September 2, 2014

Lyme-Old Lyme Boy Scouts Attend High Adventure Camp, Conquer New Mexico Mountain Challenge

The Philmont crew comprising Scouts and leaders from Lyme-Old Lyme Troop 26. From left to right standing are Connor Carberry, Mike Miller, Lauren Main, John Mesham, Paul Reid and Norman Main, and seated are Matt Miller, John Miller, Owen Mesham, Ranger Zach, Luke Grabowski, Brendan Wright and Dan Reid.

“Climb every mountain” was the theme for Boy Scouts of America Troop 26 of Lyme/Old Lyme this summer. Troop 26 was selected by lottery to attend a challenging seven-day-adventure at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico this August.

Philmont is the premier high adventure camp for scouts. Founded through the generosity of Oklahoma oilman Waite Phillips over 75 years ago, the ranch covers over 214 square miles and hosted 22,500 scouts this year.

Troop 26 spent 18 months training for this trip to perfect their backpacking and back country survival skills. Because of the rigorous nature of this adventure, Philmont requires scouts to be of high school age. Once selected to attend, the scouts form a crew and elect their own leaders.

The Philmont crew standing in front of the 'Tooth of Time' prior to making the 9,000 ft. ascent.

The Philmont crew standing in front of the ‘Tooth of Time’ prior to starting the 9,000 ft. ascent.

During their stay at Philmont, the scouts run every aspect of their trip including land navigation, meal preparation, water purification and – perhaps, the most important – how to keep their campsite free from critters (such as bears!) by using tree-hung bear bags.

Philmont runs a number of different treks so crews are spread out over the entire ranch. The Troop 26 crew participated in a very challenging trek that included 14-mile-hikes with backpacks weighing over 50 pounds, summiting the iconic Tooth of Time peak at over 9,000 feet and camping on Uracca Mesa at over 7,000 feet.

Mission accomplished!  View from the summit of the "Tooth of Time."

Mission accomplished! View from the summit of the “Tooth of Time.”


The crew also enjoyed horseback riding, challenge events and opportunities to engage with historical role players.

Another activity in which the crew participated while at Philmont was to volunteer on a conservation project that cleared up a section of the forest floor to minimize the damage that could be caused by a wildfire.

If any youth is interested in joining the Troop, meetings are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Lyme Firehouse.


Old Lyme Land Trust Hosts Swallow Cruise, Sept. 27

The famous, "Swallow Tide," above the Connecticut River, photographed by Atwood Johnson.

The famous, “Swallow Tide,” above the Connecticut River, photographed by Diana Atwood Johnson.

Join the Old Lyme Land Trust for an incredible natural spectacle on the Connecticut River.  In the late afternoon during the fall migration, hundreds of thousands of tree swallows gather on the river from 30 miles around and create beautiful sweeping formations in the sky.  Just as the sun sets, they converge into a huge funnel over Goose Island and disappear into the reeds to roost for the night.

Old Lyme Land Trust will host a cruise on the Connecticut River to view the swallows in action on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Tickets are $40 each.  Wine, beer, and soft drinks will be provided.  Guests are welcome to bring a picnic supper.

Contact Ted Mundy (860-434-5674) for more information or to purchase tickets.


‘Dinner and a Movie’ Event Benefits Childhood Cancer Research, Saturday

ACT flyerAn organization with a mission to raise funds for pediatric research, Achieve Change Together (ACT), is hosting a “Dinner, a Movie, Popcorn and More” event on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Clark Memorial Field in Old Saybrook.  Grass opens at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m.  The costs is $20 per car, which includes the movie and popcorn.  Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Every dollar raised goes directly toward childhood cancer research via The Truth 365′s “Dream Team” of leading oncologists.  These talented doctors represent The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Sloan Kettering, St. Jude’s and Seattle Children’s (visit for details).

The following editorial was submitted by event organizer Kristen Michalski Alexander:

Not so long ago, I learned from a friend about Madison “Maddy” Garrett.

In 2012, Maddy had been diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma.  One of the rarest childhood cancers.  It had spread into limbs, snaked through her spine, and had penetrated into bone marrow; the tumor was wrapped around organs and arteries, through her intestine and into her chest. The tumor in her three-year-old belly was so large that she looked nine months pregnant.

Maddy had a 30 percent chance at survival.

Inspired by her bravery, I researched what I could.  Though average cancer survival rates have grown for the last 40 years, many childhood cancers have survival rates much lower than the average.  The facts are unsettling:

  • Less than 4 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is directed to childhood cancer research (Source: St. Baldrick’s Foundation)
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States. (Source: National Cancer Institute)
  • In the last 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only two pediatric cancer drugs that were initially studied in children. (Source: American Association for Cancer Research)

During her journey to recovery, Maddy’s 5-year-old friend had been diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer.

Another child suffering.  Another family struggling.  I couldn’t sit back anymore.  I had to help win this war!

And so I decided to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer through a special event, “Dinner, A Movie, Popcorn and More.”  The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

I reached out to my high school classmate Lou Rolon, a guiding force for our community through Shoreline Neighbors, for advice.  Lou possesses an inspirational compassion, dedication, and strength. He offered to help however he could.

I then reached out to Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation ( AWOCCF helped produce The Truth 365, an Emmy Award-Winning documentary film and social media campaign that gives a voice to all children fighting cancer.

I asked their co-founder Dena Sherwood if we could work together.  When she graciously agreed, it meant we could host the event with their 501(c)(3) status.

For continuing updates, “Like” the ACT – Achieve Change Together Facebook page and remember to join us on Sept. 6.

For further information, call: 860-339-6310,  via e-mail:

On Facebook:
Website coming soon

To donate: Please make a check payable to Arms Wide Open/The Truth 365 and mail it to P.O. Box 495, Ivoryton, CT 06442.  Or go online at and select “Achieve Change Together Event – CT”.


Centerbrook Architects Designing New Exhibition Hall for Mystic Seaport

Schematic design by Centerbrook Architects of Essex for new Mystic Seaport Museum.

Schematic design by Centerbrook Architects of Essex for new Mystic Seaport Museum.

Centerbrook Architects of Centerbrook, Conn., is designing a new 14,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall for Mystic Seaport in Connecticut that will be the keynote building at the northern entrance to the 19-acre riverfront campus. The new building, for which zoning approval is currently being sought from the town of Stonington, will be located where the Seaport’s existing indoor-oriented exhibit spaces are concentrated, helping to form a “Gallery Quad.”

Along with a 5,000-square- foot exhibition gallery with a high ceiling for displaying boats, the building will feature visitor reception and events space, a retail shop, a café, and outdoor terraces overlooking the Mystic River.

Leading the design team is Centerbrook partner Chad Floyd, who has worked on numerous cultural projects, among them the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, the Garde Arts Center, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Locate in Essex, Centerbrook Architects has a national clientele and was awarded the prestigious Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects.

The building’s asymmetrically curving roof and end walls recall nautical themes while also establishing a contemporary architectural presence amid a recreated 19th century maritime village. Along with its existing neighbors, the building forms a sociable courtyard for outdoor gatherings, events, and concerts.

Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, was founded in 1929 and is the home to the Charles W. Morgan, the nation’s last remaining wooden whaling ship.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Fundraising Dinner at Filomena’s, Sept. 14

Filomena’s Restaurant at 262 Boston Post Road in Waterford is donating $10 from every meal ticket sold by the Old Lyme Historical Society Inc. (OLHSI) for dinner on Sunday, Sept. 14.  This presents a great excuse to get out of cooking dinner …

The menu is two kinds of pasta, salad and focaccia bread with a cash bar available. Tickets are $20. Seating is open from 5 to 7 p.m., but tickets are required.

Tickets are available at the OLHSI office at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, Webster Bank in Old Lyme, call 860-434-0684 or order on-line at


Sixth Annual Car Show to be Held at Saybrook Point Inn Today

Classic car owners and spectators alike will enjoy the Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on Sept. 1 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Saybrook Point Inn.

Classic car owners and spectators alike will enjoy the Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on Sept. 1 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Saybrook Point Inn.

Calling all classic cars and car enthusiasts …  the Saybrook Point Inn is sponsoring its Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on Monday, Sept. 1, from 12 to 4 pm, at the Inn, Two Bridge Street in Old Saybrook.  Owners of classic, antique, rare or muscle cars are invited to bring their cars down to this beautiful setting near the Saybrook Point Inn Marina.

The day’s activities include live music by The Cartells and refreshments, including hot dogs and hamburgers, on the Fresh Salt patio.  A 50/50 raffle will also be held.

Numerous “People’s Choice” trophies will be awarded to the cars in various categories.  Entry fee is $10 per car, with a portion of the proceeds from the fee going to support a local charity to be announced.  The first 100 vehicles at the show will receive complimentary dash plaques for their support.

For more information or to reserve a car space, contact Show Chairperson, Chris Loader at Saybrook Point Inn at (860) 395-2000 or via email at


Zhang’s Artwork Featured in Fresh Ayer Gallery Exhibition, Opening Reception, Friday

Artwork by Christopher Zhang.

Artwork by Christopher Zhang.

An Opening Reception for “Artwork by Christopher Zhang” is slated for Friday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fresh Ayer Gallery in Old Lyme.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Born in Shanghai, China, Zhang acquired a BFA degree in China and a MFA in the United States. In addition to creating subject matter paintings, he specializes in portraiture and landscapes. His versatile styles and skills in both still life and Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy have also won popularity.  His primary painting medium is oil.  Others are watercolor, acrylic, gouache and Chinese ink.

As a professional artist, Zhang has focused on two types of subject matter in his paintings:

  • Chinese minorities and their indigenous cultures and traditions:
  • Classical Ballet Dance



Lyme Man Dies in Lime Rock Festival Vintage Car Race

A 73-year-old driver died when his vintage race car crashed during a race Saturday at the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival in Salisbury, Conn., state police said. Lee Duran, of Lyme, was driving his small, blue 1934 MG PA Special.

Read the full story in this article, Driver Dies In Crash At Lime Rock Park Historic Festivalby Brian Dowling and published in the Hartford Courant, Aug. 31.


50 acres added to Whalebone Cove Division of Conte Refuge

A fall view of the Silvio O. Conte Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

A fall view of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Nearly 50 acres in Lyme, Conn., will become part of the Whalebone Cove Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, thanks to collaboration of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy. The conserved parcel almost doubles the total acreage of the division, bringing it up to 116 acres.

The Nature Conservancy originally purchased this property in 1999 as an addition to its Whalebone Cove Preserve. The Conservancy transferred the property to the Service, who acquired the parcel through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which for 50 years, has provided money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands.

“Nations are defined by the natural and cultural heritage they choose to preserve, which is why the Land and Water Conservation Fund is such a vital conservation tool,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “It’s fitting that as we mark the 50th anniversary of this conservation milestone, we do so by protecting important habitat at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and across the nation for current and future generations of Americans to enjoy.”

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve native plants, animals and their habitats in the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River watershed that stretches across four states. It is the only refuge in the country dedicated to a river’s entire watershed.

Transfer of this property follows the successful partnership between the Conservancy and the Service in August of last year, when 26 acres were acquired from a private landowner.  The Service also acquired the 26-acre parcel through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Together with 40 acres donated last summer from the Conservancy, those properties established the new Whalebone Cove Division of the refuge.

“The Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge and the Conservancy share the same goals for Whalebone Cove: protecting the area’s ecological integrity and the habitats and species embedded within it,” said Sarah Pellegrino, land protection and strategies specialist for The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. “Our colleagues at the Refuge have repeatedly demonstrated their conservation expertise up and down the Connecticut River, and we’re extremely happy to add Whalebone Cove to the record of successful conservation collaboration between the Refuge and The Nature Conservancy.”

The Whalebone Cove Division protects freshwater tidal marshes at the head of the Connecticut River, as well as other habitats including mature forest, floodplain forest and upland meadows. Whalebone Cove offers biologically significant feeding ground for migratory waterfowl, and serves as wintering area for bald eagles and black ducks.

September 3 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the LWCF. Lands purchased through the fund are used to provide recreational opportunities, protect clean water, preserve wildlife habitat, enhance scenic vistas, protect archaeological and historical sites and maintain the nature of wilderness areas.

The Service and The Nature Conservancy are meeting with residents to discuss the refuge with nearby communities. The Service anticipates the formation of a Friends group to support and promote the mission of the new addition to the refuge.

“These investments contribute toward the refuge purpose established by Congress and enrich our quality of life by expanding conservation, education and recreation opportunities for the public. The permanent protection of this property was possible because of the Service’s long standing partnership with The Nature Conservancy and support from the Congressional delegation, the Administration, and the public,” said Andrew French, project leader at the Conte Refuge.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit



Old Lyme’s Hack Rows With US Men’s Eight In Today’s World Championship Race

The US Men's eight in action Wednesday.

The US Men’s eight in action Wednesday.

Old Lyme’s Austin Hack and his fellow crew members of the US men’s eight qualified for the 2014 World Rowing Championship final in Amsterdam in the repechage on Wednesday.  Hack is a member of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2010 and the Stanford University Class of 2014,

After missing a direct pass to the final on Monday, the U.S. crew of Hack along with coxswain  Zach Vlahos (Piedmont, Calif.), Thomas Dethlefs (Lawrenceville, N.J.), Nareg Guregian (North Hills, Calif.),Matthew Miller (Fairfax, Va.), Rob Munn (Redmond, Wash.), Steven Kasprzyk(Cinnaminson, N.J.), David Banks (Potomac, Md.) and Sam Dommer (Folsom, Calif.) needed to finish either first or second to advance to the final.

They were hard off the line and built a lead of more than three seconds by the thousand. In the third 500 meters, France cut into that lead, and in the final quarter, they caught up and then clipped the U.S. in the final strokes.

France won in 5:42.91 and the U.S. was second in 5:43.32. Sunday’s final will see France and the U.S. meet rep one winners Great Britain and Russia, and heat winners Poland and Germany.

“You want to win the race, but we really went hard at the beginning,” said Guregian. “We worked on the first half (of our race) in one day, so now we have four days to get ready for the final.”


Lyme Ambulance Returns to Farmers Market Today to Sell Craft Goods

After a very successful appearance at the Lyme Farmers Market in July, the Lyme Ambulance Association returns to the market with another sale of high quality hand-crafted goods today, Saturday, Aug. 30.

Hand made quilts, handbags, throw-rugs, hand-woven wool rugs, and stunningly colorful stained glass panels are just a few of the items offered.

All proceeds will be donated directly to Lyme Ambulance Association, which is one of Connecticut’s few remaining “no-cost to the patient” ambulance services funded by donations.  The Association operates without adding any tax-burden to Lyme residents.

For more information, visit


Old Lyme’s Hack Rows for US Team in World Championships

The US men's 8 competes in Monday's race in Amsterdam.  Austin Hack is fourth from right.

The US men’s 8 competes in Monday’s race in Amsterdam. Austin Hack is fourth from right.

Austin Hack, a member of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2010 and the Stanford University Class of 2014, is currently competing in the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Holland.  A member of the US men’s eight, Hack raced with his crew late Monday afternoon.

It was a tough race against crews from Russia, China, Italy, The Netherlands and Poland. The Poles pulled out for an early lead, but despite battling hard, overtaking the Russians and moving up from third to second place, the Americans could not overtake the leaders.  

Consequently, the US team must now participate in the repechage on Wednesday to secure a place in the medal round on Sunday.

Good luck, Austin, and the US Men’s Eight!

Click here for more details of today’s race.


Registration Open Now for Community Music School’s Fall Semester, Open House Week, Sept. 8-12

The Community Music School (CMS), located in the Spencer’s Corner professional complex at 90 Main St. in Centerbrook, is now registering for the Fall semester which begins Sept. 3, and welcomes the general public to visit during Open House Week Sept. 8 through 12.

Children and adults can tour the School’s studios, meet teachers and staff, enjoy a free preview lesson, and learn about a vast array of programs including private and group lessons, jazz and string ensembles, musical theater, the Kindermusik early childhood program, and music therapy services.  Community Music School is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.  Those interested in a 15-minute preview lesson are requested to call 860-767-0026 for scheduling.

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 30-year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities.  The School’s 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.

For additional information, visit or call 860-767-0026.


Simple, Real Food: The Flavors of Jamaica

I lived in Jamaica for a few months back in the early nineties having always had a fantasy about living Caribbean style.  I moved to Negril and opened a Jamaican restaurant at a yoga retreat in town.  It was a short-lived experiment due to Hurricane Gilbert, which wiped out the entire island and I returned to NYC to start over once again.

Lately the weather here has reminded me of the warm winters they have on the islands and memories of that delicious Jamaican food has had me cooking dishes such as jerk chicken, curried goat and coconut rice.  Great for entertaining, this satisfying spicy and soulful cuisine is perfect for outdoor living.

With several weeks left of wonderful weather hopefully, I hope you get to try some of these dishes.  In case you don’t have time for cooking, my favorite hole-in-the-wall spot for Jamaican food in the area is Patty Palace in Middletown.  It is a family-run business and has really good jerk chicken and curried goat.

Jerk Chicken

Serves 6


2 tsp. allspice
2 Tb. chopped thyme
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 ½ tsp. salt
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 one inch piece ginger, chopped
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Juice of 3 limes
2 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped
6 scallions, chopped
4 pounds chicken thighs


1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a processor and blend to form a paste. Make a number of shallow slits on the chicken and rub all over. Marinate for at least two hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

3. Heat the oven to 450. Place the chicken on two baking sheets and roast for 30 to 35 minutes rotating the pan once.*

5. Increase the oven to broil and broil the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes until golden. Or light a grill and grill until browned and crispy. Serve on a large platter with steamed coconut rice.

  • If you grill the chicken – grill for 40 to 50 minutes over low heat covered, turning occasionally.
  • You also skewer the chicken and then grill as an appetizer

Jamaican Style Curried Goat

Serves 10



3 pounds goat meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, leg of lamb can be used instead
1/2 cup white vinegar
5 scallions, coarsely chopped
Juice of 2 limes
1 to 2 scotch bonnet peppers, seeded, minced
1 tsp. allspice
1 Tb. black pepper
4 Tb. Madras curry powder
1 Tb. kosher salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tb. Madras curry powder
3 large cloves garlic, minced


1. Combine the meat, vinegar, scallions, lime juice, peppers, allspice, pepper, 4 Tb. curry, and salt in a large bowl and marinate at least two hours or overnight.

2. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven and sauté the remaining 2 Tb. curry for 10 seconds. Add the garlic and cook another 20 seconds. Add the goat meat mixture and mix well. Cover and cook over medium low heat until the meat is tender about 2 hours. Add a little water or chicken broth if the pan is drying out. Taste and adjust seasoning and serve over rice.

Coconut Rice

Serves 8


2 Tb. vegetable oil
1 Tb. minced ginger
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 tsp. salt
Fresh pepper
4 scallions, minced
1/3 cup sweetened coconut, toasted in a dry skillet until golden
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped


1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the ginger and onions and cook over medium heat 4 minutes. Add rice and cook 2 minutes, stirring. Add the coconut milk, and water to equal 3 cups, salt and pepper. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook about 10 minutes. Allow rice to sit, covered for about 5 minutes.

2. Fluff rice and garnish with scallions, coconut and cilantro before serving.

Amanda Cushman

Amanda Cushman

Editor’s Note: Amanda Cushman of Simple Real Food Inc., is a culinary educator who has cooked professionally for over 30 years.  She has taught corporate team building classes for over 15 years for a variety of Fortune 500 companies including Yahoo, Nike and Google.  She began her food career in the eighties and worked with Martha Stewart and Glorious Foods before becoming a recipe developer for Food and Wine magazine as well as Ladies Home Journal.  Having lived all over the United States including Boston, NYC, Miami and Los Angeles, she has recently returned to her home state of Connecticut where she continues to teach in private homes as well as write for local publications. 

Amanda teaches weekly classes at White Gate Farm and Homeworks and is also available for private classes.  Her cookbook; Simple Real Food can be ordered at Amazon as well as through her website 

For more information, click here to visit her website.


‘Forty and Fabulous’ Gala, Sept. 27, Honors Estuary’s 40th Anniversary, Benefits Meals on Wheels

More calls are coming into the Estuary Center each day requesting services through the “Meals on Wheels” program, which benefits the nine estuary towns.

In order to support this nutritious program, a benefit gala, “Forty and Fabulous”on Sept. 20,  is being planned by a fund raising committee under the co-chairmanship of Old Saybrook residents President Gerri Lewis and committee member Ruth Yakaitis.

This gala event at The Kate in Old Saybrook will also honor the Estuary’s 40th Anniversary and promises to be an evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres under the tent, comedy on the stage, music, silent auction and more.  The evening begins at 6 p.m.

The Kate is located at 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook.

For additional information, call the Estuary’s Executive Director, Paul Doyle at 860-388-1611.


Lyme Ambulance Association Needs You! Train to Become an EMT/EMR

Are you recently retired and looking for a way to 
give back?  Or perhaps interested in a possible Emergency Response career?  Lyme Ambulance, one of Connecticut’s last remaining no-fee, all-volunteer ambulance services needs you, and has funds to reimburse volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training expenses.

“Our policy is to reimburse the training expenses incurred by a new 
member, once that member has been both certified and has demonstrated a commitment by being an active Responder with Lyme Ambulance for six or more months,” explains Carl Clement, Lyme Ambulance Chief of Service. “If the volunteer is serious, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

If you have a sincere interest in the personal satisfaction gained 
from helping others in time of need, learning new skills that could save a life or possibly opening an opportunity for a new career, write
to: Lyme Ambulance Association, PO Box 911, Hadlyme CT 06439-0490.

Or call Carter Courtney at (860) 434-0057.  

You can also email Courtney at  He will arrange an interview with you to ensure you have a full understanding of the training and responsibilities required to be an active operations group member.

Act promptly since classes start in September and Lyme Ambulance needs to get 
you pre-registered in training-sessions as soon as possible.

Lyme Ambulance has served the town of Lyme since it was established 
in 1976. It is a completely volunteer organization and is one of the last ambulance groups in the area that does not charge for its


Joining Night for Cub Scouts Slated for Sept. 10

Old Lyme’s Cub Scout Pack 27 Joining Night will be held Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd.

Cub Scouts is open to all boys in 1st through 5th grade.


Big Book Getaway Hosts Authors Green, Greenspan at Bee & Thistle for Saturday Lunch

Jane Green Photo credit: Ian Warburg

Jane Green
Photo credit: Ian Warburg

The Big Book Getaway (BBG) team presents New York Times bestselling author, Jane Green, and award-winning cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan, at the next Big Book Getaway luncheon at The Bee & Thistle Inn this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Green, who is British but now lives in Connecticut, wrote one of her books, Family Pictures, while staying at the Inn.

Green will be introduced by award-winning cookbook author Dorie Greenspan of Westbrook, whose new book, “Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere” (Rux Martin Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), $40, will be available for puchase at the event.  

Green will then give the feature talk about her new book, titled, “Tempting Fate,” (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99, hardcover), which has been described as a, “riveting, heartrending, and ultimately hopeful new novel, praised by Kirkus as “a Scarlet Letter for the 21st Century.”

Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan

Both women will also sign copies of their new books at the event.  Book sales will be offered by Bank Square Books of Mystic, CT. 

The Big Book Getaway is a creation of LaFrancois Marketing Consultants and Essex Books.  Tickets to the luncheon and author talks may be purchased via the BBG website at this link.

For further information or questions, contact 914-310-5824.  


Death of Dr. William H. “Bill” James, 104, Announced

Dr._William_JamesDr. William H.  “Bill” James, age 104, of North Branford, Connecticut, died peacefully on August 19, 2014.

 Blessed with long life, good health, and a strong work ethic, William was possibly Connecticut’s oldest military veteran, serving in May this year as Grand Marshall of his town’s Memorial Day events, at which he gave a speech.  He leaves a record of accomplishment, drive, intelligence, and widespread friends and affiliations.  Born in 1910 to John and May James, William came of pioneer stock and spent his childhood on rural farms.  Starting in the 1920′s, he and his mother traveled to Europe where each pursued educational opportunities, with William studying at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, before returning to the U.S. to attend and graduate from Brown University in 1933.

William held a variety of jobs before, during and after college.  He began his professional career during the Depression, working as a public school teacher in New Canaan CT.  Three years later he switched to the school system in Easton CT, where he began as a Teaching Principal in 1936 and advanced to increasing responsibility until interrupted by WWII, for which he volunteered and served in the Air Force (chiefly in India, China, and on Tinian Island), ultimately retiring as a Major.  Returning home after WWII, William resumed his work with the Easton schools while using the GI Bill to obtain his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.

William also married after the war, taking as his bride in 1950 the former Virginia Stowell of New Britain, CT, daughter of Austin and Doris Stowell of that city.   Promoted to Superintendent of Schools for Easton in 1953, William in 1958 relocated to the larger school system of Branford CT to become Superintendent of Schools there.  It was at  this time that he, Virginia, and their daughter Hillery moved to Northford CT where Hillery attended public schools and Virginia taught in the Wallingford school system. In 1966 William became an Associate Director of the Connecticut Commission for Higher Education, from which he retired in 1977.   He had also begun part-time college teaching in 1949 and continued until 1993 as an adjunct professor for several universities.  A long-time writer, William wrote newspaper columns during the 1930′s, writing about political and economic affairs, and he is the author of several books:  “The Monetarists and the Current Crisis” (1975), “The Monetarists and the Continuing Crisis” (1997) and “The Monetarists and the Evolving Crisis:  Wake Up, Americans, We are Losing our Great Nation” (2011).   From 2011 forward, William published occasional commentaries on public affairs. Besides writing, William stayed active with educational organization, Rotary International, the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), the American Legion, and the VFW, among others.  He was also an avid follower of local, national, and world events, enjoying several newspapers each day.  In addition to his work and writing, William enjoyed small-town America and invariably became “Bill” during his many decades of visiting Lyme CT, Halifax VT, or New Harbor, ME.   Some of his greatest pleasures were talking with friends, meeting new people, telling stories, working outdoors, or enjoying nature and wildlife.  Well remembering his own struggles with early poverty, the chaotic ’20′s, the Depression, and WWII, Bill was sympathetic to those who struggle against forces larger than themselves; at the same time, he was a strong advocate of hard work and continuous self-improvement, believing that such effort gave any individual his or her  best chance for a good life.  William was predeceased by his sister, Lucy Merrill James; by his father, John James; by grandson Yoni Chung; and by his mother, Dr. May Hall James, who became a prominent Connecticut educator, author of “The Educational History of Old Lyme Connecticut 1635-1935,” and a former Dean at Quinnipiac College (now Quinnipiac University).  William is survived by his wife, Dr. Virginia James of North Branford; by their daughter, Hillery, and son-in-law Chris Chung, of New Smyrna Beach, FL; and by his grandson, Doron Chung, of Sanford, Fl.  He is also remembered by numerous former students, associates, neighbors, and extended family members in multiple communities.

Family and friends are invited to go directly to the Northford Congregational Church on Saturday morning, August 23rd at 10:00 to attend a funeral service and are also invited to attend the committal services immediately following with full military honors in Northford Cemetery.  The visiting hours will be Friday, August 22nd from 4 to 7 pm at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, North Haven.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Northford Congregational Church Steeple Fund (Old Post Rd, Northford CT, 06472) or the Maine Sea Coast Mission Society (



Lyme Garden Club Unveils Landscape Plans for Town Building Project

Landscape plan for the Lyme Center Campus designed by Sarah McCracken.

Landscape plan for the Lyme Center Campus designed by Sarah McCracken.

LGC Logo_page_1The residents of Lyme have been eagerly watching the renovation of their town hall and the building of the new library over the last year; however, during the excitement of construction, the Lyme Garden Club has been quietly working on an often overlooked finishing touch for any building project, the landscaping.  They have been coordinating with town groups, businesses, and individuals, but the landscaping plans have only recently been made public.

The landscaping project began a little over a year ago when Steve Mattson, Lyme Selectman and Building Committee member, approached the Lyme Garden Club with a request for help – the project budget only allowed for grading and seeding the site.  The club members quickly agreed to take on the project, and they formed a committee to lead the effort.

One of the first steps the committee took was to hire Lyme resident and landscape architect, Sarah McCracken.  McCracken has broad domestic and international experience.  Locally, she has worked with numerous homeowners and at St. Ann’s Church in Old Lyme and the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.  “Sarah has done an amazing job,” said committee chair, Mary Ann Kistner.  “We could never pay her enough for all the work she has put into the project.”

old shovel stuck in the groundThe final design is simple, yet elegant, and fits into the Lyme aesthetic.  It covers the landscaping of both buildings as well as the development of the new town green that will be created when the old library is demolished.  Making use of grasses that don’t have to be mowed and hardy plants, the grounds will be easy to maintain and, by necessity, deer resistant.  The front of the library will be planted in an herb garden in recognition of much loved former club member, Betty Cleghorn, and of the library herb garden that the Lyme Garden Club has maintained for years.

Planting will be done in phases to take advantage of ideal planting seasons and as needed funds are raised.  So far, people have been generous with plant donations, and two local landscape companies have volunteered manpower and machinery.  The Garden Club is currently looking for donors to sponsor the planting of a tree at the donation level of $500 per tree.  “We have ten tree donors so far,” said Kistner, “but we need six more.  And of course there are many other ways people can contribute.”   Interested donors should contact Mary Ann Kistner by email at  or at 860-526-3621.

To view the Lyme Town Campus landscape plans online, go to the project blog at  There will be a link on the right sidebar.   Copies will also be on display at the Lyme Town Hall and the Lyme Public Library.

Editor’s Note: If you would like more information about the Lyme Town Campus project, contact Janis Witkins at 860 304-3318 or at  For information about the Lyme Garden Club, contact Mary Ann Kistner at 860-526-3621 or at