February 28, 2015

Last Chance to See Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ Tonight

 The cast has been learning stage presence with professional opera tenor Brian Cheney, who lives in Lyme.

The cast has been learning stage presence with professional opera tenor Brian Cheney, who lives in Lyme.

Repeated blizzards and record cold haven’t chilled the exuberance of the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) Drama Club as cast and crew have been preparing for four shows of this year’s musical, “The Wizard of Oz,’ this week.

Dorothy (Hannah Morrison) and Toto (Isabella Warren) meet up with Scarecrow (Danielle McCarthy).  Emma Bass also plays the part of Dorothy and Garrett Smith is the Scarecrow.

Dorothy (Hannah Morrison) and Toto (Isabella Warren) meet up with Scarecrow (Danielle McCarthy). Emma Bass also plays the part of Dorothy and Garrett Smith is the Scarecrow.

Staff and students have been hard at work on creating the sets.

Parker Hubbard, Tanner Griffin, Liam Flanagan and Kevin Davidson prepare the Yellow Brick Road.

Parker Hubbard, Tanner Griffin, Liam Flanagan and Kevin Davidson prepare the Yellow Brick Road.

Curtains go up on Thursday for in-school performances.

We welcome you to Munchkin Land: Zach Snyder, Dean Bruce, Jacob Olsen, Joey Sandora, Ethan Carrión,  Liam Clark and Jeffy Joshy belt out their part of the Munchkin musical sequence.

We welcome you to Munchkin Land: Zach Snyder, Dean Bruce, Jacob Olsen, Joey Sandora, Ethan Carrión, Liam Clark and Jeffy Joshy belt out their part of the Munchkin musical sequence.

Public performances are this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Jenna Porter, Grace Gilbert, Faith Caulkins, Sadie Rubitski, Justin Shaw, Clair Wholean, Caroline Sagristano, Kate Hickie with quite convincing legs for the Wicked Witch of the East, who met her demise under Dorothy's house in Munchkin Land.

Jenna Porter, Grace Gilbert, Faith Caulkins, Sadie Rubitski, Justin Shaw, Clair Wholean, Caroline Sagristano, Kate Hickie with quite convincing legs for the Wicked Witch of the East, who met her demise under Dorothy’s house in Munchkin Land.

Advance tickets at $8 per person are on sale at the Bowerbird or the LOLMS front office, with any remaining tickets available at the door.

Both sets of leads and the ensemble practice Dorothy’s arrival in the Land of Oz.

Both sets of leads and the ensemble practice Dorothy’s arrival in the Land of Oz.

More than 60 students have been working on the play in recent weeks. There are two sets of the eight lead characters, each will perform one evening show.

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Catfight Coming — Wildcats Face Panthers in Shoreline Quarters Tonight

Senior Captain Jacob Ballachino is hoping to lead the team to victory tonight.

Jacob Ballachino

This evening the second-seeded Old Lyme Wildcats face the Cromwell Panthers in the quarterfinal round of the Shoreline Conference.  Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School gym. The ‘Cats are coached by Kirk Kaczor.

Senior Captain Jacob Ballachino will hoping to lead the team to a memorable victory tonight.

Go Wildcats!

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Free Learn to Row Class in Old Lyme Tomorrow

Learn to RowTomorrow, Sunday, March 1, Lizzie Simons is hosting a Free Learn To Row Day from 2 to 3 p.m. at Healthy Addiction, 5-1 Davis Rd. East, Old Lyme. Simons is the only local Concept2 Rowing/UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor.  

In the class tomorrow, Simons will lead you through the basics of the rowing ergometer.

The benefits of rowing are numerous; it is a total-body low-impact cardiovascular exercise which can also build muscular strength and endurance. Check out the following links:

http://www.concept2cts.com/indoorrowers/benefits.asp

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/12/indoor-rowing_n_4421514.html

http://www.details.com/body-health/exercise/201206/why-rowing-is-the-new-spinning-technique-classes-workouts-races

Indoor Rowing is hailed as “The New Spinning” by Harper’s Bazaar: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/health-wellness-articles/rowing-fitness-trend-1014

If you are thinking of attending tomorrow’s class, all you need to take are socks, sneakers, tight-fitting shorts or long athletic pants, a tee-shirt or tank-top and a bottle of water. 

Indoor Rowing classes are half price for this month.

Simons has created a Facebook page for tomorrow’s class at https://www.facebook.com/events/1553769191577756

RSVPs on that page would be appreciated in order to facilitate planning.

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Valley-Shore YMCA Hosts Sustainability-Palooza! Today

Sustainability-Palooza_image_lgThe Valley-Shore YMCA hosts Sustainability-Palooza! from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 28, at their facility at 201 Spencer Plains Rd. in Westbrook. This free event will showcase representatives from local companies, farms, groups, clubs and agencies. Attendees will learn about local farming and gardening, transportation choices, energy conservation, raising backyard livestock, reuse and recycling, solar energy, nutrition and cost-effective sustainability practices.

Sponsored by the Shoreline Basic Needs Task Force, this showcase of local resources seeks to help shoreline residents increase self-sufficiency through sustainable efforts.

The Shoreline Basic Needs Task Force is a collaboration of community groups and concerned people, working to affect change that increases self-sufficiency among vulnerable individuals and families in need along the Connecticut Shoreline.

For more information, contact Patty Dowling at pdowling@shorelinesoupkitchens.org or (860) 388-1988

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Seeking Center School Alumni to Enable Production of a ‘Memory Lane’ Commemorating School’s History

Center_SchoolFor 80 years, Center School has been a seemingly constant reminder of dedication to education here in Old Lyme.  Built in the depths of the depression, the Old Lyme School became a beacon of hope in a dark time, drawing together the young people from scattered neighborhood school houses and bringing high school to Old Lyme.

Starting out as a grade 1 through 9 school, grades 10, 11 and 12 were added by 1940 and kindergarten was added in the late 1950s.  Center School has been a safe place of calm learning for children in the midst of constant change for decades.

The older children moved onto the “new” high school (now Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School) in 1957.  For several years, 4th and 5th graders attended classes in the Lyme Street firehouse.  The number of grades housed in the single understated Center School has dwindled in recent years as the town grew.

This year, a vibrant 5th grade and a happy group of preschool students and teachers fill the halls.  Next year the Central Offices will be located there, along with the preschool.  While this may seem like a huge change, it is simply that, another in a series of many, many changes over the last 80 years.

Region 18 is actively seeking all Center School alumni.  If you, your parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents, attended Center School anytime between 1935 and the present, Region 18 would like to borrow any photos or memorabilia that you would be willing to share.

The Region will also be collecting “One Sentence Memories” for a (hopefully) ever expanding “Memory Lane” to be displayed throughout the school’s halls.  This long-term project will culminate in a celebration to be held sometime in May.

Contact Region 18 through their email address at celebratecenter@region18.org or our Facebook page @ “Celebrate Center.”

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Carney Holds Legislative Update 8 to 9am Today in Old Saybrook

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) invites residents of the district to attend his next legislative update, which is being held today, Feb. 26.

He will be available to answer questions about state government and explain the current status of specific bills and public hearing proceedings.

The session will be at Dunkin Donuts, 1635 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook (across from Benny’s) from 8 to 9 a.m.

The 23rd District includes the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and the southern portion of Westbrook.

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Essex Winter Series Hosts Male Vocal Ensemble ‘Chanticleer’ at Old Saybrook HS, Sunday

Essex Winter Series hosts the 12-member male vocal group ‘Chanticleer' March 1 at Old Saybrook High School.

Essex Winter Series hosts the 12-member male vocal group ‘Chanticleer’ March 1 at Old Saybrook High School.

AREAWIDE – The Grammy award-winning male vocal ensemble Chanticleer will perform on the Essex Winter Series (EWS) on Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m. at Old Saybrook High School. Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and under its newly-appointed music director, William Fred Scott, the 12-voice ensemble will perform a program of music from the sixteenth century to the present titled, “The Gypsy in My Soul.”

The appearance by Chanticleer will mark the first appearance by a professional chorus in the 37-year history of the Essex Winter Series, currently under the artistic direction of Mihae Lee.

Tickets, all general admission are $35, $5 for full-time students, and may be purchased on the EWS website, www.essexwinterseries.com, or by calling 860-272-4572.

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” San Francisco-based Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary compositions. Chanticleer celebrates its 37th season in 2014-15, performing in 25 of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden.

“The Gypsy in My Soul” follows the journey of the wandering spirit, inspired by the historical travels and trials of the Romani people, the borders they crossed, the music of the peoples they encountered, the beauty of the world they traveled, and the yearning for love, safety, and belonging shared by all people.

The March 1 Chanticleer Concert is sponsored by Essex Savings Bank.

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Truck Accident Snarls Lyme Street Intersection

Yesterday's collision between a truck and the Lyme Street tunnel under I-95 resulted in this scene.  All photos by Jaroslav Kosmina.

This was the aftermath of yesterday’s collision between a truck and the I-95 overpass on Lyme Street resulted in this scene.  Photo by Jaroslav Kosmina.

On Tuesday morning, a tractor-trailer attempting to maneuver the Lyme Street overpass experienced damage to the trailer, and the road was temporarily closed from the I- 95 overpass to the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

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View of the damaged tractor-trailer from the rear. Photo by Jaroslav Kosmina.

Traffic could still reach the Exit 70 on-ramp, but severe congestion resulted as traffic built up on Rte. 156 and Halls Rd.

Oh dear ...

Oops!  It seems the tractor-trailer driver misjudged a few things….

Lyme Street was reopened around 1 p.m.

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Acclaimed Architects Present Talk on ‘Context, Culture, and Performance,’ Friday

Image courtesy of Christoff Finio.

Image courtesy of Christoff Finio.

ESSEX – Acclaimed New York City architects Taryn Christoff and Martin Finio discuss the importance of context, culture, and performance in their work on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall.

The couple founded their eight-person studio ¾ Christoff : Finio (http://christofffinio.com/) ¾ in1999, and they recently were identified as “one of the 12 most creative young architects in New York” in Michael Crosbie’s book New York Dozen. Christoff and Finio also were named as among North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York, as well as members of the “Design Vanguard” by Architectural Record magazine.

Taryn Christoff draws her strength and inspiration from the design legacy of Mies van der Rohe. Working with her husband Martin Finio since 1999, she has led design and consultant teams to construct corporate and commercial interiors, institutional projects, and new residential projects. Her experience includes retail design for Steven Alan and Calypso and headquarter design for the Heckscher Foundation and Todd Hase.

Martin Finio spent nearly a decade at the office of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. His experience there included the Cranbrook Natatorium, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, and the Hunter Science Center at the Emma Willard School. He and Taryn also have taught design and studio courses at Yale University. He was recognized by Esquire magazine as “one of America’s most promising young architects.”

Their talk is free and part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, which is one of many programs that are offered regularly by the Essex Library (http://www.youressexlibrary.org/).

Call the library at (860) 767-1560 to register.

Sponsored by Centerbrook Architects, the series is in its seventh year.

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Lynn Fairfield-Sonn Named Old Lyme’s 2014 Citizen of the Year

Old Lyme's 2014 Citizen of the Year Lynn Fairfield-Sonn stands with Selectman Arthur "Skip" Sibley at yesterday's Town Meeting immediately after the award was announced. All photos by Nigel Logan.

Old Lyme’s 2014 Citizen of the Year Lynn Fairfield-Sonn stands with Selectman Arthur “Skip” Sibley at yesterday’s Town Meeting immediately after the award was announced. All photos by Nigel Logan.

Despite bitterly cold temperatures last night, more than 75 people packed into Old Lyme’s Meeting Room at the Town Hall to hear who would be named the 2014 Citizen of the Year. The Board of Selectmen always keeps the name of the recipient a closely-guarded secret until the announcement is made, but this year that practice was made especially challenging with the cancellation of the first two scheduled dates for the meeting due to the weather.

After all the postponements, the time finally came at yesterday’s Annual Town Meeting to make the eagerly anticipated announcement. There were loud cheers and clapping when First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder announced the name of community leader and perennial volunteer Lynn-Fairfield-Sonn.

The moment of truth -- a thrilled Lynn Fairfield-Sonn shows her surprise  at the announcement while husband Jim Fairfield-Sonn (right - who was in on the secret) leaps to his feet in delight.

The moment of truth — a thrilled Lynn Fairfield-Sonn shows her surprise at the announcement while her husband Jim Fairfield-Sonn (right – who was in on the secret) leaps to his feet in delight.

Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal then read from the citation detailing the rationale behind the award saying Fairfield-Sonn’s, “volunteer commitments are testament to her steadfast loyalty and dedication,” and that, “Through her efforts both locally and regionally, our 2014 Citizen of the Year has demonstrated those values time and time again.”

A view of the Meeting Room.

Former Citizens of the Year gather at the front of the Meeting Room to congratulate Lynn Fairfield-Sonn.

Quoting from the citation, Nosal continued, “Jim and Lynn Fairfield-Sonn searched for over a year before moving to Old Lyme in 1984. They chose their Lyme Street location so that the children they would raise here — Anne, Jimmy, and John — could walk to school and get involved.”

Nosal then stated the root cause of why Fairfield-Sonn was so deserving of the award, “Lynn wasted no time getting involved herself.”

Former Old Lyme Citizens of the Year assemble for a group photo.  From left to right, Lynn Fairfield-Sonn (2014), Peter Cable (2013), (2011), George James (2010) and Bob Pearson (2012)

Former Old Lyme Citizens of the Year assemble for a group photo. From left to right, Lynn Fairfield-Sonn (2014), Peter Cable (2013), Jeff Sturges (2011), George James (2010) and Bob Pearson (2012)

Going on to list Fairfield-Sonn’s numerous volunteer commitments, Nosal detailed, “She has served as president of the Junior League of Greater New Haven as well as the Old Lyme Day Care (now Children’s Learning) Center, and served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Connecticut, the Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis, Janus House, and New Haven Habitat for Humanity. Lynn was a Board of Selectmen appointee to the Historic District Commission for eight years.”

Nosal continued, “To support her children’s interests, Lynn was co-president of District 18’s Friends of Music for four years, and President of the Football Booster club for six. She has twice served the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Board as its Treasurer,” and in perhaps what was her most visible role in the local community, “served as Chair of our Board of Education for eight years.”

Lynn's husband Jim congratulates his wife and all the former recipients of the award since 2010.

Lynn’s husband Jim Fairfield-Sonn congratulates his wife and all the former recipients of the award since 2010.

The citation notes, “Fairfield-Sonn’s values have been imprinted on multiple community organizations,” but highlights the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut as the one on which her involvement has made an especially indelible mark. Fairfield-Sonn first volunteered for Child and Family in 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Development and Community Relations.

Refreshments followed the award presentation to celebrate and congratulate Old Lyme's 2014 Citizen of the Year.

Refreshments followed the award presentation to celebrate and congratulate Old Lyme’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.

Nosal summed up the board of selectmen’s reasoning for naming Fairfield-Sonn the 2014 Citizen of the Year in these words, taken from the citation, saying the board, “Honors Lynn Fairfield-Sonn for the loyalty and dedication that have defined her impact on our community.”

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Wildcat Girls Play in Shoreline Basketball Semifinals Today

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl's varsity basketball team posed for this photo prior to today's game.  Photo by Jodi Strycharz.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl’s varsity basketball team who play in the Shoreline Conference semi-final today. Photo by Sloan Sweitzer

Don Bugbee’s third-seeded girls face number two seeds Cromwell at Coginchaug High School gym at 6 p.m. today in a Shoreline Conference semi-final.

Click to read Wildcats Make Late Surge to Steal Victory, Advance to Semis in Shoreline Conference and find out how the girls reached the semi-finals.

Go Wildcats!

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Old Lyme Hosts Annual Town Meeting Today, Citizen of the Year 2014 to be Announced

2103 Citizen of the Year Peter Cable, shown above with his wife Jane, will be on hand next Monday to acknowledge his successor.

Old Lyme’s 2013 Citizen of the Year Peter Cable, shown above with his wife Jane, will be on hand next Monday to acknowledge his successor.

Old Lyme’s Annual Town Business Meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Old Lyme Town Hall at 52 Lyme Street.  This meeting immediately follows the Solarize Lyme,Old Lyme workshop, which starts at 6 p.m. at the same location.  Both meetings have been rescheduled to this date from their original dates since winter weather forced the cancellation of the previously planned meetings.

There are currently only two agenda items for the town meeting.  The first is discussion and acceptance of the Annual Town Report for the fiscal year July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, as submitted by the Board of Finance.

And secondly, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder will announce the currently closely-guarded secret of the recipient of the board of selectmen’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.

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“We’re Off to See the Wizard” at Lyme-Old Lyme MS, Friday, Saturday

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 12.20.28 AMThe Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) Drama Club presents its 2015 musical production, “The Wizard of Oz,” this coming Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28.

More than 60 middle school students are involved in the cast and crew of this iconic stage production.  Fans will recognize the lines and lyrics of the 1939 American musical fantasy film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which was based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Dual leads will perform the roles of Dorothy, her side-kicks Scarecrow, Tin Man and Friendly Lion, and also Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West and the Wizard.  The show also includes the Munchkins, winged monkeys, residents of Oz and the whole cast of characters from the classic film.

This all-student production also includes the rare Jitterbug dance scene that was deleted from the popular film version.  The play is directed by LOLMS Choral Director Laura Gladd (Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2007), assisted by Jennifer Skelly and Heather Saia.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28.

Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance at The Bowerbird, 46 Halls Rd. in the Old Lyme Marketplace and at the LOLMS Office, 53 Lyme St., Old Lyme during school hours from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Tickets also can be purchased on the door before the shows.

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Wildcat Girls Make Late Surge to Steal Victory, Advance to Semis in Shoreline Conference

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Photo by Sloane Sweitzer. The game’s top scorer Julia Strycharz (#10) reaches for the ball.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Wildcats (16-5) suddenly soared to victory over North Branford in the first round of Saturday’s Shoreline Conference.  With the score tied at 41-41 with three minutes left on the clock, overtime was looking a distinct possibility, but then the ‘Cats surged forward scoring 12 points in a row to win decisively with the scoreboard reading 53-41 at the buzzer.

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Photo by Sloane Sweitzer. Strycharz (#10) was in action all over the court.

It was particularly sweet victory because North Branford had defeated Old Lyme twice during the regular season.

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Photo by Sloane Sweitzer.

Don Bugbee’s third-seeded girls now face number two seeds Cromwell in a semi-final game at Coginchaug High School in Durham next Tuesday with a 6 p.m. tip-off.  Cromwell beat Old Lyme during their only meeting in the regular season.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl's varsity basketball team posed for this photo prior to yesterday's victory over North Branford.  Photo by Jodi Strycharz.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl’s varsity basketball team posed for this photo prior to yesterday’s victory over North Branford. Photo by Sloane Sweitzer.

Go Wildcats!

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Lyme, Old Lyme Hold Second Solarize Workshop Tomorrow

Dave McCullough stands in front of his solarized home in Old Lyme.

Dave McCullough stands in front of his solarized home in Old Lyme.

Residents of Lyme and Old Lyme are invited to a joint Solarize workshop next Monday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in the Old Lyme Town Hall auditorium.  The event has been rescheduled from Monday, Feb. 2, when it postponed for the second time due to another winter storm.  It will bring together informed town residents, solar installers, solar finance experts, and representatives of the Connecticut Green Bank.

The Solarize campaigns in the two towns have generated strong interest with over 120 residents registering their properties for a free solar evaluation. This workshop will provide information for both newcomers to the process, as well as those who are already actively involved in evaluating their options.

Computers and solar coaches will be available to help residents sign into the online marketplace platform and get started with their free evaluation.

There are 15 communities in Round 5 of Solarize – with a goal to more than double the amount of solar in each community. Over 40 communities have already participated in Solarize campaigns, resulting in over 2,000 homeowners signing contracts for solar.

More information about Solarize Lyme and Old Lyme can be found by visiting www.solarizect.com/Lyme and www.solarizect.com/OldLyme.

For those seeking help with the online marketplace platform, call Kimberly Le at 617.302.6523.

In the event of a snow cancellation, the meeting will be held the following week, Monday, March 2, at 6 p.m.

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(Ice) Dammed If You Don’t …

An example of a roof ice dam in Willimantic, Conn.

An example of a roof ice dam in Willimantic, Conn.

Ice dams form when water from melting snow refreezes at the eaves or gutters. Water can then pond above the ice dam and even leak into the building. This is almost always a sign that (1) the attic is not properly insulated, (2) the roof is not properly ventilated, and (3) if there is leakage, the membrane beneath the shingles is not working.

In an ideal situation, proper insulation does its work to keep heat inside the house, and the roof is merely a means to keep rain or snow out. If your attic is not a living space, lots of insulation between the ceiling below and the attic space ensures that very little heat gets up there. Proper ventilation of the attic space then ensures that the roof never gets warm enough to melt snow on top of it.

Even if the room directly beneath the roof is a living space, the same principles apply. In this case, it is much harder to install enough insulation, but there should be a space between the insulation and the roof’s inside sheathing so that cold air can flow from eave vents up through that space to carry away any heat that gets through the insulation.

Modern materials such as “snow and ice membrane” provide a very good seal beneath the shingles. If your roof is old, it may have tarpaper, which degrades and becomes brittle. If so, it may be time (this summer) to have your roof stripped down to the sheathing and to have lots of membrane and good flashing installed. It may be possible to have soffit vents and adequate roof ventilation installed at the same time.

But in the meantime, if you have ice dams, it is important to drain the pond above the dam. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to do this with heat or an ice pick. Here’s a suggestion of a good temporary fix: make “sausages” by filling a stocking or similar porous tube with either rock salt or calcium chloride crystals and lay this across the ice dam so that it melts a channel through the dam to drain the pond.

Good Luck!

Rick Holloway is a longtime member of the Chester Energy Team. Look up the E-Team on the www.chesterct.org town site or Facebook.com/ChesterCTEnergyTeam

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All Three Performances of ‘Motherhood Out Loud’ Cancelled at Ivoryton Playhouse This Weekend

Pictured from top left are Beverley Taylor and Michael Cartwright. From bottom left – Atticus Nischan, Jeanie Rapp, Kase Vradenburgh, Vanessa Vradenburgh, Elle Vradenburgh. Photograph by Anne Hudson

Gathered for a photo are some of the Motherhood Out Loud performers and their children. From top left are Beverley Taylor and Michael Cartwright and from bottom left, Atticus Nischan, Jeanie Rapp, Kase Vradenburgh, Vanessa Vradenburgh, Elle Vradenburgh.  Photograph by Anne Hudson

1:30pm Update: Due to the threat of bad weather this weekend, all three performances of Motherhood Out Loud have been cancelled.

CANCELLED:  Friday, February 20 at 7:30pm in partnership with Women and Family Life Center
CANCELLED:  Saturday, February 21 at 7:30pm in partnership with Community Foundation of Middlesex County to support the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls
CANCELLED:  Sunday, February 22 at 2:00pm in partnership with Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut

Call the Ivoryton Playhouse at 860.767.7318 for ticket refunds.

“Mom!”  “Mommy!!”  “Ma!!!”  How many times a day does a mother hear these words?  Being a mother is one of the most rewarding, hilarious, joy-filled and heartbreaking jobs in the world.  Come and celebrate all things Mom during a staged reading of Motherhood Out Loud at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Feb. 20, 21 and 22 to benefit local agencies that promote programs for women and children.

Motherhood Out Loud features a great variety of pieces by women reflecting upon the diversity of the parenting experience in America today, yet at the same time, the universality of it.  From the wonder of giving birth to the bittersweet challenges of role reversal and caring for an aging parent, it is all shared with tremendous candor, heart and humor.

Conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein, Motherhood Out Loud is written by a collection of award-winning American writers including Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West.

Henley is a Pulitzer-Prize winner, Rebeck is the creator of the television series SMASH, and Pennette was Executive Producer of Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty and is Executive Producer of Kirstie Alley’s television show.  Luanne Rice is the New York Times best-selling author of 33 novels, who has a home in Old Lyme.

Directed by Maggie McGlone Jennings (who has directed several shows at the Playhouse), the play features local actors who are well known in the shoreline community.  The cast includes Beverley Taylor (a regular on the Playhouse stage), Jeanie Rapp (known to local audiences as the artistic director of Margreta Stage), Vanessa Daniels and Michael Cartwright.

This special production is a partnership between the Ivoryton Playhouse and several different organizations that promote programs for women and children. Friday, Feb. 20, is in partnership with Women & Family Life Center in Guilford; Saturday, Feb. 21, is in partnership with the Sari A. Rosenbaum Fund for Women & Girls at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County; and Sunday, Feb. 22, is in partnership with Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. The Ivoryton Playhouse is proud to partner with three different organizations to raise funds to help those in need in New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties.

Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m; Sunday at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $40 and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting the Playhouse’s website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

The Playhouse is located at 103 Main St. in Ivoryton.

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High Hopes Hosts Volunteer Open House with Special Film Showing

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High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Inc. at 36 Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme is hosting a Volunteer Open House, today, Saturday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Come and learn more about volunteering at High Hopes assisting children and adults with special needs in their therapeutic riding programs. Volunteers assist with all aspects of the program including: preparing horses for riding classes, leading horses in classes, walking along with riders (sidewalking), or assisting with the daily care and feeding of horses.

No experience with horses? That’s fno problem because training is provided. No RSVP is required to attend this event.

The film, HÅSTDANS PÅ HOVDALA, about a unique creation process will be shown at 1:30 p.m. during the event. In July 2013, the American dance company, The Equus Projects, spent three weeks in a Swedish forest creating an evening length theatre work that brought together four dancers, four horses and a cast of Swedish performers with autism.

Filmmaker David Fishel follows the progression of the creation process, the equine training, and the deepening connection that develops between the human and equine performers. The film premiered at Lincoln Center in February 2013.

Click here to view a trailer for the film.

For more information, visit www.highhopestr.org or call 860.434.1974 ext. 112.

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Tufts ‘Beelzebubs’ Perform at Lyme-Old Lyme High School

The Beelzebubs. Lyme-Old lyme High School alumnus Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn stands first from left.

The 10 members of The Beelzebubs include Lyme-Old Lyme High School alumnus (Class of 2014) Johnny Fairfield-Sonn (first from left.)

The Tufts Beelzebubs (the ‘Bubs’), Tufts University’s oldest all-male a cappella singing group, will appear in concert at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) tonight.  The concert, sponsored by Friends of Music of Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools, takes place this evening, Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to the concert, the singing group will offer LOLHS students a workshop in a cappella singing, during which the students will learn techniques and Beelzebub arrangements; participants in the workshop will be invited onstage during the concert to demonstrate the skills they learned.

First formed in 1963, the Beelzebubs have been entertaining audiences all over the world for more than 50 years. They have sung for President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other luminaries, and have traveled to such far-away locales as Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, and South America. They competed – and were first runners-up – on the first season of NBC’sThe Sing-off; and in season two of Fox’s ‘Glee,’ it was the Beelzebubs who gave voice to the fictional Dalton Academy Warblers.

The Bubs’ diverse repertoire ranges from rock to pop to hip-hop, and they are known for their lively original arrangements of recognizable tunes.

The 2014–15 Beelzebubs are made up of 10 Tufts students, including LOLHS alumnus John Fairfield-Sonn, a freshman at the school.

Admission to the Beelzebubs concert at LOLHS is $5 plus a nonperishable food item for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.  Tickets will be available at the door, which will open at 7 p.m.  All are welcome.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School is located at 69 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. The auditorium is handicapped accessible.

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‘Healthy Addiction’ in Old Lyme Offers Variety of New Indoor Rowing Classes, All Levels Welcome

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Healthy Addiction, located at  5 – 1 Davis Rd. East in Old Lyme, has announced the opening of four, new indoor rowing classes each week.   These classes are run by Lizzie Simons, a certified “rowing” and “learn-to-row” instructor, as well as a personal trainer.

Monday and Thursday classes are for advanced rowers, meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with “Long and Strong” rowing on Mondays, and “Strength and Speed” on Wednesdays.  Tuesday and Thursday classes take place between 5:30 and 7 p.m., with an emphasis on “Heart Health”.

Lizzie Simon in action

Lizzie Simons in action

Rod Clingman, a Tuesday-Thursday rower, comments, “Staying true to my New Year’s resolution of keeping in shape, I was very happy to learn about the offerings of Healthy Addiction … I took advantage of a free learn to row seminar on a Sunday afternoon and was quickly brought up to speed by the instructor, Lizzie Simons.  I was now ready to row!  He continues, “We run through different drills which include rowing and stretching.  Lizzie has a new lesson plan for each session to keep your workout fresh.  Healthy Addiction really is a hidden gem.”

For more information, visit HealthyAddiction.net or call 860.237.3707.

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