September 28, 2022

Community Connections Host Networking Luncheon in Old Lyme, Today: Includes Talk by Rachel Edwards on Importance of Social Media

‘Dreamscapes’ CEO Rachel Edwards

OLD LYME — On Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 12 to 1:30 p.m., Lyme-Old Lyme Community Connections hosts a Networking Luncheon & Discussion at the Old Lyme Country Club.

The guest speaker will be Old Lyme resident Rachel Edwards, CEO of dreamscapes marketing + design of Essex, who will give a valuable and topical presentation titled, “Making Your Organization’s Social Media Content Matter.”

Edwards will discuss social media trends for 2022 heading into 2023, and important topics for local non-profit  organizations such as:

  • What type of content should you be posting?
  • Which platforms matter and for what?
  • How do you gain the most visibility and what are some of the best practices when posting on these platforms.
  • Should you be posting on individual platforms or using a posting platform to schedule your posts?

Edwards will also touch on the importance of having a paid social media marketing campaign to enhance your organic posts.

A Q & A session, roundtable discussions and networking will follow the presentation.

The cost is $25 and all are welcome. Registration is preferred for planning purposes but walk-ins are always welcome.
Register for the event via one of these options:

Checks can be mailed in advance payable to: Community Connections, PO Box 589, Old Lyme, CT 06371, or bring payment to the door (with advance reservations.)

Community Connections is a forum to discuss community issues and interests, and offer opportunities for collaboration among organizations serving Lyme and Old Lyme.

For more information, visit

View Award-Winning Documentary ‘Chasing Childhood’ via Zoom, Tonight; Join Post-Movie Virtual Discussion with Leading Psychologist

OLD LYME — Is it possible to reduce childhood anxiety, stress, and the race for perfection?

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, at  7 p.m., Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) presents a ‘Community Screening (via Zoom) and Discussion’ of the award-winning documentary, Chasing Childhood.

Join LYSB and Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Parent-Teacher Organizations for a virtual screening of the movie followed by a discussion with well-known psychologist Alicia Farrell.

Register at this link to receive the Zoom information in order to view the documentary and join the post-movie discussion. All are welcome.

For more information, call 860-434-7208.

Join a Meadow Walk with CT DEEP Wildlife Biologist in Lyme’s Jewett Preserve, Sunday

Pete Picone (center, kneeling) leads a walk in Jewett Preserve in Lyme. File photo by Wendolyn Hill.

LYME — On Sunday, Oct. 2, join Pete Picone, Connecticut DEEP wildlife biologist and native habitat expert, for a tour of the meadow and surrounding shrubland in Jewett Preserve.

The meadow walk, which is co-sponsored by the Lyme Land Trust, Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Town of Lyme, will start at 1:30 p.m. and last until 3:30 p.m.

Meet at the Jewett Preserve in Lyme, Conn. Park in the lot on McIntosh Rd, about 1/4 mile from the intersection with Rte. 156. 

During the tour,  Picone will make recommendations for nurturing the vegetation that provides habitat for wildlife. Learn about which plants are beneficial for pollinators, and how to manage invasives. His guidance can be applied to enhancing habitat in your own back yard.

Registration is required at    

Boys Soccer: Wildcats Pull Off 3-1 Win Over Haddam-Killingworth

OLD LYME — Playing at home on Friday, Sept. 23, the Old Lyme boys soundly defeated Haddam Killingworth 3-1.
Mason Bussman, Aidan Kerrigan and Luke Celic scored for Old Lyme with assists from Anders Silberberg and Lucas Dasilva.
Ryan Lususa scored unassisted for H-K.
Jonah Lathrop with in the Old Lyme goal and made nine saves while Jack Straka made 12 saves for H-K.
Old Lyme is now 3-0-3 overall and 3-0-2 in the Shoreline Championship.

Details Finalized for ‘Complicated’ Voting Situation Resulting From State Elections, Lyme-Old Lyme School Building Referendum Being Held on Same Day

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold (File photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — Setting the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Building Referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 8 the same day as the state elections has, in Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold’s words (sent via text), been, ” … very complicated with, I believe, five lawyers working out the details.” Those details were required to be filed with the State of Connecticut today.

Griswold went on to explain, “Electors will vote on the candidates by ballot and on the school referendum question (yes/no ballot) in the same room,” but, “Qualified voters who are not electors may vote only on the referendum question in a separate room.”

Lyme Selectman John Kiker similarly confirmed by text, “… regular voting will be in [Lyme] town hall and the referendum voting will be in the [Lyme Public] library.”

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser noted by email that Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are sending out a Fact Sheet to all Lyme and Old Lyme residents and property owners next week, which, along with additional information on the referendum, will help to clarify the difference between ‘electors’ and ‘qualified voters.’

The Fact Sheet explains that an ‘elector’ is any registered voter in either Lyme or Old Lyme.

It then goes on to state that, “A qualified voter who is not an elector is any citizen of the United States of the age of 18 years or more who, jointly or severally, is liable to the Town of Lyme or Town of Old Lyme for taxes assessed against him or her of not less than $1,000 on the last completed grand list of the Town, or who would be so liable if not entitled to an exemption under subdivision (17), (19), (22), (25) or (26) of Section 12-81 of the Connecticut General Statutes, and is not an elector (registered voter) of the Towns of Lyme or Old Lyme.”

This difference between the two is significant as qualified voters (who cannot vote in the state elections in Lyme or Old Lyme because they are registered to vote elsewhere) must by state statute physically vote at a location at least 75 ft. from that of registered voters.

Therefore, in Old Lyme:

  • Electors’, i.e., registered voters, will vote in both the state election and on the school building referendum in the LOL Middle School Gym.
  • Qualified voters’ (who are not electors) will vote solely on the LOL Schools Building Referendum in the LOL Middle School Cafeteria.

Meanwhile in Lyme:

  • Electors’, i.e., registered voters, will vote in both the state election and on the LOL Schools Building Referendum at Lyme Town Hall.
  • Qualified voters’ (who are not electors) will vote solely on the LOL Schools Building Referendum in the Lyme Public Library.

Regarding the unusual need for two polling locations in both Lyme and Old Lyme, Griswold stressed, “The Registrars must man and equip the two separate voting locations in each town,” noting, “The school will be responsible for the costs related to the school referendum.”

The ballot question for the LOL Schools Building Referendum will read as detailed below and and then ask for a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ response.

Shall the resolution appropriating and authorizing bonds in the amount of $57,555,000, of which it is expected that an estimated $9,775,000 shall be reimbursed by the State of Connecticut, for the planning, design, demolition, construction, renovation, equipping and furnishing of Mile Creek School, Center School, Lyme Consolidated School and Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School and related costs, be approved?

Two public meetings will be held in advance of the $57.6 million LOL Schools Building Referendum on respectively Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at Lyme School, and Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at Mile Creek School.

Polls will be open in both towns on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on the referendum, the Fact Sheet will urge voters to visit and look for the “Referendum” tab at the top of the home page, email or call 860-434-7238.

Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden Hosts Open House This Morning; All Welcome

OLD LYME — On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden (LOLFSG) is celebrating a successful, inaugural growing season by hosting the 2nd Annual LOLFSG Open House at the garden from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

All are welcome to drop by and learn more about the garden and how volunteers can help with many different aspects of the work involved.

The garden is located at Town Woods Park in Old Lyme behind the Field House and playground.

The LOLFSG recently celebrated another milestone when the garden reached a total donation threshold of more than 2,000 pounds of produce in its first growing season.

Jim Ward, LOLFSG President, commented, “This incredible accomplishment is due to the dedication of volunteers and community support.”

Ward noted that the realistic LOLFSG goal for the 2023 season is to double production and is already looking forward to a “Two-Ton Tuesday.”

Lyme Resident Joe Fitzgerald Plays ‘The Side Door’ in Old Lyme with His Quartet, Tonight

On Saturday evening, Lyme resident Joe Fitzgerald plays at The Side Door in Old Lyme with his Quartet.

OLD LYME/LYME — On Saturday, Sept. 24, Lyme resident Joe Fitzgerald will bring his Quartet to The Side Door at the Old Lyme Inn. Official start time for the concert is 8:30 p.m.

The Joe Fitzgerald Quartet comprises Fitzgerald on bass, Kenny Wessel on guitar, Frank Carlberg on piano and Anthony Pinciotti on drums.

Fitzgerald has been in the thick of the New York jazz world for the last few decades, performing, recording and touring internationally with many prominent artists including John Abercrombie, Donald Brown,  Dominique Eade, Lee Konitz, Datevik Hovanesian, Bruce Barth , Ted Curson , Kenny Wessel and countless others.

He is very much looking forward to this return to The Side Door. Visit this link to purchase tickets.

Guitarist and composer, Kenny Wessel has worked in projects playing jazz, ranging from straight-ahead to free music, and continues to explore world music, investigating points of intersection between jazz and North Indian music. He has toured and recorded with Ornette Coleman for over 12 years as a member of Prime Time.

He is currently on the faculties of Western Connecticut State University and the New York Jazz Workshop. For more info, visit, or to contact Kenny,

Originally a native of Helsinki, Finland, Frank Carlberg has carved himself quite a niche in the New York jazz community. As a leader, Frank’s groups include the Frank Carlberg’s Word Circus, the Tivoli Trio and The Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble.

In addition to his playing and composing activities Carlberg also serves on the faculty at New England Conservatory. He is also a partner in Red Piano Records, an artist run cooperative label.

Anthony Pinciotti is a dynamic, innovative drummer well versed in jazz, rock, and world music. Based in New York City, he performs and tours extensively with many of the most vital and forward-looking musicians on the scene today.

For more information about The Side Door, visit this link.

Old Lyme Boys Soccer Roundup: One Big Win Followed by Two Defeats

Tuesday, Sept. 20
Old Saybrook Puts Three Goals Past Old Lyme

Playing away at Old Saybrook, Old Lyme failed to find the net. Old Saybrook’s goals were scored by Kevin DeCapua, Bradley Kulmann and Cameron DeAngelo.

Jonah Lathrop made 15 saves in goal for Old Lyme.

In net for Old Saybrook was London Sweeney with eight saves

Old Lyme is now respectively 2-0-2 in the Shoreline and 2-0-3 in the State Tournaments.

Friday, Sept. 16
Old Lyme Loses to East Hampton 4-1 

OLD LYME — Mason Bussman scored the only goal for Old Lyme with an assist from Rowan Hovey.

Goals for East Hampton were notched by Collin Marshall (two), Joshua Landon and Brennon Johnson. Marshall was also credited with an assist.

Jonah Lathrop was in goal for Old Lyme and made 10 saves. while Thomas Fenton made three saves in goal for East Hampton.

Old Lyme is now respectively 2-0-1 in the Shoreline and 2-0-2 in the State Tournaments.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
Old Lyme Crushes North Branford 9-1 

NORTH BRANFORD — Playing on North Branford’s home field, Old Lyme pummeled North Branford with nine goals. These were scored by Rowan Hovey, Anders Silberberg, Mason Bussman (two), Lucas Dasilva (two), Liam Celic, Ian Maeby, and Alis Bicic.

Making assists for the Wildcats were Colman Curtiss-Reardon (two), Aidan Kerrigan and John Buckley.

Brock Sargent was the lone scorer for North Branford.

Jonah Lathrop and Oliver Wyman shared goal duty for Old Lyme during the game.

Old Lyme is now respectively 2-0-0 in the Shoreline and 2-0-1 in the State Tournaments.

NYT Science Columnist Carl Zimmer to Speak on Science and Research During the Pandemic, Tonight

OLD LYME, CT – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) opens the 2022-2023 speakers’ series on Wednesday, Sept. 21, with an informative talk about the coronavirus pandemic and its global implications.

The featured speaker will be award-winning science writer Carl Zimmer (pictured at left) presenting “Science and Research During the Pandemic: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” The talk will take place at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

Attendees will also be able to join us via Zoom. Learn more and register at

A columnist for The New York Times and the author of 14 books and countless magazine articles for publications such as National Geographic, The Atlantic, and Discover, Zimmer earned a B.A. in English from Yale, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and teaches writing.

The recipient of the 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded for the Study of Evolution, Zimmer has also won awards from the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His 2018 book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity (the subject of a fascinating SECWAC talk a few years ago), was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and the best science book of 2018 by The Guardian.

Zimmer’s presentation on Sept. 21 will explore lessons from the influenza of 1918. What did we learn a century ago and what has science and research in the age of coronavirus taught us about controlling the spread, testing, and reporting of disease? What have we learned about the role of multinational cooperation in stemming the spread of a disease that recognizes no borders? How can those lessons prepare us for future pandemics in our interconnected world?  

For more than 20 years, SECWAC has been inviting leading global voices to our region to foster a deeper understanding of the world, our country’s international role and diplomatic history, and the policies and actions that impact individuals and communities at home and abroad.

A nonprofit dedicated to discussing issues of global importance, SECWAC presents up to a dozen speakers each year. Events are free for members, students, and educators and $20 for non-members.

Visit for registration and membership details and to learn about other upcoming speakers.

Old Lyme Girls Draw With Shoreline Rivals Old Saybrook

Sophomore goalie Olivia Kelly made five saves for the Wildcats in their game against Old Saybrook.

OLD LYME — Playing at home Monday and after a scoreless first half against Shoreline rivals Old Saybrook, Old Lyme finally took the lead with a Callie Bass goal in the third minute of the second half. Bass was assisted by Aggie Hunt.

But eight minutes later, Old Saybrook equalized with an unassisted goal by Breleigh Cooke. No further goals were scored and the game ended with a  final score of 1-1.
Sophomore Olivia Kelly made five saves for Old Lyme.

Lyme Public Hall’s ‘George House Tag Sale’ Takes Place Today

Lyme Public Hall. Photo submitted.

LYME — The George House Tag Sale will be held at the Lyme Public Hall on  Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The sale will feature housewares, furniture, tools, jewelry, and unexpected treasures. Items on sale will likely include solid wood furniture, antiques, housewares, fine china and linens,  sporting goods, musical instruments and gift items.

For more information, visit

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

For more information on the Lyme Public Hall sale, email

Fenton Leads Scoring as Old Lyme Soccer Girls Defeat E. Hampton 3-0

Senior Alexis Fenton (with ball) scored two goals in the game against East Haddam.

OLD LYME — After a scoreless first half, the Old Lyme soccer girls surged to a 3-0 victory over East Hampton on Thursday.

Junior Ella Curtis-Reardon battles for a ball in the East Haddam game.

Senior Alexis Fenton scored two goals with the first assisted by Sydney Goulding and the third as a solo effort.

Aggie Hunt scored the second goal assisted by junior Ella Curtiss-Reardon

In goal, Olivia Kelly made four saves for the Wildcats.

Lyme Resident Skip Hine’s New Book Not Only Tells a Story, But Also Captures a Career

This cover of Skip Hine’s book, above, depicts his photo of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. All the photos in this article are by Hine and included in the book. They are published with his permission.

LYME — Every picture tells a story ….

Thumb through Skip Hine’s wonderful book cleverly titled Memories In Hine Sight, subtitled My Life With a Camera, and Rod Stewart’s immortal words will immediately come to mind.

Hine is an authentic, engaging, charismatic guy — I chatted with him on the phone for around an hour and a half and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We would probably still have been talking hours later if regular life had not interceded.

The book is a fascinating insight into the life of a professional photographer over the past 50 years. Hine notes, “People don’t appreciate or understand how many people are involved in a shoot,” deftly describing the latter as, “The magic behind the curtain.”

Hine’s photo of a model named Andes was used by both Estee Lauder and Manpower.

Hine says the book has, “No real beginning or end.” You can start reading it, put it down, dip back into it.” And that is true — it does not have to be read sequentially, though the first chapter titled, The Journey Begins definitely helps set the scene.

Stressing “It is not a ‘How to’ book, but rather a ‘How I did it’ book,” Hine says with intense feeling, “It is about my life.” He hopes that as people read the book, they “Feel as though I am there chatting to them at the kitchen counter,” and in my opinion, he absolutely achieves that aim.

He did not have an easy childhood losing both his parents at a young age. Subsequently cared for by family members, he soon was sent to boarding school and interestingly, regards that time as critical to his later success as a photographer. Hine notes that going away to school, “Opened up a whole new world for me — I had to grow up fast.”

Not only did he make “friends for life,” during his boarding school days, but also his love affair with the camera started at Pomfret School in northeastern Connecticut.

Hine shares in his book a wonderful backstory about this photo of TV personality Dick Cavett.

So how did an intrinsically shy man end up photographing presidents and playboys, movie stars and CEO’s, supermodels and sports icons, actors and politicians — to name but a few — in locations all across the globe? Did he have a golden key that simply opened doors when he left Rochester Institute of Technology as a shy young man with a BFA in hand that majored in Photographic Illustration?

The short answer is no.

He grafted for many years in New York City, in his words, “Always chasing the next job,” and taking some jobs for which he, “Barely got paid at all.” All the while, however, he focused on honing his craft, and offering both complete flexibility and absolute reliability.

Hine’s first job was working as an assistant for Klaus Lucka — a job he was given for a day, which turned into 18 months. He credits Lucka with being the single most important influence in his career. Hine explains, “It was just him and me. He instructed me to take notes and record the lighting of every shoot. He taught me design,” adding pointedly, ” He really made me passionate about what I was doing.”

As a photographer’s assistant, Hine’s responsibilities involved going with Lucka wherever his boss went, working all day, and then ending up every evening in the studio processing film so that the photos were ready for the client by 9 a.m. He continued working in this capacity for a number of other photographers until he made the leap to set up his own business.

After he went out on his own, Hine says he started calling art directors to let them know he was available for jobs. In his words, “Naively, I expected them to call.”

He then states pragmatically, but with a chuckle, “… they didn’t.”

It is hard to believe that the set for this photo was created in Hine’s studio. He explains how and why that was done in his book.

On the one hand Hine admits, “I have been really, really fortunate,” but, on the other, I would add it is clear he has worked incredibly hard to achieve such major success in his career. When work did not come to him in those early days, a friend suggested he should try doing the photography for corporate annual reports. He laughs and then says, “At that time, I had never seen an annual report!” but he worked through Yellow Pages and finally secured a contract.

His corporate accounts have included Pfizer, Newsweek, the Rockefeller Group, Sports Illustrated, and the US Olympic Committee and his advertising accounts feature names like the National Football League, Johnson & Johnson, Radio City Music Hall, American Express and Colgate Palmolive. The full list of his clients over his career is too extensive to print even in the book.

He clearly loved the world of photography, sometimes taking a solo role, other times working as part of a team with art directors, hairdressers, fashion designers and more, all on set at the same time, and sharing their thoughts. He says ebulliently, “I loved the camaraderie … everybody had input,” but his often challenging role was “Trying to put it all together.”

Skip and Deb Hine have lived in Lyme, Conn. for some 30 years.

Hine has owned a house in Lyme, Conn. for some 40 years, which he shares with his wife Deb, who is both his biggest fan and maybe his harshest critic. She worked closely with him on the book and he commented cheerfully that their discussions about the text were always “spirited.”

In his book, Hine shows photo after photo but tells a story about each one. He talks variously about the photo’s location, how he came to be given the contract for it, some of the obstacles he face in obtaining the image, details of the lighting on occasion, and includes often amusing and sometimes deeply personal side notes. He sums up his vast array of photos with the words, “I’m a picture-maker not a picture-taker.”

This evocative photo appears in the ‘Personal Work’ section of Hine’s book.

He tells an endearing story about how he had spent a day photographing President Gerald Ford and then in the evening found himself “standing in line for a regular piece of $2 pizza.” The juxtaposition of those two events clearly made him smile. Perhaps it also reminded him that his father had sold insurance all his life in Hartford, Conn., whereas he (Hine) had ended up taking photos and traveling the world.

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Hine will discuss his book at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library at an author presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend but registration at this link is encouraged for planning purposes. During the talk, Hine will share many more tales from behind the camera and insights into the glamorous (… and not always quite so glamorous!) world of photography in which he has been immersed for more than 50 years.

That world has changed dramatically in recent years with the arrival of Photoshop, LightRoom and other such software programs, which facilitate post-processing of photos in a way that Hine could never have conceived when he set out on his career.

Taking this photo for Bausch and Lomb’s Renu advertising campaign set many challenges for Hine, including finding a wreck in less than 33 ft. of water. The office of famed oceanographer Robert Ballard, who also lives in Lyme, assisted with that problem and helped find one in the Cayman Islands.

Asked what his advice would be right now to someone wishing to pursue a career similar to his, Hine says surprisingly, “Don’t be a photographer!” He goes on to explain what he means, saying, “Learn how to design. Learn your fonts. Ad[vertising] agencies want one-stop shopping these days. Make yourself as versatile as you can.” He concludes, “Photography is a part of the business these days … [it is] not the business.”

Apart from sheer hard work, determination, and remarkable skill, perhaps versatility is the key to Hine’s own exceptional career. He has moved with the times, believed in himself, and simply kept doing what he does best — and his book encapsulates that story in a truly wonderful way.

It is a delight to read … and a joy to view.

Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden Celebrates Donations Totaling Over One Ton This Season

A small selection of a recent day’s harvest from the Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden.

Second Annual LOLFSG Open House Slated for Saturday, Sept. 24, All Welcome

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden (LOLFSG) celebrated a milestone this week!

Following a much-needed rain event, mid-week volunteers harvested kale, tomatoes, string beans, peppers, eggplants, and more.  In doing so, the garden reached a total donation threshold of more than 2000 pounds of produce in its first growing season.

The LOLFSG President Jim Ward commented, “This incredible accomplishment is due to the dedication of volunteers and community support.”

Ward noted that the realistic LOLFSG goal for the 2023 season is to double production and is already looking forward to a “Two-Ton Tuesday.”

To celebrate the successful inaugural growing season and to learn more about the garden, all are invited to visit the 2nd Annual LOLFSG Open House on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the garden from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The garden is located at Town Woods Park behind the Field House and playground.

St. Ann’s Hosts ‘Welcome Back’ Breakfast Today; All Invited

Saint Ann’s Church of Old Lyme.

OLD LYME — On Sunday, Sept. 11, Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church at 82 Shore Rd. in Old Lyme invites all parishioners to a joyful ‘Welcome Back’ Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the Griswold Room.

The event will be held after the 8:30 a.m. service and before the 10:30 a.m. one.

Congregants will gather in fellowship for an Old-fashioned Church Breakfast, as they look forward to helping friends and neighbors during the coming year.

Old Lyme HS Class of 1970 Seeks Classmates for (Belated) 50th Reunion, Final Day for Reservations is Today

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme High School Class of 1970 is hosting its (belated) 50th Reunion over the weekend of Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

The Class is still seeking missing classmates and asks ‘Are you or a friend among them?’

The Class of 1970 is holding three separate reunion events Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30, and Oct. 1, and 2. Reservations with payment are due by Sept. 10. 

The Class hopes to locate the following people, who were members of the graduating class. Organizers would also like to locate anyone, who was ever part of this class but did not necessarily graduate with it. 

The missing classmates are:

  • Alfred Arpin
  • Sidney Biddle Barrows
  • James Bowers
  • Nancy Bowes
  • Darlene Brooks
  • Charles Carlson
  • Bob Chapman
  • Robert Cornish
  • George Grabel
  • Jerri Husch
  • Charles King
  • Michael Leahy
  • Jeffrey Maynard
  • David Morgan
  • Paul O’Connell
  • Charles Rasmussen
  • Bev Roberts
  • Kim Robinson
  • Mark Robinson
  • Harold Saunders
  • Tom Schull
  • Jeffrey Shalett
  • Jan Smith
  • Dale Stone
  • Ethel Swaney
  • Mary Karen Thruelsen
  • David Tubek

The events are a Friday evening cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres, Saturday dinner, and Sunday brunch.

For more information, contact


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Soccer: Boys Win, Girls Lose Season Openers Against Cromwell

Anders Silberberg (#30 in this file photo) scored for Old Lyme in Thursday’s season opener against Cromwell.

OLD LYME/CROMWELL — The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) boys started strong Thursday winning their home game opener 2-1 against the Cromwell Panthers.

The Wildcat goals were scored by Lucas Dasilva and Anders Silberberg. Cromwell’s lone goal was scored by Jacob Salafia. All three goals were unassisted.

In goal for LOL was Jonah Lathrop, who made six saves. Thomas Garcia was in net for Cromwell and clinched eight saves.
Lyme-Old Lyme is 1-0-0 in both the Shoreline Conference and State Championship.
Both Wildcats teams have their next game on Saturday away at East Lyme High School. The boys kick off at 5 p.m. and the girls at 7 p.m.

Senior Alexis Fenton (#7) scored the only Wildcat goal in Lyme-Old Lyme’s season opener loss against Cromwell. File photo.

The Old Lyme girls were defeated 2-1 in their season opener when they played Cromwell away.
The half time score was looking good for the Wildcats at 0-0, meaning all three goals came in the second half. Both Cromwell goals were scored by #11 Olivia Lusitani and assisted by Cameryn Hickey. Old Lyme’s goal was scored unassisted by #7 Alexis Fenton.
Goalie Lily Kenney had seven saves for Cromwell while Olivia Kelly made 10 saves for Old Lyme.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board Sets Nov. 8 Referendum on $57.6 Million Building Plan

Renovations at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School are included in the $57.6 million plan on which will residents will vote in a referendum on Nov. 8.

OLD LYME — At their meeting on Wednesday evening, Sept. 7, the Region 18 Board of Education voted to hold a referendum in the Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme on Tuesday, Nov. 8, on the proposed $57.6 million building plan for Mile Creek, Center, Lyme Consolidated, and Lyme-Old Lyme Middle Schools.

Nov. 8 is also the national Election Day.

The referendum question will be a simple Yes/No regarding the amount of funding and the result will be obtained by combining the numbers from both Towns.

Visit this link to view a recording of the meeting.

Editor’s Note: More to follow on this developing story.

Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education Holds Public Hearing Tonight for $57.6M K-8 Building Plan

Mile Creek School is one of the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools slated for renovation and possible expansion in the Region 18 Board of Education’s proposed $57.6 million building plan.

LYME/OLD LYME — On Wednesday evening, Aug.31, the Region 18 Board of Education voted unanimously to move forward with the proposed $57.6 million building plan for Mile Creek, Center, Lyme Consolidated, and Lyme-Old  Lyme Middle Schools by setting a Special District Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. to discuss and potentially approve appropriating and bonding the required funds to undertake the project.

The Special District Meeting, which will include the required public hearing on the proposal, will be held in the Board of Education Conference Room at Center School, 49 Lyme St., in Old Lyme.

This public hearing must be held prior to the board setting a date for the referendum for the residents of Lyme and Old Lyme to vote on the project. The Superintendent advised the board that the referendum must be held prior to mid-November to be eligible for the upcoming round of reimbursement grants from the state.

At the end of the public hearing on Sept. 7, it is anticipated that the board will vote on the resolution and then set a precise date for the referendum.

Possible dates for the referendum were discussed at the Aug. 31 meeting varying from ones in the last week of October through the first week of November. The Superintendent agreed to have conversations with the registrars of both towns to determine the optimum date from their point of view for the referendum and to bring that feedback to the next meeting.

The precise wording of the resolution, which will be discussed at the Sept. 7 public hearing, is as follows:
[It is a] “Resolution Appropriating $57,555,000 For The Planning, Design, Demolition, Construction, Renovation, Equipping And Furnishing Of Mile Creek School, Center School, Lyme Consolidated School, And Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School And Related Costs And Authorizing The Issuance Of $57,555,000 Bonds Of The District To Meet Said Appropriation And Pending The Issuance Thereof The Making Of Temporary  Borrowings For Such Purpose.”

Letter to the Editor: Lyme-Old Lyme Schools BOE Apparently Did Not Care What Residents Thought About Armed Guards, Will They Behave Same on Proposed $57.6 Million Building Plan? Will Residents Speak Up?

To the Editor:

The Reticent Residents of this town have nothing to say about paying $57,555,000 for the planning, design, demolition, construction, and renovation of our public schools.

Let me break the silence. That is a hell of a lot of money.

We have 1362 children attending our schools. That comes out to about $42,000 per student, OK?

Yet the people in our community, as with the issue of arming security officers in these same schools, remain mostly silent.

I don’t get it.

I certainly didn’t understand why, if someone has a child in these schools, they didn’t feel it was important to offer an opinion on putting guns into the schools. There is no evidence that arming guards protects students and school personnel. Most people who took time to offer an opinion spoke against the idea, yet, it was ramrodded through. I have yet to see how much that will cost, what training these guards will undertake, what rules will govern their use of weapons, or what kind of guns we will be buying.

Do parents feel that our schools are falling apart?

I know there will be a hearing this week but, is there any point? Has the Board already decided to go ahead? It has only set aside 30 minutes [Wednesday, Sept. 7] to discuss the issue. (That works out to dealing with $1.918,500 per minute.) What effect will the Board’s disrespect for the opinions of people who spoke against arming guards have on this and future proposals?


Charlotte Scot,
Old Lyme.