Vandals Strike Camp for Kids in Lyme

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    State police are looking for the person or people who caused thousands of dollars of damage to Camp Claire in Lyme.

    State police are looking for the person or people who vandalized a non-profit kids’ camp in Lyme.

    Vandals smashed windows and televisions in several buildings at Camp Claire on Oakland Avenue.

    "They broke into a lot of the cabins through the glass and the doors," said Steve Mattson, the camp's treasurer. "They went in and smashed TVs for no reason."

    Camp organizers estimate the damage may run as much as $3,000 to repair.

    The non-profit camp, which has been around for nearly 100 years, serves boys and girls ages 6-14.

    "It's very disappointing. We run on a shoestring and this time of year as we're getting ready to open camp, any disruption really hurts us," Mattson said. "We immediately thought 'do we have the money to fix what's wrong? Can we afford the insurance increases if we make a claim?'"

    The non-profit camp, which has been around for nearly 100 years, serves boys and girls ages 6-14.

    Mattson hopes members of the community might pitch in to help cover the costs of the repairs. For information on how to make donations, click here.

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