August 19, 2022

Monkeypox Cases Rise to 73 in CT, One Case in Nine-Town Ledge Light Health District

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

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

On Aug. 16, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) Director of Health Stephen Mansfield confirmed to LymeLine.com by email, “We are aware of one case within our jurisdiction.” The LLHD jurisdiction comprises nine southeastern Connecticut towns, which include both Lyme and Old Lyme.

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

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

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

The CDC’s 2022 US Map & Case Count includes an ongoing, updated count of monkeypox cases throughout the country. There are 14,115 cases in the US at time of publication of this article.

The states with the highest number of cases at time of publication (Aug. 19) are New York (2,744), California (2,663), Florida (1,372), Texas (1,079), Georgia (1,066), and Illinois (888).

Connecticut’s first case was announced July 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book donations will be gratefully received.

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

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

Ceramics are a popular donation item for the Rummage Sale.

Follow the church on Facebook @christthekingchurcholdlyme for updates.

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

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

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

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

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

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

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

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

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES:

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

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

OLD LYME

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

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

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

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES:

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

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

A la Carte: Savor Intense Flavors From This Summer Vegetable Gratin

Lee White

It is difficult to believe it is already August.

On the last day of July, there was a boules party. You probably remember how I love playing this lawn game (like bocce, but with little wooden balls at which we throw larger stainless steel balls) with great friends, wine and incredible food.

There are rarely themes, but yesterday it was Italy.

In addition to chef Michel Nischan and his sprightly wife, Lori, there were about six other chefs from New York City, including restaurant chef Rocco DiSpirito, who has written lots of cookbooks and starred in The Restaurant reality show some years ago.

After hors d’oeuvre, dinner began with the most delicious meatball in red sauce (created by our own member John Murphy, who, it turns out is about four percent Irish and 96 percent Italian), followed by a yummy risotto. Those two could be almost anyone’s full dinner, but instead there were two kinds of bread, grass-fed meat and many vegetables, perfectly roasted. Finally, ices and Italian cookies.

Ah, but my, oh my, the vegetables.

On my way home, friends gave me lots and lots of veggies from other neighbors’ garden. And I thought about the very best gratin I ever made.

If you can Google this article (it is available), it is much longer than this recipe (and beautifully written), but this recipe alone can be your go-to side. I have served it at room temperature. There is rarely anything left over to reheat the next day.

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash.

Summer Vegetable Gratins with Intense Flavor
By Susie Middleton, Fine Cooking, Issue 33
Yield: 8 to 10 as a side dish

Use a gratin pan that is at least 8-inches by 11-inches  Pyrex pan or something pretty that is at least two inches high. Use the very best fresh vegetables, the best cheese and the best olive oil.

To customize your gratin, choose all sizes and colors of tomatoes, zucchini, small eggplant, sliced potatoes.

Choose parmigiana Reggiano, feta, goat cheese, gruyere, mozzarella (my least favorite, though) and fontina.

Use whatever herbs you like: thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, mint, savory or parsley. 

Use a sharp knife to prep the veggies. Susie starts the pan with caramelized onions. She suggests par-boiling the eggplant and potatoes. Let some of the tomatoes drain a bit. Toss squash with olive oil. Cut the vegetables evenly, on the bias. 

Now layer the gratin. Spread onions in one tin layer in the dish. Then, starting at narrow end, if you have one, arrange a row of vegetables, slightly overlapping. Prop up the row at a 60-inch angle. Sprinkle with cheese. Do the same with each layer. Top the finished gratin with a drizzle of olive oil, a good covering of breadcrumbs and more cheese. 

Cook until gratin is well browned and greatly reduced in volume. Most gratins cook in about an hour and 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

A rule of thumb: after a few minutes in the oven, gratins begin to bubble as the veggies release moisture. Bubbling becomes quite vigorous and, as the vegetables juices reduce, the bubbling lessens. At the end, much of the vegetables will have shrunk and pulled away from the sides of the pan. 

Let the whole dish rest for at least 15 minutes before serving. If there is extra, refrigerate. The caramelized flavor will be even better.

I have served this dish at room temperature.

About the author: Lee White has been writing about restaurants and cooking since 1976 and has been extensively published in the Worcester (Mass.) Magazine, The Day, Norwich Bulletin, and Hartford Courant. She currently writes Nibbles and a cooking column called A La Carte for LymeLine.com and the Shore Publishing and the Times newspapers, both of which are owned by The Day. She was a resident of Old Lyme for many years but now lives in Groton, Conn. Contact Lee at leeawhite@aol.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help is needed in these time slots:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old Lyme’s Florence Griswold Museum Director Beaulieu Leaving to Become President/CEO of Cincinnati’s Taft Museum of Art

Florence Griswold Museum Director Rebekah Beaulieu is leaving to take up a position as President/CEO of the Taft Museum of Art  in Cincinnati, Ohio.

CINCINNATI, OHIO/OLD LYME, CONN.—The Taft Museum of Art’s board of directors has announced the selection of Rebekah (Becky) Beaulieu as the museum’s next Louise Taft Semple President and CEO.

Beaulieu is currently the director of the Florence Griswold Museum, an American Alliance of Museums accredited National Historic Landmark, house museum, and modern exhibition space dedicated to American art, history, and landscape in Old Lyme, Conn.

Since Beaulieu’s appointment in 2018, she has made substantive changes in the depth of programming and connection to the community.

Beaulieu also serves as an accreditation commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums, as the vice president of the New England Museum Association, and as the treasurer of the American Association for State and Local History.

Beaulieu’s work has received recognition as the author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and Endowment Essentials for Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022).

Raised in Milwaukee, Beaulieu holds a PhD from Boston University in American and New England Studies with her dissertation Historic House Museums and America’s Urban Midwest offering underrepresented scholarship in the field.

Beaulieu also holds a masters in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a masters in Arts Administration from Columbia University and a bachelors in American Studies from The George Washington University.

In addition to her current roles, she has also held positions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, Maine), the Milwaukee County Historical Society (Milwaukee, Wis.), and Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago, Ill.)

The current Florence Griswold Museum Director Rebekah (Becky) Beaulieu will take up the position of President/CEO of the Taft Art Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio (pictured above) starting Sept. 19, 2022. Photo by Ryan Kurtz.

“We are delighted to welcome Becky as the next President and CEO of the Taft, and excited to have her and her husband Patrick become part of our vibrant community in Cincinnati,” says Jill T. McGruder, board of director’s vice chair. “Becky will bring her impressive skills in community engagement, staff support and financial management to the museum at an important moment in its history, having recently celebrated our bicentennial and preservation of our landmark home.”

This appointment marks a critical era for the Taft, whose world-renowned collection and regional legacy make it an important national treasure. Beaulieu will build upon the organization’s community-centered engagement and excitement following the museum’s Bicentennial Infrastructure Project, sparking a renewed creative energy around the unique cultural gem.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Taft Museum of Art and look forward to collaborating with its visionary board of directors and exceptional staff to steward the museum into its exciting next chapter as a beacon of 21st century preservation and engagement. It is a true honor to be selected to lead an institution that is renowned for its commitment to excellence, and to join the dynamic arts community of Cincinnati,” says Beaulieu.

Beaulieu will officially join the museum as Louise Taft Semple President and CEO on Sept. 19, 2022.

The board-appointed selection committee conducted a nationwide search, retaining executive search consultants Museum Search & Reference, LLC.

Editor’s Notes: i) The press release above was issued Aug. 1, 2022 by the Taft Museum of Art.
ii) Tucked away in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, the Taft Museum of Art is a living landmark where art and history are everywhere you look. Built around 1820 as a private home for several of Cincinnati’s most prominent citizens, the Taft Museum of Art is now one of the finest small art museums in America and holds National Historic Landmark status for its historic house and Duncanson murals. For more information, visit taftmuseum.org.

Kick-Off Concert for Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival Draws Hundreds to Listen, Picnic, Dance

OLD LYME – What a beautiful night for a concert!

Hundreds of people turned out last night for the opening event of Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival when The Mighty Soul Drivers brought the classic soul sounds of Memphis and points South to the banks of the Lieutenant River adjacent to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Folk were picnicking, a variety of food trucks were on-site offering all kinds of delicacies, and the toe-tapping sounds from the band brought many to their feet to dance joyfully under the stars.

SweetSeidners.com did a roaring trade in all kinds of delectable cookies and brownies. The business is run by Lymes’ Youth Service Director Mary Seidner’s sister-in-law. The photo above shows Mary standing in the center between her brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival Comes Back With a (Joyful) Bang!

The day began with the 5K Midsummer Run hosted by LYSB, in which more than 300 runners participated.

OLD LYME — 8/1 UPDATED with more photos: Clear blue skies and warm temperatures welcomed the return of Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival yesterday, after a two-year absence due to COVID. From early in the day, Lyme Street was alive with cheerful people of all ages enjoying the activities and festivities on offer and perusing the great variety of art, craft and edible items for sale.

Awards were presented after the race by Alli Behnke and her team of helpers to the winners. The photo above shows Rowan Hallahan receiving his award.

Shortly after, a ribbon-cutting was held at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts (LAFA) to celebrate the official opening of the de Gerenday Fine Art Materials and Curiosities shop on the campus. All the members of the Old Lyme (OL) Board of Selectmen  — First Selectman Tim Griswold (second from left), Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker (fourth from left), and Matt Ward (third from right, at rear) — as well as members of the OL Economic Development Commission (EDC), including chair Cheryl Poirier (third from left) and Mona Colwell (left), were on hand to assist with the ceremony.

Chairman of the LAFA Board of Trustees Michael Duffy cut the ribbon while LAFA Executive Director Mora Rowe to his right looked on enthusiastically. Holding the ribbon at the far right was Cameron Paynter, who is the Store Associate responsible for running the shop.

Outside on the Academy grounds, several different bands played drawing listeners appreciative of a bale of straw on which to take a rest.

Across at the Old Lyme Inn, the Fence Show Artists were plying their trade.

The range of styles and genres of artwork was exceptional this year.

Over at the Lyme Art Association, visitors were first greeted by the smiling faces of members of the OL EDC, in this case, Joe Camean (left) and Cheryl Poirier …

… and now, Mona Colwell and John Stratton.

Nancy Gladwell explained with passion to those, who stopped by the Public Art for Racial Justice Education (PARJE) stand, what PARJE’s mission is and how the group is working on achieving it.

The Old Lyme Land Trust hosted A Place Called Hope, who gave a popular demonstration including the live raptor pictured above.

Fat Stone Farm, located in Lyme, was doing a roaring trade throughout the day in their maple syrups, honeys, soaps, relishes, jellies and more.

Moving up to the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum, members of the OL Solid Waste & Recycling Committee gathered for a photo at their stand. Fred Behringer (second from right) and his daughter (not pictured) had created an ingenious, interactive game to test people’s knowledge of local recycling facts and figures. It proved a big attraction and attracted many keen participants.

Jim Ward and his wife Sheila McTigue Ward manned the Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden tent encouraging new volunteers to sign up while sharing information about the remarkable project.

Photo by Linda Ahnert.

This fine fellow named Boomer, who opted for a lion headdress in the Parading Paws contest held at the Museum, , deservedly won an award for Best Costume. Our apologies that we do not know his owner’s name.

Staying with the canine theme, here are volunteers for Project Paws: The Tim Buckley Project, which fosters the therapeutic benefits of the human animal bond, impacts social emotional learning for youth, and restores hope to families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders.

Project Paws provides education and resources for bringing Animal Assisted Activity and Animal Assisted Therapy to many organizations.

Old Lyme Emergency Services Management volunteers were hard at work demonstrating the skills they employ to folk who came by their tent, also at the Museum. This young visitor was especially interested in the business of resuscitation!

Going up Lyme Street a tad further to the former Bee and Thistle Inn, now the home of the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, one found the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions hosting their Classic Car Show. An extensive selection of fabulous vehicles was on display and the event culminated with some of the proud owners receiving awards.

The wonderful day ended with the OL Town Band giving a concert on the field behind the LOL Middle School, which preceded a magnificent fireworks display hosted by the Town.

It was a splendid Festival, which thousands came out to enjoy.

Congratulations to the organizers, whose hard work and attention to detail could be seen and appreciated everywhere. Many thanks to them and all who participated in person or as sponsors for your combined efforts.

Old Lyme Land Trust Builds, Installs Four New Benches on Different OL Preserves

OLD LYME — On July 16, the Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT) hosted a well-attended Bench Building Workshop. The supply of 2″ x 4” pressure-treated planks required for the project was all precut by OLLT steward Ted Freeman.

This, combined with the simple design of the seats and seat backs. made the workshop a matter of just drilling and driving screws to construct the benches.

Among the 15 volunteers, who attended the event, there were several younger boys eager to help.

The older folks patiently helped teach them how to drill and drive a screw, and pretty soon all four benches were built.

Trying out the bench at the Belton Copp Preserve!

The week of July 17-24 marked the placement of the first three benches at OLLT Preserves.

The first was delivered by boat to the Lohmann-Buck-Twining Preserve at the far end of the Blue Trail and offers a beautiful view down the Lieutenant River.

The second bench went to the Belton Copp Preserve and overlooks the sunset views towards Black Hall River.

The third bench is located at the Griswold Preserve alongside the mill dam and fish ladder (see photo below.)

 

The fourth bench was installed the following week at Watch Rock Preserve overlooking the Back River, where egrets and osprey are often seen across the water (see photo below.)

Old Lyme’s Solid Waste & Recycling Committee Takes Important Message ‘On The Road’ at Midsummer Festival

“No plastic bags in green bins” (Suzanne Thompson, Old Lyme Solid Waste & Recycling Committee Member)

OLD LYME — Did you read that green slip which arrived in the mail with your 2022-23 Old Lyme property tax invoice?

It notes that the Town of Old Lyme has a new waste and recycling hauling contract with CWPM Inc. but perhaps more significantly, it emphasizes the need for residents to be vigilant regarding what they place in their green recycling bin.

The green slip was the work of Old Lyme’s Solid Waste & Recycling Committee, which has recently been reconstituted under co-chairs Maryellen Basham and Jim Ward, with members including Leslie O’Connor, Karen Taylor, Fred Behringer, and Suzanne Thompson.

We asked Thompson why the committee had conceived the idea of sending out the green slip to all property owners. She explained, “Old Lyme residents have an opportunity to hold down our waste handling costs and  reduce our impact on the environment by putting the correct items in their green recycling bins.”

She stressed that this means quite simply and unambiguously, “No plastic bags in green bins.”

Thompson adds, “The committee also encourages residents to home compost their vegetable peelings instead of tossing them into the blue trash bin.”

In an effort to expand their message further, Thompson notes that the committee is taking their message “out on the road,” with a stand at the Midsummer Festival on Saturday (July 30.)  The committee will be one of the participant organizations in the Hands On-M!nds On feature along the Artist’s Trail at the Florence Griswold Museum, which is anticipated to draw many visitors.

The committee will offer a variety of games and activities to educate and inform Festival-goers of all ages about recycling and solid waste management.

Committee member Behringer and his daughter are currently hard at work designing an interactive quiz game related to ‘Going Green’ with regard to recycling and more, which will be available for people to play when they stop by at the stand.

Thompson says enthusiastically, “Come and see us on the Trail, have some fun … and learn a lot!”

She adds that more tips and methods to reduce waste will be coming soon from the committee and the Town of Old Lyme. LymeLine.com will continue to support the committee’s efforts by publishing this information as it becomes available.
Editor’s Note: Visit this link to read updated Old Lyme Transfer Station information, which includes a valuable recycling guide titled, ‘What’s In, What’s Out.’ 

A la Carte: Sweet and Sticky Grilled Chicken Always Hits the Spot

Lee White

This weekend was fun.

My friend, Conrad Heede, and his mother, Jayne, came over and I gave a lesson for Conrad on making crème brulée. He likes sweets and wants to learn to make desserts.

Crème brulée uses only four ingredients, but you learn patience in making it and even more patience because its needs to cool, then be refrigerated for many hours. The brulée itself is done at the dining room with a big propane torch.

Later in the afternoon, I made noodle kugel and invited them and another friend for dinner, serving the kugel along with good bagels, cream cheese, sliced tomatoes and thinly sliced onions. In many Jewish homes, this is called a dairy meal, since meat and dairy are never served at the same time. A dessert of crème brulée made the dinner pretty festive.

The next day I called Whittle’s to see if sweet corn is in yet. I hate the fact that I get so antsy for the fresh Connecticut shoreline produce, but I so wanted sweet corn. I understand that it is only July, but I also know that farms in the middle of the state get sweet corn sooner;  maybe, just maybe, Whittle’s has some.

Sad to say, it is closed today. I will call tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, as Shakespeare says. Maybe he was impatient, too.

Instead, because the weather is simply gorgeous and my Weber beckons, I can grill some peaches for dessert to go with the last few tablespoons of strawberry ice cream.

What to make for dinner?

A few weeks ago I made a chicken dish in the oven, although the recipe calls for the grill. I used breasts and legs. This time I had a 4-pound, cut-up chicken; leftover chicken will be incredible on a salad for two or three days.

Sweet and Sticky Grilled Chicken

From Bon Appetit, June, 2022

Yield: serves 4

Photo by Atharva Tulsi on Unsplash.

1 3½-4 pound chicken, halved, or chicken breasts, halved, and legs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup orange marmalade or seedless jam of choice
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/3 cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 jalapeno, finely chopped (optional)
5 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for grill
Flaky sea salt (if you have some)

Generously season chicken with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes, or chill up to a day. If chilling, let sit at room temperature 1 hour before grilling.

Whisk marmalade, mustard, vinegar, soy sauce, jalapeno (if using) and garlic in a small bowl to combine. Set glaze aside.

Prepare grill for medium-high indirect heat (for a charcoal grill, bank coals on one side of grill; for a gas grill, leave one or two burners off). Lightly oil grate. Pat chicken dry with paper towels, then rub with 1 tablespoon oil. Place skin side down on indirect hear. Cover grill and grill chicken, turning halfway through, until skin is lightly browned and instant-read thermometer inserted in thicken part of t high registered 120 to 130 degrees, 15 to 20 minutes.

Uncover grill, turn chicken over and move over direct heat. Brush chicken with reserved glaze. Grill, turning often and brushing generously with glaze (move to indirect heat if browning too quickly), until charred in spots and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breast registered 150 degrees (it will climb to 160 as chicken rests), 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer chicken, skin side up, to a cutting bread; let rest 15 minutes.

While chicken is resting, transfer any remaining glaze to a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until bubbling and slightly thickened, about 5 minute es. 

Curve chicken and transfer to a platter; sprinkle with sea salt and serve with sauce alongside.

About the author: Lee White has been writing about restaurants and cooking since 1976 and has been extensively published in the Worcester (Mass.) Magazine, The Day, Norwich Bulletin, and Hartford Courant. She currently writes Nibbles and a cooking column called A La Carte for LymeLine.com and the Shore Publishing and the Times newspapers, both of which are owned by The Day. She was a resident of Old Lyme for many years but now lives in Groton, Conn. Contact Lee at leeawhite@aol.com.

Legal News You Can Use: Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

It’s common for first-time homebuyers to make mistakes. However, with the real estate market so competitive right now, you can’t afford to learn on the job. If you’re interested in buying a home in the future, you should start preparing today.

Keep your credit score high

Your credit score will be extremely important at all steps in the home buying process. Even if you get preapproved for a mortgage, the mortgage lender could still deny approval before you close on your house. That means that you need to get your credit score up and keep it up.

If you already have great credit, try not to mess it up during the home buying process by opening or closing lines of credit. Making a large purchase on a credit card could also damage your credit score because it will lower your available credit. Until you close on your house, try to keep your credit as stable as possible.

Shop for a mortgage first

First-time homebuyers often think that they should shop for a home before they apply for a mortgage. However, doing business in this order will probably lead to disappointment considering how competitive the real estate market is right now. Not only should you apply for a mortgage ahead of time, but you should also apply for a few different mortgages so that you can compare interest rates and closing costs.

Maintain steady employment

Changing jobs during the home buying process can complicate things since most mortgage lenders want to see at least two years of steady employment history. Even if changing jobs ultimately benefits you, it could result in a gap in your income history. If you’re involved in this type of a real estate transaction, it’s best to wait until the deal is closed before changing jobs.

Consider hiring a real estate agent

Many first-time homebuyers make the mistake of thinking that they can do everything themselves. However, not hiring a real estate agent could end up costing you. A real estate agent may help you to get the best deal on a house by negotiating on your behalf.

Attorneys at Suisman Shapiro can answer your questions on the legal aspects of house purchase. Visit their website or call 800-499-0145 — lines are open 24 hours a day.

This is a sponsored post by Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law of New London located at 75 State Street, New London, CT 06320

Gardening Tips for July From ‘The English Lady’ … When the Sun Shines, a Breeze Blows and Birds Sing

Hibiscus flowers make a stunning display throughout July.

“A perfect July day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing … and the lawnmower is broken!” – James Dent

Maureen Haseley-Jones is “The English Lady.”

Watering is so important during the heat of summer.

If you planted trees or shrubs this spring, particularly evergreens, these plants require extra moisture to establish a strong root system. We have had an abundant amount of rain this spring and into the summer, however it is always important to keep an eye on the weather.

WATER:

A sprinkler can be an effective watering method. Photo by Anthony Lee on Unsplash.

Here in New England, plants require at least an inch of water per week.  If you are using a regular hose, you lose 40% of moisture to evaporation. However, a hose is necessary for a deep first-watering when a plant goes into the ground and for containers.

Soaker hoses in your borders are the best method of watering, attached to a house spigot with a timer. By using this method of irrigation, moisture goes to the roots of plants where it is needed and not on the foliage, which can cause disease such as black spot and powdery mildew. Soaker hoses attached to a timer can be used efficiently not only in the borders of the garden but also in the vegetable garden, where annual vegetables, require a lot of water to produce a good crop.

In addition, composted manure added to the containers and copious amounts to the vegetable garden, helping to retain a good amount of moisture. Manure used as mulch for the vegetable garden adds more nutrition, manure as mulch  does not cap or form a hard crust, so water goes directly to the roots where it is needed.

LAWNS & HUMUS:

Photo by Chris Zhang on Unsplash.

Water the lawn only when the green glow begins to fade.  An established lawn will bounce back following dry hot spells.

I want to emphasize the importance of soil and soil health, which has been severely neglected and abused with poisonous chemicals for years. Soil is the most important element of plant growth; it is not an inert medium that merely holds the plants erect, it is a living organism that needs to be replenished with nutrients.

The nutrient is composted manure — manure builds soils structure and its bacteria partners with the millions of microbes below the surface to produce nutrients for the roots of the plants. If you have not already done so, I strongly suggest that you carefully discard all chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.

The addition of composted manure to your soil in spring, early summer and in early fall, together with the addition of natural brown bark mulch, will build the carbon compound or humus component in the soil.  We are all carbon-based creatures, as is every living element, and so this is our lifeblood and the lifeblood of the soil in our gardens.

As we build the humus component by adding composted manure and fine-bark mulch we are producing the healthiest possible growing environment and the strongest disease resistant plants.  As we add the composted manure and natural fine bark mulch season after season, the humus component continues to build in the soil, continuously extracting carbon from the atmosphere into the soil.

ROSES:

Photo by Summer Quinn on Unsplash.

These flourish beautifully with the addition of composted manure and mulch applied on the soil about two feet away from the base of the plant. Roses also require deep watering at least once a week. Now, in July add another light layer of composted manure around the roses.

Manure is food for the roots of the roses and no other products are necessary for growth and bloom. Stop adding manure to the roses in mid-August, so that the roses can move into a slow dormancy through late summer and early fall, a natural part of their growth cycle.

If you are a first time rose-grower or adding to your rose collection,

David Austin English roses are my personal preference.  The David Austin nursery is only 21 miles from my hometown in Shropshire in England; it was a fragrant pleasure to visit the nursery in June.

David Austin roses are more trouble-free than many other roses and are repeat bloomers, with beautiful colors that enhance our senses with delicious fragrances.

Some of my favorite David Austin roses are:

A Shropshire Lad (my home country in England):- a peachy pink
Abraham Darby:- shades of apricot and yellow
Evelyn (my favorite):- with giant apricot hued flowers
Fair Bianca:- a pure white rose
Heritage:- a soft blush pink
Carding Mill Valley:- begins as a peachy orange double flower before becoming an apricot-pink

A lovely combination is climbing roses and clematis planted together as both enjoy the same planting environment with their heads in the sun and their feet (roots) cool, with manure and mulch. This combination looks great, climbing over a fence, wall or arbor.

MULCH:
Do not use the artificially-colored red mulch, rubber mulch or cocoa mulch; use only natural brown bark mulch.  Do not mulch right up to the base of the plants, as this invites rodents to nest and gnaw on the stems or trunks of the plants.

Note: Do not use Cocoa mulch, produced by Hershey, this mulch has a Thorazine compound and other poisons which are hazardous to pets who are attracted by the chocolate odor. Ingestion of this chocolate mulch can cause seizures and death within hours.

HYDRANGEAS:

Photo by Summer Quinn on Unsplash.

Plant Hydrangeas in a sunny area if you live near the coast for them to enjoy gentle seas breezes. Plant them in part-sun away from the coast on the west or east aspect of the garden. Plant them in organically rich soil with composted manure and add extra composted manure around the base now in July.

If you have the blue macrophylla Hydrangea add some peat or aged oak bark around the base, the acidity in the peat or oak bark encourages a deeper blue hue. Hydrangeas are a wetland plant and require plenty of water throughout the summer. We had a late spring and with all the spring and early summer rain and good sunshine, the foliage and bloom of the hydrangeas are performing well.

Watch out for powdery mildew and spray with the following powdery mildew recipe you can mix yourself:
Two tablespoons baking soda, one dessert spoon of vegetable oil, a squirt of dish soap with a gallon of water in a sprayer.

For any recipe spray you make at home, spray only in the morning when there is no wind and when the temperature and humidity added together do not go above 180.

PRUNING HYDRANGEAS:

Prune Hydrangeas immediately after they finish blooming in late August or early September but no later, as Hydrangeas set their buds for the next season by mid September.

If you prune after September, you will lose next season’s bloom. When you prune, cut out some of the old wood and the weakest of the new shoots.

In October put more composted manure and brown mulch around the base to nourish and protect the roots through the winter.

GARLIC:

Photo by Lobo Studio on Unsplash.

Did you know that garlic is the antibiotic of the garden? I just love garlic to use in my recipes and it is an important anti-fungal element to protect your plants. I always suggest in early fall, plant more garlic.

To avoid fungal diseases plant garlic around strawberries, tomatoes and raspberries to avoid fungal diseases.

Plant garlic:-

  • around mildew-prone plants to prevent mildew on such plants as summer phlox and bee balm.
  • under fruit trees to avoid scab and root disease.
  • next to ponds or standing water to control mosquito larvae or pour garlic water into the water to deter adult mosquitoes.

Where you notice marauders, where either insects or animals have been munching, make a garlic spray to apply on the plants including vegetables.

Garlic spray recipe
4 large, crushed garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
1 squirt of mild dish detergent

Put all ingredients in 2 cups of hot water in the blender, blend, then leave overnight, then put in a gallon sprayer with cold water and spray in the early morning when there is no wind, observing the rule of 180.  Observing the rule of 180 is when the temperature and humidity when added together do not go above 180.

Hot pepper spray:
To deter squirrels and chipmunks try a hot pepper spray using either 4 hot chilies or one cup of cayenne pepper in 2 cups of hot water, in the blender, blend and leave overnight, then put in a gallon sprayer with cold water and spray the problem areas in the early morning.

This pepper spray works well to deter squirrels, chipmunks, and deer as well as dogs and cats that may be leaving their deposits in the garden.

HANDS:
Gardener’s hands are their tools of the trade so it’s important to take care of them. My hands remain healthy by indulging in a hot cream treatment once a week before bed. 

Recipe: Combine Calendula cream with honey and essential oil of lavender heated in the microwave, apply generously and put on white cotton gloves for sleep. When I wake up my hands are soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom. Wear gloves, when working in soil that contains manure or when spreading manure. Manure is an organic product that contains bacteria; bacteria is great for the soil but like many bacteria not healthy for you. The garden gloves I prefer are the soft leather farmer’s gloves that are washable.  

FLAVORED OILS:
Many herbs are at their peak right now and are ideal for using in flavored oils.  The oil I use as a base is organic olive oil. I harvest basil, parsley, sage, tarragon and oregano in a morning, rinse them well, pat them dry with a paper towel and then make the recipe.

Chose an herb and add to two cups of oil.

For thyme and lavender, I use only the flowers with one cup of oil to a handful of blossoms.

Puree the herb mixture in a blender and store covered in a wide mouthed jar for three days, shake at least three times a day for the first two days and on the third day let the mixture settle to the bottom, then strain it through a paper coffee filter or cheese cloth into a clean jar.  You will now have a tinted but clear mixture.

Refrigerate each mixture and use within two to three weeks.  The herb oils I make are lavender, lemon, garlic, shallots and basil with olive oil as the base – these are my favorites and are great brushed on vegetables and meats for grilling.  The lavender oil is great with desserts. Rosemary and lemon oil taste excellent on salads.

MOLES:
I know I have given you a few mole remedies in the past; but I have not given you the exlax method for a while. I can attest to the fact that I have used this method as have many fellow gardeners for years, as it works.  Buy Exlax , in which the main ingredient is Senna, a natural herb. Insert Exlax into the mole holes, the moles and voles eat it then die of dehydration.

If you have dogs and cats do not use the chocolate Exlax, use only the plain Exlax as chocolate is dangerous to pets.

In early April of next year, apply organic grub control, which means less grubs for the moles to feed on, and without their supply of grubs, the moles will go elsewhere for food. In addition, the white grubs of Japanese beetles can be diminished with the grub control.

JAPANESE BEETLES:

These insects love our plants and here is a method to deal with them naturally. In the early morning, the Japanese beetles are drowsy and can be captured.  Lay a drop cloth under the plant or plants where you see them and gently shake the plant; the drowsy beetles will drop onto the cloth, which you gather up and drop them in a garbage bag and discard.

Many of us are committed to organic gardening without chemicals, which has enabled the earthworm population to once again increase; earthworms are a great boon to the garden soil as their castings add 50% nutrition to the soil together with eleven trace minerals.

SUMMER PHLOX

I just love my summer phlox and to keep the mildew problems at bay I use the natural baking soda mix I mentioned above.  I have found that white Phlox Miss Lingard or white Phlox David are more resistant to mildew that other summer phlox.  Monarda commonly known, as Bee Balm and Hydrangeas are also prone to be affected by powdery mildew, and this is where the baking soda recipe once again can be used.

For a second bloom on the Summer Phlox, prune off ten to twenty inches from the flower stems after the first bloom has gone by and within a few weeks you will experience new bloom.

KEEP YOUR GARDEN CLEAN – a healthy garden is a clean garden. Do not put any diseased items into your compost.

Deadhead all annuals and perennials for a second bloom and clean up all spend blossoms.

When Coreopsis and Spirea have bloomed, with garden shears, shear off dead flowers and they too will rebloom.

CONTAINERS:

Photo by LandscapesbyIanLLC.com.

Make sure you have composted manure and fine bark mulch applied on top of the soil in your containers and keep them watered as containers dry out quicker than garden soil. In hot weather the containers will need to be watered daily, morning and evening watering is the best. If you do not have time in a morning before you leave for work or errands, empty your ice cube trays on the containers; this provides slow -release watering until you can get to them later.

Enjoy being in the garden, stay hydrated, continue to stretch and take time to ‘smell the Roses’.

If you have any gardening questions, please email me at MaureenHaseleyJones@gmail.com and I’ll see you in your garden in August.

Also if you would like a garden consult, contact my son Ian at LandscapesbyIan.com – he is a brilliant gardening mind and as one says ‘the apple does not fall far from the tree!’

About the author: Maureen Haseley-Jones is a member of a family of renowned horticultural artisans, whose landscaping heritage dates back to the 17th century. She is one of the founders, together with her son Ian, of, The English Lady Landscape and Home Company. Maureen and Ian are landscape designers and garden experts, who believe that everyone deserves to live in an eco-conscious environment and enjoy the pleasure that it brings. Maureen learned her design skills from both her mother and grandmother, and honed her horticultural and construction skills while working in the family nursery and landscape business in the U.K. Her formal horticultural training was undertaken at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in Surrey.

Letter to the Editor: Armed Guards in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools — More Questions

To the Editor:

Does anyone, parents or voters, know yet how much more in taxes they will be forced to pay for the salaries and insurance coverage of armed guards in Region 18 schools? Region 18, OUR schools.

If this is public knowledge, I cannot find anything.

Nor can I find any information on whether the armed guards will also be present during after-school activities, including sports practices or games. Perhaps I missed something? I would think the liability insurance will be very high, since these guards are employees of Region 18 and due to the real risk of the guards accidentally shooting a parent, teacher, visitor or God forbid, a student.

I, for one, am unwilling to pay taxes for such a dangerous and ineffective initiative. Data, not “feelings” or political beliefs inform my opinion.
Superintendent Ian Neviaser rushed this through, with the help of the Region 18 Board of Education (BOE), despite parent opposition. Of note, there are no armed guards in the community he resides in, and where his own children attended school.
Demand answers from him and the BOE, and our selectmen and woman, Tim Griswold, Matt Ward and Martha Shoemaker. All can be contacted via email at first initial, last name ( no space) @oldlyme-ct.gov.
Sincerely,
Betsy Groth,
Old Lyme.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and child advocate 
Member GAGV ( CT Against Gun Violence)
Retired faculty, Yale School of Nursing

Lyme-Old Lyme High, Middle Schools Announce Q4 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School
Quarter 4 Honor Roll   2021-22

HIGH HONORS

Grade 12:

Emily Almada, Grace Arnold, Dylan Avelange, Hannah Britt, John Caulkins, Grace Coverdale, Elise DeBernardo, Elizabeth Duddy, Eleanor Dushin, Lauren Enright, Meyer Goldberg, Austin Halsey, Lillian Herrera, Madison Hubbard, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Cora Kern, Robyn King, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Mikayla Masilotti, Stephanie Mauro, Elle Myers, Emily Nickerson, Bella Orlando, Isabel Prentice, Jacob Ritchie, Margaret Rommel, Alexander Roth, Olivia Schaedler, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Victoria Stout, Madison Thompson, John Videll, Evan Visgilio, Aidan Ward, Ellie Wells, Paige Winchell, Jenna Woods, Avery Wyman

Grade 11:

William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Cooper Bowman, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, Nicholas Cox, William Danes, Anna Davis, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, Alexis Fenton, Matthew Grammatico, Willa Hoerauf, Arber Hoxha, Charlotte Judge, Aidan Kerrigan, Jair Lata Yanza, Jonah Lathrop, Ford Macadam, Marielle Mather, Kennedy McCormick, Madalyn McCulloch, Joseph Montazella, Madeleine Morgado, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Izzadora Reynolds, Benjamin Roth, Rhyleigh Russell, Stefan Ryer, Jenna Schauder, Dylan Sheehan, Anders Silberberg, Ned Smith, Alyssa Spooner, Mary Surprenant, Samantha Tan, Tova Toriello, Gesami Vazquez, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams

Grade 10:

Alexis Antonellis, Beatrice Barnett, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Sophia Cheung, William Coppola, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Sydney Doboe, Eva D’Onofrio, Amelia Gage, Marcia Geronimo, Sydney Goulding, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Ella Halsey, Mohamad Hamou, John Holzworth, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Grace Phaneuf, Jack Porter, Haley Shaw, Hannah Thomas, Keara Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Tyler Wells, Summer Wollack, Duohui Yan, Grace Zembruski

Grade 9:

Quinn Arico, Molly Boardman, Hannah Bonilla, Mark Burnham, Mason Bussmann, Chase Calderon, Andrew Clougherty, Tabitha Colwell, Gloria Conley, Andrea DeBernardo, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Grace Ferman, Benedict Frazier, Manu Geronimo, Ava Gilbert, Kaela Hoss, Shyla Jones, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Peter Kuhn, Ada LaConti, Elise Leonardo, Lana Lopes, Kanon Oharu, Sophie Pennie, Ysabel Rodriguez, Ryan Shapiro, Drea Simler, Charlotte Tinniswood, Nicholas Turtoro, Kathleen Walsh, Gabriella Ziegler

HONORS

Grade 12:

John Almy, Evan Clark, Ryan Clark, James Creagan, Lauren Creagan, Elias D’Onofrio, Victoria Gage, Shawn Grenier, Nicolette Hallahan, Andrew Hedberg, Zoe Jensen, Felse Kyle, Jacob Meyers, Michael O’Donnell, Adeline Riccio, Abigail Sicuranza, McLean Signora, Parker Sprankle, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Alexandra Tinniswood, Riley Warecke, Melanie Warren

Grade 11:

Whitney Barbour, Jordan Beebe, Gillian Bradley, John Buckley, Jacob Derynioski, Kylie Dishaw, Angus Griffin, Dylan Hovey, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Jacob Rand, Jaden Reyes, Santiago Rodriguez

Grade 10:

Peighton Andrews, Jedidiah Arico, Emma Bayor, Morgan Bell, Elliot Bjornberg, Nicholas Cheesman, Sarah Colangelo, Adam Damiano, Alexis Frascarelli, Calla Gilson, Douglas Griswold, Katherine Gryk, Abby Hale, Sedona Holland, Grady Lacourciere, Griffin McGlinchey, Katherine Mullaney, Kayla O’Leary, Ronald Olin, Dylan Paynter, Luisa Raby, Cailin Ruhling, Cajamarca Salazar, Noah Sanford, Sydney Siefken, Madeleine Soriano, Kalea VanPelt

Grade 9:

Oliver Avelange, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Janna Graves, Nicolas Hatch, Rowan Hovey, Aven Kellert, Andrew Liu, Abigail O’Brien, Cajamarca Salazar, Kelly Sheehan, Sarah De Paula Silva,

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Quarter 4 Honor Roll 2021-22

HIGH HONORS

Grade 8:

Ilona Binch, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Trevor Buydos, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Sophia D’Angelo, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Elena Gerardo, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Scarlette Graybill, Elizaveta Gregoire, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Jade Lawton, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Elise Marchant, Carter McGlinchey, Madeline Murphy, Sybil Neary, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Taylor Quintin, Jenna Salpietro, Sophia Shaposhnikova, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Addison Spooner, Carson St. Louis, Andrew Taylor, Margaret Thuma, Madeleine Trepanier, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Oliver Wyman, Stella Young, Carl Zapatka

Grade 7:

Lucia Arico, Addison Arndt, Zak Avelange, Mia Bonatti, Morgan Buerger, Marla Bulas, Brooke Burgess, William Burgess, Anna Bussmann, Brennan Butzer, Chase Catalano, Isaac Chartier, Sophia D’Amico, Amirah D’Lizarraga, Elliot Dunn-Sims, Samson Edmed, Lauren Fulara, Angeline Gencarella, Antonio Gencarella, Gavin Goulis, Skylar Graybill, Tessa Grethel, Charles Halsey, Owen Holth, Marley Iaia, Elsa Jungkeit, William Kabel, Josephine Kiem, Paul Kuhn, Alexa Legein, Olivia Lovendale, Kaylee McCarthy, Matilda Miller, John Morosky, Emelia Munster, Grace Osborne, Eva Oulahan-Smith, Mia Palmer, Arthur Riccio, Ainsley Rinoski, Cameron Russell, Allegra Schaedler, Owen Shapiro, Kevork Shegirian, Nicholas Sokolowski, Madeline Stiles, Carli Teixeira, Magdalena Tooker, Kaylyn Vernon, Brody Ziolkovski

Grade 6:

Lillian Acosta, Lauren Belval, Scarlett Blatter, Vivian Boller, Noah Brant, Lana Brunza, Gabrielle Clark, Colin Discordia, Albert Enman, Katharine Ferman, Jonah Filardi, Avery Goiangos, Frederick Goss, Elaina Graves, Gavin Gray, Sawyer Graybill, Aiden Guidi, Alistair Hampton-Dowson, Colleen Harrington, Morgan Harris, Ryan Hill, Fiona Judge, Jillian Kleefeld, Kaedyn Koproski, Holden Leonardo, Graham Macadam, Benjamin Mattox, Liam McCormick, Charles McEwen, Caitlyn McHugh, William McKeever, Clarissa Mock, Naomi Mohn, Addyson Morosky, Marielle Munster, Remi Patz, Jonah Scheckwitz, Audrey Sheehan, Avery Spooner, Charlotte Thuma, Delilah Tooker, Jonathan Toriello, Renee Viera, Avery Wesch, Charles Zapatka, Ella Ziolkovski

HONORS

Grade 8:

Charlotte Antonino, Sienna Bari, Annabelle Coppola, Gabrielle Field, Benjamin Goulding, Anne-Marie Hinckley, Maya LeQuire, Jackson Pannier, Louis Patana, Marleigh Piacenza, Isabella Presti, Tanner Snurkowski, Charlotte Spiegel, Sydney St. Pierre, Meredith Thompson, John Turick, Connor Vautrain, Eve Videll, Katherine Zhang

Grade 7:

Collin Anderson, Phineas Barrett, Ceciley Buckley, Reagan Bullock, Lillian Calabrese, Johanna Coker, Brady Donovan, Edward Fiske, Taiyo Gemme, Kaedin Gerster, Samuel Gilbert, Harrison Goulis, Lauren Herrera, Marley Igersheimer, Allisondra Krol, Logan Krouch, Callahan Lacourciere, Logan Landry, Alexandria Sanford, Milo Stiles, Hunter Supersano

Grade 6:

Kaitlyn Ackerman, Ashlynn Edwards, Treyton LaConti, Rowan McCormick, Grace Morrissette, Ava Novak, Mila Pacelli, Abigail Singleton, Grayson Standish, Ashlynn Ward, Avery Zbierski

Death Announced of Former Principal of Old Lyme’s Mile Creek School, Ronald “Ron” Martino; Services in OL, Aug. 3

Ronald Edward Martino
May 8, 1935 – July 16, 2022

MYSTIC, CT/OLD LYME, CT — Ronald “Ron” Martino 87, beloved husband of 62 years to Alberta Martino, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Born in New Britain, he was the only child of the late Anthony and Frances Martino.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from CCSC and his Master’s at the University of Hartford and his 6th year certificate at UCONN. He spent the majority of his career in education serving the Old Lyme school system as principal of Mile Creek Elementary School for 25 years. In addition, he was an accomplished musician and led a 5 piece dance band that played throughout CT in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. His passion for music continued throughout his life, having played percussion in the Old Lyme Town Band, and in his retirement played piano at the Flood Tide Inn in Mystic.

When he and his wife eventually moved to Evergreen Woods he continued to play piano at many resident social events. Ron and Alberta raised their family in Old Lyme, and enjoyed living on the shoreline, taking advantage of the beaches and Long Island Sound. Ron and Alberta had a wide circle of friends with whom they socialized over dinner parties, boating, and ski trips. Ron was an avid fisherman and boater. On many Saturdays in the early hours of the morning he could be found on the waters, many of those days with his best friend Larry Kelliher chasing whatever fish wanted to jump onto their hooks.

In retirement, he and Alberta moved to Naples, Florida where they were snowbirds for 10 plus years. They moved from Old Lyme to Niantic in 2003, and moved to Evergreen Wood last year to be closer to his children. He was a loving, kind and devoted husband and father.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Christine Carey and her husband Michael of Westport and Laura Martino and her spouse Elizabeth Ingalls of Guilford and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his cousin Joe Martino who was like a brother to him.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 3 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. A Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 AM in Christ The King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme.

Gifts in his memory can be made to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, P.O. Box 589, Old Lyme CT 06371 or online at LYSB.org.

Death Announced of Ronald Sheldon Houlihan, Member of OLHS Class of 1956

Ronald Sheldon Houlihan

OLD LYME — Ronald Sheldon Houlihan, aged 83, of Homosassa, Fla., died July 6, 2022. Ron was born July 18, 1938, to the late George and Grace (Morgan) Houlihan of Old Lyme, Conn., where Ron and his four siblings grew up. After graduating from high school, Ron joined the Army. He trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, served in Korea, and was in the Special Forces. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1959.

In Old Lyme, he married and had two daughters, Cindi and Lisa, whom he loved without limit. His simple joy was to walk in the same woods he had as a boy, now with a different dog and a daughter or two.

Working for Connecticut Light & Power as a lead lineman, he served his union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, as the business manager of Local 1175, and charter member then president of Local 457. He served his hometown on its Democratic Town Committee and its Conservation Commission.

After 30 years with CL&P, he retired to Homosassa, Fla., with his partner, Sheryl Williams. Ron was a life member of the 101st Airborne Division Association and of the VFW, serving two terms as commander of Post 8189. He also belonged to AmVets, American Legion Post 155, and Moose Lodge 2013. He enjoyed golf, especially a hole-in-one that might have been his proudest non-paternal moment; hunting deer and pheasant; reading westerns and military history; and maintaining his Irish in drink and temper. He was proud to keep his yard precisely mowed and his vehicles pristine. You could eat off his lawn, but not in his car.

His brother George of Westbrook, sisters Millie Jackson and Joyce Grisky of Old Lyme, and daughter Cynthia (Cindi) Houlihan of Norwich predeceased him. He is survived by Sheryl, his devoted companion of more than 30 years; daughter Lisa Houlihan (Richard Caccavale) of Denver, CO; sister Faye Hubble of Naples, FL; sister-in-law Norma Houlihan of Punta Gorda, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

VFW 8189 at 8856 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa, will host a memorial service with a military salute on July 23 at 2 p.m. Ron’s ashes will be interred in Bushnell National Cemetery.