December 4, 2020

Dec. 3 COVID Update: Old Lyme Reports Cumulative Total of 88 Confirmed Cases, Lyme Climbs to 24

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LYME/OLD LYME — UPDATED 12/4, 10am: In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new daily update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The state is now issuing a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, which includes current data up to the previous evening.

The Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) does not give any details of the age of those infected, their gender or the date the case was confirmed.

Ledge Light Health Department (LLHD) issued their weekly COVID-19 Report this morning, Friday, Dec. 4. It shows that in the past two weeks, Old Lyme had 20 new confirmed cases and Lyme eight. It also details that 864 Old Lyme residents had molecular tests and antigen tests while the equivalent number for Lyme residents was 254.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued by CT DPH Thursday afternoon, Dec. 3, for data as at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the state-identified ‘Red Zone,’ defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15. This rate does not include cases or tests among residents of nursing home, assisted living, or correctional facilities.

OLD LYME now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 88 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This represents an increase of four confirmed cases over the 84 cases reported Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The number of Old Lyme residents tested is 3,212.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

The Dec.3 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 11/15 through 11/28, Old Lyme had 14 cases in Week 1 and 6 in Week 2. This data was updated Dec. 3.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 19.4, reflecting a decrease from the previously reported two-week-rate of 23.3. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

LYME has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 22 confirmed cases and two probable cases, making a total of 24 cases.

This represents an increase of one in the number of confirmed and no change in the number of probable cases over those reported Wednesday, Dec. 2.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The number of Lyme residents tested is 720.

The Dec. 3 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from11/15 through 11/28, Lyme had 7 cases in Week 1 and 1 in Week 2. This data was updated Dec. 3.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 24.4 reflecting an increase from the previously reported two-week-rate of 21.4.  A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

The COVID-19 metric report is issued by the state once per day, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The state will issue its next report Friday, Dec. 4.

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Death of Julia Balfour Announced; Celebration of Life Planned in Lyme, Sunday

Julia Balfour

LYME — Julia Balfour, who founded and led the integrated creative agency now located in East Haddam that bears her name, passed away Nov. 30, 2020. She ran the agency for many years from her home in Lyme.

The sense of shock among the local community and throughout the extensive business world in which she worked is profound.

Julia was a remarkable woman, whose very presence was not only incredibly powerful but also irresistibly magnetic. There was never a dull moment with Julia — her laugh is universally unforgettable. She was extraordinarily talented and has been taken from us far too young.

Julia’s colleagues at the Julia Balfour agency have published a beautiful tribute to their beloved boss.

Here at LymeLine.com, we extend our deepest sympathies to Julia’s family, friends, business colleagues and clients. She will be missed so deeply.

There will be a socially-distanced bonfire at Ashlawn Farm, 78 Bill Hill Rd. in Lyme on Sunday, Dec. 6, starting at 2 p.m. to celebrate Julia’s life. All who loved, liked or worked with Julia are welcome. Also, everyone who admired her or wished he or she had known her better is invited.

Come share a story, listen to a story, or just be together with a large group of her fans.

Wear a mask, dress warmly and BYOBubbly.

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Learn How to Make a ‘Kissing Ball’ in Zoom Presentation, Thursday; Register by Tomorrow

LYME — On Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Lyme Public Library, the Lyme Garden Club and the Hadlyme Garden Club present “Design & Create a Holiday Kissing Ball,” a Zoom presentation by Nancy Ballek.

Plan and design your own holiday Kissing Ball with the provided selection of  greens, ribbons and decorations. Ballek will begin with a demonstration to teach you how to shape and decorate the kissing ball.

All participants will complete a beautiful 8” Kissing Ball of their own composition using the materials provided.

Class will be limited to 20 participants and the materials  fee is $15 per person.

Register for the program to receive the Zoom invitation by Saturday, Dec. 5 at programreg@lymepl.org or call the library at 860-434-2272

Collect your workshop materials at the Library  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 9 or  10. Your box of materials will be ready for pick up at the library entrance with your name on the box. Keep the materials in a cool  place until you are ready to make the project with  Ballek on Zoom, Thursday.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants and there will be a  $15 fee for the materials due when you pick the box up at the library entrance. Make checks payable to: The Friends of the Lyme Public  Library (FLPL).

 

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Death Announced of Beverly P. Hendryx; Talented, Dedicated Educator in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

OLD LYME – A beloved mother, grandmother and teacher, Beverly P. Hendryx passed away Nov. 24, 2020. She was born Aug. 1, 1948.

She is survived by her son Andrew B. Hendryx IV, daughter-in-law Virginia, and granddaughter Ophelia.

Beverly graduated from the University of Connecticut and earned her master’s degree in education from Central Connecticut State University where she later taught at the graduate level. A talented and dedicated educator, her expertise lay in the field of educational enrichment. For over forty years she enhanced the lives of countless families and children with her gift of harnessing and nurturing the enthusiasm of the most inquisitive and precocious students. Beverly proudly finished her career at Lyme Consolidated near her home in the town of Old Lyme …

Services will be held at a later date …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Dec. 2, in The Day.

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Support the Lyme-Old Lyme HS Class of 2021’s Safe Grad Party! Eat From/Dine at Teddy’s Pizza, Thursday

pizzaSupport the Safe Grad Party for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2021 by eating at or buying take-out, Thursday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Teddy’s Old Lyme Pizza Palace, 264 Shore Rd. in Old Lyme.

The restaurant is donating part of the proceeds for the entire day, eat-in or take-out, to the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2021 Safe Grad Party fund.

To place your order or for more information, call 860-434-1517.

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Dec. 2 COVID Update: Old Lyme Confirmed Cases Now at 84, Lyme Holds at 23

Map of Connecticut dated Nov. 30 showing both Lyme and Old Lyme in the CT DPH-identified ‘Red Zones.’ These are defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

LYME/OLD LYME — In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new daily update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The state is now issuing a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, which includes current data up to the previous evening.

The Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) does not give any details of the age of those infected, their gender or the date the case was confirmed.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued by CT DPH Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 2, for data as at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the state-identified ‘Red Zone,’ defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

OLD LYME now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 84 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This represents an increase of two confirmed cases over the 82 cases reported Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The number of Old Lyme residents tested is 3,144.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

The Dec.1 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 11/08 through 11/21, Old Lyme had 15 cases in Week 1 and 9 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 23.3. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

LYME has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 21 confirmed cases and two probable cases, making a total of 23 cases.

This represents no change in the number of confirmed or probable cases over those reported Tuesday, Dec. 1.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The number of Lyme residents tested is 688.

The Dec. 1 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from11/08 through 11/21, Lyme had 1 case in Week 1 and 6 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 21.4.  A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

The COVID-19 metric report is issued by the state once per day, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The state will issue its next report Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools BOE Meets This Evening, Election of Board Officers to be Held

OLD LYME — NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION: The Region 18 Board of Education meets this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium for its regular monthly meeting. The agenda includes the election of board officers for the upcoming year.

The public is welcome. Masks are required. Observance of social distancing guidelines is mandatory.

Visit this link to view the agenda for the meeting.

A live stream of the meeting can be reached at this link.

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Dec.1 COVID Update: Old Lyme’s Cumulative Confirmed Cases Climb to 82, Lyme Holds at 23

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LYME/OLD LYME — In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new daily update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The state is now issuing a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, which includes current data up to the previous evening.

The Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) does not give any details of the age of those infected, their gender or the date the case was confirmed.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued by CT DPH Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 1, for data as at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30, shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the state-identified ‘Red Zone,’ defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

OLD LYME now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 82 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This represents an increase of two confirmed cases over the 80 cases reported Monday, Nov. 30.

The number of Old Lyme residents tested is 3,103.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

The Dec.1 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 11/08 through 11/21, Old Lyme had 15 cases in Week 1 and 9 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 23.3. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

LYME has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 21 confirmed cases and two probable cases, making a total of 23 cases.

This represents no change in the number of confirmed or probable cases over those reported Monday, Nov. 30.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The number of Lyme residents tested is 670.

The Dec. 1 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from11/08 through 11/21, Lyme had 1 case in Week 1 and 6 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 21.4.  A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

The COVID-19 metric report is issued by the state once per day, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The state will issue its next report Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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Nov. 30 COVID Update: Old Lyme Hits 80 Confirmed COVID Cases; Lyme Increases to 21 Confirmed, Two Probable

Map of Connecticut dated Nov. 30 showing both Lyme and Old Lyme in the CT DPH-identified ‘Red Zones.’ These are defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

LYME/OLD LYME — In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new daily update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The state is now issuing a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) does not give any details of the age of those infected, their gender or the date the case was confirmed.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued by CT DPH Monday afternoon, Nov. 30, (no report was issued Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29) shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the state-identified ‘Red Zone,’ defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

OLD LYME now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 80 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This represents an increase of two confirmed cases over the 78 cases reported Friday, Nov. 27.

The number of Old Lyme residents tested is 3,072.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

The Nov. 30 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 11/08 through 11/21, Old Lyme had 15 cases in Week 1 and 9 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 23.3. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

LYME has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 21 confirmed cases and two probable cases, making a total of 23 cases.

This represents an increase of one confirmed case and no change in the number of probable cases over those reported Friday, Nov. 27.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The number of Lyme residents tested is 662.

The Nov. 27 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from11/08 through 11/21, Lyme had 1 case in Week 1 and 6 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 21.4.  A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

The COVID-19 metric report is issued by the state once per day, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The state will issue its next report Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Lyme Church Invites Community to Virtual ‘Blue Christmas’ Service, Dec. 9

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LYME — The First Congregational Church of Lyme invites the community to its virtual Blue Christmas service scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

This simple service is one that recognizes all those that mourn, worry or wait during the Christmas season. It is a service of candles, music and prayer, and is open to all.

It will be held via Zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3295485601.

For more information about the First Congregational Church of Lyme, visit the church’s website.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Moves to Fully Remote Learning due to New COVID Cases, Plans to Reopen Dec. 7

Lyme-Old Lyme High School is moving to a fully remote learning model for week commencing Nov. 30.

LYME/OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser sent out an email Friday afternoon to faculty, staff, students and parents saying, ” Over the last two days we have become aware of two other probable cases of COVID-19 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS.)”

He continued, “As such, LOLHS will move to a full remote learning model beginning Monday, Nov. 30, and will plan to resume full in person learning on Monday, Dec. 7.

 

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Lyme Church Urges Community to ‘Light a Candle for Hope’

LYME — Light a candle for hope!

As the days get shorter, and life during a pandemic gets more and more wearisome, many of us are looking for signs of hope anywhere that we might find them. Lyme Church would invites all residents of Lyme to join what is hoped will be a community-wide celebration of hope by lighting a candle for hope throughout the month of December.

You might light a candle inside your home, but church leaders would also like you to consider lighting a candle outside, so that others driving or walking past might take comfort in your hope, as well.

Don’t have a luminary? Check out the simple directions to make one with common household items at this link: https://youtu.be/TmAON87-KaQ. These tin-can luminaries can be lit with battery powered candles or even fairy lights to make them more fire-safe.

Lyme Church leaders hope you will join in sharing the light of hope all over the community, and hope that, in turn, you will feel growing hope in your own hearts in the weeks to come.

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Nov. 27 COVID Update: Four New COVID Cases in Old Lyme Taking Cumulative Total to 74, No Change in Lyme

Map of Connecticut dated Nov. 27 showing both Lyme and Old Lyme in the CT DPH-identified ‘Red Zones.’ These are defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

Old Lyme Cumulative Confirmed COVID Cases Climb to 78, No Change in Lyme at 22

LYME/OLD LYME — In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new daily update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The state is now issuing a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) does not give any details of the age of those infected, their gender or the date the case was confirmed.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued by CT DPH Friday afternoon, Nov. 27, (no report was issued Thursday, Nov. 26) shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the state-identified ‘Red Zone,’ defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

OLD LYME now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 78 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This represents an increase of four confirmed cases over the 74 cases reported Wednesday, Nov. 25.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

The Nov. 27 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 11/08 through 11/21, Old Lyme had 15 cases in Week 1 and 9 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 23.3. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

LYME has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 20 confirmed cases and two probable cases.

This represents no change in the number of confirmed or probable cases from those reported Wednesday, Nov. 25.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The Nov. 27 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from11/08 through 11/21, Lyme had 1 case in Week 1 and 6 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 21.4.  A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

The COVID-19 metric report is issued by the state once per day, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The state will issue its next report Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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Reading Uncertainly: “Tales From the Ant World” by Edward O. Wilson

Are ants far more important than we humans?

Probably!

That’s my conclusion after reading the latest from this illustrious Professor Emeritus of Harvard with some 33 books to his credit, many of which relate his life-long interest in these creatures

Ants, or the study of myrmecology using the proper scientific terminology, have existed on this earth for some 150 million years, 10 times longer than Homo sapiens. They are survivors of ice ages and hot spells. They operate on this globe in both extreme heat and cold.

Significantly for these times, they are not disease carriers.

They create societies in which females are in complete control (“benevolent matriarchies.”) Males are second-class citizens, primed to exist for one act of reproduction and then depart this life. Ouch!

And, like us, they have traveled from Africa to almost every other spot on earth. They are also “virtuosos of chemical communication,” working together soundlessly. To top it off, they will probably outlive our species by another 50 million years, or at least as this earth exists.

“Ant colonies possess superb resiliency,” suggests Professor Wilson, arguing that we humans should study them more seriously. Compared to the bulk of a human body, an ant is tiny but “ … all the living ants weigh about the same as all we living humans. We don’t go to war against ants, nor do they war against us.”

To Wilson, this proves “an important principle of parasite biology … that the most successful parasite is the one that causes the least damage.” But they are vicious warriors among themselves … very similar to human beings.

Yes, they do travel: ants are great navigators. They manage to move about, “by direct light of the sun and dead reckoning (“dead”  product of “deduced” reckoning) by the spatial gradients of polarized light, spectral composition of light, and the radiant intensity that form cover across the entire vault of the sky.” I do wish I had those capabilities when I navigated my U. S. Navy refrigerator ship across the Pacific some 60-plus years ago!

Can studying ants give us some ideas about the future of human beings? Females in total control — but the “queen” is effectively a slave of the entire colony? Incessant warfare with other colonies? But ultimately, ants are survivors, outlasting us by millions of years.

Read Professor Wilson for some challenging questions.

Editor’s Note: “Tales From the Ant World” by E. O. Wilson was published 2020

Felix Kloman

About the Author: Felix Kloman is a sailor, rower, husband, father, grandfather, retired management consultant and, above all, a curious reader and writer. He’s explored how we as human beings and organizations respond to ever-present uncertainty in two books, ‘Mumpsimus Revisited’ (2005) and ‘The Fantods of Risk’ (2008).

A 20-year resident of Lyme, Conn., he now writes book reviews, mostly of non-fiction, a subject which explores our minds, our behavior, our politics and our history. But he does throw in a novel here and there.

For more than 50 years, he’s put together the 17 syllables that comprise haiku, the traditional Japanese poetry, and now serves as the self-appointed “poet laureate” of Ashlawn Farm Coffee, where he may be seen on Friday mornings. His late wife, Ann, was also a writer, but of mystery novels, all of which begin in a village in midcoast Maine, strangely reminiscent of the town she and her husband visited every summer.

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Lyme Land Trust Presents Virtual Program on Fisher Cats, Thursday

Learn about the elusive fisher cat in a program presented by Lyme Land Trust.

LYME — Lyme Land Trust invites its members as well as the general public to a fascinating program about the elusive fisher cat, a member of the weasel family.

The program titled, Fisher in Connecticut, will take place Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

When you register at this link, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom program. Registration is required.

Paul Colburn, a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist, will present an overview of the fisher habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts.

This program is free and open to all, made possible with funding from the Friends of the Lyme Public Library.

For more information, call the Lyme Public Library at 860 434-2272.

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LYSB Hosts ‘Stress Happens’ Program on ‘Building Stronger Connections at Home,’ Thursday

Erica Cuni, LMFT

LYME/OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) hosts the fourth and final part of a series titled, ‘Stress Happens,’ Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The program covers, ‘Building Stronger Connections in Your Home,’ and is presented by Erica Cuni, LMFT, known as “The Burnout Professor.”

Cuni is a clinical therapist, Reiki master, mediation facilitator, graduate professor, and fellow burnout survivor.

Register for the Dec. 3 program at this link. You will then receive the Zoom link in return.

This 12-step roadmap is what every parent wishes for – how to help their child navigate stress. It is possible to level up your child’s stress management game without worrying about insurance, diagnosis, medication (or moving to Bali for a year long retreat.)

Each meeting will have actionable steps for you to practice to help deal with burnout and stress. There is no requirement to have attended the previous meetings in the series to join this one.

This program is for any age.

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Lyme Ambulance Members Help Brownies Earn First Aid Badge

Brownie Girl Scout Troop 67074 members listen attentively to Lyme Ambulance Deputy Chief  Ariana Eaton and EMR/Driver Erik Eisensmith during a presentation related to the girls’ efforts to obtain their First Aid badges. Photo submitted.

LYME — Members of Lyme Ambulance Association met with Brownie Girl Scout Troop 67974 from Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) to teach the girls about first aid, 911 calls and how to act in case of emergencies.

Erik Eisensmith, EMR/Driver, and Ariana Eaton, Deputy Chief, had an ambulance on hand to show the tools and equipment ambulances carry to help the LOL community and what the different colors of lights mean in emergency vehicles.
This training session, during which all COVID protocols were followed, helped the Brownie Girl Scouts earn their First Aid badges.
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SECWAC Presents ‘America and the World in the Biden Era’ with Peter Beinart, Dec. 9

Professor Peter Beinart

LYME/OLD LYME — Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents its final program of 2020 when Peter Beinart discusses “America and the World in the Biden Era,” Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.

This will be a virtual program via Zoom. Registration is required. The link to join will be emailed with your registration confirmation. If you are new to Zoom virtual meetings and would like to learn more about how to join, visit zoom.us for more information. Also feel free to call 860-912-5718 for technical advice prior to the event.

It will not be possible to resolve issues during the meeting. A link to the recording will be shared via email following the meeting.

Professor Beinart will outline his thoughts on key foreign policy issues that await President-Elect Biden, including that China will likely dominate his term as president and that he will attempt to return to the Iran deal.

In the former, there is a tension between his desire to be tougher than Obama and the need for cooperation on climate change, while the latter will likely produce a huge fight with Republicans, Israel, and the Gulf States. One area where Biden feels he can make progress is with an aid package for Central America.

Beinart is Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York. He is also a Contributing Opinion Writer at The New York Times, a CNN Political Commentator, Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

His books include The Good Fight (2006), The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris (2010), and The Crisis of Zionism (2012). Beinart has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Slate, Reader’s Digest, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Polity: the Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Studies Association.

The Week magazine named him columnist of the year for 2004. In 2005, he gave the Theodore H. White lecture at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He has recently launched “The Beinart Notebook”, a newsletter comprising a digest of his recent writing and commentary to be found at https://peterbeinart.substack.com/about

Beinart graduated from Yale University, winning a Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University.  After graduating from University College, Oxford, Beinart became The New Republic‘s managing editor in 1995.  He became senior editor in 1997, and from 1999 to 2006 served as the magazine’s Editor.

Editor’s Note: SECWAC is a membership organization. A guest of a member may attend once as a complimentary guest. Thereafter, there is a $20 walk-in fee. Annual membership is $85 per person, or $25 for Young Professionals under 35. Membership is always FREE for students and educators. Corporate memberships are available for $1,000 (unlimited memberships for employees of member organization – contact us for more details). Learn more and download the application here.

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Watch the Draw for High Hopes ‘Raffle for a Cause’ at Noon Today!

A 2020 Subaru Forester 2.5i is the first prize in this year’s Raffle for a Cause sponsored by High Hopes of Old Lyme, CT and Reynolds Subaru of Lyme, CT.

OLD LYME — High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is holding a raffle in which the first prize is a 2020 Subaru Forester 2.5i. The second prize is an Apple i-Pad Mini and the third an Amazon Echo Show. Reynolds Subaru of Lyme is High Hopes’ raffle partner for this event.

All proceeds from the raffle benefit the programs at High Hopes.

Tickets are $50 each, two for $90, four for $180 or five for $225.

The raffle will be drawn during a live feed at noon on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Winners will be notified immediately following the drawing. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

All federal, state and local taxes on prizes are the winner’s responsibility.

Visit this link for full details of the raffle.

Buy your tickets at this link!

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

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

LYME — Walk off your Thanksgiving overindulgence on Sunday, Nov. 29, 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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