CCL Weekly Update – 3/5/2021

“Have Hope”

This lingering, too-long challenge is wearing on us. And unfair, unwelcome surprises seem to be piling on. The tunnel we’re in is an engineering marvel, and it’s sometimes hard to see the light at the end. The good news is that sometimes we get a little sparkle of brightness, even when the end is not in sight.

There seems to have been some magic at Wednesday’s Lyme School WinterFest. It was a day full of outdoor adventure, exercise, and creativity … fun, friendly competition, and safe socializing among students, staff, and many very willing volunteers. In the Lyme School PTO Facebook group, Sarah Glass shared many beautiful and touching snow paintings. I’m always uplifted by a sun or a rainbow from a young person’s heart and hands, but the image that really hits home is a coronavirus illustration with the words, “Have hope.” The day was full of hope, and those involved are beaming a lingering joy.

It can be hard to muster the energy and find the creativity necessary to create personal connections. Thanks to the team who made Winterfest a success! There are lots of opportunities to connect with people in meaningful ways. Look through the notes and listings below, check the Lyme Events Calendar, or just give us a call. We’ve got lots of ideas, and we’re always eager to help put together a safe gathering.

This week, we’re missing some big gatherings – the town meetings that normally take place in support of and in conjunction with official ballot voting. This year, it’s taking some new spaces and new kinds of conversations. Let’s listen generously to one another as we share our questions, opinions, knowledge, and our passions. Together, the best decisions will be made and together they will be acted on. Please VOTE on Tuesday. 

May you find connection, light, and joy in the week ahead.

With Love, Martha

603-795-0603 (CCL main line)

News and Notes:

Vaccination Update.

Vaccination scheduling is ramping up quickly! This week, home based vaccinations began, and timing for Phases 2a and 2b was announced. The Phase 1b vaccination process is in a sprint to finish this month, as new vaccines, new sites, and new dates are added. If you are eligible and haven’t yet been scheduled, now is the time! In the next couple of days, a public health team is looking to reach people who are homebound and seeking an opportunity to receive their vaccination at home. Individuals may contact Martha Tecca at 603-795-0603 or call 211 to get themselves or someone they know on the list for a home visit.

Margaret Caudill-Slosberg (“EOC Lyme” on the Listserv) continues to communicate the latest details. Watch for her emails. Call 603-795-0603 or email if you have questions or need any help getting – or getting to – your appointment.

“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. 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 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. 

Wellness Wednesdays

Our new initiative to support, encourage and grow appreciation of a holistic approach to wellness. This weekly series of posts will be filled with tips and resources to add fun, health and happiness, through different lenses of what wellness is. Click here to read our first Wellness Wednesday post on Canicross, “Running with Your Furry Friend”. You’ll be able to watch this new initiative grow on our website at you have a wellness tip or resource you would like to share, please contact

March Craftiness – Sweet 16 Bracket!

March is National Crafting Month and we have a few fun things in the works. Please continue reading our weekly updates for more information. In the meantime, we’re doing our own version of March Madness, highlighting popular crafts in brackets going head-to-head for your votes! This week we start March Craftiness with the Sweet 16. You can submit your votes by clicking here, votes are due Sundays with results being posted each Monday. Read more here, and track your favorite craft’s path to victory! 

Blake Allison is in the Lyme Light

CommunityCare of Lyme has been built and is sustained by extraordinary volunteers who share their time, compassion, and expertise to further CCL’s mission, harnessing neighbors’ collective warmth and generosity to build and sustain a healthy community. New this year, each month we celebrate a volunteer whose contributions have made an important difference. February’s honoree is Blake Allison. His wisdom, encouragement, and leadership helped make a month-long celebration of birds and birding informative, fun, and beautiful, as it increased appreciation and support for our fine feathered friends. Read more here.

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:

  • Tuesday (3/9) 11am-7pm:  Town Meeting – OFFICIAL BALLOT VOTING on Articles 1, 2, and 3 at the Lyme School Gym. You may also vote by absentee ballot. Please contact the Lyme Town Clerk’s office at 795-2535.  
  • Tuesday (3/9) 10:30am: Our Hour, by Zoom. It’s an hour of lovely, relaxed time with friends. This month, we’ll be looking ahead to spring and celebrating March Craftiness. You may participate online by computer, tablet, or smart phone, or you may dial in on your phone. Contact or call 603-795-0603 to let us know you’ll join and to receive a Zoom link. 
  • Tuesday (3/9) 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:

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!