October 2, 2014

Thousands of Volunteers Solve Global Trash Problem Locally: Tons of Trash Hauled From Local Rivers

Boy Scout Troop 49 joined the 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup last weekend. This group from Springfield, MA joined many other groups across the four CT River states to remove tons of trash from in and along our rivers. (photo credit: CRWC staff)

Boy Scout Troop 49 joined the 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup last weekend. This group from Springfield, MA joined many other groups across the four CT River states to remove tons of trash from in and along our rivers. (photo credit: CRWC staff)

The 410+ mile long Connecticut River and nearby rivers and streams are cleaner of trash thanks to thousands of hard working volunteers. On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, volunteers from businesses, faith communities, watershed groups, schools, community and youth organizations grabbed trash bags and work gloves for the 18th annual Source to Sea Cleanup, organized by the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC). The Source to Sea Cleanup is a two-day collaborative trash clean-up event in all four states of the Connecticut River basin (NH, VT, MA, CT).

“While removing trash is important, the Source to Sea Cleanup is about more than that,” says Jacqueline Talbot, CRWC’s Cleanup Coordinator. “The Cleanup is about strengthening community and allowing people to take meaningful action to improve their neighborhoods. When people help clean their rivers, they make connections with each other and their rivers. Those connections have benefits lasting well beyond the Cleanup.”

Final numbers are still being tallied, but it’s estimated that 2,000-2,300 volunteers participated in this year’s Source to Sea Cleanup, cleaning rivers from near the Canadian border down to the mouth of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, CT. On average, 50 tons of trash is removed from in and near our rivers every year.

At Sumner Falls on the Connecticut River in NH and VT, volunteers from Hypertherm and King Arthur Flour hauled dozens of tires from the river, including one 8’ tall tractor tire that required an hour of work to get ashore.

In Deerfield and Holyoke, MA and in Wethersfield, CT the US Fish & Wildlife Service used an airboat, a landing craft, a john boat, and their research boat along with the elbow grease of eight employees to help get at debris along sites only accessible by boat. This work helped remove over 50 tires, a washing machine, shopping carts, and thousands of single-use beverage containers from high quality habitat areas including around an active eagle’s nest.

At the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club in Springfield, MA volunteers from Covanta Energy, United Water, local boy scouts, and community members filled a dumpster in just a few hours. They found and cleaned up a plastic bottle dump that included hundreds of non-redeemable, single-use plastic bottles.

At this year’s southernmost cleanup in Old Lyme, CT, DEEP Marine Fisheries, the Coast Guard Auxiliary 25-05 and community volunteers in waders spanned the marshes near the river’s mouth. They removed trash that is washed down from the 400+ miles above them, including dozens of plastic bottles, hundreds of Styrofoam pieces, televisions and tires. “From the water the marshes can look deceptively clean” says Talbot. “When you get an up-close look at this last stop before Long Island Sound, you see we are locally addressing a problem with regional and global implications.”

This year, CRWC is also using the Source to Sea Cleanup to support solutions to river waste. “Each year we find thousands of single-use bottles and hundreds of tires in and near our rivers,” notes Talbot. “Eventually, this trash becomes part of the large ocean garbage patches that harm wildlife. We will use the data collected during the Source to Sea Cleanup to help inform policies and practices that will get bottle and tire waste out of our rivers,” continues Talbot. “Healthy rivers are so important because they contribute so much, both to our economies and the beauty and enjoyment of our communities.”

Initiatives such as increasing access and ease of curb side recycling, expanding existing recycling efforts to process all varieties of materials, and extending the responsibility of recycling to manufacturers are essential to the success of zero waste programs. Given what’s found in our rivers every year, CRWC would like to see existing bottle bills be expanded to include all single-use beverage containers, banning or establishing pay-per-use plastic bags, and legislation allowing for free tire disposal. “We all have a responsibility to solve this problem—individuals, manufacturers, businesses, and government,” says Andrew Fisk, CRWC Executive Director. “Lead sponsors NRG Middletown and TransCanada’s financial support enables us to continue growing the Source to Sea Cleanup so that it has an impact beyond the two days of cleanup.”

The CRWC works to protect the watershed from source to sea. As stewards of this heritage, we celebrate our four-state treasure and collaborate, educate, organize, restore and intervene to preserve its health for generations to come. Our work informs our vision of economic and ecological abundance. To learn more about CRWC, or to make a contribution to help protect the Connecticut River, visit www.ctriver.org or call 413-772-2020, ext. 201.

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Internationally-Acclaimed Puppeteer Dan Butterworth Presents at Lyme Academy College, Thursday

Dan Butterworth

Dan Butterworth

Dan Butterworth will make the next ‘Inside My Studio’ presentation at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven next Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.  Butterworth’s presentation will be preceded by a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks at 6 p.m.

In what promises to be a fascinating evening, Butterworth will demonstrate through a Powerpoint presentation and using the marionettes themselves how his intricately hand carved puppets dance and whirl from the stage, through the air, and right out into the audience, moving to a stream of infectious world music. Butterworth is famed for combining a plethora of puppet styles and genres and then building them until the whole stage becomes one huge moving carnival creature.

Supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts since 1979, Butterworth and his puppets have performed in movies, operas, classical music festivals and TV specials. Butterworth’s magical celebrations have been staged from the big city of New York to the Inuit villages of Alaska.

Butterworth Marionettes’ ability to travel to the remotest locations allows for an unusual creative interplay rarely found in typical theater organizations. His troupe has toured throughout the world, performing in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and all of the US and Canada.

Admission is $10 per person and reservations are strongly advised.  Reservations can be made by contacting Ann de Selding at 860.434.3571 ext. 117 or adeselding@lymeacademy.edu

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Meeting Tonight on Boathouse/Haines Park Improvements

This evening, Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., also in the Town Hall Meeting Room, the Boathouse/Hains Park Improvements Committee and Board of Selectmen will host the first of two two Public Information Sessions to review the request for additional funding of $405,000 from the Town of Old Lyme for the project.

There will be a short Powerpoint Presentation on the history of the project, the current state of the Boathouse and Hains Park, and the proposed work to be done.  Following the presentation, there will be open discussion and an opportunity to have questions answered.

The second Public Information Session is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. in Town Hall Meeting Room.

A Special Town Meeting to vote on the allocation of $405,000 for the project is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

 

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Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools Offer Assistance with Pre-School Development Concerns

If you have a child between the ages of three and five and have concerns about his or her development in areas such as language, motor skills, cognition, social/emotional, or self-help skills, the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools Preschool Team can be contacted for information, consultation, screening or evaluation.

Questions and concerns should be directed to Myra Gipstein at 860-434-7838.

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Conference on Israel and Palestine to be held in Old Lyme, Oct. 18 and 19

TOL14 OL Poster 09-04_750The tenth annual Tree of Life Conference on Israel and Palestine will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, in Old Lyme, CT, at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL). Special emphasis this year will be on the children of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as children of warriors, and as tomorrow’s leaders and shapers.

Open to the public, the interfaith forum is organized by the Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF) and supported by organizations and individuals committed to peace and justice.

In announcing the Conference, the Rev. David W. Good, Chairperson, TOLEF, and Minister Emeritus of the FCCOL, commented, “Both Palestinian and Israeli children are growing up assuming that the world is not safe, that violence is a way of life, that some lives are more valuable than others. As we are citizens of the world, they are children of the world, our children, whose safety, well-being and journeys into adulthood must concern us. This year’s Conference speakers will address those deep concerns.”

Opening concert, bazaar, exhibition and reception – Saturday, Oct. 18 – 6:30 p.m.

The Conference opens on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m., with a bazaar featuring Palestinian crafts and olive oil, along with books and publications dealing with issues that will be addressed in the Sunday speaker program. A concert featuring Palestinian musicians Tamer Al-Sahouri on the oud, singer Nadine Shomali, and percussionist Alber Basil – along with members of the Lyme-based Silver Hammer Band – will be the evening’s main event. Following the concert, attendees will be welcomed at a reception featuring an exhibition of Palestinian children’s drawings from Gaza, and photographs by Robert Shook taken on his recent travels in the West Bank.

Speaker program – Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.

The pressing question, “What will become of our children?” will be addressed on Sunday, Oct. 19, by speakers whose tireless efforts reflect their championship of a world free of prejudice and hatred.

Uri Gopher, an Israeli working to promote Arab-Palestinian-Jewish relations, will describe his work as executive director of Hagar, a non-profit organization in Be’er Sheva that runs a bi-lingual Arab-Jewish school there – recognizing that education is a springboard for social change and peaceful coexistence.

Ivan Karakashian, Advocacy Unit Coordinator at Defense for Children International-Palestine, will detail his efforts to defend and promote the rights of children living under Israeli military occupation.

Barbara Lubin, lifelong peace activist and Founder and Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, will talk about the impact of Middle East politics on children in the region, with special emphasis on the plight of children in war-torn Gaza.

Sahar Vardi, coordinator of the Israel program for the American Friends Service Committee, and peace advocate since childhood, will describe her opposition to the militarization of Israeli society, her refusal to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces and resultant imprisonment.

Danielle Yaor, an active member of Shministim, an organization of young Israelis who refuse compulsory service in the Israeli military, will present the open letter the group sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year.

Following the speaker program, a Middle Eastern dinner sponsored by the Islamic Center of New London and the Connecticut Council on American-Islamic Relations will be served.

The art/photography exhibit and the bazaar featuring Palestinian crafts and olive oil, books and information that opened on Saturday evening will be open on Sunday as well, and musical interludes on Sunday will be provided by the Palestinian performers featured in the Saturday program.

Admission, reservations, information

Both Saturday and Sunday programs are open to the public. Admission:  $10 per person on Saturday; $35 per person on Sunday. Students and attendees under age 21 admitted free to the Sunday program.  Advance registration and sponsorship commitments may be made online at www.tolef.org, or through the FCCOL office at 860-434-8686. The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is located at the intersection of Ferry Road and Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.

Editor’s Note: The Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences and educational opportunities, helping participants to become more enlightened and engaged in make this a more just and peaceful world. Established by the FCCOL in 2002, TOLEF today operates independently.  TOLEF is joined in partnership with Friends of Sabeel-North America (www.fosna.org) and Kairos USA (www.kairosusa.org) in support of the Conference.  This year’s Conference speakers and musicians will also be appearing in TOLEF programs at several other locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York.

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Making History All Over Again: Football Played in Old Lyme for First Time in More Than 70 Years

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“The whole town is here!” said one enthusiastic spectator Saturday afternoon.  And that was almost true when the crowd had gathered for the first high school game played in Old Lyme since 1943 and some 1,500 people were in attendance at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School varsity soccer field.

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It was a perfect fall day with tail-gating everywhere and pre-game fun galore.  Two members of the 1941 and 1942 Old Lyme football teams, respectively George King and Tim Keenan, were present for the ceremonial coin toss and they just happened to be respectively the father and uncle of Valley-Old Lyme coach Tim King.

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The game itself was not the most exciting ever seen and ultimately,the Valley-Old Lyme football team crushed Old Saybrook-Westbrook with an unstoppable 42-7 victory.

Last year’s Valley-Old Lyme team won the Conference Championship and also advanced to the State semi-finals, and this year’s team is looking to repeat – or exceed – that record.

For a full report, click here to read Dave Davis’s article published in The Day today. 

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Old Lyme Registrars Announce Upcoming Voter Registration Sessions, Deadlines

The Old Lyme Registrars of Voters, Sylvia Peterson and Donald Tapper, have made the following announcement regarding the upcoming Nov. 4 election:

Oct. 21 is the deadline for mail-in voter registration.  Oct. 28 is the deadline for in-person voter registration. Voters are encouraged to check their status with the Registrars’ office if they have moved, changed their name or not voted in several years.

The Registrars’ office will be open:

Tuesday, Sept. 30  from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to complete the preliminary registry list.

Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. voter registration session.

Tuesday, Oct. 28  from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  This is the last session for admission of electors for those who become 18 years of age, U.S. citizens, or residents of the town before Oct. 28, 2014.

Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for members of the armed forces or persons whose qualification as to age, citizenship or residence was attained after Oct. 28.

The Registrar’s office is located on Mezzanine Level of Town Hall.  For more information, call 860-434-1605 Ext. 226.  Regular office hours are Monday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Voter Registration applications are available at the Town Clerk’s office during regular Town Hall hours.

 

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Are You Ready For Some Football? Today Sees First Game Played in Old Lyme for Over 70 Years

Warriors_logoToday, Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m., the Valley-Old Lyme football team will face Old Saybrook-Westbrook on the Lyme-Old Lyme High School varsity soccer field.

This will be the first high school game played in Old Lyme since 1943. The prospect of the game has generated significant excitement in both the Region 18 schools and the town itself — consequently, a large crowd is expected.

Last year’s Valley-Old Lyme team won the Conference Championship and also advanced to the State semi-finals, and this year’s team is looking to repeat – or exceed – that record.

Admission is free to all Region 18 students and employees: adults will be charged five dollars.

There will be pre-game tailgating, concessions and a tent manned by the Booster Club.  To top it all, not only is the forecast for warm, sunny weather, but also an intense game between two well-matched teams is anticipated.

Click to read a blog post published Sept. 27, by Day sports writer Ned Griffin about the game.

Go Warriors!

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‘Bound for the Sound’ Road Race Takes Place This Morning, Raises Funds for LOL Education Foundation

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The starting gun is at the ready for Saturday morning’s perennially popular Lyme-Old Lyme Education “Bound for the Sound” Road Race.

Formerly known as the ‘Artistry in Motion’ Road Race, ‘Bound for the Sound’ 10K and 5K races starts at Sound View Beach in Old Lyme and take runners by some of the most picturesque natural vistas Old Lyme has to offer.

The 10K route is mostly flat with some gently rolling hills along country roads, while the 5K is very flat making a pleasant run through the Old Lyme beach community.  There is also a very popular one mile Family Fun Run, which brings out families of all generations to run together to help raise money for local education initiatives in and beyond the Lyme-Old Lyme Regional School District.  All the runs are capped off with a finish down historic Hartford Avenue towards the beach.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.  A race T-Shirt is available to the first 150 registered participants.

Race organizer and president of the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation, Michael Kane, says, “The run has historically attracted a wide field of participants with quality runners competing in both the 5k and 10k, alongside many who see this local race in support of local education initiatives as the perfect incentive to start training for their first competitive run”.

Stone Creek will be performing at the after-party on the beach, while local companies Vitality Spa and Bonne Sante will be providing pre- and post-race massage in return for tips donated to the Foundation.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 2006 to support and enhance public education in our community.  The Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors and supported by an advisory group of members of the community.  In the past, the Foundation has funded initiatives in Lyme and Old Lyme schools such as a new kiln and a third printer for the high school, as well as helping fund the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School’s successful Science Olympiad team on their trip to the national finals.

To find out more about the Foundation or to make a donation go to www.lolef.org.  Follow the Foundation on Facebook here.

Registration for the race is through Active.com or search on “Bound for the Sound”.

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Celebrate Autumn at Christ The King’s Harvest Fun Day Today

Christ The King's Rummage Sale is always a great place to look for bargains.

Christ The King’s Rummage Sale is always a great place to look for bargains.

Just in time to welcome Autumn, the annual Harvest Fun Day at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme offers something for everyone in the family.  Located in the heart of Old Lyme Village on the shores of Long Island Sound, Christ the King Church is an easy drive from anywhere in Connecticut.
What can you do at Harvest Fun Day?
·       Shop the King’s Rummage Sale for some extra-special finds.  From bikes to books, toys to teacups, Easter baskets to Christmas ornaments, you’ll find it here.  The Rummage Sale continues Sunday morning from 9am to 12 noon.
·       Take a chance at the Basket Auction!  Interesting and unique items are collected into themed baskets of goodies, including:  “Everything Chocolate”; “All Aboard” (railroad themed items); “Garden of Delight” (gardening items and services); “Cupcake Factory” (cupcakes plus items for making your own); and more.
·       Satisfy your sweet cravings at the Bake Sale, where delectable home-baked goodies await. With cakes and pies, cookies, cupcakes, and more — the hardest part will be deciding.
·       Let the kids entertain themselves at the Games and Crafts: Soccer Kick, Hockey Shot, Bowling, Paint-a-Pumpkin, face painting, and more.
·       Need to spruce up your home for fall? They have it covered.  Get your fall Plants & Producehere. Choose among premium mums, flowering cabbage and kale, and newly divided perennials from local gardens. Pick a pumpkin and a couple of gourds, add a hay bale, and you’ve got “instant autumn” for your front porch! New this year: gently used gardening tools.
·       When hunger hits, you can sample the Tasty Bites served up by Christ the King Men’s Club. Coffee, cider and donuts in the morning; hamburgers, hot dogs, and grinders later; snacks, ice cream, and drinks all day.
Harvest Fun Day takes place at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Rummage Sale, Bake Sale, and Plant Sale will continue Sunday morning (September 28) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon (while supplies last).Visit www.christthekingchurch.net for directions.  For more information, call 860-434-1669.
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Big Book Club Hosts Mystery, Suspense Author Event at ‘The Kate’ Tonight

John Searles

John Searles

The Big Book Club has announced a new event on Sept. 27, at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (“The Kate”), presented by The Day.  The line-up of mystery and suspense authors includes:

  • John Searles, Editor-at-Large for Cosmopolitan Magazine, Book Critic for the NBC Today Show, and author of Boy Still Missing, Strange But True, and Help For The Haunted; 
  • Tess Gerritsen, internationally bestselling author and creator of the Rizzoli & Isles series on TNT;
  • Alafair Burke, American crime novelist, professor of law, legal commentator, and author of two series of crime novels featuring NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher and Prosecutor Samantha Kincaid;
  • Lisa Unger

    Lisa Unger

    Lisa Unger, whose novels including Beautiful Lies and In The Blood have sold more than 1.7 million copies and been translated into twenty-six languages;

  • and, Old Lyme’s own David Handler,author of the popular Hoagy & Lulu and Mitch & Desiree mysteries.

The event will be moderated by Hank Phillippi Ryan, investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affliate who has won 32 EMMYs and dozens of other awards for her ground-breaking journalism.  Phillippi-Ryan is also the coveted Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of crime fiction including The Other Woman and The Wrong Girl.

David Handler

David Handler

The event will benefit Reach Out and Read Connecticut, a non-profit organization that prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. By using the code READ at registration, $10 from each ticket sale will be donated to Reach Out and Read.

Tickets are $45 each and include a signature martini courtesy of 44 North Vodka and hors d’oeuvre stations by the Bee and Thistle Inn and The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook.  A cash bar will also be open.

Books will be available for sale by Bank Square Books of Mystic, CT.  Other sponsors include Bob’s Discount Furniture, The Copper Beech Inn, Middlesex Hospital, LymeLine.com and ValleyNewsNow.com.

The Big Book Club is a creation of LaFrancois Marketing Consultants and Essex Books.

Register at www.thebigbookclub.org

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Free Paper Shredding Event in Deep River Today

This Saturday, Sept. 27, a collection of documents for shredding will be held at 5 Dump Road, Essex from 9 a.m.to 12noon

This collection is open at no charge to residents from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme  along with those of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.

Bring up to five boxes or bags (kitchen trash can size) of old personal papers, e.g., medical records, legal or financial documents, or tax returns.

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More About Mozart’s Masterpiece ‘The Marriage of Figaro': Salt Marsh Opera Guild Presents Free Lecture Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

James Kuslan, a dynamic lecturer on operatic topics and well known for his insightful, amusing writing and lectures on the vocal arts, will discuss The Marriage of Figaro, answer your questions and share exciting, rare sound clips this coming Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Acton Library, 60 Old Boston Post Rd.  This is a free activity, followed by refreshments.

Kuslan, a graduate of Yale University’s School of Drama, is a voice scout in the U.S. for the German classical recording giant, Deutsche Grammophon and has written the marketing copy for the company’s annual release books since 2009.  Among his credits as a writer of liner notes is London Record’s 20 CD collection Opera Made Easy, which highlights the artistry of Luciano Pavarotti.

Kuslan also contributed the essays that accompany the DVD releases of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale, both starring Anna Netrebko.

This event is sponsored by the Salt Marsh Opera Guild in anticipation of Salt Marsh Opera’s performance of The Marriage of Figaro on Oct. 1, at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum Auditorium and Oct. 3 and 5 at ‘The Kate’ in Old Saybrook.

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Volunteers Needed for CT River Annual ‘Source to Sea’ Cleanup Day Today

Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source to Sea Cleanup volunteers have removed more than 851 tons of trash over the 18 years of the river clean-up event. Now CRWC is also working on solutions to keep trash out of our rivers in the first place, particularly tires and plastic bottles.

Connecticut River Watershed Council’s Source to Sea Cleanup volunteers have removed more than 851 tons of trash over the 18 years of the river clean-up event. Now CRWC is also working on solutions to keep trash out of our rivers in the first place, particularly tires and plastic bottles.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) will use their 18th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup on Friday anS saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, as a way to push for solutions to river waste. The Cleanup supports policies and legislation that help keep waste from ending up in local rivers and streams. The Council also supports a new vision of zero waste for the Connecticut River and its tributaries.

Zero waste is a goal of a future free from waste. It is a concept being adopted by cities around the world, including Middletown, Conn., right on the Connecticut River. Zero waste aims for all discarded materials to become resources for another use. A zero waste community encourages individuals, businesses, and government agencies to take concrete steps towards rethinking how they treat their trash. “We all have a responsibility to solve this problem—individuals, manufacturers, businesses, and government,” says Andrew Fisk, CRWC Executive Director.

Initiatives such as increasing access and ease of curb side recycling, expanding existing recycling efforts to process all varieties of materials, and extending the responsibility of recycling to manufacturers are essential to the success of zero waste programs. Given what’s found in our rivers every year, CRWC would like to see existing bottle bills be expanded to include all single-use beverage containers, banning or establishing pay-per-use of plastic bags, and legislation allowing for free tire disposal.

“Each year we find thousands of single-use bottles and hundreds of tires in and near our rivers,” notes CRWC River Steward Jacqueline Talbot. “Eventually, this trash becomes part of the large ocean garbage patches that harm wildlife. We will use the data collected on these items during the Source to Sea Cleanup to help inform policies and practices that will get bottle and tire waste out of our rivers,” continues Talbot. “Healthy rivers are so important because they contribute so much, both to our economies and the beauty and enjoyment of our communities.”

Lead Source to Sea Cleanup sponsors NRG Middletown and TransCanada are pleased to support CRWC’s efforts. “TransCanada believes in partnering with organizations that help build stronger communities,” says Jasmin Bertovic, Vice President of the Eastern Commercial Region of TransCanada.

Jeff Araujo, manager of NRG’s Middletown Station, said “We’re pleased to sponsor this event annually, but also to go out and actually clean up the River. This is the community where we live and work, and it’s important to us.”

“We will address river pollution with innovation and teamwork,” says Talbot, “and you can be a part of it.” Volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to head out to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat on Sept. 26 and 27. Volunteers remove trash along rivers, streams and stream banks, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Individuals can join a clean-up group by visiting www.ctriver.org/cleanup and clicking ‘Join a Group’.

Businesses are also encouraged to get involved by starting an employee clean-up group, making a donation of supplies such as gloves and trash bags, or becoming an event sponsor.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council works to protect the watershed from source to sea. As stewards of this heritage, we celebrate our four-state treasure and collaborate, educate, organize, restore and intervene to preserve its health for generations to come. Our work informs our vision of economic and ecological abundance.

To learn more about CRWC, or to make a contribution to help protect the Connecticut River, visit www.ctriver.org or call 413-772-2020, ext. 201.

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Old Lyme Activists Join NYC March to Raise Awareness About Climate Change

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Yesterday morning at 6:45 a.m., a bus pulled out of The Bowerbird parking lot with 65 members and friends of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme on board.  Among them were five students from Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools, including Hugh and Abigail Cipparone, who are seniors, Isaac Todd, and Isabella and Leland Hine.

Once in New York City, the bus party from Old Lyme joined what the Associated Press estimated was well over 100,000 marchers, who convened in downtown Manhattan.  Other estimates put the figure as high as 300,000.

At 12:58 p.m., all marchers were silent until 1 p.m. when they made as much noise as possible, sounding an alarm to raise awareness about the growing environmental issues our world faces.

Marchers, who came from as far away as Canada, Alaska, El Salvador, and Texas, carried a variety of posters with messages about fracking, global warming, and other environmental issues.

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OLPD Report Two Recent Burglaries in Old Lyme, One in Lyme

Old Lyme Police have announced that two residential burglaries occurred last Wednesday, Sept. 17,  in Old Lyme. At approximately 2:30 p.m., a Jericho Drive resident arrived home and observed a grey/silver small hatchback type vehicle in her driveway.  The male passenger fled on foot and the female driver drove away in an unknown direction.  Nothing was taken from the property.

The second incident occurred the same day between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., when suspects forced open the front door of a Neck Road residence.  The house was ransacked, but again nothing was taken.

A third incident occurred in Lyme on Hamburg Rd. where a a weapon was reported stolen.

Old Lyme Police advise residents to secure their homes as best as they can and report all suspicious vehicles and persons to the Police.

Follow the Old Lyme Police Department on their Facebook page and on Twitter at Old Lyme Police @ olpd2014.

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Old Lyme Land Trust to Host Kayak Regatta Today on Black Hall River

A kayak regatta is planned for Sept. 21 in Old Lyme.

A kayak regatta is planned for Sept. 21 in Old Lyme.

Old Lyme Land Trust in conjunction with the Black Hall Outfitters is sponsoring a Kayak Regatta and Tour Sunday,  Sept 21, beginning around 11 a.m. at the Black Hall Marina.

People can come with their own kayak or rent at the Black Hall Marina on Rte. 156.  There will be a tour led by Barry Gorfain ,an experienced and certified kayak instructor, who will explore Griswold Point and the Roger Tory Peterson sanctuary.  People may also explore the protected and beautiful Black Hall River.

The event is appropriate for kayakers of all ages and experience levels.

Refreshments will be provided and a small donation of $10 perkayaker or $25 per family is requested to benefit the land trust.

Advance notice of your participation is appreciated but not required.  Call 860-434-6294 or emailfentonland@sbcglobal.net to respond or if you need more information.

Visit www.blackhalloutfitters.com for more information.

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Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus Presents Final Concert of Season in Saybrook Today

Drawing by Madeline Favre of Deep River of Cappella Cantorum inspired by a performance in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Old Saybrook.

Drawing by Madeline Favre of Deep River of Cappella Cantorum.  The work was inspired by a performance of the choral group in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Old Saybrook.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus will present a concert this afternoon, Sun., Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. The concert features selections from Irving Berlin and Oklahoma, A Patriotic Salute, Just a Closer Walk, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Barbershop and a variety of solos.

Tickets are $16 at TheKate.org  or 860-526-1038  or at the door.  Children aged 12 and under are free.

Soloists include Tony, Carrano with I Love a Piano, Ed Bosse with Bridge Over Troubled Water, Kevin Swan with I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire, Len Dongweck with It Only takes a Moment, and Bob Johnson with Perhaps Love.

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Lyme Library Closed for Move to New Building

Architect's rendering of new Lyme Public Library building.

Architect’s rendering of new Lyme Public Library building.

The Lyme Public Library is now closed for the long-planned move into a new library building.  The Library will remain closed through at least Sept. 29. An opening date for the new library has not been determined yet, but is projected to be in early October.

Call 860-434-2272 for more information.

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Estuary Council of Seniors Hosts Celebratory ‘Forty and Fabulous’ Gala at ‘The Kate’ Tonight

Join the Estuary Council of Seniors (ECSI) to celebrate its 40th Anniversary at a “Forty and Fabulous” Gala tonight at 6 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, “The Kate,” at 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook. This fund-raising Gala will benefit the Estuary’s Meals on Wheels program. Last year, the ECSI provided 70,000 hot, nutritious meals to individuals in its nine town district and Madison.

Comedian Vincent McElhone

Comedian Vincent McElhone

This Gala evening will include wine and hors d’oeuvres under the tent, catered by Coffee’s Country Market of Old Lyme and “Comedy Tonight” on the stage featuring Old Saybrook resident Vincent McElhone, who has worked all over the country from Caroline’s in New York to The Tropicana in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Vince will be joined by Tony Liberati, a professional stand-up comic for 15 years, whose jokes have been published alongside greats like Chris Rock and Henny Youngman.

The Fred Astaire Ballroom Dancers of Old Saybrook, Heiko and Vera Leyhausen, will grace the stage where dancing expresses the joy of living.

Music will be by the Von Zells, who will provide music that is enjoyable for listening or dancing and starring three individuals with one unique sound.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling the Estuary at (860) 388-1611.  Attire is ‘Casually Elegant.’

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