CCL Weekly Update – 2/25/2021

Shall we gather by … the best ways we can?

As we enjoy these beautiful days of warmth and sun, I am reminded that this is also our time to “gather” by whatever means are available to us this year. That means a new approach to our constructive discussions about decisions we will make together about the management of our New Hampshire towns & cities. 

In Lyme, with the new town and school meeting schedules designed for our safety, we experience a new pattern and opportunity for learning about and voting on the money and people who will enable efficient  operation of the town government.

Be on the lookout for messages from the Select Board for meeting schedules and watch the Town of Lyme website for the candidate listing and statements, and the warrant article details

Meanwhile, as we continue our standing tradition of civility in and out of public meetings, we open our minds and hearts to the potentials and possibilities of a well-run and open communication effort by everyone involved in the process.

We are happy to learn that the Select Board will host a virtual “Little Town Meeting” by Zoom phone technology (all one needs is a telephone) on March 2 at 7pm. All are invited to call in and join in this opportunity to learn more about what Article 1 (candidates running for office) and Article 3 (the town clerk/tax collector combined position proposal) have to offer.  Tonight (2/24) at 7pm, the Planning Board is hosting another Q&A opportunity about Article 2 (senior housing Zoning amendment, see full text in the warrant.) Timing and call-in details for both phone meetings are in the “Coming Up” section below.

Please let your neighbors who might not monitor Listserv know about these meetings.

Wishing you all a safe and healthy week.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News & Notes: 

Black History Month 

This month CCL offered an intentional focus on lifting Black voices, both locally and nationally. CCL shared resources on events, playlists, and ways to support Black owned businesses. Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire’s Tea Talk Series will continue through mid-March, and you can learn more about their events and mission here. As we transition beyond Black History Month, it remains important to be mindful that Black Lives, and Black voices, matter. Please continue to share your resources and ideas to honor Black lives with your listservs and social media connections, or with Shelby at

“It’s Time to Step up the Mask Game” 

Watch this helpful video from Upper Valley Strong reminding us about the right kind of masks, how to wear them and … to wear them! Let’s all stay safe together, while we’re all working through the ever-changing process of getting everyone vaccinated.

“The Beauty of Birds” Virtual Art Exhibit in Collaboration with Matt Brown Fine Art 

The Beauty of Birds is a virtual art exhibition where the subject of each work is birds. This exhibit is open to all ages and all levels of experience. Please note, while the virtual exhibit is open to all media, the emphasis of the show is on art created by hand. All work will be accepted and reviewed, though may not be displayed as part of the virtual exhibit. As this is a virtual show, there are no matting or framing requirements. Photos should be submitted of your physical artwork for entry into the show. Information on the physical piece will be detailed as part of your virtual submission. 

Important Dates for this Virtual Art Exhibit:
Submission Window opens Monday 3/1 and will remain open until 3/15.
Virtual exhibit: 3/16 – 4/15
Vote on your favorite from each category: 3/20 – 3/27
Zoom Award celebration: Wed. 4/7 6pm

Check our website for details on how to virtually enter your items to the exhibit. When you’re ready, click here to submit your entries.  Still have questions? Email or call 802-468-7776. 

Vaccination Update.

The Phase 1b vaccination scheduling process is a flurry of productive activity ?, generating a bit of confusion along the way?. The state is accelerating the Phase 1b vaccination process, resulting in rescheduling of later appointments and lots of logistical considerations as they utilize new sites. All involved – state and federal leaders and department teams, system developers, distribution partners, 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 … patience with the vaccination process and patience with continued mitigation efforts.

Margaret Caudill-Slosberg (“EOC Lyme” on the Listserv) continues to do an incredible job of communicating the latest details and anticipating community needs. Watch for her emails. We are grateful for her close collaboration with us and the Parish Nursing team in reaching everyone and responding to tricky questions as they emerge. Call 603-795-0603 or email if you have questions or need any help getting — or getting to — your appointment.

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 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 lots of free and by-donation food and meals every week.

This week, don’t miss:

Zoom Telephone access numbers:

  • Thursdays (3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/22) Happy Feet Clinic, therapeutic foot care at Lyme Congregational Church. Appointments required. Email or call 603-795-0603.

Save the Date:

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

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!