News and Notes:
Are you eligible for an “Elderly Exemption” for 2022 property taxes?
Passed at Town Meeting: Article 14.
During the discussion in advance of the vote, it was shared that the deadline to apply for this exemption for the 2022 tax year is April 15th. Please note that each case is different and applying does not guarantee an exemption.
More information will be coming from the Town of Lyme. Please contact the Select Board with any questions.
Please reach out to CommunityCare of Lyme if we might be able to help in some way. 603-795-0603 / firstname.lastname@example.org
We could use your input!
Insider’s Guide to Lyme. CommunityCare of Lyme is working to create a Lymie’s guide to the area as a resource for all neighbors. We’d love to know your favorite places for good food and good fun! Click on the link to share your tips. It will be great to learn from one another, especially as things have changed so much over the last couple of years. The guide will be continually updated, so this is just a starting point.
The guide also includes a list of organizations and resources. If you are an organization with informational pieces to include (of course, with citation) or to be referenced, please give us a call. It is a work in progress, and your input will help create a helpful and fun “Insider’s Guide to Lyme”.
March is …
Our days are longer! Daylight savings time has ended! How have you been enjoying more time in the sun? ???
National Craft Month. Last year we celebrated National Craft Month with our own take on March Madness with our own March Craftiness brackets. Based on your votes last year’s “Spring into Crafting” winner was: Knitting! You can review our 2021 brackets here.
We have revamped the brackets for 2022! You can see the current standings and vote here. Please help us break the tie from the last round by being sure to vote for our quarter final round! Help your favorite crafts (either to do yourself, or which you appreciate) make it further in the standings.
For collaboration with Matt Brown Fine Art (MBFA). Last year CCL partnered with MBFA to bring the community a virtual gallery and award ceremony for The Beauty of Birds. This year, we are hosting two Zoom discussions on topics which Matt is very passionate about. Our first discussion was very interesting, and if you were able to attend you had a sneak peak at the next talk on “The Energy Theory of Color” co-hosted with Ming Meng. Matt’s excitement and wonder are highly contagious, so be sure to join us for the next free Zoom discussion! You can learn more in the “Lyme is happening!” section below.
Women’s History Month. Each week we’ll share a poem by a female poet. The National Women’s History Alliance creates a theme each year for Women’s History Month. For 2022 it is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”. (www.history.com/topics/holidays/womens-history-month)
“March Evening” by Amy Lowell – 1874-1925
Blue through the window burns the twilight;
Heavy, through trees, blows the warm south wind.
Glistening, against the chill, gray sky light,
Wet, black branches are barred and entwined.
Sodden and spongy, the scarce-green grass plot
Dents into pools where a foot has been.
Puddles lie spilt in the road a mass, not
Of water, but steel, with its cold, hard sheen.
Faint fades the fire on the hearth, its embers
Scattering wide at a stronger gust.
Above, the old weathercock groans, but remembers
Creaking, to turn, in its centuried rust.
Dying, forlorn, in dreary sorrow,
Wrapping the mists round her withering form,
Day sinks down; and in darkness to-morrow
Travails to birth in the womb of the storm.
This poem is in the public domain. From https://poets.org/poem/march-evening
There are so many influential women who have helped shape our history that narrowing it down to highlight just a few is a huge challenge. If you would like to learn about the origins of Women’s History Month, or explore influential women throughout history here are resources you might consider:
Weekly health and well-being tips, resources, and recipes …
Monday’s Menu. Our Monday’s post received a lot of input! Not everyone could view one of the recipes in the initial post, so we updated the post with another Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread from Allrecipes. There are so many tasty variations! If you want to thumb through lots of options, be sure to stop by the library, and don’t be shy about asking a friend for their tried and true version. It’s a fun one to bake!
If you have an original recipe OR a recipe you have adapted that you would love to share please email me at email@example.com
Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.
Wellness Wednesday. This week Shelby shared her experience starting a gratitude journal and the research that inspired her to give it a try. See her post, “An Attitude of Gratitude” here.
See all Wellness Wednesday posts here.
If you have a wellness topic you would like to share about OR would love to learn more about, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orford Senior Center March Newsletter
Our partner organization, Orford Senior Center (serving Lyme), has shared their March Menu here and the March Newsletter here. They offer programs, weekly Grab ‘n Go meals, daily Meals on Wheels home delivered meals, and more. Please review their website here for the most up-to date information.
Vaccination. There will be a walk-in clinic March 23 from 2-6pm at the Lyme Fire Station for anyone eligible for a first, second dose of primary series of COVID vaccine (Ages 5 years and up) or those who have not had a booster dose (greater than 5 months from last dose of mRNA series or 2 months for J&J) and qualify (Ages 12 years and older). All vaccines will be available.
Overall, the best protection for the vast majority of us continues to be vaccination – either initial dose(s) or a booster, if you’re eligible. If you can’t make Wednesday’s clinic, at Vaccines.gov, you can search for vaccination locations and make an appointment. It’s quick and easy these days.
Testing. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. All households can order 4 more. The tests are completely free. Please use this link: https://www.covidtests.gov/ They’ll ship as supplies are available. There are other sources of test kits. If you have extra tests that you might like to share, please contact Lyme’s Emergency Management Director, Margaret Caudill-Slosberg, at email@example.com or CCL by responding to this email or by calling 603-795-0603.
For up-to-date information on testing, vaccines, and more in New Hampshire, visit www.covid19.nh.gov.
Stay safe: Let’s all do our best to stay safe and keep others safe, while lifting spirits with healthy ways to stay active and involved. As mandates are lifted, keep your mask along to wear it inside when requested or when safe distancing isn’t possible.
Contact CCL if you would like help navigating the system or have questions, and we’ll do our best to get you the most up-to-date answers and help you may need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-795-0603.
Extending a Warm Upper Valley Welcome
Get involved! Our new neighbors appreciate help with rides, opportunities to practice English, occasional meals, and simple, warm connection with neighbors. Thanks for so many who have been a part of the welcome so far. If you would like to join in, please contact Martha Tecca (email@example.com, 603-795-0603). She helps coordinate the Lyme/Upper Valley Neighborhood Support Team, partnering with Ascentria Care Services, a state resettlement office. Financial support is needed, and the needs will grow as more evacuees are welcomed to our shores. CCL launched the Welcome Fund to help. Donations to the CCL Welcome Fund support Afghan evacuees in Lyme and across the Upper Valley, and others displaced by challenging circumstances. Go to cclyme.org/donate or mail a check to CCL at PO Box 127 Lyme, NH 03768. Please note that your donation is for the Welcome Fund.
We are here. Every Day. 603-795-0603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 help@CCLyme.org. 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.
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.
- Walk in COVID Vaccination clinic. Wednesday March 23 from 2-6pm at the Lyme Fire Station. Hosted by the Public Health Network of the Upper Valley. Please see “Covid Update” Section above for more information.
- “Second Saturday” Saturday, March 19 Lyme Historians’. (Rescheduled from 3/12 due to weather) Visit with Lyme native Gary Dimick 11:00 – noon, at the Churchill-Melvin House, 15 Main St. Hot drinks and warm conversation! Gary says, “I thought I would talk about growing up on the backside of the Common … but also about families on both Acorn and Baker hills. Also Gramps (Bud) Perkins will be with us. You’ll see Saturday!”
- Lyme Food Pantry. CCL hosts every Tuesday at 1pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Call ahead to let us know what you’d like, or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE.
- FREE Reiki with Stephanie Carney at the CCL office. Weekly. Wednesdays at noon. To make an appointment contact Stephanie at email@example.com or by phone at 603-795-2419. Learn more here.
- Matt Brown Fine Art Program. Sunday, March 27, 5 pm, hosted by CCL on Zoom: “The Energy Theory of Color”, a Printmaker and Professor Dialogue. Printmaker Matt Brown and Professor of Psychology Ming Meng will engage in a dialogue about ongoing work exploring their mutually invented color theory – a meet-up of the differing outlooks of scientist and artist seeking to describe aspects of visual thinking. VERY COOL. Please register here.
- Our Hour. Please join us on Tuesday, April 12th from 10:30-11:30am for warm conversation with friends new and old. All are welcome! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-468-7776 with any questions.
- Lyme Library. Please visit the library website for current information on hours and programs.
- Lyme Congregational Church. Sunday worship is at 10:30am. Bring a mask. ALL WELCOME! Go to lymecc.org for more information.
- Those Guys. First Wednesday monthly meeting. An informal Lyme service organization. For more information and to join in, email Those.Guys.of.Lyme@Gmail.com.
- 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 email@example.com to schedule a time. *There is a waitlist. An appointment may be several weeks out. Once you’re scheduled, we will let you know if there’s an unexpected opening sooner. We’re happy to help you explore options in the meantime.
- Save the Date! Lyme’s Day of Service and Green Up Day – Saturday, May 7th. More information to come! Could you use a hand this year for a Day of Service Project? Could you lend a hand this year to a neighbor? Would you like to be involved in the planning process? We’d love to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org / 603-795-0603. “Many hands make light work!”
*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.