1. The morning drive is likely to be very foggy, so take it slow and don't forget to bring an umbrella. According to Weather.com, there's an 80 percent chance of rain today starting with drizzle this morning, but it could add up to a quarter of an inch of rainfall.
Thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, although evening showers will taper off as the night progresses. Temperatures should peak at 69 degrees and drop to 57 degrees.
2. Did you watch the first presidential debate last night? Judging from the number of comments on Patch's live blog during the debate, many of you did! There are more debates to come but the jury is beginning to weigh in on who did best last night!
3. Sad news for music lovers. Karl Kelly, a New London-based musician who could reliably be found each month bringing people to the dance floor at The Black Sheep in Niantic, passed away on Tuesday.
Kelly's musical life began with Little Anthony and the Locomotives and his vast repertoire included everything from doowop to blues, Michael Jackson to Santana. No matter what he played, it was always danceable, the musicians in The Kelly Company were always talented, and the Karl Kelly Band was as tight as a drum.
Kelly had many fans who came out religiously to hear him sing (I know, I was one). He'd always took the time to socialize during smoke breaks between sets at The Black Sheep, where he was actually scheduled to play later this month. In the end, those smoke breaks would be his downfall. He passed away from lung cancer at the age of 65. His music lives on, though, and you'll find a lot to listen to on YouTube.
4. The East Lyme Board of Selectmen received an update last night on the Athletic Complex which is currently under construction at East Lyme High School. "The project is moving very quickly," said Town Engineer Bill Scheer.
Paving for the parking lot was completed as planned just in time for the first day of school on August 28. On October 16, the artificial turf for the field will be laid and the entire project is on schedule for completion by November 17. So far the town has paid the contractor $500,000.
5. Lyme-Old Lyme High School's athletic fields are also under construction and this week, Old Lyme Board of Selectmen announced the formation of a joint committee on playing fields that will include representatives from the towns of both Old Lyme and Lyme and the schools' athletic departments.
There has been a lot of confusion in recent months concerning the availablility of the towns' shared playing fields, which are used by schools, by sports leagues, and by parks and recreation departments in Lyme and Old Lyme. The fields at Town Woods were mostly out of commission this summer because they are going really green and eliminating the need for pesticides and herbicides.
The natural landscaping project is still not quite ready for prime time, however, and that's creating a few issues for the many groups that would normally be using the playing field.
"August and September was a little rocky," said Old Lyme Selectman Skip Sibley. "I'm glad to see we're working together."
This Day in History
On October 4, 1957 the Soviet Union launched “Sputnik”. Weighing in at 184lbs with a 22” diameter, the first artificial satellite orbited our planet every 96 minutes.
“Satellite” became the fifth and final single to be released from which 1995 Dave Matthews Band Album?
Yesterday's Answer: According to lore, Julius Caesar famously said "Veni, Vidi, Vici." (I came, I saw, I conquered.)
This Day in History and Trivia compiled by John Carroll.
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