Lyme Open Space Coordinator Announces “Tuesday Treks”

Lyme’s Open Space Coordinator has announced that on Tuesday mornings, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., she and other explorers will be leading “Tuesday Treks” – weekly walks through different Town preserves.  The trek leaders will alternate each week between Sue Cope, the environmental director of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust; Wendy Hill, Lyme’s Open Space Coordinator; and Kristina White, executive director of the land trust.

All walks are moderately easy unless noted. Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle and to dress appropriately for the weather. Space in each trek is limited to 5 people and reservations are required. (To reserve a spot, contact the appropriate trek leader; see below.)  Participants must wear masks in the parking lot at the start and end of each trek; masks can be removed during the walks as long as social distancing is maintained. In the event of inclement weather, the treks are canceled.

Tuesday Trek Schedule
(subject to change)

October 27 – Ravine Trail – Kristina White

  • Directions: Meet at Ravine Trail parking lot on Mitchell Hill Road.  A more arduous hike of roughly 2+ miles through a primeval hollow passing through laurel groves and by a beaver meadow. 
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November 3 – Hartman Park – Wendy Hill

  • Directions: Meet at main parking lot on Gungy Road. Hartman Park has a lot to offer, from archeological ruins to natural beauty and, of course, beavers.  1.5 to 2 miles.
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November 10 – Banningwood Preserve – Sue Cope

  • Directions:  Meet at Banningwood Preserve parking lot off Town Street for a moderate 1.5-mile walk that takes you through woodland wetlands, flood plain areas, field and upland forest.
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November 17 – Pleasant Valley Preserve – Kristina White

November 24 – Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve – Wendy Hill

  • Directions: Meet at the Brush Hill Road parking lot. Beautiful stone structures, stone walls and an old abandoned quarry offer clues to past human activity. We will walk along the old Platt Road to the Selden cemetery – about 2 miles.
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December 1 – Eno Preserve – Sue Cope

  • Directions: Meet at the parking lot across from the preserve next to the cemetery. Walk through the mature hardwood forest of majestic poplars and historic stone walls.
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December 8 – Walbridge Woodlands/Young Preserve – Kristine White

  • Directions: Park at Young Preserve. A longer hike of more than 3 miles that will take you on ridges, laurel groves, old wood roads and past stone outcroppings.
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December 15 – Jewett Preserve – Wendy Hill

  • Directions: Enjoy a section of the red trail ridge walk with beautiful overlooks – about 1.5 miles.
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December 22 – Chestnut Hill Preserve – Sue Cope

  • Directions: Meet at trailhead on Sterling Hill Rd. Easy 1-mile walk that takes you into Nehantic State Forest.  
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December 29 – Plimpton Preserve – Kristina White

  • Directions: Meet at the trailhead on Sterling City Road.  1.75-mile loop with short walk on road to return to car.  Parts are strenuous but worth the view from the overlook.
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Update from the Town Clerk on the Nov. 3 Election

As of 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 23, 39% of the registered voters in Lyme have applied for an absentee ballot for the November 3 Election.  Of those ballots issued, 76% have been completed and returned.

For those who intend to vote on November 3, but have not registered to vote yet:  Do it now.  Get it done, then you don’t have to think about it anymore.

For those who intend to vote by absentee ballot, but have not submitted their application:  Do it now.  With 10 days remaining before the election, you are strongly urged to deposit your application in the drop box located on the sidewalk at Town Hall rather than mailing it.

For those who have received an absentee ballot, but have not completed it and returned it:  Do it now.  With 10 days remaining before the election, you are strongly urged to deposit your completed ballot in the drop box located on the sidewalk at Town Hall rather than mailing it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to my ballot after I complete it and return it?  Your ballot is date- and time-stamped when it is received.  It is then entered into the voter registration system.  The physical ballot is kept locked up until it is delivered to the polls on November 3.  Absentee Ballot Counters will then open the envelopes and run the ballot through the tabulator, just like ballots cast at the polls in person.  Thus, absentee ballots are counted the day of the election and are reflected in voting totals for the town along with all those who voted in person.

How can I find out if my ballot has been received at Town Hall?  You may use the Voter Lookup Tool located on the Connecticut Secretary of the State website at  to see if your ballot has been received.

When is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot?  You may apply for an absentee ballot up until 4:00 p.m. on November 2.

When is the last day to register to vote?  In person, the deadline is October 27.  Mail-in voter registration applications must be received or postmarked by October 27 in order to be accepted for the November 3 Election.  October 27 is also the deadline to register to vote online.

When is the last day to return my completed absentee ballot?  By mail: Your absentee ballot needs to be mailed so that it is received by the Town Clerk by the close of polls on November 3. By drop box: Your ballot must be deposited in the official ballot drop box located on the sidewalk at Town Hall by the close of polls on November 3. The box will be locked at 8:00 p.m. on November 3, and no other ballots will be accepted after that time.

When and where do I vote in person?  In person voting will occur at the Lyme Town Hall located at 480 Hamburg Road, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.  Town Hall will be open for voting matters only on that day.

Found: Sheep

Our Town’s animal control officer has reported that a female sheep with a collar has been found in Lyme.  The owner can claim the animal by calling 860-434-8239 or 860-434-8883.