Deer Hunting Season (Firearms) Begins Nov. 14; Lyme Preserves To Close to the Public

From Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Tuesday, Dec. 18, the following Town of Lyme and Lyme Land Conservation Trust preserves will be closed Mondays through Fridays as part of the firearms deer hunting season:  Beebe Preserve, Chestnut Hill Preserve, Hand Smith, Honey Hill Preserve, Jewett Preserve, Mount Archer Woods, Eno Preserve, Pickwick’s Preserve and Plimpton Preserve.  Only licensed hunters who have been granted a permit of consent for the property will be allowed in these preserves.  (All of these preserves will be open to non-hunting users on Saturdays and Sundays.)  Please note, however, that hunting is allowed on other properties – e.g., state and private lands – every day except Sundays. Wear bright clothing in the woods during hunting season.  For more information on hunting, go here.  


“Enhancing Wildlife Habitat” Presentation at Town Hall

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., the Town of Lyme, the Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Audubon CT are offering a special presentation at Town Hall focused on how to enhance local wildlife habitat for songbirds, wild turkeys and beneficial insects.  DEEP wildlife biologist Peter Picone will share his knowledge and insights on creating and improving wildlife habitat in your surroundings, and discuss the role that valuable native plants can play in creating a better environment.  The event is free and open to the public.  Residents are encouraged to RSVP for the presentation using this form:

The presentation is part of a year-long Audubon CT project called the “Lyme Forest Block” designed to educate landowners in six area towns about forest birds and how to better manage their woodlands for them – especially the Wood Thrush and the Cerulean Warbler.  For more information on the Nov. 13 presentation or the Lyme Forest Block project, please email


Lyme Town Hall To Host WWI History Exhibit

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Town Hall will host a historical exhibit of photos, letters and documents that tells the stories of the 28 Lyme residents who served our country during the war and the organizations here at home that supported them. Developed by the Lyme Public Hall and based on more than two years of research, the exhibit draws on material from the Lyme Local History Archives, the WWI Collection of the Connecticut State Library and local residents.  The exhibit will be on view from Nov. 12 through December.

Veterans Day Ceremony To Honor Lyme Veterans & Current Members of the Armed Forces

On Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m., the Lyme Veterans Memorial Committee will hold a special Veterans Day Ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day – signifying the end of World War I – outside at the Lyme Veterans Memorial next to Lyme Town Hall.  The ceremony will honor all those from Lyme who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces; and will start at 11:00 a.m., the exact time the Armistice was signed in 1918.  Speakers will include New York University’s Rolf Wolfswinkel – a professor of modern history, WWI authority and Lyme resident – and First Selectman Steven Mattson.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Meeting Hall at Lyme Town Hall at the same address (480 Hamburg Road).  All are welcome to attend.