October 27, 2020

Old Lyme HS Hosts Lampos, Pearson Introducing Their Latest Book on Local, ‘Hidden History,’ Tonight

Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos will give an author talk on their latest book, The Hidden History of Old Lyme, Lyme and East Lyme, Tuesday evening via a Zoom presentation. Photo by Angela Chicoski Photography.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Historical Society hosts, ‘Meet The Author’ night, Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. when Old Lyme residents and expert local historians Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson will introduce their newest book, ‘The Hidden History of Old Lyme, Lyme and East Lyme.’

In this fascinating, just-published book, Lampos and Pearson trace the evolution of education and representation in the Lymes, and how decisions made by the founders helped shape the history of our nation.

This is a Zoom presentation and all are welcome.

There is no admission fee.

Register by emailing info@oldlymehistorical.org and receive the Zoom link in return.


Death of Tyler Carnese of Old Lyme, 26, Announced; Son of Atty. Greg Carnese of Old Lyme and Atty. Dawn Hellier

OLD LYME, CT. — With the deepest sorrow, we announce that our beloved son, brother, family member, friend and bright spirit, Tyler Paul Carnese died suddenly in the early morning hours of Sunday, October 18, 2020 while at Yale New Haven Hospital from an extremely aggressive and undiagnosed form of leukemia with family by his side. Tyler was born on March 22, 1994 in New London, the son of Gregory P. Carnese and Dawn Hellier and younger brother of Christopher Ryan Carnese. He attended Old Lyme schools and was a graduate of Roger Williams University (“RWU”) in Bristol …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published today, Oct. 20, on DignityMemorial.com


LYSB Hosts ‘Stress Happens’ Program on ‘Building Self-Esteem Skills,’ Nov. 5

Erica Cuni, LMFT

LYME/OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) hosts the first of a four-part series titles, ‘Stress Happens,’ this evening at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Tonight’s program covers, ‘Effects of Stress & Calming Strategies,’ and is presented by Erica Cuni, LMFT, known as “The Burnout Professor.”

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

Register for tonight’s program at this link. You will then receive the Zoom link in return.

The remaining three programs will all take place at 7 p.m. and their dates and topics are scheduled as follows:

Building Self-Esteem Skills
Helping Your Child Overcome Fear & Anxiety
Building Stronger Connections in Your Home

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

Each meeting will have actionable steps for you to practice to help deal with burnout and stress.

This program is for any age.


A View From My Porch: Make America Safe Again, A Primer on Herd Immunity 

Is herd immunity the answer to the current pandemic crisis? Photo by David Todd McCarty on Unsplash.

A lot of people recently started saying, “Herd immunity.”

So, to get up to speed, I reviewed some of my old textbooks and learned (again) that “herd immunity” occurs when a substantial portion of the population (i.e., the “herd”) has, at least in our contemporary medical era, been vaccinated (e.g., MMR.)

This eventually provides protection for vulnerable individuals because, as the number of vaccinated (and presumably immune) persons grows, the likelihood that a susceptible person will come into contact with an infectious person drops; and the chain of infection is broken. 

In the last few weeks, it has been reported (e.g., NYT, WAPO) that the White House has apparently embraced a strategy of enabling deliberate infection of Americans to achieve herd immunity. Campaign rallies?

This approach was proposed in early October in “The Great Barrington Declaration” by a group of “pseudo-scientists”, who argued that government authorities should allow the virus to spread among young, healthy people, while, “in some way”, protecting the elderly and the vulnerable.

So, only people who are at high risk of dying from the disease would be, “somehow”, protected from infection. In other words, achieve a state of “herd immunity” via massive infection, rather than a vaccine. 

The “Declaration” states that those at lower risk of death from infection can, and should, resume normal activities, socialize in crowded bars and restaurants, and gather at sports and other events; and thus, facilitate a rebound of the economy. There is no mention of masks, physical distancing, testing, or tracing.

The “Declaration” was sponsored by the American Institute for Economic Research, whose past work has denied climate change, denied the importance of face masks during this pandemic, and supported personal freedom and limited government. 

Note that, as I write this, the COVID test positivity rate is 38 percent in South Dakota, where personal freedom appears to reign over community safety.  

The White Huse may be aligning itself with this particular “herd immunity” strategy because it supports their false portrayal of mainstream public health experts as supportive of very harsh restrictions, and argues against any and all COVID-related limits on Americans, including face masks. 

Public health and medical professionals do not support this strategy. Dr. Anthony Fauci emerged from exile and called the concept “total nonsense”. 

Others, including the World Health Organization, have stated that the strategy is especially dangerous because it would be nearly impossible to shield those who are medically vulnerable. 

In a letter recently published in The Lancet, 80 scientists stated that “the idea that the public can infect its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic is a dangerous fallacy unsupported by the scientific evidence”. They acknowledged that pandemic restrictions have led to demoralization, but stress that controlling community spread of the virus is the best way to protect the population and the economy until vaccines and treatments are developed.

The scientists continue, “Any pandemic management strategy relying upon ‘immunity from natural infections’ for COVID-19 is flawed.” They add, “Such a strategy would not lead to the end of COVID-19, but result in recurrent epidemics, as was the case with numerous infectious diseases before the advent of vaccination.”

Both the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet have published editorials highly critical of the White House’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States. This was unprecedented for these two prestigious, peer-reviewed medical journals.

COVID-19 cases are increasing in several Connecticut hot spots, and deaths are rising at near-apocalyptic levels across much of the United States, with new cases frequently exceeding 50,000 per day. Public health experts have been warning for months that fall and winter could lead to a spike in cases, and the United States remains unprepared and without a common national strategy. 

Let’s put the idea of natural and uncontrolled infection-based herd immunity behind us.

I believe that safe and well-tested vaccines are on the horizon, maybe by early to mid-2021.  There is also significant activity in the development of therapeutics that could be available for widespread and economical use across the population.

Until then our primary public health strategy remains one of mitigation — slowing the spread now that the virus is so firmly established within the population. 

Continuing restrictions will probably be required in the short term. These non-pharmaceutical methods are simple … you already know them!

Wear a mask and observe physical distancing protocols.

Wash your hands frequently and disinfect work surfaces.

Avoid densely packed crowds, especially indoors.

Expect that some capacity restrictions will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

And for goodness sake, get your information from reputable public health sources. 

And finally, God save the United States of America.

This is the opinion of Thomas D. Gotowka.

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.


Essex Steam Train Issues Cautionary Reminder on Safety at Railroad Crossings

Photo by Essex Steam Train & Riverboat.

ESSEX — The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat has issued a reminder to friends and neighbors in the Lower Connecticut River Valley that train frequency will be increasing during October through December on their tracks in Essex, Deep River, Chester, and Haddam.

In particular, daytime train activity will be increasing on tracks between Chester and Goodspeed Station in Haddam. 

When approaching STOP signs, motorists and pedestrians are legally required to come to a complete stop at the white stop line, and yield to any approaching rail traffic.

When facing flashing lights and/or gates, crossing users must STOP and wait for trains to pass/lights and gates to shut off.

Additionally, pedestrians, bicycles, and motorized vehicles are never allowed on railroad tracks except at a legal crossing location. Emergency contact phone numbers are located at all railroad crossings in the event of problems. The railroad is working with local law enforcement on issues of motorist compliance at crossings throughout the valley.

For further information, contact Rob Bradway, Vice President of Track and Property, at 860-964-3422.


COVID Cases Increase in Both Lyme, Old Lyme; OL Adds Three, Total Now 32 Cases; Total in Lyme Now 10

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

OLD LYME/LYME — On Friday afternoon, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) reported three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Old Lyme and one in Lyme in their COVID-19 summary for the week ending Oct. 16.

These latest cases in Old Lyme are a 61-year-old male, a 35-year-old male, and a 38-year-old female.

The case in Lyme is a male for whom no age is available.

This takes the total number of cases in Old Lyme to 32 including two fatalities. The number of surviving cases in Old Lyme now comprises 15 males and 15 females ranging in age from 19- to 82-years-old. The two fatalities were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male.

The total number of cases in Lyme now rises to 10 and comprises four females and six males ranging in age from one- to 68-years-old. There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

This afternoon’s report, which covers all the towns in the LLHD and includes Lyme and Old Lyme, is prefaced with these words, “As you will see, new cases continue to rise. Although there is no singular reason for this increase, our contact tracers continue to report that they have observed many instances of family and social gathering connections. Cases associated with institutions (schools, long-term care facilities, etc.) remain relatively low.”

Ledge Light Health District states their data may conflict with the data DPH reports on their website, as there is often a delay in posting data at the state level. The data LLHD reports is current as of noon on the Friday on which it is issued.

Gender and age details of the confirmed cases in Lyme to date are:

  1. Male, age 34
  2. Female, age 61
  3. Female, age 34
  4. Male, age 1
  5. Male, age 34
  6. Male, age 20
  7. Male, aged 68
  8. Female, age 21
  9. Female, age 62
  10. Male, age unknown

To demonstrate the growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme, the table below is a summary of the cases that LymeLine.com has reported since March 31 when the first case was announced and also includes both fatalities.

DateCumulative no. of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Old Lyme
March 311
April 44
April 96
April 107
April 1510
April 1812
May 113
May 1515
May 2616
June 817
June 1018
June 1419
June 2221
June 2422
July 1722
July 2823
Sept. 224
Sept. 426
Sept. 1527
Oct. 128
Oct. 829
Oct. 1630
Oct. 1631
Oct. 1632

Details of all Old Lyme’s confirmed surviving cases to date are as follows:

  1. Female, age 64
  2. Female, age 21
  3. Male, age 27
  4. Female, age 53
  5. Female, age 61
  6. Female, age 29
  7. Male, age 40
  8. Male, age 53
  9. Female, age 60
  10. Male, age 45
  11. Female, age 20
  12. Female, age 43
  13. Female, age 48
  14. Male, age 70
  15. Male, age 67
  16. Female, age 68
  17. Male, age 50
  18. Male, age 21
  19. Female, age 48
  20. Female, age 34
  21. Male, age 20
  22. Male, age 28
  23. Male, age 74
  24. Male, age 61
  25. Female, age 19
  26. Male, age 31
  27. Female, age 25
  28. Male, age 61
  29. Male, age 35
  30. Female, age 38

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold has previously noted that the 21-year-old female with a confirmed case (#2 in the list immediately above) was tested in Florida, but used an Old Lyme address although she does not live here. Because she gave the Old Lyme address, Griswold said that LLHD must report her as an Old Lyme resident.

Residents and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources including the Ledge Light Health District website (www.llhd.org), Facebook (@LedgeLightHD), Twitter (@LedgeLightHD), and Instagram (@LedgeLightHD).

Editor’s Note: Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) serves as the local health department in southeast Connecticut for the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme as well as East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, New London, North Stonington,  Stonington and Waterford. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, LLHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents in a more efficient manner by consolidating the services within one organization.


Letter to the Editor: Carney Cares About Environment, Our Communities; Accomplishes Things in a Bipartisan Manner

To the Editor: 
I care deeply about our environment and that’s why I am proud to support our State Representative, Devin Carney, for re-election. Devin has always been a strong supporter of preserving and protecting our local open spaces, forests, and waterways.

He has supported legislation to improve our coastline resiliency and to create a Long Island Blue Plan in order to better prepare for our future. He understands that our local economy and communities rely upon the health of the Connecticut River and the Long Island Sound.

Devin co-founded the bipartisan Clean Energy Caucus to help work on innovative, fiscally responsible solutions to increase our renewable energy portfolio in the future and to assist in creating jobs in emerging green technologies. I appreciate his forward-looking work in this area and the fact that he wants to accomplish things in a bipartisan manner. This is something we certainly could use more of these days.

His environmental record has been recognized by the League of Conservation Voters who named him an Environmental Champion and gave him their endorsement this year. He’s also a member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, a national bipartisan organization that seeks solutions to issues affecting our environment.

I hope you will join me in supporting Devin for re-election this year as our State Representative. He is committed, independent, and will always work to do what’s right for our communities and our environment.


Suzanne Thompson,
Old Lyme.


FloGris Museum Hosts Mindfulness Event Today Along the Artists’ Trail

Jon a Mindfulness Event along the Artist’s Trail at the Florence Griswold Museum, Saturday. Photo by Ian Dobbins.

OLD LYME — Awaken your senses on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through a guided experience along the Florence Griswold Museum’s Artists’ Trail. The two-hour sessions feature slow walking, sensory immersion, and experiential sharing. This event will be held rain or shine (dress accordingly).

Regan Stacey is an artist, environmentalist, and the founder of Awaken the Forest Within, a nature-connected practice that reconnects humans to nature to heal themselves, their communities, and the earth.
As a forest therapy guide, she offers forest-bathing walks to the public and privately to individuals and groups.
As a nature-based life coach, she offers transformational, nature-connected experiences designed to discover one’s inner nature as a pathway to healing.
Stacey holds a BS in biology from the Pennsylvania State University and an MFA from Lesley University. She lives among the hills and forests of Lyme, CT.

The fee for this event is $40 for Museum members and $45.00 for non-members. Reservations are required.

Register at this link.


Recording of Thursday’s Carney/Rubino Debate Now Available

Atty. David Rubino

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd)

LYME/OLD LYME —  A lively debate between 23rd Congressional District candidates, incumbent State Representative Devin Carney (R) and challenger David Rubino (D), was held yesterday.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) moderated the debate and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut hosted the event live on their Facebook page.

Questions were determined by the LWV and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. Some questions were also taken from those submitted by viewers during the debate

A recording of the debate is now available at this link.


Lyme Art Association Presents Evocative ‘Land and Sea’ Show Through Nov. 19

‘Meigs Point, Hammonasset’ in oil by Tom Adkins is one of the signature paintings in the ‘Land and Sea’ exhibition.

OLD LYME — This fall the Lyme Art Association (LAA) presents Land and Sea, an exhibit of outdoor scenes; landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and backyard-scapes. Art of varied media and styles, all from LAA member artists, will be presented in the historic, sky-lit galleries through Nov. 19.

“We are grateful for the great outdoors right where we are,” said Executive Director Laurie Pavlos, continuing, “The open air that makes visiting safer and the beautiful vistas that calm our anxious hearts.”

She added, “But we miss traveling to see new scenery, climates, and topography. Land and Sea is a response to these impulses; we hope that our visitors enjoy spending time in the gallery this fall appreciating the great outdoors.”

The LAA is located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Conn. in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and within the town’s Historic District. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment.

The Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org


Old Lyme Boys Continue Unbeaten Run, Defeat Coginchaug 6-1

OLD LYME — Allyson Gleason’s Old Lyme boys continued their unbeaten run with a convincing 6-1 win over Coginchaug Thursday afternoon on the Lyme-Old Lyme High School home field.

Tim O’Brien, Jesper Silberberg and David Evers each had a goal for Old Lyme while Anders Silberberg, Avery Welch and Luke Celic each had a goal and an assist for the ‘Cats.

Coginchaug’s lone goal was scored by Shane Buckheit unassisted.

Jonah Lathrop was in goal for Old Lyme and made eight saves; Dylan Zolnik was in goal for Coginchaug and notched six saves

Old Lyme’s record is now 4-0-1.


Watch Carney/Rubino Debate Live Today at Noon via Zoom

Atty. David Rubino

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd)

LYME/OLD LYME —  The terms of a 23rd Congressional District debate between State Representative Devin Carney (R- 23rd) and challenger David Rubino (D) have now been agreed.

The debate will take place Thursday. Oct. 15, at 12 noon via Zoom.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) will moderate the debate and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut will host the event live on their Facebook page.

Questions have been determined by the LWV and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

The debate will last one hour.



Looking at Local Labyrinths: Old Lyme Library Hosts Zoom Presentation Tonight by Bill Ludwig, All Welcome

The labyrinth at Hammonasset State Park. Photo by Bill Ludwig.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library hosts a Zoom presentation about labyrinths this evening at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Shoreline resident Bill Ludwig recently discovered the ancient practice of labyrinths and was amazed to find so many here in Connecticut.

He will share his favorite findings from his new book, Chasing Labyrinths: A Field Guide to Labyrinths of Connecticut and Rhode Island and also discuss the benefits of walking a labyrinth.

This is a virtual program via Zoom. Email Katie Balocca at kbalocca@oldlymelibrary.org to register and receive a link to the program.


Both Old Lyme Soccer Teams Crush North Branford Opponents; Girls Win 7-0, Boys 6-0

A corner taken by Abby Manthous (center) led to Old Lyme’s second goal against North Branford and she also assisted the third goal scored by the Wildcats. Photo by E. Mauro.

LYME/OLD LYME — In a remarkable display of strength and skill, both Old Lyme soccer teams came away with convincing victories over their North Branford counterparts Wednesday afternoon. Playing at home, the Old Lyme girls won 7-0 while the boys, playing away, handed a 6-0 defeat to the Thunderbirds.

First half goals in the girl’s game were scored by Mackenize Machnik assisted by Alexis Fenton with 27:59 on the clock and then Grace Lathrop headed in the second goal off of a corner kick by Abby Manthous with 15:21 remaining.

Alexis Fenton scored 1 minute and 50 seconds into the second half with an Abby Manthous assist followed by a Livie Bass goal with 28:02 left in the half. Alexis Fenton had the assist on the second goal in the second half.

Ella Curtis-Reardon assisted Kayla O’Leary’s goal with 10:31 on the clock and Maddie McCullouch scored the sixth goal unassisted with 8:21 remaining.

Maddie McCullouch (center) scored the sixth goal for Old Lyme unassisted. Photo by E. Mauro.

The seventh and final goal came when Alexis Fenton scored a penalty after she had been tripped in the box with around six minutes left in the game.

Sam Grey made two saves for the Wildcats in goal.

The boy’s game saw both Anders Silberberg and Jesper Silberberg contribute two goals and an assist each, while Owen Macadam and Tim O’Brien also both scored a goal apiece.

Avery Welch, Nevin Joshy and Lucas Dasilva each added assists for the Wildcats.

Jonah Lathrop was in goal for Old Lyme and made one save.

Michael Virginelli was in goal for North Branford and notched seven saves.

Old Lyme’s record is now 3-0-1.


Letter to the Editor: Vote Rubino to Gain a Knowledgeable, Effective State Rep., Stop Trump’s Party Strengthening in CT

To the Editor:

The Hartford Courant recently reported, “As the Republican National Committee recruits a volunteer army to monitor voting machines, check voter IDs and possibly issue challenges in battleground states, the Connecticut GOP is actively growing its own Election Day operation. . .   Connecticut Republican Party chairman J.R. Romano wrote in an email to party members. ‘JOIN the EDO [Election Day Operation] Army For Trump NOW. . .’”

Donald Trump has made the Connecticut Republican Party his own.  On November 3 we will vote to fill the 23rd House District seat with either Republican Devin Carney or Democrat Dave Rubino.

Dave has practiced law for 24 years, most of that overseas addressing problems caused by bad government.  His office is in Old Lyme.  Dave’s values could not be more different from those of Trump’s GOP, and he would make an extremely effective state representative.  Dave’s career has enabled him to become expert at understanding the law, drafting it, and persuasively arguing his positions.

Dave sits on Old Lyme’s Economic Development Commission.  He is fully aware of our area’s economic condition and how the state can help us.  He will stand up for universal voting rights, a strong safety net, health care for all, racial justice, a reasonable minimum wage, student debt relief, affordable housing, and environmental reform.  Dave’s website–www.rubino2020.com—provides more information.

If you don’t want Trump’s party to gain strength in Connecticut, please vote for Dave on November 3.


Bennett Bernblum,
Old Lyme

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee and the Old Lyme Board of Finance.


Recycling 101: Zoom Presentation Tonight by Expert Tells You All You Need to Know

OLD LYME — Do you ever scratch your head over what you should – or should not – recycle?
Recycling is the right thing to do, and you are doing your best not to toss inappropriate disposables into your blue bin, but it can be confusing. It’s time to cut through the confusion and recycle with confidence.
Saint Ann’s Parish/Environmental Committee, Lyme Public Library and Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library are hosting a free Zoom presentation Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. by Sherill Baldwin, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) expert in Source Reduction and Recycling. She will introduce and explain the universal list of recyclables for Connecticut.

Visit any of the websites of the three sponsoring organizations for more information and/or to register for the event.

At DEEP since 2008, Baldwin has over 30 years experience in sustainable materials management. Her current projects include the RecycleCT Foundation, CT WRAP initiative and product stewardship programs. She facilitated the creation of a universal list of acceptable recyclables in the State of Connecticut and helps promote the “What’s IN? What’s OUT?” campaign.
Baldwin received an M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University and B.A. in Solid Waste Management from UMASS/Amherst.
Editor’s Note: The links for the three organizations are as follows:
Saint Ann’s Parish/Environmental Committee,
Lyme Public Library
Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library

Death of Peter F. Mletschnig of Old Lyme Announced; Owner/Operator of Shore & Country Real Estate for 50+ Years, Army Colonel

OLD LYME – Peter Frederick Mletschnig, 79, of Old Lyme passed away Oct. 4 at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 20, 1941, in Springfield, Mass., son of the late Frederick and Dorothy Mletschnig. He was the beloved husband of Joyce (Prior) Mletschnig.

Peter grew up at Hawk’s Nest Beach in Old Lyme. After graduating from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, he graduated from Mitchell College and New York University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He continued business studies at Babson College.

Peter owned and operated the White Sands Beach Store in Old Lyme for several years and then opened Shore & Country Real Estate. He owned and operated Shore & Country for over 50 years specializing in the summer rental business. He entered the Army National Guard in the late 1960s and continued to serve in the Army Reserve for over 30 years, retiring as a colonel.

Peter was happiest on his sailboat, Salty, and cruised and raced her for 40 years. He and his family cruised Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and up to Bar Harbor, Maine, and down to the Florida Keys. He raced with North Cove Yacht Club in Old Saybrook and the Off Soundings Club. Skiing was his other passion.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son and his wife, Kevin and Michele Simonds of Horsham, PA.; his daughter and her husband, Diane and Brian Wilson of Farmington; his son, John Mletschnig of Salt Lake City; and four grandchildren, Courtney, Ryan, Christopher and Ethan.

Graveside services were private at the Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 98018, Washington, D. C. 20090-8018 or on the web at lls.org


Second Class in Free ‘Introduction to Photography’ Presented by CT Valley Camera Club via Zoom Tonight; All Welcome

Richard Spearrin will teach the upcoming free ‘Introduction to Photography’ classes.

LYME/OLD LYME — Have you ever wanted to take better pictures? Or wondered why your pictures are not always sharp? Or perhaps you are overwhelmed with all the adjustments of your camera?

The Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CTVCC) will host two virtual tutorials to enable beginning photographers to start taking better pictures and enjoy using their cameras. Classes are free and will be offered through Zoom.com software.

The instructor is Richard Spearrin from Essex, a member of the CTVCC Steering Committee.

Spearrin started learning the successful elements of photography during his high school years working for a small CT newspaper. Most recently he has become extremely active in exhibiting at multiple area venues, arranging photo shoots for the camera club and mentoring beginning photographers.

The first of the two sessions, “Principles of Photography,” will concentrate on understanding the basics of good photography: exposure, lighting, focus and composition. In addition, attendees will understand how to use their digital camera more effectively.

The second session is titled, “Fun Principles of Photography,” and will discuss specific photographic activities such as capturing fireworks; creating silky streams and waterfalls; capturing light streaks; stopping action and extreme close up. Flash photography is also included in the second session.

Each session is scheduled for one hour and 30 minutes to accommodate questions and answers. And it does not matter if you use a smartphone, a point and shoot camera or a high-end adjustable camera.

As Ansel Adams, renowned environmental photographer, said, “A camera did not make a great picture any more than a typewriter made a good novel”. A good photograph is based on the heart, eye, and soul of the photographer.

Classes are free and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

To register, send your name and email address to Richard Spearrin at wrspearrin@yahoo.com.  You will receive an invitation to attend the Zoom meetings prior to the first class.


Wildcat Sports Notes: Welch Scores All Four Goals in Old Lyme’s Victory Over OS, Girls Continue Unbeaten Run With Win Over Portland

LYME/OLD LYME — Boy’s Soccer: In a remarkable performance, senior captain Avery Welch scored all four goals in Old Lyme’s crushing 4-1 victory over Old Saybrook, Thursday, Oct. 8. Assists for the goals came from Mike Milazzo, Angus Tresnan and Anders Silberberg.

Jonah Lathrop was in goal for the Wildcats and made seven saves.

Nick Rothman scored Old Saybrook’s lone goal unassisted.

William Peralta was in net for the Rams and notched five saves.

Girl’s Soccer: The Old Lyme girls won their first home game Tuesday, Oct. 6, against Portland. After a scoreless first half, Old Lyme went ahead with a goal scored by Emily Deroehn off a free kick.

Sam Grey, who was in goal for Old Lyme, made nine saves.

Old Lyme’s current record is 2-0.


Old Lyme Historical Society’s Fall Plant Sale Continues Today

Fall_flowersOLD LYME — The Old Lyme Historical Society hosts the second day of their Annual Fall Plant Sale at the Society‘s 55 Lyme Street location today, Sunday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They will have potted perennials and annuals of all types and sizes.

Proceeds will support the mission of the Society, which is to collect, preserve, and interpret the rich history of Old Lyme, Conn. and its environs for the benefit of residents and visitors.