April 17, 2014

Lyme-Old Lyme CROP Hunger Walk to be Held Good Friday

Looking to make a difference in these trying times, the Lyme-Old Lyme CROP Hunger Walk is an ecumenical and interfaith effort to raise money to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives.  A portion of the funds raised in Lyme-Old Lyme will go to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and national hunger relief agencies.

All are welcome to join this reflective walk co-organized by Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, Lyme Congregational Church and the South Lyme Union Chapel.

The Crop Walk will begin at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 85 Shore Rd, Old Lyme, at 10 a.m., and will continue on Johnnycake Hill to Lyme Street past Christ the King Church to the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and then follow the same route to return gain to St. Ann’s.

Donations of non-perishable foods are being accepted, and envelopes for monetary donations are available at each of the participating churches.  Donations can also be made at the Crop Walk on the day of the event.


Old Lyme Town Hall Closed Good Friday, But No Change to Trash, Recycling Schedules

The Old Lyme Town Hall and Transfer Station will be closed on Good Friday, April 18.

The Transfer Station will be open on Saturday, April 19.

There is no change to the trash or recycling pick-up schedules on Friday, April 18.


OL Historical Society Hosts Annual Dinner, Lecture on Old Lyme Farms, April 25

The Old Lyme Historical Society will host its seventh annual dinner and lecture featuring Dr. John Pfeiffer on Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme.

In this continuing series, Old Lyme Town Historian, Dr. John Pfeiffer will present a lecture titled “The Grange Hall: The Farms of Old Lyme”.  The recent acquisition by the Old Lyme Historical Society of the Grange Hall on Main Street marks the beginning of a new era for the Society.  Simultaneously, this purchase symbolized a complete change of a 350 year local way of life.

A long-time researcher, Pfeiffer will focus on the agrarian history of Old Lyme.  The evening will begin with libations and a chicken marsala and flank steak dinner catered by Coffee’s Country Market;  Pfeiffer’s talk will follow.

Tickets purchased in advance are $30 per person for members and $35 for non-members, and if there is availability, $40 at the door.  Tickets will be available at the Society’s office in the Genealogy Room at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, during the Society’s office hours, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Tickets may also be ordered by phone at 860-434-0684, but will not be held unless paid in advance.  They are also available through the Society’s website www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org using PayPal for $35 each, or they may be purchased in person only at Webster Bank.


Courtney Staff Host Office Hours in Old Saybrook, Thursday

On Thursday, April 17, representatives from US Congressman Joe Courtney’s office will be at the Action Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Members of Courtney’s staff will be available to take questions or concerns on any issue of importance, and to work with constituents who may be having issues with a federal agency.

As part of an effort to bring federal resources closer to his constituents, Courtney’s staff has been traveling the district to provide constituent services in local communities and meet with individuals at a location convenient for them.

Walk-ins are welcome, but if you wish to let Courtney’s office know in advance that you are coming, contact  Taijah Anderson in the Norwich District Office at 860-886-0139.

This opportunity is for individuals only.  If a group would like to meet with Courtney’s staff, contact the Norwich District Office at the number above.


CBSRZ Hosts Family-Style Seder on Second Night of Passover, Tuesday

Do you remember the smell of Grandma’s Matzah Ball soup simmering on the stove as she prepared for Passover seder? If you are looking for an opportunity to reconnect with your Jewish heritage, call Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) to learn about their Passover Across America seder in Chester, CT.

The seder will be on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 15, starting at 6 p.m.  The family-style seder, led by Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg and Cantorial Soloist Belinda Brennan, will stimulate much discussion, participation, and singing.

The meal, prepared by Bob and Linda Zemmel, owners of Alforno Restaurant, will include kosher brisket, kosher chicken, homemade matzah ball soup and many side dishes.  There will also be child-friendly options.

The price is $36 for adults and children 13 and older.  Children under 13 are free.  CBSRZ is able to offer these reduced prices due to a grant from NJOP (National Jewish Outreach Program).  Reservations are required.

Call the CBSRZ office at 860-526-8920 for more information and to make a reservation.


The Bowerbird Donates Almost $5,000 From Gift Wrap Program to Lyme-Old Lyme Lions


Pictured presenting the check are (from left to right) Chris Kitchings, owner of The Bowerbird, Marianne Szreders, President of L-OL Lions club and Phil Parcak, Vice-President of the L-OL Lions Club.

Pictured during presentation of the check are (from left to right) Chris Kitchings, owner of The Bowerbird, Marianne Szreders, President of Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club and Phil Parcak, Vice-President.

The Bowerbird in Old Lyme recently wrapped up their 2013 gift-wrapping campaign to raise funds for the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club.  The organization was presented with a check in the amount of $4,883.00 representing 2,870 packages wrapped.  The Bowerbird charges a nominal fee for gift-wrapping purchases and then donates 50% to local non-profit organizations.

The Bowerbird has selected the Eastern Connecticut Ballet as the recipient of the proceeds from their 2014 gift-wrap program.  The program runs from Nov. 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014.

In the past 20 years, The Bowerbird has donated over $65000.00 to 26 statewide and local non- profits.

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


Senior Studio Exhibition on View at Lyme Academy College

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An exhibition of artwork by seniors at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is on view at the College’s Chauncey Stillman and Sill House Galleries through May 17.  These seniors are studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and will graduate in May 2014.

The Senior Studio experience at the College allows students to refine their vision and develop a skill set in order to create a body of work that exemplifies their individual interests, talents, and artistic sensibilities.  The Senior Studio Exhibition 2014 reflects the culmination of this project.  Students will be present at the opening reception and available to discuss their work.  Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public; all are welcome.

Each student conceives their own project for the exhibition, and—with ongoing support and input from the faculty and their student peers   ̶  executes and presents it within a set amount of time.  Hayley Ashkenas (BFA Painting) of Berkeley, Calif., explains it this way, “It’s a pre-cursor of real life with gallery deadlines.  With so much buzzing around in your head, you have to not worry about the final product and just think clearly and slowly as you go through the process.” Chris O’Flaherty (BFA Painting) of Griswold, Conn., adds, “It’s definitely a challenging ride!  It’s the bridge between here and the next step.”

Sally Seaman, Dean of Academic Affairs at Lyme Academy College, comments, “This is such an exciting time for the seniors as they create a unified body of work. In the fall they experiment with different ideas using what they have learned from the previous three years at the College. Finally, after a great deal of work and many group critiques involving faculty and the other seniors, it all comes together. It’s absolutely phenomenal how this happens each year and quite exciting to watch and experience.” Magdalena Pawlowski (BFA Painting) from Nantucket, Mass., sums up the senior experience this way, “We all work very hard. It takes a lot of devotion and really prepares you for life.”

Both the Chauncey Stillman and Sill House galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The College gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Leon and Bernadette Olivier, Outthink, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, and Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt, for this exhibition.

For more information about the exhibition or Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, contact the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 860-434-3571, ext. 135 or ologan@lymeacademy.edu


Missing Dog FOUND in Old Lyme!

image04/13: We’ve just heard that Ruby has been found — great news!

This adorable cock-a-poo puppy ran away from his home on Mile Creek Rd. this morning.  Ruby is a light tan color and weighs about 10 lbs.

If you see her, please contact Melyssa Hancock at 860-331-9339 or the Hancock family.  Poor Ruby is likely very scared since she is very young.


Exhibition Commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 at the CT River Museum

As part of the 200th anniversary of the British Raid on Essex, the Connecticut River Museum is hosting a traveling fine art exhibit by members of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).  Twenty-five paintings by 16 different artists illustrate the various arenas of military action that unfolded during this War which was largely fought on the water.

The exhibit is comprised of three theaters of war: the oceans; the Great Lakes; and the bays, estuaries, sounds and rivers of the Eastern United States.  The paintings include oils and watercolors, and depict scenes of famous engagements as well as lesser known vessels and locales.  While many of the works of art present traditional views of the great navy vessels on the high seas or in action, others feature more personal views of men, giving the war a human face.

The American Society of Marine Artists was founded in 1978 by a small group of professional artists, who shared a love for all things maritime.  The Connecticut River Museum is delighted to have teamed with ASMA for this themed exhibit.

The Connecticut River Museum is one of five national venues in which this exhibit will travel.  It will be on display during the bicentennial of the April, 1814 British Raid on Essex.  The Raid has been the subject of considerable research and attention at the Museum in recent years and will culminate during the spring of 2014 with this special exhibit along with a series of related programs and events.

For more information on the exhibition and related programs, visit ctrivermuseum.org.  The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Mondays.


Large Crowd Turns Out to Commemorate British Raid on Essex Ships 200 Years Ago

Mark Lander dressed inhistorical costume reads during the 'Light Up the Night' celebrations Tuesday evening.  Photos by Michaelle Pearson.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-President Mark Lander, dressed in period costume, reads during the ‘Light Up the Night’ celebrations Tuesday evening. Photos by Michaelle Pearson.

REVISED 4/9/14: At 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday April 8, a goodly crowd gathered at the edge of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme to commemorate the bicentennial of the  1814 British raid on Essex.

Cannon on the boardwalk.

A cannon on the boardwalk serves as a reminder of the times of yesteryear.

“Light Up the Night” began with a drummer, who called the crowd to attention. Then the bonfire was lit and cannons fired as Mark Lander of the Old Lyme Historical Society read a narrative of the historic events.

Members of the Old Lyme Fire Department help keep the bonfire under control.

Members of the Old Lyme Fire Department help keep the bonfire under control.

Two hundred years ago to the day, the British Navy quietly slipped into the town of Essex (then called Pettipaug), looted it of arms and supplies and set fire to 27 American vessels before taking advantage of the swiftly running current to escape downriver to the Long Island Sound.  Along the shore, the citizens lit bonfires in an attempt to illuminate the river so cannons could be aimed at the departing British.

The event was one of a series of activities coordinated by the 1814 Bicentennial Committee.  Bonfires also took place at Gardiner’s Landing in Old Saybrook and on the water-side green at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.

Mark Lander continues his reading.

Mark Lander continues his reading.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-President Mark Lander related how the British Squadron blockading the Sound targeted River privateers and merchant shipping for destruction in a daring nighttime raid on an undefended and unprepared citizenry.

This evocative event was intended to inspire area residents to imagine the emotions of fear, frustration, and desperation experienced by the people who lived here in 1814.

“Light Up the Night” was sponsored by the Connecticut River Museum, and the Historical Societies of Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Essex.

For more information about this and other historic events, visit www.battlesiteessex.orgctrivermuseum.org or oldlymehistoricalsociety.org


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts “Light Up the Night” Tonight, Commemorates 1812 British Raid on CT River

Light Up the Night Event Logo

The Old Lyme Historical Society invites the public to “Light Up the Night”, a bi-centennial commemoration of the British raid on Connecticut River shipping during the War of 1812.  This free event takes place on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Lyme dinghy dock along the Connecticut River, near the DEEP Marine Headquarters on Ferry Road. There will be a bonfire and on-site storytellers.

“Light Up the Night” takes place 200 years to the day after the evening in April 8, 1814 when the British forces made their escape downriver from Essex harbor where they had burned 27 vessels earlier that day.  In 1814, as darkness fell, local militia and citizens set bonfires on both sides of the river in an effort to locate the boats carrying the retreating sailors and marines.

“Light Up the Night” is sponsored by the Connecticut River Museum and co-sponsored by the historical societies of Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, and Essex.  The event is one of a series of activities coordinated by the 1814 Bicentennial Committee.

Bonfires are planned to take place at Gardiner’s Landing in Old Saybrook, at the dinghy dock in Old Lyme, and on the water-side green at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.  On-site storytellers will relate how the British Squadron blockading the Sound targeted River privateers and merchant shipping for destruction in a daring nighttime raid on an undefended and unprepared citizenry.

These evocative events will inspire area resident to imagine the emotions of fear, frustration, and desperation experienced by the people who lived here in 1814.

For more information, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org or www.battlesiteessex.org.  “Light Up the Night” has a theme song!  To help you get into the spirit of the event, view the music video “The Privateers of Pettipaug” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9UCGK6Ww4c.

If you enjoy these types of events, consider becoming a member of the Old Lyme Historical Society.  For more information about membership and the Society’s activities and publications, explore the web site www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org or stop by the office in the Genealogy Room at The Old Lyme–Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

To volunteer with the Old Lyme Historical Society, look for opportunities on the Old Lyme-Lyme Volunteer Connection website http://volunteer.truist.com/ollvolunteer/volunteer/.



Sunshine of Lyme Wins 2014 Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year, Age 13-16

Braiden Sunshine of Lyme performs at the NACMAI competition in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Braiden Sunshine of Lyme performs at the NACMAI competition in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Last month, Braiden Sunshine of Lyme was named the 2014 Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year for age 13-16 in the ‘New Country’ category  by the North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) at their national competition held at Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Nacmai_trophy_2014_301KBSunshine had previously participated in the Southern New England Country Music Awards (SNECMA), which covers Connecticut and RI, where in August he won the title of 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year in his age group 13-16 for New Country Music.
He then moved on to the New England completion and in November won his category again.  All state winners are eligible to compete in the National competition in Tennessee.
There were three main genres of music being performed in Pigeon Forge; Gospel, Bluegrass and Country (Traditional and New Country).  Sunshine competed in the New Country category as it was the closest to his style of music.  The performers took the stage at the Country Tonight Theatre every eight minutes from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each night Monday to Saturday.
Each day, Sunshine and his mother, Liz, watched some of the performers, making a point to see all the other Connecticut performers.
After the performances, Sunshine would practice and join in the jams in the hotel conference rooms.  Liz comments, “This was the real fun, getting 20 performers in a circle playing and singing, building off each other.  They would go around the circle taking turns as to who would lead the next song.  It was amazing to watch and outstanding to listen to.  There is an incredible camaraderie that these artist have with one another [in that] they almost don’t have to speak they just follow the music.”  She adds, “The jam sessions went late into the night.  Braiden would tell me that his fingers were in agony from playing for five hours straight.”
During the competition, Sunshine’s performance caught the eye of Mike Jennings and Sunshine was asked to be on the Nashville Spotlight Television Show.
Locally, you can see Sunshine perform on April 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Buckley House, 111 Bank St., New London or Captains Pizza on Sunday, April 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Congratulations, Braiden!

Old Lyme Historic District Commission Meets This Morning

Notice is hereby given that the Old Lyme Historic District Commission (HDC) will hold Public Hearings today, Monday, April 7, beginning at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. The HDC will hear and act on the following Certificate of Appropriateness applications:

  • 75 Lyme Street, Awwa: fence
  • 26 Lyme Street, Pedersen: fence

The public is invited to attend and express its views.


Old Lyme’s Alexandra Trausch Named Stonehill SURE Scholar

Old Lyme resident Alexandra Trausch, a member of the Class of 2015 at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., will be one of 50 students at the College who will be conducting research with Stonehill faculty this summer through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program.

Trausch will be working with Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience John McCoy on a project titled “Social Cognition and Schizophrenia & Improving Cortical Function and Cognition in Schizophrenia.”

Trausch’s project will utilize both brain slice (in vitro) and freely behaving (in vivo) specimen models of gamma band oscillations to determine if drugs targeting mGluR5, a type of glutamate receptor, can rescue schizophrenia-like abnormal gamma oscillations.  In addition, Traush will attempt to identify how mGLUR5 affects the developmental maturation of the brain circuits responsible for generating gamma oscillation. This research could lead to the development of new classes of drugs for improved treatment of schizophrenia. Trausch and one other student, both neuroscience majors, will present their research findings at the regional NEURON conference.

The scholars and their faculty mentors are the 19th group to work under the SURE Program, which provides students with an opportunity to perform significant, publishable research under the guidance of an experienced faculty researcher.

The research experience will help to provide Stonehill students with a competitive advantage in graduate and professional school applications and in post-college employment opportunities, as well as to provide assistance to faculty in research activities.

Trausch was a member of the Class of 2011 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.  She is the daughter of Joe Trausch and Grace DeGrooth Trausch of Old Lyme.

Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located in Easton, Mass.  It has over 2,500 students in 80+ academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields.


Information Meeting Tonight on Proposed Bus Route From Clinton to Middletown

Map of the proposed new bus route from Clinton to Middletown.

Map of the proposed new bus route from Clinton to Middletown.

A public information meeting will be held this evening at 7 p.m. at Clinton Town Hall auditorium regarding the proposed new 9 Town Transit bus service connecting Madison, Killingworth and Haddam to Middletown.

The purpose of the meeting is in part for the public to demonstrate the need for this service by telling the story of how this service could benefit you or someone you know.

Beach Donuts will provide refreshments.

Clinton Town Hall is located at 54E. Main Street, Clinton.


Old Lyme’s O’Connor Scores His First Hole in One!

Arthur O'Connor

Arthur O’Connor

We love opening our Inbox each day because it’s a little like Tom Hank’s famous box of chocolates … you never know what you’re going to get.

Well, one day last week, we received a really special piece of news that we are now thrilled to share with our readers.

Old Lyme resident Arthur O’Connor scored his first hole in one on the 186 yard 12th hole at Wild Wing Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC on Sunday, March 30, 2014, using a club loaned to him by Old Lyme resident Maitland McNamara.

Witnesses included Od Lyme residents Alex Romeo and Greg Carnese.

Congratulations, Arthur!


Cappella Cantorum Presents Durufle’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Sunday

Barry Asch

Barry Asch

Cappella Cantorum’s 45th anniversary celebration begins April 6 with a performance of Maurice Durufle’s ” Requiem” and the Easter section of Handel’s “Messiah,” under the continuous musical direction of co-founder Barry B. Asch.  The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Road, Deep River (exit 5 off Rte. 9.)

Durufle’s “Requiem” reflects a haunting and spiritual Gregorian chant influence, while Handel’s “Messiah” is uplifting and inspiring in true Easter fashion.

Simon Holt, artistic director of Salt Marsh Opera, will be organist for the Durufle “Requiem” with Chamber Orchestra, and Deborah Lyon will be organist for the Easter section of the “Messiah.”

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased on www.CappellaCantorum.org or by calling 860-767-8452 or at the door.


Lyme Land Trust Program on Honey Bees, Sunday

A honey bee goes quietly about his essential work.

A honey bee goes quietly about his essential work.

The Lyme Land Conservation Trust will present a program on “Our Friends, the Honey Bees,” on April 6, at 2 p.m. at the Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road.

John Pritchard and Kiernan Wholean, Directors of the Lyme Land Trust, will present the program.

Honey Bees are our most interesting, important and challenged insect helpers.  One mouthful in three of our diet benefits from honey bee pollination directly or indirectly.  But bee colonies have been collapsing at an alarming rate in the past two decades for unknown reasons.

Pritchard and Wholean, both beekeepers and bee enthusiasts themselves, will describe the rudiments of how to start a beehive and explain the fascinating life cycle and abilities of the honey bee, their importance to our food supply and the threats they face today.

This program is not intended for small children but should be of interest to teens.


Raising the Flag in Old Lyme for ‘National Donate Life Month’

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Around a dozen people gathered outside Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall on Tuesday morning, April 1, to acknowledge and celebrate the start of ‘National Donate Life Month’ (NDLM), which was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003.  Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

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Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder welcomed everyone and then led a moment of silence prior to the flag being raised.  Tom Kasprzak from East Lyme  (left in photo above), who is a Community Relations Specialist for CL&P, lost his daughter Mary (aged 15) nine years ago.  He and his wife, Joanne, donated Mary’s organs to other people, thus saving the lives of five people who received her organs.

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Lymes’ Senior Center Coordinator Stephanie Lyon (pictured left in photo above) noted her mother received a new heart five years ago.  The procedure changed her mother’s life and she now regularly swims for up to one and a half hours each day.

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The “Donate Life” flag will fly at the town hall throughout the month of April.  Kasprzak said, “By raising the flag we honor the thousands of donors who have saved the lives of countless others through their simple acts of kindness and compassion.”


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Church

A long-time resident of Old Lyme set off early on Sunday morning from her home on Nottingham for Christ The King Church, but decided as she was traveling along Mile Creek Rd. to turn left down Cross Ln. to join Rte. 156 rather than take her more usual route along Mile Creek itself.

Although Phyllis Shepherd-Tambini saw the water in front of her under the Cross Ln. railroad bridge, there were no barriers or cones present at the edge of the water.  She continued driving under the bridge, but the water was much deeper than she anticipated and almost immediately her PT cruiser stalled.

Shepherd-Tambini watched helplessly as the water began to rise within her car, but she remained composed and called 911 on her cell phone.  When the water was roughly up to her waist, she was rescued by members of the Old Lyme Fire and Police Departments, who used a canoe to transport Shepherd-Tambini to safety.

Shepherd-Tambini told LymeLine, “I’m just glad I’ve lived through this story … I never thought I was going to die,” adding, “I knew where the air bubble would be in the car.”  She expressed her deep appreciation to everyone involved in her rescue.

Click here to view a  story and video about Shepherd-Tambini’s unfortunate incident broadcast March 31 on News Channel 3 Eye Witness News.