July 16, 2020

Old Lyme Selectmen Vote to Cancel Midsummer Fireworks Slated for July 25

No fireworks this year after all — the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday to cancel the midsummer event planned for July 25.

OLD LYME — At an Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s Special Meeting held Tuesday, July 14, the selectmen voted by a 2-1 majority to cancel the fireworks display, which they had previously approved to be held on Saturday, July 25.

Griswold told LymeLine by phone this morning that plans were in progress to hold the fireworks –“the school was on board,” and, “we had got the application going,” when “We received word that the Governor was postponing Phase 3″ of the state’s reopening plan.” Griswold explained that this meant the crowd would have to be reduced to 500, so he had to the Governor’s Senior Adviser Jonathan Harris and asked whether, “there could be any accommodation for a larger number.”

Harris wanted to know if there would be two viewing areas and felt if that were the case, “there might be some latitude.” Griswold determined there were two such areas if one considered the areas behind the middle and Center Schools as separate entities.

When the selectmen met on Tuesday to discuss moving forward with the plans, concerns were raised which included the possible “redundant services” if there were two areas, and ultimately, although Griswold continued to maintain the situation would be manageable, the vote went against him.

Griswold (R) was the sole vote supporting the motion to continue with the fireworks while Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal (D) and Selectman Chris Kerr (R) voted against the motion.

Griswold stressed to LymeLine that the vote was specifically to not hold the fireworks on July 25, meaning it left the door open for them to be rescheduled to a later date. In reality, however, Griswold stated, “I don’t have confidence it will be rescheduled.”

He defended his vote saying, “I thought it would be a nice thing for people to come and enjoy … It’s a great show and would be a nice diversion when so many things are cancelled.” He conceded though, “We might lose some of the crowd [due] to social distancing [requirements,] and said, “I can understand the reluctance [to go ahead.]”

Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal told LymeLine in a text message that she was, “… personally disappointed that the Board of Selectmen had to cancel a cherished community event,” adding, “However, it is the prudent decision given the Covid-19 crisis and State guidelines to keep our community safe.”

Griswold concluded optimistically, “Hopefully, we can have it [the fireworks] back on the schedule for next year.”



Swimming Discouraged at Sound View Due to Elevated Bacteria Levels in L.I. Sound

OLD LYME — Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) found elevated bacteria levels in the most recent water sampling at Sound View. As such, swimming or wading in these waters is discouraged until further notice.

Ledge Light resampled the water yesterday, Wednesday, July 15, and the results will be reported in the next two days.

This swim advisory is for Sound View Beach only — no other Old Lyme beaches have been issued a swim advisory.

According to their website, LLHD conducts weekly bathing water sampling from Memorial Day through Labor Day for the Towns and Cities of Old Lyme along with East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, Stonington, and Waterford. The 2020 sampling season began on May 20, 2020.

Beach or bathing water quality is measured by the presence of enterococcal organisms, which are a group of organisms that may indicate the presence of potentially harmful bacteria.

The State of Connecticut has issued guidelines for bathing water quality, which are used to determine if a bathing area needs to be resampled or posted with an advisory. A concentration of enterococcal organisms exceeding 104 colonies per 100 ml of marine water and 235 colonies per 100 ml of freshwater is considered unsatisfactory for bathing.

At least once a week from mid-May to mid-September, LLHD Sanitarians collect water samples from different bathing areas throughout the District. The water samples are then sent to the State laboratory for analysis.

If any of the samples exceed the State guidelines, the water is resampled to verify the result. If the second test confirms the level, a bathing advisory is posted at that location.

Ledge Light Health District will continue to monitor the site and remove the posting as soon as the levels are safe.


LYSB, Local Social Services Launch Summer Lunch Program Today

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is launching the community’s first Summer Lunch Program for families who have been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19, or qualify for the SNAP or Free/Reduced Lunch Programs.

Funded by private donations, the Summer Lunch Program is organized by LYSB in partnership with the Social Services Departments from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.

Free and nutritious lunches will be distributed curbside between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. behind LYSB on the middle school driveway, starting Thursday, July 16, and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 20.

Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau Director Mary Seidner explained, “The school lunch program ended in June and we wanted to fill the gap to help feed children whose families are struggling to afford their basic needs.  Our community is so generous when neighbors need help.”

Seidner adds, “We are working with local restaurants to provide much of the food, and the lunches will be delicious!”
Lunches will be provided to any child 18 and under.

To learn more about LYSB’s Summer Lunch Program, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit www.lysb.org


Old Lyme Library Hosts Two Virtual ‘Adventures in the Antarctic;’ Caryn Davis to Speak via Zoom, July 28

Brian Greenho will discuss his adventure in the Antarctic July 16 in a Zoom event hosted by the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

OLD LYME — 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Connecticut sailor and explorer Nathaniel Palmer. To celebrate, the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is hosting two programs under the title, ‘Adventures in Antarctica,’ via Zoom in the coming weeks.

The first program is being held Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. when local resident Brian Greenho will share his adventures hiking and skiing the mountains of Antarctica along with stunning photos of the scenery and wildlife taken during his travels. He will also include some entertaining stories about training and preparing for his trip.

See amazing photos of Antarctica by Caryn B. Davis in a July 28 virtual presentation hosted by Old Lyme’s PGN Library. Photo by Caryn B. Davis.

The second program takes place Tuesday, July 28, also at 6:30 p.m. when local photographer Caryn Davis will share her stunning images of Antarctica. Davis fulfilled a lifetime dream when she traveled to ‘The White Continent’ in January of this year and will offer insights on climate change, eco-tourism impact, and the allure of Antarctica. She will also discuss the history and environment of the continent and explore Connecticut’s connection to it.

Registration is required in order to to receive an email invitation for these Zoom events.

To register, email kbalocca@oldlymelibrary.org noting which program(s) you would like to attend.


Join a March for Justice Tonight in Saybrook, Hear Tulimieri Speak on History of Slavery in CT

The Old Saybrook March for Justice meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in front of ‘the Kate’ in old Saybrook to hear speakers and then march down Main St.

OLD SAYBROOK/LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Saybrook March for Justice is an inclusive and welcoming coalition of friends and neighbors, who care deeply about basic human rights. The group gathers each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in front of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook — the Kate — where they listen to a speaker and then, immediately following the speeches, march peacefully up and down Main St. All are requested to wear masks.

Their mission statement says, ” We are outraged by centuries of structural racism in this country. We stand with Black Lives Matter. We listen, learn and act. We understand that silence is not an option and we will not be bystanders to white supremacy.”

The statement continues, “We aim to be allies and antiracist. We are respectful, nonpartisan and inclusive. We welcome all who share our values. We educate ourselves and join in weekly marches.”

Signs were held high at a previous rally as the marchers crossed Main Street in Old Saybrook.

Today, Wednesday, July 15, all are welcome to meet at the Kate at 6 p.m. for a teach-in followed by a march.

The speaker at this evening’s event will be Kevin Tulimieri on, “Histories of Slavery in Connecticut and the Story of Venture Smith.”


Letter to the Editor: Parks & Rec. Leaders Challenged Over Use of Old Lyme Ballfields by Private Entity That Brought in Hundreds of Out-of-Towners

To the Editor:

Old Lyme Parks and Rec. Commission has dedicated much of their energy over the last few years, and particularly the last few months, to limiting the activities in Hains Park. Most recently, this has been executed under three guiding principles: limit the use of public property by private entities, limit the use of Old Lyme property by out-of-town people, namely residents of Lyme, CT and control the spread of COVID-19.

On June 27, lifeguards and parking attendants were stationed at Hains Park to control the influx of out of towners, and ensure social distancing, at taxpayer expense. On that particular Saturday, 3 out of town visitors were identified and barred entry, out of a total of 8 park users. Meanwhile, across town, at Cross Lane, chaos reigned. A private entity had commandeered our ball fields and brought in hundreds of ball-players from as far as the COVID epicenter of Westchester County.

Inquiries have not yet revealed a completed Parks Usage Form, as required by Parks and Recreation posted rules. No social distancing practices were detectable. The Emergency Management Director had not been notified, as has been required in May at Hains Park. Parking was so renegade as to impede the egress of Old Lyme emergency vehicles, stationed at that facility. When the situation was brought to the attention of a Park and Rec employee on Saturday, alternative parking was recommended, but the event was allowed to continue on Sunday without any mitigations.

This inconsistency brings into question the integrity of Parks and Recreation leadership. It is time that Old Lyme taxpayers are served by leadership who actually cares about parks and recreation.


Candace Fuchs,
Old Lyme.


A View from My Porch:  Great Leaders and Great Speeches, Part 3: The Cold War 

Editor’s Note: This the third part of Thomas Gotowka’s series titled “Great Leaders and Great Speeches.’ The previous two parts can be found at these links:

A View from My Porch:  Great Leaders and Great Speeches, Part 1

A View from My Porch:  Great Leaders and Great Speeches, Part 2

Part 2 concluded with President Truman’s decision to use the atom bomb to bring the war with Japan to an end; which was “an awful responsibility that has come to us.” This essay continues with several events and associated speeches that illustrate the development and expansion of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Although discussed chronologically, they are not contiguous; and there may be several years between or amongst them.

This essay spans the period from Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946, through American “boots in the sands” of Cuba in 1961. As always, quotation marks delineate a passage taken directly from the text or transcript of a speech; and the essay includes my own, (and others’) analyses of the content. 

This is not intended to be an historical “play-by-play”, but a consideration of the “look and feel” of the United States through a review of some of the key events of that tense Cold War period. 

Some Jargon:

The Cold War was an ongoing and largely, but not always, political and rhetorical period of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, and their respective allies. The Cold War began after the surrender of Nazi Germany; and continued as the uneasy wartime alliance between the United States and its allies, with the Soviet Union rapidly deteriorated.

The “Cold War” phrase first appeared in a 1945 essay in the London Tribune by George Orwell: “You and the Atomic Bomb,” wherein he expressed his grave concern about life in a troubled world with weapons capable of immense, and almost instantaneous, destruction. 

The “Iron Curtain”:

Sir Winston Churchill. Photo by Yousuf Karsh. Public domain.

On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill gave a speech in Fulton, Missouri that is considered by many as the West’s earliest volley fired in Cold War hostilities. The now former Prime Minister was in Fulton to receive an honorary degree from tiny liberal arts Westminster College. 

He began with some flattery directed at President Truman, who shared the dais. “The United States stands at the pinnacle of world power. It is a solemn moment for the American democracy; for with this primacy in power is also joined an awe-inspiring accountability to the future”.

He continued: “It is my duty to place before you certain facts about the present position in Europe; from Stettin in the Baltic, to Trieste in the Adriatic; an iron curtain has descended across the Continent; and behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe”.  All these famous cities. and the populations around them, lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere; and are subject to Soviet influence and a very high measure of control from Moscow”.

His use of the term ”iron curtain” had profound symbolic meaning; and was also used, from then on, in the West, to refer to the Soviet Union and its allies; expressing, as was Churchill’s intent, that those  living in Soviet-controlled Eastern Europe were oppressed, and denied basic human liberties.

Ironically, Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, in one of his many “manifestos”, expressed similar concern in the German newspaper, Das Reich, (The Empire) in February 1945. about an iron curtain falling if Germany lost the war. The term only really became in common use after Churchill’s speech.

The Hydrogen Bomb Soap Opera:

On Jan. 30, 1950, President Truman announced the development of a “hydrogen bomb”, which would get a significant portion of its explosive energy from fusion, or the joining of atoms, rather than fission, the splitting of atoms. “I have directed the Atomic Energy Commission to continue its work on all forms of atomic weapons, including the so-called hydrogen superbomb.” He continued, “Like all other work in the field of atomic weapons, it is being, and will be carried forward, on a basis consistent with the overall objectives of our program for peace and security.” 

The Trinity test of the Manhattan Project led by J. Robert Oppenheimer was the first detonation of a nuclear weapon. Photo by the United States Department of Energy / Public domain.

Opponents of development of the hydrogen bomb included J. Robert Oppenheimer, leader of the Manhattan Project to develop the atom bomb. He and others argued that little would be accomplished except the acceleration of the arms race.

The United States accelerated its program to develop the thermonuclear bomb after the Soviet Union detonated an atomic bomb in Kazakhstan in September, 1949, and immediately eliminated the monopoly held by the United States on nuclear weapons 

Then, and just weeks later, United States and British intelligence discovered that Klaus Fuchs, a German-born top-ranking scientist in the U.S. nuclear program, had spied for the Soviet Union, which meant that the Soviets knew everything that the Americans did about how to build a hydrogen bomb. 

About two years later, the United States detonated the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, the 10.4-megaton “hydrogen bomb”, at Eniwetok Atoll in the South Pacific, vaporizing the island and leaving a crater more than a mile wide. The blast measured about 1,000 times stronger than the two atom bombs dropped on Japan ending World War II. 

The detonation only gave the United States a brief advantage in the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union because, on Nov. 22, 1955, the Soviets detonated their first hydrogen bomb. The nuclear arms race, which became central to the Cold War, had taken a dreadful step forward.

Both America and Russia built up their stockpiles of nuclear weapons. By the late 1970s, seven nations had constructed hydrogen bombs.

“We Will Bury You”:

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev was ‘Time’ magazine’s 1957 Man of the Year. Photo by Time Inc., illustration by Boris Artzybasheff.  Time magazine archive, Public Domain.

While addressing the ambassadors from ‘Western Bloc’ nations (i.e., a coalition of countries aligned with the United States) at the Polish Embassy in Moscow on Nov. 18, 1956, Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev declared, “It doesn’t depend on whether or not we exist. If you don’t like us, don’t accept our invitations, and don’t invite us to come to see you. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.”

The speech prompted the envoys in attendance from 12 NATO nations and Israel to leave the room. 

“We will bury you” was interpreted as a threat by the Western press. Khrushchev attempted to “walk back” his threat in succeeding years.

While speaking to the National Press Club in Washington on Sept. 16, 1959, Khrushchev stated that “the words, ‘We will bury you,’ should not be taken literally; as is done by ordinary gravediggers who carry a spade and dig graves and bury the dead. What I had in mind was the outlook for the development of human society. Socialism will inevitably succeed capitalism.”

The “Military-industrial Complex”:

In a televised farewell to the American people on Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, 1961, President Eisenhower expressed his concern about the “acquisition of unwarranted influence by what he called “the military industrial complex” This address occurred just days before John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, where he challenged Americans to, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  

Eisenhower’s remarks were especially noteworthy because he had served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during WWII. 

He urged his successors to balance a strong national defense with diplomacy in dealing with the Soviet Union. He was concerned about the emergence of a massive and permanent armaments industry; and warned that “the federal government’s collaboration with an alliance of military and industrial leaders, though necessary, is vulnerable to abuse of power”.

Eisenhower believed that the military-industrial complex tended to promote policies that might not be in the country’s best interest; and he specifically cited participation in the ongoing nuclear arms race.

The Bay of Pigs Debacle:

On Jan. 1, 1959, Fidel Castro drove his guerilla army into Havana and toppled the government of General Fulgencio Batista, a corrupt and despotic dictator, but an ally of American business interests. 

Castro proceeded to reduce American influence on the island and nationalized the American-dominated sugar and mining industries. (At that time, American corporations and wealthy individuals owned more than half of Cuba’s sugar plantations.) He also encouraged other Latin American governments to act in a similar manner. 

He established diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union; and the United States, Cuba’s primary sugar importer, responded by prohibiting further import of Cuban sugar. However, the Soviets then agreed to buy the sugar and prevent the collapse of the Cuban economy.

This new order on the island (i.e., “Cuba Sí, Yanquis No”) made American officials very concerned about a potential threat less than 100 miles from our mainland; and the State Department and the CIA began to develop plans to remove Castro. 

Consequently, President Eisenhower authorized the CIA, early in 1960, to train and equip a guerilla army of Cuban exiles that could serve as an invasion force that would overthrow the Castro regime. 

Chief Justice Earl Warren administers the Presidential oath of office to John F. Kennedy at the Capitol, January 20, 1961. Public domain. https://www.archives.gov.

President Kennedy, who was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 1961, inherited Eisenhower’s CIA campaign against Cuba. The new President is said to have had some initial doubts about the wisdom of the plan, and was uncertain whether Castro posed any real threat to the United States. He feared any “direct and overt intervention by the American military in Cuba”, which the Soviets would likely see as an act of war and be forced to retaliate. 

So, he gave his support to the plan, but only if it appeared that the invasion was purely an internal matter of Cuba, and not linked to the United States. The CIA assured him that our involvement in the invasion would be “masked” and remain secret. The action would appear to have been initiated by Cuban dissidents and exiles; and would spark an anti-Castro uprising on the island. They promised him that the invasion would be both “clandestine and successful”.

By April, Kennedy was determined to make an example of Cuba to prevent the spread of communism in the West, and the resultant extension of Soviet influence. He firmly believed that the Cuban leader’s removal would demonstrate to Russia, China, and doubtful Americans that he was serious about winning the Cold War. 

The Administration soon severed diplomatic relations with Cuba and accelerated invasion preparations. However, he raised his concern that the plan might be “too large to be clandestine. and too small to be successful”. The plan was intricate and complicated, and required that every phase work perfectly.

Nonetheless, on April 17, 1961, the CIA launched what they expected to be the definitive strike by “Brigade 2506”, the name given to the force of 1,400 American-trained Cuban exiles. 

Unfortunately, the preliminary stages of the invasion were fraught with failure, and it was too late to apply the brakes. The Brigade was gravely outnumbered by Castro’s troops, who had them pinned on the beach. They surrendered after less than 24 hours of fighting. 114 were killed.  and over 1,000 were taken prisoner.

This was a humiliating defeat for President Kennedy. The incident undermined his new Administration and set the stage for a difficult summit just two months later with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. The failed invasion also strengthened the position of Castro’s government, which began to openly proclaim its intention to adopt socialism and pursue closer ties with the Soviet Union. 

Note that Kennedy put the blame squarely on the CIA and himself for going along with the ill-conceived plan. On April 20th, he addressed a high-level media gathering: 

“The President of our great democracy, and the editors of such great newspapers, owe a common obligation to the people: an obligation to present the facts, to present them with candor, and to present them in perspective. It is with that obligation in mind that I have decided to discuss the recent events in Cuba. “It is clear that the forces of communism are not to be underestimated, in Cuba or anywhere else in the world. It is clear that this nation, in concert with all the free nations of this hemisphere, must take an even closer and more realistic look at the menace of external Communist intervention and domination in Cuba. We face a relentless struggle in every corner of the globe that goes far beyond the clash of armies or even nuclear armaments.” 

He then went on to detail the Bay of Pigs disaster and the developing threat of Cuba’s alignment with the Soviet Union.

Of some historic note, E. Howard Hunt, the CIA operative behind the development of Brigade 2506, resurfaced later at the center of Watergate, as one of the leading members of Nixon’s Special Investigative Unit, also known as the “plumbers”; who were hired to dig up dirt on Nixon’s opponents or enemies.  Hunt, G. Gordon Liddy, and a few other “plumbers” also plotted the Watergate burglaries and other clandestine operations.

Some Final Thoughts:

Many western observers were concerned with Churchill’s use of the “Iron Curtain” descriptor, as they still viewed Russia as a wartime ally; but the term became synonymous with the Cold War divisions in Europe, just as the Berlin Wall later became the physical symbol of that division. One wonders how Winston Churchill and the President of the United States chose to share the dais at tiny Westminster College to deliver a major policy speech. 

Tension between the United States and the Soviet Union increased steadily after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. 

The next essay further considers Cold War activities in Cuba, the important “visuals of the Cold War. And the gradual “wind-down” of hostilities, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. God save the United States.”

Tom Gotowka

About the author: Tom Gotowka’s entire adult career has been in healthcare. He’ will sit on the Navy side at the Army/Navy football game. He always sit on the crimson side at any Harvard/Yale contest. He enjoys reading historic speeches and considers himself a scholar of the period from FDR through JFK.

A child of AM Radio, he probably knows the lyrics of every rock and roll or folk song published since 1960. He hopes these experiences give readers a sense of what he believes “qualify” him to write this column.


James Norman Dean Passed Away in April, Lived All His 88 Years in Old Lyme

James Norman Dean
March 4, 1932 – April 20, 2020

James Norman Dean. who passed away April 20, 2020 after spending all his 88 years as a resident of Old Lyme.

James was born on March 4, 1932, in Old Lyme, the son of Roy Dean and Doris Babcock Dean.

James was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the Air Force. He was a manager at A & P Tea Company for over 40 years and he loves all sports, baseball and UConn women, NASCAR racing. He also loved hiking the nature trails and all his friends at the DEEP. He especially loved being a jokester, like the empty box and the under the buck gift. He loved playing setback, crossword puzzles. He loved his beer and occasionally a glass of wine. He also enjoys listening to WFAN and reading “The Day” paper and mowing his lawn. He loved dressing up with funny hats and glasses at Christmas. He loved the New York Yankees, the NY Giants and Green Bay Packers. He was also a member of the Piss and Moan and Groan club. He loved hotdogs at Cumby’s and Johnny Ads. He always had a joke and a smile on his face, loved Joes Poolroom especially when 8 ball answered. Dad your favorite word was lousy and it sure is lousy that your gone, we love you and miss you.

He is survived by his daughters Vicki and (Paul) Dorothy of Old Lyme and Lori and (Chris) Hebert of Deep River; grandchildren Kevin Dorothy (Carmen), Manchester Ct and Paul Dorothy III (Lyndsay) of Westbrook Ct, and Jason Schaefer of Longmont Colorado; Greatgrandchildren, Kodi of Manchester Ct and Chase of Longmont Colorado.

The family would like to thank Rebecca and the team at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, also they would like to thank the team at Smilow Cancer Center in Waterford.

Private burial with military honors will be held at Laysville Cemetery, Old Lyme. Donations may be made to Smilow Cancer Center in Waterford.


Project to Replace Mile Creek Rd. Bridge Begins, Road Closed for Around Two Months

OLD LYME — Machnick Bros. Construction has now begun the project to replace the Mile Creek Rd. bridge over the Black Hall River.

The first step is to remove the decking of the old bridge in preparation for installing three precast sections of the new bridge. The new sections are being fabricated in Massachusetts and will be trucked to Old Lyme. They will then be lifted into place on the existing abutments.

Mile Creek Road, in the area between Whippoorwill Rd. and Buttonball Rd. will be closed to through traffic for about two months. There will be detour signage advising motorists.

The west side of the bridge is fairly straightforward, but the east side is more complicated.

On the east side, passenger vehicles and pick-up trucks may use Buttonball Rd. to access Rte. 156. Larger and low clearance vehicles can use Cross Ln. and taller vehicles can use Mile Creek Rd. (east) to avoid the railroad underpass at Cross Lane.


‘The Bizz’ Goes Virtual, Deadline for Audition Video Submissions is This Friday

OLD LYME — In a creative response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is hosting its enormously popular Annual Youth Talent Show, The Bizz as a virtual performance this year.

It will be streamed free online Friday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m.

The deadline to submit acts is this coming Friday, July 17. The rules pertaining to video submission are as follows:

• Email video submissions to lysb@lysb.org .
• Include all names and ages of performers in your email.
• All submissions must be prerecorded and sent by Friday, July 17th.
• All submissions must be under 2 minutes in length.
• All submissions must be shot in landscape mode with good lighting and sound (LYSB will be in touch if your video does not meet these criteria). You may be asked to re-film.
• Depending on the number of submissions, LYSB reserves the right to edit video to make them shorter in length.
• Group acts are encouraged, but please be respectful of social distancing.  Be creative with editing.
• No lip-synching.
• All acts must have lyrics that are appropriate for a family audience.
• One act per person.  You cannot participate in more than one act.

If you have questions or comments, contact Missy Garvin at lysb@lysb.org prior to sending your video.


Death of Robert Philip Knauff Announced; Old Lyme Resident More Than 40 Years, Active Community Volunteer

Robert Philip Knauff, 85, of Old Lyme passed away at home July 2, 2020, after a short illness, surrounded by family. He was born in New London, the son of the late Dr. Robert S. Knauff and the late Mabel Barnes Knauff. He had been a resident of Old Lyme for over 40 years.

“Phil” or “Bob,” as he was known by some, attended the Bulkeley School in New London and the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University …

Phil was also an active community volunteer. He was a lifetime member of the Old Lyme Volunteer Ambulance Association, serving as President, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as an EMT. He also served on the Board of Finance for the Town of Old Lyme, …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 12 on TheDay.com.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Zoom Presentation on Historic Furniture Care, Preservation, July 30

Join a Zoom presentation July 30, hosted by the Old Lyme Historical Society on how to care for and preserve historic furniture and wooden artifacts.

OLD LYME — In cooperation with the Old Lyme Historical Society, nationally recognized wood conservator and lecturer Tad D. Fallon will make a Zoom presentation Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. on the care and preservation of historic furniture and wooden artifacts.

Topics include how furniture conservators examine objects, what they look for, and how they formulate intervention strategies. Tips on surface examination techniques, deciphering patina, and identifying past interventions will be discussed, and examples presented.

Collections upkeep and some do’s and don’ts of furniture care will be outlined. This talk is filled with practical knowledge that will interest anyone with family heirlooms, wood furnishings, or detailing in their home they want to preserve for future generations.

Immediately following the talk, there will be an informal question-and-answer session. Zoom participants are welcome to share visuals of their objects for discussion.

For more information, visit this link.

To register for this free presentation, email info@oldlymehistorical.org


All Lyme, Old Lyme Churches Continue Online Services Today, CTK Also Offers In-Person Masses for (Max.) 100

LYME-OLD LYME — In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, all churches in Lyme and Old Lyme are again planning online services for this Sunday, July 12. Christ The King, however, will also offer in-person masses with a restriction on the number of congregants.


At Christ The King, public attendance will now be allowed at weekday mass only (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.), in accordance with directives from the Norwich Diocese.  All who attend will be required to wear face masks, use hand sanitizer, and follow social distancing guidelines. This mass will continue to be live-streamed via Zoom for those who cannot come to church or are in a vulnerable population and wish to stay home..

Details of this weekend’s services are as follows:

Public attendance is now allowed at weekend Masses, as announced by Bishop Cote.  Christ the King Church will return to its usual schedule of Masses: 5 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

All who attend will be required to wear face masks, use hand sanitizer, and follow social distancing guidelines, and attendance will be limited to no more than 100 at each Mass.  Because of this, a brief survey has been created — just three questions — which will helps determine how many parishioners to expect at each Mass. 

If you are sick, have a fever, or think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, stay home.

The Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still suspended, and Masses will continue to be live-streamed via Zoom for those who cannot come to church or prefer to stay home.

Click here for links to participate to live-streamed Masses.


Email Pastor Susan Olson at pastorsusanolson@gmail.com or Emily Bjornberg for the URL to view the Sunday service.


Visit this link for today’s (July 12) service.

The Church will host a Fellowship Hour via Zoom at 10 a.m. this morning. Visit this link for more details of how to access the event.

Online services are available at this link.


Worship services are being held online at 11 a.m. each Sunday. Email Karen Geisler at karengr007@gmail.com for connection details.


Death of Terry Hoagland of Old Lyme Announced, Avid Animal Lover

Terry Hoagland, of Old Lyme passed July 8, 2020, of natural causes. She was born in Kenilworth, N.J. April 9, 1934, the daughter of Walter and Mabel Hoagland.

She attended catholic high school. She married in 1956, to Roland Gonsalves, who said she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. They settled in Salem and raised four children …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 12 on TheDay.com.


Death of Lynn D. Smith of Old Lyme Announced, Full Obituary Now Published

OLD LYME —Lynn Delaney Smith, 75, of Old Lyme, passed away peacefully July 6, 2020, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, overlooking the beautiful Branford Harbor. She was born Oct. 30, 1944, in Norwich, to Lucille and Leo Delaney, who predeceased her. She married Charles M. Smith, of New London, Sept. 21, 1963.

She is survived by her husband Charles Smith; her sister Laura Conley and husband Rick; her three sons Thomas, Charles Jr. and wife Carolyn, and Timothy and wife Kimberley; …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 12 on TheDay.com.



It’s Donut Day! Sound View Donuts Are on Sale at Weekend, Benefits Shoreline Community Center

OLD LYME — The Sound View Beach Association, Inc. (SVBA) in Old Lyme is a community organization and usually only holds events from Memorial Weekend to Labor Day. However, due to restrictions from the Coronavirus pandemic, the SVBA is unable to hold their usual activities this year.

The SVBA’s main fundraiser is selling doughnuts on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day.
The freshly-made, delicious doughnuts will be on sale at the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave, Old Lyme, from 7 to 10 a.m. or until sold out.

It is now possible to preorder the donuts. The Advance Donut Order Form is at this link.

There are three ways to place your order:

  1. If you would like a Word document of the form, request it via email from Gail Fuller at gfuller2@aol.com
  2. Print the form, complete it, scan it and return it to gfuller2@aol.com
  3. Email gfuller2@aol.com with your name, beach address, phone number, details of order, and which day you will be picking them up (Saturday, Sunday or Labor Day.)

Advance orders must be picked up by 9 a.m. on the day requested. The order cannot be guaranteed after 9 a.m.

All sale profits benefit the Shoreline Community Center.

Watch Rock Preserve in Old Lyme Closed Weekends Through Labor Day Due to Environmental, Safety Violations

A hazy view across the Connecticut River taken from the Elizabeth B. Carter Watch Rock Preserve. Photo by Edie Twining.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT) Board of Trustees has announced that the Elizabeth B. Carter Watch Rock Preserve in Old Lyme will be closed to all visitors from 7:30 p.m. on each Friday until 8 a.m. the following Monday from June through August. On Labor Day weekend, it will remain closed until 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

These closures are to address continued preserve use violations, which damage the environment and pose safety concerns.

The board states in a press release, “This decision to limit access to Watch Rock has been a difficult one. We recognize that the beautiful Watch Rock setting has long provided significant enjoyment for many visitors who abide by the posted rules.”

A view looking south down the Connecticut River with the Elizabeth B. Carter Watch Rock Preserve on the left shore. Photo by Edie Twining.

The release continues, “However, increasingly frequent and serious incidents of littering, OLLT signage vandalism, theft of newly planted native shrubs, open campfires, and late evening loitering have necessitated visitor access restrictions during the weekend periods when most of these issues occur.”

Noting, “This situation will be closely monitored, including by the police,” the board adds,  The effectiveness of the summer weekend closures will be evaluated to determine if additional steps are needed to prevent misuse and harm to this conservation land.”

In closing, the board says, “We are grateful for the continued understanding and support of all visitors, especially our members.”


Death of Mary F. Miles Announced, Daily Communicant at Christ the King in Old Lyme

EAST HARTFORD/OLD LYME  — Mary F. Miles, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend left this earthly life July 2, 2020. Born May 12, 1926, she was the only daughter of the late John and Molly (Cooney) Foley.

… A woman of strong faith, she was a daily communicant of Christ the King Parish, Old Lyme.

… For many years, she was a member of the Lyme Senior Center and the Estuary Council of Seniors.

A visitation hour will be held from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday July 11, at Christ the King Church. A Funeral Mass will commence at noon.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 5 on TheDay.com


Neviaser Discusses Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ Draft Reopening Plan with BOE; Says “This is New to Everyone. Schools Have Never Run Like This”

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser discusses the reopening plan for LOL Schools during the Board of Education meeting held virtually July 1.

LYME/OLD LYME — At its regular monthly meeting held virtually July 1 via Zoom, the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education discussed the Connecticut State Department of Education’s plan titled, “Adapt, Advance, Achieve,” which had been received the previous week.

The plan gives guidelines for reopening all schools in the state in fall 2020 and requires all Connecticut towns and regional school districts to submit their own specific plans for reopening, which incorporate the state’s guidelines, by July 24.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser noted that the 50-page document from the state, “Covers the major areas the state expects us to focus on,” which he said LOL Schools have broken down into five main sections.

The first is ‘Priorities,’ which gives “a general focus on a reopening model, in which every single student will have the opportunity to return in the fall,” adding that it does however, “have an allowance for students not to participate.” There are also requirements to appoint a School Liaison point-person, who will be available for any questions on the reopening of LOL Schools, and to create both a Communications Plan and a Data Collection Plan for the district.

The second section is ‘Operations,’ which includes the areas of facilities, cohorting, child nutrition (school lunches) and transportation. Neviaser commented that there was considerable work to be done to determine how lunches would be handled, but they “Won’t look the same.” He also mentioned that transportation is “the only area where they [the state] have identified a detailed description of what it will look like,” noting that all students will be required to wear masks on buses.

The third area of ‘Health Practices and Protocols’ focuses on training for staff regarding COVID-19 on, for example, how to sneeze and/or cough, and identifying symptoms of the virus. It also describes a Health Monitoring Plan, which must be maintained to record the numbers of COVID-19 cases reported, and also shared with the local health department.

A fourth area titled, ‘Family Support and Communication’ relates to the issues of social and emotional support with, “a strong focus on reconnecting students and families with school.”

The final section of ‘Staffing and Personnel’ relates to matters including teacher certification and professional development.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman listens as the Superintendent discusses the reopening plan for LOL Schools.

Neviaser explained that two LOL Schools’ Committees — namely ‘Operations’ and ‘Distance Learning,’ (which Neviaser mentioned should now be called ‘Remote Learning’ to be consistent with the state’s terminology) — have been working intensively since the schools were closed in March.  The latter is planning models for both ‘blended’ (a combination of in-school and at-home study) and ‘at home’ programs since, in Neviaser’s word, “We need to be prepared for both of those.”

The superintendent had prepared a draft calendar for LOL Schools for the 2020-21 school year in which all six teacher development days are moved to the beginning of the school year and the first day of school is pushed back to Sept. 1. The idea behind this proposal is that “a lot of educating for our staff” needs to take place before students can return, adding, “There is much more to open school this year than any other year.”

He stressed that the draft calendar is very tentative at this stage and still a topic of active discussion. Similarly, Neviaser noted that although a reopening plan has to be submitted to the state by July 24, things may still change after that, “on a day to day basis,” and emphasized the need for staff, students and parents to be flexible with adapting to the reopening procedures.  

Nevaiser stated the reopening plan, “will continue to evolve — even after school has started … What we say today could very well change two months from now … We fully anticipate that there will be changes and we recognize that we need to adapt to those changes.”

Questions from board members ranged from how the plan is going to be communicated to parents and how attendance will be recorded — especially in light of the ‘opt-out’ possibilities for students — to how the type of masks used by students will be regulated and what the provisions will be for teachers and/or students who are unable to wear masks.  There were also questions about whether additional staff would be required to implement the reopening plan and how the requirement for students to wear masks all day would be handled.

Neviaser responded that, in many cases, “We don’t have all the answers yet,” but said “mask-breaks” were being planned when students could remove their masks under certain specified circumstances.  He noted schools will be required to have isolation rooms for students and teachers who may have contracted COVID and emphasized that, “This is going to look slightly different at each school building … school principals will develop plans for their building.”

Regarding communication of the plan, Neviaser said he anticipated “providing information to parents” in late July or early August and would follow that with a parent survey seeking responses on whether their children would be returning to school, whether they would be using school buses (Neviaser noted use of buses will be discouraged where possible) and whether the student(s) would be using the school lunch service.

Neviaser summed up the whole reopening situation saying, “This is new to everyone. Schools have never run like this; we will adapt and improve, and work towards getting better at this every day.”

Editor’s Note: Olwen Logan contributed to this article.


‘Plein Air’ Painter Dunlap Hosts Pop-Up Session at Flo Gris Hassam Studio Site, Sunday

Hollis Dunlap will feature in a pop-up ‘en plein air’ art session at the Florence Griswold Museum Sunday, July 19.

OLD LYME — Acclaimed landscape artist and Lyme Academy College graduate Hollis Dunlap will host a Pop-Up Plein Air Session at the Hassam Studio on the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum Sunday, July 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during which he will explain and discuss his process.

Dunlap is no stranger to the Museum grounds, often painting en plein air or instructing students on site. Working in or near the reimagined Hassam Studio, Dunlap will continue the creative tradition.

The Hassam Studio site is the orchard location that was preferred by Childe Hassam himself, who is recognized as one of the greatest American impressionists,