December 13, 2019

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Move Forward with Plans for $2.3 Million Artificial Turf Field

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education is moving forward with a plan to build a more than $2 million artificial turf athletic field, a project school officials say will conserve groundwater without placing a burden on taxpayers.

Superintendent Ian Neviaser said last week that the board has almost amassed enough money in the district’s undesignated capital expense fund to build the field. For the past two decades, the district has typically funneled 1 percent of its annual budget into the fund to help finance larger projects and avoid budget increases or the need to bond, he said.

The fund balance is currently …

Read the full article by Mary Biekert and published on theday.com Dec. 9 at this link.

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Lyme Schedules Special Town Meeting to Consolidate Town Ordinances Tonight

LYME – The Town of Lyme will hold a Special Town Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., at Lyme Town Hall, to consider and vote on two new Town ordinances. All residents of Lyme, who are qualified to vote in the Town Meeting, are welcome to attend.

At the meeting, the Town will seek:

⦁ To approve an ordinance adopting the “Code of the Town of Lyme, Connecticut” – the purpose of which is to codify and consolidate into chapters the ordinances and regulations of the Town of Lyme, Conn, by adoption of the “Code of the Town of Lyme, Conn.”  (The ordinances in effect immediately prior to adoption of the “Code” shall remain in full force and effect, except as repealed, in whole or in part, by the Code.)

⦁ To approve an ordinance establishing alternate members of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The text of both of the ordinances can be read on the Town website at www.townlyme.org.

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Cappella Cantorum Presents Christmas Concert at Valley Regional High School, Sunday

DEEP RIVER — Cappella Cantorum presents its annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Valley Regional High School in Deep River.

 

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Don’t Miss the 29th Annual Holiday Cookie Walk in Old Lyme This Morning


OLD LYME —
You know the feeling: the holidays are in full swing — there’s shopping to do, the house needs decorating, there are concerts and plays at school, and tree lightings and house tours to attend. And you’ve got family coming to visit … On top of it all, with Thanksgiving so late, there’s even less time to get it all into your busy schedule. Where will you find the time to bake and decorate holiday cookies?

The answer … don’t!

Instead, get your cookies at the annual Child & Family Agency Holiday Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Old Lyme Town Hall.

What is a “Cookie Walk”? Our volunteers bake a variety of beautiful holiday cookies, and we display them so visitors can walk past the displays and choose their own cookies. These aren’t pre-packaged cookie trays … at the Cookie Walk, you decide which cookies — and how many — you want to purchase. Cookies are then weighed and boxed for purchase. Get there early for the best selection. You can serve them at your neighborhood LYSB party, or freeze them for Christmas Eve., or just eat them when ou choose!

Proceeds benefit the programs and projects of Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.

The Cookie Walk is on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon (or as long as the cookies last …) in the Old Lyme Town Hall at 52 Lyme St., along with the Lyme Youth Service Bureau’s (LYSB) Photos with Santa. While you’re choosing cookies, the kids can get a picture taken with Santa (donations to LYSB.)

Child & Family Agency is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture children and families to develop their strengths through service, partnership, and advocacy. With offices in New London, Essex, and Groton, and programs dealing with children’s health care, child abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, parent education, and child guidance, Child & Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in southeastern Connecticut.

Volunteers and supporters are always welcome. For more information, visit www.childandfamilyagency.org. Questions on the Cookie Walk or about joining the Thames West Auxiliary of Child & Family Agency may be directed to CFA.LOLauxiliary@gmail.com.

Follow Child & Family at this link on Facebook.

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Lyme Public Hall, Lyme Garden Club Host Wreath Making Workshop, Today

LYME — The Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives and the Lyme Garden Club present a Holiday Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m, at the Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rte 156), Lyme.

Materials and greens will be provided. Bring your own trimmings to customize your creation.

Pre-registration is required. Text or call Bill Denow at 860 574-4143

There is no admission charge. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit lymepublichall.org

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Linderman Elected Chairman of the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education

Diane Linderman

OLD LYME — During Wednesday evening’s regular Region 18 Board of Education meeting, members held an election to determine who would hold the four officer positions. The results of the election were as follows:

Chairman: Diane Linderman

Vice-Chairman: Martha Shoemaker

Secretary: Steve Wilson

Treasurer: Jean Wilczynski

Linderman replaces Michelle ‘Mimi’ Roche, who did not run for re-election in the November 2019 election. Linderman was previously vice-chairman and Shoemaker served as Secretary.

Steve Wilson, who was elected to the board for the first time in November, takes on the position of secretary and Wilczynski continues in her role as treasurer.

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education Will Seat New Members, Elect Officers, at Meeting Tonight

An elction will be held at Wednesday’s BOE meeting to determine the successor to outgoing Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Michelle “Mimi” Roche, pictured above.

LYME-OLD LYME — Three new members representing Old Lyme will take their seats at the Region 18 Board of Education meeting this evening.

Jennifer Miller, Suzanne Thompson and Steven Wilson, all Republicans, will replace Michelle Roche, the current Chair and a Democrat, alomg with Stacey Winchell and Erick Cushman, both Republicans. None of the three retiring members opted to run for re-election in the Nov. 5 election.

Mary Powell-St. Louis, a Republican and one of the two Lyme board members, was re-elected unopposed in the November election.

One of the first items of business at the Dec. 4 meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Center School Board of Education Meeting Room, will be the election of officers for the coming year. Voting for the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary will be the three new members along with incumbents Powell-St. Louis and Stacey Leonardo (D), who both represent Lyme, and Rick Goulding, Diane Linderman, Jean Wilczynski and Martha Shoemaker, who are all Democrats and represent Old Lyme.

Linderman is currently Vice-Chair, Wilczynski serves as Treasurer, and Shoemaker is Secretary.

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Engineering Firm to Present Work to Date on Turf Field Project at Tonight’s BOE Meeting, Public Welcome

This playing field behind Lyme-Old Lyme High School is the proposed site of the turf field, which will be discussed at the Region 18 Board of Education meeting Wednesday evening. The engineering firm Milone and MacBroom will present information regarding the project at the meeting.

LYME-OLD LYME — (Based on a Press Release from Lyme-Old Lyme Schools) In the November 2017 issue of  ‘Focus on Education’, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools published an article about the background to the proposed installation of a turf field.  The article has now been updated to reflect recent actions by the Region 18 Board of Education.

If you have attended any of the Lyme-Old Lyme recent athletic contests, you may have noticed that Lyme-Old Lyme High School has two of the finest grass playing surfaces in the area. These surfaces are maintained without the use of any pesticides and with the added burden of supporting daily practices by multiple athletic teams and physical education programs. Over the past few years, Region 18’s efforts to support these fields for safe play has been a struggle.

Despite being so close to the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound, the greatest challenge in maintaining Region 18 playing fields is a limited water supply. Even with a newly-drilled well, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools continue to find that their water needs — which support regular water usage (cooking, toilets, sinks, etc.) for their main campus, Old Lyme’s Town Hall and Fire Department, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, and the Old Lyme Historical Society, combined with the need to irrigate their playing fields — have exceeded their water system capacity.

During two recent summers, Region 18 had to purchase tanker trucks of water to avoid losing the grass on their athletic fields. It was this water supply issue that pushed the Region 18 Board of Education to develop a special committee to review and research the current state of the district’s athletic fields and develop a long-term plan to address its water issues.

This committee, which included 22 members, was made up of people from the community, board of education representatives, and school employees. The committee’s charge was to evaluate the district’s three multipurpose athletic fields and develop a recommendation for facility improvements, which best serves the long-term needs of the school district and the community.

The committee’s work was supported by the expertise of an engineering firm, which evaluated all aspects of Region 18’s facility including water sources, field use, and field location. The committee recommended utilizing a two-pronged approach to address water usage and the demands of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ athletic and physical education programs.

The field between the middle and high schools is one of the district’s two irrigated fields.

At their October 2017 meeting, the Region 18 Board of Education voted to approve the use of funds to support the design and bidding of a dedicated system that would supply water to the district’s two irrigated athletic fields, leaving the remainder of their water supply for potable use.

In June 2019, after many months of work with town committees, as well as with the neighbors of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, who share ownership of the pond behind the high school, a pump system was installed that allows the district to use a limited amount of pond water to supplement its irrigation water supply. During the summer of 2019, this new system was successfully utilized to support the irrigation of two of the district’s three fields.

The varsity field behind Center School is the second of the district’s two irrigated fields.

Also at their October 2017 meeting, the board of education approved the committee’s second recommendation to pursue the concept of submitting an artificial turf field project to the Town of Old Lyme commissions for approval with associated design firm support. The second recommendation will allow the district to pursue the concept of installing a synthetic field behind Lyme-Old Lyme High School allowing multiple teams to practice and play at the same time regardless of the weather.

This proposal will also reduce the overuse of the two grass fields whose irrigation needs have exceeded our water supply. The construction of such a playing surface would be funded from the board’s sinking fund for capital projects and therefore would not impact the annual budget. The funding for this second recommendation was approved at the October 2019 board of education meeting.

At that meeting, the Board of Education approved the hiring of Milone and MacBroom to complete the initial artificial field design as well as to obtain local commission approvals. This next step will be completed during the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Following this phase of the project, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools will be prepared to complete the construction documents, refine the project estimate, and establish a project timeline for field installation.

As Lyme-Old Lyme Schools move forward with this project, the board looks forward to input from the community. At the Wednesday, Dec. 4, board of education meeting, Milone and MacBroom will present information regarding this project. The public is encouraged to attend.

Once the initial design phase is complete, there will be multiple opportunities to learn about the process as well as ask questions of the design firm. For more information, visit Region18.org.

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Lyme Garden Club Hosts Meeting, Holiday Wreaths/Sprays Workshop Tonight

LYME — Lyme Garden Club hosts their monthly meeting and a Holiday Wreaths/Sprays Workshop. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Lyme Fire Company, 213 Hamburg Rd./Rte. 156, Lyme, CT, 06371.

Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 a.m. The workshop follows at 10:30 a.m.  The club will be making wreaths and sprays for Lyme community buildings and cemeteries.  Instruction will be given.

Bring greens, pinecones and other natural materials to use as well as clippers and gloves.  The club will provide wire, ribbons and bows.

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Legal News You Can Use: Do You Know the True Purpose of Alimony?

Alimony is an important protection for some divorcees. If you are divorcing, it might be something you’re looking into seeking, too. Do you know how it’s determined? Do you have any idea about how much you need?

Here’s a little more about alimony, so you can understand what to expect.

1. Alimony is decided by the courts unless you and your spouse agree on an amount

Alimony is decided by the courts, but you and your spouse can decide on an amount yourselves in advance if you’d like. If you want to make up your own mind about how much you need, then you should sit down and budget. Find out how much you need in alimony to make ends meet, and then you and your spouse can talk about an amount that is feasible and how long it should be paid.

2. Alimony is designed to help a lesser-earning spouse and to “pay them back” for their support

Alimony has a few purposes. One purpose may be to help spouses who gave up their careers or who earn less and need time to make up the financial differences caused by moving out. Alimony can also be used as a way to pay them back for financial support while one spouse went to school.

3. Lump-sum alimony helps you avoid long-term obligations

Lump-sum alimony is a good way to avoid long-term obligations. With lump-sum alimony, the payer doles out the whole amount versus monthly installments. With lump-sum alimony, the recipient doesn’t have to worry about payments not being made, and neither the recipient nor payer have to stay in touch (unless for other reasons).

Attorneys at Suisman Shapiro can speak with you more about alimony and answer your questions on the subect. Visit their website or call 800-499-0145 — lines are open 24 hours a day.

Sponsored post on behalf of Suisman Shapiro.

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It’s Small Business Saturday, so Shop Local Today!

Launched by American Express in 2010, when small businesses were suffering from an economy in a recession, Small Business Saturday was created to encourage people to Shop Small and take more holiday shopping to all the local businesses that make our communities strong.

Our friends at the-e-list have prepared a list of local businesses offering special deals for Small Business Saturday, which you can find at this link.

Lyme Art Association is offering 10 percent off all art today during Small Business Saturday.

We “stole” the image at left from our friends at Dina Varano in Chester, who are offering a complimentary $20 gift card when you purchase a $100 gift certificate through tomorrow (Dec. 1) in celebration of Small Business Saturday.

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Walk Off Those Extra Pounds This Afternoon by Taking a Post-Thanksgiving Hike with Lyme Land Trust in Hartman Park

Lose those extra pounds by hiking in Hartman Park on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

LYME — Walk off your Thanksgiving overindulgence on Saturday, Nov. 30, on a beautiful moderate trail that winds along craggy ridges strewn with glacial boulders.

Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust Board member and Lyme Open Space Coordinator, will lead a walk on the Red Trail in Hartman Park starting at 1:30 p.m. and lasting around two hours. The entire walk is about 3.5 miles. A snack will be provided but bring a bottle of water. The walk is sponsored by the Lyme land Trust and the Town of Lyme.

Registration is appreciated at openspace@townlyme.org

Meet at the Hartman Park Entrance Parking Lot, Gungy Rd. Lyme. The parking lot is on Gungy Rd. about 1.5 miles north of the four-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Rd., Grassy Hill Rd., and Gungy Rd.

Rain cancels the hike.

For more information, visit http://www.lymelandtrust.org/event/saturday-after-thanksgiving-hike-hartman-park-red-trail or email openspace@townlyme.org

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Happy Thanksgiving! We are Thankful for You …

We wish all our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. We want to take this opportunity to say how thankful we are to all our readers for supporting independent, local community jouralism and we especially would like to give thanks to all our advertisers, who continue to make this publication financially possible.

We are proud to say that we have been publishing LymeLine.com for more than 16 years and in the coming weeks, we will talk more about the challenges — some new, some old — that we face in this task and how we believe we can solve them together.

But for now, enjoy this special day and be thankful with us for family, friends, and oh, so much more!

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A la Carte: A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Recipes from Lee, Including How to Bake That Turkey!

Editor’s Note: We are running several of Lee White’s wonderful Thanksgiving recipes together today to give readers an opportunity to choose the ones they wish to use.  Enjoy!

For more years than I can remember, I have been writing about turkey at Thanksgiving. I get every food magazine every month and every single month, in October, a turkey is on the covers.

My mother never cooked a turkey. We had Thanksgiving at an aunt and uncle’s home in Kinderhook, New York. There was no gravy and no stuffing and the sweet potatoes were stuffed into oranges, which made the sweet potatoes taste like oranges.

The first Thanksgiving with my husband and daughter was in Houston, and I ordered turkey and sides from a restaurant. The gravy was white. In following years, I made turkey and sides by myself, sometimes for 20 or more friends and family. The first few times, I called the Butterball Hot Line for help.

Some years later I stopped using the throwaway aluminum pans and bought a $200 roasting pan, which I still use for every kind of roast I have ever made. It was one terrific buy.

Over the years I brined turkey in a huge cooler. I bought organic turkeys. Last year I went to a friend who made a heritage turkey. I made all kinds of stuffing and once placed slices of bacon on top of the fowl. A few times I put buttered cheesecloth on the turkey. But these days I buy the least expensive turkey I can get and buy it frozen.

I make my stuffing the night before and put it in the refrigerator in an enormous plastic bag. The next morning I stuff as much dressing as possible into the thawed (but cold) turkey’s cavity. I put the rest in a casserole and when the roasted turkey come out of the oven, I add some juice to the casserole and bake it.

Forget all those other “new” ways to make turkey for Thanksgiving. Here is my favorite recipe. 

Turkey

1 14- to 16-pound turkey
salt
1 stick butter
½ (one-half) cup good white wine

Gravy

¼ (one-quarter) cup all-purpose flour
cold water
Gravy Master (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Remove giblets from turkey (I don’t use them; instead, I boiled them for the kitties, less bones). Rinse and dry turkey inside and out. Rub salt inside cavity of bird. Fill cavity with cold stuffing made the night before or early morning. Place bird in a rack (or upside glass pie pan) atop a large, heavy-duty roasting pan. Place in a 350-degree oven.

Add butter and wine in a saucepan, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Open oven, pour wine-butter over turkey and close oven. Every half hour baste liquid over turkey. Bake until turkey is done (when the thermometer plunged into the thickest part of the thigh registered 175 to 180 degrees, 10 to 12 minutes per pound if not stuffed or 12 to 15 minutes stuffed).

Turn off the oven, remove turkey from the oven, Place the turkey on a platter and spooned the Stuffing into a bowl; cover each with aluminum foil and return both to still-warm oven. (Extra stuffing can be heated in a casserole dish; it is not as tasty but if you spoon some juice on the dish before heating, it’s pretty good.)

Remove grease from roasting pan. and place the pan on the stove. Turn heat to medium. In a large jar, add all-purpose flour and about 2 cups of water. Screw jar cover and shake. When the brown bits are hot, add flour-water mixture and, over medium-high heat, whisk constantly. If you need more water, add some. Once the gravy is ready, add and stir in Gravy Master to taste (optional). Add salt and pepper to taste.

CRANBERRY, GRAPE AND APPLE SAUCE 

From Cooking Light, November 2018
Serves 12

Cooking spray
2 cups seedless black grapes (about 10 ounces)
1 and three-quarter cups chopped Honeycrisp apple (or Gala or ????)
2 tablespoons chopped scallop
1 cup fresh or frozen whole cranberries
1 and one half tablespoons unsalted butter
3 and one-half teaspoons pure maple syrup
One-eighth teaspoon kosher salt
One-quarter teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or sprigs (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with spray. Place grapes, apple and shallot on prepared baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray. Bake until shallots begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

Add cranberries to baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees until cranberries burst, apple is tender and grape skins are beginning to burst, about 20 more minutes. Remove from oven and transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in butter, maple syrup and salt. Cool completely, about one hour. Sprinkle with thyme, if desired.

STUFFING

I make the stuffing at least the day ahead because it should be cold when you put it in the turkey, which is also cold. This is probably more stuffing you will use. You can put the rest in a casserole and bake for Thanksgiving, or freeze it for another turkey or chicken dinner.

I large Pepperidge Farms herb-seasoned stuffing mix
6 to 8 tablespoons butter
1 cup onions, minced
1 cup celery, minced
1 small can of diced mushrooms
1 cup walnuts, chopped (I chop it with my hands because I don’t want it chopped fine)
salt and pepper, to taste
Bell’s seasoning, to taste

Make Pepperidge Farms stuffing according to package instructions.

In a skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Add onions, celery, mushrooms and walnuts. Saute for about 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and Bell’s seasoning to taste. Add to stuffing mix and stir. Refrigerate until cold (I often put the stuffing in a large plastic bag and put it in the porch, since I rarely have much space in my refrigerator.)

OLD-FASHIONED SPICE CAKE

Adapted from Linnea Rufo of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Yield: serves 10 to 12 people
1 cup sugar
one-half cup (1 stick) butter
one-half cup currants or raisins or dried cherries (optional)
one-half cup candied ginger, chopped
2 eggs
2 tablespoons molasses
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
one-quarter teaspoon cloves
one-half teaspoon ginger
one-teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease a 10-inch tube pan.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.

Pour batter into prepared tube pan. Set on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until cake pulls away from sides of pan and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool cake in the pan, set on a rack, for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and spread on icing at once, while cake is still warm.

Espresso Icing

1 and one-half cups of confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon of espresso (use a teaspoon or so of cold coffee)
1 tablespoon milk

Whisk icing ingredients together.

TURKEY HASH SALAD

From Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins, The New Basics Cookbook (Workman, New York, 1989)

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

5 teaspoons Dijon mustard
one-half cup red wine vinegar
1 cup light olive oil (or other good vegetable oil)
12 small red potatoes
one-half teaspoon kosher or sea salt
2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
12 large cloves garlic
8 ounces bacon cut into one-half-inch pieces
one-half cup finely chopped red onion
one-quarter cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 cups coarsely shredded cook turkey
1 bunch arugula, rinsed, trimmed and patted dry
2 bunches watercress, rinsed, trimmed and patted dry

Whisk mustard and vinegar together in a small bowl. Slowly pour in three-quarters of the oil, whisking constantly. Set the vinaigrette aside.

Prick the potatoes all over with the tines of a fork. Combine remaining one-quarter oil, salt and 1 teaspoon of the pepper in a bowl. Add potatoes and toss until well coated with the mixture. Place the potatoes in a shallow roasting pan and bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Remove potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool. Then cut them into one-half-inch slices and place in a large bowl.

Place the garlic cloves in a small saucepan. Cover with water, bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain, allow to cool. Then peel.

Saute bacon in a heavy skillet until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain, reserving the fat.

Add garlic cloves to bacon fat in the skillet and cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon. Discard the fat.

Add red onion, parsley, remaining teaspoon of black pepper and the vinaigrette to the potatoes. Toss gently.

Add turkey, bacon and garlic cloves. Gently fold all ingredients together.

Arrange the arugula and watercress on a large serving platter and place the salad on top. Serve immediately.

About the author: Lee White has been writing about restaurants and cooking since 1976 and has been extensively published in the Worcester (Mass.) Magazine, The Day, Norwich Bulletin, and Hartford Courant. She currently writes Nibbles and a cooking column called A La Carte for LymeLine.com and the Shore Publishing and the Times newspapers, both of which are owned by The Day.

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LYSB Hosts a Community Conversation on Underage Drinking This Evening

OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Prevention Coalition invites all LymeLine.com readers to a Community Talk on Underage Drinking this evening, Monday, Nov. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, 59 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

The event, which is appropriate for all community members including youth, includes dinner, discussion, and activities with special guests from Mothers Against Drnk Driving (MADD).

Topics to be covered will include:
• Alcohol and the brain
• Alcohol conversations
• Brain games

Join LYSB and MADD representatives for dinner.

For further information, call 860-434-7208.

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State Rep. Carney Named Environmental Champion by Connecticut League of Conservation Voters

State Rep. Devin Carney (R- 23rd)

HARTFORD – (from a press release) The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) have recognized State Representative Devin Carney (R-23), naming him an Environmental Champion for his efforts and support of proposals that focus on various green initiatives throughout the state.

Each year, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters release an Environmental Scorecard and names “Environmental Champions,” legislators who advocated for particular pro-environment bills. Only 16 legislators received this designation and Rep. Carney’s leadership on clean energy legislation was highlighted.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the League of Conservation Voters as an Environmental Champion,” saidRep. Carney. As the State Representative for an environmentally precious district, I was proud to advocate for and support many pieces of legislation to improve and protect Connecticut’s environment. As the Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Caucus, I was proud of the work I was able to achieve, particularly involving solar net-metering. I look forward to continuing making environmentally-friendly legislation a priority.”

The organization stated Rep. Carney was “instrumental in passing the temporary fix for solar net-metering that became part of the Green Economy Act (HB 5002) and that “he also argued for a more comprehensive set of clean energy policies to grow our economy and address our climate crisis.”

In addition, Rep. Carney also co-sponsored two other environment-related bills during this legislative session. SB-753 expands the statewide fracking ban to apply to all gas and oil extraction activities and HB-7156 to authorize the procurement of energy derived from offshore wind. Both bills passed and were signed into law by the governor earlier this summer.

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Old Lyme Girls Defeat NW Catholic 2-0, Advance to Fifth Consecutive Class S State Championship!

The Old Lyme girls gather happily for a team photo with Coach Paul Gleason (at right) after defeating NW Catholic 2-0 at Xavier High School in the Class S State Championship semifinal. Photo by Ally Gleason.

LYME-OLD LYME — Lydia Tinnerello, one of five team captains for Old Lyme, scored twice this evening at Xavier High School to lift #8 Old Lyme to a convincing 2-0 victory against NW Catholic and win the Wildcats a berth in the CIAC Class S soccer state final for the fifth consecutive year. Old Lyme will meet #3 Holy Cross on Saturday at Veteran’s Field in New Britain. Kick-off is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Tinnerello’s first goal found the net just shy of eight minutes into the game and then she followed up in the last minute of the first half with a shot assisted by Abby Manthous. The move that culminated in the second goal had started with a free kick by another team captain Emily DeRoehn. The other captains are Katie Funaro, Melissa Mauro  and Kaylee Armenia.

Paul Gleason’s Wildcats held onto their lead through the second half to the delight of all the spectators who had traveled from Old Lyme to support the team.

After the game, Tinnerello told LymeLine in a text, “I feel great about the game. It was a complete team effort. And I’m really proud of my teammates for always working their hardest.”

GO WILDCATS!

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Old Lyme Girls Defeat NW Catholic 2-0, Advance to Fifth Consecutive Class S State Championship!

LYME-OLD LYME — Lydia Tinnerello put the ball in the net twice this evening at Xavier High School to lift Old Lyme to a 2-0 victory against NW Catholic and win the Wildcats a berth in the CIAC Class S soccer state final for the fifth consecutive year.

GO WILDCATS!

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Old Lyme PD’s Thanksgiving Food Drive Continues Saturday in Front of Big Y

Sorting the food donated during the Food Drive is a Herculean task organized by LYSB Director Mary Seidner (center) in photo and assisted by Leslie Massa (right) and Arleen Sharp (left). File photo by B. Groth.

Old Lyme Police Officers will hold their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive  on three dates starting today at the Old Lyme Marketplace near the Big Y. The dates and times are as follows:

Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov.  20, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All food donated will be forwarded to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) for distribution to families in need.

Food will also be given to stock the mini-pantries at Lymes’ Senior Center and the Town of Old Lyme Social Services.

After local needs are met, all remaining food is given to Shoreline Soup Kitchens.

Arleen Sharp (left) and Leslie Massa continue their sorting efforts. File photo by B. Groth.

Donations of non-perishable food can be taken directly to the Old Lyme Police Department at 294 Shore Rd., or to LYSB at 59 Lyme St. between Nov. 16 and  Nov. 23.

Families in need of food should contact LYSB at www.lysb.org/holidaygiving or 860-434-7208.

 

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Wildcats Face NW Catholic in Class S State Soccer Semifinal Tonight

LYME-OLD LYME — Paul Gleason’s Wildcat girls face Northwest Catholic tomorrow evening at Xavier High School in an effort to secure themselves a berth in the CIAC Class S soccer state final for the fifth consecutive year. This semifinal game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Old Lyme defeated the top-seeded Housatonic 7-5 on Saturday in a thrilling penalty shoot-out.

GO WILDCATS!

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