CCL Weekly Update – 1/14/22

Cold hands…

Breaking up ice buckets, mucking stalls, throwing extra hay, (and then a bit more),  putting dogs in sweaters. This time of year is filled with a variety of additional tasks around our hobby farm. Each one takes a bit more time, a bit more attention and a bit more planning.  I realize you also have more roles and responsibilities to juggle as we hit the coldest part of the year. Parents with children who need extra bundling for the bus stop, and people with driveways that need shoveling. Everyone has a lot on their plate.  

That said, I hope to encourage you to add a bit of time each day to check on your friends, family and neighbors. You might make someone’s day by throwing your extra sand on their walkway, by breaking up the ice in the water bucket, or by helping walk groceries into the house. As you consider how you might be willing to help your friends and neighbors, please keep in mind that CommunityCare of Lyme is actively seeking volunteers to help in so many different ways. We understand that life is busy right now, so the gift of your time is a huge one!

 Please let us know how you might be willing to help. 

Warm hearts.

Warmest regards,

802-468-7776 (cell)

News and Notes:

January is …

International Creativity Month & Try a New Hobby Month.

With another COVID winter season upon us, what a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of our social distancing, and long nights to learn a new creative hobby. There are so many creative, challenging and engaging hobbies to pick from here are just a few for you to consider: crochet, needle point, knitting, woodworking, writing/journaling, drawing. What new hobby will you use as your creative outlet this month? Have sample work you’d love to share? Please let us know, we’d love to hear from you! / 603-795-0603. 

A Community Poem. In honor of both International Creativity Month & Try a New Hobby Month, we’re creating a community poem to celebrate. Please join in on the fun by reading what has been written so far, and then adding your own line at the end to continue the poem. Be sure to include your name however you’d like to be acknowledged for helping to author this collaborative community poem celebrating one another, and the winter season. Review instructions and submit the next line of our poem here. We’d love for you to pass the link on to one or two of your neighbors too! 

Weekly health and well-being tips, resources, and recipes …

Monday’s Menu. A pasta salad that has bright colors and flavor: Hazelnut, Pomegranate Pasta Salad.

If you have an original recipe OR a recipe you have adapted that you would love to share please email me at

Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday.  This week we’re grateful to share guidance from the Lyme EOC on how to best prepare for Cold Weather. There are several important safety tips shared by the Lyme EOC including what to add and update in your car’s winter survival kit, how to plan and prevent frost-bite, how to assess for frost-bite, and how to dress as safely as possible if you do have to spend time outside during these cold snaps. Prepare for Cold Weather  – Wellness Wednesday

See all Wellness Wednesday posts here

If you have a wellness topic you would like to share about OR would love to learn more about, please contact

Michael Whitman’s Funeral Planning Handouts. This week, we are grateful that Michael Whitman has provided us with his PDF on Funeral Planning as a shareable resource, which you can review here. 

Orford Senior Center January Newsletter

Our partner organization, Orford Senior Center (serving Lyme), has shared their January newsletter and menu. Please review their website here for the most up-to date information. 

Covid Update

For up-to-date information on testing, vaccines, and more in New Hampshire, visit

Testing. The federal and state governments are working hard to increase the availability of instant home tests, but it can be challenging to find the kits in stock. If you receive extra tests that you might like to share, please contact Lyme’s Emergency Management Director, Margaret Caudill-Slosberg, at or CCL by responding to this email or by calling 603-795-0603.

Vaccination. Overall, the best protection for the vast majority of us continues to be vaccination – either initial dose(s) or a booster, if you’re eligible. Seek your doctor’s advice if you have any questions about how the current recommendations affect you. At, you can search for vaccination locations and make an appointment. You can also schedule directly with retailers, such as Walmart and CVS. New sites and new practices are happening all the time. A little patience will go a long way!

Upcoming vaccination clinics: 

Walk-in Clinics. Offered by State & Regional Public Health at the Old JC Penny Site – Rote 12A, near Kohl’s. Clinics on  January  17th, 18th, 20th, 25th, and 28th  from 11am-6pm.  For the walk-in clinics bring: personal identification, vaccine card, and wear a mask. Boosters for those 6 months out from primary vaccine series 12 years (New!) and older*. Clinic will be able to vaccinate all eligible 5 yrs and older. Moderna, Pfizer and J&J available.

Click here for statewide NH Mobile Vaccine Clinic Dates, Times &  Locations

Stay safe: Let’s all do our best to stay safe and keep others safe, while lifting spirits with healthy ways to stay active and involved. Keep your mask along, and wear it inside or when safe distancing isn’t possible. 

Contact CCL if you would like help navigating the system or have questions, and we’ll do our best to get you the most up-to-date answers and help you may need. Email or call 603-795-0603.

Extending a Warm Upper Valley Welcome

In Lyme and across the Upper Valley, many organizations are working together to ease a very difficult transition in some wonderful families’ lives. There are many more families to welcome over the next couple of months. If you would like to help, please contact Martha (, 603-795-0603) or KJ ( Donations to the CCL Welcome Fund support refugee resettlement across the Upper Valley and new Lyme families with urgent needs. Go to or mail a check to CCL at PO Box 127 Lyme, NH. Please note that your donation is for the Welcome Fund.

We are here. Every Day. 603-795-0603 or

Reach out when you or someone you care about needs a hand. If you could use information, help, a listening ear or ways to bring someone else joy, contact us at 603-795-0603 or  Our phone is answered every day, usually in person. Our welcoming living room in the Lyme Center Academy is a terrific place to relax, read, visit with friends, or meet with a CCL team member. It is now open often during the week and by appointment. Give us a call to confirm times. Be in touch, any time. You’ll reach a friendly voice, a little (or a lot of) help, and creative, safe ways to be involved.

Coming up: 

There is a LOT going on out there! Check out the Lyme Events Calendar (a selection of events from lots of calendars), the Valley News Calendar (especially for all kinds of arts in the area, but lots more), Lyme organizations (see several links at the end of this message) or the Aging Resource Center for ideas. 

Lyme is happening!

We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations.

  • Lyme Congregational Church. Sunday worship is at 10:30am. Bring a mask. ALL WELCOME! Go to for more information. 
  • Lyme Food Pantry. CCL hosts every Tuesday at 1pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Call ahead to let us know what you’d like, or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE. 
  • Lyme Historians. Second Saturday talks monthly from February through April. Museum open by appointment, contact:   *Due to COVID, the Saturday program scheduled for January has been postponed. Next date tentatively scheduled with Brian Rich for Saturday, February 12th.
  • Those Guys. An informal Lyme service organization. Monthly breakfast meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information or to request help from Those Guys, email
  • Mindful Movement with Guided Meditation with Tracy Penfield. Conscious breathing, gentle movement (standing and/or in chair) and guided meditation. In the CCL Living Room Wednesday, January 19 at 10:30am. Registration is required, RSVP to / 603-7950603 by Monday, January 17th at noon. Suggested donation of $10.  
  • FREE Reiki with Stephanie Carney at the CCL office. Weekly Wednesdays at noon. To make an appointment contact Stephanie at or by phone at 603-795-2419. Learn more here.
  • Our Hour Warm Conversation – Zoom February 8 at 10:30 please let us know if you’ll join 
  • Lyme Library. Please visit the library website for current information on hours and programs. 
  • Happy Feet Clinic. CCL hosts three Thursdays a month at the Lyme Center Academy Building. Appointment required. Expert foot care with nurse Susan Hannah Rose. Call 802-296-1112 0r email to schedule a time.
  • Post Pond Ice Rink. Stop by to skate! Please, if you missed The Ice Rink Maintenance Crew’s Listserv post, review it here. There is a lot of information on how to safely and responsibly enjoy this community amenity.  Be sure to check the Listserv for updates on the rink’s status as it relates to weather & maintenance.

*NOTE: For any event that’s not online, please be prepared with a mask and clean hands. Safety guidance, and hosts’ comfort continues to evolve.

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events selected for Lyme and neighboring communities.

Calendar information is gathered from multiple sources, including:

Lyme and other local listservs
Lyme Library Calendar
Lyme Community and Church Newsletter
Lyme School Events Listing
Town of Lyme Website
Daybreak Upper Valley daily newsletter Click to subscribe
Valley News online calendar

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center

Please share any additions or edits to calendar items, so that we can include them in the online calendar.

We are here for you.
When you seek information, help, or ways to help others, contact us.

The Lyme Community Help Line:
call 795-0603 or email

Connection to resources you need now to stay active, involved, and well.
Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home.
Just a chat. You name it.