The Lyme Fire Company hosts its annual Breakfast With Santa Sunday, December 16th from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hamburg Fire Station, 213 Hamburg Road. It’s a community tradition for young and old alike. The kids have an opportunity to give their wish lists to Santa while families and friends visit and enjoy a hearty breakfast. Please save the date, drop in and support the Lyme Fire Company and its dedicated volunteers.


Town officials have learned that evidence has recently been seized which is connected to the recent rash of burglaries in Lyme. Troops covering several other towns are actively involved in the continuing investigation as well.

To assist with the Lyme related investigation, the town will be utilizing some of its annual budget allocation for police services to facilitate and expedite the process.


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.


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.

A Special Message from the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education

The Board of Education appreciates the participation of Lyme-Old Lyme students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and citizens in the recent superintendent search focus groups and online survey. These data collecting activities produced a wealth of useful information which has been compiled into a comprehensive report. The report was reviewed by the Board of Education and will be used as a framework for structuring the interview process for superintendent candidates. You are invited to read the final report which is available on the district website at

Again, thank you for participating in the process.

James Witkins

Board Chairman

Region 18 Superintendent Search Survey

Invitation to Participate in Superintendent Search
The Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education is conducting a search for a new superintendent as a result of Dr. Elizabeth Osga’s announcement of her retirement in June. An important component of the search is hearing from all stakeholders in our school community, including our administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents, community leaders and citizens-at-large. Therefore, we are inviting you to participate in our information collecting initiative designed to help the Board identify the most desired attributes of the new superintendent from the perspective of our constituents. We have asked our executive search consultant to administer an online survey to help us collect information. Each person’s input is of great value to the Board and time given to completing the online survey is much appreciated!
Thank you,
The Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education


click here to take the online survey regarding the search for a new superintendent of schools for the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools.



Congratulations to all the organizations and individuals who make Lyme’s Hamburg Fair the very special event it has become over the past 100 years.

Our little rural community tradition recently won nine awards at this year’s International Association of Fairs and Expositions convention in Las Vegas.

The Hamburg Fair placed first in the consumer protection program, second in printed material and the non-fair agricultural event category, third in the green program and competitive exhibit display category and fourth in the following categories: agriculture photo, agriculture photo series, new or unique class of exhibits and general display photo.

In addition, long-time Fair Association president Ted Powell was one of 20 recipients receiving scholarships to the Institute of Fair Management.

Congratulations once again to one and all and thanks for your continued dedication and hard work to make the Hamburg Fair the longstanding Lyme tradition it has become.


The 2011 Estuary Region Household Hazardous Waste collection season will conclude this month. There are two remaining Saturday collections scheduled in November on the 5th and 19th. This will be Lyme residents’ last opportunity to dispose of hazardous materials until the Essex facility reopens in the spring of 2012.

The collection site is located on Dump Road in Essex which is off Route 9 at exit 4. The hours of operation are 9 A.M. until 1 P.M.

For more information, contact the planning agency at 860-388-3497, or visit the web page at


Appointments are now being scheduled for people interested in applying for energy assistance.

The CT Energy Assistance Program provides financial aid toward the primary source of heat including: oil, natural gas, electricity, propane, kerosene, coal and wood for qualifying individuals and families.

Those interested in applying for assistance may call now to schedule an appointment.

Call TVCCA at (860) 889-1365 (Norwich) or (860) 444-0006 (New London) to schedule an appointment.

Visit TVCCA’s website for additional details.