July 7, 2022

‘String of Pearls’ Band Gives Free Outdoor Concert at Lymes’ Senior Center Tonight

The ‘String of Pearls’ Big Band will play a free concert tonight at the Lymes’ Senior Center.

OLD LYME — Tomorrow, Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m., the String of Pearls Band will perform outdoors at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme.

The band will play the Best of Big Band Swing and The Great American Songbook.

All are welcome to join this free musical performance.

Free ice cream will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the concert.

Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes!

Call 860-434-4127 or email seniorcenter@oldlyme-ct.gov for more information.

After Two-Year Absence, Long-Awaited White Elephant Sale Opens Tomorrow

And they’re off! The annual White Elephant Sale starts each year on the first strike of 9 a.m. on the designated Friday.

OLD LYME — After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the perennially popular White Elephant Sale (WES) opens Friday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and continues Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Most departments offer items at half-price on the second day. There may be some mask restrictions on inside shopping.

The Sale is hosted by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

For those new to the town or folk who have never participated, this sale is one of the main events on both the town and church calendars.

Garage, tag and rummage sales may be everyday affairs, but few, if any, can match the size and color of this one. The sale items are organized into some 20 departments that fill the church buildings as well as every available space on the lawn.

The WES has grown so large that it has become a true “community event” since many of the donations are from non-church members and quite a number of volunteers are also from outside the church.

The sale raises a significant amount of money for missions and good works both locally and throughout the world. Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, literacy volunteers, affordable housing, and disaster relief worldwide.

For more information about the sale or if you would like to volunteer to help in any capacity, whether with the sale itself or clean-up, call the church office at 860.434.8686 and/or visit www.fccol.org/wes.

See you at ‘The Sale’!

Inaugural Winners Receive Cup, Champagne After Participating in July 4th Patriotic Boat Parade on Rogers Lake

Tereza and John Mainetti proudly display the cup they were by Dave and Christina Evers for the “Most Enthusiastic, Patriotic, and Best Decorated Boat” in the 2022 Rogers Lake Boat Parade. All photos submitted.

LYME/OLD LYME — The third annual Rogers Lake Boat Parade was another great success this year and, for the first time, a cup was awarded for the “Most Enthusiastic, Patriotic, and Best Decorated Boat” in the parade.

Maureen Plumleigh was at the wheel of her appropriately-decorated boat in the parade.

Dave and Christina Evers conceived the idea of the trophy to promote a unifying and positive spirit around the parade. Christina explained to LymeLine, “Dave grew up on this lake and wants people to enjoy and create memories just like he has … he thought the trophy would be fun.”

Lady Liberty graced this boat with her torch while Uncle Sam rode atop.

The inaugural winners of the handsome trophy were Tereza and John Mainetti, who keep it for 12 months and then return it to be presented to next year’s winner. The judges of the contest were Ray and Bobbi Ward.

The cup holding a bottle of champagne patiently awaits its first winner.

Congratulations to the winners, and also all those involved in organizing the parade and contest.

CT Dept. Of Public Health Announces State’s First Monkeypox Case

HARTFORD, Conn.—The Connecticut Department of Public Health has announced the first case of monkeypox in a Connecticut resident.  The patient is a male between the ages of 40 and 49 and is a resident of New Haven County. The patient is isolating and has not been hospitalized. No other patient information will be released.

“DPH believes that the risk to Connecticut residents from this case is low,” said Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD.

She continued, “The United States is currently experiencing a monkeypox outbreak, and there will likely be additional cases in Connecticut in the weeks ahead.”

Monkeypox can spread 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.” 

Over the past month, DPH has raised awareness of monkeypox among higher risk populations, alerted and educated local medical professionals, and informed local health departments throughout the state to monitor for cases.

For Connecticut residents that are concerned about fever, swollen glands, and a new rash, contact your health care provider for evaluation. Health care providers should request orthopoxvirus testing for patients at the state public health laboratory by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at (860) 509-7994.

For more information about monkeypox, visit Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued by Ledge Light Health Department.

Big Changes on Lyme Board of Selectmen; Mattson Retires as First Selectman, Lahm Takes Over Top Spot, Kristina White Appointed as Third Selectwoman

On July 5, Democrat Steven Mattson retired from position of First Selectman of Lyme.

LYME — At the July 5 Lyme Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Steve Mattson (D) retired after having served as a Selectman for 17 years and as First Selectman for five.

In taking his retirement, Mattson said, “It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve the town I love, but it’s time for me to spend some more time with my family and do a little traveling.  This is the perfect time for me to step down.  The Town is in great financial shape and the board of selectmen is in excellent hands.”

Mattson had previously announced his intent to retire at the June 6 board of selectmen meeting.

Immediately following Mattson’s retirement, Second Selectman John Kiker (D) and Third Selectman David Lahm (R) appointed Lahm to serve as Lyme First Selectman for the remainder of Mattson’s term, which ends December 2023.

Lahm said, “On behalf of the Town of Lyme, I would like to thank Steve for his more than 20 years of outstanding service to our town, not only on the board of selectmen, but on numerous other Town boards and commissions as well.  He has been a dedicated public servant, our Town has benefited from his leadership and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”

Kristina White has been appointed Third Selectwoman of Lyme. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Lyme Land Trust. Photo by George Moore

First Selectman Lahm and Second Selectman Kiker then turned to the appointment of a new selectman to serve on the board to finish out Lahm’s term as Third Selectman.

They announced the appointment of Kristina White (D) to the position of Third Selectwoman.

White has lived in Lyme for nearly 20 years and served in high-profile volunteer and professional positions for a number of area organizations, boards and charities – including the Lyme Planning & Zoning Commission, the Lyme Fire Company, Musical Masterworks and the Lower Connecticut River Land Trust.

She currently serves as the executive director of the Lyme Land Trust.

Lahm said, “Kristina is an excellent addition to the Board.  John and I welcome her, and look forward to working closely with her.”

Old Lyme Residents Unanimously Approve $2.1M in ARPA Spending in Special Town Meeting

Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker presents the recommendations from the American Rescue Plan Committee at Tuesday evening’s Special Town Meeting. Photo by Phil Parcak.

OLD LYME – At Tuesday evening’s Special Town Meeting, Old Lyme taxpayers voted unanimously to approve a final disbursement of $2,120,593 in the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The payout includes over 60 individual disbursements addressing 10 key recommendations such as supporting the economic recovery of Old Lyme’s small businesses and supporting public health services.

The vote came following the June 21, 2022 recommendations of the Town’s Boards of Selectmen and Finance.

The Town previously approved $41,622 at the March 21, 2022 Special Town Meeting. The Town has now allocated its total ARPA funding from the Federal Government, as required within the stated deadline.

In September 2021, the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen appointed a committee of a dozen townspeople representing a cross-section of concerns including health and human services, emergency services, business, and tourism. The “ARP Committee” began its work a month later with one of its first tasks being to conduct a survey of residents and business leaders and develop two application processes.

Subsequently, following the submission of almost 80 economic recovery and community initiative grant applications, the ARP Committee created a set of recommendations for the board of selectmen that included distributing up to $10,000 in ARPA funds to 33 individual businesses and nonprofits for economic recovery, and more than 30 initiatives that would serve Old Lyme in its ability to move forward from the pandemic, while better preparing for the future.

Approved initiatives include $275,000 for a new ambulance for Old Lyme’s volunteer ambulance organization, $114,160 toward four years of increased mental health services provided through Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, and $55,000 to repair the Swan Brook outlet’s wood outfall, an issue that has caused flooding in the Miami Beach and Hawks Nest communities.

Old Lyme Town Clerk Vicki Urbowicz read the motion ahead of the vote in the Special Town Meeting held Tuesday evening. Attorney Victoria Lanier (seated at left) moderated the meeting.

Some initiatives receiving funding will result in fun and innovative ways for organizations to provide services to Old Lyme residents. 

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will receive $6,350 to fund a mobile/outdoor children’s library service with the purchase of a Library e-assist Book Bike. The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, a center of the Connecticut Audubon Society, can expect to receive $157,095 toward its anticipated children’s science discovery and environmental learning center.

Initiatives to address the local economy by bringing visitors back to Old Lyme include $137,599 toward renovations to the Sound View Community Center, $30,875 toward Black Hall Outfitter’s targeted tourism marketing to watersport enthusiasts, $8,000 toward the 2023 Midsummer Festival, and $2,700 for additional outreach efforts by the Town’s Economic Development Commission.

The full list of approved economic recovery grants and community initiatives can be found at this link.

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold felt the grants addressed a broad set of ideas and needs. “The American Rescue Plan Committee took into account a broad range of needs and concerns and addressed them in a rational and unprejudiced way.”

Griswold continued, “These recommendations not only bring funding to individual businesses and organizations that make up the fabric of our community, but also help the Town itself move forward from a time that challenged our ability to provide important public services.” 

In addition to the recovery grants and initiative concepts submitted by Town organizations, the ARP Committee voted to recommend to the Town the allocation of $20,000 to the Town’s Social Services Discretionary Fund to help residents during hardship. The Committee also recommended that any funds not expended by a grant recipient or the Town itself by the Federal deadline of December 2026 be redirected to the Discretionary Fund.

The set of recommendations voted on by the Town Tuesday evening also includes up to $20,000 in administrative, outreach, and legal costs associated with the ARPA funding and up to $20,000 in fees to a consultant hired by the Town to review and recommend the economic recovery grants following his appraisal of applicants’ financial losses.

Thomas Gotowka, Old Lyme American Rescue Plan Committee Chairman, said the Committee met the charge put forward and could be proud of its work. “I am very pleased at how well we [the Committee] covered the community landscape. The list reflects Old Lyme’s needs, as seen in responses to our survey; and an objective appraisal of each application or proposed initiative,” Gotowka said.

He further noted that the Committee had in place several safeguards to avoid any conflict of interest and worked to meet “the requirements and mandates of the legislation.”

About 60 Old Lyme residents were in attendance at the Special Town Meeting Tuesday evening. Following Selectwoman Martha Shoemaker’s presentation of the ARP Committee’s recommendations, those in attendance voted unanimously to approve the package.

Griswold noted that grants to businesses and organizations will be made once the Town receives its second and final ARPA installment, which is anticipated shortly. Letters to grant recipients will go out in the coming weeks.

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued by the ARP Committee.

The Little Town of Lyme Hosts Another Lovely Independence Day Parade

All photos by Michele Dickey.

LYME — UPDATED 7/6 WITH MORE TEXT & PHOTOS: It was a perfect day for a parade! And townspeople and local area residents turned out  in force to celebrate Independence Day in the little Town of Lyme.

The grand marshal for this year’s parade was Parker Lord, who served as a selectman on Town of Lyme’s Board of Selectmen for more than 20 years and retired in 2021.  Lord continues to serve the Town as chair of its Open Space Commission.

Founded in 1958 by the late local pediatrician Dr. William Irving as a family affair for his children, this small town parade now draws a big crowd. 

They came on appropriately-decorated bikes …

Lyme’s own Ambulance Services drew loud cheers …

There were vehicles from all walks of life …

A golf cart was a useful means of conveyance …

Lyme Pollinator Pathway representatives of all ages asked parade-goers to save the bees …

The Scouts waved the flag …

Young, local activists had plenty to celebrate … and say …

Betsy Ross dropped by …

 

Park & Rec. carried a message …

Another flag …

And another …

 

Hot dogs were welcome!

Lyme Public Library waved cheerily …

This little girl enjoyed every minute of the parade …

A French connection was established with this wonderful Citroen 2CV …

And the sign on the bridge said it all … what a great parade to celebrate such a special day!

Old Lyme High School Class of 1970 to Host (Belated) 50th Reunion, Seeks Missing Classmates

OLD LYME — Finally … after being postponed twice by the pandemic, the Old Lyme High School (OLHS) Class of 1970 is holding three separate reunion events Friday, Sept. 30, Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.

The Class is hoping to locate the following classmates and not only members of the graduating class, but anyone who was ever part of this class:

  • Alfred Arpin
  • Sidney Biddle Barrows
  • Charles Benway
  • James Bowers
  • Nancy Bowes
  • Darlene Brooks
  • Richard Carbone
  • Charles Carlson
  • Bob Chapman
  • Robert Cornish
  • Ray Davis
  • George Grabel
  • Jerri Husch
  • Jean Karter
  • Charles King
  • Michael Leahy
  • Jeffrey Maynard
  • David Morgan
  • Paul O’Connell
  • Fred Oppelt
  • Charles Rasmussen
  • Bev Roberts
  • Kim Robinson
  • Mark Robinson
  • Deborah Ross
  • Harold Saunders
  • Tom Schull
  • Jeffrey Shalett
  • Jan Smith
  • William Smith
  • Dale Stone
  • Ethel Swaney
  • Mary Karen Thruelsen
  • David Tubek
  • Gretchen Weigle
  • Kathi Ann Ward.

If you are or know the whereabouts of any of these people, please send any information to Michele Dickey at  micheledickey@sbcglobal.net.

If you are a member of the OLHS Class of 1970, but have not received an email from the committee and/or your name is not listed above, you are also requested to contact the email.

Lyme Holds Traditional Independence Day Parade This Morning

The ladies of the Lyme Garden Club are a perennially popular feature of the parade. Photo by B.A. Harris.

LYME — The traditional Lyme parade in celebration of Independence Day will be held Monday, July 4, starting at approximately 10 a.m. The parade will begin near Camp Claire on Cove Rd., cross Rte. 156, and end at the Lyme Grange. 

The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be Parker Lord, who served as a selectman on Town of Lyme’s Board of Selectmen for more than 20 years and retired in 2021.  Lord continues to serve the Town as chair of its Open Space Commission.

The traditional firing of muskets signals the start of the Lyme Fourth of July Parade. Photo by Michele Dickey.

Temporary street closings will be in effect during the parade, travel delays are possible and parking may be limited in some areas.  

Rte. 156 will be closed from approximately 10 to 10:15 a.m. between Sterling City Rd. North and South.

Lyme Town Hall, Lyme Public Library, the Transfer Station and Hamburg Recycling Center will all be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Lyme Public Hall Exhibit Showcases ‘Lyme of Yesteryear,’ Open Again at Weekend, July 9-10

This historical photo of the Lyme First Congregational Church is featured in the exhibit on view at the weekend at Lyme Public Hall.

LYME — The exhibit Lyme of Yesteryear will be on view again, Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, at the Lyme Public Hall from 2 to 5 p.m. each day.

Photographs and research from the Bacdayan Local History Archives recall one-room schools, mills, farms and river enterprises that existed in early twentieth century Lyme. Memories of times past from local residents will also be featured. 

Admission is free; the public is encouraged to visit before or after the traditional parade on the 4th of July, or one of three additional dates.  

This exhibit has been organized by the Archives Committee of the Lyme Public Hall and Local History Archives, Inc.

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

For more information, visit www.lymepublichall.org

Sound View Puts On a Perfect Hometown Parade

A smiling Joann Lishing proudly carries the flag at the front of the parade. All photos courtesy of Frank Pappalardo.

OLD LYME — The weather was kind and so the crowds came out in Sound View to celebrate the Fourth of July.

And celebrate they did with a grand parade through the streets of this wonderful neighborhood that borders Long Island Sound.

They came on bikes…

They came in (appropriately decorated!) golf carts.

The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen came …

Veterans from Lyme-Old Lyme Post 1467 — David Griswold at front, center of photo — came …

Uncle Sam came in a golf cart …

He also joined the cheerful marchers …

The Emergency Services came …

In fact, the whole community came — led by the tuneful Sound View Band …

Even this colorful little guy came!

And the event ended with the contest results being announced by the ever-smiling Frank Pappalardo and Gail Fuller.

Rogers Lake Hosts Boat Parade to Celebrate ‘Our Nation’s Birthday,’ Today

There were flags a-plenty at last year’s Rogers Lake Boat Parade. Will there be even more this year? (File photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — After the great success of the 2020 inaugural Rogers Lake Boat Parade, and the 2021 Rogers Lake Boat Parade, another one is planned this year starting at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 3, from the Hains Park area. The rain date is Monday, July 4, also at 1 p.m.

Both motorized and non-motorized boats are invited to participate but all must be festively/patriotically decorated. New this year: a trophy will be awarded for most enthusiastic, patriotic, and best decorated boat in the parade.

In order to achieve a timely start, participants should arrive around 12:45 p.m.

Will Lady Liberty be at the Rogers Lake Boat Parade this year? File photo.

Follow the designated lead boat or join in at your location. The route is one counter-clockwise lap around the lake.

Once the parade has begin, all boats should follow the designated lead boat or join at your respective location.

The route will be one counter-clockwise lap around the lap.

Boats should stay within 100 ft. of the shore at ‘No Wake’ speed and no swimming in or near the parade is permitted.

All participants are requested to be respectful and mindful of everyone’s safety. 

Additional information is as follows:

  • Space out and enjoy the shoreline 
  • Follow Rogers Lake laws and safety regulations 
  • This is a family-friendly event(be kind) 
  • Participate at your own risk 
  • Do not throw anything off a boat and no trash is to be discarded in the lake

 

Sound View Hosts Traditional Independence Day Parade Today

Cheerfully leading last year’s parade was the ever-smiling Joann Lishing.


The Sound View Beach Association (SVBA) hosts its traditional Independence Day parade, Saturday, July 2, starting at 10 a.m. from the Shoreline Community Center on Hartford Ave.  in Old Lyme. Described as a true “home town” community parade, children, adults, and civic groups are invited to march or spectate and enjoy this special experience.

The organizers suggest residents should decorate their bikes and wagons, build a float, or wear a patriotic costume.   Pets are also welcome to march.  There will be a VFW Honor Guard, child marchers, decorated bikes, floats, balloons, a marching band, police, fire and ambulance trucks, which will all contribute to a unique, small town experience.

Awards are given in categories such as best-decorated bike or wagon, most patriotic outfit, best float, funniest outfit, and even possibly best-dressed pet. Assembly time for the parade is 9:45 a.m. at the Shoreline Community Center and step-off is 10 a.m.  The parade route includes Hartford, Swan, and Portland Avenues.

Entries in the Parade must be in good taste and in conformance with the mission and family atmosphere of the SVBA. The decision of the board of directors is final. The SVBA is an all-volunteer, non-profit civic organization.  It owns and manages the Shoreline Community Center and also provides the flags in the Sound View area.

For more information, call Gail Fuller at 860-434-6426, email info@soundviewbeach.com or visit www.soundviewbeach.com

Tri-Town Parade Of Emergency Vehicles, First Responders Takes Place This Morning Through Lyme, E. Haddam, Salem

LYME — A parade of emergency vehicles and First Responders will be held Saturday, July 2, starting at 9 a.m. and traveling through the towns of Lyme, East Haddam and Salem. The community is encouraged to cheer on the parade with signs, hearts and noise-makers.

Antique vehicles are welcome to join the parade on Bone Mill Rd.

Death Announced of David William O’Donnell of Old Lyme; Brother of Scott, Graduate of OL High School

OLD LYME — David William O’Donnell of Old Lyme passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Middlesex Hospital.

He leaves behind his wife Linda; a brother Scott O’Donnell … and two nephews, Owen and Adein O’Donnell.

David was born in Keene, N.H., the son of Carol Rose and Andrew O’Donnell. At age 10 he moved to Old Lyme. He graduated from Old Lyme High School, and joined the Army, …

David married his wife Linda Jean Murphy, June 30, 1984, at Rogers Lake Clubhouse in Old Lyme. In 2008 he moved back to Old Lyme with his wife, to be closer to his family …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published June 10, 2022 in The Day.

Neviaser Answers Questions on Armed Guards in LOL Schools (Podcast)

LYME/OLD LYME — In an interview published on June 23, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser fielded questions from Connecticut-East.com’s Brian Scott-Smith about the Region 18 Board of Education’s June 15 decision to arm security guards in LOL Schools. The vote was carried by a 7-2 majority.

Scott-Smith says the objective of the interview is “to find out how they [LOL Schools] got here and what it all means.

The interview can be listened to via this link on CTNewsJunkie.com and lasts around 20 minutes.

One of the questions Neviaser answers in this “very direct discussion,” is, “What’s the need for speed?” to which he counters, “I would not agree that this was rushed,” before responding in full.

He also discusses that he feels, after so many school shootings in the US, ‘The country has become numb to it [gun violence.]

In addition, Neviaser states that he firmly believes, “The quicker the response [to gun violence in schools], the more likely you are to save lives.”

Death Announced of William Martin Auwood, Father of Nancy Laro of Old Lyme

QUAKER HILL — William Martin Auwood, 94, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully June 21, 2022. Bill was the beloved husband of Ruth (Hartman) Auwood who passed July 19, 2019. The shared sixty-seven blessed years of marriage …

Bill began a career at Charles Pfizer in quality control, at the time the department had only eight employees. He retired after 42 years of service …

Bill is survived by his daughters, Nancy Laro and her husband Dr. Kenneth Laro of Old Lyme and Kathleen Hill and her husband Peter Hill of Springfield, Va. …

There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home located at 48 Grand St., in Niantic …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published June 30, 2022 in The Day.

Friends of Lymes’ Senior Center Make $25,000 Donation to Support Activities, Programs at the Center

Pictured holding the check at the presentation of a check for $25,000 to the Lymes’ Senior Center Board of Directors (BOD) by the Friends of the Center are Lymes’ Senior Center Director Stephanie Gould (right in black top) and Chair of the Center’s BOD, Jeri Baker (left, cream top.) Also in attendance at the presentation are (from left to right, seated), Joanie Bonvicin, Susan Campbell and Recording Secretary Paula Emery, and (from left to right, standing) Kim Hale and Diane Blackwell, who are both Friends of the Center, and Center BOD members Diana Seckla, Kathy Lockwood, Jane Folland, Christina Gotowka, Doris Hungerford, David Griswold, and Jeremy Crisp. Photo submitted.

OLD LYME — UPDATED 1:30pm with names of everyone in the photo: The Friends of the Lymes’ Senior Center presented a check for $25,000 to the center at the June 21 Board of Directors meeting.  As a 501(c)3 organization, the Friends have conducted several fundraising efforts over recent years in order to contribute to the programs and activities of the center.

A spokesperson for the Friends said, ”We are grateful to the communities of Lyme and Old Lyme and also to the Center’s members for meeting our request for financial support with enthusiasm.”

The spokesperson added, “The programs are so rich and diverse and it is rewarding to see so many seniors taking part,” while posing the question to the community at large, “Have you attended an education talk or an exercise or art class?  If not, go see what you’ve been missing!”

Jeri Baker, who serves as chair of the Senior Center’s Board of Directors commented after the presentation had been made, “The Center benefits immensely from the fundraising efforts of the dedicated members of this group, who represent residents of both the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.”

She continued, “Through their efforts to fund our programs we are able to plan for both the present offerings of the center and the future.  Since the towns do not subsidize any programs, it is vital that such efforts are not only necessary but a remarkable reflection of how important this Center is to the community.”

Today is Final Day of Intake for Old Lyme’s White Elephant Sale, 9am-2pm

Intake, which continues today, June 25, is always a busy time. All photos are file photos.

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the perennially popular White Elephant Sale (WES) is back and intake continues today at the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Intake ends Thursday, June 30, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Details of items that will be accepted are below and also on the church website. Note that neither lamps nor audiovisual electronics will be accepted this year due to space limitations.

The sale itself will be held on Friday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Most departments offer items at half-price on the second day. There may be some mask restrictions on inside shopping.

The Sale is hosted by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

For those new to the town or folk who have never participated, this sale is one of the main events on both the town and church calendars. It all starts with the intake period when you can drop off unwanted items at the church from your house — perhaps your basement, attic or closets — or yard.

The Sports Department offers a treasure trove of sporting ‘stuff.’

Garage, tag and rummage sales may be everyday affairs, but few, if any, can match the size and color of this one. The sale items are organized into some 20 departments that fill the church buildings as well as every available space on the lawn. The WES has grown so large that it has become a true “community event” since many of the donations are from non-church members and quite a number of volunteers are also from outside the church. 

The sale raises a significant amount of money for missions and good works both locally and throughout the world. Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, literacy volunteers, affordable housing, and disaster relief worldwide.

Crowds anxiously await the first strike of 9 a.m. when the White Elephant Sale begins.

For more information about the sale or if you would like to volunteer to help in any capacity, whether with intake, the sale itself, or clean-up, call the church office at 860.434.8686 and/or visit www.fccol.org/wes.

See you at ‘The Sale’!

Here is a summary of items that are / are not accepted by the White Elephant Sale. For further information, visit www.fccol.org/wes.

Items that will GLADLY be accepted  [Quality please]

  • Antiques, Fine China, Silver                       
  • Appliances, Small (Working)
  • Art, Sculpture, Posters, Frames
  • Automobiles, Trucks [call church]
  • Baskets 
  • Bedding, Linens
  • Boats, Canoes, Kayaks
  • Bicycles, Tricycles 
  • Books: Children’s, Non-Fiction, Fiction
  • Clothes: 
    • Child’s, Men’s, Women’s
    •  Fine, Fashion
    •  Vintage, Costume & Accessories
  • Collections
  • Computer Hardware (working)
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Curtains, Drapes
  • Furniture, Indoor & Outdoor [call church]
  • Gifts, Sundries, Knickknacks 
  • Jewelry: Costume & Fine
  • Kitchen Items (Appliances, Dishes, Cookware)
  • Luggage [soft side or Steamer trunks only]
  • Musical Instruments
  • Plants, Containers
  • Shoes
  • Skis – downhill must be “shape” style
  • Sporting Goods [good condition]
  • Tools (House & Garden)
  • Toys,  Stuffed Animals
  • VHS, DVDs (Family Content)

Items that WILL NOT be accepted:

  • Dirty or Broken Items or Junk
  • Appliances (Large): 
    • Air Conditioners 
    • Refrigerators & Stoves
    • Freezers
    • Washers & Dryers 
  • Bike helmets [used]
  • Books:
    • Technical or Textbooks
    • Encyclopedias 
  • Car Seats  
  • Chemicals
  • Computers & monitors
  • Cribs
  • Electronics: audiovisual
  • Furniture: Particle Board, Stuffed Sofas, Dining Room Sets & Hutches
  • Luggage (hard sided)
  • Fuel cans with Gasoline or Kerosene
  • Guns, Knives, Weapons
  • Lamps
  • Magazines, Newspapers
  • Mattresses and Box Springs
  • Paint
  • Particle board furniture
  • Rugs
  • Sewing Machines
  • Skis – old style downhill
  • Stuffed animals (unless new)
  • Tires
  • Treadmills                         
  • TVs (all styles)

Lyme-Old Lyme’s VFW Post 1467 Named ‘Best Post in CT’ by VFW State Leadership

VFW Post 1467 Commander David Griswold tells members of the recognition that the Post had recently received recognition from VFW State leadership as the ‘Best Post in Connecticut.’ All photos by Doug Wilkinson.

OLD LYME — On Monday, June 27, members of the Lyme-Old Lyme Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1467 learned that their Post had been recognized by VFW State leadership as the ‘Best Post in Connecticut.’ Members had gathered for a regular meeting at the Lymes’ Senior Center unaware the award would be announced.

This great honor had been announced two weeks previously when the VFW State leadership held their annual awards ceremony at which they recognize 10 Posts out of 100 for their accomplishments. Criteria include membership, community activities, and helping veterans.

Commander David Griswold receives a number of gifts from incoming Commander Richard Mason as Griswold stepped down from his position after seven years of service to the Post in that role.

At the same meeting, Commander David Griswold, who had served seven years during two terms as Commander of the Post, was also honored as he handed over the command to Richard Mason.

Commander Griswold made the following statement during the ceremony, “As Post Commander, I was honored to accepted the award as the Best Post in Connecticut (VFW Post 1467) on behalf of our membership.  Our success is attributed to our members who represents the best in military service as well as giving back to their community as well as the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme who’s businesses and individuals have been so generous in helping veterans.”

Griswold added, “I would also like to acknowledge the Old Lyme Senior Center for all their support. This is a very special community who honors all who have served”.

Commander Griswold happily displays one of his gifts.

VFW Post 1467 success,  especially within the Old Lyme community has been primarily a result of focused, aggressive veterans outreach relief funding to approximately 80 military vets, who have benefited from over $100,000 in support during the past 10 years along with thousands of dollars in annual contributions to the VA Giant Steps Program, West Haven, CT and State of CT Rocky Hill Soldiers Home.

Newly-installed Commander Mason noted, “As the incoming commander for 2022-23, I will make sure our leadership team continues the popular traditions and community partnerships that Lyme, Old Lyme enjoys with our very interactive Post.

Commander David Griswold displays the certificate from the VFW National Home for Children for VFW Post 1467’s continuous support of the Home.

The Post also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the VFW National Home for Children for the Post’s continuous support of the Home.