May 27, 2015

Wildcats Advance to Shoreline Lax Final

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl’s lacrosse team crushed Morgan High School of Clinton 18-5 yesterday afternoon to move forward to Thursday’s Shoreline Championship final against Old Saybrook at Connecticut College.

Sloane Sweitzer and Sydney Cowell scored six goals apiece, while Sophia Romeo and Lauren Quaratella added two each.

Click to read a full report of the game by Vickie Fulkerson and published May 26 on


Memories of Memorial Day 2015


Photo by N.B. Logan

It was a perfect day for a parade on Monday in Old Lyme and our little town stepped up to the plate yet again to put on a parade full of not only fun and frivolity, but also pride and patriotism.


Old Lyme’s leading politicians strode purposefully down Lyme Street.  First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (in blue) walks with Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal (in red), Selectman Skip Sibley ( second from left) and State Representative Devin Carney (R) at left.


Photo by N.B. Logan

Flags were carried …


Photo by N.B. Logan

Bagpipes were blown …


Photo by N.B. Logan

Scouts marched …

... and the band played.

… and the bands played.


Photo by N.B. Logan


Lyme firemen were dressed for action …


Photo by N.B. Logan

… and Teacher of the Year Mary Bradford from Mile Creek School waved and smiled … and smiled and waved …


Photo by N.B. Logan

The “What Memorial Day Means to Me” essay contest winners traveled in style …


Photo by N.B. Logan

… while this serving army member stood and waved from the top of a camouflage truck.

Photo by Olwen Logan.

The Daisies were delightful …

Photo by Olwen Logan.

Photo by N.B. Logan

Photo by N.B. Logan

Phoebe Griffin Noyes aka Mary Dangremond proudly participated to remind everyone of the Old Lyme Library’s namesake …

Photo by Olwen Logan

This Lyme Cub Scout confidently led his troop …

Photo by Olwen Logan

Tom Risom was at the head of the Old Lyme Fire Department …

Photo by Olwen Logan

And let’s not forget the reason for the season … our veterans.

Photo by John Ward

Photo by John Ward

In honor of the fallen … the Memorial Stone reads: “To all who served and sacrificed so we could enjoy lasting freedom.” Dedicated by American Legion Post 41, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1467, and the People of Old Lyme, the wreath was moved away and then replaced during the ceremony.

Photo by John Ward

Photo by John Ward

Sharing the moment … Before the ceremony, VFW Chapter 1467 member and U.S. Army Air Corps Maj. Edmund H. Wolcott (Ret.) of Old Lyme (left) speaks with Todd Machnik (right) of Old Lyme.

Photo by John Ward

Photo by John Ward

Helping with the homily … Old Lyme Fire Department Chaplain Mervin F. Roberts delivers the homily.

Photo by John Ward

Photo by John Ward

Saluting the colors … the Old Lyme Fire Department, including the Color Guard, stands proud.

Photo by John Ward

Photo by John Ward

Rounding off the ceremony, Meyer Goldberg of Lyme, Memorial Day Essay Contest silver medal winner, reads his essay beautifully.

Photo by James Meehan Art & Design, ©2015

Photo by James Meehan Art & Design, ©2015

And finally for all you history buffs out there … (text and photo courtesy of James Meehan) this flag was hanging on the former Masonic Hall Building (now a private residence) on Lyme Street during the parade. The curious child lying at the lower left is counting the flag’s stars to find thirty-four. The 34th star represents the state of Kansas, which was the 34th state to be admitted to the Union on January 29, 1861.

Mile Creek School Holds Memorial Day Program, Teacher of the Year Mary Bradford Also Honored

Mile Creek students sing during the Memorial Day program.

Mile Creek students sing during the Memorial Day program.

The traditional Mile Creek School Memorial Day program was held last Friday. During the program, Roger Haynes, who taught history at Lyme-Old Lyme High School for more than 35 years, spoke to the second and third graders.

He walked the children through the Pledge of Allegiance, clarifying the meaning of the language used so long ago.

Taking flowers to the veteran's graves.

Taking flowers to the veteran’s graves.

The second graders recited Flanders Field, before proceeding to the adjacent cemetery to decorate the graves of local veterans dating back as far as the Revolutionary War.

Roger Haynes presents Mary Bradford with a VFW award for Teacher of the Year.

Roger Haynes presents Mary Bradford with a VFW award for Teacher of the Year.

The members of the Old Lyme Veterans of Foreign Wars presented second grade teacher Mary Bradford with an award for Teacher of the Year.


Teacher of the Year Mary Bradford (center) stands with the VFW members who came to honor her.

VFW members present at the ceremony were former Old Lyme First Selectman Tim Griswold, Roger Haynes, Bob Whitcomb and Commander William Appleby. Mile Creek Principal Patricia Downes is also in the photo at right.


Happy Memorial Day! Old Lyme’s Parade Kicks Off at 11am

The parade heads down McCurdy towards the cemetery.

Last year’s parade heads down McCurdy towards the cemetery.

Old Lyme’s Annual Memorial Day observance will be held on Monday, May 25, with Bill Appleby, Commander of American Legion Post 41 as Master of Ceremonies.Ceremonies.

A grand parade will start promptly at 11 a.m. at the Lyme Street Fire Station and proceed via Lyme Street and McCurdy Road to the Duck River Cemetery for a memorial service.

Invocation and Benediction will be offered by Chaplain Mervin F. Roberts, Chaplain of Old Lyme Fire Department.

Following the program, the parade will re-form and return to the fire station where refreshments will be available to all parade participants.

The winners of an essay contest on “What Memorial Day Means to Me” will read their essays as part of the cemetery program.  The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Band, New London Firefighters Pipes and Drums and a Rifle Squad from the Connecticut Army National Guard will also participate in the ceremony.

Returning for this year’s celebration are the Lyme and Old Lyme Fire Departments, a contingent from the Connecticut National Guard and music provided by the Lyme-Old Lyme High School and Middle School Bands along with Deep River Senior Drum Corps and the New London Firefighters Pipes and Drums.  A number of marching units representing local civic groups from Lyme, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook will also participate.

Parade participants are asked to report to the fire station not later than 10:30 a.m. for assignment to positions in the line of march which will form on the access road behind the fire station.

For youngsters who wish to march but do not have a group with whom to march, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau invites them to join their contingent with a decorated bike, scooter, stroller … whatever!  If the mode of transport mentions LYSB, you will win a prize!

The Memorial Day observance is sponsored by the Old Lyme Fire Department with financial support from the Town of Old Lyme.  In the event of rain, the parade will be canceled and an appropriate ceremony will be conducted at the Middle School Auditorium at 11 a.m. followed by refreshments at the Lyme Street Fire Station.

For more information contact:

Anthony Hendriks, Parade Organizer
71 Lyme Street, P.O. Box 965
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Tel (H) 860-434-9891, (O) 860-434-5201, (FAX) 860-434-8989, (C) 860-391-2947


Tony Vallombroso
69 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371


Old Lyme Historical Society Holds First Annual Memorial Day Tag Sale

The Old Lyme Historical Society is hosting its first annual Memorial Day Tag Sale on Monday, May 25, at 55 Lyme St. in Old Lyme from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Rain date is Saturday, May 30.

Support the mission of the Society to collect, preserve and interpret the rich history of Old Lyme and its environs by picking up some “treasures” at the Memorial Day Tag Sale.


Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Host Antique Car Show at Lyme Academy Today


Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will host their 11th Annual Antique Car Show at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There is a 250 car maximum.  The awards will be presented at 2 p.m.  There is no rain date for this event.

All proceeds will benefit Lion charities.

-To register online for the Car Show, click here.
(NOTE: All online registrations must be in by 12pm on May 22)
-If you do not wish to register online, you may fill out the registration form and present it upon arrival.  Download the registration form here.
You may also register at All-Pro Automotive, 147 Boston Post Rd., Old Lyme, CT
- Registration cost is $10 (Payable upon arrival)
– Checks to be made out to Lyme – Old Lyme Charities, Inc.

– All winning cars are voted on by car show attendees.
– Dash Plaques will be awarded to the first 150 cars that register.
– Trophies will be awarded to the best cars in their class.  The various car classes are listed at the bottom of this page.
– Specialty trophies will also be awarded.

Schedule of Events:
9am – 2pm – Antique Car Show and Flea Market.
9am – 10am – Plaques will be given out to the first 150 cars.
11am – Memorial Day Parade on Lyme Street. (25 cars may participate)
12:30pm – All ballots are due at the registration booth.
1pm – Awards

LYSB Community Booth Area:
The Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club will again be running the Memorial Day Antiques Car Show this year on the grounds of  Lyme Academy College.   Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is organizing the community booths area of the show.  Does your group or organization want to have a booth or activity at the Show?  Call LYSB to discuss at 860-434-7208 or visit their website.

Flea Market Information:
Vendor lot sizes are 20′ x 20′ and will cost $40 to register your spot.  Space is limited, be sure to register soon.  For more information, call Jim Graybill at the number listed at at 860-434-3530.

Car Classes:
Class A: Pre 1930
Class B: 1931 – 1942
Class C: 1945 – 1954
Class D: 1955 – 1962
Class E: 1963 – 1972
Class F: 1973 – 1987
Class G: Imports through 1987
Class H: Exotics (All years are valid)
Class I: Mustang & Thunderbirds through 1987
Class J: Corvettes through 1987
Class K: Hot Rods & Modified (All years are valid)
Class L: Others / Trucks / Specialty Vehicles through 1987
Class M: Tuners (All years are valid)

For more information about the car show and flea market, contact Phil Parcak at 860.434. 9044 or Jim Graybill at 860-434-3530.


Old Lyme Church Continues 350th Celebrations with Concert Sunday Featuring Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’


Throughout 2015, the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is celebrating 350 years of history. A series of concerts and a talk on the historic landscape of Lyme Street have been scheduled to commemorate the rich legacy of the past and ongoing connections that link the church and the larger community.

The next event is a concert to be held at the church on Sunday, May 31, at 4 p.m. when the Senior Choir from the Congregational Church will be joined by choristers from Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church and Christ the King Church, both in Old Lyme, to perform Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria.’

Vivaldi composed the ‘Gloria’ in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for girls (or more probably a home, generously endowed by the girls’ “anonymous” fathers, for the illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen and their mistresses). The Ospedale prided itself on the quality of its musical education and the excellence of its choir and orchestra.

A priest, music teacher and virtuoso violinist, Vivaldi composed many sacred works for the Ospedale, where he spent most of his career, as well as hundreds of instrumental concertos to be played by the girls’ orchestra. This, his most famous choral piece, presents the traditional Gloria from the Latin Mass in 12 varied cantata-like sections.

The wonderfully sunny nature of the ‘Gloria’ with its distinctive melodies and rhythms is characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music, giving it an immediate and universal appeal. It is written for female soloists, chorus and small orchestra.

All are welcome to attend this concert and join the continuing celebrations of this important year in the life of the Church.  Admission is $10 per person or $20 per family.

Public worship on the east side of the Connecticut River can be traced back to 1664 when the Court acknowledged that there were “thymes and seasons” when inhabitants could not attend Sabbath meetings in Saybrook and ordered them to agree on a house where they would gather on the Lord’s Day. A year later, Articles of Agreement defined a “loving parting” that created a separate “plantation” on the river’s east side, which would soon be named Lyme.

The first three meetinghouses stood on a hill overlooking Long Island Sound. After a lightning strike destroyed the third of those structures in 1815, the church was relocated to its present site closer to the village. Master builder Samuel Belcher from Ellington was hired to design a fourth meetinghouse beside the town green and the cornerstone was laid on June 10, 1816. That stately white church with its graceful steeple and columned façade, painted repeatedly by the country’s most prominent landscape artists, burned to the ground on July 5, 1907, in what was almost certainly an act of arson.

Rebuilt to replicate Belcher’s design after a community-wide, fundraising campaign, the fifth meetinghouse, which was dedicated in 1910, remains today as both a vibrant center of faith and fellowship and Old Lyme’s most important historic landmark.

For more information on the concert of church life and events, visit or call the church office at (860)-434-8686.

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is located at the intersection of Ferry Rd. and Lyme Old Lyme, CT.


Music & Memory Documentary Film Screening, Panel Discussion at ‘The Kate,’ Jun 2

An Alzheimer’s patient reacts to music of "The Beach Boys.” Photo courtesy of BOND360

An Alzheimer’s patient reacts to music of “The Beach Boys.” Photo courtesy of BOND360

Community Music School, the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, and The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center present a screening of the award-winning documentary film “Alive Inside” on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at The Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by phone at 860-767-0026 or in person at Community Music School, 90 Main Street, Centerbrook; or by visiting

“Alive Inside” follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

The documentary visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin. Many will remember the viral video “Henry Wakes Up!” – a clip from the film that shows a 92-year old nursing home resident enthusiastically responding to music.

The evening will include a brief performance by the New Horizons Band and post-screening panel discussion with experts in the field of memory loss. The New Horizons Band is a program of the Music School that offers active adults the opportunity to play music with their peers in a supportive environment.

This film is not rated, but is recommended for ages 13 and up.

For additional information, contact Community Music School at 860-767-0026.

Editor’s Notes: Community Music School offers innovative educational music programming and music therapy led by a board-certified music therapist for infants through adults, building on a 30 year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so that they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 70,000 people in Connecticut. The Alzheimer‘s Association provides services to those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias; advocates for policy change and research funding; and advances research toward prevention, treatment and a cure. The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter’s main office is in Southington, with regional offices throughout the state in Hamden, New Milford, Norwich, and Norwalk. To learn more contact the Connecticut Chapter at


Chester Synagogue to Host Rare Discussion of Jewish Organizations Response to Palestinian BDS Movement, May 30

CHESTER — Since 2005, Palestinian organizations have increasingly called for worldwide support for a movement to boycott, divest from and sanction (BDS) Israel. Although this movement has gained some support in the United States, particularly on university campuses, it has also engendered sharp responses from American Jewish organizations – so sharp that they have consistently refused to appear on the same program as Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), an organization which supports the BDS movement, to avoid providing any air of legitimacy to JVP and the BDS discussion.

On Saturday, May 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) in Chester will host representatives of two American Jewish organizations with opposing views on BDS – J Street and Jewish Voice for Peace. In a forum titled “Can We Talk – BDS, the Jewish Response and Anti-Semitism,” the role of BDS in the Middle East peace process will be explored.

Speaking in favor of the BDS movement will be Robert Gelbach, co-chair of the New Haven chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, co-convener of the Connecticut BDS coalition, and retired professor of political science from Southern Connecticut State University. Learn more about JVP at

Speaking against the BDS movement will be Shaina Wasserman, New England Regional Director for J Street, a Jewish organization which describes itself as “the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.”

Audience questions will be highlighted, and there will be time for audience opinions as well.

Andy Schatz, chair of the Social Action Committee of CBSRZ, which is sponsoring the forum, stressed the significance of this discussion not only because of what it may clarify about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but also for what it says about the Jewish community in the U.S. “We think it is critical for Jewish communities and organizations to discuss openly these tough and uncomfortable issues to reach better solutions, and we are grateful for J Street for being willing to discuss the issue directly with JVP, which the other organizations we invited continued to refuse.”

He continues, “This discussion is another in the CBSRZ’ series of forums ‘celebrating diversity,’ as we think diversity of opinion within the American Jewish community is critical not only to reach those better solutions but to make clear American Jews are not some monolithic body but millions of people with oft-divergent views on issues large and small.”

Schatz noted that some of the topics likely to be discussed include:

  • Is boycott, divestment or sanction ever appropriate against democratic countries, and is any different standard appropriate as to Israel?
  • Can the BDS movement play a legitimate or positive role in the peace process in the Middle East?
  • Is the BDS movement inconsistent with support for Israel, a Jewish state, or a two-state solution?
  • Are boycotts, divestments or sanctions, which impact people and not just governments, inconsistent with religious values?
  • Is anti-Semitism increased by the BDS movement and/or by the refusal of most Jewish organizations to address it?
  • What should be the role of the American Jewish community and organizations in the debate over Israel’s future?

CBSRZ is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester. There is no charge for this event, but to ensure adequate seating, register by sending an email to the CBSRZ office ( or calling 860-526-8920. Light refreshments will be provided.


Danforth Art Appoints Former Lyme Academy President as New Executive Director

Debra Petke

Debra Petke

Danforth Art Museum/School has announced that Debra Petke, former President and CEO of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, has been appointed as its new Executive Director.

The press release issued by Danforth Art announcing the decision says Petke is eager to deepen connections with the Danforth Art community, as well as the wider MetroWest community, and to secure a bright future for the museum and art education center in its future home at the Jonathan Maynard Building on the historic Framingham Centre Common.

“I am honored to lead Danforth Art at this pivotal moment. This is an institution that began as a grassroots organization by dedicated citizens and for 40 years has provided those citizens, and the whole region, with countless exhibitions, art classes, and programs,” says Petke in the release. “With careful planning, our future move to the Jonathan Maynard building will allow Danforth Art to better showcase our exceptional Permanent Collection, to improve our facilities for our quality studio art classes and education programs offered in museum and school, and to provide better visitor amenities … All in one of Framingham’s most beautiful historic buildings! I am excited to work with the Board, staff, faculty, and volunteers to achieve this goal.”

Petke served as President and CEO of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts for five years through 2012. Prior to that she spent 14 years at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Conn., where she served as Executive Director after a significant time as Deputy Director and Chief Curator. While there, she instituted a changing exhibition program, oversaw the restoration of the 1874 Mark Twain House with Tiffany interiors, and created a number of nationally-recognized education programs. She was also instrumental in the planning, building, and operations of a new museum center.

Petke started her museum career at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. An art historian specializing in American art, she has taught art history and museum studies at various colleges and universities.  She holds an MA in art history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a BA in art history from Providence College.

Petke will start her position mid-June; she and her husband Raymond will relocate to the area.



First Congregational Church of Old Lyme Hosts Marrow Donor Registration Drive Tomorrow

The Boardman family

The Boardman family

The community of Old Lyme is asking residents to help save a life.

On Sunday, May 24, the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is hosting a marrow donor registry drive between 12 and 5 p.m. to raise awareness about the need for marrow donors. Potential donors, who must be aged between 18 and 44, can take the first step to save a life.

Registration requires paperwork and a cheek swab sample taken from the inside of the mouth. Most donations, if you later match a patient, are done through an automated blood donation.

The drive is being held in honor Debra Boardman.  Debra is the wife of Michael Boardman, and mother of two wonderful daughters, Emma (12) and Molly (7) Boardman.  She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in March 2015 and began treatment right away.  It was quickly determined that her best chance to beat this disease is a stem cell transplant.

Unfortunately, both of her sisters were not a match so she needs to find a donor through the Be The Match registry. Could you be her match?  A matching donor will give her the opportunity for a cure.  Consider joining the Be The Match® Registry to help Debra and others fighting blood diseases.

It costs about $100 to add each potential marrow donor to the Be The Match® registry.  Typing costs for this drive will be covered by health insurance and Michael’s Fund of Fall River, Mass. There will be no out of pocket expense for anyone wishing to the join the registry.

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is located at 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

The Rhode Island Blood Center’s Marrow Donor Program is working with the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to host this event. The Rhode Island Blood Center is a donor center for Be The Match®, involved in recruiting marrow donors and facilitating donations throughout New England.

Be The Match® is a movement that engages a growing community of people inspired to help patients who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant from an unrelated donor. The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), a leader in the field of marrow and cord blood transplantation, created Be The Match® to provide opportunities for the public to become involved in saving the lives of people with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases.

For more information, visit or call 800-283-8385 ext.720.

Michael’s Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help adults and children survive cancer through marrow transplants. The organization was founded by family members of Michael Wrobel who in 1996, at the age of 11, lost his battle with lymphoma when a matching donor could not be found.

The organization provides funds that enable the RI Blood Center to add more marrow donors to the Be The Match® Registry thus increasing the number of donors available to patients.


Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Meeting Tonight Features Conn. College  President, All Welcome

Katherine Bergeron

Katherine Bergeron

A “native daughter” of Old Lyme will be returning to her home town to reflect on current trends in higher education which will guide the next generation of “thinkers, doers, and leaders.”

President Katherine Bergeron of Connecticut College will be the speaker at the monthly dinner meeting of the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce. The Wednesday, May 20 gathering will begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Lyme Inn and is open to members and friends.

Bergeron’s talk is on “The Liberal Arts College in the 21st Century.”

President Bergeron is a 1976 graduate of Old Lyme High School. Her life in the town was the precursor to a distinguished academic career at Wesleyan and and Cornell, followed by faculty posts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tufts University, the University of California at Berkeley, and then at Brown University, where she later was appointed dean of the college and led numerous curricular innovations.

Since becoming president of Connecticut College on Jan. 1, 2014, she has worked to advance the design of “a new liberal arts curriculum,” designed to “produce a new generation of thinkers, doers, and leaders, prepared for the challenges of an ever more complex and dynamic future.”

Editor’s Note: To reserve dinner seating at $25 per person, contact or  All are welcome to attend this special event — it is not limited to Chamber members.


Dedication of Lyme Town Campus Center Tonight Precedes Budget Meeting

Lyme Town Hall

Lyme Town Hall

Lyme residents, neighbors and friends are invited to celebrate the end of the town hall and library building project at a dedication of the two buildings on Tuesday, May 19.  Participants should meet at the library at 6:30 p.m.

After a short ceremony, the event will move to the town hall.  Selectman Steve Mattson has volunteered to ring the town bell to mark the occasion.  Townspeople are encouraged to stay for the annual town budget meeting, which will be held for the first time, in the new town meeting room at 7:30 p.m.

Lyme Public Library

Lyme Public Library

The dedication marks the end of a nearly six-year project which began in 2009 when First Selectman Ralph Eno appointed the Lyme Town Campus Planning Committee.  Committee members were Mac Godley, Dan Hagan, Richard Lightfoot, Chuck Lynch, Steve Mattson, Allen Petri, David Tiffany and Janis Witkins.

Actual construction began in September 2013 and was finished in April 2015.

The renovated and expanded Lyme Town Hall is approximately 5,000 square feet, twice its original size, and features a new vault for the safe storage of the town’s records.  The library increased from almost 4,100 square feet to approximately 6,800 square feet and includes new space for the Lyme Local History Archives.

With a program room, two small meeting rooms and plenty of space for socializing, the new library serves both as a library and a community center for Lyme.  Both buildings are wired for current technology with open public wifi available throughout the campus, including the new town green.

The total project budget was $5.08 million, and it is anticipated that the project will come in slightly under that number.  Over $1.5 million was raised through grants and the generosity of private donors.


World Renowned Singers Pittsinger, Schumann to Star in Ivoryton’s ‘South Pacific’

David Pittsinger

David Pittsinger

Ivoryton Playhouse has announced that world renowned American bass-baritone David Pittsinger* will be revisiting the role of Emile deBecque – the role he played in the Lincoln Center production to great critical acclaim – in the July production of South Pacific at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Peter Marks of the Washington Post wrote of his performance’ “That quadruple bassoon of a voice interpreting the Richard Rodgers melodies – among the most melting ever composed for the theater – is all the seduction that you or Nellie need. Somehow, the effortlessness of Pittsinger’s technique helps in the illusion that the great romance at the core of “South Pacific” truly is operatic in scope.

Mr. Pittsinger is a stage performer of the greatest distinction. Having appeared on the world’s leading opera and concert stages in Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels, Paris, Tanglewood, Pesaro, New York, Santa Fe, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and San Francisco, he is equally at home in baroque through contemporary operas, as well as musical theater.

Patricia Schumann

Patricia Schumann


He will be joined by his wife, internationally celebrated soprano Patricia Schuman*, who will also be making her Ivoryton Playhouse debut, as Bloody Mary. A performer of great breadth, Ms. Schuman began her career with the great Mozart repertoire, performing Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Metropolitan Opera and has performed at most of the great opera houses throughout Europe and the United States.

David and Patricia made their home in Essex almost 20 years ago, and even though their work in the opera world has them travelling all over the world, they both feel a special connection to Connecticut shoreline. David, who grew up in Clinton and attended the University of Connecticut and Yale, is thrilled to be giving back to his community and the Playhouse is honored to welcome both of them to the historic Ivoryton stage.

South Pacific opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on July 1 and runs through July 26. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Additional matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, Saturday, July 18, and Saturday, July 25. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. There is no performance on Saturday, July 4.

Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.)

The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.


Old Lyme to Hold Annual Budget Meeting Tonight

The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen has announced that the Town’s Annual Budget meeting will be held next Monday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium.

The agenda includes the following items, on each of which a hand or voice vote will likely be held:

  1. To establish a Road Improvement Fund as part of the annual budget, as recommended by the Board of Finance.
  2. To establish a Town Building Improvement Fund as part of the annual budget, and to initially fund the same with the $178,700 remaining in the Town Hall Improvement Fund, as recommended by the Board of Finance.
  3. To adopt the Budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, as recommended by the Board of Finance.
  4. To adopt a proposal that taxes in the Town of Old Lyme on Real Estate and Personal Property shall be paid in two (2) semi-annual installments, the first payment being due on July 1, 2015 and the second payment on January 1, 2016.  Any tax in these categories under $100.00 will be due in full in one payment in July, 2015, as are vehicles on the Supplemental List due in January, 2016 in one payment.
  5. To appropriate the additional sum of $37,500 for the Town’s Emergency Management Account in connection with the Blizzard of 2015, as recommended by the Board of Finance. Such appropriation may be funded in part by federal monies under FEMA.
  6. To approve an amount not to exceed $148,000 for completion of the Water Pollution Control Authority’s Coastal Wastewater Facilities Plan, with anticipated reimbursement of $114,400 through the Clean Water Funds.

‘A Year in Connecticut’ Photo Exhibit on View at Old Lyme Library

The signature photograph of the, "A Year in Connecticut" exhibition by Steve Nadler, which opens Sunday afternoon.

The signature photograph for the, “A Year in Connecticut” exhibition by Steve Nadler, which opens Sunday afternoon.

A new exhibition and sale of landscape photographs by Steve Nadler is on view at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

The exhibition titled, “A Year in Connecticut,” is Nadler’s photo essay on the natural beauty that exists in southeastern Connecticut.

Nadler explains, “My year is not 12 consecutive months but rather the four seasons that represent one full year.  As you walk through the exhibit area, my hope is that you experience the feeling of the changing seasons in all their glory.”

He continues, “My intent is for you to understand that it is not what you see in these images but more importantly, how you feel when you see them.”

Nadler will speak more about his work in a short gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

The show runs through June 30, and the library will benefit from a portion of the sales of the photographs.

For more information, visit the library’s website or call 860-434-1684.  The library is located at 2 Library Ln. in Old Lyme, CT 06371.


Tour de Lyme Today Benefits Lyme Land Trust, Bikes for Kids

Many hands make light work during the bike pick-up at Reynolds Subaru in Lyme.

Many hands make light work during the bike pick-up at Reynolds Subaru in Lyme. is proud to be a sponsor of this great event … and we’re participating too!  See you there …

The Tour de Lyme ( is a charity cycling event organized to help support the Lyme Land Conservation Trust’s preservation and stewardship activities of its scenic recreation properties, natural woodlands and wildlife and fish and fowl water, habitats.

Donate those dust-collecting, no-longer-needed bikes for a great cause.

Tour de Lyme, Lyme, CT is sponsoring its second annual used bike collection for Bikes-for-Kids, Old Saybrook, CT.  Bikes can be donated three ways:

Home Pick-Up:
Call 860-388-2453

General Public Drop Off:
May 11 to 23, at Reynolds Subaru, 268 Hamburg Rd., Lyme, CT 06371

Tour de Lyme Rider Drop Off:
Sunday, May 17,  Tour de Lyme registered riders at Ashlawn Farm parking lot, 78 Bill Hill Rd., Lyme, CT 06371

Bikes for Kids ( is a Connecticut charity that collects, refurbishes, and distributes refurbished bikes to needy families primarily in the inner cities of New London, New Haven, Middletown, and Hartford.


For additional information contact:

Milt Walters, Lyme Land Conservation Trust
(p) 203-485-6070

Dave Fowler, Bikes for Kids

(p) 860-388-2453


Friends of Lyme Library Spring Book Sale Ends Today with Bargains Galore

booksThe Friends of the Lyme Public Library will conduct their annual Spring Book Sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 15, 16 and 17, at the library on Rte. 156 in Lyme.

Sale hours are: Friday, May 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Friday, books are double priced; Saturday, priced as marked, Sunday half -priced from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m., “fill a bag” for $5.  Credit cards will be accepted this year.

There will be a large selection of hardcover books, paperbacks, children’s books, audio books, music cds, and DVDs available for sale.

Proceeds help support the library, enabling both the purchase of materials and presentation of programs


Touch-a-Truck in East Lyme Today Benefits Child & Family

Sally Myers, Chairperson of the 2015 East Lyme Auxiliary Child and Family Agency-Touch-A-Truck event, is seen hard at work in this photo.

Sally Myers, chairperson of the 2015 East Lyme Auxiliary Child and Family Agency-Touch-A-Truck event, is seen hard at work in this photo.

Spend a beautiful day on Niantic Bay, attending the East Lyme Auxiliary Child and Family Agency’s Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McCook Point Park in Niantic.  Rain date is Sunday, May 17.

There will be a $4 per person donation (ages 3 and up) to benefit the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.

Child & Family’s mission is to promote the well-being and development of all children and their families, in particular to give priority to the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional and intellectual care and nurturing.

Programs deal with child abuse prevention, the treatment of family violence, teen pregnancy, children’s health care, childcare, parent education and children’s mental health. Last year families were served in 67 towns in New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties, the Child & Family Agency service region.

Visit this website to learn more, to volunteer, or to donate:

Touch-A-Truck’s Chairperson is Sally Myers, immediate Past-President of the East Lyme Auxiliary.  Myers, who is a volunteer for the Auxiliary, also serves as a Child and Family Agency board member.

Myers works extensively with Lynn Fairfield-Sonn of Old Lyme, Director of Development and Community Relations for the Agency.

For more information, call Child & Family Agency at 860-443-2896, ext. 1403.

Photo-Sally Myers, Chairperson of the 2015 East Lyme Auxiliary Child and Family Agency-Touch-A-Truck Event.


Obituary: Margaret “Peggy” (Carter) Schodowski 05/12/15

Margaret "Peggy" (Carty) Schodowski and BB King.

A special memory for Margaret “Peggy” (Carty) Schodowski was meeting BB King.

Schodowski, Margaret “Peggy”; age 49; of Rochester Hills, Mich.; May 12, 2015. Loving mother of Eddie and Hannah; dear daughter of John and Peg Carty; beloved sister of Jeanne (William) Davison and James Carty. Aunt of Austin, Brenna, and James. Special friend of Pat Lubiaz.

Peggy took great pride in giving back to her community. She was instrumental in saving the home of a local Troy family as well as the historical Stiles School in Rochester Hills. She was known for granting yearly Christmas wishes for a daycare center in Detroit and helping people find lost valuables and missing money. She was a proud member of the Rochester Historical Study Committee.

Funeral Mass Friday, May 15, 2015, 11 a.m. with an instate time of 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Hills, 2675 John R. Road, Rochester Hills. The family will receive friends Thursday 4-8 p.m. at the Potere-Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., Rochester.

Service and burial arrangements in Boston, Mass., are as follows:
Monday, May 18
Viewing for all at Dolan’s Funeral Home 460 Granite St., Milton MA.
Viewing is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Graveside burial service at Milton Cemetery 1:30 p.m.
Reception for attendees at Alba Restaurant 2 -5 p.m.
1486 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

Suggested memorials to or Online guestbook

The following obituary was published in The Patriot Ledger today at:

Margaret “Peggy” Schodowski, nee Carty, was born April 12, 1966, to Margaret and John Carty in Quincy, Mass., and passed away on May 12, 2015, in peace with her mother by her side. Peggy was a warrior during her 3-year battle with the aggressive colon cancer that eventually took her life.

Her friends and family will remember her courageous spirit and fight to survive. Even on the worst of days, Peggy remained true to her spunky and determined character, never letting a day go by without a laugh. Being near her children, Eddie and Hannah, kept Peggy going during this trying time and she chose to stay close to them even creating bucket list adventures they could all participate in towards the end of her life.

Before Peggy embarked on the fight against cancer, she had a prolific career and public persona. Peggy graduated from SUNY Utica College of Technology with a BS in Computer Science. After years of working at Air Wisconsin/United Express, A C Nielsen, Kmart, Computer Consulting, and Shelving store, she returned to school at Oakland University to pursue paralegal studies. Most recently, she was a legal assistant for Bruce J. Thornburn, Esq. of Troy and also founded her own forensic investigation and research business.

Peggy also took pride in giving back to her community. She was known for granting yearly Christmas wishes for a daycare center in Detroit and helping people find lost valuables and missing money even after all options were seemingly exhausted. Peggy was instrumental in saving the home of a local Troy family as well as the historical Stiles school in Rochester Hills. Peggy was also a proud member of the Rochester Hills Historic Study Committee.

Although Peggy always lived life to the fullest, she gained a renewed appreciation on value of “living” every day to the fullest through her cancer diagnosis. Peggy could not have gotten through the past few years without the love and support of her countless friends at St. Pauls Cancer Group in Rochester.

Peggy is survived by her two children, Eddie and Hannah Schodowski of Rochester Hills, Mich.; her parents, John and Margaret Carty of Park City, Utah; her brother, James Carty and his son James of Norwood, Mass.; her sister, Jeanne (William) Davison and their children Austin and Brenna Davison of Park City, Utah; and her special friend, Pat Lubiaz of Waterford, Mich.

A viewing was held May 14, 2015, at the Potere Modetz Funeral Home, 339 Walnut Blvd., in Rochester, Mich. A funeral Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church in Rochester Hills.

Peggy will be buried in her hometown of Milton, Mass., in the Milton Cemetery, Monday, May 18, 2015. The family will receive friends Monday from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. service at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., East Milton.

It was Peggy’s request that any assistance be directed to those affected by cancer and their families. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, please find a family/person with cancer and offer assistance of any kind or donate to or www.cancerfamilyrelieffund. org/. For information and directions,