CCL Weekly Update – 1/20/2022

Making our way to Spring.

It’s always a challenge this time of year, when the days are gloomy and the cold is windy and raw, to think ahead to spring and new beginnings.

Associated mostly with gardens and green and growth, for many of us Spring means preparations for a town meeting, where the growth and management of town are considered and decisions are made for the next year’s worth of expenses and management activity.

The politics of life remain, regardless of the venue. The promise of newness comes with tricky pathways and juggling of priorities. As we march ahead, making those necessary plans and decisions for the well-being of our personal and collective lives, we can keep the considerations logical, diplomatic and without malice. The respect with which we treat ourselves and each other is a direct reflection of our integrity and ethics … so necessary and comforting in these days of uncertainty.

Thinking of brighter, productive days filled with kindness, thoughtful planning and good health!

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

CommunityCare of Lyme is hiring!

We are excited to share that CCL is seeking a Program Assistant. Our new team member will help with electronic and print communication, track and maintain information and help with event logistics. An ideal candidate will have administrative experience and strong organizational, communication, and time management skills. We are looking for someone who is positive, patient, and enjoys problem solving with a team, community partners, and those we serve. 

This is a part time role requiring some schedule flexibility, including occasional nights and weekends for events. Click here for a downloadable job description.

To apply, send an email to, sharing your interest and your resume or other summary of your experience.

Please share this with others who may be interested.

Thank you, we hope you’ll join our team!

January is …

International Creativity Month and 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. Here’s a smoothie that’s salty, sweet with a kick of caffeine: Peanut Butter Coffee Smoothie

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, as part of our monthly resource sharing on Wellness Wednesday,  we present NAMI: A Nationwide Resource, with a State Organization. NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness, and they share wonderful information, programs, resources including crisis hotlines, and more at both national and state levels.

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

Orford Senior Center January Newsletter

Our partner organization, Orford Senior Center (serving Lyme), has shared their January newsletter and menu. They offer programs, weekly Grab ‘n Go meals, daily Meals on Wheels, home delivered meals.  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. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free.  Please use this link:

There are more sources of test kits all the time. If you have 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, 25th, and 27th 11am-6pm.  Bring personal identification and your vaccine card, and wear a mask. Boosters for those 6 months out from primary vaccine series, age 12 years and older. Clinic will 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. Specific furnishing needs right now: comfortable office chair, smart TV for viewing lessons (and entertainment), electric tea kettle. If you would like to help, please contact Martha (, 603-795-0603). 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.

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Those Guys. An informal Lyme service organization. Monthly breakfast meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information, email
  • Our Hour Warm Conversation – Zoom February 8 at 10:30 please let us know if you’ll join 
  • 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.
  • Lyme Library. Please visit the library website for current information on hours and programs.

*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.