November 12, 2018

Defending Champs Old Lyme Girls Storm Into State Soccer Semis; Face East Hampton Tonight

On to the semis! The Wildcats celebrate their 2-0 win over Portland in traditional style.  Photo by B. Butler Danes.

Defending Class S champions Old Lyme defeated Portland 2-0 Friday afternoon in the CIAC Class S quarterfinals.  Britney DeRoehn scored both Wildcat goals with one assisted by her sister Emily DeRoehn. Both goals were scored in the second half.

Britney DeRoehn scored both goals in Old Lyme’s quarter final against Portland. File photo.

Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme and notched eight saves, while Kelly Boutin tended goal for Portland making 13 saves.

Old Lyme, seeded #14, now advance into the semifinals and will face seventh-seeded East Hampton Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Fitzgerald Sports Complex in West Haven.  The other semifinal will be between #4 Immaculate and #17 Coginchaug and will also be played on Monday.

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High Hopes Holds ‘Holiday Market’ with All New ‘Tasting Center,’ Today

Last year’s Holiday Market at High Hopes drew huge crowds.

On Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, High Hopes will host its 8th Annual Holiday Market with more than 60 carefully curated vendors  coming together with food trucks, kids’ activities, a wine and beer tasting tent, and a whole barn full of holiday spirit, to benefit over 1,750 children, teens and adults. Artisans come to the market to share their wares and help High Hopes to raise friends; the High Hopes Holiday Market is also the organization’s opportunity to share what they do.

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., over 3,000 visitors will come through the farm gates in search of holiday inspiration. They’ll find something for everyone on their list from handmade silver jewelry to unique up-cycled clothing, woolly socks to silk scarves, goat soap to homemade honey, babies’ gifts to coffee table books, and cheese makers to chocolatiers. But it’s not just about shopping … the Market is a fun day out for the whole family.

Thanks to Market Partner, Benchmark Wealth Management of Old Lyme, entry to the market remains free with a non-perishable food item for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries. Last year High Hopes was the largest single-day collection point with our visitors donating over 3,000 lbs of food just in time for the Holidays.

Grab a group of friends and your “Passport” to Taste the World. Grand Wine & Spirits will be piquing your palate with a selection of wines and beers from each of 12 different producing regions across the world. The Gourmet Galley Catering will be tempting your taste buds with seasonal small-bites, holiday treats and a raw oyster bar.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online for $20 (a 33 percent saving, which also means you get fast-tracked into the tent on the day.) Tickets on the day will be $30 on a first-come-first-served basis. State or Federal photographic I.D. will be required for all entrants. Tickets are available at this link

As well as vendors, there will be kids’ activities, information about High Hopes 2019 Summer Camps, and some of the hottest food trucks on the Shoreline. Take the time to walk the beautiful “runway” and meet the High Hopes special herd of therapy horses.

Stop one of the many volunteers and find out why they joined with over 650 others this past year to help High Hopes deliver over 12,000 equine-assisted activities and therapies to over 1,500 children and adults who come through the organization’s programs, celebrating “ability not disability.”

Nov. 11 is Veterans’ Day, and thanks to our community partner MassMutual, veterans will be able to take some time out, browse some helpful resources, watch “Mark’s Story” and enjoy cider donuts and piping hot Omar Coffee in the Veterans’ Tent.

For more information and to register for the raffle or Passport to Taste the World Tent, visit this link.  

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Presents ‘Midsummer/Jersey’ Comedy Tonight

Lyme-Old Lyme High School presents ‘Midsummer/Jersey’ tonight, (Nov. 10) in the high school auditorium. All are welcome. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

The play is the hilarious, high-octane re-telling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey.

The story revolves around the impending marriage of the Governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon (run by Patti Quince and Stylist Nikki Bottom).

The night takes a magical turn when Oberon and the impish Puck arrive on the scene armed with a powerful love potion and a desire for mischief making.

With several weddings and the acting careers of six beauticians hanging in the balance, the lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood sprite.

For more information and to reserve tickets , call the high school at 860-434-1651.

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Lyme, Old Lyme Town Halls Hosts Holiday Art Exhibit by Local Seniors

‘Dream Lilies’ by Jeri Baker is one of the featured works in the Lymes’ Senior Center Art Show at Old Lyme Town Hall.

Art groups from the Lymes’ Senior Center will hold their third annual exhibit of their work for sale in the Old Lyme Town Hall during
November and December. The participating artists have been taking art classes with Sharon Schmiedel. Paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces will be on display.

Additionally, two members of the Center’s community, Janet Cody and Peg Sheehan, will add a “Touch of Craft” with their work in traditional punch needle pieces and handmade jewelry of silver, gold and semi-precious and precious stones respectively.

Another member, Norma DeGrafft, will also display her scenic watercolors in the Lyme Town Hall.

A portion of any sale will be donated to the Lymes’ Senior Center. An opening reception for this show will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Old Lyme Town Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

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Wildcats Advance to State Quarterfinals; Play Portland This Afternoon After Defeating Cromwell Yesterday

Mya Johnson scored the first goal for Old Lyme in Thursday’s game against Cromwell. File photo..

Old Lyme won 2-1 yesterday in the second round of CIAC State Tournament defeating Cromwell, to whom they had previously lost in both the regular season and conference playoffs.

Mya Johnson was the first to score for the Wildcats off an assist from Kaylee Armenia.

Old Lyme led 1-0 at halftime but Cromwell tied the game up at 1-1 at the 28 minute mark after a goal mouth scramble.

Britney DeRoehn scored the game-winning goal unassisted with 6:20 minutes left on the clock.

Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme and had seven saves.

Jessica DellaRatta was in goal for Cromwell and notched 16 saves.

Old Lyme now faces Portland in the quarter finals at the of neutral site Old Saybrook High School this afternoon at 2 p.m.

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Free Fundraiser in Old Lyme This Evening for Cheetah Conservation

The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal and Africa’s most endangered big cat. Photo courtesy of CCF.

Join Brian Badger, the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s (CCF) Director of Conservation & Outreach, for a talk Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Titled, ‘Cheetah in the Spotlight: Toast to Conservation,’ the talk will take you into the wilds of Africa as Badger discusses key conservation strategies for the endangered cheetah. Badger will speak about the current status of wild cheetah populations and what’s being done to protect Africa’s most endangered big cat.

Badger’s talk will focus on CCF’s innovative conservation methods that address the welfare of both cheetah and human populations over large landscapes. Learn about the highly effective set of integrated programs that work together to achieve CCF’s objective to save the cheetah in the wild.

This is a free event at a private residence. Space is limited so an RSVP required. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

The address in Old Lyme, Conn. will be given upon RSVP registration.

RSVP at this link.

Donations are encouraged to support the Cheetah Conservation Fund programs. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards helping to save the cheetah in the wild.

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Musical Masterworks’ MMModern Presents ‘Quinteto Latino’ Tonight at Centerbrook

‘Quinteto Latino’ will perform Friday, Nov. 9, in the Centerbrook Meeting House.

Experience contemporary chamber music featuring Quinteto Latino tomorrow evening (Friday, Nov. 9) in a Musical Masterworks’ Modern concert starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Centerbrook Meetinghouse. Whether exploring new twists on traditional folk songs or premiering works by living composers, these five musicians blend both the vibrant colors and vigorous rhythms of Latin American music through the tones of the flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon.

Admission is $35 and student admission is $10. Admission includes a reception prior to the concert at 5:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

After the performance, continue your evening with a $40 per person Prix Fixe dinner at the new Los Charros Cantina at The Essex in Centerbrook. Price includes choice of appetizer, tacos, dessert and house margarita. Only available to MMModern concertgoers. Make your dinner reservation by calling The Essex at 860.237.4266 and reference MMModern.

This special performance has been generously sponsored by The Howard Gilman Foundation, Clark Group, Phyllis M. McDowell, Tower Labs and Wade Thomas.

For full details and to purchase tickets, visit Masterworks at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.

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Old Lyme Historical Society’s Launches 2019 ‘Now and Then’ Calendar, Makes Great Holiday Gift

The Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) will be celebrating the release of the new 2019 Now & Then Old Lyme Community Calendar at a free public reception Thursday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the OLHS building at 55 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.  The calendar, along with other publications, will be for sale at the event. All are welcome to attend: wine, beer and light refreshments will be served, music will be played, and a door prize will also be awarded.

This is the sixth year that the OLHS has published this popular calendar that incorporates a different set of photographs from the organization’s archives, again juxtaposing the historical images with contemporary ones of the same scene.  The images included in the calendar are a small sampling of the many interesting archived photographs of Old Lyme establishments,  landscapes, and scenes dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each calendar month is generously sponsored by a different community organization and includes the dates of their events throughout the year.  The intent is to highlight and assist in marketing activities occurring in Old Lyme in 2019 as well as remembering the past.

The 2018 Now & Then Old Lyme Community Calendar was designed by James Meehan and edited by Alison Mitchell.  Michaelle Pearson was the copy-editor.

The mission of the OLHS is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the rich history” of Old Lyme.  To find out more about the OLHS and its interesting activities, explore their website at www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org or stop by its office at 55 Lyme St.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Senior Class Extends Sock Fundraiser to Community

Do your feet get cold during the winter?

Are your socks old and worn out?

Do you want to be the most stylish person in town?

Well, you are in luck!

Until Thursday, Nov. 15, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior class is selling Wildcat socks to help support the class. As the expenses of senior year (such as senior ball, field trips, and caps and gowns) start to pile up, the class is hoping to defray some of the costs with the sock fundraiser.

“The Class of 2019 is excited to extend this fundraiser to the Lyme-Old Lyme community,” says senior class president Gary Bocian, “We hope that people who may not be directly associated with the school will be able to support our senior class and the many events that are going to be taking place towards the end of the year.”

These extremely fashionable socks are available at https://tribesocks.com/products/wildcatsocks. Be sure to order your pair while they are still available!

Contact Gary Bocian (bociang@region18.org) with any questions.

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Results In Old Lyme Give Wins to Republicans Stefanowski, Formica and Carney

Note these are unofficial results.  We do not have numbers for Questions 1 and 2 on the ballot, but have heard Question 2 has passed statewide.

GOVERNOR

Lamont/ Bysiewicz: 1,961

Stefanowski/ Markley: 2,054

Griebel/Frank: 56


US SENATE

Murphy: 2,435

Corey: 1,732

Lion: 9

Russell: 7


US HOUSE:

Courtney: 2,671

Postemski: 1,449

Reale: 24

Bicking: 37

STATE SENATE:

Formica: 2,326

Marx: 1,863

STATE HOUSE:

Carney: 2,294

Pugliese: 1,890

SECRETARY OF STATE:

Merrill: 2,232

Chapman: 1,859

Gwynn: 29

DeRosa: 31

TREASURER

Wo0den: 2,175

Gray: 1,891

Brohinsky: 33

CONTROLLER

Lembo: 2,144

Miller: 1,800

Passarelli: 25

Heflin: 37

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Tong: 2,052

Hatfield: 2,057

Goselin: 46

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Carney Claims Victory in 23rd House District

State Rep. Devin Carney

On Facebook, State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23) has posted news of his victory over Matt Pugliese by 7129-5690 votes.

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Murphy Easily Wins Re-election


U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy speaks to supporters Tuesday night. Photo by Douglas Healey for CTNewJunkie.

Editor’s Note: We are providing this link to an article by Jack Kramer published on CTNewsJunkie.com Nov. 6, which covers Senator Chris Murphy’s victory.  CTNewsJunkie.com is a fellow member of the Local Independent Online News (LION) publishers national organization and we are pleased occasionally to cross-publish our stories.

HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy easily won a second term Tuesday night defeating Republican challenger Matthew Corey.

Murphy was declared the winner shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Early results showed him with a 3-2 margin over Corey.

Read the full article at this link.

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Huge Lines All Day at Polls in Old Lyme, Exceptional Participation Rate in Lyme

The line at Cross Lane Polling Station at the Firehouse at 7:45 a.m. this morning.  Photo by M. Seidner.

We are receiving numerous accounts of long lines throughout the day and early evening at the Polling Station at the Cross Lane  Firehouse in Old Lyme.  Despite the large numbers, there were many favorable comments on the efficiency of the volunteer election workers.  Old Lyme printed 5,000 ballots but had used over 3,000 of them by around 4:30 p.m.

Emily Berber Bjornberg reports that Lyme passed the 75 percent participation mark just before 5:40 p.m.

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Vote! Election Day is Today, Polls Open From 6am to 8pm

Polling stations in Lyme and Old Lyme open tomorrow at 6 a.m.

Lyme and Old Lyme voters go to the polls today in a critical mid-term election.  There are no town elections — all the names on the ballot sheet are for state positions, including that of governor.

Visit this link to read the responses that all six of the local candidates gave to our questions.

Visit this link or click on the “Letters” tab above to read all the letters we have received relating to the elections.  Open any letter on its individual page to read the associated comments.

Polling stations open at 6 a.m. today and close at 8 p.m.  Lyme residents cast their votes at the Lyme Town Hall while Old Lyme residents should go to the Cross Lane Firehouse. Optical scan machines will be used. Voters must present identification.

IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO ALREADY, WE URGE YOU TO VOTE!

We will publish the results here on LymeLine.com very shortly after their announcement.

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We Asked, They Answered: The Candidates Respond to Our Questions

Photo by Parker Johnson on Unsplash

In keeping with a long tradition and in the interests of increasing voter knowledge prior to next week’s critically important mid-term elections, we asked all the candidates whose districts include Lyme and/or Old Lyme to send us a brief biography and photo, and answer four questions that we posed to them. The questions came from you — our large and diverse community of readers. We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of questions you sent to us, which we interpret as a clear sign of the level of interest in this election, and are extremely disappointed we could not include more of your questions.

We are delighted to report that all six candidates responded to our questionnaire and are pleased now to publish their responses.  We would like to express our sincere thanks to the candidates for taking the time to answer our questions and for adhering to our strict word deadlines — 100 words for the bio and 300 words for each response.

The questions were:

  1. What is the biggest problem facing the state, why is it the biggest problem, and what would you do to help solve it?
  2. What do you think of our leadership in Washington?
  3. What policies or infrastructure do you support at the state level for fostering or managing growth in you district?
  4. Why are you running for this position?

The candidates are:

House District #23 (includes Lyme and Old Lyme)

Devin Carney (R – Incumbent)

Matt Pugliese (D)

Senate District #20 (includes Old Lyme)

Paul Formica (R – Incumbent)

Martha Marx (D)

Senate District #33  (includes Lyme)

Norm Needleman (D) Essex First Selectman

Melissa Ziobron (R) State Rep. House District #34

Click on the candidate’s name above to read their biography and responses to our questions.

For the record and again in keeping with a long tradition, we will not be making any candidate endorsements.

Happy reading … and voting!

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Old Lyme Registrars Hold Final Voter Special Registration Session, Today

Mid-term elections are just around the corner on Tuesday, Nov. 6.  In order to maximize participation, the Old Lyme Registrars of Voters will hold their final special voter registration sessions at their office on the mezzanine level of Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall on Monday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

People can also register to vote Monday through Friday in the Town Clerk’s office if the Registrars are not available.

Absentee Ballots and Voter Registration Applications are available from the Town Clerk’s office — not through the Registrars.   Absentee Ballots will be available from the Town Clerk on Oct. 5.  For more information on Absentee Ballots, call the Town Clerk at 860-434-1605, ext. 221.

Oct. 30 is the last day for mail-in registration, on-line registration (until 11:59 p.m.), and in-person registration to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

On-line voter registration is available 24/7 and is user-friendly. Visit www.voterregistration.ct.gov or the Secretary of the State’s website at www.SOTS.ct.gov, select Elections & Voting and then On-line registration.

On-line voter registration also allows voters to make changes to name, address, and/or party affiliation.

If you wish to know if — and how — you are registered, select Am I Registered to Vote? and then Voter Lookup Tool.

The only people who can register and be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 election after Oct. 30 are those

  • who turn 18, or
  • become U.S. citizens, or
  • move into town

after Oct. 30 and on/before Nov. 6.  Persons in this category can apply for voter registration in the Registrar’s Office until 5 p.m. on Nov. 5.

The location for Election Day Registration (EDR) is the Registrars Office, Mezzanine Level, Town Hall, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more voter registration information, call (860) 434-1605 x 226 or email registrars@oldlyme-ct.gov

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on Q2 on Nov. 6 to Protect our Public Lands

To the Editor:

As a strong supporter and user of Connecticut’s wonderful state parks, forests, farmlands and other state-owned recreational and conservation lands (in our area, Nehantic State Forest and Rocky Neck, Harkness and Hammonassett State Parks, just to call out a few of them), I write in support of the public land conveyance constitutional amendment that will appear on our November 6 ballot as Question #2. I urge my friends and neighbors to vote YES. This ballot measure alone is worth a  trip to the polls.

Many people assume that our state-owned recreational and conservation lands are safeguarded for the public forever. Sadly, this is not the case. As things stand now in Connecticut, the state legislature, by simple majority vote,  can sell, swap or give away these lands to private companies or local governments just as it can any other properties that the state owns.
The number #2 ballot proposal, if adopted, would change this. It would amend the state constitution to require a public hearing and a 2/3 vote before the state legislature could take such action. Thus, while not providing absolute protection for publically-accessible and much-loved  lands, the measure would require direct public input on their fate. It would create an open and transparent process preventing back-room deals.
For many in our community, state parks and forests are our only way to experience nature and the outdoors. For all of us, our state lands are beautiful and unique; they nourish body and soul. They also contribute substantial revenue to the state and to the localities in which they are located.
Please join me in voting YES on ballot question 2 on November 6.
Sincerely,
Christina E. Clayton,

Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a former President of the Old Lyme Land Trust.
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Theodore Wayland, Evan St. Louis Earn Eagle Scout Awards; Celebration Held in Their Honor, Nov. 4

A Court of Honor was held Nov. 4 to celebrate Theodore Wayland (left) and Evan St. Louis’s attainment of Eagle Scout rank.  All are welcome to attend and congratulate the boys on this achievement.

Boy Scout Troop 26 is proud to announce Theodore Wayland, son of Kathryn and Mark Wayland; and Evan St. Louis, son of Mary and Thomas St. Louis, both of Lyme have earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement rank within the Boy Scouts of America.

Troop 26 hosted an Eagle Court of Honor for St. Louis and Wayland on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium, 69 Lyme St., Old Lyme. All are welcome to attend the public ceremony and join in congratulating them on their achievement.

Only about six percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges, demonstrate leadership, commitment to community and successfully complete a significant service project.

Wayland’s Eagle project was to design and install three flag repository boxes for the Old Lyme and Lyme Town Halls and the Lymes’ Senior Center. He utilized carpentry skills, time management and communication skills. His project was the result of a grant awarded from the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.

St. Louis’s Eagle project was to refurbish the bocce courts at the Lymes’ Senior Center. During the project he managed the clearing of trees and brush, repaired and stained the wooden court frames, installed two new spectating benches, and reconditioned the playing surfaces. 

Both boys are juniors at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School, and share a genuine passion for outdoor living, camping, hiking and the communities they call home.

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LOL Community Invited to Continue ’11 Days of Kindness’ By Dropping off Donations at LYSB through Nov. 14


Jeannie Goldberg of Lyme was distraught after the most recent shooting rampage in Pittsburg.  In her words posted on Facebook, “I have been struggling with the fact that ANOTHER mass shooting occurred this weekend. I have been overcome with anger and hate for the fact this keeps happening and we as a country refuse to change.”

But, unlike most of us, she continues, “I decided for myself that I need to turn this around and figure out how to spread love instead of resentment.”

She took her concept to Mary Seidner, Director of Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), who agreed to help with what Goldberg now describes as an “insane idea.” Out of their discussions, ’11 Days of Kindness’ was conceived in which Lyme and Old Lyme come together as a community and help each other, talk with each other and just spend time together.

The plan is to spend 11 days this month collecting items for neighbors in need. The 11 days represent the 11 lives lost in the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings.

To kick the project off, join others this Sunday, Nov. 4, from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LYSB at 59, Lyme Street, where donations will be accepted for the Lyme- Old Lyme Food Bank, New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and the Shoreline Soup Kitchens.

Join those gathered at LYSB to make cookies, goodie bags and cards to be distributed to First Responders, helpers around town, etc.

Come bring some baked goods to donate or just to share with your neighbors. Stay for coffee, tea, cider, treats, and the like.

Items needed are:

  • Coats, boots, gloves, socks, under clothes, hats
  • Non perishable food items for the Food Bank for the Holidays
  • Gift cards (gas, food, area restaurants, oil changes, haircuts, target, Walmart, etc)
  • Toiletries (not covered by food stamps)
  • Cleaning supplies (not covered by food stamps)
  • Pet food
  • Diapers and wipes (adult and kid)
  • Cash or check for fuel assistance for Lyme Old Lyme residents
  • Books for the Phoebe’s Book Cellar
  • Granola bars, snacks, cookies, baked items, fruit (apples, oranges, clementines, bananas) for the homeless shelter.

If you cannot be there on Sunday, LYSB will be accepting donations until Nov. 14.

Many more gatherings are being planned for the future, which we post on LymeLine.com.

If you have any questions, email jeannieg1317@yahoo.com

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Memories of a Happy Halloween Night on Lyme Street

The Cooley Gallery was decked appropriately to celebrate the evening …

Oh, what a night it was on Lyme Street!  There were witches and warlocks, ghosts and ghouls, aliens and airmen, pirates and policemen, spacemen and schoolgirls,  …

Here are some memories of another warm and wonderful Halloween night on Lyme Street with many thanks indeed to all the readers (The Cooley Gallery, Lynn Fairfield-Sonn and Rod Clingman), who kindly sent us these photos.

Photo by Rod Clingman

The costumes and carriages were, as usual, extremely creative … including this handsome airman …

Captain Hook was in town …

And just look at that hat!

Ooooh my … look at the size of that spider!

The door never closed at the perennially popular Fairfield-Sonn residence …

It takes two … or maybe we should say ‘Double Trouble’!

Or perhaps it takes three!

And what would we do without a lady of the cloth to make sure there’s no foul play?

The crowds on Lyme Street just grew and grew and the line outside the Fairfield-Sonn residence was apparently never-ending … perhaps lasting as long as the candy supplies!

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