September 2, 2015

Lyme-Old Lyme VFW Helps Veterans, Their Families in Need

The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1467 has provided significant monetary help in the form of temporary services assistance to no less than 16 local veterans and family members in the last two years.

For example, it has paid for tuition, room renovations, forward and back-on heating fuel bills, helped replace a heating boiler, provided grocery gift cards and vehicle gas cards, provided temporary living expenses and paid for needy air transport, as well as repair of veterans’ vehicles.

The LOL VFW exists solely to help veterans in need, and it has no geographical boundaries or preferences in providing temporary assistance services.

The LOL VFW can defray costs for rental payment or mortgage interest payment; utility or home heating fuel;  medical expenses, medications, eyeglasses, food and incidentals, children’s clothing needs, and durable medical equipment.  The LOL VFW also defrays the costs of vehicle repairs and repairs, maintenance, or disabled access renovations of veterans homes.

The privacy of any assisted veteran and/or their families is paramount. Veterans needing VFW temporary assistance may be reached by contacting one of the following email addresses and telephone numbers:
John Donnelly,  Adjutant, j.donnelly@snet.net860-964-0876

Tim Griswold,  Senior Vice Commander,, 860-662-4001

Douglas Wilkinson, Veteran Services Officer,, 860-501-3710


Old Lyme Assessor Announces 2015 Assessment Filing Deadlines

The Old Lyme Assessor Walter Kent has announced  that the Assessment Date of Taxable Property in the Town of Old Lyme is Oct. 1.  It is no longer necessary for persons liable for taxes of real estate and automobiles registered with Connecticut Motor Vehicles Department to file Tax Lists with the Assessor annually as covered under Section 12-42 of the General Statutes.

Owners of tangible personal property, other than registered automobiles, such as commercial furniture, machinery and equipment, leased equipment, unregistered automobiles, camp trailers, etc., must file personal property list with the Assessor annually during the month of October.  Failure to file prior to Nov. 1, forces the Assessor, by law, to file the list and add a 25% Penalty (Sec. 12-42, PA 87-245).

Totally Disabled Persons, if they meet the requirements of Section 12-81(55) of the General Statutes, are eligible for the $1,000. Exemption is given upon submission of proof of such a disability by Oct. 1, 2015.

Any individual who is blind is entitled to an exemption under Section 12-81(17) shall provide proof to the Assessor and must file by Oct. 1, 2015.

Ex-Servicemen claiming statutory exemption, because of physical disability, in addition to regular exemption must submit exemption certificate from the Veterans Administration annually to prove claim.
Veterans must have filed this discharge (DD214) in the Town Clerk’s office by on or before Oct. 1, 2015 in order to receive exemption.  Section 12-81(g) provides for an increase in the property tax exemption amount granted to a qualified veteran if certain income requirements could be met.

Persons on active duty must present to the Assessor (Sec. 514) of the Soldiers and Sailors Act or a letter from their Commanding Officer stating date of entry and they are on active duty.  Any service person on active claiming Connecticut as their legal residence is entitled to one car exemption if the car is garaged out of State.

An application for property owners claiming land as farm, forest or open space should file an application before Oct. 31, 2015.  The only exception is during a revaluation year, when the deadline is extended to Dec. 30, 2015.  No other extension of the filing period is available, and failure to file within the prescribed time period is a waiver of the right to the classification for the assessment year commencing Oct. 1.

List must be filed at the Assessors Office, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme, and Connecticut 06371. OFFICE HOURS ARE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 9 AM TO 4 PM


Old Lyme Registrars Plan Lottery to Determine Order of Candidate’s Names on Election Ballot

The Old Lyme Registrars of Voters have announced they will hold a lottery to determine the horizontal order of candidates’ names for any office with a number of openings in the Nov. 3 municipal election.  The names will then appear in the order drawn within the appropriate row on the election ballot.

Candidates’ names will be drawn at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the second floor Conference Room of Memorial Town Hall on Lyme St.  The public is welcome to attend.


Lyme Library Celebrates Book Launch of Local Author James Benn’s Latest Novel, Sept. 11

whiteghostLyme Public Library welcomes local author James R. Benn on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. for the book launch of “The White Ghost,” Benn’s tenth volume in the popular Billy Boyle World War II mystery series. Benn will give a talk during the event introducing the book.

The event will be held in the Lyme Town Hall Meeting Room adjacent to the Library at 480 Hamburg Rd. (Rte. 156) in Lyme.

The White Ghost takes Billy to the South Pacific, where he meets fellow Boston Irishman Jack Kennedy after the sinking of the PT109 … it’s a complicated relationship.

Booklist gave the book a starred review and said, “Working with recently declassified documents about the Solomon Islands Campaign, Benn spins an absolute corker of a war story.”

The Historical Novel Society praises the book saying, “Replete with riveting and beautiful descriptions of the customs, rituals, and geography of these beautiful islands, this makes for great historical fiction for readers who crave a good mystery as well as a good war story.”

Crime novelist Lee Child declared, “Billy Boyle gets better and better. This is a must-read series.”

James Benn

James Benn

Benn, a resident of Hadlyme, Conn., worked in the library and information technology field for more than 35 years before he started writing full-time. One lesson he says that’s helped him greatly as an author is a quote from Oscar Wilde, “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of one’s pants to a chair.” Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing.

The event is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for sale and signing.  Refreshments will be offered.

For further information or to reserve a seat, call the Library at 860-434-2272.


Acclaimed Nature Photographer Slonina to Speak at CT Valley Camera Club Tonight

A stunning vista of the Grand Tetons by John Slonina.

A stunning vista of the Grand Tetons by John Slonina.

John Slonina, an award-winning professional nature photographer, tour leader and writer devoted to the conservation of wild places and wild things, will be the guest speaker at the Connecticut Valley Camera Club’s monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. All are welcome at the meeting, which will be held in the lower level of the Deep River Library, 150 Main St., Deep River.

Slonina’s goal is to use his photographs and writings to educate and inform as many people as possible about nature and environmental issues. He hopes to introduce others to places and animals that they may never have the opportunity to see. His photographs are held in private collections and galleries throughout the world.

Bear cub by John Slonina.

Bear cub by John Slonina.

As a leader of photo tours to some of North America’s most beautiful and wild places, Slonina teaches participants how to create award winning images and shoot like a professional. He also hosts workshops and presentations.

For further information, visit his website at

The Connecticut Valley Camera Club meets on the last Monday of every month at 7 p.m. (except December and July) in the lower level of the Deep River Library, 150 Main St., Deep River. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information about the Connecticut Valley Camera Club, visit their website.


Old Lyme’s Allyson McCarthy Earns Prestigious ‘Silver Wings’ at Univ. of Maryland ROTC

Cadet Allyson McCarthy (right) trains on the University of Maryland campus.

Cadet Allyson McCarthy (right) trains on the University of Maryland campus.

Cadet Allyson McCarthy, an Old Lyme native and Lyme-Old Lyme High School alumnus (Class of 2013), graduated from the US Army’s prestigious Airborne School on Aug. 23.

Currently a Cadet with the University of Maryland Army ROTC Battalion, Cadet McCarthy completed five parachute jumps under demanding conditions to earn the coveted “Silver Wings” parachutist badge.

She is one of only a handful of Cadets nationwide to be selected for the course this year.


Lyme Garden Club Hosts Dedication Ceremony Today for Town Campus Gardens

Lyme Garden Club members hard at work landscaping the new Town Campus gardens.

Lyme Garden Club members hard at work landscaping the new Town Campus gardens.

Lyme Garden Club will host a celebration to dedicate the gardens at the new Lyme Town Campus Center this Sunday, Aug. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Library. All are welcome to attend the dedication ceremony at which members of the Garden Club will provide refreshments.

The event will honor those individuals and groups who donated financially to the project as well as to those businesses who provided materials and labor. Plaques will be presented to the town to be hung in the library and town hall, honoring the donors.

More than two years ago, the Lyme Garden Club began planning for the landscaping of the new Lyme Town Campus Center.  A group of 10 garden club volunteers formed a working committee and hired landscape architect Sarah McCracken to oversee the design project.

The new garden around the Lyme Public Library.

The new garden around Lyme Public Library.


Phase one of the project was implemented in fall, 2014 with the planting of 16 native trees on the green and the meadow areas, the planting of several shrubs, and the addition of daffodils at the library and town hall; the town green and meadow areas were also hydroseeded.

In spring, phase two began with planting more extensive gardens at the town hall and the library, adding many shrubs and plants.  In early summer, two herb gardens were planted in front of the library in recognition of Betty Cleghorn, who designed the original herb gardens near the former library.

Although the grass and meadow areas of the campus are still works in progress, the implementation of the landscaping of the buildings is elegant.  Phase three will continue in the fall with planting more daffodils and re-seeding the meadow and grass areas.


Dunkin’ Donuts to Open in Former KoffeeWorks Location in Old Lyme

The former Koffeeworks will be the site of a new Dunkin Donuts on Halls Rd. in Old Lyme.

The former Koffeeworks will be the site of a new Dunkin Donuts on Halls Rd. in Old Lyme.

DD_signThe former KoffeeWorks shop on Halls Rd., in Old Lyme,which has been closed for most of the summer, is set to re-open as Dunkin’ Donuts.

No definite opening date has been given but the manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts store in New London told LymeLine that a mid-October opening is anticipated.

She also said a number of staff are already in training in the New London store in preparation for transfer to the Old Lyme facility when it opens, but she is still looking for more.

She also confirmed that the store will not have a drive-through lane.


Dr. Paul Spitzer to Give Osprey Talk at Essex Library Today

‘Osprey' by Kristopher Rowe.

‘Osprey’ by Kristopher Rowe.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 29, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) will host Dr. Paul Spitzer, a renowned Osprey researcher, for a Fish Hawk Talk. The free event will be held at the Essex Library from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Spitzer will discuss his work in the Connecticut River Estuary and focus on the relationship between Atlantic Menhaden fish populations and Ospreys. Menhaden (commonly known as bunker) are a forage fish in the same family as herring and shad.

Connecticut’s Long Island Sound (LIS) waters and the Connecticut River Estuary (CRE) are Menhaden sanctuaries. For East Coast ecology and the Osprey, Menhaden restoration is the most important paradigm shift since the banning of DDT in 1972.

For more information, contact CRWC River Steward, Alicea Charamut at or 860-704-0057.

The CRWC works to protect the watershed from source to sea. As stewards of this heritage, they celebrate the four-state treasure and collaborate, educate, organize, restore and intervene to preserve its health for generations to come. Their work informs a vision of economic and ecological abundance.

To learn more about CRWC, or to join the effort and help protect our rivers, visit


Madhatters Hosts Auditions in Old Lyme Today for December Comedy in Chester

Madhatters Theatre Company is currently scheduling audition appointments for their December musical comedy production of ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at Chester Meeting House. Auditions will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, 59 Lyme St. in Old Lyme by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, call (860) 395-1861 or e-mail

For further information, visit


Collins of Old Lyme Named a ‘Best Lawyer in America’ … Again

Attorney John A. Collins III

Attorney John A. Collins III

John A. Collins, III, of Old Lyme has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 2016. Collins is an attorney specializing in the field of Personal Injury Litigation at Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law in New London.

Two of Collins’s fellow attorneys at Suisman Shapiro, Matthew E. Auger and Matthew Shafner, were also named in the Best Lawyers listing — Auger in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law and Shafner in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey.  Over 55,000 leading attorneys cast more than 6.7 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.

Best Lawyers first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

“Best Lawyers is the most effective tool in identifying critical legal expertise,” said CEO Steven Naifeh. “Inclusion on this list shows that an attorney is respected by his or her peers for professional success.”

Collins has successfully obtained verdicts or public settlements up to $10 million on behalf of injured victims over a 29-year law practice.  He currently serves as the Managing Partner of Suisman Shapiro.  The Connecticut Bar Foundation honored Attorney John A. Collins, III, in 2005 with his selection as a Life Fellow.  “Selection as a Fellow requires demonstrated superior legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, state and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal foundation”.  (Source: Connecticut Bar Foundation)

Auger handles serious personal injury cases, including wrongful death claims, automobile collisions, slip and falls, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and product liability.  Mr. Auger is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate with the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is also a Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Naval Reserve.

Shafner is a nationally recognized lawyer in the fields of asbestos injury, personal injury, maritime injury and workers compensation. He was admitted to practice in Connecticut, the Federal Courts of Appeals in the 1st and 2nd Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.  His reported decisions have been published by the Appellate Court, Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 1st and 2nd Circuits.  Attorney Shafner is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum.

In 2015, Best Lawyers recognized Matthew Shafner as “Lawyer of the Year.” He is only the ninth person ever to receive the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association’s lifetime achievement award since the association formed in 1954.

Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law is located at 2 Union Plaza, P.O. Box 1591, New London CT 06320. For further information, call (860) 442-4416 or visit


Exhibit by Old Lyme’s Acclaimed Photographer Burt on Show at CT River Museum

Tri-colored heron ©Wm Burt (15.2 x 20)

Tri-colored heron ©Wm Burt (15.2 x 20)

An exhibition of photos by William Burt of Old Lyme titled, “Water Babies – The Hidden Lives of Baby Wetland Birds,” is on show at the Connecticut River Museum through Oct. 12, at the Connecticut River Museum. This is the fourth of William Burt’s photo exhibitions, each based on one of his books, to show at the Museum.

The exhibition features 40 framed archival pigment prints, all made by the photographer, and 18 text panels quoting passages from the book of the same name. The pieces are sequenced such that every “water baby” is juxtaposed with the adult bird it becomes.

For 40 years, photographer William Burt has chased after the birds few people see: first rails, then bitterns, nightjars, and other skulkers – and now these, elusive creatures of a very different kind: the Water Babies. They are the subjects of his coming book, and also this exhibition at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex. The book will be published in October 2015 by W. W. Norton/Countryman.

Red-necked phalarope ©Wm Burt

Red-necked phalarope ©Wm Burt

The “babies” are the downy young of ducks, grebes, gallinules and shorebirds, herons, and other wetland birds – those that get their feet wet, as it were – and challenging they are, to birder and photographer alike: quick-footed, wary, and well-camouflaged, to say the least; and temporary.

You have only a week or two each year in which to find them. But above all else, they are endearing. From the comic-monster herons to the fuzzy ducklings and stick-legged sandpipers, these tots have personality, and spunk. You see it in their faces, each and every one.

To find these youngsters and adults, Burt prowled their wetland breeding grounds each spring and summer for some seven years, all over North America, from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico. The result is a portrait of these wild birds of the wetlands as both young and old, unknown and known, new and familiar.

Burt is a naturalist, writer, and photographer with a passion for wild places and elusive birds – especially marshes, and the shy birds within. His feature stories are seen in Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and other magazines, and he has written three previous books: Shadowbirds (1994); Rare & Elusive Birds of North America (2001); and Marshes: The Disappearing Edens (2007).

Burt’s photo exhibitions have been shown at some 35 museums across the U.S. and Canada. He lives in Old Lyme, Conn.

For more information on this and other museum programs, visit

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main St., Essex and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 860-767-8269 or visit


Save the Date for Eastern CT Ballet’s “Spooktacular,” Oct. 17 & 18

DancerTreat children of all ages to family-friendly Halloween fun with Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s “Ballet Spooktacular” on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Special effects and bewitching costumes set the stage for spirited performances of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Dancing Bones, and Halloween Waltz at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, ‘The Kate,’ in Old Saybrook.

Children are invited to wear their costumes to parade on stage, trick-or-treat throughout the decorated theater and pose for spellbinding photos with the dancers.

Tickets to Ballet Spooktacular are $18 for adults and $12 for children (age 12 and under) and are available through ‘The Kate’ box office at 877-503-1286.


Old Lyme Land Trust, Black Hall Outfitters Sponsor Kayak Regatta, Sept. 20

A kayakker's-eye view taken during last year's regatta.

A kayakker’s-eye-view taken during last year’s regatta.

On Sunday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. the Old Lyme Land Trust and Black Hall Outfitters will jointly sponsor the Second Annual Old Lyme Land Trust Kayak Regatta. This event will consist of a two hour kayak tour of one of Old Lyme most beautiful and pristine tributaries.

The group will be led by Barry Gorfain, a certified kayak guide who is also the flat water and sea kayak committee chair of the CT Appalatian Mountain Club. Depending on the number and interest of the participants, the group may elect to explore the nearby Roger Tory Peterson Great Island Preserve and the adjacent Long Island Sound.

The tour will begin on a rising tide from the Black Hall Marina on the Black Hall River on 132 Shore Rd, Old Lyme. This  facility, which has been completely renovated since last year’s event, is one of the most picturesque sites on the Connecticut coast having a vista looking westward past the Old Saybrook Lighthouse and as far as Long Island.

The regatta can be enjoyed by all ages.

The regatta can be enjoyed by all ages.

Looking inland you can see the serene tidal marshes of the Black Hall River, which extend northward for several miles.  This important tributary is not only the feeding ground for many wading and swimming species of birds, but has become a spectacular winter habitat for a growing number of Bald Eagles.

Black Hall Outfitters has become a unique destination on the Connecticut shore offering almost anything you might need for enjoying Long Island Sound. What was once a quaint bait shop, is now a multi-service marina including rental and sale of kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. The store can also arrange individual and group outings to some interesting local waterways and beaches. Their website is

Participants can bring their own kayaks or rent them. Black Hall Outfitters has both single- and multi-person kayaks for rent, as well as sit-in or on-top kayaks. Call ahead to reserve your kayak.

Choose your own pace during the regatta.

Choose your own pace during the regatta.

The Old Lyme Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving Old Lyme”s natural, scenic and historic land and water resources for the benefit of the public now and for generations to come. Founded in 1966 the trust now preserves over 1,000 acres.

One of the trust’s priorities is to protect waterways and several of our properties can be seen along the Black Hall River and the lower Connecticut River.  Another priority is to create access by creating trails on our many preserves so the public can discover for themselves the beauty of our New England forests.

For more information, visit the trust’s web page .


“The Preserve” Advocate Suellen Kozy McCuin Passes Away After Unexpected, Brief Illness

Suellen Kozey McCuin, 49, of Essex, beloved wife of J. Scott McCuin of Essex and sister of Marilyn Abrahamsson of Old Lyme, passed away Friday, Aug. 21, with her family and friends at her side after an unexpected and brief illness. Her obituary states, “She was an outstanding leader in the fight to protect the 1,000 acre forest now known as “The Preserve” located in her childhood town of Old Saybrook and her current home in Essex.”

Her obituary also notes, “She graduated from Old Saybrook High School and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University. She was a parishioner at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Essex, CT. Suellen enjoyed a successful career in government affairs and was most recently Executive Director for the Connecticut Council of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.”

State Representative Philip Miller (D-36th) described her passing as, “A loss for everyone. One of the very best people I have ever known.”

He continued, “Of all of us who helped save the thousand acres, she is the only one of us who was indispensable. We could have never succeeded without her. Over the years, we had hundreds of phone calls and dozens of coffee conversations.”

Miller added, “She was an original, a deeply genuine, kind hearted person of great dignity. My heart aches for her family, especially Scott, Maddy, and little Owen. So many of us will miss our dear friend. She walks in the spirit world now. Gone but never to be forgotten.”

Calling hours for celebrating Ms. Kozey McCuin and her life will be at the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook on Friday, Aug. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. A mass service and reception will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. in the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, 14 Prospect St., Essex. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kozey McCuin Children Education Fund, c/o Essex Savings Bank, PO Box 950, Essex, CT 06426, or The Old Saybrook Land Trust.


Local Authors to Speak Tonight at Old Lyme Library About “Remarkable Women of Old Lyme”

Michaelle Pearson and Fred Lampos will host a book signing for their book, "Remarkable Women of Old Lyme," on Saturday in Old Lyme.

Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos will host a book signing for their book, “Remarkable Women of Old Lyme,” on Saturday in Old Lyme. Photo by Angela Chicoski Photography.

Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson have recently released a new book, Remarkable Women of Old Lyme, published by History Press. The book features stories of Old Lyme women including Phoebe Griffin Noyes, Evelyn MacCurdy Salisbury, Florence Griswold and Katharine Ludington.

Book coverThe authors will speak about these and other Remarkable Women of Old Lyme at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library this evening at 7 p.m.

The husband and wife team previously co-authored Rumrunners, Governors Beachcombers and Socialists —A History of Old Lyme Beaches, which was published by the Old Lyme Historical Society in 2010.

Remarkable Women of Old Lyme will be available for sale at Monday’s event and also is currently for sale at many local shops including the Florence Griswold Museum Shop, the Carousel Shop, the Women’s Exchange, and online at, and

Editor’s Note: ‘Remarkable Women of Old Lyme’ by Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson is published by History Press 2015 with a cover price of $21.99.


Registration Open for Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Walk Across SE CT

Participants take to the streets in the 2014 Walk Across SE CT.

Participants take to the streets in the 2014 Walk Across SE CT.

The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation (TBBCF) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Walk Across Southeastern Connecticut on Saturday, Oct. 3, having funded over $3M in breast cancer research (30 grants of $100,000 each), while raising funds, hopes and dreams for a breast cancer-free future.

TBBCF_walk_logo_203The TBBCF is a local non-profit dedicated to providing critical funding to breast cancer research. Their pledge is that 100 percent of gross fundraising dollars goes directly to breast cancer research in the scientific pursuit of medicines and techniques that mitigate cancer treatment and promote disease eradication. Administrative costs are sponsor-supported or volunteer-provided.

The organization’s name was chosen to honor the beautiful life and fighting spirit of Terri Brodeur, a local Old Saybrook mother of three young children and victim of breast cancer. The Foundation was established by two friends, Norma Logan and Sandy Maniscalco, who realized the need for a new kind of fundraising organization. After a two-year battle with breast cancer, Brodeur succumbed to the disease in 2005, as did Logan six months later.

It is estimated that there will be more than 3,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Connecticut in 2015 and that almost 500 will die from the disease. By walking in the 10th Anniversary Walk Across Southeastern Connecticut you will increase funding of breast cancer research with hopes for earlier detection, better treatments and ultimately prevention of this disease.

Friends often form a team in the walk Across SE CT.

Friends often form a team in the walk Across SE CT.

The 10th Anniversary Walk provides a marathon option to suit everyone’s level of ability. Registration is now open and the time to start training for your chosen marathon walk is approaching.

Walks include a seven-mile super quarter marathon, a 13.1 mile half marathon and our signature 26.2 mile full marathon. The full marathon walk begins with 6:30 a.m. opening ceremonies at Saybrook Point, Old Saybrook, with feet on the pavement at 7 a.m.

This walk follows a scenic route along the shoreline through Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, East Lyme and Waterford. The half marathon walk starts at Capitol Drive, East Lyme at 10 a.m. and the super quarter marathon walk starts at the Niantic Baptist Church, Niantic at 1 p.m. All walks end at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford with closing ceremonies.

The Walk goal is to raise funds for research through walker fundraising commitments. Youth walkers must raise $100 to walk any marathon option. Adult walkers must raise $200 for a super quarter marathon, $250 for a half marathon and $500 for a full marathon.

Team-up with friends, family or co-workers to walk in honor or memory of someone special. Enjoy the benefits of working as a team to meet the fundraising commitment. There are Youth Walk Team options for 12 to 18-year-olds.

Gather five or more youth with a Youth Walk Coach and the coach only pays registration with no fundraising requirement. Walkers are provided with training and fundraising support.

To register to walk or volunteer, or to contribute to a registered walker, visit, call 860-437-1400 or email

Funding has assisted researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Yale Cancer Center, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and NYU School of Medicine.


Final Day to Catch All the Fun of the (114th Hamburg) Fair


All the fun of the Fair starts Friday.

The 114th Hamburg Fair, sponsored by the Lyme Grange Association, opens Friday at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 4 p.m.  Gates open at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Tonight’s events and entertainment are headlined by The Beehive Queen Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and also include the Grass Routes Bluegrass Band from 5:25 to 7:10 p.m. and the Braiden Sunshine Band from 9:15 p.m. to closing.

The program for the remaining two days is as follows:

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Gates Open at 9am

10-2 Face Painting and Tattoos (Free) by “Z” Face and Body Art
10:30 Hero and Princess parade
11-1 Kid’s games
11am Pony Pull
Horse pull starts 2:30pm  Free for all 7:30 pm

1-4 Nightingale’s Youth Showcase with short sets with youth acts … solo, duo Lineup TBA

1-1:20 Sophia Griswold
1:25-1:50  Teddy Gudis
1:55- 2:20  Gracie Day
2:25-2:50  Erik Simon Vuorite
2:55-3:30   Jake Kulak
3:30-4 Noah Feldman

5-6:15 Brazen Youth
6:30-7:45 Rivergods
8-10 Preston Frantz with Hellbent & Heartbreakin’

Gates Open 9am
9am Ox Pull and Powder Puff
12-12:50 Modern Riffs (youth horn band)
1:05-4 Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and the Mellow Men

All Three Days
Northeast Midways Carnival Rides and Midway games
Clowning around with Rick Maciag-Skits, Balloons
Grange Hall Coffee, Grill and Snack Bar, Food Concessions, Pony Rides, Alpacas and Goats
Games for Kids and Exhibits for Farm, Animal, Crafts, Fruits and Vegetables

Llamas are to love ...

Llamas are to love …

It is a long-awaited event for everyone who lives locally, but many families from all over the state have also made this an annual summer tradition.  That old-fashioned feeling lost with so many of the bigger fairs has been carefully maintained in this annual Lyme event.

The fair may be small but it has a great deal to offer. When was the last time you saw a watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contest, or a nail-driving competition? There is a line-up of entertainment that echoes that same theme of old-fashioned, while the big top has new and old favorites alike.

Rides are always a major attraction at the Fair.

Rides are always a major attraction at the Fair.

The Hamburg Fair is the only fair in Connecticut this year to offer a discounted ride bracelet each day of the fair — even on (Friday) opening night.  A bracelet allows the purchaser to take as many rides as he/she wants (or can handle!)  It’s the organizer’s way of making it a little easier on families, so they can come out to enjoy this special fair.  In addition, children 11 and younger are admitted to the fair free.  Adults are $5 – Seniors are only $3.

Park at the Lyme Church or Reynolds Garage and you will be supporting Old Lyme Scouts and also the Lyme Church.

For more information, visit the Hamburg Fair website

Click to download the program for the 114th Hamburg Fair


Lori Warner Gallery Hosts Ann Lightfoot Jewelry Summer Sale Today

A plethora of jewelry by Ann Lightfoot.

A plethora of jewelry by Ann Lightfoot.

In appreciation of their customers’ loyal support and enthusiasm, Lori Warner and Ann Lightfoot have teamed up to host the Ann Lightfoot Jewelry Summer Studio Sale on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Earrings by Ann Lightfoot.

Find a curated mix of samples, one-offs, past seasons’ pieces, as well as many designs offered exclusively at this event, all at deeply reduced prices.

A portion of all sales will help fund the art programs in local public schools through the Lori Warner Gallery Scholarship Fund.

The Lori Warner Studio/Gallery is a unique source for artwork and objects that make a lasting impression. The gallery exhibits a small number of exclusive and award winning work and regularly hosts informal events featuring their represented artists and designers.

The gallery is located at 21 Main St. in Chester, Connecticut. For more information, visit or call (860) 322-4265.


‘Power Quintet’ to Play Old Lyme Inn, Sept. 2

'Power Quintet' perform at the Old Lyme Inn, Sept. 2.

‘Power Quintet’ perform at the Old Lyme Inn, Sept. 2.

Power Quintet will perform at The Side Door Jazz Club at the Old Lyme Inn on Thursday Sept. 3, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the show starting at 8:30p.m.

Power Quintet is a new band composed of five of the brightest names in jazz; Steve Nelson on vibraphone, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, pianist, Danny Grissett, Peter Washington on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Together this group plays a mixture of newly arranged standards and daring originals. The interplay within this group is exceptional.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. No audio or video recording allowed (including cell phones) and photos are only permitted during the first set – no flash.

Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

For more information including reservations, visit or call 860-434-0886.