit Union Board of Directors.

“I am truly looking forward to working with the dedicated board members and staff who are making a difference is so many lives,” says Bulkeley.

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Local Residents Form ‘Lyme-Old Lyme Partnership for Social Justice’ to Support Education Reform, Affordable Housing, Police Accountability


LYME/OLD LYME –
A group of nearly two dozen area residents – consisting of both students and adults – have gathered together to form the Lyme-Old Lyme Partnership for Social Justice to energize local efforts aimed at supporting education reform, affordable housing and police accountability in Lyme, Old Lyme and New London. 

The all-volunteer group’s mission is to educate residents on important topics of social justice and call attention to opportunities where citizens can support local, state and national social- justice efforts. The partnership has formed four task forces so far: 

  • The Task Force on Education Reform is working with school administration and the school board to assist in these groups’ efforts to foster changes in curricula, provide diversity training for school staff, recruit teachers of color, establish a zero-tolerance policy for racism and create a diversity committee of staff, parents and students. 
  • The Task Force on Affordable Housing is focused on increasing the availability of affordable housing. 
  • The Task Force on Police Accountability is focused on supporting regional and state efforts to reform the criminal justice system. 
  • The Task Force on New London Partnerships is focused on establishing an ongoing working network between the partnership and New London-based organizations. 

The group plans to: 

  • arrange informative monthly seminars, meetings and/or webinars to educate area residents on social justice issues; 
  • appear before appropriate town boards and commissions that oversee issues of social justice; and 
  • forge an active network of residents willing to contact their elected officials by phone, mail or email on issues of importance; and submit letters to the editor to local media. 

The group can be found on this Facebook page and reached by email at LOLPartnership4SJ@gmail.com.

New members are welcome to join.

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Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center Launches Urgent Fall Fundraising Campaign

Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center on Lyme Street has launched a fall fundraising campaign.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center (OLCLC) on Lyme St. has announced a fall fundraising effort, saying in a letter from the board to supporters and friends, which is also posted on their website, “As a non-profit organization, we have certainly felt the impact of COVID-19 at the Center these past few months.”

The OLCLC board comprises Kristen St. Germain (president), Nicole McCarthy, Marie Ryan, and Elizabeth Sked.

The board continues in their letter, “We recently reopened our doors on Aug. 3, after temporarily closing due to the health crisis in our nation. We are slowly gaining our parents and families back but, unfortunately, not without a huge financial strain on the Center.

Thanks to the dedication of our OLCLC community, we continue to offer the best child care services to our families. The legacy of Constance Pike carries on through the hard work of the OLCLC Board of Directors, the directors, the staff, as well as through the support of the families and friends of the Center who continue to back our facility and programs each year.

As we continue to work hard to stay above water and to support the many essential workers who need quality child care for their children, we are reaching out to our current and former patrons hoping you will all consider us in your donations this upcoming school year.

We do not take it lightly that for over three decades, parents have placed their trust in OLCLC to provide safe, nurturing programs for their children. Of course, this caliber of care comes with a price tag.”

The letter notes that due to COVID-19, this year’s planned Holiday Home Tour fundraiser has had to be cancelled. The Tour, of which LymeLine.com was proud to be a sponsor, typically raises over $10,000 towards OLCLC’s funding.

Explaining how they have managed to maintain their funding to date, the letter states, “Because we were fortunate to receive one of the federal payroll grants, we were able to maintain most of our staff through this crisis, but now have to dip into our savings to continue to run effectively. Those staff members we did lose left us for teaching positions or because of their own health reasons …

… On top of all this, we are also facing licensing restrictions under COVID-19, so our normal revenue has been drastically impacted. We have been fortunate to get a licensed RN on board to assist us with our COVID-19 protocols and we are thrilled to report that our safety measures in place continue to make the Center a safe place for all of our children and families.”

Finally, the board asks, “We reach out to you today with a plea to help us through these difficult times so we can maintain the wonderful programs that Connie Pike started and made a reality for families in Southeastern Connecticut. The daycare industry as a whole has been impacted terribly through this ordeal and although we have a dedicated Board of Directors, directors, staff, and families helping us in any way they can, we are going to need more financial support to get back up and running comfortably again.

Please consider a contribution to our Special Fund that we hope will allow us to continue to be an asset to families who are certainly struggling to find care for their children and find themselves having to go back to work again. Please visit our website if you can make a contribution to our Center. We have a donate button established that will allow you to make a donation immediately.

Alternatively, online donations can be made at this link. We will also, of course, accept donations via the mail.

We are grateful for any consideration you may give to helping us get back on our feet. With your help, we will hopefully be able to keep OLCLC a fundamental part in the development of our community’s children for many more years to come, even through the pandemic we are all facing.

Editor’s Note: The OLCLC is located at 57 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT 06371. Contact the Center at (860) 434-1728 or visit www.olclc.com.

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Hoelzel of Old Lyme Participates in the ‘Great Cycle Challenge’, Raises Funds to Beat Children’s Cancer

Chris Hoelzel. Photo submitted.

OLD LYME — Chris Hoelzel of Old Lyme has a very good reason for participating in the Great Cycle Challenge this month, because when he was six-years-old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

He was extremely fortunate to recover and tells LymeLine, “I will be 38 this year and I’m still going strong!”

Hoelzel isn’t taking things easy though. Determined to give back to the cause closest to his heart, this is now the third year in succession that he has joined the Great Cycle Challenge.

The Challenge raises money to benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, enabling them to continue their work to develop lifesaving treatments. The organization’s ultimate hope is to find a cure for childhood cancer.

Hoelzel, who has lived his whole life in Lyme and Old Lyme — first attending Lyme Consolidated and then graduating from Lyme-Old Lyme High School — has set himself a goal of riding 99 miles during September.

Chris Hoelzel as a boy, around the time he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Now he rides to support research into childhood cancer.

He joins 133,366 other riders throughout the US, who together  — as at today’s date — have already ridden a total of 946,603 miles and raised an astonishing $7,664,391.

After setting himself a personal target of raising $2,500.00 by the end of September, Hoelzel is delighted to report that he has already ridden more than 35 miles and raised almost $1,500.00.

Hoelzel says enthusiastically, “Getting out on a bike riding and raising money to fight kids cancer is a win-win. Every dollar counts when it comes to this cause.”

Expanding on why he feels so passionate about the cause for which he is riding, Hoelzel notes, “Right now, cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States. Over 15,700 children are diagnosed every year, and sadly, 38 children die of cancer every week.”

He adds, “Kids should be living life, not fighting for it,” urging people to donate to his ride because, “Your support will change little lives.”

If readers would like to support Hoelzel’s Great Cycle Challenge and his ride to fight kids’ cancer, visit his fundraising page at this link.

Editor’s Note: Go, Chris … we’re so proud of you!

 

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New COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Old Lyme, Total Now 24 Including Two Fatalities

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OLD LYME/LYME — A new COVID-19 case has been identified in Old Lyme where the number of confirmed cases now rises to 24 including two fatalities. Ten of the surviving cases are male and the remaining 12 are female. The two fatalities were a 61-year-old female and an 83-year-old male.

To demonstrate the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine.com has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced and also includes both fatalities.

DateCumulative no. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
May 113
May 1515
May 2616
June 817
June 1018
June 1419
June 2221
June 2422
July 1722
July 2823
Sept. 224
Sept. 426
Sept. 1527

Details of all Old Lyme’s confirmed surviving cases to date are now as follows:

  1. Female, age 64
  2. Female, age 21
  3. Male, age 27
  4. Female, age 53
  5. Female, age 61
  6. Female, age 29
  7. Male, age 40
  8. Male, age 53
  9. Female, age 60
  10. Male, age 45
  11. Female, age 20
  12. Female, age 43
  13. Female, age 48
  14. Male, age 70
  15. Male, age 67
  16. Female, age 68
  17. Male, age 50
  18. Male, age 21
  19. Female, age 48
  20. Female, age 34
  21. Male, age 20
  22. Male, age 28

Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case (#2 in the list immediately above) was tested in Florida, but used an Old Lyme address although she does not live here. Because she gave the Old Lyme address, Griswold said that LLHD must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

There have been no new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Lyme since our last report when the cumulative total in that town was seven.

The latest case, which was reported Aug. 24, is a male, aged 68. The seven cases comprise two females and five males ranging in age from one- to 68-years-old.

Gender and age details of the confirmed cases in Lyme to date are:

  1. Male, age 34
  2. Female, age 61
  3. Female, age 34
  4. Male, age 1
  5. Male, age 34
  6. Male, age 20
  7. Male, aged 68

Residents and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources including the Ledge Light Health District website (www.llhd.org), Facebook (@LedgeLightHD), Twitter (@LedgeLightHD), and Instagram (@LedgeLightHD).

Editor’s Note: Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) serves as the local health department in southeast Connecticut for the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme as well as East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, North Stonington,  Stonington and Waterford. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, LLHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents in a more efficient manner by consolidating the services within one organization.

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Old Lyme Church Donates $25,000 to HOPE Partnership to Support its Affordable Housing Efforts

Gathered for the $25,000 check presentation are (from left to right): Loretta McCluskey, HOPE Operations Manager; Larry Freundlich, HOPE Board; David Carswell, HOPE President; Steve Jungkeit, FCCOL Senior Minister; Tony Lyons, HOPE Board; and Mary Tomasetti, FCCOL.

OLD LYME – The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) has made a $25,000 donation to the HOPE Partnership to help the nonprofit organization achieve its mission of building affordable housing along the Connecticut Shoreline and in recognition of the losses the Partnership experienced two years ago in its attempt to bring affordable housing to Old Lyme.

In making the contribution, Rev. Dr. Steven R. Jungkeit, the church’s senior minister said, “During its efforts to bring affordable housing to Old Lyme in 2018, the HOPE Partnership expended more than $100,000 on land deposits, architect fees, engineering fees and legal fees – a loss that has severely impaired its ability to continue its mission.  It is our hope that this contribution, which was made possible through the generosity of two anonymous donors, will help the Partnership recover from that loss and continue its good work  – and we encourage other individuals and charities to support the Partnership with additional contributions.”

In accepting the contribution, Tony Lyons, a volunteer leader and former board chair of HOPE Partnership, said, “HOPE is overjoyed by this expression of generosity and confidence in HOPE’s work, which will help the organization to recover from the losses incurred in 2018.  We are so grateful for our partnership with the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme in promoting diversity and inclusion in our region.”

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New Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Lyme, Takes Total to Seven; Old Lyme Holds at 21 Cases Plus Two Fatalities

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LYME/OLD LYME — Stephen Mansfield, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) Director of Health, confirmed to LymeLine.com in an email Saturday evening (Aug. 29) that a new COVID-19 cases has been confirmed in Lyme taking the cumulative total in that town to seven.

The latest case, which was reported Aug. 24, is a male, aged 68. The seven cases comprise two females and five males ranging in age from one- to 68-years-old.

Gender and age details of the confirmed cases in Lyme to date are:

  1. Male, age 34
  2. Female, age 61
  3. Female, age 34
  4. Male, age 1
  5. Male, age 34
  6. Male, age 20
  7. Male, aged 68

Meanwhile, no additional cases have been identified in Old Lyme where the number of confirmed cases remains at 23 including two fatalities. Nine of the surviving cases are male and the remaining 12 are female. The two fatalities were a 61-year-old female and an 83-year-old male. The most recent case identified in Old Lyme was a 20-year-old male on July 28.

To demonstrate the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine.com has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced and also includes both fatalities.

DateCumulative no. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
May 113
May 1515
May 2616
June 817
June 1018
June 1419
June 2221
June 2422
July 1722
July 2823
Sept. 224
Sept. 426
Sept. 1527

Details of all Old Lyme’s confirmed surviving cases to date are now as follows:

  1. Female, age 64
  2. Female, age 21
  3. Male, age 27
  4. Female, age 53
  5. Female, age 61
  6. Female, age 29
  7. Male, age 40
  8. Male, age 53
  9. Female, age 60
  10. Male, age 45
  11. Female, age 20
  12. Female, age 43
  13. Female, age 48
  14. Male, age 70
  15. Male, age 67
  16. Female, age 68
  17. Male, age 50
  18. Male, age 21
  19. Female, age 48
  20. Female, age 34
  21. Male, age 20

Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case (#2 in the list immediately above) was tested in Florida, but used an Old Lyme address although she does not live here. Because she gave the Old Lyme address, Griswold said that LLHD must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

Residents and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources including the Ledge Light Health District website (www.llhd.org), Facebook (@LedgeLightHD), Twitter (@LedgeLightHD), and Instagram (@LedgeLightHD).

Editor’s Note: Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) serves as the local health department in southeast Connecticut for the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme as well as East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, North Stonington,  Stonington and Waterford. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, LLHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents in a more efficient manner by consolidating the services within one organization.

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Sound View Donuts on Sale This Morning, Proceeds Benefit 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.
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Old Lyme VNA, LYSB Distribute Almost 1,000 Free Masks in Back-to-School Event Held Thursday

Careful signage and directions from LYSB volunteers helped Thursday’s event run smoothly. File photo.

OLD LYME — Yesterday, Aug. 20, the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association (OLVNA) and the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau held a back-to-school mask giveaway at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS.)  This was their second mask giveaway and drive-through event at the LOLHS. 

Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau volunteers directed traffic while the team from OLVNA distributed packages containing surgical masks and LYSB resource cards.  

Close to 1,000 surgical masks were distributed at the event to Lyme and Old Lyme residents along with about 200 LYSB resource cards.  The resource cards contain information for those who are most affected by COVID-19, and include numbers to call for help and where to get food assistance.

So far this summer, the two groups have distributed around 7,500 masks and 1,500 resource cards to the Lyme-Old Lyme community.   

The OLVNA has determined that these drive-through events are one way to provide health services while maintaining social distance.  For this reason, the OLVNA’s annual October Flu and Wellness Clinic will probably be held as a drive-through event at the high school this year. 

Details of the October Flu and Wellness Clinic will be published on LymeLine.com as soon as they are available. 

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