CCL Weekly Update – 4/15/2021

April showers … 

Dreary days here. It’s ok. The poor man’s fertilizer that’s to follow the much needed rain is all good.

Today we hear from the governor that the state’s mask mandate is to be lifted. He said that he expects people still to wear masks and take the precautions we’re used to. It just won’t be an order from the state any more. Our own Covid Response Team reinforces that message to remain cautious and diligent in our efforts to keep each other safe. (There’s a bit more information below.) Let’s keep the masks on, when we can’t be safely distanced, for a while longer. We know it helps.

There’s much to be thankful for in this early spring. We got through a long year. We worked together and learned many important things about ourselves and what we can do. We proceeded with patience, creativity, civility, and humor. We are a giving, loving community. Thank you for your role in this gift.

There is blooming ahead.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

Covid Vaccination and State Mask Mandate Updates.

If you haven’t yet, go to and register. You may also call 211. You will be sent a link and instructions to schedule your appointment. If your originally scheduled appointment doesn’t work for you, the new VINI scheduling system allows you to change to one that’s more convenient, without having to cancel your current appointment. 

Margaret Caudill-Slosberg (“EOC Lyme” on the Listserv) continues to keep us informed as the systems and conditions evolve. Watch for her emails. Call 603-795-0603 or email if you have questions or need any help getting – or getting to – your vaccination appointment.

Click here for a WMUR story about the Governor’s announcement and expectations for safe behavior going forward. Here’s the note Margaret shared today: Even though the state mask mandate will expire tomorrow we encourage all community members to wear masks when in public places indoors or when 6 ft of separation cannot be maintained. COVID infections are still present and have risen in the community, our county and are elevated in the state. We have all 3 variants present in the state and not everyone is protected with vaccination against SARS CoV-2. Masks are recommended in Lyme.

April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day – Do you have an up-to-date healthcare advance directive?

Here’s information from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource (ARC) about the effort across New Hampshire to encourage conversations with providers and families or friends about how we would like decisions made about our healthcare in the event we cannot speak for ourselves. It’s important. The ARC provides free advance directive support. Learn more at 603-353-3403. The Lyme Parish Nursing team can also help you complete advance directives. If you haven’t started the process, why not today?

“Our Hour” – Lots of Laughter!

You can read about the fun we had at this week’s Zoom gathering here. The next Our Hour Zoom gathering will be Tuesday, May 11 at 10:30 and the theme will be “May Flowers and Mothers”. We also discussed the option of getting together, outside. We may pick a second time to do both! Please bring your interests, thoughts, quotes, poems, memories and stories to share. Please RSVP to, and let me know whether you’d like to meet by Zoom or in person (or both!). I will send you more details.  

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

Monday’s Menu and Wellness Wednesday. Click here to read this week’s recipe, “Homemade Southwest Black Bean Burger” submitted by Anna Pippin, MSHN. This looks fabulous! Please shoot us an email to let us know you’ve given this recipe a try. Click here for this week’s post “The Power of Plants”, by Becky Wipfler, exploring the intersection of nutrition and performance. See all the Wellness Wednesday posts at

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

Happy Feet Clinic

Selected Thursdays, with new dates being added, at Lyme Congregational Church. Appointments are required. Home visits are also available. Susan Hanna Rose, RN, provides expert therapeutic foot care. Contact Debbie Whitaker (, 802-727-0284) for more information and to schedule an appointment. 

Lyme Scholarship Applications

College students from Lyme, or students having close ties to the Lyme community, may apply for Lyme scholarships for undergraduate study by requesting an application from Bill Murphy at or 795-2287, or 40 Preston Road. The Common Application is used by The Lyme Foundation’s William and Justine Griffith Fund, The Lyme Utility Club, The Nichols Family Scholarship Fund, The LCC Women’s Fellowship, The Alice B. Thayer Scholarship Fund, The Al Pomeroy Scholarship Fund and The Lyme Educational Assistance Fund. The deadline for submitting applications is May 25, 2021, and interviews will be held on June 21, 22, and 23 with grants being made shortly thereafter. Last year the committee was able to award over $36,000.

Those Guys Tent Rentals

Those Guys will once again be renting their tents for this coming outdoor season. As always, funds raised through this effort are distributed to community organizations. (CommunityCare of Lyme has benefited from this generosity!) Of course, all rentals will hinge on the continued improvement in the safety reached for outdoor gatherings vis-a-vis the pandemic. Update details coming.

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  You’ll reach a friendly voice, a little (or a lot of) help, and creative, safe ways to be involved. 

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: Vaccination support. Trusted “handy” helpers for small jobs (reasonable rates or at no cost). Volunteers for deliveries, errands, technology support, and more. Food. Jenks Fund help with special “little things” to ease your mind or lift the spirits. You name it. And you can join in, in so many ways.

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 (4/20) at 1pm: Lyme Food Pantry Fresh Produce and Staples Pick-up or Delivery at Lyme Congregational Church. All who ask can receive a box of non-perishable items and fresh produce from Willing Hands, Pete & Gerry’s Eggs, and the USDA. 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!

  • Saturday (5/1) Lyme’s Day of Service and Green-up Day. If you have an outdoor clean-up project you’d like some volunteers to help with, please email Day of Service organizing team member Sue Hanlon at with details or contact You can sign up to Green Up roads now. Next week, we’ll post sign-up forms for volunteers to complete projects and clean up roads.

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.
You name it.

Click here to check out the Lyme Events Calendar
Things are happening!