Lyme Public Hall Pie & Ice Cream Social on Aug. 18

The Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives will hold an old-fashioned Pie & Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the hall at 249 Hamburg Road.  Admission is $5; children 6 and under are free.  Homemade pies of all kinds will be available to enjoy; pies will also be available for sale while they last.  Entertainment will be provided by the Eight Mile River Band.  

Board of Selectmen Fills Vacant Positions on Conservation Commission

At its recent meeting, the Board of Selectmen appointed:

  • Sue Hessel as a regular member of the Conservation Commission (acting as the Inland Wetland & Watercourse Agency), to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Priscilla Hammond; and
  • Christine Darnell as an alternate member of the commission, to fill the vacancy caused by Sue Hessel’s appointment to a regular member.

Cooling Centers Open This Saturday & Sunday, Jul. 20 & 21

Given the extreme temperatures and humidity levels expected this coming weekend, the Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme are opening the Lymes’ Senior Center at 26 Townwoods Road on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for individuals who would like to escape the excessive heat. The air-conditioned facility will offer water, light snacks, internet access and TV. Residents are urged to call the Emergency Management Call Center at 860-598-0120 with any questions.

In addition, the Lyme Hamburg Road firehouse may be opened as an additional cooling center should Lyme residents not be able to get to the senior center. Residents who need use of this facility should contact one of the following Emergency Management personnel and advise them of your need:

  • John Evans – 860-772-7272
  • Will Firgelewski – 860-391-3976

Information from the Affordable Housing Commission

As it continues its efforts to increase the affordable housing available in Lyme, the Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) has identified information on low-interest loans that could benefit individual residents seeking affordable housing – over and above any actions the Town may take as a result of the AHC’s recommendations. The AHC would like to share this information with area residents and organizations interested in the issue of affordable housing:

CONNECTICUT HOUSING FINANCE AUTHORITY

  • If you are either a first-time homebuyer or someone who has not owned a home in the past three years, you may be eligible for a below-market interest rate loan through the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA).
  • In connection with this program, you may be eligible for a further rate reduction that may be offered to qualifying veterans, military, police, teachers and people with disabilities or disabled household members.
  • In addition to below-market interest rate loans, the CHFA mortgage program may also offer a Downpayment Assistance Program (DAP) loan to help cover a down payment.
  • For details about this CHFA mortgage program, including its eligibility requirements and program limitations, please visit the CHFA website here.

US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-RURAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Another program that promotes affordable homeownership is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD). This program also relies on below-market interest rate loans and a typically waived down payment.
  • In order to evaluate program limitations and determine if the USDA-RD program is a good fit for you, visit the USDA-RD website here.  Click on “Check Eligibility” at the bottom of the page and then click on “Single Family Housing Direct.” 
  • In the words of USDA-RD, “Providing these affordable homeownership opportunities promotes prosperity, which in turn creates thriving communities and improves the quality of life in rural areas.”