February 28, 2015

“We’re Off to See the Wizard” at Lyme-Old Lyme MS, Friday, Saturday

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 12.20.28 AMThe Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) Drama Club presents its 2015 musical production, “The Wizard of Oz,” this coming Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28.

More than 60 middle school students are involved in the cast and crew of this iconic stage production.  Fans will recognize the lines and lyrics of the 1939 American musical fantasy film by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which was based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Dual leads will perform the roles of Dorothy, her side-kicks Scarecrow, Tin Man and Friendly Lion, and also Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West and the Wizard.  The show also includes the Munchkins, winged monkeys, residents of Oz and the whole cast of characters from the classic film.

This all-student production also includes the rare Jitterbug dance scene that was deleted from the popular film version.  The play is directed by LOLMS Choral Director Laura Gladd (Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2007), assisted by Jennifer Skelly and Heather Saia.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28.

Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance at The Bowerbird, 46 Halls Rd. in the Old Lyme Marketplace and at the LOLMS Office, 53 Lyme St., Old Lyme during school hours from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Tickets also can be purchased on the door before the shows.


Tufts ‘Beelzebubs’ Perform at Lyme-Old Lyme High School

The Beelzebubs. Lyme-Old lyme High School alumnus Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn stands first from left.

The 10 members of The Beelzebubs include Lyme-Old Lyme High School alumnus (Class of 2014) Johnny Fairfield-Sonn (first from left.)

The Tufts Beelzebubs (the ‘Bubs’), Tufts University’s oldest all-male a cappella singing group, will appear in concert at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) tonight.  The concert, sponsored by Friends of Music of Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools, takes place this evening, Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to the concert, the singing group will offer LOLHS students a workshop in a cappella singing, during which the students will learn techniques and Beelzebub arrangements; participants in the workshop will be invited onstage during the concert to demonstrate the skills they learned.

First formed in 1963, the Beelzebubs have been entertaining audiences all over the world for more than 50 years. They have sung for President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among other luminaries, and have traveled to such far-away locales as Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, and South America. They competed – and were first runners-up – on the first season of NBC’sThe Sing-off; and in season two of Fox’s ‘Glee,’ it was the Beelzebubs who gave voice to the fictional Dalton Academy Warblers.

The Bubs’ diverse repertoire ranges from rock to pop to hip-hop, and they are known for their lively original arrangements of recognizable tunes.

The 2014–15 Beelzebubs are made up of 10 Tufts students, including LOLHS alumnus John Fairfield-Sonn, a freshman at the school.

Admission to the Beelzebubs concert at LOLHS is $5 plus a nonperishable food item for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.  Tickets will be available at the door, which will open at 7 p.m.  All are welcome.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School is located at 69 Lyme Street, Old Lyme. The auditorium is handicapped accessible.


District 18 to Host Public Forum Tonight on 2015-16 Budget

The Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools Board of Education will host a Public Forum on the 2015-16 budget on Wednesday evening, Feb. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Media Center.  The location for this meeting has been changed due a band concert being held in the LOLHS auditorium.

All are welcome to attend this meeting, which will include a presentation on the budget proposal to spend a total of just over $32.5 million ($32,547,409) in the next finical year, which represents a 1.83 percent increase over the 2014-15 budget.

The date currently anticipated for a referendum to be held in both Lyme and Old Lyme on the budget is Tuesday, May 5.

Click to read a more detailed report on the budget proposals by Kimberly Drelich and published in The Day, Feb. 7.


Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Host Kindergarten Registration Today


Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools for the fall of 2015 is being held today, Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Jan. 1, 2016 are eligible to register for Kindergarten for September 2015.

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

Please bring to registration your child’s

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

If you cannot register on these days, call the school at these numbers to place your child’s name on the Kindergarten list:

Lyme Consolidated: 860-434-1233

Mile Creek: 860-434-2209



Mile Creek Teachers Crowned ‘Queen Bees” at Trivia Night Challenge

The winning "A Mile Up the Creek Without a Paddle" team from Mile Creek School

The winning “A Mile Up the Creek Without a Paddle” team from Mile Creek School

Four teachers from Mile Creek School strutted their stuff last night in the 3rd Annual Trivia Bee Challenge to beat the other 22 teams competing in the contest and be crowned champions. In a battle to the finish, the teachers of Mile Creek ended up pitted against a team made up current and former teachers of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School in the championship round.

One of the three 'Swarms' that entered the 2014 Triva Challenge work on their answers to questions posed by Master of Ceremonies and New Channel 3 News Bureau Director Kevin Hogan.

One of the three ‘Swarms’ that entered the 2014 Trivia Bee work on their answers to questions posed by Master of Ceremonies and New Channel 3 News Bureau Director Kevin Hogan.


Kevin Hogan

In one question after another, both teams consistently gave the correct answer until finally ‘Bee Keeper’ Mike Kane declared it was time for a tie-breaker and Master of Ceremonies Kevin Hogan posed the final question.

The Mile Creek teachers came through in the clutch moment and were declared the victors.

All District 18 parents can now sleep easy in their beds knowing that their children’s teachers are the brightest folk in Lyme and Old Lyme!


Lyme-Old Lyme High School Announces State Scholastic Art Award Recipients

Artwork by Sofia Restrepo

Sofia Restrepo’s painting, which was recognized by the Connecticut Art Education Association as “Best in Show” in the Painting category.

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Visual Arts Department has announced that seven of their art students have distinguished themselves at the annual Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards.

Portrait by Adi Dahlke

Portrait by Adi Dahlke

Jordan Bourne, Adi Dahlke, Rande Gearing and Sofia Restrepo were awarded Gold Keys in the competitive Senior Portfolio category. Their portfolios, each consisting of eight individual works of drawing, painting, ceramics and/or sculpture, will go on with other Gold Key works to jurying for possible inclusion in the National Scholastic Art Awards.

Their portfolios also earned Adi, Jordan and Sofia scholarship offers from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, a University of Hartford Scholarship offer for Jordan, and a Connecticut Women Artists Scholarship prize for Sofia.

Honorable Mentions for individual pieces went to Adi Dahlke (Painting), Rande Gearing (Ceramics & Glass), sophomore Rachel Hayward (Digital Art) and freshman Claudia Mergy (Painting); Silver  Keys to seniors Rande Gearing and Alix Turner (Ceramics & Glass); and Gold Keys to Jordan Bourne (Drawing) and Sofia Restrepo (Painting).

Sofia’s individual entry was also recognized by the Connecticut Art Education Association as “Best in Show” in the Painting category.

Artwork by Jordan Bourne

Artwork by Jordan Bourne

The accepted works are all on display at the University of Hartford Art School’s Silpe Gallery through Friday, Feb. 6 (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Artwork by Rande Gearing.

Artwork by Rande Gearing.

Congratulations to all these talented artists!


Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation Announces New Round of Grants

The Lyme Old Lyme Education Foundation (LOLEF) has announced three Fall 2014 grant awards.

The Education Foundation is awarding $5,800 to Michelle DeSarbo, Children’s Librarian at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, and Karen Pasiuk, K-5 Math Specialist in the Region 18 Schools to fund a three-year pilot project: a math learning center, or “Number Nook”, within the children’s section of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. The math learning center will serve to support both the summer and year-round math programming for  Lyme/Old Lyme students in K to 5th grade.

The foundation also gave $3,390 to Thelma Halloran, art teacher at the Lyme Old Lyme Middle School, for “Spring Into Arts”, a school-wide event held every three years at the middle school. On Friday, April 10, 2015, each student in grades 6 through 8 will be able to choose from over 20 workshops presented by professional and amateur artists from around the state. The students will be actively engaged in creating, viewing, and talking about art. The program’s goal is to inspire a lifelong interest in and appreciation for all kind of art.

Finally, Patty Cournoyer, Olivia Hersant, and Wendy Wilke, will receive $3,695 to pilot a program to reinforce the academic benefits of movement. These funds will allow them to purchase five different alternate-movement-based classroom furniture prototypes for two classrooms (one health classroom and one academic classroom). Compelling research suggests that this type of seating will increase the students’ capacity to focus and learn in a fairly sedentary environment.

The LOLEF is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 2006 to support and enhance public education in our community. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by an advisory group of members of the community. The Foundation seeks to raise and distribute


The Country School Announces $10,000 60th Anniversary Merit Scholarship

Original_LOGOIn celebration of The Country School’s 60th Anniversary, the school’s Board of Trustees is providing a $10,000 merit scholarship to a student applying for admission to Grades 4-8 for the fall of 2015. Additional scholarships will be offered to students entering those grades based on applicants’ qualifications and/or need. Founded in 1955, The Country School will celebrate its 60th anniversary during the 2015-2016 school year.

Head of School John Fixx will share information about the 60th Anniversary Scholarship program on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 12:30 p.m. in conjunction with the school’s Winter Open House (taking place from 1-3:30 p.m.). At that time, parents will have the opportunity to tour campus and speak directly with faculty members, current parents, and administrators. Students are invited to sit for our Merit Scholarship test. To learn more and/or to register, go to www.thecountryschool.org/meritscholarship.

The recipient of the $10,000 Merit Scholarship will be selected on the basis of academic merit and personal promise as demonstrated by this testing, school records, and an interview with the Head of School.  Finalists will be asked to write an essay describing how a TCS education might benefit them and will be invited to spend a day at The Country School visiting classes. The scholarship recipient will be notified by the first week of March.

On Jan. 25, parents will learn about the academic program and the wide artistic, athletic, and leadership opportunities on campus. They will also learn about The Country School’s decades-long history of preparing graduates for the strongest independent secondary schools and high school honors programs in the area and throughout New England. Families will receive the impressive list of where Country School graduates attend college and hear how the Secondary School Placement Office assists families in attracting similar scholarship support for secondary school.

Students will sit for the Merit Scholarship test and experience hands-on learning and design challenges similar to those our current students experience on a regular basis. They will also explore campus and meet teachers and students.

The 60th Anniversary Scholarship is for a new student and is renewed each year that the student is enrolled at The Country School, provided the recipient stays in strong academic standing and consistently demonstrates good citizenship. It is The Country School’s expectation that merit scholarship recipients will contribute significantly to the life of the School, creating a stronger overall experience for all students.

The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving 200 students in PreSchool through Grade 8, ages 3-14, on its 23-acre campus in the Madison countryside. For more information, contact Pam Glasser, Director of Admission and Curriculum, at 203-421-3113, extension 122, or pam.glasser@thecountryschool.org. You may also learn more at www.thecountryschool.org/meritscholarship.


Free Holiday Concert at Lyme-Old Lyme High School Tonight


The 102nd Army Band

Not in the holiday spirit yet?  You soon will be if you attend this Saturday night’s free concert at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS)!

The 50-member Lyme-Old Lyme High School Wind Ensemble welcomes the 102nd Army Band for a joint performance of holiday favorites, along with a few patriotic selections.  Among the pieces the bands will perform: “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and highlights from the Disney film Frozen, as well as the “Armed Forces Salute” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The 102nd Army Band is an outfit of the Connecticut National Guard in Rockville, Conn. As goodwill ambassadors for Connecticut and the nation, they perform at concerts, ceremonies, and parades all over the U.S. and around the world.

The concert, taking place in the LOLHS auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., also welcomes back LOLHS alumnus Russell Faircloth, Class of 2014, who plays trumpet with the 102nd Army Band.  Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School librarian Bob Hibson is also a member of the 102nd Army Band.

All are welcome.  The auditorium is handicapped-accessible and there is plenty of parking at the school.


See Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Fall Play, Nazi Labor Camp Survivors to Speak After Performance

Director and history teacher Brett Eckhart gives instruction to cast members during a recent rehearsal for "Letters to Sala."

Lyme-Old Lyme High School fall play director and history teacher Brett Eckhart gives instruction to cast members during a recent rehearsal for “Letters to Sala.”

This year the Lyme-Old Lyme High School fall play will be “Letters to Sala.”  The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, with an admission price of $7, or $5 with a canned good.

LymeLine.com has received an exciting update to the performance details as follows:

Henny Rosenbaum Simon, an 89-year-old survivor of three camps and Ben Cooper, a liberator of Dachau, will be attending the Saturday performance.

Following the show, they will share some of their stories, and Cooper is going to bring some of the artifacts he has collected over the years.  He is a wonderfully engaging speaker and the items he has to share (e.g., his army jacket to match the one in a photo of himself at age 19, or the 20 foot Nazi flag taken from a building), are both chilling and fascinating.

“Letters to Sala” is a true story about a woman “sharing her past with her family” through letters that she wrote while in a labor camp during World War II, according to Brett Eckhart, the director of the play, who also teaches in the history department at the high school.  Eckhart says he “came across [the play] by accident” while “sifting through some [play options] online.” He chose the play because students had asked for a more dramatic piece, rather than his usual comedic selections.  Being a history teacher, Eckhart says he just, “fell in love with the story,” which is based on real life.

The play details the “trials and tribulations of a young lady in the Holocaust,” comments Eckhart.  Sala is an old woman by the time she divulges the letters to her daughter, Ann, and her two granddaughters, Caroline and Elizabeth, so the play takes place in both the modern day and the 1940s during World War II.  Eckhart wants “Letters to Sala” to “shed light on labor camps,” which were not like the well-known concentration camps.

“Not many know about the labor camps, which were instituted during the war,” says Eckhart. Operation Schmelt, which began at the start of World War II, involved the creation of 177 different labor camps around Nazi Germany and its allies so that those countries were supplied with people to sew uniforms and complete other menial tasks for the soldiers.  In the labor camp, Sala, along with the other workers, was allowed to send and receive mail until 1943.

Cast members rehearse a scene from "Sala's Gift."

Cast members rehearse a scene from “Letters from Sala.”

Eckhart wants the performance to be “educational as well as entertaining” and has reached out to local survivors of the war and also children of survivors to attend the performances and speak to the cast, so that they might gain insight in to what life was like at that time.  At the end of each performance, a screen will come down in front of the stage, and Eckhart will show pictures of the real Sala and her family, as well as other labor camp workers whom Sala knew.

“Letters to Sala” is based on a book titled, “Sala’s Gift,” written by Ann Kirschner, Sala’s daughter, as well as the true accounts that Sala gave her daughter and grandchildren when she showed them the letters.  Anne donated the letters to the New York Public Library, which currently has the letters on show in an exhibition in their building. The Library also has a permanent online exhibition on their website, so that people can view the historical documents from any online location worldwide.

Eckhart concludes, “If the play is done right, the audience will be emotionally drained — in a good way.”


Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools Offer Assistance with Pre-School Development Concerns

If you have a child between the ages of three and five and have concerns about his or her development in areas such as language, motor skills, cognition, social/emotional, or self-help skills, the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools Preschool Team can be contacted for information, consultation, screening or evaluation.

Questions and concerns should be directed to Myra Gipstein at 860-434-7838.


Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Becomes Sixth College of University of New Haven

The Chandler Academic Center at Lyme Academy College.

The Chandler Academic Center at Lyme Academy College.

The University of New Haven announced today that it has finalized its affiliation with Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, making the fine arts school in Old Lyme the university’s sixth college.

“This a historic event, and we look forward to providing outstanding educational opportunities to generations of aspiring artists,” said University of New Haven President Steven H. Kaplan. “The affiliation of our two institutions will raise the stature of fine arts education in the Northeast while providing expanded benefits, services and opportunities to students, faculty and alumni at both the University of New Haven and Lyme Academy College. We also intend to expand the outreach efforts at Lyme Academy College to benefit local residents and, in fact, all Connecticut residents.”

The Board of Governors of the University of New Haven and the Board of Trustees at Lyme Academy College approved the affiliation in early April. The Connecticut Office of Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges also approved the affiliation. Since that time, both institutions have worked to merge their student services, faculty units and other support and operating systems. Those integrations will continue through the upcoming academic year.

Todd Jokl, associate professor and past chair of the UNH Department of Art and Design, will serve as the campus dean at Lyme Academy College. Jokl will be based at the College in Old Lyme. Jokl received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut.

“I envision great things happening in the months and years ahead,” Kaplan said. “We will work closely with Lyme Academy College to create a top-tier fine arts education program.”

The affiliation presents many advantages to both institutions. Lyme Academy College will benefit from the operational breadth and depth of the University of New Haven, gaining access to an expanded range of liberal arts courses and complementary UNH art programs, such as design and digital media. The University of New Haven also offers study-abroad opportunities at its campus in Tuscany, Italy, where Lyme Academy College students can attend classes. Lyme Academy College students also will gain access to the university’s broad liberal arts program and new learning opportunities.

Administrators have said that little will change regarding the student experience at Lyme Academy College. The small classes will be retained, and students will continue to be provided the hands-on experiences and the opportunity to become immersed in figurative and representational art. But through the affiliation, students will be provided access to more courses, technologies and academic initiatives that will strengthen their educational experience.

The University of New Haven will add Lyme Academy College’s high-quality Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program to its curriculum, making it possible for UNH students to study painting, sculpture, drawing and illustration. The university does not currently offer a B.F.A.

“Our university is known for the unique experiential programs it offers to students,” Kaplan said. “The program at Lyme Academy College fits in well with our rapidly expanding offerings at our main campus in West Haven, our new campus in Orange, and our international program in Italy.

“We are determined to protect and preserve the mission of Lyme Academy College, retaining the unique qualities that appeal to students seeking an arts degree in an idyllic, rural setting that nurtures creativity,” he added.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. The university has 80 degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Founded in 1920, the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is nationally known for its academic tradition of figurative and representational fine art that prepares students for a lifetime of contemporary creative practice. The college offers bachelor of fine arts degrees in drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture (full- and part-time study); certificates in painting and sculpture, a post-baccalaureate program; continuing education for adults; and a pre-college program for students aged 15-18.


Lyme-Old Lyme High School Fields, Fences, Nets Damaged by Car

Tire tracks indicate the car's route.

Tire tracks indicate the car’s route.

An Old Lyme man stands accused of driving a car over Lyme-Old Lyme High School playing fields early Monday morning.  Connor Robbins, 23, is also believed to have driven through a wooden fence and guard-rail, bringing down safety nets in the process.

The tracks head towards a wooden fence.

The tracks head towards a wooden fence.

As shown in the photo below, the car was abandoned on the running track.


Photo by Michael Mann.

Robbins has been charged with first-degree criminal mischief.

Fence and field damage.

Fence and field damage.

Read the full story in this article by David Moran published July 21 on the [Hartford] Courant.com.


MacCurdy Salisbury Awards Educational Grants for Coming School Year

Recipients of MacCurdy Salisbury awards gather for a photo at the Lyme Art Association.

Recipients of MacCurdy Salisbury awards gather for a photo at the Lyme Art Association.

MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation held its Annual Reception for this year’s High School Seniors receiving Foundation awards on Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2014 at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

At the event the Foundation distributed $90,000 in grants to 30 graduating seniors from Lyme and Old Lyme. Foundation awards are based on the degree of financial assistance a student requires to meet their college expenses. If a student keeps a satisfactory grade point level they will continue to receive the same award for another three years of their undergraduate studies.

For the upcoming 2014 – 2015 school year the Foundation will give out a total of $259,000 to 86 students from Lyme and Old Lyme who are attending colleges throughout the United States.

From left to right, Foundation Treasurer Edward "Ned" Perkins, Salutatorian Robert Melchreit, Valedictorian  Isabelle Foster and Foundation President Rowland Ballek stand together after presentation of the awards.

From left to right, Foundation Treasurer Edward “Ned” Perkins, Salutatorian Robert Melchreit, Valedictorian Isabelle Foster and Foundation President Rowland Ballek stand together after presentation of the awards.

The Foundation also presented two $500 awards at the reception; the W.E.S. Griswold Valedictorian Award to Isabelle Foster of Old Lyme who will attend Stanford and the Willis Umberger Salutatorian Award to Robert Melchreit of  Lyme who will attend  Wesleyan. Bill Griswold was President of the foundation from 1965 to 1992 and Willis Umberger was Secretary/Treasurer of the Foundation from 1966 to 1986.

At the reception Foundation President Rowland Ballek thanked the many supporters in the audience and the community whose contributions and bequests help grow the Foundation’s fund. He said, “We want to keep growing our endowment fund so our grants can keep up with the ever increasing cost of tuitions.”  In the past seven years the Foundation has given out $1,581,850 to students from Lyme and Old Lyme.

The MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation has a long standing tradition of providing financial support to local students going on to further their education at colleges and universities after their high school years. Founded in 1893, the Foundation originally helped support educational activities in Old Lyme.  It began giving direct grants to students to continue their education beyond High School in 1918, a practice that continues today.  In 1973 Berenice Brevillier started the Lyme portion of the fund so students from both towns, the majority of which attend the Regional District 18 system, could participate.


Failure Teaches Success Says Lyme-Old Lyme High School Honor Essayist at Commencement

All photos by Ellie Krasney. The ceremonial hat toss took place against a beautiful blue sky backdrop.

All photos by Ellie Krasney.
The ceremonial hat toss took place against a beautiful blue sky backdrop.

One hundred and thirteen young men and women took their place in the annals of Lyme-Old Lyme High School history on Friday evening. Despite torrential rain on Thursday, the sun shone brightly on Friday and by 6 p.m. when the Commencement Ceremony began on the field between the middle and high schools, the air was still warm and the sky clear.

After the traditional procession to the music of Elgar’s ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem, Class President David Peck (above) welcomed the large crowd to the ceremony.


Honor Essayist Iasabel Ritrovato, above, spoke of the importance of failure to her classmates reminding them that failure is a great teacher.


Although his hat gave him a little trouble, Salutatorian Robert Melchreit, above right, had no trouble with his speech saying that the ability of his class to change people’s mind would give it special strength as each member traveled life’s journey.


Finally Valedictorian Isabelle Foster, above, used the sharpening of a pencil to muse upon the as yet unwritten story of the Class of 2014’s future and its potential place in the history books.

Diplomas were presented, a farewell was said and the Alma Mater was sung … and the Class of 2014 processed out of the ceremony to celebrate … and start their new lives.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2014

Benjamin Evan Abraham, Megan Elizabeth Astley, Fiona Maire Barrett, Maria Nicole Basileo, Samantha Ellison Beers, Eric Martel Behringer, Hannah Katherine Behringer, Mikayla Ann Bellaria, Madelin Kelly Berry, Marley Joann Bocian, Taylor McKernan Bourne, Meredith Linda Britton, Phoebe Louise Brown, Allison Leigh Buckley, Tucker Douglas Burr, William Joseph Buscetto Jr.,

Kristina Yang Cain, Shawn Francis Caramante, Jack Robert Castonguay, Daniel Lawrence Chapman, Charles Taylor Clark, Philip Michael Cohen, Ryan Patrick Comerford, Aidan James Cotter-Garfield, Mercedes Rose Crespo, Emily Ann Czarnecki, Jeffrey Allen Davis, Cameron Amado De Los Santos, Dillon Michael Dean-Frazier, Hanna Michelle DeBruyn, Jennifer Casey Dill, Michael Sergi Dolishny, Jackson Michael Driscoll, Jenna Catherine Duxbury, Chelsea Ann Evankow.

Russell Tyler Faircloth, John Thomas Fairfield-Sonn, Paige Nicole Flagge, William Clyde Fogle, Isabelle Sophie Foster, Siera Ashley Frascarelli, John Cotter Freer, Trent William Garbati, Madalyn Helen Gibson-Williams, Sarah Jane Golden, Corina Maria Goodson, Madelyne Rose Grabowski, Abigail Mary Guitar,

Olivia Adriana Hack, Philip Edward Peter Hallwood, Olivia Ann Henderson, Collyn Tyler Herel, Alexander Tappan Hine, Peter Trumbull Hine, Samuel Holcombe, Joab Napoleon Hunt, Cooper Joseph Kendall, Kaetlin Alexandria Kolar, Sarah Konishesky, Emily Morgan Kramm, Joshua Levi Krasney, Erin Jane Kroes, Hannah Lee Lacey, Brianna Fantasia Landry, Jessica Ann Lee, Jacob Carlson Martin, Kelly Gabrielle Mastrianna, Gavin Patrick McCarthy.

Nicholas Ryan McKnight, Robert Charles Melchreit, Morgan Elizabeth Merrick, Nicholas Max Milazzo, David Richard Muckle, Kyle Patrick O’Neil, Jeffrey Thomas Paine, Dimitri Thomas Papasian, David Larson Peck, Ella Ruth Pilgrim, Amy Yuxuan Qian, Kaleigh Laura Reynolds, Graham Wheeler Richartz, Kaylin Nicole Riggs, Isabel Trew Ritrovato, Sean Michael Robertson, Seth Taylor Rohrberg, Lauren Anna Romeo, Stuart Caldwell Ross, Michael Patrick Rouillard,

Erick Martinez Saenz, Spencer Stansfield Saunders, Machlan James MacDonald Sawden, Alison Ann Scott, Elizabeth Ann Scott, William Jamieson Scott, William Everett Sherer, Alexis Heap Sibley, Chase Dalton Sielbeck, Emma Winifred Stanton, Keriann Claire Sullivan, Sierra Madison Sunshine, Joseph Dean Sweeney,

Tatianna Nicole Thompson, David Harrison Tiffany, Meghan Elizabeth Trausch, Cole David Turner, Christian John Valli, Jacob Pierson Watts-St.Germain, Lisa Ann Weigle, Kaylyn Mara Wiese, Stephen Joseph Williams Jr., Brian Alexander Wolfe, Shennandoah Marie Wordell, Laura Munling Yee.


Graduation Tonight at Lyme-Old Lyme High School

Hats high by Kim 500

Lyme-Old Lyme High School will hold its Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2014 this evening on the field between the middle and high schools starting at 6 p.m. Entry to the enclosed area of the field is by ticket only, but the public is welcome to view the ceremony from beyond the enclosure perimeter.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Class of 2015 Offers Document Shredding Service Today

Today, Saturday, June 14, the Junior Class of 2015 will shred documents for businesses and individuals.  Anyone can bring their papers to Lyme-OId Lyme High School from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to shred for $10 a bag.

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

The Class of 2015 is excited to hold this Shred-it Fundraiser because the demand for secure document shredding services is growing.  This fundraiser provides a low cost way to accomplish this community service.

This high school class has conducted this fundraiser for two years.  In the past, it has collected over 120 bags of unwanted papers and generated over $1,200.  The class used the funds for its class activities, which included three dances and many community service projects throughout town.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS is First in State to Receive Safe Sports School Award

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Athletic Director Bill Buscetto.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Athletic Director Bill Buscetto.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its Wildcats athletics program.  It is the first school in Connecticut to receive the award. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes.  It also reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

“Lyme-Old Lyme High School is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from the NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health, ” said Bill Buscetto, LOLHS Athletic Director.

He continued, “Our goal is to provide our athletics program with the highest safety standards for our players.  It is a testament to the high quality of care provided by our athletic trainer, Aubrey Davis, and all of our coaches.”

Physical activity is very important for today’s youth, according to NATA president Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES.  “There has been an increase in competitive sports, which are, unfortunately, not without risk.  Brain injury/concussion, cardiac arrest, heat illness, exertional sickling, cervical spine fractures along with other injuries and illnesses are potentially life-threatening.”  Proper planning with proper equipment and personnel is vital to the safety of student athletes today, he notes.

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as Lyme-Old Lyme has done, athletic programs must demonstrate the following:

  • Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
  • Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
  • Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
  • Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
  • Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
  • Provide or facilitate injury intervention
  • Create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
  • Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
  • Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

For more information, visit www.athletictrainers.org.



Voters Overwhelmingly Support Lyme-Old Lyme School Budget

May_2013_headshotIn likely one of the lowest turnouts on record, Lyme and Old Lyme voters passed the Region 18 budget by a substantial margin of 401 votes in both towns combined.  The results showed 69 residents voted against the budget in Old Lyme and 21 in Lyme, while 258 supported it in Old Lyme and 143 in Lyme.

These results reflect 21.1 and 6.4 percent No votes in Old Lyme and Lyme respectively.  In total, the No vote was 18.3 percent in contrast to an overwhelming 72.5 percent of Yes votes.

The budget of $31,963,401 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 had been unanimously recommended by the board.

Region 18 Superintendent Ian Neviaser, pictured left, was delighted with the result, commenting, “Overall, we’re very happy.  We appreciate the support of the community, which allows us to continue the great education programs that we have here. I’m proud to say we’ve passed the lowest [increase in a]  budget in history, which will allow us to increase student access to technology and continue the redistricting plan.  This [latter] will now enable some areas of Center School to be converted to Pre-Kindergarten facilities.”

The budget is split between the two towns according to enrollment with Old Lyme being responsible for 79.1 percent of the total while Lyme pays for the remaining 20.9 percent.


Referendum on Region 18 School Budget Today

A district-wide referendum on the 2014-15 budget is being held today in both Lyme and Old Lyme between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.   Voting will take place at Cross Lane Firehouse for Old Lyme residents and Hamburg Firehouse for Lyme residents.

The proposed budget of $31,963,401 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 has been unanimously recommended by the board.  It reflects a 0.7 percent increase over the current budget, the lowest increase on record.

The budget is split between the two towns according to enrollment with Old Lyme being responsible for 79.1 percent of the total while Lyme pays for the remaining 20.9 percent.

Click here to view options for reading the Region 18 Budget Book online.

The individual town results will be announced at the respective polling stations shortly after 8 p.m. and published on LymeLine within  minutes of their announcement.  The final result reflects the combined tallies from both towns.