CCL Weekly Update – 10/22/2020

Expertise, teamwork, dedication, and trust … keeping us safe and helping us move forward, together

Staying safe at school: Thanks to the Lyme School Covid Response Team for an informative and comforting update. Last evening, the quite extraordinary team of experts in infectious disease, public health, emergency response, and education gathered online to share information about the school’s response and experience, following a reported case of Covid-19. The team described rigorous planning, adherence to conservative virus mitigation guidelines, and very quick implementation of protocols. We are confident that their advice and action  are keeping students, families, staff, and the public as safe as possible, while continuing to educate our children and support school families. The session was very well attended and lots of participants’ questions were answered. 

Kudos to Judy Russell for hosting and expertly moderating the conversation.  If you missed it, you can listen to the recording at this link, with the passcode: 3$p+GTr0 (be sure not to include extra spaces.) If you have questions, read Judy’s more detailed Listserv post or go to the Library COVID-19 information page.

Ensuring that everyone can vote, safely: Here’s to our election team! Patty and team are doing an amazing job of keeping Lyme voters informed and ensuring that every vote will be counted … once. Like the school, our election team faces changing requirements and recommendations, as they create and revise plans. Meticulous systems are in place. The amount of work is stunning, and the dedication is awe-inspiring and confidence-building.

The next week and a half, leading up to the election and the counting of votes, is going to be non-stop for the election team. If you’ve decided to vote by absentee ballot, please return your ballot as soon as you can, to help smooth out the workload and simplify the ballot tracking process. You can still mail your ballot – it should be safe to get it in the mail by Tuesday the 27th. You may also hand-deliver your ballot to the Town Office. If you need a ride to get your ballot in, contact us at 603-795-0603.

Caring for everyone’s well-being: We’re here with you as you look out for your neighbors and pay attention to your own health and happiness. 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 individuals to connect you with just the right resources and opportunities to get involved:. Rides, deliveries or errands. Groceries or meals. Help around home. A little help problem-solving. You name it.

Celebrating a great neighbor: Sunday is Mertie Balch’s birthday! She is at 21 Pleasant Street, if you care to send a card.

May you navigate the next week in kindness and confidence, trusting and supporting those who dedicate themselves to you.

With Love, Martha

603-795-0603 (CCL main line)

Don’t forget: 

If you are a school family with concerns for your own or fellow families, we’d like to help.

This quick form allows you to consider and share your situation, needs you may have, and ways you may help others. Complete it if you like, or just reach out by email or phone. If you could use help getting through the day or weeks, call 603-795-0603. Together, we’ll work through the pieces and come up with a way to make it work for you.

Please get your flu shot. 

It is very important that everyone receive a flu shot this season. Highlighted in yellow in the “Don’t miss” section below are several flu vaccination clinics – at schools, community locations, and at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Most are free. Some require proof of insurance. Check details for appointment requirements. See our post for more Flu Clinic information and options, including pharmacies.

A Covid Halloween.

Since it’s a little spookier than usual this October, our Halloween adventure in Lyme will be different. There won’t be the traditional Halloween events crowded around the Common. The Town Safety Committee, in collaboration with CommunityCare of Lyme, Lyme School PTO, and Recreation Commission, will put together individual bags for ALL students in the Lyme School System, whether your children are going to school or learning from home this year. Contact any one of us if you’d like to help! Creativity has always been the key to a special Halloween. Read more about Lyme’s guidance and some ideas for safe fun. 

Feeding the cubs: Acorns needed!

Ben Kilham has asked that we share acorns from lawns for the 37 cubs currently at the Center. There is a bin at the end of the Killham’s driveway (172 Grafton Turnpike) for safe drop off. If you’re not familiar with Ben’ need a little inspiration, check out this post about the Kilham Bear Center.

Coming up this week: 

As you are out and about, please be thoughtful about how to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. Wear an appropriate face covering when you are in public. Continue to keep a safe distance. Stay home if you are sick at all. And please be kind, as you encourage others to practice safe behaviors. ❤️?.

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar online. There’s still more harvest fun at farms and pumpkin patches across the Upper Valley. Please let us know about other things you think we should share. Following are just a few highlights.

Don’t miss:

  • Monday (10/26):
    Grab & Go Curbside Take Out Meals*, 12-12:30pm at the Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon. All Welcome. No age limit. $3 suggested cost per meal.
  • Thursday (10/29):
    Grab & Go Lunch in Orford. New!*, noon at the Orford Senior Center at Orford Congregational Church. Come park in the parking lot, and wait in your car. Your meal(s) will be delivered to you! This week: baked ham and au gratin potatoes. 
  • Friday (10/30):
    Fairlee’s Free Food Friday,* 10:15-10:45am, drive by the south side of the Fairlee Town Hall. This is a new route, to continue through the winter.

*NOTE: For any event that’s not online, please be prepared with a mask and clean hands or clean gloves.

Save the date:

  • Tuesday (11/3): TE
  • Saturday (12/5):
    ? Lyme Tree Festival. Planning is underway for this annual event, led by Pat Pippin and The Utility Club of Lyme. Join in the fun of contributing to this special Lyme event. There will be lots of ways to help: sponsor a tree, decorate a tree with our ornaments or yours, deliver posters, help with traffic, make a gingerbread house, bake cookies or quick breads for our bake sale that day … more fun opportunities to come. Contact Pat with your offers or questions. All profits to sponsor scholarships and other local civic needs.

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!