October 9, 2015

South African Choir Presents Concert Tomorrow in Old Lyme

The Pretoria Indigenous Choir stands on the steps of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Senior Minister Steve Jungkeit at left and chorus Director Mxolsi Duda at back row third from left.

The University of Pretoria Indigenous Choir stands on the steps of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme with Senior Minister Steve Jungkeit at left and chorus Director Mxolsi Duda front right, with back to camera.

As part of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme’s continuing celebrations of its 350th anniversary, a choir made up of 22 members of the University of Pretoria (South Africa) Indigenous Choir will present a concert Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the church.  All are welcome and admission is free.  A freewill offering will be taken.

The Choir singing at a recent church service.

The Choir singing at a recent church service.

The choir will be directed by Mxolisi Duda, who originally visited the church as a student in 2002. The choir has not only already performed at a number of church services during their stay, but also has visited and sung at several elementary schools.

Smiling faces on arrival in the US.

Smiling faces on arrival in the US.

For more information, visit www.fccol.org or call 860.434.8686.



All About Aging: Lyme Library Hosts a Presentation, Oct. 17

The Friends of Lyme Public Library are hosting a series of Fall Talks.  The first will be presented by Brooke Conley, LCSW on Sat., Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. at the library. Conley will explore the subject of, “Challenging Conversations to Have with Aging Parents,” in a helpful discussion about aging with relevant information.

The library is located at 482 Hamburg Rd./Rte. 156, Lyme.

For more information, call 860-434-2272 or programreg@lymepl.org



Debate Dates, Participants Finalized in Old Lyme; Questions Invited

Two election debates are being held in Old Lyme, the first on Oct. 22 for the candidates for the Region 18 Board of Education and the second on Oct. 29, for the candidates for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen.

Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau (LYSB) and the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring a “Meet the Candidates for Board of Education” event on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium.

The four positions open on the board are all four-year terms.  The candidates who will be present to give prepared statements and answer questions are:

(Vote for any three)
Mimi Roche (D)  (incumbent)
Paul Fuchs  (D)  (incumbent)
Peter Hunt (D)
Erick Cushman (R)
Stacy Winchell (R)

(Vote for one)
Mary Powell-St. Louis (R)

This event will be taped for broadcast on Comcast Public Access Channel 14 at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday, Oct. 26
Tuesday, Oct. 27
Friday, Oct. 30
Monday, Oct. 2

There will be a second debate sponsored by the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce and The Day on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Old Lyme Town Hall, which will feature the four candidates for Old Lyme Board of Selectmen.  The candidates are:

First Selectman
(Vote for one)
Bonnie Reemsnyder (D – incumbent)
Cathy Carter (R)

(Vote for one)
Mary Jo Nosal (D – incumbent)
Arthur “Skip” Sibley (R – incumbent)

The Chamber and LYSB have requested that we offer LymeLine.com readers the opportunity to submit questions for possible inclusion in the debate.

Questions for the board of education debate will be selected by representatives from LYSB, the Chamber and the debate moderator, Olwen Logan, editor of LymeLine.com.

Questions for the board of education debate will be selected by representatives from the Chamber, The Day and the debate moderators, Paul Choiniere, managing editor of The Day and Olwen Logan, editor of LymeLine.com.

Send your questions to editor@LymeLine.com with the subject line ‘Questions.‘  The deadline for receiving questions for consideration is Thursday, Oct. 15.



Old Lyme Fire Department Hosts Open House Tonight

Fire Department members will demonstrate the Jaws of Life at their Open House on Wednesday. File photo.

Old Lyme Fire Department members will demonstrate the ‘Jaws of Life’ at their Open House on Wednesday. File photo.

The Old Lyme Fire Department will host its annual Open House this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the main firehouse located on 69 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Conn.

Learn how to prevent this!

Learn how to prevent this!

Activities will include fire safety and firefighting demonstrations. State of the art firefighting apparatus and equipment will be demonstrated and on display.

Information pertinent to preventing fire-related incidents and home evacuation will be available for all ages.  Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel will be on hand to answer any questions the public may have to ensure a safer environment for children and adults.

Admission is free and all are welcome.


Musical Masterworks Celebrates its 25th Season in Old Lyme, Opens Oct. 24-25

MM_25_Logo_CMYK Vector Whiteborder jpg[1] copyMusical Masterworks is celebrating a quarter century of magnificent chamber music at Old Lyme’s First Congregational Church, beginning with the first concerts of their season on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m.

This concert will feature two of chamber music’s rising stars: violinist Bella Hristova and, in her Musical Masterworks debut, pianist Anna Polonsky. They will join with one of Musical Masterworks’ favorite horn players, Eric Ruske, and Musical Masterworks’ Artistic Director and cellist Edward Arron, for a program including trios by Schubert and Brahms, Schumann’s Three Fantasy Pieces for horn and piano, and a work by contemporary composer David Ludwig.

Musical Masterworks has prepared a very special 25th Anniversary Season of chamber music.  “This anniversary season, we will celebrate with masterworks of Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann,  Brahms, Dvorák, Ravel and Bartók, alongside vibrant and transporting works by some of the most dynamic composers of our time,” said Edward Arron, Artistic Director of Musical Masterworks.

In a bold break from their traditional programming of repeat concerts on Saturday and Sunday, on Feb. 13 and 14, 2016, Arron and pianist Jeewon Park will play the entire cycle of Beethoven’s works for piano and cello, providing a fascinating window into the arc of Beethoven’s career.

Book_cover_MM_25_YearsIn celebration of this milestone anniversary, Lee Pritchard and Jamie Murphy, Musical Masterworks’ Honorary Director and Founder, respectively, have embarked on an exciting project to chronicle Musical Masterworks’ 25-year journey.  Assembling treasured photos and recounting the memories and milestones shared by its audience, musicians, volunteers and staff over the years, Pritchard and Murphy have compiled a commemorative book that will be available for purchase beginning with Musical Masterworks’ October concerts.

“This keepsake book relates fascinating facts and memorable moments that have brought us to where we are today,” said Alden Rockwell Murphy, President of Musical Masterworks.  “The photos capture the energy and excitement of our journey, as well as the array of magnificent musicians who have been with us over the years; we are thrilled to be able to share our story with the community that has nurtured us.”

Edward Arron

Musical Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Arron

“Our special season will culminate with Mendelssohn’s glorious Octet for Strings, led by Musical Masterworks’ veteran violinist, Chee-Yun,” said Arron.  “I feel extraordinarily 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.”

The anniversary season will be celebrated with a free gala party after the final concert on May 1, 2016 to which all ticket buyers will be invited.

To purchase a series subscription ($150 each) or individual tickets ($35 individual; $5 student) to this 25th season, visit Musical Masterworks’ new website at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.


Saint Ann’s Church, LYSB Host Harvest Festival, Family ConcertToday

Harvest_Festival_2015Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church of Old Lyme and Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau will host a Harvest Festival Sunday, Oct. 4, including an exciting family concert with the acclaimed singer/songwriting duo, The Nield Sisters. The day’s activities run from 12 to 4 p.m. and have been generously sponsored by Essex Savings Bank and Essex Financial Services.

The Harvest Festival will take place on the grounds of Saint Ann’s at 82 Shore Rd. in Old Lyme and kicks off at 12 noon with games, music, craft sales, activities and food for the whole family.  Highlights include: an origami artist providing hands-on demonstrations; artist Elizabeth O’Brien creating silhouette portraits; and Upper Pond Farm in Old Lyme with farm activities and produce sales.

Other participants include Bushnell Farm, the Connecticut River Museum and Bushy Hill Nature Center, all hosting hands-on games and activities that are fun for all ages.  Food vendors include the ever-popular Rolling Tomato pizza truck, the Kiwanis of Old Lyme grilling up delicious hamburgers and hot dogs and Cupcakes and Flying Hearts serving fabulous cupcakes for dessert.  Music during the festival is provided by the folk duo, Sweet Beats.

The finale of the day at 3 p.m. is a special Family Concert with The Nield Sisters – the renowned folk-rock sister duo of Nerissa and Katryna Nield.  As Spin Magazine notes, “Listen to the Nields twice and you’ll start to catch the twists in the tales, the quirks and ironies that make every song a short story, and then you’ll be hooked.”  The Nield Sisters’ family concerts encourage audience participation and are geared towards engaging all members of the family – young and old.  A donation of $10 per family will be asked for the Nield Sisters Family Concert.

Saint Ann’s is an Episcopal parish in Old Lyme, Conn., and, under the direction of the rector the Rev. Canon Mark K J Robinson, invites and welcomes all visitors to this family friendly event.

The mission of LYSB is to empower and enrich the lives of youth and families in our community through a wide range of innovative and effective programs.

Saint Ann’s is located at 82 Shore Road (Rt. 156), less than two miles off  I95, exit 70.  Parking is adjacent to the church.

For more information contact Kathy Rowe at 860-434-1621, via email at office@saintannsoldlyme.org , or visit Saint Ann’s online at www.saintannsoldlyme.org.


See ‘Whimsical Kingdoms’ at Florence Griswold Museum Through October, Over 30 Faerie Houses on Display

LogoIt’s the return of the Florence Griswold Museum’s highly anticipated annual outdoor exhibition, Wee Faerie Village. This year the walking trail highlights over 30 faerie-sized castles, towers, and palaces celebrating fiction’s greatest royal tales.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme presents Wee Faerie Village’s ‘Whimsical Kingdoms’ on the grounds of museum’s campus from Oct. 1 through Nov. 1. Visitors follow the “Treasured Map” to over 30 hand-crafted faerie kingdoms and scenes – from Cinderella’s enchanted castle to Rapunzel’s towering tower to Aladdin’s shimmering palace. All ages will marvel at the detail and craftsmanship as they visit scenes from King ArthurHarry PotterA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lord of the Rings.

This year’s Wee Faerie Village is the seventh of the Museum’s annual outdoor creative installations. Last year 14,000 visitors enjoyed the 2014 event, Wee Faerie Village in a ‘Steampunk’d Wonderland’ during its four-week run. In keeping with the steampunk theme, many of last year’s scenes were made from found objects like cogs and gears.

More than 14,000 visitors came to see last year's Steam Punk'd Wonderland exhibit.

More than 14,000 visitors came to see last year’s Steampunk’d Wonderland exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

This year, the artists have been challenged to create their kingdoms using natural materials. Their imaginations are sure to create fanciful edifices detailed with pinecone pinnacles, fungus fortresses, acorn-topped timbered towers, bark-covered buttresses, fluttering feather flags, and driftwood drawbridges. The annual event has come to signify an enriching, not-to-be-missed outing for visitors of all ages.

Along with the 30 wee-sized creations, two artists are fashioning grand structures out of natural elements as a special feature of ‘Whimsical Kingdoms.’

Jared is hard at work creating a magical castle from a tree trunk.

Jared Welcome is hard at work creating a faerie tower out of a tree trunk on the Florence Griswold Museum’s grounds.

Jared Welcome of JareBear Carvings from Connecticut will create a faerie tower out of a 77-year-old tree on the Museum’s campus. Hurricane Sandy took its toll on the once sturdy maple. The tree was scheduled to be removed earlier this year, but instead, was saved for this project. Using a chainsaw and sander Jared reveals an over ten feet tall fanciful tower hidden beneath the bark.

Greg J. Grady of Professional Sculptures in New Hampshire is a master sand sculptor. He will forge a splendid castle using seven tons of “Hi-G” (dense, flat-grained) sand.

Special Events

As part of its Wee Faerie Village exhibition, adults and families with children can enjoy a month of faerie-themed activities. Events include a visit from Princess Merida, baking contest, parties, performances, story-telling, book discussions, and craft activities. Many events are included in Museum admission.

Visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for a complete list.

Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12

The Museum will open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faerie dance lessons begin at 11:30 a.m. At noon, an artist from the TEN31 living statues troupe will lead visitors in a parade. Wings, crowns, tiaras and Medieval attire is encouraged.

Sand-sculpting demonstrations will take place at the sand castle during the day.

Hands-on crafts 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. .

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop for artful objects created by local artisans and crafters inspired by the faerie realm.

This quirky and creative artisan fair is a special one-day, pop-up event at the Museum.

Beyond the Faerie Realm

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce encourages visitors of the Museum’s Wee Faerie Village to explore participating shops and restaurants in the historic town of Old Lyme for prizes and surprises. See www.VisitOldLyme.com for details.

The Florence Griswold Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, exit 70 off I-95. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission during the exhibition is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, $13 for students, $5 for members. Children 12 and under are free thanks to the support of an anonymous donor.

Admission includes the outdoor walking tour of the faerie village as well as the Florence Griswold House, Chadwick Studio, Rafal Landscape Center and the Krieble Gallery special exhibition, The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape.

Wee Faerie Village is supported by an anonymous donor, the Joffray Family, and the Platner Family Foundation.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Plant Sale Today

Fall_flowersThe Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) is having a Plant Sale at its 55 Lyme St. headquarters Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is anticipated that all the available plants, too numerous to mention, will go quickly.

This is a great chance to get your garden refreshed for spring beauty next year while supporting the efforts of the OLHS to bring the area’s history to life for new generations.

For more information, visit www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org


Lyme Land Trust Hosts Hike This Morning; All Welcome

The Lyme Land Trust will host a Jewett Preserve Hike on Saturday, Oct. 3.  This four-mile hike will be led by Wendy Hill, Lyme’s Open Space Coordinator, on a moderate Red Trail.

Meet at the cemetery entrance to Jewett Preserve on Mt. Archer Road.

For more information, visit lymelandtrust.org


Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Walk Across SE CT is Today

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 www.tbbcf.org, call 860-437-1400 or email info@tbbcf.org.

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.


Movie Night at Old Lyme Church Tonight Features Film About Gaza


All are welcome to a screening of ‘Where Should the Birds Fly’ this evening at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

Admission is free to see this powerful film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade.

‘Where Should The Birds Fly’ is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave.   It is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead — Mona Samouni, now 12-years-old and the filmmaker, Fida Qishta, now 27.

The film is a visual documentation of the Goldstone Report.  It reveals the strength and hope, the humanity and humor that flourishes among the people of Gaza.  Few films document so powerfully and personally the impact of modern warfare and sanctions on a civilian population.

The film itself breaks the blockade.  Filmmakers in Gaza have never had the opportunity to make a full length, professional documentary of their reality.  Fida Qishta, born and raised in Rafah, Gaza, began her film-making career as a wedding videographer, and soon moved on to working with international human rights observers in Gaza, documenting day to day life under siege. 

Her commentary on the siege was published in The International Herald Tribune.  Her video reports of Operation Cast Lead were published widely including in the UK newspaper The Guardian and in their weekly news magazine, The Observer.

Qishta founded The Life-Maker’s Centre, Rafah, Gaza.  She was the manager and a teacher at this free facility for 300  children affected by war.  The center continues to provide a safe place to play and offers counseling and English language tutoring.

For more information, visit http://whereshouldthebirdsfly.org


Rep. Carney Achieves 100 Percent Voting Record

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) achieved a 100 percent voting record during the regular 2015 Legislative Session according to statistics compiled by the House Clerk’s Office.

This year, Rep. Carney cast his vote on all 379 separate pieces of legislation that made it to the floor of the House of Representatives. Only about 20 percent of legislators achieve perfect attendance each year. In addition, Carney attended every committee meeting and public hearing during the 2015 session.

“Throughout my first term representing the citizens of the 23rd district, I have made it a priority to be present for every debate and every vote,” said Carney. “The people of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook put their faith in me to serve as their representative and they deserve a voice on every piece of legislation that comes before the legislature. While I am proud to receive a perfect score, this is simply my duty to my constituents and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Carney, who represents the 23rd district in the General Assembly, is a House Republican Chair and Founding Member of Young Legislators Caucus and serves on the legislature’s committees on Environment, Transportation, and Higher Education & Employment Advancement.

The next regular session of the legislature will convene in February 2016.

Carney represents the 23rd district communities of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and the southern section of Westbrook.


Talking Transportation: Happy 75th Birthday to The Merritt: Queen of the Parkways

A century ago the only way to drive between New York and Boston was on Rte. 1, The Post Rd. If you think traffic is bad today, imagine that journey! So in 1936, 2,000 men began work on the state’s largest public works project, the $21 million four-lane- parkway starting in Greenwich and running to the Housatonic River in Stratford. The adjoining Wilbur Cross Parkway didn’t open until years later when the Sikorsky Bridge across the Housatonic was completed.

The Merritt, named after Stamford resident, Congressman Schuyler Merritt, is best known for its natural beauty, though most of it was planted: 22,000 trees and 40,000 shrubs. And then there are the bridges, since 1991 protected on the National Register of Historic Places.

Architect George Dunkleberger designed 69 bridges in a variety of architectural styles, from Art Moderne to Deco to Rustic. No two bridges are exactly alike. In short order the Merritt was being hailed as “The Queen of Parkways”.

The parkway at first had tolls, a dime (later 35 cents) at each of three barriers, not to pay for the parkway’s upkeep but to finance its extension to Hartford via the Wilbur Cross Parkway, named after Wilbur Lucius Cross who was Governor in the 1930’s. Tolls were dropped in 1988.

The old toll booths themselves were as unique as the Parkway, constructed of wooden beams and covered in shingles. One of the original booths is now preserved in Stratford at the Boothe Memorial Park.

At recent celebrations of the parkway’s 75th birthday, one old timer told of a friend from Yale who resented paying the dime toll in the 1940’s. So he went to the medical school and procured a cadaver arm, glued a dime on its finger and hid the arm up his sleeve. When the prankster slowed to pay his toll, the collector got the dime and the arm as the student sped off.

The Merritt’s right of way is a half-mile wide, the vistas more obvious now since massive tree clearing after the two storms in 2011 and 2012 where downed trees pretty much closed the highway.

Since its design and opening in 1938 the Merritt Parkway has been off-limits to commercial vehicles and trucks. But as traffic worsens on I-95, debates rage from time to time about allowing trucks on the Merritt and possibly widening the road. Either move would probably mean demolition of the Parkway’s historic bridges, so don’t expect such expansion anytime soon.

The best watchdog of the Parkway is the Merritt Parkway Conservancy which has fought to preserve the road’s unique character. Their latest battle is against plans for a multi-use trail along the south side of the roadway. Costing an estimated $6.6 million per mile, the Conservancy worries that the trees and foliage that would be clear-cut to allow bike and pedestrian users would despoil the eco-system.

Jim Cameron

Jim Cameron

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


Clad to Speak on World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape at SECWAC Meeting, Oct. 14

LogoThe next meeting of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Stoneridge Retirement Community, 186 Jerry Browne Rd, Mystic, CT.  The speaker will be James Clad, who is a Senior Adviser at the Center for Naval Analyses Corporation, Arlington, Va., and consults for energy, investment, and strategic advisory firms.  His presentation is titled, “The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape” and a reception with Clad begins at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation following at 6 p.m.

A dinner follows immediately in a dining room at Stoneridge Retirement Community for a limited number of members and guests. To attend the dinner, a reservation is required –  call 860-912-5718 or email info@secwac.org to make your reservation.

During 2002-2010, Clad served as US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for Asia, as a senior counselor at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the US Agency for International Development.  From 1995-2002 he held a Luce Foundation professorship at Georgetown University and was, concurrently, Director/Asia Pacific Energy at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).

Trained as a lawyer in New Zealand, his career has focused on Asian commercial and security affairs, broadening after 2002 to include the Middle East.  In the 1980s and 1990s he wrote for the Far Eastern Economic Review, and had fellowships from St. Antony’s College, Oxford, from the Carnegie Endowment, and from Harvard’s Center for International Affairs.  He also served in the diplomatic service in New Zealand.

He has authored several books on Southeast Asia and US foreign policy, most recently a volume on political geography entitled “The Borderlands of Southeast Asia”.  He received the Secretary of Defense Public Service Award in 2009, and became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011.

Milt Walters, SECWAC’s Chairman, indicated he was delighted an expert of James Clad’s caliber was available to shed his views on the geopolitical impact of the world’s rapidly shifting energy supplies.”

All reservations must be received 24 hours prior to the program.   Bring your check for the total number of your reservations at $35 for each, payable to SECWAC.  Courtney Assad will collect your check when you arrive to pick up your name tag.  At the same time, you will be given dinner tickets for each reservation to be collected by the serveras confirmation of your payment. Credit card payments are also being accepted.

SECWAC is a membership organization, however, guests are welcome. Call 860-912-5718 or email info@secwac.org to reserve a guest pass.

In November, SECWAC will host two meetings, one at a luncheon and the other in the evening, on the topic of Cybersecurity (details to follow).

SECWAC is a regional, non-profit membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America and fosters an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs impacting America through study, debate, and educational programming.  Our principal activity is to sponsor 10 Speaker Series Meetings a season. We provide a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between our members and U.S. policy makers and other experts on foreign relations (http://www.secwac.org).


Pulver to Speak on Role of Coastguard at Friends of Fort Trumbull Meeting, Oct. 29

Captain Wes Pulver

Captain Wes Pulver

On Thursday, Oct. 29, as the final speaker in the 2015 Program, the Friends of Fort Trumbull State Park announce that Captain (Ret.) Wes Pulver will be the presenter in place of the previously  scheduled Admiral (Ret.) Robert J. Papp, Jr., USCG.  Adm. Papp’s full time assignment at the State Department in Washington, DC will not allow him to be present on that night.

Captain Pulver has agreed to bring the message of ‘The Coast Guard at Fort Trumbull and Beyond’ to the Fort.  This lecture concludes the 2015 series entitled Windows on the World of Fort Trumbull – a series of programs based upon the periods in history that were significant to Fort Trumbull.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the Conference Center at Fort Trumbull State Park, 90 Walbach St., New London.  The interesting Gift Store at the Fort will be open from 6:30 to 7 p.m. before the meeting so that participants can view and purchase the many historically themed items.

The public is invited and new members are always welcome. Come early; seating is limited. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

For more information about the group: www.fortfriends.org


‘The Bowerbird’ Seeks Help to Select Next Annual Donation Recipient

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In a few short weeks, The Bowerbird located in the Old Lyme Marketplace on Halls Rd. will be selecting a new recipient for their 2015-2016 gift wrap give-back program.  Usually, this is a closed process; however, this year the store is soliciting suggestions from their customers and LymeLine.com readers.  Do you have a favorite non-profit that could benefit from some extra funds?

Eligible organizations must be registered as a tax-exempt nonprofit 501 (c) organization, be located in Connecticut or have a Connecticut chapter.  In addition, they are not eligible if they have previously received funds through the store’s gift wrap program.

For a complete listing of past recipients, visit www.thebowerbird.com

The Bowerbird pioneered ‘cause’ marketing when they created their gift wrap donation program in 1992.  In the past 22 years, The Bowerbird has donated over $71,000 to 27 statewide and local non-profits proving that small businesses can make a difference.

The current recipient is the Children’s Medical Center located in Hartford.

The 2015-2016 year’s wrap donation program will begin Nov. 1, 2015.

For more information, stop by The Bowerbird in the Old Lyme Marketplace.


The Country School Welcomes Families to Register for ‘Minds in Motion’


The Country School, Madison, is serving once again as host to Minds in Motion, a student enrichment program featuring interactive, fast-paced, hands-on workshops for children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Being held on Saturday, Oct. 17, on the school’s 23-acre campus in Madison, Minds in Motion will also feature programming for parents and teachers.

Minds in Motion, the Connecticut Association for the Gifted’s signature student enrichment program, provides children opportunities to explore areas of interest that are rarely part of the everyday classroom. While students participate in workshops, parents are invited to attend a thought-provoking keynote address and their own special-interest workshop. This is the third year Minds in Motion has been held at The Country School.

Student workshops will range from squid dissection to fencing, robotics to song-writing with Steve Song of PBS Kids. To see the full list of offerings and to register, visit the Connecticut Association for the Gifted’s website: www.ctgifted.org. The deadline for registering is Oct. 13. Space will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.

This year’s keynote address, Teaching the Whole Child: The Importance of Character Education, will be delivered by Licensed Professional Counselor Kerry Shay and Country School music teacher Victoria Wepler. Parent workshops include: New Family Habits, with Gena Rotas, LICSW, Powerful Strategies to Enhance the Learning of Gifted Students with Nathan Levy, President, Nathan Levy Books, and Best Practices in Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction, with Louise Jackson, Country School math teacher.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8. At The Country School, a rigorous academic program is accompanied by a commitment to hands-on learning and a focus on the whole child. The Country School prepares students to meet the future with confidence, encouraging them to reach their highest, both in school and in life. Learn more at www.thecountryschool.org. The Country School is located at 341 Opening Hill Road, Madison.


‘Bound for the Sound’ Road Race This Morning Benefits Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation

And they're off! Runners participating in last year's 10K start the race.

And they’re off! Runners participating in last year’s 10K take their first steps in the race.

Eric Parker, the morning anchor on Channel 3 News, will be the emcee and official starter for the Lyme–Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 4th annual Bound for the Sound Road Race. The race takes place on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8 a.m., at the Sound View Beach in Old Lyme.

Runners can choose between a 10K or 5K course, or a one-mile Fun Run. The course travels through the scenic, easy terrain of South Lyme. All proceeds from the race benefit the Foundation’s educational programs in the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools.

Runners of all ages are welcome, including those in strollers. Register for the race at http://lolef.org or in person before the race. Registration is $35 for adults, $10 for high school students and younger, with faculty and staff of the Region 18 Schools receiving a $10 discount off the registration fee. All proceeds will benefit the programs of the Lyme–Old Lyme Education Foundation.

Parker, an Old Lyme resident and parent of a young student, said he is looking forward to the event. Michael Kane, LOLEF president, commented, “We draw a great a great crowd each year, especially for the 10K. It’s one of the few 10K races in the region: the course is beautiful and runners really love it.” Vice-president Nicole Wholean added, “It’s a great community event that supports public education while promoting health and wellness.”

The LOLEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.

Their mission is to create, continue, and enhance the valuable educational programs above and beyond those traditionally provided by the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools. The Foundation aligns its work with the District’s strategic planning process to encourage innovative and effective learning opportunities for students of all ages. It raises and distributes funds to enhance enrichment programs, support innovative teaching and learning, and build educational partnerships between Lyme-Old Lyme students and the community.


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

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Logo - DEA

On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau (LYSB) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your medications for disposal to the Lyme Street Fire House at 69 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This event is sponsored by the Old Lyme Police Department, Old Lyme Fire Department, the DEA and the Coalition for Substance Free Youth (CASFY) overseen by LYSB.

The CASFY organization is the local prevention coaltion for Lyme and Old Lyme. Their mission is to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use among youth by collaborating with the community to raise awareness, modify social norms, educate youth and adults, initiate policy change and promote healthy activities. The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at LYSB.

Members of the public are welcome to join the group at any meeting or contact Prevention Coordinator Karen Fischer at 860-434-7208 x 308 for more information. Visit CASFY’s website to learn more about their programs, Lyme-Old Lyme youth survey reports, and resources.

More than 300 people died of heroin or other opioid overdoses in the Connecticut in 2014, according to the latest available figures from the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.  This is a significant increase from 257 deaths in 2013 from overdoses involving opioids.

People begin their addiction to heroin by first misusing prescription pain medications.  A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.  There are many other people who visit a home and might search the medicine cabinet, including caregivers and people who clean, repair, or deliver items. Open Houses held by realtors present another opportunity to find drugs.  Drug seekers are searching for unsecured prescription drugs, especially prescription pain reliever medications and depressants (Valium, for example).

Mary Seidner, Director of LYSB, comments, “In Connecticut, there are now more deaths from drug overdoses than from car crashes and most of the drug overdoses are from medicine abuse.  We can do better.  You can help by disposing of your unwanted medications on Saturday.”

Karen Fischer, Prevention Coordinator at LYSB, emphasized, “All prescription medications should be secured for everyone’s safety and unwanted ones should be disposed of safely.”

This service is free and anonymous.  For questions contact Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau at 860-434-7208 or www.lysb.org





Lyme Church Rummage Sale Takes Place Today

Lyme First Congregational Church’s Annual Spring Rummage Sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   at the church on Rte. 156 in Lyme across from the Subaru dealership.   Admission is free and the sale is so huge that three buildings are used to hold all the treasures!

Drop off is from Monday, Sept. 21, through Thursday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m.

Refreshments will be also be available.