April 1, 2015

Rep. Carney Tours Bureau’s Sugarhouse, “Tastes Good … Good for the State”

Don Bureau demonstrates part of the maple syrup-making process to Rep. Devin Carney.

Don Bureau (left) demonstrates part of the maple syrup-making process to Rep. Devin Carney.

Bureau’s Sugarhouse & Maple Kettle Korn facility in Old Lyme has been in the business of making maple syrup since 1993, and kettle korn since 1999. State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) said after a tour of the facility on Saturday, March 28, that businesses like Bureau’s help support the state’s agri-business and make a large economic impact here in Connecticut.

Carney, who represents Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook, met with Don Bureau and his family, who showed Carney around the maple sugaring facility, which includes maple trees and kettle korn, along with maple syrup production.

Rep. Carney looks at the maple sugar facility in old Lyme from the outside.

Rep. Carney looks at the maple sugar facility in old Lyme from the outside.

“Bureau’s is producing quality products and helping to shape the future of agriculture here in the state,” Carney said. “This business is a treat for our district –it produces some of the best local products our state has to offer.”

“It tastes good and it’s good for the state,” Carney added.

For more information about Bureau’s Sugarhouse & Maple Kettle Korn, visit http://www.maplekettlekorn.com/aboutus.html


ECSO Concludes Season with April 25 Concert, Features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Orff’s Carmina Burana

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (ECSO) concludes its critically successful 2014-2015 concert series on Saturday, April 25, at 8 p.m., at the Garde Arts Center in New London.

ECSO Music Director, Toshiyuki Shimada, conducts a performance that begins with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and includes the all-time audience favorite Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus and the Ledyard High School Girls’ Chorus. Featured soloists are soprano, Jurate Svedaite, tenor, Chris Lucier, and baritone, Maksim Ivanov.

Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. given by ECSO Music Director, Toshiyuki Shimada and Choral Director, Mark Singleton.

All are also invited to a free post-concert reception hosted by The Friends of the Symphony.

Ticket prices range from $28.80 to $62 with $12 rush tickets for students and active military personnel available after 6 p.m. at the box office on the night of the performance sponsored by Olde Mistick Village and Washington Trust Company. You can purchase tickets on line at: www.gardearts.org or through the Eastern Connecticut Symphony office at 860-443-2876.

Subscriptions are now on sale for the 2015-2016 season.


LYSB Hosts Summer Camp Fair Today

Kids_from_Camp_FlyerLymes’ Youth Service Bureau presents a Summer Camp and Activities Fair at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School  Commons, Wednesday, April 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

All are welcome and admission is free.

More than 20 local camps will be at the Fair.  There will be opportunities to pick up brochures, meet camp representatives and also, to register for a variety of camps.

Pizza will be available for sale.

Click here to view a full listing of the participating organizations.

For more information, call 860.434.7208 or visit www.lysb.org


Acknowledging Holy Week, ‘Bread & Puppet’ Perform ‘Fire’ at Old Lyme Church Tonight


Tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Holy Week schedule, ‘Bread & Puppet’ will  offer a performance called “Fire” at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.  The show dramatizes the effects of warfare on individual lives and will be followed by a time to eat bread, visit, and talk about the performance.

All are welcome.  A donation of $10 per person would be appreciated and will be gratefully received at the door.

The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The puppets grew bigger and bigger.


Schumann says, “We believe in puppet theater as a wholesome and powerful language that can touch men and women and children alike, and we hope that our plays are true and are saying what has to be said, and that they add to your enjoyment and enlightenment.”

Annual presentations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day often included children and adults from the community as participants. Many performances were done in the street. During the Vietnam War, Bread and Puppet staged block-long processions and pageants involving hundreds of people.

In 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The 140-year-old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets. Their Domestic Resurrection Circus, a two day outdoor festival of puppetry shows, was presented annually through 1998.

The company makes its income from touring new and old productions both on the American continent and abroad, and from sales of Bread and Puppet Press’ posters and publications. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company, to extensive outdoor pageants, which require the participation of many volunteers.

Today, Bread and Puppet continues to be one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.

For further information, call the church office at 860-434-8686


Join a Community Conversation on Mental Health in Old Lyme Tonight

One in four people has a mental illness.  It touches each of us — become involved and be a part of the conversation.

The Regional Mental Health Board, Region II, Catchment Area Council 10 is sponsoring two Community Conversations about Mental Health for the Lyme-Old Lyme community. One has already been held — the second is being held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31, in the Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The first meeting brought together members of the community to discuss mental health and explore the issues and barriers in our community regarding mental health. The second meeting (March 31) will discuss and help determine what actions can be taken to break down the barriers and improve mental health in the community.

Trained facilitators assist the dialogues. Refreshments will be provided. There is ample parking at the location. Seating is limited so register promptly  to add your voice to the discussion.

Register today via email at olcommunityconversations@yahoo.com or call 860-262-5027.  Use the same contact information for questions.  Seating is limited.


Old Lyme Historic District Commission Announces Applications to be Considered April 6

Dr. John E. Pfeiffer, Chairman of the Old Lyme Historic District Commission has issued the following announcement:

“Notice is hereby given that the Old Lyme Historic District Commission will hold Public Hearings on Monday, April 6, 2015 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the upstairs conference room at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. The HDC will hear and act on the following Certificates of Appropriateness applications:

    • 5 Lyme Street – First Congregational Church of Old Lyme: 1,000 gallon propane tank, and fence.
    • 31 Lyme Street – Hinckley: house addition
    • 90 Lyme Street – Lyme Art Association: banner

The public is invited to attend and express its views. Letters may be sent to the Historic District Commission, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT 06371.

Relevant supporting material will be available at the April 6 Public Hearing.


“Big Ideas” Lecture Series Continues with ‘Peter Halley: Utopia/Dystopia,’ April 11

As part of the Big Ideas/Big Paintings lecture series, Robert Hobbs of the Virginia Commonwealth University, will present “Peter Halley: Utopia/Dystopia,” Saturday, April 11, at 5 p.m. at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

The lecture series accompanies the Museum exhibition, “Peter Halley: Big Paintings,” on view through May 31. Halley’s contemporary style of abstract painting charges simple geometric forms with powerful ideas, including those of interconnection, isolation, and technology, creating an important body of work that uses bold colors and textured surfaces to investigate American culture.

A light reception follows the lecture. Seat reservations are strongly encouraged but not required. The lecture series is sponsored by the Dangremond Family Foundation and is free of charge.  For more information or to rsvp, contact the Florence Griswold Museum at (860) 434-5542 ext. 111 or www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org .

The Big Ideas/Big Paintings lecture series is part of the public programming for the Halley exhibition. and on April 25Wayne Koestenbaum of the CUNY Graduate Center will present “My 1980s and Beyond.” For additional programming including family programs, visit the Museum website.

The Florence Griswold Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and Sundays 1pm to 5 pm (Closed Easter Sunday and major holidays.) www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org.


Published in the Deep South, Carter’s Article About Old Lyme Hits the Big Time

Old Lyme resident Margaretta Carter is a junior at Ole Miss, where she is an Integrated Marketing Communications major with a minor in Business. Her parents are Cathy and Chris Carter.

Margaretta is currently interning for Hotty Toddy.com.  She recently wrote an article for Hotty Toddy about Old Lyme for the online newspaper’s “Hometown’ section.  The article was written several weeks ago after the South encountered snow, ice and crippling weather.

Carter’s mom told LymeLine, “I thought [Margaretta’s] article might be of some interest to LymeLine. [It] received recognition from Ed Meek (the benefactor for the Ole Miss, Meek School of Journalism) and was viewed by over 9,000 subscribers.”

We appreciate Kathy sharing the article with us and are confident our readers will enjoy it too!




Pfeiffer to Speak on ‘Woods’ at Old Lyme Historical Society’s Annual Dinner, April 18

View of leafy woodsThe Old Lyme Historical Society will host its annual dinner and lecture on Saturday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme.

In this continuing series, Old Lyme Historian Dr. John Pfeiffer’s lecture, “Wood: Our First Natural Resource,” will cover the role this important resource played in our local area. From our first days of establishing a settlement on the eastern shore of the Great River, wood was on everyone’s mind. The control of this one resource was the focus of our first public meeting and was recorded on the first page of our society records.

The evening will begin with refreshments and a dinner catered by Coffee’s Country Market; Dr. Pfeiffer’s talk will follow.

Tickets are $35 per person if purchased by April 11, or $40 at the door, if there is availability. This event sells out every year, so it is advisable to buy tickets early.

Tickets are available at the historical society’s office in the Genealogy Room at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 noon), at Webster Bank in Old Lyme, and online at our website www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org .

For more information, call the Old Lyme Historical Society at 860-434-0684.


CT River Museum Offers Canoe, Kayak Paddle Program This Summer, Partly Funded by Cabela’s

Connecticut River Museum Expands On-water Experiences with the Development of a Canoe and Kayak Paddle Program. Photo credit: Joan Meek.

Connecticut River Museum Expands On-water Experiences with the Development of a Canoe and Kayak Paddle Program. Photo credit: Joan Meek.

The Connecticut River Museum (CRM) will launch a canoe and kayak paddle program on the museum campus in Essex this summer as a major expansion of its environmental outreach. The Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, conservation and improvement of wildlife and wildlife habitat, hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor sporting and recreational activities, has made a generous contribution to CRM that will fund the purchase of 10 boats as well as assorted equipment that will make this important educational program possible.

According to the museum’s director, Chris Dobbs, “The Connecticut River Paddle Explorations Program is an exciting expansion of our ongoing environmental education activities and will allow more members and visitors to get out on the water. We are thankful to the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund for making this possible.”

“Cabela’s Outdoor Fund is proud to support the Connecticut River Museum and its efforts in educating and exposing the community to the great outdoors,” said Jeremy Wonch, vice president of Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. “The Connecticut River Paddle Explorations Program will be great for both the community and the conservation efforts on the Connecticut River.”

Between June and September, CRM will offer canoes and kayaks at a nominal fee as a member benefit and to the public. The program will allow visitors to explore the local marshes and tributaries around CRM, a great way for adults and families to access the River.

Dobbs commented, “Through the generosity of the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, the museum will be able to use these boats for a variety of education programs.” He said that this would include “guided paddles, exploration of nature preserves along the River, and places further afield.” As part of the expanded vision for the museum, Dobbs would like the paddle program to partner with land trusts, historical societies, and other organizations up and down the River as a way to build appreciation for this “magnificent cultural and environmental resource.”

For more information about this program, to volunteer with the paddle program or to provide additional support, contact the Connecticut River Museum at 860.767.8269 or via email at crm@ctrivermuseum.org.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM and closed on Mondays until Memorial Day. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children age 6-12, free for children under 6.

For more information, call 860-767-8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.


Essex Winter Series Presents Season Finale Today

Artistic Director and pianist Mihae Lee has been captivating audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia in solo recitals and chamber music concerts

Artistic Director and pianist Mihae Lee has been captivating audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia in solo recitals and chamber music concerts

For the fourth and final concert of the Essex Winter Series (EWS) 2015 season, pianist and artistic director Mihae Lee will take the stage with two other celebrated artists in a program of masterpieces of the rich piano trio repertoire.

The concert will take place on Sunday, March 29, at 3 pm at Valley Regional High School in Deep River. Making their EWS debuts in this program, “Mihae Lee and Friends,” will be violinist Chee-Yun and cellist Julie Albers. Both have performed as soloists with many of the world’s major orchestras, are highly-regarded artists on the chamber music circuit, and have recorded extensively.

The selections include piano trios from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. First on the program will be the Trio No. 39 in G major by Joseph Haydn, who, along with Mozart, developed the genre by adding a cello to the violin-piano duo to create many more interesting musical possibilities. Written in 1795, the piece is nicknamed the “Gypsy” trio after its finale in the Hungarian style.

In contrast to Haydn, who ultimately wrote 45 piano trios, the early twentieth-century composer Maurice Ravel wrote just one. This 1914 work, completed just before his enlistment in the French army at the start of World War I, has become a staple of the repertoire and will be performed before intermission.

The concert will conclude with the second and final trio by one of the great nineteenth-century composers, Felix Mendelssohn. His C minor Trio from 1845 is among the romantic master’s finest and most beloved works.

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

The March 29 concert is dedicated to the memory of Marilyn Buel, former member of the board of trustees of EWS, who passed away in August, 2014. Mrs. Buel, an ardent supporter of the arts, helped build support for Essex Winter Series’ Fenton Brown Emerging Artist Concerts and also served as president of the board of Chestnut Hill Concerts.

About the artists:
Mihae Lee

Praised by Boston Globe as “simply dazzling,” Artistic Director and pianist Mihae Lee has been captivating audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia in solo recitals and chamber music concerts with her poetic lyricism and scintillating virtuosity. She has performed in such venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Academia Nationale de Santa Cecilia in Rome, Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall, and Taipei National Hall.

An active chamber musician, Lee is an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and is a founding member of the Triton Horn Trio with violinist Ani Kavafian and hornist William Purvis. Her recordings of Brahms, Shostakovich, Bartok, and Stravinsky with the members of BCMS were critically acclaimed by High Fidelity, CD Review, and Fanfare magazines, the reviews calling her sound “as warm as Rubinstein, yet virile as Toscanini.”

Lee has appeared frequently at numerous international chamber music festivals including Dubrovnik, Amsterdam, Groningen, Festicamara (Colombia), Great Woods, Seattle, OK Mozart, Mainly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, Rockport, Sebago-Long Lake, Bard, Norfolk, Mostly Music, Music Mountain, Monadnock, and Chestnut Hill Concerts.

In addition to many years of performing regularly at Bargemusic in New York, she has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Speculum Musicae; has collaborated with the Tokyo, Muir, Cassatt, and Manhattan string quartets; and has premiered and recorded works by such composers as Gunther Schuller, Ned Rorem, Paul Lansky, Henri Lazarof, Michael Daugherty, and Ezra Laderman.

In addition to her concert career, Lee maintains her commitment to give back to her community and help many worthy charities. At the invitation of the Prime Minister and the First Lady of Jamaica, she has organized and performed in concerts in Kingston and Montego Bay to benefit the Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation. For many years she brought world-class musicians, both classical and jazz, to perform in fund-raising concerts for the Hastings Education Foundation outside of New York City, and she recently launched an annual Gala Concert for the Community Health Clinic of Butler County, a free health clinic outside of Pittsburgh.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee made her professional debut at the age of 14 with the Korean National Orchestra after becoming the youngest grand prizewinner at the prestigious National Competition held by the President of Korea. In the same year, she came to the United States on a scholarship from the Juilliard School Pre-College, and subsequently won many further awards including First Prize at the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition.

Lee received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and her artist diploma from the New England Conservatory, studying with Martin Canin and Russell Sherman. She has released compact discs on the Bridge, Etcetera, EDI, Northeastern, and BCM labels.

Violinist Chee-Yun's flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents

Violinist Chee-Yun’s flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents


Violinist Chee-Yun’s flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Charming, charismatic and deeply passionate about her art, Chee-Yun continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music.

Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh and National symphony orchestras. Additionally, she has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with such distinguished conductors as Hans Graf, James DePriest, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Neeme Järvi, Pinchas Zukerman, Manfred Honeck and Giancarlo Guerrero.

Internationally, Chee-Yun has toured with the Haifa Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Germany’s Braunschweig Orchestra and the MDR Radio Leipzig and performed with the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Bamberg Philharmonic, the Bilbao Symphony, the London Festival Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra.

Her orchestral highlights include a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung that was broadcast on national network television, a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Avery Fisher Hall, and her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting), and Japan with the NHK Symphony. Recent and upcoming engagements include return subscription weeks in Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, as well as the Colorado and Austin symphony orchestras and the National Philharmonic.

Julie Albers

Cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry

Cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry.

American cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. She was born into a musical family in Longmont, Colo., and began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to Cleveland during her junior year of high school to pursue studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron.

Albers soon was awarded the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, and as a result toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai.

She made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, and thereafter has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2001, she won Second Prize in Munich’s Internationalen Musikwettbewerbes der ARD, and was also awarded the Wilhelm-Weichsler-Musikpreis der Stadt Osnabruch . While in Germany, she recorded solo and chamber music of Kodaly for the Bavarian Radio, performances that have been heard throughout Europe.

In 2003, Albers was named the first Gold Medal Laureate of South Korea’s Gyeongnam International Music Competition, winning the $25,000 Grand Prize.

In North America, Albers has performed with many important orchestras and ensembles. Recent performances have included exciting debuts on the San Francisco Performances series and with the Grant Park Music Festival where she performed Penderecki’s Concerto Grosso for 3 cellos with Mr. Penderecki conducting. Past seasons have included concerto appearances with the Orchestras of Colorado, Indianapolis, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, and Munchener Kammerorchester among others.

In addition to solo performances, Albers regularly participates in chamber music festivals around the world. 2009 marked the end of a three year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. She is currently active with the Albers String Trio and the Cortona Trio. Teaching is also a very important part of Albers’ musical life. She currently is Assistant Professor and holds the Mary Jean and Charles Yales Cello Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Albers’ debut album with Orion Weiss includes works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Schumann, Massenet, and Piatagorsky and is available on the Artek Label. Julie Albers performs on a N.F. Vuillaume cello made in 1872 and makes her home in Atlanta with her husband, Bourbon.


Solarize Lyme & Old Lyme Final Workshop Offers Electric Vehicle Display, Tomorrow

Old Lyme’s Solar Team is busy preparing for the final Solar Workshop planned for Saturday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall. Solar Power and Electric Vehicles are a natural pairing and the team sought out a few display vehicles.  But as they saw the vehicles their enthusiasm grew … as did the number of vehicles!

Stephen Dix of the Solarize team says “Many of us grew up in the 1960s knowing all the specs and styles of all the muscle cars that “scooped the loop” in our town. Coming from Michigan, many of my friends worked for GM and we saw the great ones like the Old’s Toranado and the Chevel SS 396 as soon as they rolled off the line.”  He adds with a smile, “There’s a new form of muscle car today – and it can be sun powered … the only real question is which one fits your life style.”

So far the team has Electric Vehicles from BMW, VW, Nissan, Chevy, Ford, Toyota, and Mercedes. Jean Dailey will also bring her electric Smart Car and discuss her plans to use her solar array to power her commute.

The plan calls for the Old Lyme Town Hall parking lot to be closed off from traffic so residents can browse the vehicles.  Visitors to the event are requested to come in the front of Town Hall and register.  Solar Installers will be on hand and can discuss how a Solar System can power your transport needs.

The Solarize team will be ready to discuss how to access installers, how to finance a system, accessing state and federal incentives, how solar impacts the value of your home among other things. Residents are invited to drop in learn and explore.

To learn more about Solarize Lyme and Old Lyme, visit this link.



In Celebration Of A Life:   Obituary for Ruth Ann Brown Coxe           

Ruth Anne Brown Coxe, widow of Samuel Hanson Coxe, died Wednesday March 11, 2015 of natural causes.  She was 85 and lived at the family’s homestead of an 18th century home, The Captain Thomas Sill House in Old Lyme, Conn.

An early pioneer of ‘Farm to Table,’ Ruth Coxe was an advocate for healthy, local natural foods free of commercially convenient chemistry with unknown health consequences.

Ruth Brown grew up in a prominent family in Mansfield, Conn.  Her father Frank Ignatius Brown ran the Spring Brook Ice Manufacturing, supplying all of Eastern Connecticut.  As a young girl she loved to romp on her own in nature and enjoyed fishing.  She attended Briarcliff Junior College and continued her education to Washington DC and enrolled in the May Boult Interior Design School.

Considering an operatic career, she headed to New York City and studied voice, recording on record for a short time while working at ABC Studio. Advice from a family priest discouraged theatre as it was a risky and risqué business, and she left New York City.

An adventurer at heart, Ruth pointed her car west to San Francisco, Calif., and found employment in a real estate firm.  There she met her future husband, Samuel Coxe, Yale Class of 1943 and WWII Pacific Theatre Marine Air Corps. Pilot, then studying Law at the University of San Francisco.

They married in 1959 and began a family.  She opened the Grinnell Grinder sandwich shop in the financial district and she became active in the La Leche League of San Francisco.  However, pulled back by New England roots, they returned to Old Lyme and Samuel Coxe began his practice in Constitutional Law.

Always a pioneering spirit and active in the La Leche League, Ruth pursued her curiosity around the Major Fred Hargesheimer survival in Papua New Guinea, interviewing the Major and learning more about his experience and survival aided by the people of the Island who nursed him back to health with mothers’ milk.

Prompted to investigate further, in 1970 she headed to Papua New Guinea, New Britain Island with her 7-year-old son Sam to study the habits and diet of the indigenous tribes.  She was later joined by her husband, mother-in-law and second son Stanislaus, and her husband began a newspaper on the Island and they remained for a year.

A return to Old Lyme Sill House was followed by her next adventure with the boys to visit Japan, and in 1976 with the children she travels to Dominica Island to study once again the indigenous people and diet.  Her sojourn continues to Mexico, Central America, and Peru, schooling her children while on the odyssey.

Tragedy strikes in 1981 when her husband Samuel Coxe dies unexpectedly and she is threatened to lose her home on Sill Lane.  Confronted by loss and the auction of her land on the horizon, she reaches out to California friend,  Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, for help.  His actions aid her to legally keep her home and remain in the family homestead with her children.

An advocate for the organic movement, Ruth created a recipe for gluten-free, unleavened bread by sprouting wheat and rye berries.  The bread called Sill House Bakery Essene Bread sold in New York City and Cambridgem Mass., at the first Whole Foods Markets, delivered by van from her Old Lyme kitchen. Her entrepreneurial skills and instinct put to use in her own kitchen helped her survive widowhood.  Always referring to her husband in the most loving and devoted way.


Carney, Formica Host Office Hours at LYSB This Evening in Old Lyme

Rep. Devin Carney

State Rep. Devin Carney

State Senator Paul Formica

State Senator Paul Formica

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th) will be holding a Legislative Office Hour in Old Lyme Thursday, March 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, 59 Lyme Street in Old Lyme.  They will be ready to discuss the issues shaping the 2015 Legislative Session.

All are welcome to drop in with questions and comments.

Due to the risk of inclement weather or the possibility of the legislature being called into session, visit www.SenatorFormica.com to check for cancellations.

For more information, contact Peggy Tibbals at Peggy.Tibbals@cga.ct.gov or 1.800.842.1421


Current Drug Trends to be Presented Tonight at LOL High School

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 11.01.25 AMLymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is hosting an important program tomorrow evening, March 26, in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Media Center.  The program designed for parents and other interested citizens is titled, “Current Drug Trends: What Parents Need to Know,” and will discuss emerging narcotic and related issues in the Lyme-Old Lyme community

Members of the Southeastern Regional Action Council (SERAC) will present a wide range of information, including a ‘show and tell’ on drug paraphernalia and details on drug identification, synthetic drugs, energy drinks, inhalants and electronic cigarettes.

Marijuana smokingHigh school and middle school trends will also be reviewed along with key signs to look for regarding possible drug use in adolescents.

The program starts at 7 p.m.  Entry to the program, which is presented by the Community Action for Substance Free Youth (CASFY), is free.

For more information, contact LYSB at 860.434.7208 or www.lysb.org


‘Discovery Sundays’ Start April 12 at Florence Griswold Museum

A family enjoys 'Discovery Sunday' at the Florence Griswold Museum.

A family enjoys ‘Discovery Sunday’ at the Florence Griswold Museum.

On Sunday, April 12, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme invites visitors to shake off any leftover winter blues and celebrate the beginning of Discovery Sundays. In addition to the popular “Make-A-Painting” activities, where visitors of all ages use the Museum’s supplies to create their own masterpieces, Discovery Sundays now include a new outdoor Art Cart that guides families to explore the grounds and its connection to the artists who famously painted there.

To celebrate the start of the season, the Co-Co Beaux, an all male a cappella group from Connecticut College, performs in the art gallery from 2 to 4 p.m.. In addition, seasonal buildings including the Chadwick Studio and the Rafal Landscape Center open for the season. And with any luck you’ll find some pops of color starting in the garden!

The Museum is open every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and all activities are included with admission. Children 12 and under are always free. The Museum is closed Easter Sunday.

The Florence Griswold Museum is known as the Home of American Impressionism. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, where the artists of the Lyme Art Colony lived, the Museum features a modern exhibition gallery, education center, landscape center, extensive gardens, and a restored artist’s studio.

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95 and is open year round Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 students, and free to children 12 and under.

For more information, visit the Museum’s website www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org or call 860-434-5542 x 111.



Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women Host New Art-Inspired Fundraiser at Lyme Art Association, April 25

Wine-tastingTo celebrate their Golden Anniversary, the ladies of the Lyme Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) are popping the cork and putting a twist on their annual art show. The LOLJWC invite the public to join them for their first ever Tasteful Art Celebration – Wine and Beer Tasting on Saturday, April 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme.

For 50 years, the Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) has generously supported local charities and causes throughout the shoreline community. This year, the LOLJWC has selected the playgrounds of Town Woods Park and Cross Lane Park as their main beneficiaries. In addition to the playgrounds, the club will continue to support other local beneficiaries and provide scholarships to graduating Lyme-Old Lyme High School students.

Ticket prices are $45 per person or $75 per couple and can be purchased from any LOLJWC member or at one of these locations: Lyme Art Association, Coffee’s Country Market, The Bowerbird, Salon Pure, or Vitality Spa. Attendees must be 21 years or older.

For additional information, visit the LOLJWC website at www.loljwc.com


Eastern CT Chamber Announces Over $88,500 in Non-Profit Grants, High Hopes is a Beneficiary


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut Foundation announced last Friday, March 20, the distribution of $88,674 to 27 eastern Connecticut nonprofits that will improve the quality of life for thousands of children in eastern Connecticut.  One of the recipients is High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., in Old Lyme, which was awarded $3,000 to increase recreational and therapeutic opportunities available to individuals with disabilities in Connecticut during summer 2015.

The Foundation raised funds throughout 2014 with fundraisers including the Annual Bowl-a-Thon at Foxwoods in April and the Annual Holiday Gala held at Mohegan Sun in December.

“I would once again like to thank the community for its continued support of the Foundation’s Holiday Gala,” said Lou Ziegler, chairman of the Foundation’s board. “Once again you have come through in a time of need showing your generosity for those less fortunate.  A special thanks goes to the Mohegan Tribe and Mohegan Sun, not only for providing a venue that is second to none, but for going above and beyond in your efforts to make sure this event is successful.

“Thank you to all of our Sponsors, Committee Members, Volunteers, Foundation Board members and staff of the Chamber.  Putting this event together is a team effort, and everyone mentioned plays a critical role in our success,” said Ziegler.

Since 2002, the Chamber Foundation has donated more than $1 million to numerous local organizations that serve the needs of children. The Foundation’s goal is to support projects and programs that enhance and enrich education and economic opportunities in the Chamber’s service area.

This year recipients will be able to provide children and families with warm clothes for winter, toys and books for Christmas, summer camp experiences, help going to college, violin lessons, and car safety seats, among many other benefits. The full list of recipients is below.

In addition to High Hopes, the 2015 Chamber Foundation grant recipients are:

  • New London Community Orchestra: $1,000 to fund a summer program providing free violin lessons in conjunction with the New London Magnet Schools.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Norwich: $1,500 to purchase diapers and formula for children of low-income families.
  • Mystic Aquarium: $1,500 to fund the City Meets the Sea program which instills a sense of respect for natural resources for students in elementary schools in New London and Norwich.
  • Norwich Community Backpack Program: $1,500 to provide backpacks and school supplies to children of low-income families.
  • Norwich Human Services: $1,500 to provide uniforms for children of low-income families that cannot afford to provide them.
  • The Arc New London County: $1,500 to purchase iPads to use with young adults in the School to Work Transition Program.
  • Covenant Shelter of New London: $2,000 to provide support for an after-school tutoring and mentoring program and a summer program for children at Covenant Shelter of New London, as well as those who have moved into housing.
  • The Riverfront Children’s Center: $2,000 to replace broken, worn-out, and unsafe heating baseboard fixtures in the Polliwogs and Turtles preschool classrooms.
  • Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center: $2,500 to support the Center’s crisis pregnancy program, which provides medical and material support for women and teens experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
  • Center for Hospice Care of Southeastern Connecticut: $2,500 to support their expressive arts program for children and teens grieving the loss of a loved one, helping them to manage emotions and learn coping skills.
  • New England Science & Sailing Foundation: $2,500 to provide a STEM education program at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School in New London.
  • Public Library of New London: $2,500 to create a pilot project to encourage every preschool child in New London to experience one thousand books before starting school.
  • Mayflower Montessori School: $2,871 to install a CCTV door monitor system on the main door of their facility with lock releases in the administrative offices, preschool, and infant classrooms.
  • Madonna Place: $3,000 to fund a program that helps at-risk children succeed in school through home visiting services and creating action plans.
  • TVCCA (Thames Valley Council for Community Action): $3,000 to support the 20th Annual Santa Anonymous Winter Boot Projects, which would allow 100 pairs of boots to be distributed in Dec. 2015 to low-income children and families in New London County.
  • Higher Edge: $3,100 to continue the College Access Program and mentor low-income and first-generation college-bound students.
  • Read to Ride: $3,200 to encourage reading in schools in Norwich and Montville by providing the incentive of winning a new bike, helmet, and lock for grades K-3 or a $100 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card for grades 4-5.
  • Thames River Family Program: $4,000 to cover the costs of tuition, transportation, and clothing for 15 Thames River Family Program children whose mothers cannot afford to send them to camps this summer.
  • Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut: $4,300 to purchase and install 60 car seats for low-income families as a part of the Safe Kids New London Coalition.
  • Safe Futures: $4,703 to purchase a new wooden playscape and rubberized mulch for the Genesis House Emergency Shelter playground area.
  • Waterford Country School: $5,000 to be used for their adoption program for eastern CT.
  • United Community and Family Services: $5,000 to fund the addition of Case Coordination to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Center.
  • Vincent de Paul Place, Norwich: $5,000 to provide peanut butter and cereal to children whose families participate in the St. Vincent de Paul Place food pantry.
  • Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality: $5,000 to support their direct services for families with children at imminent risk of homelessness in New London County through their Homelessness Prevention Program.
  • Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board: $5,000 to fund their Summer Youth Employment Program, which prepares students to enter a career pathway model into Advanced Manufacturing.
  • Tommy Toy Fund: $10,000 to purchase toys, books, and gloves for approximately 5,000 children in eastern CT for the 2015 holidays.

Talking Transportation: Malloy’s Transit Land Grab

Don’t look now, but Governor Malloy is trying to take your land, or at least control of the land around your local train or bus station.

When the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently tried to shove a private development down the throats of Stamford under the guise of, “transit oriented development,” in replacing the garage at the train station, city fathers were justifiably upset.  They voted through a zoning change giving them some say on the project, as well they should.

As revenge Governor Malloy is now proposing a statewide “Transit Corridor Development Authority” (TCDA) that would bigfoot the towns and cities, giving the state control over land, buildings and development within a half-mile of all transit stations.

Your favorite coffee shop across from your Metro-North stop could be torn down and replaced with offices.  Parking lots could be enlarged with fees set by the CDOT, not the towns where the lots reside.  If the state wants to erect a building taller than local zoning laws allow, too bad … they can and will.  As one critic described it, this is, “eminent domain on steroids.”

The TCDA would be run by political appointees, a majority controlled by the Governor and not answerable to the local residents whose land would be affected.  The agency could issue its own bonds financed by rents and taxes on the very structures they want built.  And the agency would continue with this power forever, under, “perpetual succession”.

The TCDA would have the power to condemn property that it alone claims it needs to further its goals.  Town and regional planning and zoning boards can just go pound sand, powerless to stop them.

Because train and stations are usually in the downtown of cities and towns, those municipalities would lose control of the development destiny of their very core.  The Governor’s bill would have us believe that Hartford, or this new agency of political hacks, knows what’s best for us, not our elected mayors and first selectmen.

It has been proven that the private developer chosen for the Stamford garage project just happened to have donated $165,000 to the State Democrats  before and after his selection.  Yet, there’s nothing in the Governor’s TCDA bill (HB 6851) to prevent such “pay for play” activities.

Were Dannel Malloy still mayor of Stamford, he would scream bloody murder if a bill like this were introduced in Hartford.  But as Governor, he seems to have no qualms at telling 169 towns and cities in this state that he knows best … that Hartford will determine if skyscrapers built by private developers should be plopped down in your town and mine.

“Transit oriented development” makes sense and should be encouraged.  We all need to promote housing and commercial growth focusing on our train and bus stations.  But this is a local issue, not a state right.

If we are to preserve the local identity and feel of our communities, we must stop the Governor’s land grab and keep control of our destiny.  Tell your State Representative and State Senator you oppose HB 6851 and Malloy’s land-grab.

Jim Cameron

Jim Cameron

About the author: Jim Cameron is founder of The Commuter Action Group, and a member of the Darien RTM.  The opinions expressed in this column are only his own.  You can reach him at CommuterActionGroup@gmail.com   For a full collection of “Talking Transportation” columns, see www.talkingtransportation.blogspot.com


SECWAC Hosts Presentation Tonight in Old Lyme on Arabs, Israelis and Military Force

Jeremy Pressman

Jeremy Pressman

Jeremy Pressman, Professor of Political Science, Director of Middle East Studies, University of Connecticut, will present, “Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force” on Monday evening, March 23, at the Old Lyme Country Club.  This event is hosted by the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC)

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m.  followed by the talk starting at 6 p.m.  A dinner follows immediately after the presentation for a limited number of Members and Guests.  Making a dinner reservation is required.

Professor Pressman (PhD, MIT, 2002) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut where he studies international relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Middle East politics, and U.S. foreign policy.  He has held fellowships at Harvard University, the University of Sydney, and the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut.

Pressman previously worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Milt Walters, SECWAC’s Chairman expressed his gratitude that, “Professor Pressman with his extensive Middle East experiences would provide our Members with his first hand insights in these volatile times.”

He has published extensively in academic journals such as Diplomatic History, International Security, and International Studies Perspectives, and appeared on the WNPR program “Where We Live” in 2014.  He has written two books, Warring Friends: Alliance Restraint in International Politics (Cornell University Press, 2008) and Point of No Return: The Deadly Struggle for Middle East Peace, with Geoffrey Kemp (Brookings Institution Press, 1997).

Pressman is currently writing a third book, tentatively titled “The sword is not enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the limits of military force.”  Pressman also writes for Beacon Reader and is on twitter @djpressman

Call 860-912-5718 or emailinfo@secwac.org to make a reservation for this event. On confirmation send a check for $35 for each reservation to: SECWAC, 914 Hartford Turnpike, Waterford, CT 06385.

Please respect others.  Seating and meals are based on actual reservations.

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council is a regional, non-profit membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America and foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming. Its principal activity is to provide a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between our members and U.S. policy makers and other experts on foreign relations (http://www.secwac.org).

Guests are welcome to call 860-912-5718 or emailinfo@secwac.org to reserve a guest pass.

Upcoming Program:  Dorothy James, PhD, Professor of Government and International Relations at Connecticut College will speak on “The Art of Chinese Politics and the Politics of Chinese Art” at the Student Center, Connecticut College on April 16.