May 29, 2016

‘Big Kahuna’ Tag Sale on Saturday Supports Lyme-Old Lyme HS Music Students; Donations Welcome Friday

tag-saleA huge tag sale at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS), presented by the Lyme-Old Lyme Friends of Music, will bring loads of bargains to the school’s gym and commons areas on Saturday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Proceeds from the sale will help Friends of Music support the high school music department trip to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, this coming December.  Items for sale will include housewares, toys, books, CDs and DVDs, sporting goods, furniture, tools, and more.  Clothing and bedding will not be included in the tag sale.

The “Big Kahuna” Tag Sale is one of several fundraisers that Friends of Music is conducting this year, in its effort to help defray the cost of sending LOLHS student musicians to represent Connecticut at Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremonies. On Dec. 7, high school bands and choruses from the United States and Japan will gather in Hawaii to perform at ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the beginning of United States involvement in World War II.

Among those school groups will be 105 members of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Band and Chorus, the only school in Connecticut — and one of two from New England — to be participating in the event.  LOLHS Chorus and Band members, along with Choral Director Kristine Pekar and Band Director Jacob Wilson, are busy preparing for this performance, which will demonstrate how cultures once opposed can come together to present a musical gift to the world.

There is a substantial cost for this trip and Friends of Music is committed to raising funds to help cover these costs.  Other projects under way include ongoing sales of Stop & Shop “Cash for Causes” cards; a unique Mattress Sale (new, name-brand mattresses at steep discounts) on May 21; a “Dine-in” at Flanders Fish House restaurant in East Lyme on May 23; and the “Hawaii Five.0” 5K road race on July 30.

Information on each of these projects, as well as a direct donation portal, can be found on the Friends of Music website, Or e-mail for more information.  As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Friends of Music can accept matching funds from employers. 

DONATIONS: Spring cleaning? Moving? Donations of items to the Big Kahuna Tag Sale will be gladly accepted on Friday, May 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the high school:  housewares, furniture, sporting goods, toys, books, CDs and DVDs, artwork, tools, etc., in good condition—but no clothing, please.


Happy Mother’s Day!


Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and those who serve as mothers everywhere!


Lyme Land Trust Seeks to Preserve Whalebone Cove Headwaters

Lyme Land Trust Preservation Chairman Anthony Irving, kneeling, and Vice President Don Gerber next to Whalebone Creek in the proposed Hawthorne Preserve in Hadlyme.

Lyme Land Trust Preservation Vice President Don Gerber stands with Chairman Anthony Irving (kneeling) next to Whalebone Creek in the proposed Hawthorne Preserve in Hadlyme.

The Lyme Land Conservation Trust has announced a fund raising drive to protect 82 acres of ecologically strategic upland forest and swamp wildlife habitat in Hadlyme on the headwaters of Whalebone Cove, one of the freshwater tidal wetlands that comprises the internationally celebrated Connecticut River estuary complex.

The new proposed preserve is part of a forested landscape just south of Hadlyme Four Corners and Ferry Road (Rt. 148), and forms a large part of the watershed for Whalebone Creek, a key tributary feeding Whalebone Cove, most of which is a national wildlife refuge under the management of the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

The Land Trust said it hopes to name the new nature refuge in honor of William Hawthorne of Hadlyme, whose family has owned the property for several generations and who has agreed to sell the property to the Land Trust at a discount from its market value if the rest of the money necessary for the purchase can be raised by the Land Trust.

“This new wildlife preserve will represent a triple play for habitat conservation,” said Anthony Irving, chairman of the Land Trust’s Preservation Committee.

“First, it helps to protect the watershed feeding the fragile Whalebone Cove eco-system, which is listed as one of North America’s important freshwater tidal marshes in international treaties that cite the Connecticut River estuary as a wetland complex of global importance. Whalebone Creek, one of the primary streams feeding Whalebone Cove, originates from vernal pools and upland swamps just south of the Hawthorne tract on the Land Trust’s Ravine Trail Preserve and adjacent conservation easements and flows through the proposed preserve. Virtually all of the Hawthorne property comprises much of the watershed for Whalebone Creek.

“Second, the 82 acres we are hoping to acquire with this fund raising effort represents a large block of wetlands and forested wildlife habitat between Brush Hill and Joshuatown roads, which in itself is home to a kaleidoscope of animals from amphibians and reptiles that thrive in several vernal pools and swamp land, to turkey, coyote, bobcat and fisher.  It also serves as seasonal nesting and migratory stops for several species of deep woods birds, which are losing habitat all over Connecticut due to forest fragmentation.

“Third, this particular preserve will also conserve a key link in the wildlife corridors that connects more than 1,000 acres of protected woodland and swamp habitat in the Hadlyme area.” Irving explained that the preserve is at the center of a landscape-scale wildlife habitat greenway that includes Selden Island State Park, property of the US Fish & Wild Life’s Silvio O Conte Wildlife Refuge, The Nature Conservancy’s Selden Preserve, and several other properties protected by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust.

Map showing the location of the proposed Hawthorne Preserve.

“Because of its central location as a hub between these protected habitat refuges,” said Irving, “this preserve will protect forever the uninterrupted access that wildlife throughout the Hadlyme landscape now has for migration and breeding between otherwise isolated communities and families of many terrestrial species that are important to the continued robust bio-diversity of southeastern Connecticut and the Connecticut River estuary.”

Irving noted that the Hawthorne property is the largest parcel targeted for conservation in the Whalebone Cove watershed by the recently developed US Fish & Wildlife Service Silvio O Conte Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

Irving said the Land Trust hopes to create a network of hiking trails on the property with access from both Brush Hill Road on the east and Joshuatown Road on the west and connection to the Land Trust’s Ravine Trail to the south and the network of trails on the Nature Conservancy’s Selden Preserve.

Irving said there is strong support for the Land Trust’s proposal to preserve the property both within the Hadlyme and Lyme communities and among regional and state conservation groups. 

He noted letters of support have come from the Hadlyme Garden Club, the Hadlyme Public Hall Association, the Lyme Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency, the Lyme Planning and Zoning Commission, the Lyme Open Space Committee, the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments, the Lyme Garden Club, the Lyme Public Hall, The Nature Conservancy, The Silvio O Conte Refuge, the Connecticut River Watershed Council, and the Friends of Whalebone Cove, Inc.

He reported that between Hawthorne’s gift and several other pledges the Land Trust has already received commitments of 25 percent of the cost of the property.


Safe Grad Committee Hosts ‘Dumpster Day’ Today

Dumpster-300x214The committee organizing this year’s Safe Grad Party for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2016 is hosting a Dumpster Day this Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. This is a great opportunity to dispose of your junk while supporting a safe and substance-free event to celebrate our new graduates achievements.

A $20 donation is suggested.

The dumpster is being generously donated by Jansky’s Rubbish Removal Co. of Lyme, Conn.

The following items will not be accepted: hazardous waste, propane tanks, computer monitors, liquid/paint solvents, car batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mattresses/box springs, couches/sofas, yard waste, motor oil, antifreeze, and gasoline/kerosene.


East Lyme Public Trust Invites Community to Celebrate Boardwalk Re-dedication, May 28

The 'new' East Lyme Boardwalk will be re-dedicated May 28.

The ‘new’ East Lyme Boardwalk will be re-dedicated May 28.

On Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m., the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, in co-operation with East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department, will sponsor A Dream Fulfilled, the official re-dedication of the East Lyme Boardwalk.  The re-dedication ceremony, which will be held on the Boardwalk, will feature keynote speaker, Sen. Paul Formica, former First Selectman of East Lyme.

Other speakers will include East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson, Public Trust President Joe Legg, Public Trust Past-President Bob DeSanto, Public Trust Vice-President John Hoye, and Parks and Recreation Director Dave Putnam; all the speakers will recognize the many people who have helped made this dream a reality.

The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation would like to invite the general public to witness this historic occasion.  In addition, the members would especially like to encourage the participation of the 200 people who dedicated benches and the innumerable people who sponsored plaques.

They would also love to welcome all members of the Trust – past and present – and all those who originally helped make the Boardwalk a reality.

Participants should enter the Boardwalk at Hole-in-the Wall on Baptist Lane, Niantic.  Then, there will be a short walk to the area of the monument where the ceremony will take place.  At the entrance to Hole-in-the Wall, the Public Trust will have a display of historical information and memorabilia related to the construction and re-construction of the Boardwalk.  Public Trust members, Pat and Jack Lewis will be on hand to host the exhibit titled Before and After and to welcome participants.

After the ceremony, participants will have the opportunity to visit “their bench” and re-visit “their plaque.”  During and after the dedication, music will be provided by Trust member, Bill Rinoski, who is a “D.J. for all occasions.”  Rinoski will feature “Boardwalk-related” music and Oldies plus Top 40 selections.  This historic occasion will be videotaped as a public service by Mike Rydene of Media Potions of East Lyme.  High school volunteers will be on hand to greet participants and help with directions.

The organizing committee is chaired by Michelle Maitland.  Her committee consists of Joe Legg, President of the East Lyme Public Trust, Carol Marelli, Bob and Polly DeSanto, June Hoye, and Kathie Cassidy.

Visit Facebook – East Lyme Public Trust Foundation – for more information on the re-dedication ceremony. 

For more information on the Boardwalk, explore this website.


Free Day For All at FloGris Today

Families are invited to create hands-on crafts during Community Free Day on May 7, at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Families are invited to create hands-on crafts during Community Free Day on May 7, at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

The Florence Griswold Museum presents its annual Community Free Day on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Lyme. The event offers free admission to the Museum’s 11-acre campus, and includes family activities as well as two performances by Master Storyteller Tom Lee.

Storyteller Tom Lee

Storyteller Tom Lee

A performer for all ages, Tom Lee presents Mysteries at the Museum: Stories That’ll Make You Think at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. With training in classical theater, Lee has been performing in museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art for over 15 years (

“Our Community Free Day is a great way for all ages to spend the day at the Museum,” stated David D.J. Rau, Director of Education and Outreach. “The fun and educational activities planned for this year are a wonderful introduction for the many first-time visitors we get on this annual day.”

Museum-goers visiting the original Florence Griswold House are treated to guides sharing stories of the Lyme Art Colony artists who stayed with Florence Griswold in the boardinghouse over 100 years ago. The house, decorated as it was in 1910, includes the original paintings that artists created on the door and wall panels of the house.

On view in the Museum’s Krieble Gallery is Ten/Forty: Collecting American Art at the Florence Griswold Museum. The exhibition details the growth of the Museum’s art collection over the past forty years, including a range of American art from the Tonalist style of the late 1800s to today’s modern Abstraction.

Ten/Forty: Collecting American Art at the Florence Griswold Museum, will be on view on Community Free Day, May 7 at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Ten/Forty: Collecting American Art at the Florence Griswold Museum, will be on view on Community Free Day, May 7 at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Community Free Day attendees can also visit the Chadwick Art Studio, presented as it would have looked in 1920, the Rafal Landscape Center, as well as the Museum’s gardens and grounds along the Lieutenant River.

Family-Fun on Community Free Day

Community Free Day highlights family enjoyment of the Florence Griswold Museum. In addition to performances by Tom Lee, the Museum offers a special family craft activity in the Hartman Education Center from 11am to 4pm.

On May 7, Community Free Day visitors will hear about life in an artists’ boardinghouse at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

On May 7, Community Free Day visitors will hear about life in an artists’ boardinghouse at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

While at the Museum, families are encouraged to follow scavenger hunt cards in the Florence Griswold House, and uncover art details in the Krieble art gallery with “Can You Find Me” game cards.

A historic center for American art, the Florence Griswold Museum is considered the Home of American Impressionism. The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95.

For additional information contact the Museum at 860-434-5542 or


Final Day for Duck River Garden Club’s Plant Sale in Old Lyme

Geraniums and more will be on sale tomorrow and Saturday at the Duck River Garden Club's Annual Plant Sale.

Geraniums and more will be on sale tomorrow and Saturday at the Duck River Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale.

Enjoy a weekend of flowers, plants and more!

The annual fundraising plant sale, sponsored by the Duck River Garden Club of Old Lyme, will be held Friday, May 7, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Lyme Shopping Center field on Hall’s Road (near The Hideaway Restaurant.)

Pick out that special gift for Mom. Or browse the club’s selection of heirloom tomatoes, annuals, and vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, geraniums, perennials and shrubs that will be available.

If you are a gardening bargain hunter, Member’s Plants and “The Shed” offer wonderful “pickings.” Check out the new Shrubs, Trees and Knockout Rose Table this year. And to top things off, “Delectable Edibles” has special treats for all to enjoy.

All proceeds from the sale go to ongoing civic projects, which include scholarships, senior’s garden therapy program, holiday wreaths for public buildings, baskets for families in need, and maintenance of plants at town locations. The Duck River Garden Club members look forward to seeing you and can help with any questions.

Call Agnes O’Connor to pre-order your geraniums at 860-434-9094

For more information about membership in Duck River Garden Club, call Kathy Burton at 860-434-8024 or president, Barbara Rayel at 860-434-2354



Over 70 Boats, Yachts Navigate Into Essex for Spring Boat Show, May 13-15

The first CT Spring Boat Show in Essex features some of the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and sail boats.

The first CT Spring Boat Show in Essex features some of the newest boats on the market including center consoles, fishing boats, luxury cruisers, sport and sail boats.

The Connecticut Spring Boat Show, sponsored by the Yacht Brokers Association of America, is expecting over 70 boats to journey from as far away as Maine to attend the first annual 2016 Spring Boat Show. The exhibition is set for May 13-15, at Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, and is attracting interested boat buyers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and beyond.

“Brewer Essex Island Marina could possibly be the most intimate place in Connecticut to have a boat show,” says Tom Pilkington of Prestige Yacht Sales. “Where else can show-goers look at their favorite boats in the water, visit land exhibits, and explore the town of Essex, which is filled with its own maritime heritage? With boats ranging in size from 20 to 75 feet, sail, power, new and used, there will be a boat for every taste and budget.”

Visitors attending the free show will enjoy seeing a wide range of new and brokerage, power and sail models. Boating gear, accessories and service companies will also be on site.

Sails Up 4 Cancer, a non-profit organization based in Connecticut, will be at the show, raising money through food and beverage sales to benefit their organization. SU4C has been dedicated to supporting cancer care, education, prevention and research along the Connecticut Shoreline.

Also featured the same weekend in the historical town of Essex will be the annual Burning of the Ships parade. This nautical-themed event commemorates the worst day in Essex’s history with the famous ‘Loser’s Day Parade’. Sailing Masters will be joined by other regional fife and drums corps for the parade.

The parade and boat show offer individuals and families an opportunity to experience local sailing history and the flipside of today’s latest and greatest technology in the boating industry.

The free show is open to the public on Friday, May 13, from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit for specific event details and parking info.


Old Lyme Congregational Church Hosts ‘Member & Friends’ Art Show, May 21-22

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme will host a “Member and Friends Art Exhibition” in the church’s Fellowship Hall on Ferry Rd. on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22.  This exhibition is an opportunity for church members and friends to build community while celebrating the many gifts that are shared through works of art. 

Paintings, sculpture, paper art, photography, needlework, weaving, jewelry, woodwork and pottery are among the media that will be represented. 

The public is invited to the opening reception Saturday May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. and to visit on Sunday May 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The church encourages you to share this special event with your neighbors.


School Budget Passes Easily in Both Towns, Turnout Extremely Low

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of "a painful day" for poll workers after the votes had ben counted at the Cross Lane Fire House

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of “a painful day” for poll workers after the votes had been counted at the Cross Lane Fire House.

Voters in both Lyme and Old Lyme today overwhelmingly approved the Lyme-Old Lyme school board’s proposed $33,470,376 budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which represents a 2.84 percent increase over the current 2015-16 budget.  The total vote numbers across both towns were 368 supporting the budget and 184 against, representing almost exactly a 2 to 1 majority in favor of the budget.

Looking at the results by town, in Old Lyme there were 267 Yes votes to 150 No votes while in Lyme, 101 Yes and 34 No votes were recorded.

A delighted Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser commented to reporters gathered at the Cross Lane Fire House to hear the result, “We appreciate the continued support of both communities for the budget.”

Tired poll workers at Cross Lane Fire House were glad to clear away their tables at the end of the evening, with one describing it as “a painful day,” because voting had been so slow.  Turnout was likely one of the lowest on record with the total number of voters in Old Lyme today representing a mere 8 percent of the 5,211 registered voters in town.


Vote Today on Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education’s Proposed $33.5M Budget for 2016-17

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of "a painful day" for poll workers after the votes had ben counted at the Cross Lane Fire House

With voter turnout so low, it was the end of “a painful day” for poll workers after the votes had ben counted at the Cross Lane Fire House

The polls are open today from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Lyme and Old Lyme for residents to vote in a referendum on Regional District 18 Board of Education’s budget proposal for the fiscal year July 1, 2016.  Residents can vote respectively in the Hamburg Fire House in Lyme and the Cross Lane Fire House in Old Lyme.

In April, the school board voted to present a $33,470,376 budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which represents a 1.83 percent increase over the current 2014-15 budget.

The referendum result will be reported on immediately after it is announced.


Essex First Selectman Needleman to Declare State Senate Candidacy Today, Challenging Linares

Essex First Selectman Norman Needleman

Essex First Selectman Norman Needleman

Essex First Selectman Norman Needleman (D) will announce his candidacy for the 33rd State Senate District at a press conference to be held Tuesday, May 3, at 5 p.m. in the Gelston House in East Haddam.

Needleman, a Democrat who is currently serving his second two-year term as Essex First Selectman, will challenge incumbent Art Linares (R), who is completing his second two-year term as 33rd District State Senator and is running for a third term. Linares is Assistant Minority Leader of the state senate.

Apart from Lyme, the 33rd senate district includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.


“Help Stop the Train” This Afternoon at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme

PosterAll members of the community are invited to attend a May Day event this Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. either indoors (in the case of rain) in the large studio or outdoors on the lawn at Gil Boro’s Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds at 80-1 Lyme Street in Old Lyme.

Apart from the pleasure of good company and great music, the purpose of the event is to hear the latest information on the proposed high speed rail track routes from Washington DC to Boston, which are currently under discussion.  One of the alternatives being considered, Alternative 1, travels through Old Lyme.

There will be a great line-up of finger-picking musicians with Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, Clayton Allen and friends, the Localmotives with Eleanor Robinson, the Shrivers and friends.

Feel free to come by a little early, the music should be playing by 1:30 p.m. The event will be shutting down at 4 p.m., but the music will carry over afterwards at the Bee and Thistle Inn from 5 to 8 pm, with Stevens and Allen.

Parking is available in Lyme Academy College next door.

For more information about the rail track proposals, visit SECoast’s Facebook page.


World-Renowned Egyptologist to Speak at Lyme-Old Lyme High School Today

Kent Weeks (photo from

Kent Weeks (Photo from

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Luxor Library Student Ambassadors and the Friends of Luxor Library will present a lecture by world-leading Egyptologist Kent R. Weeks at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. The lecture is free, open to the public, and appropriate for both children and adults.

Dr. Weeks will share highlights from his remarkable career searching for, excavating, and mapping the tombs, monuments, and temples of ancient Egypt. He will talk about his major discovery – the unearthing of the tomb belonging to the sons of Ramses II, considered the most significant find in the Valley of the Kings since Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. He will also share the latest news about the hidden chamber that archaeologists believe they will find behind the walls of King Tut’s tomb.

Dr. Weeks, who lives in Old Lyme when he is not in Egypt, will discuss how a teacher first sparked his interest in ancient Egypt and why he believes education is the key to preserving Egypt’s heritage. To that end, he has created the Theban Mapping Project Library in Luxor, where each week hundreds of local children engage in activities designed to teach them about the importance of protecting the monuments of ancient Egypt.

A fundraising reception to benefit the library will follow the lecture at a private home on Lyme Street ($50 per person).

For information about the reception, email

For more information about the lecture, visit

Lyme-Old Lyme High School is located at 69 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.


Musical Masterworks Celebrates Conclusion of its 25th Season

Violinist Chee-Yun

Violinist Chee-Yun

Musical Masterworks’ 25th Anniversary Season will end with a burst of excitement as eight extraordinary musicians perform works of Richard Strauss, Bartók, Mendelssohn and contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima.  The last concerts of this season, which will feature veteran violinist Chee-Yun, will be held Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. 

The anniversary season will be celebrated with a free 25th Anniversary Party after the final concert on May 1, to which all ticket buyers will be invited.

The finale of each concert will be one of the best-loved works in the chamber music repertoire: the Mendelssohn Octet.  It promises to be a wonderful conclusion to the group’s first quarter century. 

Artistic Director, Edward Arron commented,  “I feel privileged to be the curator of this unique concert series. As the years go by, I continue to be inspired by the beauty of the Congregational Church, the art of chamber music, the artistry of my colleagues, and the warmth of our audience.”

To learn more about Musical Masterworks, visit  This summer information will be posted about the 26th season, which begins in October 2016.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Tag Sale Today

The Old Lyme Historical Society is hosting a Tag Sale tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their building – the former Grange Hall – on Lyme Street in Old Lyme.


Old Lyme Library’s BookCellar Holds Spring Half Price Book Sale Today

BookCellar Co-Managers Ann de Selding (right) and Claudia Condon check entries in the BookCellar's master catalog.

BookCellar Co-Managers Ann de Selding (right) and Claudia Condon check entries in the BookCellar’s master catalog.

The BookCellar at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will be hosting a special Spring Half-Price Sale on all regular items (with the exception of “Collectibles”) on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The BookCellar is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phoebe’s BookCellar is a volunteer-run used bookstore managed by the Friends of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. Besides the special editions, there is a wide range of gently used books in what is now the only remaining general interest bookstore in Old Lyme.

Inside the BookCellar.

There’s room to relax and read inside the BookCellar.

Many best sellers, mysteries, science fiction, History and Biography, general literature, DVDs, audio books and children’s books, as well as special interest areas such as Cooking, Gardening, Art and Photography are to be found on its shelves. Recent hardcover books are generally priced about $4, with children’s books as well as mass market and trade paperbacks at 50 cents to $2.

For further information, including direct inquiries about the Collectibles, contact the BookCellar at

The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme CT 06371. Opening hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 7pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 6pm; Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  The Library is closed on Sunday. For further information, call 860.434.1684 or visit


Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet, Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Today

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Logo - DEA

Since the first Lyme-Old Lyme Drug Take Back event in 2011, citizens have returned more than 500 pounds of medications to prevent misuse.

On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lyme Street Fire House, the Community Action for Substance Free Youth (CASFY) Coalition will give residents another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets. Twenty seven percent of seniors at Lyme-Old Lyme High School report it would be “very or sort of easy to obtain a prescription drug without your own prescription.”  (Lyme-Old Lyme Youth Survey, Dec. 2015). You have the opportunity to return unwanted medications at this bi-annual event, so that you don’t inadvertently contribute to someone’s misuse of a drug.

Should you miss this Drug Take Back event on April 30, you can dispose of your medications at Drug Drop Boxes located in area police stations including Troop F in Westbrook and the East Lyme Police Station in Niantic.

The misuse of prescription pain relievers and tranquilizers is more prevalent in the U.S. than use of all types of illicit drugs, except marijuana.  These medications are readily available in many home medicine cabinets and are easily diverted, misused and abused.

According to the Center for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths now kill more Americans than car crashes.  Prescription pain pills are driving the increase in overdoses.  Studies show that the majority of young people who abuse medicines obtain their supply from family and friends.

This event is co-sponsored by CASFY Coalition, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Old Lyme Police Department, Troop F State Police, and Old Lyme Fire Department,

For more information about the Drug Take Back event, or CASFY Coalition, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit


‘Shred It’ Fundraiser Today Benefits Class of 2016

Shredded_paperOn Saturday, April 30, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2016 will shred documents for businesses and individuals. Anyone can bring their papers to the Lyme-OId Lyme High School parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to shred for a donation.

Many people have unwanted papers sitting in boxes or on desks around their house.  The papers could be old tax returns, bank statements, bills, credit card statements, newspapers or school ditto sheets.  This fundraiser provides the community an opportunity to securely discard unwanted papers from houses or businesses.

“We are excited to hold this Shred-it Fundraiser because the demand for secure document shredding services is growing.  This fundraiser provides a low cost way to accomplish this community service,” said Mary Beth Schreindorfer, a high school physical education teacher.

Last year, this high school class conducted this same fundraiser.  It collected over 120 bags of unwanted papers and generated over $1,200.

The class used the funds for its class activities. Class activities included three dances and many community service projects throughout town.


Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women Celebrate Spring at Art-Inspired Fundraiser This Evening

LOLJWC_A_Toast _to_SpringIn ‘A Toast to Spring’, the Lyme Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) are popping the cork and putting a twist on their annual fundraising art show. Club members invite the public to join them for this great event on Saturday, April 30, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme.

The event will feature beer and wine tasting; complimentary hors d’oeuvres; a silent auction; live entertainment by ‘Java Groove’; a photo booth, and, of course, the perennially popular art show.

For more than 50 years, the Club has generously supported local charities and causes throughout the shoreline community. This year, the LOLJWC has selected the ‘Love Your Playground’ project at Town Woods and Cross Lane Parks as their main beneficiary. In addition to the playgrounds, the club will continue to support other local beneficiaries and provide scholarships to graduating Lyme-Old Lyme High School students.

Ticket prices are $50 per person and can be purchased from any LOLJWC member or online at Attendees must be 21 years or older.

For additional information, visit the LOLJWC website at