CCL Weekly Update – 1/6/2022

Remembering the spectacular sunsets this past week, I equate them to the grand finale of a wonderful show, making you wish for much more…

Very often, a stunning sunset is the prelude to another beautiful day.  The weather guys used to say a beautiful sunrise means the coming day will have some iffy weather. That’s been known to happen, too!

Sometimes though, a day just ends. No blazing blend of colors that take your breath away. Just dusty to dark with no fanfare. Is one better than the other? If you appreciate an amazing show from nature, sure! But if the days end means a rest from tedious, angst-filled hours, maybe not.

Regardless of the ending, there is always a new beginning. It might come as a surprise, but it is always an opportunity to learn, grow and appreciate what we have and can do for ourselves and others.

Wishing you a life of endings filled with rest and beginnings filled with promise and peace in your heart. 

We send you loving wishes for a new year filled with strength, good health and happy moments! Be safe and know you are loved.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

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 Plant-based sandwich for work and/or play. Please check-out this simple to assemble, and tasty to eat recipe here.

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.  I am so grateful to offer tips & tricks for creating and sustaining SMART New Year’s Resolutions, provided by our wonderful panelists during Wednesday’s discussion. A huge thank you to Laurie, Rebecca and Natalie for their time and for sharing their knowledge with us!

You can review this week’s post, Creating S.M.A.R.T. New Year’s Resolutions – 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

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

Changes to the CDC Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines. Please review the full media statement here which details the updated guidelines as of December 27th. 

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.

The latest on at-home testing: No-cost COVID testing for all areas in NH, offered through “New Hampshire and Vault Medical Services”. Learn more and request your tests here: 

We have also been made aware of another option for at home test kits: Offered through “A cooperative effort from state and local health departments, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and community partners.” You can learn more and request your kit by visiting their website here: Please note kits are available while supplies last, with one kit per address. 

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. Walmart in Woodsville has lots of vaccination appointments and has been an easy, efficient, friendly experience for those who’ve used the site. New sites and new practices are happening all the time. A little patience will go a long way!

Upcoming vaccination clinics: 

NH’s second Booster Blitz in the Upper Valley, details to be released after the holidays.

Saturday, January 8, 2022 Most likely will be by appointment only. Registration opened on Monday, January 3. Learn more here. Please note, this is a boosters only clinic. The state will not be ready to give boosters to those under 16 yrs of age.

Walk-in Clinics. Offered by State & Regional Public Health at the Old JC Penny Site. Clinics on  January (Today) 6th, 11th, 13th, 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 16 years and older. Clinic will be able to vaccinate all eligible 5 yrs and older. Moderna, Pfizer and J&J available.

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. Monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. 
  • 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. Suggested donation of $10.  Learn more here. 
  • 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 January 11 at 10:30, In-Person January 12 at 10:30 New Year Hope and Last Year Appreciation. RSVP to
  • 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.

*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.