The Lambtown Road minions have become famous in Ledyard and many locals were waiting for a spring appearance. The little guys didn’t disappoint us. This photo was captured this week by Town Councilor Bill Saums and posted on the Ledyard Community Forum. Hoppy Easter minions! (If you are interested in following the minions, they are located on the Pumpkin Hill Road end of Lambtown Road.)
I think it is pretty darn cool how many Ledyard folks are on Facebook. The Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook is now over 4000 members. While I post Ledyard update and news on the forum as well as on my Facebook Ledyard CT page, I keep most of my real estate chat and advice on my Facebook Real Estate Page. I often share my favorite articles and home decorating tips so next time you find yourself on Facebook, stop by and take a look at what I’m sharing.
Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 40 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.
January is the month for lists. In the past, the local newspaper published a list of the top stories of the year in each of the area towns. It was something I always looked forward to reading but sadly that tradition has ended so I feel obligated, with a little help from my friends, to create my own list. The Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook helped with plenty of suggestions so coming up with top stories was fairly easy. Deciding which made the cut and then putting them in numerical order was the difficult part. I’m sure depending where you sit, some of the choices would be different.
In 2016 weather events didn’t make the top ten. No hurricanes, no major blizzards , no earthquakes and no lizards. May 2017 bring more of the same.
#10 We wish it had been a Trader Joe’s but Dollar Tree opened in the Ocean State Job Lot Plaza in a spot that seems to have been empty for a lifetime. Although the parking lot is still ugly, it sure did improve the over all appearance of the place. Now if they would just take care of the huge McCrater, at the traffic light exit. I’m hoping that in 2017 we will see some improvement at Cartway as even the mere mention of the name creates a firestorm on Facebook.
#9 The Ledyard Food Pantry celebrated the one year anniversary of its new location at the Ledyard Congregational Church. During 2016, the number of visits to the pantry tripled proving at least to me that the private sector often does a better job of government.
#8 The Ledyard Community Forum reaches 4000 members. Actually that didn’t happen until a week into January but membership rapidly increased through 2016. I would never imagined when I created the group in 2011 that it would grow as large as it is.
#7 Gales Ferry gets a Christmas Tree and Facebook Forum Headquarters. I've always thought it would be nice to have a community Christmas Tree in Gales Ferry/Ledyard. Well thanks to a whole lot of people, it happened. Former Mayor John Rodolico found the tree which was donated by Alan Habbe. Glenn McKenzie created an in ground stand for it. The Hirschfeld's volunteered to pick up the 16ft tree and transport it. The tree was transported on time to Ledyard Community Forum Headquarters at the corner of RT 12 and Military Highway owned by Merry Cassabria. Brouwers Tree Service volunteered their cherry picker for the lights. Residents donated cookies and lights and decorations and all around help. Barry Watrous helped direct and took some great photos. Steve Holyfield captured the official nighttime photo. How cool is #8?!
#6 Ledyard gets a cool new Superintendent of Schools. Jason Hartling was selected in August as the new Superintendent of Schools. I like his views on budgeting, transparency and communication. He’s even on Twitter. That’s cool. I’d call him the Great Communicator but I reserve that title for President Ronald Reagan.
#5 Gypsy Moths invade Ledyard. Ledyard was overrun by the nasty critters but those in Gales Ferry were hardly affected and may be in for a rude awakening. I’d recommend we all pray for a wet spring because the state seems clueless about how to handle the issue. There is a Town of Ledyard Gypsy Moth Committee that has been formed to consider aerial spraying. Visit www.OPENLEDYARD.com and select Gypsy Moth ad hoc committee for meeting group for meeting dates, agendas and minutes.
#4 Ledyard Trunk or Treat becomes YUGE. 49 Vehicles were decorated and 1600 people walked the grounds including 900 little ones. Merry and I passed out cotton candy. Can you say sticky?
#3 Speaking of YUGE, as a political junkie, 2016 couldn’t have been more interesting to watch. If someone would have told me a year ago that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders would win the Ledyard Primaries each with about 53 of the vote, you could have knocked me over with a feather. I wasn’t surprised at all to see Trump go on to win in Ledyard in November. The lack of Clinton signs and local enthusiasm seemed to be a good indicator.
#2 Ledyard gets a new Police Station. Although the voters approved a new police station in May of 2013, it took over 3 years to complete due to site work issues. I think the location next to Town Hall made it worth the wait especially combined with the improvements in the Ledyard Town Center. In 2016, Ledyard Swore in its first ever Police Chief, John Rich as Ledyard moved to an Independent Police Department.
#1 Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Ledyard is an extremely generous community. Although I often worry about “donor fatigue”, Ledyard never stops giving whether it is for Food Baskets, Stuff a Cruiser, the Santa Drive, or our First Annual Comfort and Joy Event gathering warm accessories for our neighbors in need. The Boy Scouts collected over 7000 food items during their annual Scouting for Food Drive and the Cub Scouts were there to help then and though out the year as were our firefighters, Parks and Recs Department and many other groups throughout Town. Thank you.
Each of you who contributed in some way is #1.
Last week, Jessica Wrobel, her awesome husband Alan and I, on behalf of the Ledyard Forum and Friends of the Ledyard Food Pantry delivered the last of the 21 baskets to those in our community that needed a little extra help this Christmas. Thanks to members of the forum we were able to distribute a Turkey or Ham with all the fixins plus lots of little extra's. Bev Nachtwey and her sisters baked all week to provide home made goodies for each of our baskets. And although we called them baskets, each "basket" runneth over into bags and boxes. They were distributed to our neighbors that members of the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook suggested who are not eligible to be helped by social services. Thank YOU!
In addition, we finished the distribution of hats, scarves, gloves and socks.Thank you again to all those that knitted including the Senior Center and the Gales Ferry Library Stich and Dish Knitting Group who showed off their talents with their beautiful donations.
Over 100 members of the Ledyard Forum contributed items of food, gift cards, and warm accessories that offered Comfort and Joy to members of our community.
I hope you never get tired of us thanking you for your contributions. We are very proud of our community.
Simply Ledyard Events is my attempt to capture local Ledyard Events including those found on Facebook. Please feel free to Fill out THIS FORM if you would like to include your Ledyard event in our next edition.
April 2 – Pancake Breakfast
To benefit Multiple Sclerosis
Gallup Hill Baptist Church (8:30AM-12:30PM)
Suggested donation $10
For more information: Casey Fry 619-804-8776
April 2 – Pancake Breakfast
Ledyard Congregational Church (7:30-10:00AM)
722 Colonel Ledyard Highway
Pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee. All are welcome, breakfast is free
April 2 – Ledyard High School Safe Grad Party Fundraiser Extravaganza
Our Lady of Lourdes Church (8:00AM – 6:30PM)
Bake Sale, Yard Sale, Vendor Booths, Face Painting, Games
For more info: Maureen_Brawner@comcast.net or email@example.com
April 2 - Paint Class at The Drunken Palette
To benefit Sofia Sees Hope
259 State Street (7:00PM)
$55 includes painting supplies
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 3 - Ledyard K-9 Unity Fundraiser & Bake Sale
To benefit Ledyard Police Department K-9 Unit
Ledyard Village Market (11:00AM-3:00PM)
For more information: Cindy at Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. 860-287-3504
April 6 – How to Start your own Backyard Poultry Flock Workshop
Ledyard Regional FFA Food for All Grant Project
Ledyard High School Agri-Science Department (6:30-9:30 PM)
Free - RSVP to Mrs. O’Keefe at do’email@example.com
April 6 - LHS After School Groups Recital
United Methodist Church ( 7:30PM)
Come join us for an evening of instrumental and vocal music featuring many of the LHS ensembles. The concert is free and the public is invited
For more info: RHammond@Ledyard.net
April 7 - How to Communicate with Your Children Using Social Media
Mylasia Thomas, Chairwoman, Mashantucket Tribal Youth Council
Ledyard Safe Teens Coalition
Ledyard High School Library (6:30-8:00PM)
April 8 - The Ledyard Fire Company Family Pasta Dinner
Ledyard Congregational Church (5:00 -8:00PM)
Adults: $10 - Kids (6 - 12): $6 -Kids under 5 are free
Tickets will be sold at the door. Gluten-free pasta is available.
April 9 – The Ledyard Fire Company Open House
Ledyard Fire Company 11 Fairway Drive (10:00AM – 2:00PM)
Meet their members, visit their trucks and equipment.
Free - Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
April 9 – LHS Chamber Choir Silent Auction Fundraiser
Gales Ferry Firehouse (6-9PM)
$15.00 - Red Sox Tickets, Overnight Deluxe Accommodations at Foxwoods, Jerry Seinfeld concert and many other great gifts will be available at the Silent Auction. Good food and drink plus a performance by the LHS Chamber Choir and much more!
For more info: RHammond@Ledyard.net
April 10– LHS Harvest of Harmony Concert
LHS Auditorium (2:00PM)
$15.00 - The concert is the annual spring show for the Rose City Chorus. The performance will feature lots of great Barbershop music and a guest performance by the LHS Chamber Choir
For more info: RHammond@Ledyard.net
April 10 – Ledyard Animal Control Appreciation Day
Spring Cleaning Day at the Shelter
Ledyard Animal Shelter (10:00AM-4:00PM)
For more information: Cindy at Ledyard C.H.A.I.N. 860-287-3504
April 15 – Registration opens for Ledyard Town Wide Yard Sales
.SimplyLedyard.com after April 15
April 23 – Earth Day Clean Up
Ledyard Parks (9:00AM)
"Earth Day is dedicated to the environmental health of our planet. Here in Ledyard, the Parks and Rec Department is planning a Spring clean-up of some parks. Get your girl or Boy Scout Troop, your family, you organization or just yourself and help us clean up our Town. Do your part o help our little portion of the Earth. Please bring gloves".
Call Ledyard P&R to volunteer at 464-9112.
In addition to the above events, you can find Ledyard Events on the following websites:
Sounds like the name of a country western song, doesn’t it? This is one of the most common questions posted on the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook after a snowstorm. I’ve answered the question a gazillion times. Please call Public Works (860-464-9060) AFTER the storm has passed and clean up is over. They may help under certain circumstances as several forum members can attest. If it was the heavy snow being pushed by the plow that knocks down your mailbox, you are probably on your own.
Ledyard Winter Operation Facts: http://ledyardct.org/DocumentCenter/View/2854
The Blizzard of 2016 brought only about 5 inches of snow to Ledyard so I had to go back to last year to find a worthy cover photo for “my mailbox was hit by a snowplow” song. (Photo contributed by a member of the Ledyard Forum)
With the potential of a snow storm this weekend, I asked members of the Ledyard Forum on Facebook who they call for snow removal in the Ledyard area. Here are their responses:
Dave Tetlow 860- 460-2088
Acres of Care Landscaping L.L.C. 860-886-3443
Eagle Quality Landscaping 860-464-1717
H&H Landscaping 860-705-5093
Rocky’s Landscaping 860-215-6424
Spano’s Landscaping 860- 917-0855
Joshua McKeon 860-501-8403
Zack Spicer 860-917-4873
Trash is an important subject on Ledyard’s social media channels. Here is some good news for those, like me, who manage to accumulate a little extra over the holiday.
During the week of December 28th ONLY, extra trash may be placed next to a full trash container, and recyclable materials may be placed next to the recycling container. The overflow trash must be neatly bagged and recyclables are limited to neatly flattened and stacked cardboard and boxboard. Remember, Styrofoam is not recyclable.
While on the subject of Ledyard Trash, you will find lots of additional info under the Trash and Recycling tab on the Town’s website.
The Ledyard Home Decorating Contest held on the Facebook Ledyard Community Forum was a last minute idea that turned out to be better than we could have imagined thanks to the 44 worthy participants and the enthusiasm of those who helped select the forum favorite! Now that the judging is over, we are already planning for next year. I know many of the participants are formulating new ideas and waiting for those 1/2 off sales after Christmas. The 2016 contest promises to be epic!!
Here are the winners:
The Ledyard Forum Award – It was pretty clear from the beginning that Jennifer and Brad York’s home at 91 Meetinghouse Lane was a fan favorite. It didn’t hurt when Santa made an appearance giving out Candy Canes in the front yard. The photo below doesn’t come close to picturing everything here. Jennifer is already planning for next year so expect to see her at the “end of year” light sales.
The Chevy Chase Award – 1882 Center Groton Road. Like the Griswold’s in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, this home has a whole lot of lights. According to an article in the Thames River Times, Bruce Hall estimates he has over 18 hours of work invested to create this masterpiece. The good news is that unlike the Griswold’s home, all of his lights don’t blind the neighbors and Millstone hasn’t been called to provide back up. The 4 judges drove all the way up the long driveway where more lights just kept coming at us. We debated this one awhile but decided that the sheer number of lights made it the winner in this category. Located on a rear lot, it is easy to miss on Route 117 but take the time to look for it! Unfortunately I could never get a photo that I considered photos worthy but I think the Thames River Times photographer did a great job although the caption is incorrect. Our Chevy Chase Award is the second home pictured in this article.
House Beautiful – I Erin’s Way. This lovely home is exactly what we were looking for when we named this award. The judges loved this home with its elegant look and mostly white lights! If there was a most excited winner award, Jackson Favry would be the clear victor. He was grinning from ear to ear and all the judges left smiling.
Innovative Idea – 28 Barry Drive. I’ll admit this is the one award that the judges debated the longest because there were several possibilities including the Minions on Lambtown Road and the Music and Light Display on Ledgewood that seemed to fit the category. In the end, we chose this one for the creativity and simplicity of a single idea, the mean old Grinch pulling down Christmas lights. I really love this!
Thank you to my fellow judges who spent hours on the road looking at houses in the dark: Merry Cassabria, Jessica Wrobel and Bev Nachtwey. Thank you to those that contributed to our gift baskets for the winners: Cash True Value Home Center, The Village Pizza Restaurant, Courtyard by Marriott Norwich, CT, Holdridge Home and Garden, and Grimm's Furry Tails.
Two years ago, I asked the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook to name their favorite lobster roll in the area and there was no question that Captain Scott’s was the winner. I decided to ask again after I talked about finding a nice lobster roll at Jimmies Ice Cream Shoppe right over the Ledyard Line into Preston. It seems that opinions have shifted over the past two years with Ford’s Lobster in Noank giving Scott’s a run for your lobster money. I thought it would be fun to see what the viewers on Yelp thought about the question and our answers. They seem to agree.
and closest to Ledyard is Jimmies Ice Cream Shoppe (Yes, they sell Lobster Rolls)