4th of July Town Parade, Picnic, and Concert

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

4TH OFJULY TOWN PARADE, PICNIC, AND CONCERT

Date: Wednesday, July 4th

Location: Begins at Camp Claire on Cove Road, ends at the Lyme Grange for food, music, and games.

 The Cove Road 4th of July parade has been a Lyme tradition for years.  Participants in the parade should gather between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM at Camp Claire.  The Parade will begin at 10:00 or when everyone is ready. Lyme Parks and Recreation will be providing food and fun activities at the Grange following the parade. No registration required.  Two for the Show will be performing following the parade.

2012 TAX BILLS TO BE MAILED OUT AT THE END OF JUNE

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Tax bills will be mailed out at the end of June and are payable by August 1st without interest penalty.  If you do not pay your bill(s) on or before August 1st, there will be a 3% interest charge for August payments, with a $2.00 minimum on each bill.

Free transportation to local Cooling Center (Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme)

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

The Town of  Lyme, in cooperation with the Estuary Transit District, now offers free transportation to our local Cooling Center.  
 
When weather conditions warrant the opening of a cooling center,  persons in need of transportation may now call “Dial a Ride” to receive free transportation to and from their home to the Center.  All transit buses are equipped with wheelchair accessible lifts for those with mobility concerns.

By calling 860-249-0429, you may request a pick up. Be sure to give the street address for your pickup and identify your destination as the Cooling Center, located at Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road,  Old Lyme.

A notice will be posted on this website if weather warrants opening of the Cooling Center.  When the Cooling Center is open, the hours of operation are designated from 9 am to 8pm.

EXTREME HEAT PRECAUTIONS AND SAFETY TIPS

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

EXTREME HEAT PRECAUTIONS AND SAFETY TIPS

If you are exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, you sweat heavily, and don’t drink enough fluids, your natural cooling system may fail.  The result may be a heat-related illness.

Heat-related illnesses include:

Heat Cramps:
Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms-usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs-that may occur in association with strenuous activity.  Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion.  If you have heart problems or are on a low-sodium diet, seek medical attention for heat cramps.

Heat Exhaustion:
Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heart-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Elderly people and those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment are most prone to heat exhaustion.

Heat stroke:
Heat stroke is the most serious-heart related illness.  It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.  Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10 to 15 minutes.  Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

The Old Lyme Office of Emergency Management and Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection offer the following tips during extreme high temperatures:

Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.

Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your body.

Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.

Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.

Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent

Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.

Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.

Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly 

For more information go to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Extreme Heat, http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.asp

Cooling Center Open – Lymes’ Senior Center – Wed. thru Fri., June 20, 21, 22

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The Lymes’ Senior Center will be open until 8:00 PM on Wednesday June 20, Thursday June 21, and Friday June 22 to serve as a cooling center.  Food will NOT be provided, however the building will be open and staffed with volunteers for those who are in need of a cool place to be due to the excessively high temperatures.

Saturday, June 16 – Dog Licensing Session at Ashlawn Farm Farmers Market 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

Friday, June 15th, 2012

A special Saturday dog licensing session will be held June 16 at the Farmers Market at Ashlawn Farm from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Lyme residents wishing to license their dogs should bring a current rabies vaccination certificate, spay/neuter certificate (if applicable), and the fee in the form of cash or check.  Altered dogs:  $8.00, Unaltered dogs $19.00.

CRIME WATCH PATROL CHECKS ANNOUNCED

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Regretably, Lyme has recently experienced two more residential burglaries, this time on Mount Archer and Selden Roads. In addition to efforts to develop a town wide notification system, the Board of Selectmen, in cooperation with the Connecticut State Police Troop F Barracks, is immediately initiating a Patrol Check Request program.

If you are going to be out of town for any extended period of time or are simply in Lyme over the weekends and want a random, peroidic check of your home, simply print out and complete the request form on the Quick Links section of the town web page. Fax or deliver it to the Town Hall and the selectmen’s office will arrange for coverage within budgetary constraints. The town has a budget line item for police over time which will be utilized for this additional service. If you do not have the computer/fax capacity to make this request, call the Town Hall, provide the necessary details and your request will be relayed to the State Police.

Please be advised that the selectmen plan to make judicious use of this option and a request does not guarantee blanket coverage. An observant public reporting suspicious activities to the Troop F barracks promptly and directly is still the best defense.

CRIME WATCH ALERT

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Lyme experienced two residential burglaries recently and the selectmen ask residents to be security conscious and alert to their surroundings . A private residence on Mt. Archer Road and another on Selden Road were burglarized recently and a significant amount of jewelry and works of art were stolen. The incidents were very similar to other thefts which have occurred in town in the not too distant past.

Please, be aware of what is going on in our neighborhoods. If you see any people or vehicles acting in a suspicious fashion, contact the Troop F State Police barracks in Westbrook immediately. The number is 860-399-2100. Be sure if you can to get physical descriptions and vehicle make, model and license plate numbers if possible.

In addition, there are some basic things that can be done to minimize your exposure. Do not leave cash or valuables in your cars and lock them every night. Keep your garage doors closed and locked as well. If you are going to be out of town for any period of time, arrange for your mail and newspapers to be picked up. Have a neighbor check your house periodically and vary the lighting pattern in your home at night if at all possible.

In order to take a more proactive approach to the problem, the Board of Selectmen has begun investigating the possibility of utilizing the our web page for development of a town wide alert system, perhaps with a link to Troop F. There will be further posts as the process evolves.

In the interim, our best defense against this type of crime is an alert, involved citizenry. Please, be vigilant and report suspicious activity immediately.