CCL Weekly Update – 2/19/2021

We’ve had a beautiful and breathtaking week.

Last week on Daybreak, a locally sourced, thoroughly enjoyable early morning on-line “newspaper” of sorts (you can sign up here to receive it), there was an article about ravens, from Ted Levin. I was reminded of Dr. Lawrence Kilham of Lyme, who was famous for, among other things, his studies of ravens. When Dr. Kilham was laid to rest in the Highland Cemetery one sunny afternoon, his service was honored by several vocal ravens as they flew over his resting place in final salute. And, no I’m not kidding. It was beautiful and breathtaking. Through Shelby’s efforts in coordinating activities to celebrate the Beauty of Birds as part of the CCL February programming, I am reminded that beauty comes to us in many different ways. 

The weekend included the beauty and swirl of Galentine’s and Valentine’s Days – whether it was with trusted and beloved companionship, the joy of chocolate, the celebration of dear friends, or all of the above. The beauty is in our open hearts and willingness to absorb the kindness we get and the warmth of satisfaction as we give. 

The weekend also brought shock and sadness. Thinking of all of us, as we absorb the incredibly sad news of so many losses in our villages recently. It’s seldom that these losses happen so close together, and yet here we are, having lost 8 Lyme people in the first six weeks of this new year. We send loving, supportive sympathies to the family and friends of Mary Etta Day, Mike Morton, Arthur Pike, Steve Hewes, Dave Hagerman, Verna Rich, Liz Carter and Michael Woodard. It’s hard to imagine our world without these good people. We are blessed that they were ours.

Wishing you peace and warm blessings all around you.

Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News & Notes: 

Galentine’s Day “Roaring 20’s” Celebration.

Despite the cold weather and the physical distance between attendees, it was an event filled with warmth, laughter, and some epic 1920s garb! (Feathers, sequins, hats galore!) It was a fun evening celebrating with women from several towns throughout the Upper Valley. Friends both new and old were made through sharing poems, stories, and photos. All were asked, “If you could spend lunch with any woman throughout history, who would it be and why?” The range of answers was fun to hear: from Mother Theresa, Joan of Arc, Janis Joplin, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Michelle Obama, to our own friends and family. It was evident that the world, and our Zoom screens, were filled with empowering women!

Thank you to all who attended, who shared so openly, and who came ready to focus on self-love. It was a wonderful and empowering way to spend Galentine’s Day! I look forward to continuing these new friendships as we move forward in the “Roarin’ 2020s!” To Peytons Place Restaurant, thank you for your generous and continued support of Galentine’s Day! Thank you to Thomas Chapin for putting together our celebratory video combining many of our voices and images celebrating the inspiring women in our lives.

Black History Month continues 

In case you missed the Google Doodle from February 18 about Audre Lorde, poet, feminist, professor and civil rights activist you can learn more by watching a brief Youtube clip by clicking here. 

Continuing with The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Tea Talk series, the topic for Sunday, February 21 from 2-4PM is “Race and Care of the Soul,” with presenters Thomas Moore, Author, Care of the Soul, and Reginald Wilburn, UNH Department of English, and Moderator Rev. Lauren Smith, Director of Stewardship and Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association. 

Until the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020, few questioned the brutal hand of racism as orchestrated through police forces, our legal system, schools, workplaces and other institutions. Participants will explore the effect of racism on our collective and individual Soul. Click here for event information, and to register. 

Please watch for more activities; and continue to share your resources and ideas to honor Black History month with your listservs and social media connections, or with Shelby at

Osher Spring Registration opens Friday 2/26/2021.

Here’s a link to the Osher at Dartmouth spring catalog. The term is April 5-June 4, 2021. Please visit the Osher website for membership information and class fees. 

Vaccination Update.

The Phase 1b vaccination scheduling process is well underway. Getting everyone vaccinated will take several weeks, and bumps in the road are still being smoothed out. All involved – state and federal leaders and department teams, system developers, workers at vaccination sites, local helpers, and individuals trying to navigate the process as independently as possible – are doing their best. Patience will continue to be in order until all vaccination phases are complete.

If you are eligible and haven’t yet registered to get your first shot: To register online (encouraged), go to If you don’t have internet access, call 211. Wait times on the phone are likely to be long, but all callers will reach a live, trained helper. They are working as quickly as they can to help callers with many different kinds of challenges. For more information: the Lyme Emergency Operations Center will continue to post details as they emerge at (click on “Covid-19 Information” on the left.) CCL is here to help. Call 603-795-0603 or email with any questions about scheduling an appointment or if you’re stuck with the online registration process.

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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, in Lyme and in nearby communities: Deliveries or errands. Groceries or meals. Health and wellbeing boosts. Handy help around home. Ways to stay warm and connected. A little help problem-solving. Tech support. You name it.

Coming up: 

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 for everyone.

This week, don’t miss:

  • Tuesday (2/23) at 1pm: Lyme Food Pantry Fresh Produce and Staples Pick-up or Delivery. Now located at Lyme Congregational Church. All who ask can receive a box of non-perishable items and Willing Hands fresh produce. Gift cards 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. There is plenty. Contact us at 795-0603 or

Save the date:

Click here to view the Lyme Events Calendar selections for the week follow.

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!