April 23, 2014

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Environmental Club Honors Earth Day 2014 with Special Event Tonight: All Welcome

An osprey brings lunch.

An osprey delivers lunch.

Earth Day 2014 is this coming Tuesday, April 22, and the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Environmental Club is hosting two speakers at 7 p.m. at the high school at 69, Lyme Street in Old Lyme.  Students from high schools in the local region, as well as the general public, are invited to attend.

Before the speakers take the stage, the audience will be able to visit with various groups who will be manning information tables in the Commons area of the high school.  These groups will include the Lyme and Old Lyme Land Trusts, the Old Lyme Conservation and Open Space Commissions, the Potapaug Audubon Society, the Tributary Mill Conservancy and the CT River Gateway Commission.

The theme on which the speakers will focus is: “Spring Migrants And Our Coastal Food Chain: Alewife, Menhaden, and Osprey.”

First to speak will be conservation biologist and ornithological expert, Dr. Paul Spitzer, who will discuss his current study of osprey in the lower Connecticut River estuary.

Inspired by his mentor Roger Tory Peterson, and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Spitzer was part of the movement that banned DDT in 1972, documenting its correlation to the thinning of osprey egg shells.  He is now collecting data related to the over-fishing of menhaden, a primary food source for osprey chicks.

Spitzer will be joined by Connecticut DEEP biologist Steve Gephard, supervisor for the State’s Diadromous Fish and Conservation Enhancement programs.  Gephard will discuss efforts to restore and protect the fish that migrate between Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River and its tributaries.

It was announced last week that President Obama has appointed Gephard to serve as the Commissioner of the Council of North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.

According to Congressman Joe Courtney’s office, this is “an international organization established by an intergovernmental convention in 1984 that seeks to restore and manage Atlantic salmon populations”.


Conniff Presents Inaugural LOL Education Foundation Lecture, Sunday

Richard Conniff

Richard Conniff

The Lyme Old Lyme Education Foundation (LOLEF) has announced that its first annual lecture, hosted by the Lyme Art Association (LAA), will be an evening with Old Lyme’s own Richard Conniff on Sunday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m.

The title of Conniff’s lecture is “Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time:  My Life Doing Dumb Things with Animals.”  His vast experience with animals includes collecting tarantulas in the Peruvian Amazon, tracking leopards with !Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert, climbing the Mountains of the Moon in western Uganda, and trekking through the Himalayas of Bhutan in pursuit of tigers and the mythical migur.  With humor and insight, he recounts his adventures in the strange and fascinating world of wild animals.

Book cover of "Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time"

Book cover of “Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life Doing Dumb Things with Animals.”

Conniff writes about behavior, on two, four, six, and sometimes eight legs.  His latest book is The Species Seekers:  Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth, about the great age of species discovery.  He won a National Magazine Award in 1997 and a 2009 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.  He was a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow.

His articles have appeared in Time, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and other publications.  He is a frequent commentator on NPR’s Marketplace and in The New York Timesand has written and presented television shows for the National Geographic Channel, TBS, and the BBC, among others.

Conniff is the author of seven books, including Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time:  My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals (Norton, 2009), The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide (Norton, 2002) and Spineless Wonders:  Strange Tales of the Invertebrate World (Holt, 1996).

Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Tickets are $12 for non-members of the LAA and $10 for members.  Call the LAA at 860. 434.7802 to reserve your seats.

Proceeds to benefit the LOLEF,  a non-profit organization which supports supplemental excellence in programs and technologies in the Region 18 schools and community.

For more information about LOLEF, visit www.lolef.org.


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.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Environmental Club Honored by Old Lyme Land Trust

LOLHS members (from left to right) Isabel Ritrovato, Hugh Cipparone, Madalyn Gibson-Williams, Philip Hallwood and club adviser Heather Fried were honored as 2013 Volunteers of the Year at  the Old Lyme Land Trust's Annual Meeting last Sunday.

LOLHS Environmental Club members (from left to right) Isabel Ritrovato, Hugh Cipparone, Madalyn Gibson-Williams, Philip Hallwood and club adviser Heather Fried were honored as 2013 Volunteers of the Year at the Old Lyme Land Trust’s Annual Meeting last Sunday.

At its 48th Annual Meeting, the Old Lyme Land Trust (OLTT) presented its “Volunteer of the Year” award to members of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Environmental Club.  On hand to receive the award were Isabel Ritrovato, club president, Madalyn Gibson-Williams, Hugh Cipparone and Philip Hallwood, as well as club adviser and LOLHS teacher, Heather Fried.

The Club has provided OLLT with critical stewardship assistance, clearing trails on the OLLT Goberis-Chadwick Preserve and blazing a new trail on the Esther and Bob Heller Preserve.

“There is discussion among environmental groups that today’s youth is not connected to nature and the outdoors, and concern about where the next generation of conservationists will come from,” said OLLT President Christina Clayton. She noted Ritrovato and Fried had participated on a panel devoted to this subject co-sponsored by OLLT, Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Connecticut Audubon Society in the autumn of 2012.

Clayton continued, “But it was a pleasure to behold how efficient these high school students were; how comfortable they were in the woods; and how they were enjoying themselves.  You would have no concern about the future of conservation if you watched them.”


Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Teams Share Victory in CT Science Olympiad

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School science team members display their medals after both LOLMS teams shared  first place honors in the state tournament.

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School science team members display their medals after both LOLMS teams shared first place honors in the state Science Olympiad.

Two Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) teams shared top honors to win the Connecticut Science Olympiad for the third year in a row.  In an extraordinary performance, team members from LOLMS won a medal (1st,2nd or 3rd) in 23 of the 24 events.

The teams now move on to the national competition in Florida which takes place May 16-17.

Congratulations to science teacher Shannon Glorioso, and Lucy and Johnny Walters, who head up the after-school science program that makes this all possible.  And, of course, congratulations also to all the students who participate in the program.

Go Wildcat Scientists!


Lyme-Old Lyme Youth Art Show on View Through March 29

This signature piece for the 2014 Lyme-Old Lyme Youth Art Show is by Mercedes Crespo.

This signature piece for the 2014 Lyme-Old Lyme Youth Art Show is by Mercedes Crespo.

The 29th Annual Lyme-Old Lyme Youth Art Show is on view through Saturday, March 29 in the Sill House Gallery at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts located at 84 Lyme Street.

Sponsored by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), the show features work by students in Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

The Sill House Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Admission is free. All are welcome.


LYSB Hosts Kindergarten Readiness Workshop This Evening,


Join members of the Kindergarten and Preschool Teams from Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Media Center to learn about how you can prepare your child for kindergarten.

Some of the topics to be covered under the title , “How Do I Know If My Child Is Ready?” include:

  • Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
  • Kindergarten Today – It’s Not What it Used to Be
  • Late Birthdays – new Connecticut dates to consider
  • Emotional, Social and Academic Development

This program is free and open to the public.  Parents of children age 3 and up are welcome to attend.

Childcare  will be provided

For more information, contact LYSB at 860.434.7208.

This event is sponsored by the Lyme-Old Lyme Early Childhood Council.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Art Department Amasses Awards at Recent Contests

Lyme-Old Lyme High School seniors Mercedes Crespo and Madelyne Grabowski were both awarded Gold Keys at the Connecticut Scholastic Awards.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School seniors Mercedes Crespo (left) and Madelyne Grabowski (right) were both awarded Gold Keys at the Connecticut Scholastic Awards, along with Hannah Lacey (not pictured.)

The Art Department of Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) is enjoying an exceptional year.

Seniors Madelyne Grabowski, Mercedes Crespo and Hannah Lacey were each awarded Gold Keys for their art portfolios at the 25th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards.  All three are now being judged on the Scholastic Art Award national level.

Art work by Mercedes Crespo.

Art work by Mercedes Crespo.

Grabowski and Crespo were also two out of only 13 students statewide to be awarded, on the basis of their portfolios, $20,000 annual scholarships from the University of Hartford Art School. This is the highest level of scholarship awarded by that school, which also hosts the Scholastic exhibit.

Others recognized at Scholastic were Anais Bolduc, Jennifer Dill and Elizabeth Scott, all for sculpture.  Bolduc and Dill earned Silver Keys, while Scott won honorable mention.  The Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state, with over 1,500 total art entries.

In the Shoreline Arts Alliance 2014 ‘Future Choice’s Juried High School Student Art Competition and Exhibition, currently hanging in the Sill House Gallery at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts on Lyme St., Madelyne Grabowski and Mercedes Crespo took First and Second Place in Drawing respectively, while Jordan Bourne took top honors in the Video category.

'Skatepark' by Madeline Grabowski.

‘Skatepark’ by Madeline Grabowski.

Isabel Ritrovato took Second Place in ceramics and Jennifer Dill earned an Honorable Mention in the same category. Samantha Lee and Laura Yee both earned Honorable Mentions in Painting, while Anais Bolduc and Jennifer Dill both were awarded Honorable Mentions in sculpture.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts awarded a total of three $10,000 scholarships, two of which were awarded to LOLHS students, namely Madeleine Grabowski and Hannah Lacey.  Also, three out of six Pre-College scholarships presented by Lyme Academy College, were awarded to LOLHS students Jordan Bourne, Alida Dahlke and James Kolb.

Other LOLHS students juried into the show, which encompasses students from 24 area towns, include Elizabeth Scott, Sophia Restrepo, Lexi Sibley, Meredith Kegley, and Kaetlin Kolar.

On top of all the individual successes at these two prestigious contests, the LOLHS Art Department as a whole was awarded the Judy Streeter Outstanding School Award by the Shoreline Arts Alliance on the basis of its level of participation in the competition and the number of awards it received.

Congratulations to all these outstanding artists and their fine teachers!


Internet Safety Expert Gives Presentations in Old Lyme Today, Tonight

internetsafetysolutionsScott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts will give a presentation for parents on Social Media and Internet Safety at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.  This program is free of charge and open to the public.

Driscoll has been in law enforcement for more than 22 years. For the majority of his career, he has worked with the youth in his community to help them stay safe.  Many years ago, Driscoll began teaching school children about the dangers of the Internet. Seeing the growing need and concern for Internet safety, he developed programs for parents as well.

During the school day on March 6, Driscoll will give three presentations to students in grades 5 through 12 which will cover topics such as cyberbullying, safe internet practices, and hidden dangers in their favorite apps .  The goal of the evening program for parents is to share information about good “digital citizenship” for youth, parental monitoring, highlighting information on all aspects of social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Ask.fm, and more.

“We have heard from many local parents concerned about what their children are doing online, without their knowledge.  Parents worry that they lack adequate understanding of the social media their kids are using” said Ryan Chaney, 6th grade teacher at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.   “Children are starting to use smart phones and tablets at a greater frequency, and at a younger and younger age.  We are seeing some disturbing trends in the online habits of our youth in Lyme and Old Lyme” adds Mary Seidner, Director of Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.

As a law enforcement officer, Driscoll has taken part in numerous Internet crime investigations. Some of the crimes were undercover on-line investigations, possession and distribution of child pornography, on-line bullying and harassment, identity theft, enticement of minors and many others.  Along with online investigations, Mr. Driscoll also has done forensic computer examinations for law enforcement agencies and instructs fellow law enforcement officials on how to use the Internet for investigations.

As a parent, Driscoll is also aware of the concerns that parents face every day. While speaking to parents, it became clear to him that they needed this education to help keep their children safe.

With firsthand knowledge of Internet crimes and the dangers of the world wide web, Driscoll started Internet Safety Concepts. Through presentations, Internet Safety Concepts teaches people of all ages how to stay safe while on-line.

Driscoll’s presentations on March 6 are a collaborative project, and co-sponsored by LYSB, Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools, Lyme-Old Lyme Little League, Christopher Holloway – VHP Group of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and The Signora Family.

For more information, contact Ryan Chaney at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (rchaney@region18.org), or the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau at 860-434-7208 or www.lysb.org.


‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ on Stage Tonight at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School

Willy WonkaRoald Dahl’s delicious tale of young Charlie Bucket’s experience with the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka is on stage in Old Lyme tonight.  The Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School proudly presents Willy Wonka Jr. Saturday, March 1, at the Middle School Auditorium, 53 Lyme St.

Come and see what happens when Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory.  Charlie thinks it’s a dream come true.  But beyond the gates, down the sugary corridors, among the edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.

Two casts of 40 students each will perform Willy Wonka Jr., starring Lauren Mitchell and Natalie Golden as Willy Wonka, and Justin Shaw and Shannon Nosal as Charlie.  The show is directed by the Lyme-Old Lyme Chorale Director, Laura Gladd.  She is assisted by Jennifer Skelly and Heather Saia.

The performance this evening is at 7 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance of the shows at The Bowerbird, 46 Halls Road in the Old Lyme Marketplace, and at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Office.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door before the shows.

For more information, email Laura Gladd at gladdl@region18.org.


Old Lyme’s ‘Volcano Girls’ Win Design Award at Jr. FIRST Competition in Stamford

OL’s Volcano Girls Win Design Award at Jr. FIRST Competition in Stamford

Winning smiles from Mile Creek School’s ‘Volcano Girls.’  From left to right, Dr. Anthony Davis, Anna Davis, Phoebe Lampos, Bridget Allan, Elsie Arafeh-Hudson, Whitney Barbour, Marielle Mather and Stamford Deputy Fire Marshal Thomas Brown.
Photo by K. Mather.

Old Lyme’s  “Fast-Fixin’ Volcano Girls” won the trophy for “Most Robust Design” at the Jr. FIRST Lego League Expo in Stamford on Feb. 9.

The all-girl team was sponsored by the Girl Scouts, and coached by Dr. Anthony Davis, with help from Diane Dennison.  Team members are Bridget Allan, Elsie Arafeh-Hudson, Whitney Barbour, Anna Davis, Phoebe Lampos and Marielle Mather.  All are third-graders at Mile Creek School.

Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr.FLL) is a science and engineering program for children aged 6-9, which aims to foster interest in science and technology.  Team members must work together to solve a challenge question through research and creation of a working, motorized Lego model and a poster to illustrate their ideas.

This year’s challenge was “Disaster Blaster.”  Teams were asked to choose a Natural Disaster, and use science, research, and technology to help prevent or mitigate its effects upon a community.

The Fast-Fixin’ Volcano Girls began meeting in November, chose their topic and team name, and designed a logo. After several weeks of research, they designed and built their Lego model, which featured several detailed buildings, water, and a mechanized volcano that spewed balls of lava.

Their design included a hazard prevention/mitigation wall with a moat and trenches to stop or cool down lava before it could reach the buildings.  The accompanying poster highlighted their research and the importance of early warning and evacuation in saving lives in a Volcano Zone.


Last Chance to See ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Tonight at LOL High School

PiratesofPenzanceWebAdLyme–Old Lyme High School and the Old Lyme Players present ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at the high school on Feb. 6, 7  and 8.  This production is your chance to get carried away by pirates, bumbling British Bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully funny Major-General.

‘The Pirates of Penzance’ or ‘The Slave of Duty’ was first performed at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City in 1879.  It was the only Gilbert and Sullivan operetta to have its world premiere in the United States and has remained popular ever since.  ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ features one of the most beloved scores of Gilbert and Sullivan, including perhaps the most famous song of them all, “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.”

The plot of ‘Pirates’ centers on the dilemma of young Frederic who, as a child, was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday.  Since he was born in leap year on Feb. 29, he is honor-bound to remain a pirate until the distant date of 1940, despite his moral objection to piracy.

Helping Frederic to deal with this unusual predicament are the brash Pirate King, Ruth (the pirate maid-of-all-work), romantic Mabel, and the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley.  The truly delightful ‘Pirates of Penzance’ is likely to be yet another sold-out production at the high school.

‘The Pirates of Penzance’ will star Cooper Kendall as Frederic, Emily Kramm as Mabel, Hugh Cipparone as The Pirate King, Sarah Golden as Ruth, and Jeffrey Paine as Major-General Stanley.

The cast also features Christian Valli (Sergeant of Police), Jason Feng (Samuel), Campbell Mann (Edith), Abigail Cipparone (Kate), and Katie Judy (Isabel).  The ensemble includes Lexi Duddy, Megan Cole, Caeli Rice, Taylor Rumm, Bailey Nickerson, Ava Sullivan, Skylar Shaw, Megan Cushman, Marissa Smith, and Tess Hamilton-Ward playing girls and Olivia Angeli, Dillon Dean- Frazier, Meredith Kegley, Ian James, Brian Buttrick, Maria Donato, Rose Datum, Sophie Edson, Callie Kotzan, Jeffrey Zhang, and Ben Jackson as pirates.

‘The Pirates of Penzance’ is directed by Kristine Pekar, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Choral Director.  She previously directed the high school musicals Legally Blonde, Footloose, Bye Bye Birdie, Once on This Island, Les Miserables, The Boyfriend, Into the Woods, and Beauty and the Beast.

The creative team for The Pirates of Penzance also includes professional tenor Brian Cheney (Music Director), Denise Golden and Dorothy Paine (Costume Designers), and students Kathleen Stedman and Veronica Rollins (Production Stage Managers).

Performances are Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., plus two shows on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 reserved, $10 general admission and$12 student/seniors.  They are available at the high school office at 69 Lyme Street and The Bowerbird.  If tickets are still available, they can also be bought at the door on the night of each show.

For more information about the show, e-mail Kristine Pekar at pekark@region18.org.


College Hosts Nationally Acclaimed Artist/Author Sharon Louden Tonight

Sharon Louden

Sharon Louden

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts hosts nationally acclaimed artist and author Sharon Louden, who will present a talk and a book-signing at the College tomorrow evening, Thursday, Feb. 6.  Louden will discuss her new book, ‘Living & Sustaining a Creative Life: 40 Artist Essays,’ at 7 p.m. after a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m.

Louden’s talk will take the form of a conversation when she chats with faculty and invited guests in front of the audience before a question and answer portion open to all in attendance.  A book signing will follow.  Tickets are $10 per person.

A refreshing and honest look at the reality of sustaining a creative practice over time, Louden’s book is already in its second printing – the first sold out almost immediately.  The book is a collection of essays from 40 artists who share their approach to juggling their creative lives with making a living.  All are unique stories with the same common thread of sustaining a creative life in and outside the studio.

living_and_sustaining_a_creative_life_book_cover__medium“It’s the truth of the day-to-day living that I am after in this book…” says Louden in the preface to her book. She continues, “The power of creativity does not just lie in an artist’s work, but also in how he or she continues to create regardless of the obstacles life places in the way.”  Hear Louden share stories of sustaining a creative practice by turning obstacles into opportunities at this event.

Louden received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Louden’s work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries worldwide and is in numerous permanent collections including the National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Louden lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Seating for this event is limited and by reservation only.  For reservations, contact Ann de Selding at 860.434.3571 ext. 117 or email her at adeselding@lymeacademy.edu.  The College is closed today, feb. 5, but if you email or call Ann today regarding a reservation, she will respond promptly tomorrow morning.


Local Students Achieve Academic Success

We are pleased to publish news about local students who have achieved academic honors at their respective colleges.  These announcements are sent to us by the various colleges and in no way are intended to represent a comprehensive list.

Please feel free to submit additional college news of local students to editor@LymeLine.com.

Congratulations to all these students!

Trinity College

Michael McLean, of Old Lyme, CT, has been named a President’s Fellow at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. for the 2013-2014 academic school year.

McLean is one of 31 Trinity seniors to have been named a President’s Fellow after compiling an exemplary academic record in History after three years at the College.

The Society of President’s Fellows was founded in 1974 to recognize outstanding student achievement in their respective majors. The Fellows, who have been nominated by their departments or programs for this honor, meet four times each academic year with President James F. Jones, Jr., and various faculty members to discuss topics of interest. Their final meeting is a dinner in April.

In 1981-82, eight Fellows initiated The Trinity Papers, which is an annual journal of undergraduate scholarship. Six to 10 papers are typically selected for publication.

Founded in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1823, Trinity College (www.trincoll.edu) is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college with over 2,200 students from 45 states and 47 countries. It is home to the eighth-oldest chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the United States. The faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers and other national academic awards. Trinity students integrate meaningful academic and leadership experience at all levels on the College’s celebrated campus, in the Capital City of Hartford, and in communities all over the world.

Bowdoin College

Lucy Walker, of Lyme, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 2014, was honored for academic excellence during the College’s annual Sarah and James Bowdoin Day ceremony, held October 25 and is a Book Award winner.

Walker is earning a major in English and visual arts and minoring in teaching.  More info here.

Students designated Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars are in the top (highest GPA) 20 percent of each class for the previous academic year. In addition, those scholars who earned a GPA of 4.0 are designated Sarah and James Bowdoin Book Award winners.

Bowdoin College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine, about 25 miles north of Portland. One of the oldest colleges in the nation, it received its charter in 1794. Bowdoin enrolls approximately 1,750 students from across the country and around the world.

The designation of Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars honors James Bowdoin III and his wife, Sarah. James Bowdoin III was the earliest patron of the College and was instrumental in its founding in 1794. Sarah Bowdoin also gave many gifts to the College, including most of the Bowdoin family portraits in the collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

University of Vermont

The following students have been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2013 semester at the University of Vermont.

Courtney Burd of Old Lyme, CT, a Nutrition and Food Sciences major in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

Steven Pelissier of Old Lyme, CT, a Business Administration major in the School of Business Administration.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Chartered in 1791, UVM was the first college or university in the United States that did not give preference to a religious sect in its charter. The University of Vermont combines faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution

Stonehill College

Stonehill College recently named Old Lyme resident Alexandra G. Trausch, a member of the Class of 2015, to its Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s List at Stonehill, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and must have completed successfully all courses for which they were registered.

Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.

Assumption College

The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Assumption College. To make the Dean’s List, Assumption students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Brittany Cowee of Old Lyme, CT, class of 2014

Michael Smith of Old Lyme, CT, class of 2014

Assumption College was founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Massachusetts. With 40 majors and 45 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies, Assumption College offers an educational experience grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. Assumption graduates are known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. For more information, visit www.assumption.edu.

Champlain College

Stephen Persico, a resident of Old Lyme, CT, has been named to the Champlain College President’s List as a full-time student achieving a Fall 2013 semester grade point average of 4.0. Persico is majoring in Event Management.

Zachary Agostine, a resident of Old Lyme, CT, has been named to the Fall 2013 Champlain College Dean’s List for academic achievements and achieving a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Agostine is majoring in Marketing.

Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain’s distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master’s degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Champlain was named a “Top-Up-and-Coming School” by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information,visitwww.champlain.edu

University of Hartford

The University of Hartford is pleased to announce the following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for Fall 2013.

Patrick Hallahan of Lyme

Erica Schillawski of Lyme

Matthew Shannon of Old Lyme

Chartered in 1957 with the mission to be a “private university with a public purpose,” the University of Hartford offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the arts, the humanities, business, engineering and technology, education, and the health professions. The University’s student body of 7,200 represents 48 states and more than 60 countries. For more information, visit www.hartford.edu.

Quinnipiac University

The following area residents were named to the dean’s list at Quinnipiac University for the Fall 2013 semester:

Kayla Carberry of Old Lyme, CT

Allison Fiscus of Old Lyme, CT

Francesca Salkin of Old Lyme, CT

Amber Vernacatola of Old Lyme, CT

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2014 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

Curry College

Curry College’s Interim Chief Academic Officer Sue Pennini is proud to announce that Daisy Winkel of Old Lyme has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 Semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.30 G.P.A., have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a “C” for the semester. Full-time students must carry 12 or more graded credits for the semester.

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution located on 131 acres in Milton, MA. Curry extends its educational programs to a continuing education branch campus in Plymouth, MA. Curry offers 20 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate degrees in business, education, criminal justice and nursing, with a combined enrollment of approximately 4,150 students. The student body consists of approximately 2,000 traditional undergraduate students, 1,650 continuing education and 500 graduate students. Curry College students come from 31 states and 7 countries. Over 1,400 of its students reside on the Curry campus. The largest majors are business management, communication, nursing, criminal justice and education. The College offers a wide array of extra-curricular activities ranging from 14 NCAA division III athletic teams to an outstanding theatre program.

Visit us on the web at www.curry.edu

University of New Hampshire

The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Leticia Denoya of Old Lyme earned High Honors

Caroline Mattson of Lyme earned High Honors

Anne Nyberg of Old Lyme earned High Honors

Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance. Highest Honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

Bates College

Melody Altschuler, the daughter of Debra L. Lazrove of Old Lyme, Conn., was named to the dean’s list at Bates College during the first semester of the 2013-2014 academic year — a distinction earned by students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.71 or higher.

“Because we are an intellectually rigorous college that values our students’ commitment to hard work, we are deeply proud of our dean’s list honorees,” said Matthew R. Auer, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Bates. “They have earned distinction by excelling in critical thinking, clear reasoning and articulate writing — proficiencies at the heart of a Bates education.”

Altschuler is a 2012 graduate of Ethel Walker School.

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading college of the liberal arts, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With a commitment to affordability, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion or national origin. Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Learn more at bates.edu.

Hartwick College

Hartwick College first-year student Andrew Tyrol, of Old Lyme, CT, son of Jennifer and Erik Tyrol, has been named to the fall term Dean’s List at Hartwick.

Inclusion on Hartwick’s Dean List is an indication of excellent academic work, including the completion of a full course load with at least a 3.5 grade point average based on a 4.0 scale.

Tyrol is majoring in mathematics.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Lyndon State College

Seth Talcott of Old Lyme was named to the Dean’s List at Lyndon State College for the fall 2013 semester. For inclusion on the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits with no incomplete or failing grades and a minimum grade-point average of 3.50. Seth is a Senior and is majoring in Animation/Illustration.

Lyndon State balances liberal arts and nationally recognized professional programs that integrate theory with hands-on experiences to prepare individuals for success. Nestled in northeastern Vermont, the college of 1,500 students is well known for its tradition of enthusiasm, community service, and friendliness.

Nichols College

Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts has announced the Dean’s List for the fall semester of 2013. The Dean’s List gives recognition to those students who achieve high grades during a single semester. In order to be included in the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2 for at least 12 credit-hours and receive no grade below a C+ during the semester. A student who earns a grade point average of 3.6 or higher is awarded Dean’s High Honors.

Congratulations to:

Erik Carlson of Old Lyme, CT, (06371) who achieved Dean’s List.

Yota Topalis of Old Lyme, CT, (06371) who achieved Dean’s List.

Within a supportive community, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. We develop communication and critical thinking abilities, ethical and cultural perspectives, and teamwork skills that are required of leaders in a global economy.

Connecticut College

Ian Rathkey, a member of the class of 2014 at Connecticut College and a resident of Old Lyme, has been named to the Dean’s High Honors list for the 2013 fall semester.

At Connecticut College, Dean’s Honors is a recognition for students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.65, and Dean’s High Honors is a recognition for students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.77.

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college’s 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit www.connecticutcollege.edu.

Providence College

The following area residents have been named to the Dean’s List at Providence College for the Fall 2013 semester:

Megan Klein of Old Lyme, CT and a member of the class of 2014;

Tory McKnight of Old Lyme, CT and a member of the class of 2015;

Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors. Since 1997, Providence College has consistently been ranked among the top five regional universities in the north according to U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges.

Goodwin College

Goodwin College is pleased to congratulate Susan Cope on being pinned as a nurse during a ceremony held on December 19, 2013. Cope, a student from Old Lyme, was one of 53 students who were pinned during the evening, marking the successful completion of Goodwin’s challenging Associate Degree in Nursing program.

Following the tradition and standards set forth by nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, Cope and the other members of the cohort were individually pinned by Jan Costello, Chair of the Goodwin College Nursing Department, before reciting their vows by candlelight.

The College extends its best to Cope in all future endeavors.

Goodwin College is a nonprofit institution of higher learning located on the Connecticut River in East Hartford, Connecticut. The college specializes in extending educational access to underserved groups, including minority and first-generation college students, and offers career-focused degree programs designed to promote workforce readiness. For more information, please visit www.goodwin.edu.

Carleton College

Matthew Rathkey has been elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary scholastic fraternity. This national honorary scholastic fraternity was founded in 1776. The Carleton chapter was established in 1913 and elects its memberships from students who rank in the highest 15 percent of their graduating class and meet other prescribed criteria.

Rathkey is the son of Julia Rathkeyof Old Lyme and is a graduate of Mountain Lakes High School.

Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a national top 10, private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota, 45 miles south of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Best known for its academic excellence and warm, welcoming campus community, Carleton offers 37 majors and 15 concentrations in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.


Lyme-Old Lyme High School Enters White House Video Contest

Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) has submitted an entry in the first-ever White House Student Film Festival, a video contest created exclusively for K-12 students.

The aim of the video, which must run between one and three minutes, is to highlight the power of technology in schools while addressing at least one of the following themes:

  1. How technology is currently used in your classroom or school.
  2. The role technology will play in education in the future.

Finalists in the contest will have their entries posted on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages, and also screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The closing date for entries to the contest was Jan. 31, and so now judging is underway.

Click here to view the excellent LOLHS entry, which was made by a group of students at the high school.

Join us in wishing them luck – hopefully all the way to victory in the contest!


Shoreline Champs! Wildcat Boys Win Indoor Track Trophy


Photo by E. Krasney.
Indoor track Shoreline champions!

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School boy’s indoor track team achieved a sensational victory yesterday to take first place in the Shoreline championship in the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven with 110 points, nudging Haddam-Killingworth (H-K) into second with 97 and Morgan into third.

First-place finishes by Jeff Davis (1,000), Ross Golebiewski (600), Cole McKnight (1,600) and Stuart Ross (3,200) helped lift Old Lyme to victory.  These same four Old Lyme runners also combined to win the 4×800 relay.

Golebiewski’s victory in the 600 meters produced a thrilling finish with the Wildcat defeating Morgan’s Brian Gendron by a mere half a second.

The Old Lyme girls came in eighth;  H-K took championship honors for the girls.

Congratulations to both teams!


Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Kindergarten Registration to be Held Tomorrow, Tuesday


Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools for the fall of 2014 is being held Monday, Jan. 27, and Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School

Children who will be five-years-old on or before Jan. 1, 2015 are eligible to register for Kindergarten for September 2014.

Please bring to registration your child’s

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization/Health Records
  • Three forms of proof of residency

While you may complete the registration process at either school, your child’s school placement will depend on District attendance zones.

If you cannot register on these days, please call the school at these numbers:

Lyme Consolidated 860-434-1233

Mile Creek 860-434-2209

to place your child’s name on the Kindergarten List.


Workshop Offered Tonight for Parents of High School Special Education Students

The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC, is hosting a workshop series titled Finding Your Voice as a Parent.  The Workshop represents A Parent’s Guide for High School Students with Disabilities Facing the Challenges of Transition.

On Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., Special Education Law Attorney Lawrence W. Berliner will host and moderate a free workshop titled, Navigating the Road to Independence, with guest speakers Helen Bosch, Executive Director and Linda Rogen, Director of Programs and Services, Vista, and Stephen Ehrens, Financial Advisor, Northwest Mutual.

Parents attending will be engaged in finding tools and strategies to navigate their child’s road ahead to independence after high school.

The workshop will take place at Vista Vocational and Life Skills Center, 107 Bradley Road, Madison, CT.

The focus of this transition workshop will include:

a) Special education law issues and students’ basic rights in the transition process

b) Discussion of Connecticut Core Transition Standards and how VISTA will implement them

c) Financial planning for special needs families, special needs trusts, and thinking beyond one day at a time

Space is limited to the first 25 who register.  It is important to register so we may notify attendees if there is a change due to inclement weather.

To register, and for more information, contact Deborah Berliner at (203) 255-0582 or e-mail:lwb.esq@gmail.com or visit www.berlinerspecialedlaw.com


Country School Robotics Team Wins Two Awards at State Robotics Championship

Members of The Country School’s Wise Guys Robotics Team at the First Lego League State Championship in December. Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Andre Salkin, Gordie Croce, Robbie Cozean, Ben Iglehart, Aidan Chiaia, and Joseph Coyne. Back row, left to right, are Nate Iglehart, Liam Ber, Emmett Tolis, and Coach Heather Edgecumbe. Missing from the photo is Sarah Platt.

Members of The Country School’s Wise Guys Robotics Team at the First Lego League State Championship in December. Pictured, front row, left to right, are: Andre Salkin of Old Lyme, Gordie Croce, Robbie Cozean, Ben Iglehart, Aidan Chiaia, and Joseph Coyne. Back row, left to right, are Nate Iglehart, Liam Ber, Emmett Tolis, and Coach Heather Edgecumbe. Missing from the photo is Sarah Platt.

Members of The Country School’s Wise Guys Robotics Team won two awards at the First Lego League state championships held at Central Connecticut State University in December.  Of the 51 teams participating, the Wise Guys won a First Lego League core value award for Innovation and a second award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the way they worked together to come up with an innovative solution to a problem. The IEEE award was accompanied by a $200 cash prize.

This was the second year that The Country School (TCS) has fielded a robotics team and the second time a TCS team has qualified for the First Lego League Connecticut state championship.  The team qualified during a competition held in Old Lyme in the fall.

In addition to the Wise Guys, The Country School also fields a team called the Archimedes Owls.  Nineteen students in grades 5- 8 participated on the school’s two robotics teams.  The Country School also offers a summer robotics camp and hosts periodic Robotics Nights on campus for the broader community.

According to the First Lego League (FLL), the FLL Innovation Award is presented to a team that is “empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.”  The award from the IEEE was presented to five teams who displayed an innovative solution to a problem caused by nature’s fury.  The Country School team chose to focus on how towns can clear roads and clean up after blizzards in a safe and effective way.

The Wise Guys remembered how hard it was for Connecticut towns to recover from last February’s blizzard. Team member Sarah Platt, an 8th Grader, interviewed John Bower, Director of Emergency Management for the town of Madison, to try to identify the biggest issues the town had to deal with during the blizzard. Team members then came up with a plan for a robotic plow which, while plowing, would send snow into a container. There, the snow would be melted down to water, which would later be deposited in a safe area.

The Wise Guys are coached by Country School science teacher Heather Edgecumbe of Madison.  In addition to Sarah Platt, a Madison resident, team members include Andre Salkin of Old Lyme (6th Grade), Gordie Croce of Killingworth (6th Grade), Robbie Cozean of Madison (6th Grade), Nate and Ben Iglehart of Guilford (both 6th Grade), Aidan Chiaia of Guilford (6th Grade), Joseph Coyne of Madison (7th Grade), Liam Ber of Westbrook (8th Grade), and Emmett Tolis of Madison (7th Grade).

The Country School, founded in 1955, 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 discovery and a focus on the whole child. The robotics program is part of the school’s commitment to advancing 21st century skills through STEAM, or integrated science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Learn more about Robotics and other STEAM offerings at The Country School by visiting www.thecountryschool.org/steam.

The Country School will also have a special STEAM focus at its Open House on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn more at www.thecountryschool.org/openhouse.


Hercules Shuts Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, Libraries; Lyme Academy, FGM Museum; Delays OL Town Hall Opening

Updated : 9:56am.  District 18 Superintendent Ian Neviaser has announced that all Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools and offices will be closed today due to Winter Storm Hercules.

The Florence Griswold Museum will be closed today.  It will re-open tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Lyme Public Library and the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will both also be closed all day today due to the storm.  Overdue fees will be waived for items due Friday. Lyme Public Library will be open Saturday, Jan. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts has similarly announced that it will be closed today.  The Chauncey Stillman Gallery will re-open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,but the College recommends calling 860.434.5232 first to check the latest information.  The College’s offices will re-open Monday.

Also, due to the storm, and to allow the Public Works Dept. time to clear the parking lot and walkways, Old Lyme Town Hall will not open until 10 a.m. today.  If necessary, the delay could be extended, depending upon conditions in the morning.  Check back or call 860-434-1605 x210 in the morning to confirm whether the town hall is open.