CCL Weekly Update – 5/19/22


Spring has finally sprung …

With spring finally having sprung, along come the allergies and, yes, more blossoming Covid. The Parish Nurses and Emergency Response teams are keeping us updated with our local Lyme situation as they know it, and we can see that certainly the time has come to regroup and re-mask.

Additionally, with these annoying little microbursts of weather energy and yards demanding lots of clean up, we’re reminded that we may want to be in touch with our neighbors to make sure all is well in their world. A little friendly connection (even smiling eyes over a mask) can go a long way … and sometimes a simple favor – or even a suggestion about who else might help – can brighten someone’s day.

CCL is here to encourage those neighborly connections. We welcome your commitment to our beautiful neighborhood and any volunteer help you may be able to offer. We can all use those extra hearts and hands more than ever. If you’ve got a service business that can respond to small requests that pop up, we’d love to hear from you, too.

If you could use help or just some advice, or if you’ve got a service or some time and skills to share, our help line (603-795-0603) and email ( are answered every day. If you have to leave a message, we’ll be back with you shortly.

… wishing you days of sun, good health and no allergies!


With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

Time for a specific volunteer project?

A few neighbors would love a hand with spring projects. If you can help in the next several days, on your schedule, please let us know at 

Covid Update

There are approximately 50 active Covid cases in Lyme. 

Please Stay safe: Let’s all do our best to stay safe and keep others safe. As the wisest ones have always said, “we don’t know what we don’t know.” And when we don’t know where the nasty virus is, we use our old tricks of masking, staying a safe distance, and washing our hands. Though mandates are lifted, please keep your mask along to wear it inside when requested or when safe distancing isn’t possible.

Vaccination. The best protection for most of us continues to be vaccination. For a first or second dose or a booster, at it’s quick and easy to search for vaccine locations and make an appointment.

Testing. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 8 FREE  at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests (This is a 3rd offer!) Please use this link: They’ll ship as supplies are available. See this week’s Wellness Wednesday post for more testing resources and other covid safety links and programs

Quarantine. The CDC website quarantine/isolation calculator allows you to enter details about your situation and helps you make a quick call about how long you should stay away from others, based on the CDC’s published guidelines. This will be most helpful if your symptoms are past. The Lyme Parish Nurses are able to help if you have quarantine or other questions about staying safe and healthy. Call 603-795-2850 x 3, or email They respond to messages within 24 hours.

For up-to-date information on testing, vaccines, and more in New Hampshire, visit Note that Upper Valley locations in Vermont can also serve NH residents.

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 or call 603-795-0603.

May is…

Mental Health Awareness Month. Visit our NEW Self-Care webpage at for ways to care for yourself and reduce stress. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month is “Together for Mental Health”. Learn more at NAMI’s website here.

Being together – even by phone – makes a difference in our mental health. If you’d like to make friendly visits or calls to neighbors, let us know.

Older Americans Month. The Administration for Community Living’s ( 2022 theme is “Age My Way”.  We’ll explore Aging in Community and many options and choices for your best experience. We’ll gather for conversations among neighbors and share partner organizations’ programs. Be sure to look at our upcoming events, for more information.

Dartmouth Aging Resource Center (“ARC”, throughout the Lyme Events Calendar) has an amazing array of programs, activities, and supports. Here’s a link to this week’s ARC newsletter. You can subscribe.

See the Orford Senior Center (serving Lyme) May Newsletter and Inserts here. They offer programs – now including on-site bingo! – weekly Grab ‘n Go meals, daily home delivered meals, and more.

National Photography Month.  We would love you to consider sharing images you’ve captured each week. We are adding a virtual “community captures” gallery on the CommunityCare of Lyme website. Share your images here, or email them to

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

Monday’s Menu. Sweet and savory – what a combination for this week’s smoothie – a Pineapple Spinach Smoothie from Meggan Hill of

If you have an original recipe OR a recipe you have adapted that you would love to share please email me at  Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. This week we focus on Covid testing resources. Please click here. 

If you have a wellness topic you would like to share about OR would love to learn more about, please contact See all Wellness Wednesday posts here

Extending a Warm Upper Valley Welcome

Financial support is needed! Donations to the CCL Welcome Fund support Afghan evacuees and others displaced by challenging circumstances. Go to or mail a check to CCL at PO Box 127 Lyme, NH 03768. Please note that your donation is for the Welcome Fund. 

Get involved! Our new neighbors appreciate help with rides, opportunities to practice English, occasional meals, and simple, warm connection with neighbors. Thanks to so many who have been a part of the welcome so far. If you would like to join in, please contact Martha Tecca (, 603-795-0603). She helps coordinate the Lyme/Upper Valley Neighborhood Support Team, partnering with Ascentria Care Services, a state resettlement office.

Those Guys Tent Rentals!
Those Guys are renting their tents for this outdoor season. As always, funds raised through this effort are distributed to community organizations. This post includes all the details. We are extremely grateful for Those Guys’ support. What a crew!

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 bring someone else joy, contact us at 603-795-0603 or  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 Monday through Thursday from 9am – 11am, and by appointment. 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.

Coming up

Check out the Lyme Events Calendar, the Valley News Calendar, Lyme organizations (see several links at the end of this message) or the Aging Resource Center for more ideas. 

We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations.

This Week
*Please check the Listserv or call the event organizer. Due to the community spread of Covid, things are changing regularly. 

  • TONIGHT! Friday, May 20th. Anonymous Coffee House, featuring Dan and the Dinosaurs. 7:30-10pm at the First Congregational Church in Lebanon. Enjoy Lyme’s own Dan Freihofer and his band in this final coffee house of the season. The Dinos are on at 8:15pm.

  • Saturday, May 21st. Lyme Center Ladies Aid Yard Sale. 9am – 2pm at the First Baptist Church of Lyme. Outside tables with books, linens, bedding, needlework kits, craft supplies and toys. Inside the Vestry MASK REQUIRED. Find Jewelry, dishes, and other treasures.

  • Tuesday, May 24th.  Lyme Food Pantry at 1pm CCL hosts the distribution every Tuesday at Lyme Congregational Church. Call ahead to order, or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE.

  • Tuesday, May 24th. Pardon my Garden Lyme Gardeners weekly visits to local gardens. This week at the home of Lynn Parshall and David Bromley in Lyme from 5-7pm. Click the event link for address and details about the program. Questions about Lyme Gardeners? Please contact Anne Baird.

  • Wednesday, May 25th. Bingo at the Orford Senior Center 9-10:30am. Please call to make your reservation: 603-353-9107 or email All participants must sign in and sign out; masks optional. Contact CCL if you could use a ride.

  • Wednesday, May 25th. FREE Reiki with Stephanie Carney at the CCL office. Weekly, starting at noon. For an appointment contact or call 603-795-2419.

  • Wednesday, May 25th. Volunteer Open House 2-6pm in the CCL Living Room at the Lyme Center Academy Building. Meet the CommunityCare of Lyme team and other volunteers. Share what you love to do. Learn about ways you can be involved. We’ll work with you to find a volunteer role that fits your interests, skills and availability!

Save the date! 

  • Monday, July 18th. Lawn Party Luncheon 11am – 1pm at the Teccas’ home in Orford. Join CommunityCare of Lyme and the Orford Senior Center for our annual community gathering overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River. More information to come!

  • Saturday, August 6th. Thai Dinner fundraiser. Paphanh and generous volunteers prepare an amazing meal, with proceeds to CommunityCare of Lyme and the Lyme Congregational Church.

  • Saturday, September 24th. 2022 Lyme Health and Wellness Fair. A big day!! Lots more to come.

All of these events require many helping hands. If you would love to volunteer,
or be a part of an event planning committee please contact / 802-468-7776.
Thank you for your consideration!

*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.

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.
Just a chat. You name it.