November 12, 2018

Defending Champs Old Lyme Girls Storm Into State Soccer Semis; Face East Hampton Tonight

On to the semis! The Wildcats celebrate their 2-0 win over Portland in traditional style.  Photo by B. Butler Danes.

Defending Class S champions Old Lyme defeated Portland 2-0 Friday afternoon in the CIAC Class S quarterfinals.  Britney DeRoehn scored both Wildcat goals with one assisted by her sister Emily DeRoehn. Both goals were scored in the second half.

Britney DeRoehn scored both goals in Old Lyme’s quarter final against Portland. File photo.

Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme and notched eight saves, while Kelly Boutin tended goal for Portland making 13 saves.

Old Lyme, seeded #14, now advance into the semifinals and will face seventh-seeded East Hampton Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Fitzgerald Sports Complex in West Haven.  The other semifinal will be between #4 Immaculate and #17 Coginchaug and will also be played on Monday.


Learn How to Enhance Your Habitat for Songbirds, Beneficial Insects, Tuesday in Lyme

Learn how to make your yard more desirable to hummingbirds like the one pictured above.

Join Audubon CT, Lyme Land Trust, and the Town of Lyme Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Lyme Public Hall to learn about enhancing your land for songbirds, wild turkeys, and beneficial insects.  At 7 p.m., DEEP wildlife biologist Peter Picone will share a fascinating presentation of his knowledge and insights on creating and improving wildlife habitat in your surroundings. 

The program is part of a project launched by Audubon Connecticut in the Important Bird Area (IBA) called the “Lyme Forest Block,” which spans forested habitat in six towns in southeastern Connecticut. The goal of the project is to teach you how to enhance your land to attract and nourish forest birds.

Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rte 156), Lyme,

For more information, email or visit


Lyme, Old Lyme Town Halls Hosts Holiday Art Exhibit by Local Seniors

‘Dream Lilies’ by Jeri Baker is one of the featured works in the Lymes’ Senior Center Art Show at Old Lyme Town Hall.

Art groups from the Lymes’ Senior Center will hold their third annual exhibit of their work for sale in the Old Lyme Town Hall during
November and December. The participating artists have been taking art classes with Sharon Schmiedel. Paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces will be on display.

Additionally, two members of the Center’s community, Janet Cody and Peg Sheehan, will add a “Touch of Craft” with their work in traditional punch needle pieces and handmade jewelry of silver, gold and semi-precious and precious stones respectively.

Another member, Norma DeGrafft, will also display her scenic watercolors in the Lyme Town Hall.

A portion of any sale will be donated to the Lymes’ Senior Center. An opening reception for this show will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Old Lyme Town Hall. Light refreshments will be served.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Senior Class Extends Sock Fundraiser to Community

Do your feet get cold during the winter?

Are your socks old and worn out?

Do you want to be the most stylish person in town?

Well, you are in luck!

Until Thursday, Nov. 15, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior class is selling Wildcat socks to help support the class. As the expenses of senior year (such as senior ball, field trips, and caps and gowns) start to pile up, the class is hoping to defray some of the costs with the sock fundraiser.

“The Class of 2019 is excited to extend this fundraiser to the Lyme-Old Lyme community,” says senior class president Gary Bocian, “We hope that people who may not be directly associated with the school will be able to support our senior class and the many events that are going to be taking place towards the end of the year.”

These extremely fashionable socks are available at Be sure to order your pair while they are still available!

Contact Gary Bocian ( with any questions.


Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm Hosts 29th Annual ‘Farm Day’, Nov. 24; All Welcome

Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm Annual ‘Farm Day’ always draws a large number of visitors.

Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm will host their 29th Annual ‘Farm Day’ on Saturday November 24th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 139 Beaver Brook Rd. in Lyme, Conn. The annual event is a Lyme tradition, bringing families together to celebrate the heritage of the 101-year-old farm.  The open house ‘Farm Day’ is a free event and features activities for people of all ages.

The Sankows invite the public to see the animals; including over 600 sheep, learn the history of the Sankow farm, and to discover how the farm products are produced and used.   Suzanne Sankow says “Stan and I continue to encourage families to learn the importance of farming and local agriculture.  We greatly enjoy seeing the next generations explore the farm, pet a cow, try a sheep’s cheese or just have fun being outdoors before the winter cold arrives”.

Activities for the family include wagon hayrides, wool spinning and sock making demonstrations.  Live music will be performed by The Locomotives, a folk/blues/rock band, who will be playing songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s in addition some originals.

Visitors can shop from a few local vendors including Four Root Farms who will be onsite selling holiday wreaths and swags made with all-Connecticut grown evergreens, rose hips and berries.

The Farm Market and Wool Shop will be open during the event and will feature a variety of artisanal sheep and cow’s milk dairy products and meats as well as new wool products including wool socks, pillows, blankets, capes and sweater capes. Complimentary tastings of sheep’s and cow’s cheese will be available including the Award-Winning BIG E ‘Best in Class’ Feta Pesto.

Lamb and chicken sausage sandwiches, Abbey, Pleasant Cow and Pleasant Son mac & cheese, lamb and white bean chili, chicken corn chowder, hot chocolate and cider will be available for purchase.

Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm, is a 175 acres sheep and dairy farm located in Lyme, CT.  The 101 year old farm is home to a dozen Jersey Cows alongside the 450-600 sheep – Frislands, Romneys and natural coloreds.

Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm is the largest sheep farm in Connecticut and the only licensed producer of sheep’s milk in Connecticut.  They make and sells artisanal sheep and cow’s milk cheeses as well as yogurts, milk, and gelato.

The Wool Shop on the farm features wool garments including socks, scarves, sweaters, hats, vests, and blankets as well as cones of yarn made from their own wool. They offer fresh lamb meats at their farm store beside homemade entrees such as white bean chili and lamb curry stew.

Visit for more information.


Needleman Wins 33rd State Senate District by 303 Votes

State Senator-Elect Norm Needleman

State Representative (R-34th) Melissa Ziobron.

Melissa Ziobron, Republican Candidate for the 33rd State Senate District [which includes Lyme] and outgoing House Representative for the 34th District, called her opponent to concede the race just after noon today.

According to the Connecticut Secretary of State, Mr. Needleman leads by 303 votes, or 0.58 percent, which is just 0.08 percent over the 0.5 percent threshold that would trigger an automatic recount.
Rep. Ziobron stated “I am very proud of the race that I ran and grateful for the tremendous effort from my campaign staff and volunteers. We worked hard, earned every vote and did not give an inch of ground.”
Rep. Ziobron concluded: “I want to thank everyone who has supported me, both in this race and elsewhere, most especially my family.”

Results In Old Lyme Give Wins to Republicans Stefanowski, Formica and Carney

Note these are unofficial results.  We do not have numbers for Questions 1 and 2 on the ballot, but have heard Question 2 has passed statewide.


Lamont/ Bysiewicz: 1,961

Stefanowski/ Markley: 2,054

Griebel/Frank: 56


Murphy: 2,435

Corey: 1,732

Lion: 9

Russell: 7


Courtney: 2,671

Postemski: 1,449

Reale: 24

Bicking: 37


Formica: 2,326

Marx: 1,863


Carney: 2,294

Pugliese: 1,890


Merrill: 2,232

Chapman: 1,859

Gwynn: 29

DeRosa: 31


Wo0den: 2,175

Gray: 1,891

Brohinsky: 33


Lembo: 2,144

Miller: 1,800

Passarelli: 25

Heflin: 37


Tong: 2,052

Hatfield: 2,057

Goselin: 46


Carney Claims Victory in 23rd House District

State Rep. Devin Carney

On Facebook, State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23) has posted news of his victory over Matt Pugliese by 7129-5690 votes.


Murphy Easily Wins Re-election

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy speaks to supporters Tuesday night. Photo by Douglas Healey for CTNewJunkie.

Editor’s Note: We are providing this link to an article by Jack Kramer published on Nov. 6, which covers Senator Chris Murphy’s victory. is a fellow member of the Local Independent Online News (LION) publishers national organization and we are pleased occasionally to cross-publish our stories.

HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy easily won a second term Tuesday night defeating Republican challenger Matthew Corey.

Murphy was declared the winner shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Early results showed him with a 3-2 margin over Corey.

Read the full article at this link.


Democrats Win Across the Board in Lyme Results; Needleman, Pugliese Both Poll High Than Opponents

Note these are unofficial results.  We also hear unofficially that Question 2 has passed statewide.


Lamont/ Bysiewicz: 766

Stefanowski/ Markley: 644

Griebel/Frank: 220


Murphy: 901

Corey: 544

Lion: 9

Russell: 18


Courtney: 981

Postemski: 463

Reale: 11

Bicking: 8


Needleman: 861

Ziobron: 593


Pugliese: 744

Carney: 713


Merrill: 838

Chapman: 589

Gwynn: 9

DeRosa: 8


Wooden: 828

Gray: 598

Brohinsly: 15


Lembo: 819

Miller: 612

Passarelli: 12

Heflin: 10


Tong: 794

Hatfield: 698

Goselin: 8



Yes: 1,101

No: 100



Yes: 1,061

No: 131






Huge Lines All Day at Polls in Old Lyme, Exceptional Participation Rate in Lyme

The line at Cross Lane Polling Station at the Firehouse at 7:45 a.m. this morning.  Photo by M. Seidner.

We are receiving numerous accounts of long lines throughout the day and early evening at the Polling Station at the Cross Lane  Firehouse in Old Lyme.  Despite the large numbers, there were many favorable comments on the efficiency of the volunteer election workers.  Old Lyme printed 5,000 ballots but had used over 3,000 of them by around 4:30 p.m.

Emily Berber Bjornberg reports that Lyme passed the 75 percent participation mark just before 5:40 p.m.


Vote! Election Day is Today, Polls Open From 6am to 8pm

Polling stations in Lyme and Old Lyme open tomorrow at 6 a.m.

Lyme and Old Lyme voters go to the polls today in a critical mid-term election.  There are no town elections — all the names on the ballot sheet are for state positions, including that of governor.

Visit this link to read the responses that all six of the local candidates gave to our questions.

Visit this link or click on the “Letters” tab above to read all the letters we have received relating to the elections.  Open any letter on its individual page to read the associated comments.

Polling stations open at 6 a.m. today and close at 8 p.m.  Lyme residents cast their votes at the Lyme Town Hall while Old Lyme residents should go to the Cross Lane Firehouse. Optical scan machines will be used. Voters must present identification.


We will publish the results here on very shortly after their announcement.


We Asked, They Answered: The Candidates Respond to Our Questions

Photo by Parker Johnson on Unsplash

In keeping with a long tradition and in the interests of increasing voter knowledge prior to next week’s critically important mid-term elections, we asked all the candidates whose districts include Lyme and/or Old Lyme to send us a brief biography and photo, and answer four questions that we posed to them. The questions came from you — our large and diverse community of readers. We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of questions you sent to us, which we interpret as a clear sign of the level of interest in this election, and are extremely disappointed we could not include more of your questions.

We are delighted to report that all six candidates responded to our questionnaire and are pleased now to publish their responses.  We would like to express our sincere thanks to the candidates for taking the time to answer our questions and for adhering to our strict word deadlines — 100 words for the bio and 300 words for each response.

The questions were:

  1. What is the biggest problem facing the state, why is it the biggest problem, and what would you do to help solve it?
  2. What do you think of our leadership in Washington?
  3. What policies or infrastructure do you support at the state level for fostering or managing growth in you district?
  4. Why are you running for this position?

The candidates are:

House District #23 (includes Lyme and Old Lyme)

Devin Carney (R – Incumbent)

Matt Pugliese (D)

Senate District #20 (includes Old Lyme)

Paul Formica (R – Incumbent)

Martha Marx (D)

Senate District #33  (includes Lyme)

Norm Needleman (D) Essex First Selectman

Melissa Ziobron (R) State Rep. House District #34

Click on the candidate’s name above to read their biography and responses to our questions.

For the record and again in keeping with a long tradition, we will not be making any candidate endorsements.

Happy reading … and voting!


Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on Q2 on Nov. 6 to Protect our Public Lands

To the Editor:

As a strong supporter and user of Connecticut’s wonderful state parks, forests, farmlands and other state-owned recreational and conservation lands (in our area, Nehantic State Forest and Rocky Neck, Harkness and Hammonassett State Parks, just to call out a few of them), I write in support of the public land conveyance constitutional amendment that will appear on our November 6 ballot as Question #2. I urge my friends and neighbors to vote YES. This ballot measure alone is worth a  trip to the polls.

Many people assume that our state-owned recreational and conservation lands are safeguarded for the public forever. Sadly, this is not the case. As things stand now in Connecticut, the state legislature, by simple majority vote,  can sell, swap or give away these lands to private companies or local governments just as it can any other properties that the state owns.
The number #2 ballot proposal, if adopted, would change this. It would amend the state constitution to require a public hearing and a 2/3 vote before the state legislature could take such action. Thus, while not providing absolute protection for publically-accessible and much-loved  lands, the measure would require direct public input on their fate. It would create an open and transparent process preventing back-room deals.
For many in our community, state parks and forests are our only way to experience nature and the outdoors. For all of us, our state lands are beautiful and unique; they nourish body and soul. They also contribute substantial revenue to the state and to the localities in which they are located.
Please join me in voting YES on ballot question 2 on November 6.
Christina E. Clayton,

Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a former President of the Old Lyme Land Trust.

LOL Community Invited to Continue ’11 Days of Kindness’ By Dropping off Donations at LYSB through Nov. 14

Jeannie Goldberg of Lyme was distraught after the most recent shooting rampage in Pittsburg.  In her words posted on Facebook, “I have been struggling with the fact that ANOTHER mass shooting occurred this weekend. I have been overcome with anger and hate for the fact this keeps happening and we as a country refuse to change.”

But, unlike most of us, she continues, “I decided for myself that I need to turn this around and figure out how to spread love instead of resentment.”

She took her concept to Mary Seidner, Director of Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), who agreed to help with what Goldberg now describes as an “insane idea.” Out of their discussions, ’11 Days of Kindness’ was conceived in which Lyme and Old Lyme come together as a community and help each other, talk with each other and just spend time together.

The plan is to spend 11 days this month collecting items for neighbors in need. The 11 days represent the 11 lives lost in the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings.

To kick the project off, join others this Sunday, Nov. 4, from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LYSB at 59, Lyme Street, where donations will be accepted for the Lyme- Old Lyme Food Bank, New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and the Shoreline Soup Kitchens.

Join those gathered at LYSB to make cookies, goodie bags and cards to be distributed to First Responders, helpers around town, etc.

Come bring some baked goods to donate or just to share with your neighbors. Stay for coffee, tea, cider, treats, and the like.

Items needed are:

  • Coats, boots, gloves, socks, under clothes, hats
  • Non perishable food items for the Food Bank for the Holidays
  • Gift cards (gas, food, area restaurants, oil changes, haircuts, target, Walmart, etc)
  • Toiletries (not covered by food stamps)
  • Cleaning supplies (not covered by food stamps)
  • Pet food
  • Diapers and wipes (adult and kid)
  • Cash or check for fuel assistance for Lyme Old Lyme residents
  • Books for the Phoebe’s Book Cellar
  • Granola bars, snacks, cookies, baked items, fruit (apples, oranges, clementines, bananas) for the homeless shelter.

If you cannot be there on Sunday, LYSB will be accepting donations until Nov. 14.

Many more gatherings are being planned for the future, which we post on

If you have any questions, email


Memories of a Happy Halloween Night on Lyme Street

The Cooley Gallery was decked appropriately to celebrate the evening …

Oh, what a night it was on Lyme Street!  There were witches and warlocks, ghosts and ghouls, aliens and airmen, pirates and policemen, spacemen and schoolgirls,  …

Here are some memories of another warm and wonderful Halloween night on Lyme Street with many thanks indeed to all the readers (The Cooley Gallery, Lynn Fairfield-Sonn and Rod Clingman), who kindly sent us these photos.

Photo by Rod Clingman

The costumes and carriages were, as usual, extremely creative … including this handsome airman …

Captain Hook was in town …

And just look at that hat!

Ooooh my … look at the size of that spider!

The door never closed at the perennially popular Fairfield-Sonn residence …

It takes two … or maybe we should say ‘Double Trouble’!

Or perhaps it takes three!

And what would we do without a lady of the cloth to make sure there’s no foul play?

The crowds on Lyme Street just grew and grew and the line outside the Fairfield-Sonn residence was apparently never-ending … perhaps lasting as long as the candy supplies!


Old Lyme Library Seeks Library Assistant

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library currently has a job vacancy for a Library Assistant II.

The job specifications are:

Under the supervision of the Circulation Supervisor, the Library Assistant II provides customer service and a wide range of clerical duties.  This position is in the front line of communication between the Library and its patrons.  As such, the Library Assistant II must be outgoing and have the temperament to work with a wide range of people and situations. 

Essential Job Functions 

  • Assists patrons with check-in/out of library materials  
  • Registers patrons and processes library cards
  • Collects money for fines and fees
  • Sorts, shelves, and retrieves books and other library materials 
  • Assists in keeping the library clean and neat in appearance
  • Assists the public in the use of the photocopiers, public access computers, and library catalog
  • Helps maintain confidentiality of circulation records, patron registration, and internal library business
  • Other duties as assigned 

Basic Qualifications 

  • Must have High School diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both in-person and in writing
  • Must have basic computer proficiency 
  • Must be able to follow written and oral instruction
  • Must be able to work cooperatively and in professional harmony with colleagues and the public
  • Must have a willingness to learn and ability to follow library policies and procedures 
  • Must have prior customer service experience

Physical Qualifications 

  • Must be able to carry up to 20 lbs. and push/pull a loaded book cart weighing up to 200 lbs   
  • Must be able to bend and stretch to reach low and high shelves 
  • Must be able to stand for up to 3 hours 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience working in libraries
  • Familiarity with SIERRA or other library database software
  • Interest in libraries, reading, and books
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate additional hours as needed  


Every Saturday (12-2pm) plus additional hours as needed to cover staff vacation and illness.    


$15 per hour.  This position is not eligible for benefits.   

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to Library Director Katie Huffman at 
Applications will be accepted until Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, 5pm.


Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Carney To Continue His Exceptional Hard Work For All

To the Editor:

I am writing today in support of our State Representative, Devin Carney. Over the last 4 years Devin has served us with distinction, worked incredibly hard on our behalf, and never missed a vote. Having really gotten to know Devin, he always has Old Lyme’s best interests in mind when proposing or voting on legislation in Hartford.

One of Devin’s greatest accomplishments for Old Lyme was helping defeat the rail bypass proposal that would have destroyed so much of what we love in town. Without flinching, Devin stepped in & helped lead the charge against the bypass. Because of his advocacy, he was made the Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee – one of the largest, most powerful legislative committees in Hartford. 

In addition, Devin stood up for taxpayers against proposals to increase our taxes like mileage taxes & veterinary taxes. He has worked across the aisle for budgetary reform, combatting the opioid crisis and supporting our seniors. His priorities are always in the right place for Old Lyme residents. 

Old Lyme deserves a representative who will put people before politics and I know Devin always will. Please join me on Tuesday, November 6th, in re-electing Devin Carney.


Skip Sibley,
Old Lyme.


Letter to the Editor: When Breast Cancer Awareness Month Suddenly Takes on Personal Meaning, Critical Importance of Annual Mammogram is Stressed

To the Editor:

I think just about everyone is aware by now that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In most years my October thoughts have been of a special aunt (my mother’s sister and my godmother), and my Grandmother, who was in her 90s when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Both were survivors – and my Grandmother lived to be 100.

This year, the pink ribbons and pink pumpkins I’m seeing are reminding me of a journey I began in August of this year. In the middle of lots of happy plans for my daughter’s September wedding (which was everything she had hoped for!), I learned that I, too, have breast cancer and my crash course in breast cancer was off and running.

My initial diagnosis has led to several biopsies, that last of which took place just this week. I know that surgery lies ahead, and will be discussing options and recommendations with my surgeon on November 1, just as Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2018 ends.

It’s really out of character for me to be sharing so much personal information – especially in this public format.  But finding cancer as early as possible is what early detection is all about. If my little story (one of so many similar stories) gives you the nudge you need to schedule your annual mammogram, then my departure from character will be worth it for me.

Although I don’t know yet where my path will lead, I do know that my initial cancer was found only because of my annual mammogram.  And, as frightening as cancer is, I can’t help but wonder how long it might have gone undetected, undiagnosed and untreated without that simple annual test.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As it draws to a close, please call your mother, your sister(s), your cousins, and your friends and remind them all that early detection could save their lives.


Cathy Frank,
Old Lyme,


Win Tickets to ‘Hamilton,’ Four Other Shows in Cappella Cantorum’s Holiday Raffle

Cappella Cantorum offers an opportunity to win two tickets to the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” when it plays at The Bushnell in Hartford in December. Through its Holiday Happenings Raffle Fundraiser, participants may win two seats to “Hamilton” as well as tickets to four other theater productions over the holidays.

The four other prizes include a family four-pack of tickets to the “Wizard of Oz” at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, a gift certificate for two to attend the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, four tickets to “A Christmas Hour” at the Ivoryton Playhouse featuring Broadway star David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman, and tickets to “A Connecticut Christmas Carol” at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester. Raffle tickets are $40.

The raffle will run now through Monday, Nov. 19, and tickets will be sold by Cappella members or on-line at Only 500 tickets will be sold, so odds for winning are much better than for any lottery. Drawing will be Sunday, Nov. 25, 6 p.m. at the Ivory Pub and Restaurant, 1 Kirtland St., Deep River. Winners need not be present at the drawing.

Cappella Cantorum is the valley-shore’s premier community chorus and has been performing great classical choral works with a professional orchestra for 49 years. Simon Holt is the music director.

Its upcoming concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, will feature Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria” and Saint-Saens’ “Christmas Oratorio” and will inspire a holiday spirit. Check for details.

For more information, call 860-526-1038.