April 18, 2015

New Management Sets Sights on Placing Phoebe’s BookCellar on Community’s Collective Radar

BookCellar co-managers Paulette Zander (left) and Ann de Selding (right) discuss new plans for "the only bookstore in town" with Friends of the Library President Mary Haymann.

BookCellar co-managers Paulette Zander (left) and Ann de Selding (right) discuss new plans for “the only bookstore in town” with Friends of the Library President Mary Haymann.

If you haven’t been to The BookCellar located in the basement of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library recently, there are more reasons than ever to stop by and visit.  The BookCellar represents a major resource to the community and yet many Old Lyme residents are unaware of its existence.  But now there are more reasons than ever to stop by since the place now has a whole new look with more space for both browsing and sitting, attractive face-out displays and a brand new ’25 cent sale’ section.

The BookCellar management team hard at work.

The BookCellar management team hard at work.

The recently appointed co-managers Paulette Zander and Ann de Selding are well on their way to transforming the BookCellar into one of those delightful little bookshops that have all but disappeared, primarily due the impact of online shopping.  This transformation isn’t really a great surprise when one considers Zander is the former owner of the beloved ‘Happy Carrot’ bookshop in Old Lyme.  Meanwhile, de Selding worked at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts for more than 12 years as the Director of Alumni and Volunteer Relations, meaning that organizing — and reorganizing — is in her DNA.

Books are The BookCellar's business.

Books are The BookCellar’s business.

An ardent book-lover, who previously turned her passion into her business, Zander comments enthusiastically about her new position, “I’m living vicariously through this — just touching and fondling the books is rewarding.”  De Selding elaborates further on Paulette’s involvement in The BookCellar, saying, “Paulette’s legacy [from The Happy Carrot] to this community — and to these books — has morphed into a wonderful continuity for the town.”

Mary Haymann has some fun in the Children's Corner!

Mary Haymann has some fun in the Children’s Corner!

The BookCellar houses upwards of 7,000 books, which include, but are not limited to titles falling under the following sections: History, Classics, Biographies, Gardening, Cooking, and Children & Young Adults and, of course, an enormous supply of fiction and non-fiction.  There’s no question that there’s something for everyone in the BookCellar so Zander and de Selding hope to make The Cellar a frequent stop for book lovers, as well as one that is affordable to all.

In addition to the basement, The BookCellar offers a selection of very gently used books and DVDs for sale in the main lobby of the Library.  Each month features a different theme and, in a nod to the long-awaited season, April’s theme is appropriately Spring Pursuits.

Lift_doorBuilt in 1995, along with a new addition to the Library, The BookCellar operates under the umbrella of the Friends of the Library, the volunteer fundraising arm of the Library.   It is fully staffed and managed by more than 55 dedicated volunteers, including de Selding and Zander.  Friends of the Library President Mary Haymann is enormously appreciative of all the volunteer efforts, noting that they are helping to support what, “… is now really the only bookstore in town.”  Moreover, she stresses, “When you buy a book in The BookCellar, you are supporting the library.  All proceeds from the Cellar go directly to library.”  Every one of the books, DVDs and CDs is donated by local area residents allowing sales from The BookCellar to contribute around a staggering — and most welcome – $20,000 each year to the Library’s budget.

Vintage and rare books are files together.

Vintage and rare books are filed together.

Many of the library volunteers, including Haymann, have made a long-term commitment to the institution.  Haymann has been president of the Friends since 2008, but her involvement with the library goes back much further.  Her father Joseph Dunn was the librarian for 20 years from 1947-67 and her mother, Mae Dunn, followed in his footsteps in the early 70s.

New volunteers are always welcome at The BookCellar and de Selding notes, “The hours are flexible meaning they are as long or short as you choose — and the pay is priceless!”  On a more serious note, she continues, “We would love more folk to join us here – it’s a great work environment.  We never know what the next drop-off of donations will bring, so there are plenty of surprises and treasures in our business.  You can volunteer just a few hours each month and we really have a lot of fun down here.”  If you are interested in volunteering, contact PhoebesBookCellar@yahoo.com or call 860.434.1684 and ask for The Book Cellar for further information.

The Cellar is also able to “pay it forward” by donating thousands of books, which are shipped to Ghana, as well as numerous books to the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme for the annual White Elephant Sale; children’s books to the Soup Kitchen (through the Henderson Project); and age-appropriate books to the Lymes’ Senior Center.  The BookCellar will also be present at the Midsummer Festival at the Library, where a huge number of books will be for sale.

Stacking shelves is all in a (volunteer's) day's work.

Stacking shelves is all in a (volunteer’s) day’s work.

Donations of books are welcome year-round.  If you’re currently doing some spring cleaning and have some books to donate, take them to the Library during operating hours* and place them in the box near the elevator on the lobby level.

Zander and de Selding are also planning to start a twice-yearly collection program in May and December, when they will arrange pick-up of books from resident’s homes.  The program is still in its development phase but watch for more details soon in announcements from the library and published on LymeLine.com.

Operating year round, The BookCellar is open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For a limited period of time, the Cellar will be open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1- a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.  It is closed on Sundays.




Former Lyme-Old Lyme HS Assistant Principal Angeli Appointed Superintendent of Lebanon Schools

Associate School Superintendent Robert J. Angeli will leave the Meriden School District at the end of the school year to take a position as Superintendent of the Lebanon Public Schools starting July 1.  Angeli was assistant principal at Lyme-Old Lyme High School from 2001-05 and still resides in Old Lyme.

“I think it’s a natural progression for me in my career in superintendency,” Angeli said Friday.

Read the full story written by Molly Callahan and published April 10 in MyRecordJournal.com at this link.


Pfeiffer to Speak on ‘Woods’ at Old Lyme Historical Society’s Annual Dinner, Saturday

View of leafy woodsThe Old Lyme Historical Society will host its annual dinner and lecture on Saturday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme.

In this continuing series, Old Lyme Historian Dr. John Pfeiffer’s lecture, “Wood: Our First Natural Resource,” will cover the role this important resource played in our local area. From our first days of establishing a settlement on the eastern shore of the Great River, wood was on everyone’s mind. The control of this one resource was the focus of our first public meeting and was recorded on the first page of our society records.

The evening will begin with refreshments and a dinner catered by Coffee’s Country Market; Dr. Pfeiffer’s talk will follow.

Tickets are $35 per person if purchased by April 11, or $40 at the door, if there is availability. This event sells out every year, so it is advisable to buy tickets early.

Tickets are available at the historical society’s office in the Genealogy Room at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 noon), at Webster Bank in Old Lyme, and online at our website www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org .

For more information, call the Old Lyme Historical Society at 860-434-0684.


Get Ready for ‘Shred-It Day’ on April 25, Benefits Lyme-Old Lyme HS Class of 2015

On Saturday, April 25, the Senior Class of 2015 will shred documents for businesses and individuals. Anyone can bring their papers to the 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 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.

The Class of 2015 has conducted this fundraiser for the last three years.  It has collected over 120 bags of unwanted papers and generated over $1,200 each year.

The Class used the funds for its activities. Class activities included three dances and many community service projects throughout town. This year the Class will use the funds to give a Class gift to the school and pay for end of the year activities such as the senior banquet.


Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber to Host Business Expo & Wine Tasting April 26, All Welcome

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If you’re looking for an afternoon filled with interesting information, melodic music, fabulous food, wonderful wines (and beer) and lively company, the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their ‘Business Expo & Wine Tasting’ on Sunday, April 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Old Lyme Country Club.

Chamber President Catherine Frank explains that the purpose of the event is, “To publicize our corner of Connecticut by giving local organizations and businesses the opportunity to promote themselves.”  She comments, “Old Lyme is well known as an art destination – and rightly so – but there’s so much more to our area and this exhibition aims to prove just that.”

Frank notes that each participating business or organization will host an exhibition table with information on their products, programs, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and more in a convivial, ‘one-stop shopping’ setting.”  Many of the participants will be offering prizes at their tables and there will also be a selection of door prizes.

Guests will be treated to music by the MusicNow Foundation/Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe while local wineries, including Preston Ridge of Preston, will be featured in the wine-tasting. Stomp N Crush of Clinton will be the featured brewery.


Local businesses already signed up to exhibit at the Business Expo include Vitality Spa, Annunziata Travel, Advantage Personal Training, Innovative Environmental, Healthy Addiction, Help With a Heart, The  Woman’s Exchange, The Bee and Thistle Inn, and Upper Pond Farm.

Institutions and organizations attending include the Florence Griswold Museum, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., MusicNow Foundation, Musical Masterworks, the Kiwanis Club, Lyme Art Association, and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven.

A delectable cheeseboard filled with an assortment of fine imported cheeses and served with dessert wine.  Shallow dof.Apart from the wine- and beer-tasting, there will be demonstrations by a number of local chefs as well as a vast array of food for consumption by guests donated by local restaurants, eateries and the exhibitors.  The Old Lyme Country Club will also host a cash bar.

There is no requirement to be a member of the Chamber to attend, though prospective members are especially welcome.  Tickets at $15 per person (must be over age 21) are available at “The Woman’s Exchange” in the Old Lyme Marketplace or by emailing email@lolcc.com or at the door on the day of the event.  The ticket price includes the wine and beer tasting, food and a free prize ticket.

Each year the Chamber awards a number of scholarships to graduating high school seniors and art students from Lyme and Old Lyme. In fact, the promotional art work for this event (above) was created by Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts graduate Richard Lacey, who is a past Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce scholarship recipient.

For additional information, visit www.visitoldlyme.com

The Old Lyme Country Club is located at 40 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371.


Lyme-Old Lyme High School Announces Two Students as 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidates

Eric Pan and Kristiana Olson, graduating seniors at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, have been named two of more than 3,900 candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S high schools in the year 2015.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 51st year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

Over 3,900 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. In addition, each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) was invited to nominate five male and five female candidates, based on their outstanding scholarship, residing in the CSSO’s jurisdiction. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 560 semi-finalists in early April.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make final selection of the Scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

Eric is the son of Gonghua Pan and Wen He and Kristiana is the daughter of Matt and Cynthia Olson.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at (319) 688-4345 or send an email to PSP@act.org.


Musical Masterworks Present The Asylum Quartet in Free Concert Tonight

The Asylum Quartet will perform at LOL High School Tuesday.

The Asylum Quartet will perform at LOL High School Tuesday.

Musical Masterworks present The Asylum Quartet in a free concert at Lyme–Old Lyme High School this evening at 7:30 p.m.  Graduates of the Hartt School of Music and winners of the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works to indie rock, world music, and klezmer.

The quartet received the Grand Prize in the 2014 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Mass., becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor.

This is a presentation of the Musical Masterworks outreach program.  The concert is open to all and no tickets are required.

Visit www.asylumquartet.com or www.musicalmasterworks.org for more information.


Ecumenical Service Welcomes Easter at Sunrise This Morning

The sun breaks across the eastern horizon from Griswold Point early this morning.  Photo by Emily Fisher.

The sun breaks across the eastern horizon from Griswold Point. Photo by Emily Fisher (2014).

Happy Easter!  Happy Passover!

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme hosts an ecumenical sunrise service this morning, Easter Sunday, at 6:30 a.m. on Griswold Point.

All are welcome.

The church is also holding services at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Meeting House at the intersection of Ferry Rd. and Lyme St.


Easter Closings, Trash and Recycling Schedules in Lyme, Old Lyme

The Town Hall offices of the Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme will be closed on Good Friday, April 3.

The Old Lyme Transfer Station will also be closed tomorrow, but will be open Saturday.

There is no change to Friday’s Old Lyme trash and recycling pick up schedule.


‘Waves’ on Show at Cooley Gallery

The signature painting by Chandler Davis of his 'Waves' exhibition at The Cooley Gallery.

The signature painting by Chandler Davis of his ‘Waves’ exhibition at The Cooley Gallery.

The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme is kicking off its spring season with an exhibition of fresh, new wave paintings by Chandler Davis. Waves opens Thursday, April 2.

In the exhibition, the artist returns to his original inspiration of the ocean. Eight large wave paintings of luminous water in a variety of weather and light conditions depict some of the many moods of the ocean. From the depths of Chandler’s imagination and brush comes this remarkable series of waves — reality and abstraction combine to capture the light, motion, and energy of the sea.

Chandler is a missionary for the natural world and, in particular, the sea. He built an international reputation as an artist with his large-scale mollusk sculptures. Some of these can be seen down the street in Old Lyme on the grounds of the Bee and Thistle Inn (www.beeandthistleinn.com ). Chandler’s nautili, conches and mussels, rendered at “human” scale, are significant. A gargantuan mussel at eye level commands consideration, which is exactly the reaction Chandler desires.

If contemporary sculpture is your passion, there is more in Old Lyme at Gil Boro’s Studio 80+ Sculpture Grounds at 80 Lyme Street.

Founded in 1981 and located in the heart of historic Old Lyme, the Cooley Gallery specializes in fine American paintings from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and select contemporary artists.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday10am to 5pm. Call (860) 434-8807 or visit www.cooleygallery.com  for additional information.  The Cooley Gallery is located at 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371.


Rep. Carney Tours Bureau’s Sugarhouse, “Tastes Good … Good for the State”

Don Bureau demonstrates part of the maple syrup-making process to Rep. Devin Carney.

Don Bureau (left) demonstrates part of the maple syrup-making process to Rep. Devin Carney.

Bureau’s Sugarhouse & Maple Kettle Korn facility in Old Lyme has been in the business of making maple syrup since 1993, and kettle korn since 1999. State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) said after a tour of the facility on Saturday, March 28, that businesses like Bureau’s help support the state’s agri-business and make a large economic impact here in Connecticut.

Carney, who represents Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook, met with Don Bureau and his family, who showed Carney around the maple sugaring facility, which includes maple trees and kettle korn, along with maple syrup production.

Rep. Carney looks at the maple sugar facility in old Lyme from the outside.

Rep. Carney looks at the maple sugar facility in old Lyme from the outside.

“Bureau’s is producing quality products and helping to shape the future of agriculture here in the state,” Carney said. “This business is a treat for our district –it produces some of the best local products our state has to offer.”

“It tastes good and it’s good for the state,” Carney added.

For more information about Bureau’s Sugarhouse & Maple Kettle Korn, visit http://www.maplekettlekorn.com/aboutus.html


LYSB Hosts Summer Camp Fair Today

Kids_from_Camp_FlyerLymes’ Youth Service Bureau presents a Summer Camp and Activities Fair at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School  Commons, Wednesday, April 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

All are welcome and admission is free.

More than 20 local camps will be at the Fair.  There will be opportunities to pick up brochures, meet camp representatives and also, to register for a variety of camps.

Pizza will be available for sale.

Click here to view a full listing of the participating organizations.

For more information, call 860.434.7208 or visit www.lysb.org


Acknowledging Holy Week, ‘Bread & Puppet’ Perform ‘Fire’ at Old Lyme Church Tonight


Tonight at 7 p.m. as part of the Holy Week schedule, ‘Bread & Puppet’ will  offer a performance called “Fire” at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.  The show dramatizes the effects of warfare on individual lives and will be followed by a time to eat bread, visit, and talk about the performance.

All are welcome.  A donation of $10 per person would be appreciated and will be gratefully received at the door.

The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The puppets grew bigger and bigger.


Schumann says, “We believe in puppet theater as a wholesome and powerful language that can touch men and women and children alike, and we hope that our plays are true and are saying what has to be said, and that they add to your enjoyment and enlightenment.”

Annual presentations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day often included children and adults from the community as participants. Many performances were done in the street. During the Vietnam War, Bread and Puppet staged block-long processions and pageants involving hundreds of people.

In 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The 140-year-old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets. Their Domestic Resurrection Circus, a two day outdoor festival of puppetry shows, was presented annually through 1998.

The company makes its income from touring new and old productions both on the American continent and abroad, and from sales of Bread and Puppet Press’ posters and publications. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company, to extensive outdoor pageants, which require the participation of many volunteers.

Today, Bread and Puppet continues to be one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.

For further information, call the church office at 860-434-8686


Join a Community Conversation on Mental Health in Old Lyme Tonight

One in four people has a mental illness.  It touches each of us — become involved and be a part of the conversation.

The Regional Mental Health Board, Region II, Catchment Area Council 10 is sponsoring two Community Conversations about Mental Health for the Lyme-Old Lyme community. One has already been held — the second is being held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31, in the Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The first meeting brought together members of the community to discuss mental health and explore the issues and barriers in our community regarding mental health. The second meeting (March 31) will discuss and help determine what actions can be taken to break down the barriers and improve mental health in the community.

Trained facilitators assist the dialogues. Refreshments will be provided. There is ample parking at the location. Seating is limited so register promptly  to add your voice to the discussion.

Register today via email at olcommunityconversations@yahoo.com or call 860-262-5027.  Use the same contact information for questions.  Seating is limited.


Old Lyme Historic District Commission Announces Applications to be Considered April 6

Dr. John E. Pfeiffer, Chairman of the Old Lyme Historic District Commission has issued the following announcement:

“Notice is hereby given that the Old Lyme Historic District Commission will hold Public Hearings on Monday, April 6, 2015 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the upstairs conference room at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. The HDC will hear and act on the following Certificates of Appropriateness applications:

    • 5 Lyme Street – First Congregational Church of Old Lyme: 1,000 gallon propane tank, and fence.
    • 31 Lyme Street – Hinckley: house addition
    • 90 Lyme Street – Lyme Art Association: banner

The public is invited to attend and express its views. Letters may be sent to the Historic District Commission, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT 06371.

Relevant supporting material will be available at the April 6 Public Hearing.


Old Lyme Land Trust Presents McCulloch Family with Land Saver Award

At its 49th Annual Meeting on March 22, the Old Lyme Land Trust (OLTT) presented its Land Saver Award to the McCulloch Family in recognition of the family’s extraordinary vision and generosity.

Inspired by their mother, “Rook” Metzger McCulloch, who instilled in them the principle of stewardship, and by their love of the land, David and Jean McCulloch, Catherine Taffy Holland and Mary Jean McCulloch Vasiloff donated a conservation easement on 434 acres known as the McCulloch Farm in 2000. The easement, held by The Nature Conservancy, restricts the use and prevents further development of the property.

Lying in the Black Hall River Watershed, the land has extraordinary conservation value. With this portion of the watershed protected, the Great Island tidal marsh complex with its rich and diverse wildlife is protected as well.

Christina Clayton, President of OLLT, noted that Old Lyme residents receive benefits from the donation in addition to the conservation ones. The McCulloch Farm lies along Whippoorwill Road in the center of town and contributes significantly to the rural character of Old Lyme. And the taxpayers remain unburdened by the cost of services that residential development of this large tract would have imposed.

Dr. Robert A. Askins, Katherine Blunt Professor of Biology at Connecticut College, was the guest speaker at the annual meeting. Dr. Askins is a renowned ornithologist and expert on ecology and conservation biology, who recently published a book entitled, “Conservation of Deciduous Forests in New England, Japan and Europe.”

Dr. Askins spoke about the need for a blended approach to the conservation of New England’s forests, in order to protect the greatest number of both plant and animal species. Large tracts of unfragmented forest are necessary for a number of threatened and endangered species, but others, such as the endangered New England cottontail and several species of songbirds, require early successional habitats, such a thickets and grassy openings in the forest canopy.

The OLLT plans to incorporate Dr. Askins’s recommendations into the management plans for its preserves.


Solarize Lyme & Old Lyme Final Workshop Offers Electric Vehicle Display, Tomorrow

Old Lyme’s Solar Team is busy preparing for the final Solar Workshop planned for Saturday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall. Solar Power and Electric Vehicles are a natural pairing and the team sought out a few display vehicles.  But as they saw the vehicles their enthusiasm grew … as did the number of vehicles!

Stephen Dix of the Solarize team says “Many of us grew up in the 1960s knowing all the specs and styles of all the muscle cars that “scooped the loop” in our town. Coming from Michigan, many of my friends worked for GM and we saw the great ones like the Old’s Toranado and the Chevel SS 396 as soon as they rolled off the line.”  He adds with a smile, “There’s a new form of muscle car today – and it can be sun powered … the only real question is which one fits your life style.”

So far the team has Electric Vehicles from BMW, VW, Nissan, Chevy, Ford, Toyota, and Mercedes. Jean Dailey will also bring her electric Smart Car and discuss her plans to use her solar array to power her commute.

The plan calls for the Old Lyme Town Hall parking lot to be closed off from traffic so residents can browse the vehicles.  Visitors to the event are requested to come in the front of Town Hall and register.  Solar Installers will be on hand and can discuss how a Solar System can power your transport needs.

The Solarize team will be ready to discuss how to access installers, how to finance a system, accessing state and federal incentives, how solar impacts the value of your home among other things. Residents are invited to drop in learn and explore.

To learn more about Solarize Lyme and Old Lyme, visit this link.



In Celebration Of A Life:   Obituary for Ruth Ann Brown Coxe           

Ruth Anne Brown Coxe, widow of Samuel Hanson Coxe, died Wednesday March 11, 2015 of natural causes.  She was 85 and lived at the family’s homestead of an 18th century home, The Captain Thomas Sill House in Old Lyme, Conn.

An early pioneer of ‘Farm to Table,’ Ruth Coxe was an advocate for healthy, local natural foods free of commercially convenient chemistry with unknown health consequences.

Ruth Brown grew up in a prominent family in Mansfield, Conn.  Her father Frank Ignatius Brown ran the Spring Brook Ice Manufacturing, supplying all of Eastern Connecticut.  As a young girl she loved to romp on her own in nature and enjoyed fishing.  She attended Briarcliff Junior College and continued her education to Washington DC and enrolled in the May Boult Interior Design School.

Considering an operatic career, she headed to New York City and studied voice, recording on record for a short time while working at ABC Studio. Advice from a family priest discouraged theatre as it was a risky and risqué business, and she left New York City.

An adventurer at heart, Ruth pointed her car west to San Francisco, Calif., and found employment in a real estate firm.  There she met her future husband, Samuel Coxe, Yale Class of 1943 and WWII Pacific Theatre Marine Air Corps. Pilot, then studying Law at the University of San Francisco.

They married in 1959 and began a family.  She opened the Grinnell Grinder sandwich shop in the financial district and she became active in the La Leche League of San Francisco.  However, pulled back by New England roots, they returned to Old Lyme and Samuel Coxe began his practice in Constitutional Law.

Always a pioneering spirit and active in the La Leche League, Ruth pursued her curiosity around the Major Fred Hargesheimer survival in Papua New Guinea, interviewing the Major and learning more about his experience and survival aided by the people of the Island who nursed him back to health with mothers’ milk.

Prompted to investigate further, in 1970 she headed to Papua New Guinea, New Britain Island with her 7-year-old son Sam to study the habits and diet of the indigenous tribes.  She was later joined by her husband, mother-in-law and second son Stanislaus, and her husband began a newspaper on the Island and they remained for a year.

A return to Old Lyme Sill House was followed by her next adventure with the boys to visit Japan, and in 1976 with the children she travels to Dominica Island to study once again the indigenous people and diet.  Her sojourn continues to Mexico, Central America, and Peru, schooling her children while on the odyssey.

Tragedy strikes in 1981 when her husband Samuel Coxe dies unexpectedly and she is threatened to lose her home on Sill Lane.  Confronted by loss and the auction of her land on the horizon, she reaches out to California friend,  Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, for help.  His actions aid her to legally keep her home and remain in the family homestead with her children.

An advocate for the organic movement, Ruth created a recipe for gluten-free, unleavened bread by sprouting wheat and rye berries.  The bread called Sill House Bakery Essene Bread sold in New York City and Cambridgem Mass., at the first Whole Foods Markets, delivered by van from her Old Lyme kitchen. Her entrepreneurial skills and instinct put to use in her own kitchen helped her survive widowhood.  Always referring to her husband in the most loving and devoted way.


Carney, Formica Host Office Hours at LYSB This Evening in Old Lyme

Rep. Devin Carney

State Rep. Devin Carney

State Senator Paul Formica

State Senator Paul Formica

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th) will be holding a Legislative Office Hour in Old Lyme Thursday, March 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, 59 Lyme Street in Old Lyme.  They will be ready to discuss the issues shaping the 2015 Legislative Session.

All are welcome to drop in with questions and comments.

Due to the risk of inclement weather or the possibility of the legislature being called into session, visit www.SenatorFormica.com to check for cancellations.

For more information, contact Peggy Tibbals at Peggy.Tibbals@cga.ct.gov or 1.800.842.1421


Current Drug Trends to be Presented Tonight at LOL High School

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 11.01.25 AMLymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is hosting an important program tomorrow evening, March 26, in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Media Center.  The program designed for parents and other interested citizens is titled, “Current Drug Trends: What Parents Need to Know,” and will discuss emerging narcotic and related issues in the Lyme-Old Lyme community

Members of the Southeastern Regional Action Council (SERAC) will present a wide range of information, including a ‘show and tell’ on drug paraphernalia and details on drug identification, synthetic drugs, energy drinks, inhalants and electronic cigarettes.

Marijuana smokingHigh school and middle school trends will also be reviewed along with key signs to look for regarding possible drug use in adolescents.

The program starts at 7 p.m.  Entry to the program, which is presented by the Community Action for Substance Free Youth (CASFY), is free.

For more information, contact LYSB at 860.434.7208 or www.lysb.org