CCL Weekly Update – 1/7/2021

Taking Care as We Venture into 2021

It’s a new year, but not starting out so happy.

Lyme has lost two beloved friends, and the country continues to take our breath away with remarkable and unsettling times. 

We approached the beginning of the new year with some relief and with great hope that we’d be able to progress to different times and better places. We can’t give up on that plan. In our tiny piece of the country, we’ll continue with the support and love for all our people. Citizens everywhere will do the same, as we all hold on to hope that things will level out, and the ways of our government will become more stable.

As we watch and wait, we’ll send our love and prayers to the families of Mary Etta Day and Mike Morton, who have taken flight from this place to the next.

Peace to all – here, there, and everywhere.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

We are here. Every day. 

Reach out when you or someone you care about needs a hand. If you could use information, help, a listening ear or ways to make someone else feel really good, contact us at 603-795-0603 or We partner with organizations and generous volunteers to connect you with just the right resources and opportunities to get involved: Deliveries or errands. Groceries or meals. Handy help around home. Ways to stay warm and connected. A little help problem-solving. You name it.

CommunityCare of Lyme has new team members!

We have welcomed Debbie Whitaker as Manager of Outreach in December and Shelby Wood as Manager of Program Development, expanding our ability to involve everyone and to make the most helpful connections to opportunities and services.

We are excited for you to meet them both. They look forward to getting to know you.

Debbie Whitaker

Shelby Wood

Look to the Aging Resource Center (even if you don’t consider yourself to be “aging”).

Dartmouth’s Aging Resource Center has all kinds of virtual programming, with intergenerational appeal: Singing, exercise, balance improvement, end-of-life care, Medicare enrollment basics, Zoom training, and much more. You can sign up to receive director Lori Fortini’s weekly email. Here’s this week’s. You can check out the full, rich set of offerings at the ARC website . They’ve added drop-in meditation sessions for those who could use some extra calming time during this disturbing time.

Coming up this week: 

Please be extra-careful about keeping yourself and others safe and healthy. ❤️? And please be kind, as you encourage others to practice safe behaviors. You can find events and fun activities to enjoy virtually, outside, or following Covid-safe protocols. Check out the Lyme Events Calendar, the Valley News Calendar, or the Aging Resource Center  for ideas. The calendars include free and by-donation food and meals throughout the season.

Don’t miss:

Tuesday at 10:30am: Our Hour.

Our friendly gathering for warm conversation, is now by Zoom! It’s next Tuesday, January 12th, at 10:30am. You can participate by computer, iPad or other tablet, or smartphone — or you can just call in by telephone. For connection instructions or with questions, call 795-0603 or email, or go to the link on the Lyme Events Calendar

Tuesday at 1pm: Lyme Food Pantry Fresh Produce and Staples Pick-up or Delivery.

All who ask can receive a box of non-perishable items and Willing Hands fresh produce. We also deliver. Credits for other groceries and prepared meals are available. Boxes of food may be ordered ahead, and if we’re asked for something special we’ll do our best to make it available. Contact us at 795-0603 or

Go to the Lyme Events Calendar for the complete listing of activities we’re highlighting from many other sources:

To share a wide range of things to do, we review many calendars, including those of the town, library, local bulletins and listservs, and businesses. Here are a some direct links to organizations’ full schedules:

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

Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home. You name it.

Click here to check out the Lyme Events Calendar
Things are happening!