Lyme Public Hall To Hold Earth Day Celebration

On Sunday, Apr. 21, the Lyme Public Hall will feature a series of experts discussing ways local residents can help care for and appreciate Lyme’s natural environment in an event called “Caring for Nature in Lyme: An Earth Day Celebration.” The celebration consists of the following series of five, free, one-hour-long presentations:

  • 10:00 a.m. – “A Biologist’s Perspective on What Makes Lyme Special” with Jim Arrigoni, the Lyme Land Trust’s environmental director.
  • 11:00 a.m. – “Why Backyard Habitat Matters” with Judy Preston, an environmental professional.
  • 1:00 p.m. – “Beyond Organic Pest Management” with Emma Sutphen of Adesa Farm in North Stonington.
  • 2:00 p.m. – “Mother Earth-Friendly Gardening” with Craig Floyd, retired director of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Giving Garden.
  • 3:00 p.m. – “The Basics of Beekeeping” with Tom Kalal of Cranberry Meadow Farm in East Lyme.

For more information on the event, go here. Space is limited and reservations are recommended (by sending an email to info@lymepublichall.org).

The event is cosponsored by the Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden, the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, the Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Lyme Garden Club.

Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme Both Approve Senior Center Renovation Appropriations

The Lymes’ Senior Center Building Committee announced today that, at tonight’s Special Town Meetings, Old Lyme residents approved a supplemental budget appropriation of $660,000 and Lyme residents approved a supplemental budget appropriation of $220,000 for the renovation of the Lymes’ Senior Center.

With these budget appropriations approved by the towns, the Building Committee has all the approvals necessary so the project can move forward and construction can begin.  Jeri Baker, the Building Committee chair, said that, once construction begins, the committee anticipates a 10-month schedule for the completion of the project, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

When the renovations are completed, the Senior Center will have:

  • An additional 3,265 square feet of interior space (for a total of 8,737 square feet of interior space) that will enable the center to accommodate more members and activities.
  • Motorized room partitions that allow for multiple room configurations so programs and activities can take place simultaneously.
  • An enlarged kitchen space with multiple kitchen upgrades that allows for greater center luncheon attendance.
  • A quiet library room where members can relax and/or read.
  • A greeting area that is separate from the activities area.
  • A public entrance that can accommodate the arrival and departure of buses and emergency vehicles.
  • Redesigned entryway and hallways, improved door thresholds and additional shelving and storage space.
  • A new roof, porch, cupola, windows, walkways and landscaping.
  • New furniture throughout.

A FAQ on the Senior Center renovation can be found here: www.townlyme.org/senior-center-faq

 

Town of Lyme Approves Senior Center Renovation Appropriation

The Town of Lyme announced tonight that, at a Special Town Meeting held at 6:00 p.m. at Lyme Town Hall, Lyme residents approved a supplemental budget appropriation of $220,000 for the renovation of the Lymes’ Senior Center. When the renovations are completed, the Senior Center will have:

  • An additional 3,265 square feet of interior space (for a total of 8,737 square feet of interior space) that will enable the center to accommodate more members and activities.
  • Motorized room partitions that allow for multiple room configurations so programs and activities can take place simultaneously.
  • An enlarged kitchen space with multiple kitchen upgrades that allows for greater center luncheon attendance.
  • A quiet library room where members can relax and/or read.
  • A greeting area that is separate from the activities area.
  • A public entrance that can accommodate the arrival and departure of buses and emergency vehicles.
  • Redesigned entryway and hallways, improved door thresholds and additional shelving and storage space.
  • A new roof, porch, cupola, windows, walkways and landscaping.
  • New furniture throughout.

A FAQ on the Senior Center renovation can be found here.