CCL Weekly Update – 11/11/2021

This was a day of heartfelt appreciation, remembrance, and acknowledgement of our veterans, who have served to make ours a country of safety and shelter.

Along those very lines, as you have likely heard through various messages on Listserv and privately, there continues to be that effort toward all humans to find a place of safety and well-being. In keeping with CommunityCare of Lyme’s mission to be a warm and welcoming entity to those in and around our community, CCL will be one of many partners in the Neighborhood Support Team for those folks who are part of the resettlement effort as they relocate to the Upper Valley from Afghanistan.  

Please join us with an open heart and compassion to welcome those who are victims of difficult times and seek a place to safely care for themselves and loved ones … and remember, we are just a call or email away when you or a neighbor find yourself in difficult times.

We are grateful for all those who have reached out to be part of a warm community welcome and to all who make Lyme the supportive community it is every day.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

Covid Update

Vaccinations! There’s a lot of activity, with many of us eligible for booster shots, and 5-11 year olds newly eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. While there are dozens of locations around the Upper Valley offering vaccinations of all types, some are finding it challenging to schedule an appointment at a time and location that meets their needs. allows you to search for vaccination locations and make an appointment. You can also schedule directly with retailers, such as Walmart and CVS. Most scheduling is done online, but some locations can work with you by phone. New sites and new practices are happening all the time. As has so often been the case during this pandemic, a little patience will go a long way!

Contact CCL if you would like assistance navigating the system or have other 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.

Orford Senior Center Monthly Update 

The Orford Senior Center serves Lyme with home delivered meals, Grab-N-Go meals every Thursday, and an expanding list of programming. We are pleased to be partnering with the new coordinator, Eileen Nickles. To learn more about the Orford Senior Center programs and this month’s Grab-N-Go Menus, please review their November 2021 Newsletter here

November is …

Family Stories Month. With the holiday season around the corner and families traveling to come together, it’s a time to reflect on our roots and celebrate our traditions and culture. 

Celebrate the second week of Family Stories Month by taking time to write a family member a letter sharing one of your favorite family memories together. 

National Hospice Month. You can learn more about Hospice and Palliative care at

In honor of this year’s theme, It’s about how you live, we are uplifting those who choose to live life to the fullest throughout the month. This week, we share the story of Lois Tomlinson, singer from One Direction, who has made a meaningful connection with Richard Green, 83, and is helping him live life to the fullest by checking items off his bucket list, such as singing to a packed arena, flying a helicopter, and driving a race car. This week’s video is from Inside Edition (2019), and can be enjoyed here

As we’re thinking of National Hospice Month and end of life, there are two upcoming virtual ARC programs that support this conversation: 

Thursday, November 18th  2-3:30pm End of Life Cafe: A Time to Talk and Share – Virtual ARC Program 

Friday, November 19th 10-11:30-am Home Funeral, Green Burials, and Everything In-between- Virtual ARC Program

Season of Giving.  During the Holidays there can be a lot of pressure and added stress. It can be a happy time for people, and it can also be a very triggering time for people. This Season of Giving, our hope is to remind people there are so many ways to give that enhance our lives and the lives of others without being another source of holiday stress. 

This week we share the inspiring story from CBS Evening News (2019). A widow is invited to join a group of thoughtful young men for dinner, and it changes their lives for the better. Enjoy this video here. What small act might you do to make someone’s day? 

Do you have a story, poem, picture, video etc. you would like us to share one one of these themes? Email 

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

Monday’s Menu. This week’s Monday’s Menu is Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder (vegan). Add a little spice on these chilly nights! 

We would LOVE to learn your favorite recipe(s). Please send your recipes to 

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

Wellness Wednesday. This week’s Wellness Wednesday with you, submitted by Beth O’Donnell and Andrea Buccellato of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center: ConnectShareCare. Please see this week’s posting here.

See all Wellness Wednesday posts here

If you have a wellness tip or a healthy recipe you would like to share, please contact

Extending our Warm Lyme Welcome

Lyme and the whole region is preparing to welcome displaced Afghan families and to strengthen our community of support for everyone who lives here. New Hampshire has committed to welcoming at least 100 Afghans, a complicated and evolving process. In cooperation with Ascentria Care Alliance in Concord, we are creating the Lyme/Upper Valley Neighborhood Support Team, helping to build a sustainable, community-based model for resettlement that allows us to share the abundance of the Upper Valley. We welcome our first family to Lyme next week, and there will be lots more to come. If you would like to help, please contact KJ ( or Martha (, 603-795-0603). 

SILENT AUCTION BENEFIT for Afghan Refugees in the Upper Valley Featuring Works by Internationally Renowned Artists and the music by the Anonymous Coffee House – Friday, November 19, 6-9pm at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon. 

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.

  • Mindful Movement with Guided Meditation. Co-hosted by Tracy Penfield & CCL. Conscious breathing, gentle movement (standing and/or in chair) and guided meditation. No prior experience of any kind is required. In the CCL office at the Lyme Academy Building, Wednesday, November 24 at 10:30am. $10 suggested donation. Learn more here. 
  • Silent Auction Benefit for Afghan Refugees in the Upper Valley Featuring Works by Internationally Renowned Artists Friday, November 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon. Can’t attend but want to help the Neighborhood support team? 
  • Lyme Historians. Museum open Saturdays from 10AM – 1PM. 
  • Lyme Food Pantry. CCL hosts every Tuesday at 1pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Call ahead to let us know what you’d like (603-795-0603), or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE. We are pleased to offer free Thanksgiving turkeys, frozen and uncooked. Contact us to order one. Referrals are welcome.
  • 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.
  • Our Hour Friendly Gatherings, with the theme Thankful Thoughts! In-Person in the CCL Living Room on Wednesday, November 17, 10:30-11:30am. All are welcome! Please bring your ideas, memories, hopes, poems and stories to share! Please RSVP
  • Those Guys.  Monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. 
  • Lyme Congregational Church. In person worship is back! Sundays at 10:30am. Bring a mask. Contact for more information.

*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.