July 12, 2020

Old Lyme’s Moriarty Wins Patriot League’s 2019-20 Outstanding Leadership & Character Award.

Maegan Moriarty of Old Lyme has been named the Patriot League’s female recipient of the 2019-20 Outstanding Leadership and Character Award.

OLD LYME — Holy Cross senior women’s rower and Old Lyme resident Maegan Moriarty is the Patriot League’s female recipient of the 2019-20 Outstanding Leadership and Character Award. Moriarty was selected along with Loyola Maryland sophomore men’s swimmer Jimmy Hayburn in a vote by the Senior Woman Administrators (SWA) from each of the League’s member institutions.

The Patriot League established the Outstanding Leadership and Character Award to recognize and honor individuals who demonstrate excellence in leadership and service while participating in Patriot League athletics. One male and one female student-athlete have been recognized since the award’s inception in 2011-12.

Maegan Moriarty has rowed for all four of her years at Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., serving twice as captain.

Moriarty is a two-time team captain of the Holy Cross women’s rowing program. As a freshman, she helped the Crusaders’ second varsity eight boat to a bronze medal at the 2017 Patriot League Championship. She has rowed with the program’s first varsity eight-boat since her sophomore season in Worcester.

But the two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection’s impact has not been limited to her time on the water.

“Moriarty was the lone senior on a team that suffered a horrendous tragedy right on the cusp of the women’s rowing season,” said Aaron Dashiell, Holy Cross’s Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Development. “During the program’s annual preseason training trip to Florida this year, a beloved member of the Holy Cross community and rowing team was killed in a van collision. This accident occurred with half the team, including Maegan in the van.

Dashiell continued, “Upon returning to campus and attending a number of wakes, funerals and memorial for their fallen teammate, everyone looked for Maegan to be their rock and she was. Maegan, missing teeth due to the accident, was the first one to coordinate a team meeting with the counseling centers. She organized a weekly meeting for her and her teammates to meet with counseling. Recognizing the trauma her team had been through, she could be viewed as the team mom.

Moriarty told LymeLine by email, “I feel incredibly flattered to be selected as the female winner of this yearly award.  It is an honor to represent Holy Cross!  I am confident that support from my family, teammates, friends, professors and administrators at the college, especially after the accident, made this award possible.”
Asked about her plans after graduation, Moriarty responded, “This coming August I will start as a National Sales Analyst at PepsiCo headquarters in Westchester, NY.  I am thrilled to return to the company after my internship in eCommerce there this past summer.”
Moriarty received a bachelor of arts degree Cum Laude from College of the Holy Cross on May 22, 2020.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, Holy Cross hosted a virtual celebration for its Class of 2020, featuring a special message from Holy Cross alumnus Dr. Anthony Fauci ’62, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Moriarty was among 707 students who received electronic diplomas as part of the event.

The virtual celebrations will be followed by an in-person commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 to be held in spring 2021.

Moriarty is the second Crusaders’ student-athlete to be recognized, joining 2018-19 honoree Declan Cronin (baseball), while Hayburn is the first Loyola Maryland student-athlete to collect the Patriot League’s Outstanding Leadership and Character Award.

Provided the minimum conduct standards are met, any Patriot League student-athlete and/or team is eligible for the award.

The definition of leadership and character for the purposes of this award includes but is not limited to any of the following ideals: demonstrated Leadership on the “field” of competition and within the campus community; promotes a leadership vision for the betterment of one’s team or teammates; mentorship of teammates; role model on campus; active participation in on-campus and/or community service projects; perseverance in overcoming hardships; demonstration of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Maegan is the daughter of John and Brenda Moriarty of Old Lyme.



Lyme Senior Siblings Stay Together Through Refugee Journey, Find New Community (from The Day)

LYME — For Lyme-Old Lyme High School seniors Kamber and Darin Hamou, the last four years have been a lesson about the importance of family both at home and within a community.

Having grown up in Aleppo, Syria, the siblings escaped the country as refugees in 2013 with their parents, Hani and Yadiz, as well as their younger brother, Mohammad, who is now 15, after the Syrian civil war broke out.

Before arriving in Lyme in May 2016, the family endured and fled from bombing attacks in their neighborhood, crossed the Syrian-Turkish border while …

Visit this link to read the full article by Mary Biekert and published June 9 on TheDay.com.


Meet the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2020!

File photo of the Class of 2019 celebrating their graduation in the traditional manner.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Class of 2020 will celebrate their graduation this coming Friday with a drive-up ceremony, which will be followed by a parade through the town.  It is hoped that as many community members as possible will come out onto  Town Woods R., Boston Post Rd., Lyme St. and McCurdy Rd. to cheer the graduates as they drive by in their appropriately decorated vehicles.

Although the Governor decided late last week that outdoor graduation ceremonies could take place from July 6 and henceforward, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools retained their planned date of June 12 since another of the governor’s stipulations was that ceremonies could only be for up to  150 people including the graduates. Since LOLHS will be graduating 127 students, a single ceremony was not an option.

It has been a very strange year for these students since they have not been in school since March 12, so rather than wait until Friday, which would be our normal policy, we decided we would celebrate them in a variety of different ways throughout this week.

We start today with a link to a video, which features every single graduate with their names. The video was made by Vicki Griffin and her son Tanner, who is a senior at LOLHS.




Lyme Town Hall Now Open to the Public Three Days a Week

First Selectman of Lyme Steven Mattson

LYME — (From a press release issued by Lyme First Selectman Steven Mattson) Lyme’s Town Hall and Library are reopening gradually as buildings and work spaces are modified to reflect recommended public health protocols, while obtaining more data on trends of the local infection rate from public health authorities, and pursuing the ability to provide testing for staff.

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, both buildings welcomed back staff only to prepare the spaces and serve residents when possible. Any service to patrons will take place outside the building, without contact, as was the process shortly before the current closure.

On Monday, June 8, depending upon the infection rate in New London County and the availability of testing for staff, the public will have access to both buildings three days a week. (Staff will continue a full week schedule.)

    • Town Hall will be open to visitors Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with limits on the number of simultaneous visitors and a requirement that all visitors wear masks inside the building and maintain social distancing.
    • The Library will be open to patrons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with limits on the number of simultaneous visitors and a requirement that all visitors wear masks and gloves inside the building while practicing social distancing.

A return to all normal operating hours for both buildings is tentatively projected beginning Monday, July 6. This date will, however, be entirely dependent upon the level of infection in the community at that time.

The following protections for staff and visitors will be observed in these facilities:

  • Staff must wear masks when in contact with others and in common areas.
  • Visitors must wear masks and the number of visitors inside a building at one time will be limited. Masks will be provided to visitors, if needed. Gloves will also be required in the Library and will be made available.
  • Residents will be requested to use mail, phone or email whenever possible to limit the number and duration of in-person visits.
  • Acrylic barriers will be placed in areas of high visitation to provide additional protection.
  • Hallways and aisles will be made one-way to reduce contact with others.
  • Social distancing protocols will be required and observed. Limits will be placed on the number of visitors present at any one time in each building.
  • There will be a limit of 1 visitor in any office or in the Town Hall vault. Vault access will be by appointment and the use of gloves will be required.
  • One bathroom in each building will be reserved for staff use only.
  • In-person meetings of staff, boards or commissions will be limited to groups of five or less, and public health protocols (masks, social distancing) must be observed. Increases in the allowable size of groups will follow the guidelines of the Governor as they are relaxed.
  • There will be no use of meeting rooms or seating areas by the public.
  • Each building will be cleaned twice per week and staff will disinfect on an ongoing basis.

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.”


Take a Hike on Old Lyme’s Newest Open Space, the McCulloch Family Property

OLD LYME — (taken from a press release issued by the Old Lyme Open Space Commission) The Old Lyme Open Space Commission welcomes you to the “officially open” McCulloch Family Open Space on National Trails Day, June 6.

The newest town open space property has three trails, all with well-marked entrances.

“Tree in the Gap” trail:  This trail is accessed from Whippoorwill Rd., but note the trail begins in a temporary earthen parking area.  The Commission advises walkers to be cautious entering and exiting the area, particularly after a rain, when tires may slip.  When the town receives approval, a gravel parking lot will be constructed.

Yellow trail: This trail is accessed off Whippoorwill Rd.  A parking area is adjacent to the trail.  Both the McCulloch Family Open Space and the Deborah and Edward Ames Open Space, across the road, share parking in this area. It is important to note the parking area is adjacent to private property, which the owner has graciously allowed the town to use, so the Commission urges people using the parking area to respect property boundaries.  

Red trail: A third trail begins from Flat Rock Hill Rd. Parking is permitted on the road cul-de-sac.  Again, the Commission requests that walkers should respect homeowners’ property as the trail briefly runs alongside a private driveway.

Rook’s Meadow & Jimmy’s Pond

A beautiful meadow overlooking a peaceful pond is a short walk from the “Tree in the Gap” trailhead.  A hand-hewn bench is in the meadow (with additional facilities to be added later).  The Commission suggests this is a wonderful spot for quiet contemplation, plein air painting, reading a book or just taking a relaxing lunch break.  

Jean Vasiloff, in a past interview, said, “This was really my mother’s land,” and the Open Space Commission chose to honor (Vasiloff’s mother) Rook, and her husband Warren McCulloch, with its naming. Jim Mildrum, a life-long property resident and now one of its land stewards, was similarly honored for the pond he created alongside the meadow.

Lay Preserve: The McCulloch Family Open Space is connected seamlessly with the Old Lyme Land Trust’s Lay Preserve offering an option of longer hikes.  

A map of the McCulloch Family Open Space is now available on the town website. The Commission is pleased to offer a new option for walkers and hikers in the form of downloadable maps accessible via your smartphone with a QR code found on the trail kiosks at each entrance.  Paper maps can still be printed from the website. 

Point your smartphone’s camera at the QR code and you will see a drop-down section or link to the “hiking” section within the Old Lyme Open Space website.  Access the map and open it on your device.

Since the town closed on its McCulloch property purchase last September, volunteers have devoted hundreds of hours toward this opening.

In the fall, the beautiful property was simply not ready for visitors — there were no trails. Old farm fencing criss-crossed the property and the existing conservation easement did not allow for parking.

The Open Space Commission worked with the Old Lyme Land Trust to blaze and map its new trails.  It partnered with the Connecticut Hiking Alliance to pull fencing. 

Students from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, with safe social distancing, helped to groom trails this spring.

Legal work proceeded to modify The Nature Conservancy (TNC) easement to allow construction of permanent off-road parking. 

At present, TNC and the State Attorney General have approved an easement modification, but a last legal step of judicial approval was halted when state courts closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Over this time, trail markers have been posted, kiosks and gates constructed, and signs purchased and mounted, all to make the open space experience as safe and pleasant as possible.

Warren and Rook McCulloch, with their children, moved to Old Lyme in the late 1920’s, and purchased about 450 forested acres on the cusp of the Great Depression.  

Over the years and generations, the McCulloch property served many purposes – a summer camp for city children, a working farm attracting kids who came to work and stayed, and a breeding farm for Morgan horses. 

Warren and Rook’s children, Dave McCulloch, Jean Vasiloff and Taffy Holland, so loved the property they gave The Nature Conservancy a conservation easement to “protect and preserve” the property in perpetuity.

Now it is the town of Old Lyme’s turn to safeguard this lovely land.

The Open Space Commission asks only that hikers and visitors respect the property and leave trails in the condition you find them (or better).  There are no trash bins, so take out all your waste, including that of dogs.

Per safety guidelines, maintain a social distance of six feet and, if that is not possible, wear a face covering.

The Commission notes National Trails Day is the perfect opportunity to, “Take a Hike,” and enjoy the truly special McCulloch Family Open Space.

Here at LymeLine.com, we say kudos and congratulations to everyone involved in this wonderful project which will benefit the town for generations.


Inaugural Online Exhibition at Lyme Academy Now on View, Features Artwork by Lyme School Students

“Nature Rings,” a remarkable work by Morgan Buerger, Grade 5, is on view in the “Art is … Elementary” online exhibition, hosted by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, which opens June 5.

OLD LYME — Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is launching a new online gallery with an inaugural exhibition titled “Art Is … Elementary. Selected Works by the Fine Artists of Lyme Consolidated School, Lyme.” The exhibition will be open for viewing Friday, June 5.

Lyme Academy has hosted the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools K-12 “Youth Art Show” in the Sill House Gallery for more than 30 years. This year, which would have been the 35th annual show, had to be cancelled since all schools in Connecticut were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,

This delightful work, titled,”A Mandolorian Cuteness,” by Renee Viera, Grade 4, is included in the online exhibition.

The revitalized Academy has been expanding into the online arena in recent months offering both lessons and demonstrations. “An online gallery therefore seemed the next logical step,” explains Kimberly Monson, Instructor and Programming Director at Lyme Academy, adding, “It’s a way to offer our community a means to share art.”

This cheery”Happy Frog” by Colton Schroder, Grade 1, is on show in the new exhibition.

Asked how this particular show featuring student artists from grades K-5 at Lyme Consolidated School came about, Monson says, “It felt like these kids were experiencing a lot of loss. It’s hard enough for them to be away from school, their teachers and their friends, but then to have all of the extra-curricular activities cancelled as well, that’s an awful lot to take away” Lyme Consolidated School art teacher, Jennifer Pitman adds,“The pandemic has cost us so many of our cherished traditions. I’m really glad that this is one tradition we’ve been able to uphold.”

“The Amazing Principle” by Jonah Scheckwitz, Grade 4, is an instantly-recognizable drawing of the real Lyme School Principal James Cavalieri.


Monson went on to explain, “Jen [Pitman] and I felt this was something we could give back to the kids. It’s a way to celebrate them with an exhibition, which is still hosted by Lyme Academy.”

This evocative work, titled, “A Sunset Reflection,” by Brooke Burgess, Grade 5, is featured in the upcoming show.

Pitman credits Monson with really making the show happen, noting, ““I’m really grateful for Kimberly’s support. Showing our students’ art on the Lyme Academy’s new Online Gallery is a real treat. It’s exciting for the kids to be able to see their work displayed by such a prestigious institution. And she provided a big assist by putting the exhibition together.” Monson was well-suited to serving as a catalyst for the show since, in addition to her employment at Lyme Academy, she is also a professional, working artist.

“On The Rails” by Zak Benedetto, Grade 2, utilizes wonderful colors.

Pitman concludes, “The annual Youth Art Show is a real highlight for me. I hope all of the students and their families will enjoy seeing the results of their hard work in this new way. I’m so proud of their growth as young artists.”

This wise-looking “Owl” by Mary McAdams, Grade 2, makes its debut in the Lyme Academy online show.

View the exhibition at this link.





COVID-19 Cases in Old Lyme Rise to 18, Lyme Holds at One

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

OLD LYME/LYME — Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold confirmed by text message Thursday to LymeLine that one new case of COVID-19 was reported on May 26 in Old Lyme. This confirmed case, which he mentioned at the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, June 1, was a 67-year-old male.

Ledge Light Health District issues an update on COVID-19 statistics in their coverage area each Friday afternoon.  We will publish any additional details from that as soon as we receive the update.

There are now 17 confirmed COVID-19 case in Old Lyme plus one fatality.

In an effort to clarify the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced and also includes the fatality.

DateCumulative no. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
April 2514
May 115
May 1517
May 2618
June 819
June 1020
June 1421
June 2222
June 2423

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

  • a 64-year-old female
  • a 21-year-old female
  • a 27-year-old male
  • a 53-year-old female
  • a 61-year-old female
  • a 29-year-old female
  • a 40-year-old male
  • a 53-year-old male
  • a 60-year-old female
  • a 48-year-old male
  • a 85-year-old female
  • a 95-year-old female
  • a 20-year-old female
  • a 43-year-old female
  • a 48-year-old female
  • a 70-year-old male
  • a 67-year-old male

The fatality, which is in addition to the confirmed cases listed above, was a 61-year-old female.

Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case 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 Ledge Light Health District must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

Lyme’s first and only confirmed case was a 34-year-old male.


Work Starts on Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Tennis Courts, End Date Scheduled Early August

All photos by Mary Jo Nosal.

OLD LYME — Work on the six Lyme-Old Lyme Schools tennis courts at the central campus on Lyme Street began yesterday.

Superintendent Ian Neviaser told LymeLine, “We are installing post tension concrete courts over the old courts,” clarifying,  “No paving [is] involved.”

The work is being done by Classic Turf Company, LLC and is expected to be completed by early August at a cost of  $431,772.

Take a look at this video to see the construction in action.



Lyme DTC Calls on All 2020 Candidates to Pledge to Reform Criminal Justice System, Address Police Misconduct

LYME – The Lyme Democratic Town Committee released a statement yesterday requesting all 2020 candidates who seek to represent the residents of Lyme to pledge to support reform of the nation’s criminal justice system and to address police misconduct at all levels.

The text of the statement is as follows:

In the wake of the protests spurred by the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other African American citizens across this country – which have thrown a long-overdue, national spotlight on injustice – the Lyme Democratic Town Committee calls upon all candidates in the coming November election, who are seeking to represent the residents of Lyme, to pledge their support for reforming our criminal justice system and addressing the issue of police misconduct at the national, state and local levels.

Specifically, we call upon each of the following candidates to make such a pledge:

  • 23rd Congressional District Representative candidates Dave Rubino (D) and Devin Carney (R);
  • 33rd District State Senator candidates Norm Needleman (D) and Brendan Saunders (R);
  • U.S. Congressional Representative candidates Joe Courtney (D), Justin Anderson (R) and Thomas Gilmer (R); and
  • U.S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The events the nation is witnessing and the concerns Americans across this country are expressing through protests and other means must be translated into laws and institutional practices by the government officials we elect into office this fall to represent us.


Incumbent State Sen. Needleman Nominated Unanimously to Run Again for 33rd Senate District Seat, Includes Lyme

State Senator Norm Needleman (D-33rd)

LYME — (Based on a Press Release released by Sen. Needleman’s office) On May 22, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) was unanimously endorsed for re-election to the 33rd State Senate District by Democratic delegates.

First elected to the State Senate seat in 2018, Sen. Needleman represents the towns of Lyme along with Colchester, Chester, Clinton, Essex, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Westbrook and Portland.

Needleman will be challenged by Republican Brendan Saunders, who is running for the Senate for the first time, although he has been involved in numerous Republican campaigns. Saunders received unanimous endorsement for his candidacy at the Republican District Convention, May 18,

“The need for strong, effective leadership in the State Senate has never been more important than now, due to the crisis created by COVID-19,” says Sen. Needleman in the press release announcing his endorsement, noting, “In my time at the General Assembly, I’ve worked in a bipartisan manner to tackle our most difficult challenges. More now than ever, I believe that inclusive, non-partisan dialogue is what’s needed to solve tough problems. This ‘makes sense perspective characterizes my approach to representing our district in the State Senate.”

He continues, “That’s why I’m anxious to continue my service at the Capitol to help our state recover from this once-in-a-century crisis.  Doing so requires knowledge of town operating procedures, experience in managing local resources and skill in business planning. As your State Senator, I’m utilizing my expertise in those areas to help constituents and small businesses navigate state and federal assistance programs, as well as connect people with the resources they need to sustain their livelihoods and support their health during the pandemic.”

Sen. Needleman serves as Deputy President Pro Tempore, Senate Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, Vice-Chair of the Planning & Development Committee, and is a member of the Commerce, Finance Revenue & Bonding, and Transportation Committees.

He also serves as First Selectman of the Town of Essex.

Sen. Needleman has been instrumental in the passage of a bill bringing wind energy generation to Connecticut. This legislation enables up to 40 percent of future energy needs to come from carbon-free renewable energy and creates a new industry for Connecticut. Needleman states it could add as much as $2 billion to the state’s economy, bringing with it thousands of skilled, well-paying jobs.

Citing other successes benefiting the 33rd District that he has supported, Needleman mentions allowing first responders, police officers, and firefighters to receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and assisting passage of a bill raising the age of access for tobacco products from 18 to 21, protecting youths from addiction.

Needleman also sponsored and enacted legislation holding energy companies accountable for prompt responses to power outages and formulated policy solutions to protect rivers and lakes from invasive species.

As founder and CEO of Connecticut-based Tower Laboratories, Needleman has created over 100 well-paying manufacturing jobs directly in the 33rd Senate District.


LAA Welcomes Welcomes Public Back With Two Exhibitions, Opening June 26

‘Sea Sparkles’ in oil by Jacqueline Jones is one of the signature works of the Wind, Waves and Water exhibition opening June 26 at the Lyme Art Association.

OLD LYME — The Lyme Art Association (LAA) welcomes the public back to the gallery June 26 with Wind, Waves and Water: A Marine Show. This is a juried show of LAA’s member artists that celebrates the unique beauty of the open water, shorelines, rivers, and all the activity and life that accompany these settings. The juror for Wind, Waves and Water is Russell Kramer, ASMA.

This year the Association welcomes back the Hudson Valley Art Association for their 87th Annual Juried Exhibition. This show always includes award winners from artists across the region.

Both shows will be on view from June 26 through Aug. 14.

The LAA is located in Old Lyme, at 90 Lyme Street. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment at other times. Please wear a mask.

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 Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the town’s historic district.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 to 5 pm, 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


Local Museums — Including FloGris — Continue Fight for Funding, Foot Traffic with Innovative Marketing

Exterior of the Thankful Arnold House in East Haddam.

AREAWIDE — Lisa Malloy, executive director of the Thankful Arnold House as well as the Haddam Historical Society, has been an almost one-woman show ever since she started working at her small historical house over 17 years ago. However, she—as well as many other Connecticut museums—have seen the tide shift from when she first arrived: foot traffic has dwindled.

“Connecticut has a wonderful collection of museums and historic sites each with a special story to tell. We all share similar issues—fundraising, getting volunteers, programming ideas, board issues, and so on,” chuckles Malloy. “I can say that all small historical societies and museums are intensely dedicated to their sites and missions and love sharing their stories with others.”

According to the state of Connecticut’s official tourism website, Visit CT, there are over 200 museums, historical houses and galleries in Connecticut, all with something impactful to share. Paving the roads to the past, however, come at a price with many museums pushing to overcome struggles with finances, foot traffic and successful marketing in their own way.

The Fight for Foot Traffic

The Thankful Arnold House.

The Thankful Arnold House may be a small museum but its historical significance packs a punch. Located in East Haddam, Conn., the Thankful Arnold House is an 18th century historical house museum that used to belong to Joseph Arnold and his wife, Thankful Arnold.

Although Malloy had some footing in her earlier days of working for the Thankful Arnold House, things weren’t as great as they could have been. Malloy’s relationship with one of their fundraisers was a bit shaky and things needed to be improved upon within the exhibits.

“The Thankful Arnold House and Haddam Historical Society were on fairly firm ground when I started in 2002,” said Malloy. “However, our ability to share Haddam’s history, display artifacts and have exhibits was non-existent. Also, our reliance on our one big fundraiser was precarious and we did not have a website.”

Although Malloy has a variety of people who use and visit her museum throughout Connecticut, many of those are out of town guests who generally only come once on vacation or are in the area visiting.

“We try to appeal to them as a small one-on-one experience where you can learn about 19th century women and a typical middle-class family of the lower Connecticut River,” said Malloy.

Malloy explains that she understands the fight for getting people through the door and just like many other museums, turned to foot traffic during these times and hoped that funding followed close behind.

“To keep old visitors returning we have instituted a changing local history display,” said Malloy. “We have offered different types of tours such as what a 19th century wedding would have looked like, candlelit tours. We also get visitors to return using our garden and by offering different programs. In addition, we hold different talks and craft programs on-site, which draw return visitors.”

Malloy also implemented an online presence to attract a newer audience for the museum with an in-depth website, which has been called “one of the best historical society websites in the state” according to CT Museum Quest.

“We now also are active on social media and try to bridge the gap between the generations of newsletters and blogs by sending out a bi-monthly e-newsletter,” said Malloy.

After implementing these techniques, Malloy and the Haddam Historical Society found themselves with sold-out events with one of their biggest hits being their October tours of a local historical jail, when almost 600 people attended.

“Our local support has quadrupled,” Malloy said. “We also have developed a fundraising strategy where we have a large event yearly, usually social with a history twist, which has been extremely successful.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is known as the Home of American Impressionism.

Down the Connecticut River, Tammi Flynn, Marketing Director of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, had similar beginnings when she first started working for the museum in 1999 and found that exhibitions, events and attractions helped increase foot traffic.

The Florence Griswold Museum is both a historical house, which was once owned by Florence Griswold herself, who rented out her home to fellow artists that happened to stop in Old Lyme. Griswold’s house soon became a hub for the growth of American Impressionism and the artists who pursued their craft there became known as the Lyme Art Colony.

Alongside a historical house that you can tour, the museum also features an art gallery, two barns used for workspaces for aspiring artists, a garden, seasonal café and even a boardwalk along the Lieutenant River where the museum is located.

“Our exhibitions have ranged from contemporary art to schoolgirl needlepoint,” said Flynn. The historic house is always a draw for people and the grounds are extraordinary, especially since we opened the Artists’ Trail last summer.”

At the Fate of Finances

“Funding will always be the most difficult and important issue for small museums and historical societies,” said Malloy.

Although the Thankful Arnold House and Florence Griswold Museum found success in funding with their foot traffic, many that aren’t as lucky often seek out help from organizations such as the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), which can supply museums with grants and the source funding they need, plus Jason Mancini, Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities, is prepared to lend a hand.

“Since joining CTH just over two years ago, I have been rebuilding the financial foundation and strategic direction of a struggling organization,” said Mancini.

Mancini understands the financial struggles with keeping a museum afloat, as he struggled with similar problems with funding and foot traffic while he was the Director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum for 22 years up until he joined CTH in 2017.

“At the time I became director of both organizations, they were struggling financially and with overall leadership vision and direction,” said Mancini. “The Pequot Museum essentially had one significant funding source and operating the museum required about half of the budget to support the physical building, an enormous undertaking that was always a fixed or increasing cost; staff size and composition was subjected to budgetary winds.”

According to the CTH website, the organization offers a handful of different grants as well as programs to increase foot traffic and funding such as their Steps CT program, where local museums, historical societies, and other cultural organizations can learn to fine-tune their organizations’ operations to increase services to their audiences.

Museums such as the Florence Griswold Museum as well as the Thankful Arnold House have used these types of programs to help foot traffic as well. The CT Art Trail, for example, is a nationally recognized partnership among 21 Connecticut museums to promote their businesses and CT Historical Gardens, which is dedicated to showing off 15 historical gardens in Connecticut.

The Florence Griswold Museum hosts numerous community events including a concert the evening before the Midsummer Festival in its ongoing efforts to engage with the local community.

Marketing within the Community

Flynn has found while working for the Florence Griswold Museum that connecting with a community–let alone one that is already passionate for art– is a strong marketing tool.

“We are gathering places for the community. Museums are not passive places,” said Flynn. “Gone are the stodgy buildings of painting after painting with boring labels. In a museum today you might find an artist doing a sketching demonstration, an interactive monitor, a musician, a hands-on project, you name it!”

Aside from the use of frequently-changing attractions and events, the Florence Griswold museum is constantly interacting with the community since, among many other ways, they host field trips for the local schools as well as participate in the town’s Memorial Day parade.

Flynn and the board of trustees at the Florence Griswold have learned that working with a community and creating a relationship with them creates a draw that not only brings people through the door but also, in turn, helps with funding.

“Art is a big part of Old Lyme’s history and what sets it apart from other towns. The museum helps to present that story,” said Flynn. “I feel that once people visit, they are hooked and will return. We often conduct visitor surveys and time after time, people respond that it’s the experience as a whole that they enjoy and often call their time at the museum ‘magical.’”

Malloy at the Thankful Arnold House attempted this technique as well when they hosted an exhibit, which focused on local artists and historical properties around town.

“We have been told it was one of the best tours people have ever attended,” Malloy said.

Although museums and historical societies throughout Connecticut continue to have different levels of struggle to keep their doors open, it’s apparent that each one of them powers through in pursuit of a united mission: to share the past with the present and keep its story alive.

“Connecticut’s museums and historical societies are small windows into our collective past–the people, places, ideas–that have shaped our society today and will continue to shape it in the future. For Connecticut, this is our best source material about where we live and why it matters,” said Mancini.


Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Remain at 17 in Old Lyme, One in Lyme

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

OLD LYME/LYME — Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold confirmed in a text earlier today that no new cases have been reported in Old Lyme as at today’s date. He noted, however, that he had “not received this week’s update from Ledge Light.”

Ledge Light Health District normally issues an update on COVID-19 numbers on Friday afternoon.  We will publish the details from that as soon as we receive the update.

There remain 16 confirmed COVID-19 case in Old Lyme plus one fatality.

The two most recent cases are a 48-year-old female and a 70-year-old male.

In an effort to clarify the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced. It shows a fairly steady growth over time.

DateCumulative no. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
April 2514
May 115
May 1517
May 2618
June 819
June 1020
June 1421
June 2222
June 2423

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

  • a 64-year-old female
  • a 21-year-old female
  • a 27-year-old male,
  • a 53-year-old female
  • a 61-year-old female
  • a 29-year-old female
  • a 40-year-old male
  • a 53-year-old male
  • a 60-year-old female
  • a 48-year-old male
  • a 85-year-old female
  • a 95-year-old female
  • a 20-year-old female
  • a 43-year-old female
  • a 48-year-old female
  • a 70-year-old male

The fatality, which is in addition to the confirmed cases listed above, was a 61-year-old female.

Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case 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 Ledge Light Health District must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

Lyme’s first and only confirmed case was a 34-year-old male.



Musical Masterworks Announces Appointment of Lawrence Thelen as Managing Director

The new Managing Director of Musical Masterworks is Larry Thelen.

OLD LYME — Musical Masterworks has announced the appointment of Lawrence Thelen as their new Managing Director.

Thelen is a theatre producer and writer. In 1999, he produced an off-Broadway revival of Ghosts at the Century Center for the Performing Arts. Soon after, he joined the staff of Goodspeed Musicals as their Producing Associate and Literary Manager, where he remained for seven years.

Prior to and during his time at Goodspeed, Thelen served as Artistic Director for both the Cherry County Playhouse and the Thunder Bay Theatre.

As a writer, he is the author of the book The Show Makers: Great Directors of the American Musical Theatre, as well as numerous articles and several plays, including Pie in the SkyHiggins in Harlem and Eating Rhode Island.

His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Dramatics Magazine, Show Music Magazine and The Paragon Journal.

In addition to his work with Musical Masterworks, Thelen is the CEO of Mermaid Properties, a Connecticut-based real estate investment and property management firm.

Originally from California, Thelen now resides in Haddam with his two daughters.


Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Middle School Announce Quarter 3 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
Quarter 3 Honor Roll 2019-2020


Grade 12:

Charles Ames, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Madison Cann, Faith Caulkins, Rory Cavicke, Emilia Cheesman, Elizabeth Cravinho, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Raymond Doll, Theodore Enoch, Nicholas Fava, Leah Fouquette, Tanner Griffin, Samuel Guenther, Grace Hanrahan, Parker Hubbard, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Caroline King, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Connor Maguire, Melissa Mauro, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Natalie Meyers, Maxwell Morrissey, Chandler Munson, Kyle Myers, Samantha Olson, Cajamarca Pelaez, Carter Popkin, Jenna Porter, Andre Salkin, Jane Scheiber, Brady Sheffield, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Alec Speirs, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Stack, Haley Stevens, Olivia Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Lydia Tinnerello, Sydney Trowbridge, Kiera Ulmer, Jackson Warren, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Nicholas White, Anna Williams, Anna Williams, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 11:

Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Hunter Collins, Emerson Colwell, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Eveliz Fuentes, Jackson Goulding, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Isabella Hine, Isabella Hine, Paige Kolesnik, Avery Lacourciere, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Luke Macy, Elle McAraw, Riley Nelson, Connie Pan, Lauren Pitt, Ezra Pyle, Jacob Quaratella, Hayden Saunders, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, Katrina Wallace, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward

Grade 10:

John Almy, Grace Arnold, Hannah Britt, Anne Colangelo, John Conley, Elias D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Duddy, Eleanor Dushin, Samantha Geshel, Ethan Goss, Austin Halsey, Madison Hubbard, Fiona Hufford, Zoe Jensen, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Cora Kern, Robyn King, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Stephanie Mauro, Jacob Meyers, Evan Morgan, Elle Myers, Brendan O’Brien, Michael O’Donnell, Bella Orlando, Jacob Ritchie, Margaret Rommel, Lloret Sala, Olivia Schaedler, Calvin Scheiber, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Maverick Swaney, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells

Grade 9:

William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Grace Colwell, William Danes, Anna Davis, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, Alexis Fenton, Clarence Hinckley, Willa Hoerauf, Karissa Huang, Aidan Kerrigan, Phoebe Lampos, Theodore Lampos, Jonah Lathrop, Marielle Mather, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Calvin Monte, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Izzadora Reynolds, Benjamin Roth, Rhyleigh Russell, Anders Silberberg, Alyssa Spooner, Tova Toriello, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams


Grade 12:

Anabella Arias, Callum Astley, Emily Balocca, William Bartlett, Chloe Cahill, Sarah Conley, Ty Dean, Emily Evers, Araselys Farrell, Jada Fuentes, Sophia Griswold, Darin Hamou, Kamber Hamou, Connor Hogan, Benjamin Kelly, Daniel Kendall, Jared Ritchie, Colby Sides, Summer Siefken, Megan VanSteenbergen, Clair Wholean

Grade 11:

Kaylee Armenia, Sonia Bair, Keenan Burr, Martinez Carcamo, Chloe Cleveland, Jackson Cowell, Patrick Dagher, Paige Davis, Francette Donato, Corah Engdall, Leslie Farrell, Lillian Grethel, Regan Kaye, Mackenzie Machnik, Emma McCulloch, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Michael Milazzo, Timothy O’Brien, Sophia Ortoleva, Olivia Papanier, Gavin Porter, Aidan Powers, Julie Rudd, Isabella Smith, McKenzey Thompson, Katelyn Zbierski

Grade 10:

Mason Bagwell, John Caulkins, Evan Clark, Ryan Clark, Chadwick Coughlin, James Creagan, Lauren Creagan, Michael DeGaetano, Victoria Gage, Nicolette Hallahan, Lillian Herrera, Olivia Lecza, Langley Marshall, Emily Mesham, Samuel Mullaney, Adeline Riccio, Aidan Russell, Frank Sablone, Abigail Sicuranza, Parker Sprankle, Parker Sprankle, Daniel Stack, Daniel Stack, Olivia Turtoro, Evan Visgilio, Riley Warecke, Riley Warecke, Mary Wholean, Paige Winchell, Avery Wyman

Grade 9:

Whitney Barbour, Luke Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Kylie Dishaw, Archer Evans, David Evers, Mason Freer, Arber Hoxha, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Madison Krol, Karleigh Landers, Monique Lavoie, Ford Macadam, Sophia Marinelli, Joseph Montazella, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Jacob Rand, Santiago Rodriguez, Eli Ryan, Dylan Sheehan, Ned Smith, Joseph Steinmacher, Samantha Tan, Quinn Williams, Lea Wilson

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Quarter 3 Honor Roll 2019-2020


Grade 8:

Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Sarah Colangelo, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Lucas DaSilva, Eva D’Onofrio, Amelia Gage, Ryder Goss, Sydney Goulding, Nyla Goulis, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Katherine Gryk, Abby Hale, Nathaniel Heon, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Emmerson Kaye, Brodie Lippincott, Anna McAdams, Griffin McGlinchey, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Cailin Ruhling, Owen Snurkowski, Hannah Thomas, Gabriel Tooker, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Summer Wollack

Grade 7:

Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Quinn Arico, Ella Austin, Natalie Barndt, Molly Boardman, Chase Calderon, Andrew Clougherty, Tabitha Colwell, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Grace Ferman, Benedict Frazier, Hoshena Gemme, Marcella Gencarella, Ava Gilbert, Henry Griswold, Jonathan Harms, Kaela Hoss, Rowan Hovey, Kyle Ingersoll-Bonsack, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Peter Kuhn, Ada LaConti, James Lahot, Elise Leonardo, Evan LeQuire, Andrew Liu, Hannah Miller, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Sophie Pennie, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Simler, Morgan Standish, Kathleen Walsh

Grade 6:

Charlotte Antonino, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Julia Clark, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Sophia D’Angelo, Synthia Diaz, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Gabrielle Field, Arthur Fusscas, Eric Fusscas, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Benjamin Goulding, Scarlette Graybill, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Katherine King, Jade Lawton, Maya LeQuire, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Ian Maeby, Elise Marchant, Yanza Marin, Yanza Marin, Samuel Masanz, Bridget McAdams, Carter McGlinchey, Jeremiah Miller, Ryan Miller, Eiley Montanaro, Sybil Neary, Nina Nichols, Ryan Ortoleva, Quenten Patz, Jenna Salpietro, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Charlotte Spiegel, Addison Spooner, Carson St.Louis, Andrew Taylor, Margaret Thuma, Lucian Tracano, Madeleine Trepanier, Connor Vautrain, Eve Videll, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Edith Williams, Julius Wilson, Oliver Wyman, Carl Zapatka, Katherine Zhang


Grade 8:

Peighton Andrews, Elliot Bjornberg, Douglas Griswold, Grady Lacourciere, Luke Legein, Matthew Miller, Katherine Mullaney, Ronald Olin, Haley Shaw, Keara Ward, Tyler Wells

Grade 7:

Micah Bass, Gavin Biega, Nathaniel Bradley, Mark Burnham, Hannah Johnston, Elizabeth Lopez, Colette Marchant, Filip Pecher-Kohout, Audrey Spiegel

Grade 6:

Alexa Donovan, William Landon, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Michael Nickerson, Ryan Olsen, Madeline Power, Isabella Presti, Jacob Prokopets, Taylor Quintin, Tanner Snurkowski, Meredith Thompson, Gabriel Waldo


Lyme-Old Lyme $2.28 Million School Turf Field Moves Forward (from The Day)

OLD LYME — After receiving unanimous approval from the town’s Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission on Tuesday evening, it appears a proposed $2.28 million synthetic turf field project the Region 18 Board of Education is considering building is moving forward.

The 143,000-square-foot, all-weather, multipurpose field, if eventually approved by the Board of Education, will be located …

Read the full article by Mary Biekert and published on theday.com at this link


No Memorial Day Parade in Old Lyme This Year, Just a Small Cemetery Service — But Here’s The Homily From Mervin Roberts

This wreath was placed last year in front of the Memorial Stone in Duck River Cemetery. File photo by John Ward.

OLD LYME — There will be no Memorial Day parade in Old Lyme this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In our opinion, it’s a sad but sensible decision.

A small ceremony will be held at Duck River Cemetery at 11 a.m. when local veterans, representatives of the emergency services, and town dignitaries will gather to place a wreath by the Memorial Stone, which stands in front of the flagpole at the cemetery.

Those gathered there this morning will pay their respects, “To all who served and sacrificed so we could enjoy lasting freedom.” These are the words inscribed on the Memorial Stone along with these details, “Dedicated by American Legion Post 41, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1467, and the People of Old Lyme.”

Mervin Roberts, Chaplain of the Old Lyme Fire Department since 1960.

Mervin Roberts, who has served as the Chaplain of the Old Lyme Fire Department for 50 years, normally gives the homily towards the end of the service when the cemetery is packed with parade participants and onlookers.

There will be no crowd this year but before Roberts knew the parade was going to be cancelled, he had already prepared the homily. He anticipated this might be his final homily since he is feeling a little frail — we should add that Roberts is 98-years-young!

There is a possibility he will attend the ceremony this morning and read the homily, but since the majority of townspeople will not be there, a video has been made of Mr. Roberts reading the homily, which we are proud to publish below.

We have also received a copy of the text of the homily, which we are similarly honored to publish here (in italics):

As I review my previous Memorial Day homilies, I’ve come to realize that there is a pattern unfolding.  Taken together, they help to tell us why we are here again in this cemetery. I’ve had the occasion, and the challenge, to explore with you how and why we voluntarily meet here on this designated day to celebrate the lives and mourn the passings of preachers, teachers, siblings, parents, ancestors, neighbors, heroes, government officials, duck hunters, bird watchers, conservation commissioners, friends, lovers, spouses, artists, musicians, fishermen, cow farmers and others.

Truly a web of life.

There were people I knew who sometimes quit too soon and some who might have done better if they quit sooner. Perhaps it is our very individual differences that are a clue to our overall success as a species.  Certainly we are not all alike. In this world full of predators, parasites, and unforeseen diseases, if we were all alike, we would all have succumbed to whatever it was that struck.

But that has not been the case and somehow I suspect our fate lies elsewhere.

So let’s revel in glories of our various lives, our music and other arts, our religious faiths and, high on my list, our love for each other, for certainly what others have done for us should be an inspiration to all to keep up their good work. Here in Lyme and Old Lyme we have homes or resting places of so many people who lived here and left us with something to remember them by.  Let me mention a few in no particular order:  

  • Jim Noyes, who participated in beach landings in the Mediterranean In World War II, and  
  • Belton Copp, who left an arm in the Philippines, and 
  • Silver Star awardee Jack Appleby, and
  • Ezra Lee who was esteemed by Washington, and
  • Clara Noyes who drew thousands of women into World War 1 as nurses, and
  • Roger Tory Peterson, who helped us appreciate birds, and
  • Amy Henry, who taught hundreds of our children how history matters, and
  • E. Lea Marsh, who gave us whole generations of Borden Elsies.

They are not alone. 

From my own life, I would recount just one example.  My late wife Edith and I had born to us six children, the last being William John, named for one of his grandfathers.  Billy had Down syndrome. He was loving, kind, generous, sociable, and academically very limited. We could have had him live in an institution as was the common practice at that time, but instead we kept him home.  Here the Lyme Old Lyme Board of Education provided as much help as he could benefit from and, lo and behold, limited as he surely was, we, his family and our neighbors accepted him for what he was.

Now Dick and Jane Bugbee knew us. Dick and I were both duck hunters. Dick painted houses.  Jane taught piano. Although our homes were about one-half mile apart, Billy would occasionally meander over to visit Jane.  We didn’t take him there, or even show him the way or even suggest his movement.  He just found his own way and Jane would phone Edith that her son Billy was there having a cup of tea, and when he was through, Jane would see him start on his own way back home. 

No alarm of lost child, no social worker, no emergency, just Billy Roberts visiting for a cup of tea.  This is but an example of how this web of life worked for us. We certainly owe the people of Old Lyme our gratitude for everyone’s help. 

Incidentally, Billy was a strong supporter of the Old Lyme Fire Department and was elected an Honorary Member. 

On a personal note, I’ve been a member of this same Department since 1960, but now frail in my 98th year, I can no longer remain active as Chaplain. This, then, will probably be my last homily. 

I thank you for the opportunity to serve.

And to wrap up our coverage of this strange Memorial Day, visit this link to watch a wonderful video of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Bands playing “Taps for Band” by Thomas Knox and Jari Villanueva. We assume the video was made during the time the school was closed and the students were following a distance learning schedule — a time that continues to this day.

Many congratulations to Band Director Joseph Wilson and all the students that participated in this excellent performance!

Enjoy … and have a very Happy (socially- distanced) Memorial Day!

Editor’s Note: Visit this link to read At Age 98, Mervin Roberts Looks Back Over 50 Years of Service as Chaplain of Old Lyme Fire Department written by Michele Dickey and published May 24, 2020 on LymeLine.c0m.


Brendan Saunders Endorsed by Republicans to Run Against Incumbent Needleman in November

Brendan Saunders is the endorsed Republican candidate to challenge incumbent Norm Needleman for the 33rd State Senate seat.

LYME/AREAWIDE — At their district convention held Monday, May 18, Republicans confirmed first-time Senate candidate Brendan Saunders will challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Norm Needleman for the 33rd State Senate seat in November. The 33rd Senate District includes Lyme.

In his acceptance speech, Saunders said, “Ronald Reagan once said, ‘the greatness of our nation lies within its people.’ I believe that the greatness of this state lies within its residents. As your senator, I will fight to reverse the trend of raising taxes and fees. I will work to let you keep more of your hard-earned money. I will fight to make living and operating a business in this state less onerous. ”

“Saunders has the ‘get up and go’ and enthusiasm I love to see in a candidate,” said Ed Munster of Haddam’s Republican Town Committee (RTC). Munster, who nominated Saunders, said Monday, “He is a good speaker and someone who listens and is interested in what you have to say. Something voters want in people they elect to public office.”

Saunders and Munster have a history of campaigning together. He helped Munster run for Congress in 1992. While this is Saunders’ first time running for office, he has also helped Westbrook candidate State Representative Jesse MacLachlan, and State Senator Art Linares. Saunders “knows what he is getting into,” said Munster.

Carolyn Kane of Chester RTC, seconded Saunders’ nomination Monday. Kane proclaimed Saunders as both dynamic and grounded with a lifetime of ties to his community. She also said that Saunders has an “approachable demeanor and commanding confidence. He came out of the gate ready to share his plan, vision, and how he would work in Hartford to ensure the 33rd district would be his priority.”

Noting, “In the wake of COVID-19, Saunders retooled his campaign to include an active online presence, strategically using his District tour to highlight his technological savvy and command of communication avenues,” Kane added, “Brendan demonstrates new ways to connect on a personal level and proves his commitment to building lasting relationships with every interaction.”

She said, “His ability to build partnerships is one of the most important skills sets a State Senator must have.”

To support Saunders’ campaign with a donation and to learn more, visit Saunders4Senate.com.


State Rep. Devin Carney Endorsed for Another Term in 23rd District

State Rep. Devin Carney has been endorsed by local Republicans for another term in the 23rd District, which includes both Lyme and Old Lyme.

LYME/OLD LYME — (press release from Devin Carney) On Tuesday, May 19, Republican delegates from Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook unanimously endorsed State Representative Devin Carney for a fourth term as representative for the 23rd District.

The delegates held a convention by web conference to endorse Carney, making his campaign for another two-year term as State Representative official. Delegates gave remarks on State Representative Carney’s dedicated and effective record of public service as well as being a knowledgeable and accessible legislator for the four communities.

“Representing the 23rd District – the place where my family lives, where I was raised, where I went to school, where I work and volunteer – has truly been the honor of a lifetime,” said Carney.  “I am proud to be your voice in Hartford to advocate for fiscal responsibility, small business growth, our wonderful public schools, and our precious shoreline coast. We are facing an uncertain future and need experienced leaders who put people over politics – something I have always done.”

Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education Member, Dr. Mary Powell-St. Louis, nominated Carney.“Devin has done a wonderful job representing people here in the 23rd District. He listens, cares, and is a real voice of reason”, said Powell-St. Louis. “As a Region 18 parent and Board of Education member, I was particularly pleased with how hard he worked against state forced expanded school regionalization last year.”

Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna seconded Carney’s nomination.

“It has been a pleasure working with Devin over the past several years. He has been a strong advocate for small towns and small businesses and has worked diligently to ensure our needs are met,” Fortuna said. “His knowledge of state and local issues, active community outreach, and his legislative experience are exactly what we need as the state works through the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath.”

Judy Tooker, Old Lyme’s Tax Collector, added, “Devin understands the unique needs of our community members, from healthcare and transportation to employment and jobs, and he will focus on the district – not partisan politics. We need his strong voice in Hartford now more than ever.”

In addition to receiving the Republican nomination on Tuesday, Carney reported that he had raised the necessary contributions to qualify for the state’s Citizens’ Clean Election Program.

Carney, who works in finance and real estate, was first elected to the legislature in 2014. He was born and raised in Old Saybrook and lives in Old Lyme with his significant other, Lisa. He currently serves as Ranking Member of the Transportation Bonding Subcommittee and serves on the legislative committees overseeing Transportation, Planning & Development, and Finance, Revenue, and Bonding. He was named a 2019 Environmental Champion by the League of Conservation Voters for his work supporting renewable energy and received the Legislative Service Award from the Connecticut Counseling Association for his work on mental health issues and opioid addiction.

In district, he serves on the Boards of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Saye Brook Senior Housing. He is also an active member of the Old Saybrook Rotary Club, both the Lyme-Old Lyme and Old Saybrook Chambers of Commerce, and with Grace Church in Old Saybrook. In addition to his duties as State Representative, he serves as an alternate to the Old Lyme Zoning Board of Appeals.