January 31, 2015

JLN Associates of Old Lyme Purchases Top Rung Inspection & Testing of Salem, CT

JLN Top Rung
JLN Associates LLC of Old Lyme has announced the acquisition of the Top Rung Inspection and Testing Company. Top Rung has been a leader in the testing of fire department ground and aerial ladders in the New England region since 1996.

By incorporating the Top Rung business line into JLN Associates, it aligns a proven process with the strengths and resources of JLN Associates that will allow JLN to further extend its services to the municipal fire services on the east coast.

The addition of the ladder inspection and testing services will complement JLN’s municipal services division. Ladder testing services will be added to JLN’s hose testing and community risk and fire department support business lines.

JLN Associates Principal John L. Nickerson said.“The acquisition allows JLN to become a more valuable supplier of services to the emergency response community. The core values of Top Rung and JLN align and make for a seamless transition into the JLN business model.”

JLN Associates has been providing safety and fire protection services since 1999. JLN core services include a diverse safety product line including field safety services, providing emergency response management and staffing to industrial facilities, technical consulting to municipal emergency services community, along with regulatory required safety and specialized training at JLN’s Training Center located in Old Lyme, Conn.

For further information about JLN Ladder Testing or other Safety/Training Services, visit JLN’s Web Page or contact John L. Nickerson at (860)-434-3443 or (855)-SAFEJLN.


Lyme, Old Lyme Second Solarize Workshop Rescheduled to Monday

Dave McCullough stands in front of his solarized home in Old Lyme.

Dave McCullough stands in front of his solarized home in Old Lyme.

Residents of Lyme and Old Lyme are invited to a joint Solarize workshop next Monday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.  The event has been rescheduled from Monday, Jan. 26, when it postponed due to the winter storm.  It will bring together informed town residents, solar installers, solar finance experts, and representatives of the Connecticut Green Bank.

The Solarize campaigns in the two towns have generated strong interest with over 110 residents registering their properties for a free solar evaluation. This workshop will provide information for both newcomers to the process, as well as those who are already actively involved in evaluating their options.

Computers and solar coaches will be available to help residents sign into the online marketplace platform and get started with their free evaluation.

There are 15 communities in Round 5 of Solarize – with a goal to more than double the amount of solar in each community. Over 40 communities have already participated in Solarize campaigns, resulting in over 2,000 homeowners signing contracts for solar.

More information about Solarize Lyme and Old Lyme can be found by visiting www.solarizect.com/Lyme and www.solarizect.com/OldLyme.

For those seeking help with the online marketplace platform, call Kimberly Le at 617.302.6523.

In the event of a snow cancellation, the meeting will be held the following week, Monday Feb. 2, at 6 p.m.


Old Lyme’s Citizen of the Year to be Announced at Annual Town Meeting Tonight

1/25: 10:05pm – DUE TO THE IMPENDING BAD WEATHER, THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED.  Old Lyme’s Annual Town Business Meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School at 18 Lyme Street.  This meeting immediately follows the Solarize Lyme,Old Lyme workshop, which starts at 6 p.m. at the same location.

There are currently only two agenda items for the town meeting.  The first is discussion and acceptance of the Annual Town Report for the fiscal year July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, as submitted by the Board of Finance.

And secondly, the First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder will announce the currently closely-guarded secret of the recipient of the board of selectmen’s Citizen of the Year for 2013.


Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Host Superbowl Breakfast Sunday, Features Techno-Ticks Demo, Music, Prizes Galore

pancake_breakfastThe ‘Dollars for Scholars’ Super Bowl Breakfast promises to be a lively and delicious event this year.  Scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1, from 8 to 11:30am at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, the breakfast hosts the school’s award winning Techno Ticks FIRST Robotics Team 236, who will demonstrate their new robotic creations up close.  BossGuitar, an instrumental trio from Old Saybrook, will play ‘50s & ‘60s surf and spy music and the Good News Clowns will be on hand to bring plenty of smiles to all ages.

Feast on a hearty menu of blueberry pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, fresh fruit, coffee and OJ.  Door prizes include an i-Pod Touch, restaurant and salon certificates, and other items donated by local businesses.

During the event, the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will conduct free, quick, non-contact eye screenings for people 2 to 92 years of age, using “Spot,” an instrument resembling a Polaroid camera.  From a distance of three feet, “Spot” checks for six eye diseases, and within seconds it produces a detailed test report.  This state-of-the-art equipment is used in the new Lions’ PediaVision preschool eye screening program.

The Lyme-Old Lyme community is invited to participate in this fun event.  The annual breakfast is the Lions’ primary fundraiser for three $1,500 Lions’ scholarships awarded to deserving Lyme-Old Lyme High School students each year.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for children under 12.  For more information on Lions’ scholarships and the PediaVision program, visit www.lymeoldlymelions.org.


Two New Exhibitions on View at LAA

Winter Harmony by Michael Rogan is one of the signature pieces of the 'Wonders of Winter' exhibition opening Friday at the LAA.

‘Winter Harmony’ by Michael Rogan is one of the signature pieces of the ‘Wonders of Winter’ exhibition opening Friday at the LAA.

The 23rd Annual Associate Artist Exhibition and Wonders of Winter are on view at the Lyme Art Association (LAA) through Feb. 27.

The LAA’s 23rd Annual Associate Artist Exhibition of landscape, portrait, and still life paintings, as well as sculpture by Associate Artist members will be on view in the Association’s front galleries while Wonders of Winter, which showcases winter scenes by members of all levels, will be on display in the Goodman gallery.

“The Annual Associate Artist Exhibition is often characterized as one of our un-themed exhibitions when, in fact, there is a theme. The theme is the range, creativity, and excellence of our Associate Artist members, whether it is a painting that captures the beauty and grandeur of the Connecticut landscape, or one that depicts the personal objects and surroundings of everyday life,” says Katherine Simmons, President of LAA’s Board of Directors.

'Talking Pears' by Paula Dewell is featured in the 23rd Annual Associate Artists exhibition.

‘Talking Pears’ by Paula Dewell is featured in the 23rd Annual Associate Artist exhibition.

She continues, “The Wonders of Winter exhibition in the Goodman Gallery is an established favorite on our exhibition calendar. Each painting celebrates an aspect of the winter landscape, its colors, textures, and dramatic lighting.”

The LAA was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org


Mindfulness Series Starts at Vitality in Old Lyme


From the boardroom to the classroom to the yoga room, mindfulness techniques are being used to manage stress, improve performance, gain insight and clarity and improve time management.  Find out what mindfulness is all about in a six-week series starting today at 5:45 p.m. at Vitality Spa & Wellness of Old Lyme.
Anderson Cooper started everyone talking about mindfulness in early December when his CBS 60 Minutes program discussed the time that he spent with Jon Kabat-Zinn on a weekend-long mindfulness retreat.  A meditation expert of over 47 years, Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and developer of the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program.
But Cooper was not the first skeptical newscaster to benefit from mindfulness.  ABC News Anchor Dan Harris talks about how MBSR helped him after his very public on-air breakdown in 2004.  He was drawn to mindfulness despite “massive misgivings” but found that MBSR provided a secular and sustainable practice that allowed him to regain control of his life and his career.
One of those “well known secrets,” MBSR is finally gaining traction as medical experts recognize it is a valuable tool in the management of stress and depression.  Both the US National Institutes for Health and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence in the UK recommend mindfulness as a treatment and as a preventative tool in addition to, or as an alternative to traditional pharmacological treatments.
“Have you been wondering about the benefits of meditation, but didn’t know what to ask? Do you want to start a mediation routine in your daily life, but are not sure you have the time?” asks Karen Gomez, a Holistic Life Coach at Vitality Wellness, who has been practicing and teaching mindfulness techniques for over 20 years.
Gomez notes, “One of the most rewarding things about my work is seeing people who come keyed up … ‘come on, get on with it, teach me these techniques, I haven’t got time to hang around’ … and by the end of the series they realize that mindfulness has created time for them.  It has given them back time, it has created that 25th hour in the day or better still it has taught them that they really don’t need 25 stressful hours to achieve all that they want to achieve.”
She continues, “Mindfulness has taught them to live in the moment, these techniques have shown them how being present in every moment of your life and not wasting time on the past or the future creates space, creates time and creates balance.  Their performance at work improves, they gain clarity in their thinking at work and at home with their families and most importantly they reduce stress and learn to live and love life again.”
Each weekly interactive class will cover techniques you can integrate into your busy schedule easily, a group coaching component, as well as a meditation segment.  The purpose of this series is to enable participants to gain a sound background in holistic approaches for stress management and share a variety of effective relaxation techniques which include, deep breathing, positive thinking, affirmations, visualizations, muscle relaxation, with reviews of Yoga, Meditation, and Reiki.
If you would prefer to schedule 1:1 sessions at Vitality, call 860.434.1792.
Call Vitality at 860.434.1792 for more information or find Vitality Spa & Wellness at 14 Lyme St. Old Lyme or on Facebook and online at http://www.vitalityspa.com.

Xmas Tree Collection in Old Lyme Continues Through Jan. 30

Old Lyme Public Works will be picking up Christmas trees from Tuesday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Residents are asked to place their Christmas trees at the curbside prior to Jan. 20 for pick-up and disposal.


MLK Day Closings in Lyme, Old Lyme

Lyme and Old Lyme Town Hall offices are closed today, Monday, Jan. 19, which is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Lyme landfill is closed Monday for the holiday, and the Old Lyme Transfer Station is normally closed on Mondays.

The trash and recycling pick-up schedule in Old Lyme is not changing for this holiday.


Saint Ann’s Church in Old Lyme Hosts Four Winter Concerts, Ukrainian Vocal Group Sings Today

The Yevshan singers who will perform at Saint Ann's Church on Sunday.

The Yevshan singers who will perform at Saint Ann’s Church on Sunday.

Over the winter months Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme will present four exciting concerts in its ongoing Music Series. Concert performers and dates are as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon – Yevshan Singers

This Hartford-based Ukrainian a cappella vocal ensemble will join Saint Ann’s 10:30 a.m. worship service, singing two Ukrainian sacred songs. They will then perform a “mini-concert” (approximately 30-40 minutes) of their folk music during Saint Ann’s coffee hour. The performance is free and the community is welcome to attend either or both of these events.

Saturday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. – Family HooteNanny with The Nields

Gather up the kids and come to Saint Ann’s for an all-ages jam-along/family chorus. Led by Nerissa and Katryna Nields, the HooteNanny is about singing, dancing, playing instrument, big and small, and about indulging the imagination and creativity of the entire family. Admission cost for the concert is $10 per family.

Saturday, January 24 at 7 p.m. – An Evening Concert with The Nields

The renowned folk-rock sister duo of Nerissa and Katryna Nields performs a selection of original music. As Spin Magazine noted, “Listen to the Nields twice and you’ll start to catch the twists in the tales, the quirks and ironies that make every song a short story, and then you’ll be hooked.” Reflections upon life and relationships are the theme of the Nields’ songs–their performance is a must for lovers of intricate vocal harmonies. Admission cost for the concert is $10.

The public is invited to a Pasta Buffet Supper that will be served between the Nields’ two concerts – from 5 to 6:30  p.m.in the Griswold Room at Saint Ann’s. Tastily prepared, the menu will please the taste buds of all ages. Cost for the supper is $5, children 5 and under are free.

Sunday, March 1 at 3pm – Elm City Girls’ Choir.

Saint Ann’s welcomes the return of this pre-eminent New Haven-based choral ensemble. At this concert they will be joined by choral groups from Old Lyme and from the Isaac Middle School in New London. The Elm City Girls’ Choir is comprised of young women, ages 7 to 18, drawn from throughout the state. The choir has performed with many outstanding choral groups, including The American Boychoir, CONCORA, New York Virtuoso Singers, and Yale Schola Cantorum. They have also toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. A free-will donation will be taken; the proceeds will help to support Saint Ann’s concert series for the community.

Saint Ann’s is an Episcopal parish in Old Lyme and, under the direction of the rector the Rev. Canon Mark K J Robinson, invites and welcomes all visitors to attend these performances in their music series.

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

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


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


Old Lyme Library Hosts Presentation on Smuggling at Sea During Prohibition

Motor boat making contact with a liquor-laden schooner.

Motor boat making contact with a liquor-laden schooner in 1923.

On Thursday Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., guest speaker Robert McKenna of Noank, Conn., will give a presentation at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library on the making of the 2013 Emmy Award winning documentary, The Real McCoy, about the pioneer Rum Runner who fueled the Roaring 20s.  The enterprising and adventurous Bill McCoy was one of the most celebrated characters of the Prohibition era.  

Learn the facts about the early days of rum running and the origin of the phrase, “It’s the real McCoy” through the film maker’s eyes and commentary.  Question and answer time will follow the presentation. 

All are welcome and admission is free.

Robert McKenna is an author and the expert on rum running during Prohibition.  He has researched, updated, edited, and republished six books about liquor smuggling in the 1920s, and was a researcher, subject matter expert, and Executive Producer of the five-time Emmy Award winning documentary film “The Real McCoy” (2012), and a contributor to Connecticut Public Television’s Emmy Award winning documentary “Connecticut Goes Dry” (2012).

He is also a lecturer on the “The Rum War at Sea,” and the author of the popular 2009 Wooden Boat Magazine article “The McCoy Brothers” about boatbuilding and rum running.  As a former Coast Guard officer he interdicted smugglers, and practiced the legal precedents that were established during the Prohibition-era.

The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, off Lyme Street in Old Lyme.  Winter hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration required by calling 860-434-1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org to register online under the Events calendar.

If the Library’s parking lot is full, additional spaces are available on Lyme Street. There is also a parking lot behind the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall across the street from the Library



All About Phoebe: Old Lyme Library Hosts Presentation Tonight on Its Namesake

Phoebe Griffin Noyes

Phoebe Griffin Noyes

The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will host a unique historical presentation by Carolyn Wakeman on the namesake of the Library on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.  Co-sponsored by the Florence Griswold Museum, the program titled, Phoebe’s Place: Life and Letters on Lyme Street, celebrates the life of one of the most influential women in the community.

Phoebe Griffin Noyes, after whom Old Lyme’s public library is named, lived for most of her 78 years on the main street through town.  But starting at age 14, she journeyed for a decade to New York where she stayed with an uncle who was a successful lawyer.  Her education in the city shaped both her skill at miniature painting and the home school she later established beside the village green.

This talk, based largely on family letters, describes how one woman’s love of learning and painting influenced the culture of a town and established “a taste for art” in Old Lyme.

Wakeman grew up in Old Lyme and traces her own love of learning to countless hours spent reading on a window seat in the children’s room of the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.  After retiring from the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, in 2008, she became intrigued by Old Lyme’s rich history.

Professor Wakeman is currently the writer and editor of the Florence Griswold Museum’s history blog and author of The Charm of the Place: Old Lyme in the 1920s.

The program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required by calling 860-434-1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org to register online under the Events calendar.

The snow date for this event is Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 7 p.m.

The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, off Lyme Street in Old Lyme.  Winter hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10am to 7pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 4pm


Southeast CT World Affairs Council Presents Talk on Media & Human Rights

As part of its Speaker Series, the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SEWAC) presents Tristan Borer, PhD, Professor of International Affairs and Government, Connecticut College, speaking on: “Shock and Care: Media, Mobilization, and Human Rights” on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at the Student Center, Connecticut College

A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the talk starting at 6 p.m.

Tristan Anne Borer is Professor of Government and International Relations at Connecticut College in New London, CT.  She received her PhD in Government and International Relations at the University of Notre Dame in 1995.

Her theoretical research interests include the politics of human rights, human rights and foreign policy, human rights and the media, the politics of refugees, and the comparative study of transitional justice.

For much of her career she has studied and written about the changing human rights situation in South Africa. In 1994 Borer served as an election observer to the first democratic election in South Africa with the United Nations Observer Mission to South Africa (UNOMSA), and in 2005, she addressed the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State and the National Intelligence Council at a conference on “Assessing South Africa’s Future.”

She has twice received a residential scholar fellowship from the Joan Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, as well as a research grant from the United States Institute of Peace. She is the author of the book Challenging the State: Churches as Political Actors in South Africa, 1980-1994, and the editor of the book Telling the Truths: Truth Telling and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Societies, as well as the book Media, Mobilization, and Human Rights: Mediating Atrocity,” on which her talk will be based.

She has also published several articles in the field of human rights in a variety of journals including Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Human Rights, Violence Against Women, African Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Church and State. Milt Walters, SECWAC’s Chairman, commented “our Members have expressed a strong interest in human rights issues. We’re honored that Ms. Borer, a leading expert, will be sharing her views with us.”

The topic of Professor Borer’s presentation to SECWAC will be how atrocities are portrayed in the media and how that affects international human rights activism.

Based on a news report that the US State Department failed to respond in November 2013 to photographic evidence it had received of torture in Syria, Professor Borer contributed a Letter to the New York Times in January 2014 in which she expressed the concern that, “This conviction — that seeing gruesome pictures of distant atrocities will lead countries to finally take action — has sadly been proved to be nothing more than wishful thinking, a truism whose basis bears no resemblance to reality.  Human rights advocates are at a loss; their primary weapon — shock — has proved to be ultimately powerless. Shocking images could never compete with politics, which trumps human rights always and everywhere it appears.”

Her letter may be accessed at the following link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/opinion/human-rights-inaction.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3AR%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A9%22%7D&_r=0

In its next program, SEWAC presents Thomas de Waal, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on Feb. 12, 2015 at the Crozier Williams Building, Connecticut College.  He will speak on “A Painful Centenary: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide?” the topic of his new book “Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide.”  Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Guests are welcome to attend these member-supported events.  To register as a guest call 860-912-5718 or email info@secwac.org.

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is a regional, non-profit membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America. SECWAC fosters an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.  SECWAC’s principal activity is to provide a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between its members and U.S. policy makers and other experts on foreign relations (http://www.secwac.org).


Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation Hosts Trivia Bee Contest, Feb. 6

The Lyme Public Library Bees' name went to their heads in last year's contest!

Photos courtesy of LOL Education Foundation.
The Lyme Public Library Bees’ name went to their heads in the 2013 contest!

Trivia Bee logo

The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 3rd Annual Trivia Bee is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Local businesses, community organizations and neighborhoods are invited to enter teams of four into this adult trivia contest, arguably the most “bee-dazzling fun-draiser” in The Lymes! Admission is free and all are welcome.
Questions are chosen from categories including science, sports, history, popular culture, current events, and geography, to engage participants and audience members. Teams are encouraged (but not required) to choose a fun team name and dress in costume.
The winning team from each round will participate in a championship round. Teams will compete for the Honey Cup (pictured below), a perpetual trophy, as well as the honor of being crowned Lyme-Old Lyme’s Trivia Bee Champion. Prizes will also be awarded for the best team name.
Spectators are encouraged to cheer on their favorite teams in person.
Refreshments, local honey and 50/50 tech-raffle tickets will be available for purchase.
The LOLEF supports innovative educational initiatives throughout our schools and community. Thanks to community support, the LOLEF has donated over $100,000 since its inception. The LOLEF awards grants to test innovative new curriculum initiatives in the Lyme-Old Lyme Public School system and community education programs.
The LOLEF counts on the success of fundraisers such as the Trivia Bee to keep the Foundations’ grants program vibrant.
Photos courtesy of S.Crisp, LOL Education Foundation. David Rau of the Flo-Bees holds his correct answer high to the delight of his teammates.

David Rau of the ‘Flo-Bees’ holds his correct answer high to the delight of his teammates during the 2013 contest.

Businesses and organizations are invited to enter a team of their own or, if they prefer, to sponsor a team made up of teachers and or students from our local schools.
If you would like to participate in the Bee or become a corporate sponsor, contact Nicole Wholean at 860- 434-6678 or kwholean@yahoo.com. The registration fee is $200 per team. Click here to download a registration form.
Anyone participating is encouraged to upload the ‘Feelin’the Buzz’ logo for the event to their Facebook profile or timeline cover. The organizers would like to have the whole town buzzing!

Five Towns, Including Old Lyme, Proclaim Feb. 15, 2015, as ‘Loving Parting’ Day

Mark Lander holds 'The Loving Parting Day' proclamation.

Mark Lander holds the ‘Loving Parting Day’ proclamation.

Mark Lander, Co-Chairman of the Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS), came to Monday night’s Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s meeting seeking First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder’s signature on a proclamation announcing Feb. 13, 2015 as ‘Loving Parting Day.’  Reemsnyder duly signed the proclamation following on from Lyme First Selectman Ralph Eno, who had signed earlier in the day.

In a few short weeks, the respective signatures of the First Selectmen of East Lyme, Salem and Old Saybrook will join those of Reemsnyder and Eno on the document and the proclamation will be official.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-Chair Mark Lander (left) explains the history of 'The Loving Parting' to the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-Chair Mark Lander (left) explains the history of the ‘Loving Parting’ to the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen.

Lander was invited by Selectman Arthur ‘Skip’ Sibley to explain the history of  the five towns that are celebrating the 350th anniversary of the ‘Loving Parting.’   According to the OLHS website, “Initially, Lyme was part of the Saybrook (“Saye-Brooke”) settlement centered on the west bank of the mouth of the Connecticut River.  It was established by the Earl of Warwick in 1631, occupied in 1635, and settled and named in 1636.”


The ‘Loving Parting Day’ Proclamation with Bonnie Reemsnyder and Ralph Eno’s signatures.

Lander noted that the ‘Loving Parting’ was signed on Feb. 13, 1665 as the formal acknowledgement of the separation of the lands on the east bank of the river, which were named after Lyme Regis in England, from the parent Saybrook colony.  He commented that the creation of Lyme marked the first time in the state’s history that a town had been formed by splitting it off from another settlement.

The Connecticut General Court named the new plantation “Lyme” on May 9, 1667.  Lyme set off the Town of East Lyme in 1839 subsequent to the latter town forming its own church, known as a ‘society.’  It seems likely that East Lyme’s church – the second ‘Society’ – was located on what is now Society Rd. in East Lyme.  The first – and original – ‘Society’ in Lyme was what is now The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

After East Lyme had formed its own ‘Society,’ Salem followed suit and was also declared a town in its own right.  Ironically, the final – and therefore youngest – town of the five to be created out of the lands originally identified in the ‘Loving Parting’ was the one called Old Lyme.

Lander said that in 1854-1855, the town of South Lyme on the shoreline at the mouth of the river was separated from part of the original settlement of Lyme to the north. Noting that there must have been, “Some sort of a disagreement between Lyme and Old Lyme,” Lander said that the residents of the southern area had petitioned for the separation and because the Town of Lyme was the aggrieved party, it was allowed to retain the name of ‘Lyme.’

Although the residents of the new southern portion originally accepted the name of South Lyme for their town, they soon felt, in Lander’s words, that, “It didn’t seem quite right,” and requested – and were approved to make – a change of town name to Old Lyme.

Some local folklore sources say that the choice of the ‘Old Lyme’ name by its residents was a final act of spite against their neighbors to the north in Lyme, who unquestionably lived in the older town!  But in 2015, all five towns will come together again as friends to celebrate the ‘Loving Parting.’  The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme will also be hosting a series of events to celebrate 350 years of continuous worship on its site this year.

All in all, 2015 promises to be quite a year for Lyme and Old Lyme!




Reemsnyder Clarifies Two Old Lyme Beach Associations, Not Town, to Receive $300K From State for Storm Sandy Restoration Project

01/07/15 Update:  At last night’s Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s meeting, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder clarified that the $300,000 grant announced by the state as apparently payable to the Town of Old Lyme is, in fact, funds payable to two private beach associations, Old Lyme Shores and Old Lyme Colony Beach.  Reemsnyder reported at the meeting that the associations had, in fact, applied for the grant rather than the Town and the associations, “Will be working [directly] with the state government,” on the Sheffield Brook Outfall Resiliency project.  Reemsnyder said she had become aware there was some confusion regarding the grant due to the information presented by the state..

12/30/14: Governor Dannel P. Malloy, alongside Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne Klein, has announced $30 million in grants for the restoration and resiliency to existing infrastructure in municipalities impacted by Super Storm Sandy.

Included in the allocation to 21 projects in 11 communities is Old Lyme, which will receive $300,000 for the Sheffield Brook Outfall Resiliency. This project involves designing and constructing a new culvert and outlet to prevent extreme high tides from entering the culvert and damaging upstream structures.  The project will control future shoaling at the outlet so the structure can drain.

Other communities receiving grants include Bridgeport, East Haven, Fairfield, Milford, New London, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford and West Haven.  The largest single grant of $4 million will improve stormwater volumes and drainage on New Haven’s Union Avenue.

“The damaging effects of storms along Connecticut’s shoreline are just a reality these communities must face,” said Governor Malloy. “With these grants, however, we can assist these municipalities and their cleanup efforts from the devastation of one of the most severe storms in Connecticut’s history, and help them to establish resiliency plans so they can be better prepared in the years ahead.”

Last year, the state was awarded a second tranche of funds in the amount of $66 million through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG–DR) program.  The CDBG-DR program, administered by the Department of Housing, was established to assist the most impacted and distressed areas recover from Super Storm Sandy.

“Earlier this year, DOH disbursed nearly $32 million in several communities ravaged by recent storms.  This second round of federal funding will build on the momentum started in rebuilding infrastructure projects,” said Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein.  “It’s also helping these same cities and towns take measures that will diminish the impacts of future storms.”

The primary goal in allocating funding for the rehabilitation and resiliency of infrastructure is to restore a suitable living environment in disaster impacted communities by rehabilitating or reconstructing existing infrastructure and adding resiliency to minimize damage from future storm events.


Linares Denies Rumors of Challenge to Courtney in Next Election

State Senator (R) Art Linares

State Senator (R) Art Linares

“I have heard the rumors,” State Representative Phil Miller told ValleyNewsNow.com in a recent interview regarding State Senator Art Linares considering a challenge to Congressman Joe Courtney in the 2016 elections. Miller noted that the 2014 elections were tough for Democrats, citing the loss of 14 State Representative seats in the statehouse. Miller also commented that he, himself, had an uphill battle to survive the Republican sweep.

Linares’ spokesman, Adam Liegeot, said, “No,” however, when asked if Linares might challenge Courtney in the next Congressional race.

Linares’ numbers in the last election were impressive. He beat his Democratic challenger, Emily Bjornberg, 22,335 to 17,046, out of a total 39,932 votes cast. The percentages were: 56 percent for Linares and 43 percent for Bjornberg. Most impressive about Republican Linares’ victory was that he won what was once considered a safe Democratic district.

Congressman Joe Courtney (D)

Congressman Joe Courtney (D)

As for Courtney in the last election, he won his fifth term in office with landslide numbers against New London real estate agent Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh. Many considered the Congressman’s challenger weak, however, and state Republicans did not appear to mount a major effort to defeat Courtney.

The Republicans already control the House of Representatives, 234 Republicans to 201 Democrats. Some might argue that if Linares were to become a member of the House Majority, he would be in a better position to help his constituents than Minority member Courtney.

In the same interview, State Representative Phil Miller also commented on what he considered the negativity of candidate Bjornberg’s recent campaign against Linares. “People around here don’t like that,” Miller said. In contrast, however, it might be noted that the winning candidate for Governor, Dan Malloy, ran highly negative TV ads charging that his Republican opponent, Tom Foley, paid no taxes, and yet Malloy went on to win in what was, unquestionably, a tough year for the Democrats.


Old Lyme Town Hall Open Today, Lyme Town Hall Closed

Christmas-Bow-Picture_512x384Happy New Year to all our readers — we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2015!

Old Lyme Town Hall offices are open today, Friday, Jan. 2, but the Lyme Town Hall is closed.


Harpist Leitner Welcomes New Year Over Lunchtime at FloGris Museum

Faith Leitner will play her harp at the Florence Griswold Museum tomorrow.

Faith Leitner will play her harp at the Florence Griswold Museum today.

The sounds of yesteryear will welcome the new year today, Wednesday, Dec. 31, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Faith Leitner will play a variety of songs filling the Krieble Galleries  with the heavenly sounds of the harp, which was one of Miss Florence’s favored instruments.

This event is included with Museum admission.

For more information, visit www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org


Holiday Services in Old Lyme

Christmas Eve candles

Holiday candles

There are numerous services in Old Lyme during this holiday week, so to assist our readers, here is a listing of all those about which we have information:

Christ The King Church

Wednesday, Dec. 31 

Mass at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015  –  Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Special Holy Day schedule: 9 a.m.