February 17, 2020

Old Lyme Boys Defeat Glastonbury in Double OT Thriller With Last Minute Hoop

Aedan Using (#33) was Old Lyme’s top scorer in Saturday night’s non-conference game against Glastonbury. File photo.

LYME-OLD LYME — Last night in a non-Conference game played in their own high school gymnasium, the Old Lyme boys’ basketball team held on to a hard-fought, double overtime victory over Glastonbury 70-68.

Leading Old Lyme’s scoring was Aedan Using with 27 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks.  Other top scorers for the Wildcats were Jared Ritchie with 14, Brady Sheffield with 12, and Ray Doll with 11.

Glastonbury hit a lay-up with 11 seconds left, which Old Lyme could not answer, to equalize with the Wildcats and force the first overtime.  At the end of the first overtime, Glastonbury’s Dave Tosatti hit a three-pointer with seven seconds on the clock to force the second OT.

But in the second OT, Old Lyme’s Aedan Using found a cutting Jacob Ritchie for a basket with just 20 seconds remaining that turned out to be the game winner.

Old Lyme is currently 13-1 in the Shoreline Conference.

In previous games:

Feb. 12

Old Lyme beat Amistad 57-56. Leading Old Lyme was Aedan Using with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Also contributing were Brady Sheffield with 11, Ray Doll and Jared Ritchie each chipped in 10.
Amistad was led by Bordeaux who scored 12 points.
Feb. 8

Old Lyme beat Old Saybrook 72-44.  Ray Doll led all scorers with 18.  Brady Sheffield and Aedan Using each had 12 while Jared Ritchie notched 10. Aedan Using also had nine rebounds and five assists.

Mike Almada led OS with 22 points.

Feb. 4

Old Lyme beat Westbrook 98-50. Leading Old Lyme was Aeden Using with 29 points and Jared Richie with 18 points. Brady Sheffield added 14 points.

Westbrook were led by Joey Caslin, who had 14 points, and Brenden Engles with 13.


Book Review: ‘Last Day’ by Luanne Rice is ‘a Unique Combination of Psychological Thriller, Cozy Murder Mystery’

Editor’s Note: We are delighted to welcome Paulette Zander to LymeLine today as an occasional guest book reviewer. Many readers will remember Paulette from her days running ‘The Happy Carrot Bookshop’ in Old Lyme. An accomplished author herself, Paulette has reviewed the latest work by local resident, the acclaimed author Luanne Rice, whose 34th novel has just been published.

Internationally-known local author, Luanne Rice, has just published her 34th novel, Last Day; her first in the mystery/thriller genre. Last Day is also the first pick of The New London Day’s new regional book club, in partnership with Bank Square Books in Mystic. The new book club is the brainchild of Rick Koster, who is the arts and music reporter for the paper.

Last Day was also chosen for the January “First Reads” selection on Amazon and is also touted by such illustrious authors as Lee Child, Tess Gerritson, Lisa Unger, and Lisa Scottoline.

I will state at the outset for dedicated fans, that although this book is a departure from her other adult fiction, there’s no need to panic. The themes of love, loss, sisterly devotion, betrayals, and family ties are skillfully interwoven. 

The difference with this novel is that all those wonderful, familiar, lyrical elements are interlaced with a murder mystery that is at times gruesome and gritty. That dark aspect is unexpected, but Rice has found the right balance. She juxtaposes the backstories of the victim’s family and friends with disturbing details about the heinous murder, but she doesn’t dwell overly long on the gruesome and the gritty. This makes for a unique combination of psychological thriller and cozy murder mystery.

The story is set on the Connecticut shoreline and is loosely based on the murder of Ellen Sherman in 1985 in Niantic. That real crime took years to solve. The murder in Last Day doesn’t take quite so long to unravel, but it is as baffling as the case it is based on. A secondary mystery involving the theft of a painting called Moonlight compounds the story.

NYT best-selling author Luanne Rice. File photo

Rice is adept at showing the immediacy of pain and betrayal, and there’s plenty of both in this story. The characters are varied and interesting and they all have a plausible motive. Rice provides plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing until the end. The subtle clues are also there, but like any good mystery, many readers will  have to go back to find them.

As always, for local fans, it is fun to guess or recognize the various locales. Rice has featured the village of Black Hall in many of her novels, so fans familiar with her work know that Black Hall is Old Lyme. One assumes the art gallery on Main Street is the Cooley Art Gallery, and the depictions of the flora and fauna conjures familiar images for anyone who has walked, hiked, or boated in the area. Many New London landmarks make an appearance as well.

Interspersed throughout the story are some disturbing elements that are graphically depicted. However, these passages are relieved by Rice’s excellent pacing. She ratchets down the tension by occasionally segueing into tidbits of art and nautical history and other interesting diversions. She provides just enough intriguing detail to make the reader want to learn more, I often stopped reading long enough to jot down notes to Google after I finished the book. 

I’ve been reading Rice’s novels since the early 1990s, and I’ve always marveled at her exquisite nature prose. She once again doesn’t disappoint in this novel. If Rice wrote an Eyewitness Travel Guide for Old Lyme, the town would be overrun with tourists eager to meander through this hidden gem.

Another aspect of Rice’s writing I’ve always admired is her depiction of women. She portrays strong, capable, independent women. She doesn’t make them super women, though. They have vulnerabilities and flaws. Her female characters aren’t artificial, which makes them believable. The female characters in Last Day are simultaneously fragile and strong.

If I can find any fault with this story, it is that I was initially disappointed when the killer’s identity was revealed. I questioned whether or not the killer’s motive was strong enough. But, after some thought, I had to concede that I don’t understand any killer’s motives.

I’ve read extensively about Ted Bundy, but I still haven’t figured out how he could have committed such vicious murders. I think that’s true for most of us. We aren’t murderers, and we cannot fathom how or why anyone would take another’s life. All murder is incomprehensible, so why would I expect the motive of a fictional character to make any sense to me? In Last Day, the motive is as mysterious as the murder, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Paulette Zander

About the author: Paulette  Zander is the former owner of ‘The Happy Carrot Bookshop’ in Old Lyme. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in library science at St. John’s University in New York City. Her short fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction World, 62nd Stories, Everyday Fiction, Pearce Publications, The Penman Review, The Longridge Review, and Crack the Spine. She splits her time between Niantic, Connecticut and Taos, New Mexico and is currently writing her second novel, but occasionally dispenses writing advice, random observations, and flash fiction on her blog at Ink to You: Rhetoric for the Masses and on Twitter @InktoYou.


Proposed 2020-21 Budget for Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Shows First Ever Decrease Over Current Year

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

LYME-OLD LYME — In what Superintendent Ian Neviaser said is a first for the district, the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education approved a proposed 2020-21 budget that is less than the current budget but does not cut programming or staff.

The $35,066,107 million budget is $18,651, or 0.05 percent less than the current $35,084,758 spending plan.

Neviaser said the decrease in large part is due to ..

Read the full article by Mary Biekert and published Feb. 10 on TheDay.com at this link. 


Sen. Formica Supports Proposals to Increase Transparency, Oversight of Quasi Agency Reform

Sen. Paul Formica (R-20th) speaks during Tuesday’s press conference at which recommendations to increase transparency and oversight of Connecticut’s quasi-public agencies were presented.

HARTFORD/OLD LYME – Senator Paul Formica (R-20th), whose District includes Old Lyme, joined Senate and House Republicans at a press conference Tuesday to put forward recommendations to increase transparency and oversight of Connecticut’s quasi-public agencies.

Sen. Formica said, “There is no question that Connecticut’s quasi-public agencies handle vital functions for the state.  It is time to make sure these functions are being performed properly.  I’m proud to stand with my colleagues and offer solutions – specific reforms to increase transparency and prevent further issues.  We have a responsibility as legislators to protect taxpayers and enforce trust and transparency with all agencies including the quasi-public agencies.”

“Reforms that mandate accountability and transparency from quasi-public agencies must be in place before they are issued any more authority, projects or funding,” added Sen. Formica.

Proposals from this Senate Republican plan include:

  1.  Require submission of quasi-public agency separation agreements and contracts with an annual cost of over $50,000 or a duration of five years or greater to the Attorney General for review and comment before entering into or renewing any such contracts.
  2. Eliminate the State Code of Ethics carve out for quasi-publics regarding contracts with immediate family members. This change will strengthen the code of ethics application in quasi publics to prevent family members of employees from inappropriately benefiting financially through employment or contracts awarded.
  3. If any appointment has not been filled for 3 months, the Board of any quasi-public must send notice to those responsible for making appointment. If an appointment is not filled for more than 6 months after that, allow the Board to fill any such open appointment.
  4. Require all quasi publics to submit all salaries to the Comptroller’s office, OFA and committee of cognizance annually.
  5. Require all quasi-publics to submit any salary proposed that will exceed more than $200,000 or higher or a 5% or higher salary increase to the committee of cognizance. If no committee of cognizance, require such information be sent to the Appropriations Committee. Committees will review prior to salary becoming effective.
  6. Require each quasi-public to report annually to the committee of cognizance and appear before such committee to answer questions regarding such report.  The form and substance required in the report shall be set forth by OPM.
  7. Require all quasi-public agencies to submit financials to the Comptroller for disclosure on CORE.
  8. Require an Office of Policy and Management (OPM) designee to be on any finance committee of the board of any quasi-public entity.
  9. Charge the Department of Administrative Services with developing off the shelf policies and procedures that can be used by all quasi-publics with little modification.
  10. Extend Attorney/Client Privilege to members of the General Assembly, and its staff, State Auditors and the office of the Attorney General so that privilege is not waived by sharing materials with any of the entities.
  11. Require each quasi-public to report specified information annually to the Governor, Auditors of Public Accounts and Office of Fiscal Analysis.

Editor’s Notes: (i) Visit this link for a related article titled Republicans Question Lamont Administration Over Quasi-Public Agencies by Christine Stuart and published Feb. 11 on CTNewsJunkie.com.

(ii) This article is based on a press release issued by Sen. Paul Formica’s office.

(ii) Senator Paul Formica represents the residents of the 20th Senatorial District, which includes Old Lyme along with Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Saybrook, Salem and Waterford.


Girls’ Basketball: ‘Cats Lose to Morgan But Defeat H-K

LYME-OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Varsity girls played what coach Don Bugbee called a, “physically tough” game Saturday (Feb. 8) and came away with a 38-32 loss but it was by no means an embarrassing one. The low score hints at the demanding nature of the contest causing Bugbee to conclude, “We’ll learn from our shortcomings and get better as a result.”

Junior Sam Gray scored eight points and nabbed five rebounds, while fellow Junior Grace Lathrop added six points and five rebounds. Senior Taylor Thompson also scored six pooints with six rebounds and Junior Ellie Zrenda contributed the same number of points and rebounds as Thompson.

Old Lyme’s record stood at 10-6 at the end of that game.

The Junior Varsity girls, who are having an exceptional season, took their record to 14-1 with a resounding 52-16 victory over Morgan. Sophomore Ali Kyle led the team’s scoring with 15 points followed by Freshman Hayley Cann with 12 and Sophomore Marina Saia Lloret with nine points.

Tuesday (Feb. 11) brought the Haddam-Killingworth girls down to Old Lyme but H-K went home with a bitter 34-54 loss allowing the Wildcats to take their record to 11-6.  Bugbee described it as, “A very solid team effort both offensively and defensively throughout the game,” adding, “Contributions in all aspects of the game coming from everyone made us a difficult opponent for sure.”

Junior Sam Gray scored 14 points while fellow Junior Emily DeRoehn also scored 14 with 10 rebounds and three steals. Junior Ellie Zrenda notched nine points, four rebounds and three steals.

The JV team continued their extraordinary march with a 42-24 win over H-K taking their record to a remarkable 15-1.
Freshman Hayley Cann scored 16 points while fellow Freshman Alexis Fenton added 13.

On Friday, Feb. 14, Old Lyme take on Fitch at 5:30 p.m. (JV) and 7 p.m. This home game for Old Lyme will also be Senior Night at which the team’s sole Senior, Taylor Thompson and her parents will be honored.


A View From My Porch: An Appropriate Day to Remember Connecticut Icon William Gillette

Gillette Castle, former home of the iconic movie star and playwright, Connecticut-born William Gillette, who died in 1937.

Editor’s Note: Tom Gotowka sent us this piece last week, but we had always planned to publish it today. By an extraordinary coincidence, we now find — thanks to an article sent to us this morning by our friend and regular correspondent George Ryan — that today is the 90th anniversary of William Gillette’s final performance as Sherlock Holmes, given Feb. 12, 1930 at the popular Parsons Theatre in downtown Hartford.
Timing is everything … so many thanks indeed to George for his gem of information and Tom for his fascinating insight into the life and work of Mr. Gillette.

I am going a few miles upstream in this essay towards East Haddam and its medieval gothic castle to consider William Gillette’s impact on how Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed in movies and television. My goal in these essays is to cover the subject thoroughly enough to either satisfy your curiosity, or to pique your interest to pursue some additional research.

Assuming the editor’s forbearance, I will also review, in a subsequent essay, several of the actors who played Holmes or Watson to judge how true they were to either Gillette’s or Arthur Conan Doyle’s artistic vision.

Gillette was born to a progressive political family in Hartford’s Nook Farm neighborhood where authors Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, and Charles Dudley Warner each once resided. His mother was a Hooker, that is a direct descendant of Connecticut Colony co-founder Thomas Hooker. Gillette is most recognized for his on-stage interpretation of Sherlock Holmes. He may have been America’s first matinée idol or to put it another way, the era’s rock star.

The Sherlockian Literature

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. See below for photo credit.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels between the 1880s and the early 20th century that comprise the “canon” of Sherlock Holmes. The stories were first published in Strand Magazine and two of the novels were serialized in that same periodical. 

Holmes defined himself as the world’s first and only “consulting detective.” He shared rooms at 221B Baker Street in London with Dr. John H. Watson, who was a former army surgeon wounded in the Second Afghan War. 

Holmes referred to Watson as his “Boswell” because he chronicled his life and the investigations that they jointly pursued as did 18th century biographer, James Boswell, of Dr. Samuel Johnson.  Watson was described as a typical Victorian-era gentleman and also served as first-person narrator for nearly all of the stories.

Holmes was known for his incredible skills of observation and deduction, and forensic science and logic, all of which he used when investigating cases for his myriad clients, which often included Scotland Yard. He played the violin well and was an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman. He summarized his investigative skills for Watson this way, “Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth,” and, “It is my business to know what other people don’t know.”

However, Holmes had shortcomings. He was a very heavy smoker of black shag pipe tobacco, which he kept in the toe of a Persian slipper on the fireplace mantel at 221B. He also smoked cigars and cigarettes. A very difficult problem was called a “three pipe problem.” 

He used cocaine and morphine to provide “stimulation for his overactive brain” during periods when he did not have an interesting case or as an escape from “the dull routine of existence.” This was not really unusual in that period because the sale of opium, laudanum, cocaine, and morphine was legal and often used to self-medicate or for recreation. This habit was worrisome for Dr. Watson, although he once said of Holmes, “He was the best and wisest man whom I have ever known.”

The Holmes stories were immensely popular and Doyle’s last publication in Strand, “The Final Problem,” elicited such public (and Royal Family) outrage, that there were mass subscriber cancellations bringing the magazine to the brink of failure.

William Gillette. See below for photo credit.

Doyle decided to write a stage play about Holmes, set earlier in the detective’s career. He was probably compelled to do so because there already were several Sherlock Holmes on-stage productions, which provided him no income, and were of such poor quality that he felt the need to both protect his character’s legacy and improve his own income stream. 

He drafted the play and shared it with his literary agent, who sent it on to Broadway producer and impresario, Charles Frohman. Frohman reviewed it and said it needed substantial work before anyone would consider production. He suggested that William Gillette be offered the rewriting task. 

At that time, Gillette was already well-known as a talented actor and a successful and prolific playwright. His approach was a significant change from the melodramatic standards in the American theater of the time. He stressed realism in sets, lighting, and sound effects. Holmes Scholar Susan Dahlinger described Gillette’s acting style this way, “He could be thrilling without bombast, or infinitely touching without descending to sentimentality.” 

So, Doyle agreed with Frohman, and Gillette began the project by reading the entire “canon” of Holmes stories and novels. He began drafting the new manuscript while touring in California with the stage production of “Secret Service,” which he had also written.  He exchanged frequent telegrams with Doyle during the process and, with Doyle’s blessing, borrowed some plots and detail from the canon in adapting Doyle’s original manuscript into a four-act play. 

Unfortunately, neither Gillette’s first draft nor Doyle’s original script ever reached stage production. A fire broke out at Gillette’s San Francisco hotel and both manuscripts were lost. So, Gillette began a complete redraft of his lost script, and Doyle was finally able to present a play before the century’s end that he deemed worthy of Sherlock Holmes.

It is worth noting that Frohman perished on the Lusitania in May, 1915, after it had been torpedoed by a German submarine.

In 1899, Gillette was “predictably” cast for the lead role in “Sherlock Holmes A Drama in Four Acts.” Initially presented in previews at the Star Theatre in Buffalo, NY, it opened that November at the Garrick Theatre in New York City, and ran there for more than 260 performances before beginning a tour of the United States and then on to a long run in London, where it received great critical and public acclaim.

He starred in that role for more than 30 years, and about 1,500 productions in the United States and Great Britain. He also starred in the 1916 silent film, “Sherlock Holmes,” which film-historians have called, “the most elaborate of the early movies.”

Playing a role for so many years was not unusual at that time in American Theater. For example, James O’Neill, father of playwright Eugene, played Edmond Dantès, The Count of Monte Cristo, more than 6000 times between 1875 and 1920.

Some Key Elements of Gillette’s Sherlock

Although William Gillette is really no longer a “household name” — except perhaps,here in Southeastern Connecticut, where much of how we imagine Holmes today is still due to his stage portrayal of the great consulting detective. 

Gillette actually bore some resemblance to the Holmes described by Dr. Watson in “A Study in Scarlet.” Watson notes, “His [Holmes’s] very person and appearance were such as to strike the attention of the most casual observer. In height he was rather over six feet, and so excessively lean that he seemed to be considerably taller. His eyes were sharp and piercing, and his thin, hawk-like nose gave his whole expression an air of alertness and decision. His chin, too, had the prominence and squareness which mark the man of determination.” 

Gillette’s Holmes appeared in deerstalker cap and Inverness cape. He smoked a curve-stemmed briar pipe, and carried a magnifying glass.  He crafted a phrase that eventually evolved into one of the most recognized lines in popular culture: “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Gillette’s direct style was said to lend a bit of arrogance to Holmes beyond that which Doyle had depicted —  that arrogance has become a hallmark of Holmes’ portrayal in contemporary movies and television.

And finally, Gillette introduced the page, “Billie,” who had actually been played by a certain 13-year-old Charles Spencer Chaplin during the London engagement. At the end of the run, Chaplin began his career as a Vaudeville comedian, which ultimately took him to the United States and movie stardom as the incomparable Charlie Chaplin. 

Some Final Thoughts

I first learned of William Gillette a few summers ago when I visited his remarkable home, “Gillette Castle” built high above the eastern bank of the Connecticut River. I left that visit impressed with Gillette’s creativity in his design of the doors, light switches, and some of the furniture; wondering about his secret multi-mirror “spying” system, and with the assumption that he was just an eccentric artist who liked trains. 

However, I enjoy the Sherlock Holmes literature; and began reading the “canon” at age twelve. I have certainly re-read many of the stories a few more times. Over the past several years, I began to read several authors who write Sherlock Holmes short stories and novels “in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle.” Some of these “pastiches,” as they are called, are quite accurate in style and continuity of Doyle’s themes. 

In researching this essay, I was surprised with the breadth of scholarly work that is currently available regarding Sherlock and Gillette. There are several national and international literary organizations that have also developed around Doyle’s work.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth offers a “Study of Sherlock” course, wherein students engage in critical reading, thinking, and writing by studying the iconic detective.

Our local expert on Holmes is Danna Mancini of Niantic. He has lectured and conducted seminars on The World of “Sherlock Holmes.” He is active in at least two Holmes literary organizations: The Baker Street Irregulars (NYC) and the Speckled Band of Boston.

Of some note, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) tasked by Winston Churchill to “set Europe ablaze” during World War II, had its headquarters at 64 Baker Street and was often called, “The Baker Street Irregulars.”

So, the ‘consulting detective’ continues to inspire novels, movies, and television.

As noted above, I will review several of the actors who played Holmes or Watson in these media in my next essay, and judge how true they were to either Gillette’s or Arthur Conan Doyle’s artistic vision.

Photo credit for the photo of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is as follows: By Arnold Genthe – PD image from http://www.sru.edu/depts/cisba/compsci/dailey/217students/sgm8660/Final/They got it from: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/photodraw/portraits/,where the source was given as: Current History of the War v.I (December 1914 – March 1915). New York: New York Times Company., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=240887

Photo credit for the photo of William Gillette is as follows: Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library. William Gillette Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-e15c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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.


New ‘estuary’ Magazine Focused on Connecticut River Watershed Launches This Month

OLD LYME — There’s a new magazine in town!

Estuary Ventures Inc. has announced the launch of a new quarterly magazine, titled estuary, about the “Life of the Connecticut River.”  Publisher and Old Lyme resident Dick Shriver tells LymeLine.com that estuary is for those who live in, care about, and are interested in, the Connecticut River watershed.

The magazine, available both online and in print, features stories about the Connecticut River’s science and conservation efforts, history, people, fish and other wildlife, places for recreation, and challenges for the future.

“We want our readers to luxuriate in the stories, photographs and other images,” says Shriver, adding, “With regard to conservation, we believe the more people there are who know what’s happening in the watershed, the more people there will be who will volunteer or otherwise contribute to take better care of it.”

Estuary is the only magazine dedicated to the entire watershed of the Connecticut River, all 410 miles of it.  The source of the River is near the Canadian border in New Hampshire and it then flows down New Hampshire’s border with Vermont, passing through western Massachusetts, and ultimately past Hartford and Essex to its mouth in Connecticut bordered by Old Saybrook on the west and Old Lyme on the east.

Dick Shriver

Sixty years ago, people who travelled along parts of the Connecticut River wore gas masks because of the malodorous and toxic surroundings along the way. Many, who now work on behalf of the River in a variety of ways, are thrilled that the River is once again, in Shriver’s words, “Clean, healthy and full of life,” though he quickly notes, “There is still so much more to improve.” The Connecticut River watershed is also home to many important tributaries such as the Deerfield, Farmington and Ottauquechee Rivers.

The first issue of estuary will be in subscribers’ mailboxes by Feb. 29. Online subscribers will be able to see the magazine sooner; the issues will be archived so that new subscribers will be able to access all back issues. 

Shriver explains the first issue focuses on, “Science and Conservation” and that the themes of the next three issues are respectively: Recreation; Birds, Migration and Wildlife; and History, Waterfowl and Ice. More than two dozen professional story tellers and photographers have contributed stories and visual essays for the first two issues.

It will be possible to obtain copies of back issues in print as long as supplies last. 

The online estuary magazine is available for $20 per year (four issues), and the print plus online combination for $40 per year.  Subscribe for either option at this link.

For more information about the magazine, visit estuarymagazine.com.  

For additional information and/or questions, contact Shriver at pubisher@estuarymagazine.com


Save The Date for East Lyme’s 2020 ‘Touch-a-Truck,’ May 16

Touch A Truck is for one and all, big and small.
Spend some time with us, have yourselves a ball.

EAST LYME — On Saturday, May 16, the Thames West Auxiliary of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut and the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Department will co-sponsor the 13th Annual Touch A Truck. This family event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCook Point Park in Niantic, Conn., with a rain date of Sunday, May 17.

Fire engines, food, and face painting will all be on offer! This year, the event celebrates Armed Forces Day (May 16) with an emphasis on vehicles from the National Guard, Submarine Base, and Coast Guard. In addition, music performances in the Band Pavilion will feature patriotic music.

The main event is, of course, trucks! Children will be able to climb, steer, blow horns, and just imagine in a wonderful array of trucks. This unique event will feature vehicles from the military, law enforcement, fire departments, commercial companies, and industrial companies.

In addition, Roaming Railroad will provide tours around the park. Six Food Trucks will return to provide an array of food choices for snacks and lunch. Also, the Rotary Club of Niantic will be on hand to present Amber Alert, a program allowing parents to take steps to safeguard their children. There will also be face-painting, hair-beading, games, and crafts. 

The suggested donation is $5 per person (age 2 and up) to benefit the Child and Family Agency (CFA) of Southeastern CT, Inc., a private non-profit that has been working to support children and families for over 200 years. CFA provides a continuum of care beginning with early childhood development centers, outpatient and home-based behavioral health services, as well as school-based health centers and after-school programming. Last year CFA served over 10,000 children and families in over 40 Connecticut communities.

Visit the CFA website to learn more about the Agency, to volunteer, or to donate.

To learn more about Touch A Truck 2020 or to register a vehicle, visit the CFA website, their Facebook page ‘Touch A Truck East Lyme, CT’ or call Child & Family Agency at 860-443-2896, Ext. 1407.


Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Hire East Haddam Op’s Director as Facilities Director, Succeeding 20-Year Incumbent John Rhodes

Ronald Turner is the newly-appointed Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Facilities Director.

LYME-OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools have announced that Ronald Turner has been hired to fill the position of Director of Facilities and Technology. Turner will replace John Rhodes, who is retiring after 20 years service to the district.

Turner is currently the Director of Operations for the Town of East Haddam, Conn., where he is responsible for 40 different properties including the entire school system. Prior to his work in East Haddam, Turner was employed by the Connecticut State Police for t22 years and brings a strong school safety background to the position.

He is a graduate of Skidmore College and stood out among a pool of over 50 candidates for the position.

He will begin his new position on March 2, 2020.


Bishop Ian Douglas to Visit Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, Feb. 23; All Welcome

Bishop Ian T. Douglas. Photo credit: Episcopal Church in CT website.

OLD LYME — Bishop Ian Douglas will baptize, confirm, receive and reaffirm 14 children, youth and adults on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme during the 10:30 a.m. service. He will preside at the Holy Eucharist and preach the sermon for this last Sunday after the Epiphany. The Bishop will be assisted in worship by the parish’s provisional priest-in-charge, The Rev. Anita Schell.

Following the service a festive coffee hour will be held in the Griswold Room. All are invited to join the worship service, and also to attend the reception, at which the bishop will greet parishioners, families and friends.

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D. is the 15th Bishop Diocesan of The Episcopal Church in Connecticut, serving 160 parishes and faith communities in the state of Connecticut.  Elected in October 2009, he was ordained bishop in April 2010.  From 1989 to 2010 he was a faculty member at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., where he was the Angus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity.

A sought-after speaker nationally and internationally, Douglas is the author/editor of four books and numerous academic and popular articles on the topics of mission, the missional Church, contemporary Anglicanism, and world Christianity.

Saint Ann’s Church, Old Lyme

Douglas also served as Priest Associate at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Mass., from 1989-2010. Douglas resides in Essex, Conn., with his wife, Kristin Harris.  They enjoy fitness training and outdoor activities including sailing, kayaking, skiing and walking their dog, and are the parents of three young adults: Luke, Timothy, and Johanna.

Saint Ann’s was established in 1883 as an Episcopal mission in the Black Hall section of Old Lyme. Once a month, a priest arrived on horseback to celebrate the Eucharist. In 1892, a Guild House was erected and services began to be held there.

In 1923, the Diocese of Connecticut purchased the former Baptist Church on Lyme Street for the growing Saint Ann’s Parish. During the Depression, membership dwindled and the Lyme Street building was sold to the Catholic Church for $1.

Saint Ann’s Parish resumed services in the Guild House where they remained an active congregation for 30 years. Saint Ann’s current building was dedicated in 1956 and renovated in the summer of 2019.

For more information about Saint Ann’s, visit the church’s website.


A la Carte: Pepperoni Pasta is Easy to Prep, Delicious to Eat

The other Sunday, I drove to the Mystic Marriott to judge the chocolate gala to benefit Fairview in Groton, I used to call rest homes like Fairview old persons’ homes.  Now that I am actually an old person, there are other names that sound nicer, like independent or assisted living. Some years ago a friend told me that when she gets old, she wants to be at Fairview, with its gorgeous view of the Thames River. And when her time comes, she said, she wants someone to wheel her down the rolling green hills right into the river.

These days she might have a different take, since Fairview’s many-acred “campus” is gorgeous and has single houses which people buy long before they need any assisting at all. And among the hundreds of people who paid to get a sugar rush that Sunday, Fairview will fund activities for the very active residents there. 

The chocolate was pretty delicious, gorgeous and, for two of the competitors, mighty edgy. The biggest awards went to Franck Iglesias, executive pastry chef at Foxwoods, and Mark Vecchitto at Octagon, housed at the Mystic Marriott. By the way, we three judges (including The Day’s Rick Koster and Maurice Beebe, who was chef/owner of the late North End Deli) did not know whose chocolate we were eating; the establishments were numbered and only at the end did we know who was whom.

As with most dessert contests, by the end of the day I mostly wanted a hamburger. In truth, I got home and ate a tuna sandwich, because there were no leftovers in my refrigerator. With more weather events ahead, food to be make for a friend after surgery, and some dishes to take for a party coming up, it was time to cook.

This is one of my first ever pasta dishes. My nephew made it for me first, about 30 years ago, from Jeff Smith’s first cookbook. I have adapted it so much that I consider it my own. I will double the recipe for my friends and as leftovers for myself. 

Pepperoni Pasta

Yield: serves 4 to 6

2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium-sized sweet onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can of whole or diced tomatoes
1 or so jigger of vodka (optional)
one-half pound thinly sliced pepperoni (buy the pepperoni sliced at the supermarket’s deli counter)
salt and pepper to taste
one-quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy)
one-quarter cup heavy cream
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
lots of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano cheese
1 pound pasta (I like rigatoni or penne, but any pasta will do)

Photo by sheri silver on Unsplash

Place a big stockpot full of water on the stove and bring to a boil.

In the meantime, in a large skillet, warm oil, then add onion and garlic. Cook over medium-low heat until translucent (try not to brown the herbs.) Add the entire can of tomatoes; while warming, mash tomatoes if you are using whole tomatoes rather than diced tomatoes. When hot, add vodka and cook for about four minutes, at which point most of the liquor will have evaporated. Toss in pepperoni and stir; cook for another few minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and beginning adding cayenne pepper, tasting each for amount of spiciness. 

In the meantime, when water is boiling, add quite a bit of sat (a few tablespoons), then add pasta. Stir until water comes back to a boil, drop heat to medium and cook until al dente (a bit of chewiness).

While pasta is cooking, add heavy cream and stir until a pretty coral color. Turn heat to low and cover. When pasta is al dente, drain but keep half a cup of pasta water to add to sauce if necessary. Add pasta to sauce (or vice versa). Toss well, adding pasta water if you want to thin it a bit. Add fresh basil and cheese; serve immediately, with more cheese so people can add more to their bowls.

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 a cooking column called A La Carte for LymeLine.com and also for the Shore Publishing and Times newspapers, both of which are owned by The Day. 


Hear ‘Trout Quintet,’ Bluegrass-, Jazz-Inspired Duos at Musical Masterworks Concerts This Afternoon

Doublis bassist Michael Thurber males his debut at Musical Masterworks, Feb. 8-9. Photo by Lauren Desberg.

OLD LYME — Join Musical Masterworks at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. for a program celebrating the return of perennial favorite musicians, violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Jeewon Park, along with an encore appearance by violist Ettore Causa, and the much-anticipated Musical Masterworks debut of double bassist Michael Thurber.

Performing with artistic director and cellist Edward Arron, they will play Schubert’s beloved “Trout” Quintet.

Concert attendees will also hear a collection of original bluegrass- and jazz-inspired duos for violin and bass, composed and performed by Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber. The program also includes the Piano Quartet in A minor by the Spanish composer Joaquin Turina, and an arrangement for violin, cello and bass of the Viola da Gamba Sonata in G minor by J.S. Bach.

Join Edward Arron for an in depth pre-concert talk about the program at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Musical Masterworks’ 29th season runs through May 2020 and includes a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary on March 13, 14 and 15, and on May 1, 2 and 3, 2020, when concert-goers will have the remarkable opportunity to hear the complete cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets.

To purchase a mini subscription ($100 each), a subscription to the Beethoven concerts or individual tickets ($40 adult; $5 student), visit Musical Masterworks at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.


Listen to ‘CT Outdoors’ Today with Suzanne Thompson, Features Upcoming Fishing & Outdoor Show at Mohegan Sun

OLD LYME — Got cabin fever? Or do you want to see the latest in kayak fishing, fly fishing  and outdoor gear?

On this week’s CT Outdoors radio show, Old Lyme resident Suzanne Thompson gets the details on the new CT Fishing and Outdoor consumer exhibition show that debuts at Mohegan Sun Earth Expo and Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16.

Thompson’s guests are John Myles from Three Belles Outfitters and Marina in Smith Cove, Niantic Village, on the East Lyme side of the Niantic River, and Al Gag, well-known and respected throughout the East Coast as the inventor of the Whip-It Fish and Whip-It Eels soft plastic lures. Listeners might recognize Al’s voice from vignettes on ESPN and New England stations.

The 30-minute show airs at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 8, and 7 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, on WLIS 1420 AM/Old Saybrook & WMRD 1150 AM/Middletown and streaming at www.wliswmrd.net.

The three-day consumer show includes seminars, celebrity outdoors speakers, a kayak pond with an introduction to kayak fishing lessons (prepare to put on a Personal Flotation Device and get wet!), fly-tying and casting demos, along with hundreds of booths of fishing and outdoor recreational and adventure products. Tickets are $12 for adults, children 12 and under are free. See full schedule and show details at www.ctfishingoutdoorshow.com

To play back this CT Outdoors show at any time from your PC, MAC or laptop, go to www.wliswmrd.net, click the On Demand icon, look for pop-up screen from radiosecurenetsystems.net, and scroll to CT-Outdoors-20420—CT-Fishing—Outdoor-Show.


Old Lyme Basketball Girls Claim Another Victory, This Time Over Old Saybrook

OLD LYME — Last Thursday, Feb. 6, saw Don Bugbee’s girls, who were playing on their home court, soundly defeat Shoreline rivals Old Saybrook 49-35, taking the Wildcats’ record for the season to 10-5.

A delighted Bugbee described the critical part of the game as the third quarter when he said that the team gave, “A very strong performance outscoring the Rams 20-9,” noting that was, “The difference in the game for sure.” He added that the Wildcats had offered, “a solid team defense,” noting that, “Scoring 20 points in a quarter is a difficult match-up for any team to overcome.”

Game highlights included junior Sam Gray scoring 19 points with five rebounds and three steals while Junior Emily DeRoehn added nine points, nine rebounds and six steals. Senior Taylor Thompson contributed seven points, nine rebounds and three steals.

The Junior Varsity team also won the same evening crushing Old Saybrook 48-15 and thus taking their record to a remarkable 13-1. Freshman Hayley Cann scored an outstanding 20 points while fellow Freshman Alexis Fenton notched 13 and Sophomore Maddie Thompson added nine points.

See “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” Tonight at Lyme-Old Lyme HS

In this rehearsal photo, J. Pierrepoint Finch, played by Tova Toriella, plans her strategy on a swing. All reheasral photos by B. Cheney.

LYME-OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s (LOLHS) talented students will perform the musical, “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” by Frank Loesser this evening, Thursday,Friday and Saturday (Feb. 6, 7 and 8) with shows at 7 p.m. and a matinée on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Brian Cheney is serving as Stage and Music Director for the production.

Professional opera tenor Brian Cheney, who lives with his family in Old Lyme where his daughters attend Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, directed last year’s show, Anything Goes, but this year is serving as both Stage and Music Director of the production. He kindly took time out of his hectic schedule to talk with LymeLine about the upcoming show.

Asked first to describe the show, he said, “It’s a great musical comedy with an unbelievable score, adding, “I am thrilled with the work the students have put into the show.”

Cheney noted “It’s a very special production with some surprises. One is that we have a local celebrity making a cameo appearance as the Book Voice, LOLHS’s very own Bill Rayder!” Physical Education teacher Rayder is in his 45th year at the high school but Cheney commented, “This show actually marks his musical theater debut of his multi-decade career!”

Apart from the involvement of Rayder, the LOLHS version of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” has a few other twists compared with the original show, which was launched on Broadway in 1961 and garnered numerous awards.

Cheney described how, “J. Pierrepont Finch (played by Tova Toriello), a young but bright window-cleaner buys a book titled, “How To Succeed In Business,” and, following its advice, joins the multi-national but poorly-connected World-Wide Wicket Company (WWWC). Starting from the mail-room, she rises to Vice-President in Charge of Advertising using sneaky and dubious ways so that the person immediately senior to her is either fired or moved to another section of the company.”

An all-action shot from one of the many rehearsals.

Cheney noted that, to complicate matters, Finch also starts slowly falling in love with secretary Reginald Pilkington (played by Michael DeGaetano.) Meanwhile, the president of the WWWC, J.B. Biggley (Jonathan Hamilton), in Cheney’s words, “tries to have an affair with the drop-dead gorgeous bubble-head Hedy LaRue (Jacqueline Malizia.)”

Trouble starts though, says Cheney, “… when LaRue becomes a weapon used both by Finch and Bud Frump (Biggley’s brattish and annoying nephew played by Jean-Luc Buldoc), who firmly believes that he should get all the breaks … and not Finch.”

Members of the cast rehearse one of the musical numbers.

So what happens? Does Finch rise to the top or does it all go down in flames?

Well, you’ll have to see the show to find out — no spoilers here! Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased at this link or at the door … if there are any remaining.


UPDATED 2/6: Lyme-Old Lyme HS, MS Issue Revised Q1 Honor Rolls

Editor’s Note: We received updated versions of the Honor Rolls this morning from the Superintendent’s Office with their apologies. We have therefore re-published the Honor Rolls in their entirety.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School

Q1 Honor Roll 2019-20

High Honors

Grade 12:

William Bartlett, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Madison Cann, Faith Caulkins, Emilia Cheesman, Elizabeth Cravinho, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Raymond Doll, Theodore Enoch, Leah Fouquette, Tanner Griffin, Sophia Griswold, Quinn Hickie, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Jacqueline Malizia, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Dylan Mulligan, Chandler Munson, Samantha Olson, Carter Popkin, Jared Ritchie, Samuel Roth, Andre Salkin, Jane Scheiber, Brady Sheffield, Colby Sides, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Alec Speirs, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Stack, Olivia Tetreault, Ryan Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Lydia Tinnerello, Sydney Trowbridge, Megan VanSteenbergen, Jackson Warren, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 11:

Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Sophia Arnold, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, Jackson Cowell, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Fiona Frederiks, Jackson Goulding, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Isabella Hine, Paige Kolesnik, Avery Lacourciere, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Mackenzie Machnik, Luke Macy, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Lauren Pitt, Gavin Porter, Jacob Quaratella, Julie Rudd, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward

Grade 10:

Grace Arnold, Hannah Britt, Evan Clark, John Conley, Caroline Crolius, Elias D’Onofrio, Elizabeth Duddy, Eleanor Dushin, Samantha Geshel, Ethan Goss, Nicolette Hallahan, Austin Halsey, Madison Hubbard, Fiona Hufford, Julia Johnston, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Owen Kegley, Michael Klier, Felse Kyle, William Larson, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Stephanie Mauro, Emily Mesham, Jacob Meyers, Elle Myers, Brendan O’Brien, Michael O’Donnell, Bella Orlando, Jacob Ritchie, Margaret Rommel, Alexander Roth, Lloret Sala, Olivia Schaedler, Calvin Scheiber, Abby Speckhals, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Madison Thompson, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Paige Winchell, Avery Wyman

Grade 9:

William Barry, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jordan Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Grace Colwell, William Danes, Anna Davis, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, Clarence Hinckley, Willa Hoerauf, Arber Hoxha, Karissa Huang, Aidan Kerrigan, Celia LaConti, Phoebe Lampos, Theodore Lampos, Jonah Lathrop, Monique Lavoie, Marielle Mather, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Cooper Munson, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Izzadora Reynolds, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Dylan Sheehan, Anders Silberberg, Alyssa Spooner, Samantha Tan, Tova Toriello, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams


Grade 12:

Anabella Arias, Jean-Luc Bolduc, Martinez Carcamo, Rory Cavicke, Philip Cone, Sarah Conley, Samuel Dushin, Araselys Farrell, Nicholas Fava, Katherine Funaro, Lucy Gilbert, Samuel Guenther, Kamber Hamou, Connor Hogan, Parker Hubbard, Kaitlyn Jacobson, Caroline King, Connor Maguire, Angelina Marinelli, Melissa Mauro, Natalie Meyers, Ryan Mitchell, Jeremy Montazella, Kyle Myers, Cajamarca Pelaez, Haley Stevens, Kiera Ulmer, Katelyn Wells, Clair Wholean

Grade 11:

Kaylee Armenia, Maxwell Bauchmann, Hunter Collins, John Cox, Patrick Dagher, Bianca Dasilva, Corah Engdall, Leslie Farrell, Isabella Flagge, Sadie Frankel, Eveliz Fuentes, Samantha Gray, Lillian Grethel, Regan Kaye, Gabriel Lavoie, Madelyn Maskell, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Brendan McTigue, Brianna Melillo, Marina Melluzzo, Michael Milazzo, Aidan Powers, Ezra Pyle, Hayden Saunders, Angus Tresnan, Katrina Wallace, Avery Welch, Katelyn Zbierski, Ellery Zrenda

Grade 10:

Nicholas Adeletti, Nihad Bicic, Olivia Catalano, Ryan Clark, John Coffey, Anne Colangelo, Sean Cordock, James Creagan, Lauren Creagan, Henry Cutler-Stamm, Elise DeBernardo, Michael DeGaetano, Liam Fallon, Victoria Gage, Aiden Goiangos, Shawn Grenier, Jackson Harris, Lillian Herrera, Zoe Jensen, Cora Kern, Robyn King, Olivia Lecza, Alex Lee, James Mazzalupo, Evan Morgan, Samuel Mullaney, Lauren Presti, Adeline Riccio, Aidan Russell, Frank Sablone, Abigail Sicuranza, McLean Signora, Meghan Speers, Olivia Turtoro, John Videll, Jerry Zhang

Grade 9:

Olivia Alpha, Elsie Arafeh-Hudson, Whitney Barbour, Jillian Beebe, John Buckley, Sarah Burnham, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Nicholas Cox, Kylie Dishaw, Archer Evans, David Evers, Alexis Fenton, Richard Frascarelli, Matthew Grammatico, Makenna Harms, Dylan Hovey, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Karleigh Landers, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Macadam, Joseph Montazella, Calvin Monte, Alexander Olsen, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Jacob Rand, Santiago Rodriguez, Benjamin Roth, Joseph Steinmacher, Marco Supersano, Lea Wilson

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School

Q1 Honor Roll 2019-20

High Honors

Grade 8:

Peighton Andrews, Emma Bayor, Oliver Berry, Alis Bicic, Elliot Bjornberg, Drew Brackley, Natalie Buckley, Jackson Bullock, Sarah Colangelo, Ava Cummins, Ella Curtiss-Reardon, Eric Dagher, Lucas DaSilva, Eva D’Onofrio, Amelia Gage, Ryder Goss, Sydney Goulding, Nyla Goulis, Alexis Grasdock, Justin Green, Douglas Griswold, Katherine Gryk, Nathaniel Heon, Sedona Holland, Agatha Hunt, Beatrice Hunt, Sabina Jungkeit, Emmerson Kaye, Grady Lacourciere, Brodie Lippincott, Anna McAdams, Griffin McGlinchey, Delaney Nelson, Isabelle O’Connor, Grace Phaneuf, Jack Porter, Luisa Raby, Ava Roth, Cailin Ruhling, Haley Shaw, Madeleine Soriano, Hannah Thomas, Keara Ward, Louisa Warlitz, Mason Wells, Summer Wollack

Grade 7:

Christopher Anderson, Emma Arelt, Natalie Barndt, Micah Bass, Gavin Biega, Molly Boardman, Mark Burnham, Chase Calderon, Tabitha Colwell, Gloria Conley, Chloe Datum, Andrea DeBernardo, Autumn Dionne, Zoe Eastman-Grossel, Caeli Edmed, Anna Eichholz, Ella Evans, Grace Ferman, Hoshena Gemme, Ava Gilbert, Henry Griswold, Jonathan Harms, Kaela Hoss, Kyle Ingersoll-Bonsack, Hannah Johnston, Shyla Jones, Simon Karpinski, Olivia Kelly, Ella Kiem, Ada LaConti, James Lahot, Brenden Landry, Elise Leonardo, Evan LeQuire, Andrew Liu, Abigail O’Brien, Kanon Oharu, Filip Pecher-Kohout, Sophie Pennie, Mutia Quarshie, Drea Simler, Nola Slubowski, Audrey Spiegel, Morgan Standish, Kathleen Walsh, Ava Wood-Muller

Grade 6:

Charlotte Antonino, Lucy Bartlett, Zoe Brunza, Alec Butzer, Trevor Buydos, Makayla Calderon, Tyler Cann, Julia Clark, Jack Conroy, Colman Curtiss-Reardon, Christopher Dagher, James Dahlke, Sophia D’Angelo, Braden Dawson, Michael DeFiore, Synthia Diaz, Rose Dimmock, William Donnelly, Alexa Donovan, Gabrielle Field, Arthur Fusscas, Eric Fusscas, Chase Gilbert, Alexander Glaras, Benjamin Goulding, Scarlette Graybill, Anne-Marie Hinckley, Bodie Holland, Christopher Kachur, Thomas Kelly, Katherine King, William Landon, Jade Lawton, Maya LeQuire, Jayden Livesey, Emily Looney, Ian Maeby, Elise Marchant, Yanza, Marin, Yanza, Marin, Samuel Masanz, Bridget McAdams, Carter McGlinchey, Ryan Miller, Eiley Montanaro, Madeline Murphy, Sybil Neary, Nina Nichols, Ryan Olsen, Ryan Ortoleva, Jackson Pannier, Quenten Patz, Isabella Presti, Jacob Prokopets, Taylor Quintin, Jenna Salpietro, Luca Signora, Emma Singleton, Charlotte Spiegel, Addison Spooner, Carson St.Louis, Andrew Taylor, Meredith Thompson, Margaret Thuma, Lucian Tracano, Madeleine Trepanier, John Turick, Connor Vautrain, Eve Videll, Elisabeth Viera, Warren Volles, Edith Williams, Oliver Wyman, Carl Zapatka, Katherine Zhang


Grade 8:

Jedidiah Arico, Henry Boremski, Macklin Cushman, Mulanga Drysile, Alexis Frascarelli, Abby Hale, Leland Hine, Dakota Kotzan, Luke Legein, Matthew Mazzalupo, Lucas McMillan, Matthew Miller, Avra Montazella, Charles Sahadi, Sydney Siefken, Owen Snurkowski, Gabriel Tooker, Kalea VanPelt, Tyler Wells

Grade 7:

Quinn Arico, Oliver Avelange, Justin Bonatti, Dylan Carnaroli, Shane Eastman-Grossel, Marcella Gencarella, Rowan Hovey, Elizabeth Lopez, Colette Marchant, Nathan Morgan, Max Novak, Ysabel Rodriguez, Andrew Sicuranza, Josephine Small, Madeline Supersano, Charlotte Tinniswood, Ava Wilcox

Grade 6:

Joshua Alix, Sebastian Lopez-Bravo, Madeline Power, Tanner Snurkowski, Gabriel Waldo, Julius Wilson


‘Survivors of Suicide Loss’ Meet 1st, 3rd Thursdays at LYSB in Old Lyme

OLD LYME — The Brian Dagle Foundation hosts Survivors of Suicide Loss  tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau building, 59 Lyme St., Old Lyme. The group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the same location.

This group of survivors offer support, healing, and hope so that together they can survive their loss. The group provides an atmosphere of acceptance for exploring feelings that are often not understood by others. It offers a chance to share helpful resources and to provide and receive support through the long grief process.

All are welcome and admission is free. Call Ann Irr Dagle to register at 860-625-5280 or email her at bdtmemorialfoundation@gmail.com

This group is led by an American Foundation of Suicide Prevention trained facilitator, who is also a survivor of suicide loss.For more information, visit the Brian Dagle Foundation’s website.


Want to Know More About Mosquitoes? Potapaug Hosts Presentation Tonight, All Welcome

OLD LYME — Worried about mosquitoes?

Potapaug Audubon hosts a presentation on Mosquitoes of Connecticut and the Viruses they may Transmit given by John Shepard from the Department of Environmental Sciences Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

Shepard has expertise in the identification of larval and adult mosquitoes in the northeastern U.S., mosquito biology, and the ecology/epidemiology of arboviruses in the northeastern U.S., particularly West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Come early for cheese and crackers and cider and catch-up conversations. All are welcome.

Visit the Potapaug Audubon website for more information.

For more about
Shepard, visit this link. 


Old Lyme Basketball Girls Play Two, Win Two

LYME/OLD LYME — The Old Lyme girls enjoyed back-to-back wins on the road, Feb. 1 and 3.

Last Saturday, Feb. 1, the girls defeated North Branford 47-21 in what coach Don Bugbee described as “probably the best team effort of the season.” Noting that the girls were “regrouping after two straight losses,” he commented, “Contributions from 10 players, especially on the defensive aspect of the game, made them a very difficult match-up for North Branford.”

Highlights of the game included Junior Emily DeRoehn scoring 12 points, while taking nine rebounds and three steals. Meanwhile, Sophmore Megan Loflin added 12 points with five rebounds and Junior Sam Gray scored eight points, with five rebounds and three steals.

This game took the Wildcats record to 8-5.

Additionally, the Junior Varsity (JV) girls won their game 49-25, bringing their record to 11-1. Freshman Hayley Cann had 16 points and Sophmore McLean Signora added 15.

On Monday, Old Lyme continued their winning streak beating Westbrook away 54-31.  Bugbee told LymeLine, “It was a very good team effort for the second straight game, which put us in control throughout the contest.” He added, “Contributions from 10 players, both defensively and offensively, were the key to this success.” Top scorer was junior Sam Gray, who scored 19 points and took eight rebounds.

The Wildcats are now 9-5.

The JV girls won their game 50-12, bringing their record to 12-1. Leading the team in scoring were freshman Hayley Cann with 11 points, sophomores Melanie Warren and Maddie Thompson with 10 and 9 points respectively, and freshman Alexis Fenton with nine.

Old Lyme, playing at home, meets Old Saybrook tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 6, and then faces Morgan at Clinton on Saturday, Feb. 8.


Lyme-Old Lyme Schools to be Closed Nov. 3 to Serve as OL Polling Station for Presidential Election

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education voted at their last (Jan. 8) meeting  to approve a 2020-2021 School Calendar, which includes all schools being closed on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in order for the schools to serve as the Old Lyme Polling Station for the 2020 Presidential Election.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained to LymeLine that in light of the very high turnout anticipated for the election in November, Old Lyme Registrars Cathy Carter (R) and Marylin Clark (D) have asked to “shift voting to the schools.” This is because there is significantly more space available at the schools than exists at the current polling station location of  the Cross Lane Firehouse.

The LOL Schools Board of Education has now agreed to that request for November 2020, but a permanent change is still under discussion.