CCL Weekly Update – 5/21/2021

The Gift of Gathering!

On Wednesday, we hosted our first in-person gathering since a very warm day in November allowed us to be outside together. What a glorious afternoon to celebrate May Flowers and Mothers! It was an opportunity to connect with friends, make new friends, and share experiences, food, and flowers. What more could one want? We had a wonderful turn out! Stories and songs were shared, poems and photos too, along with some wonderful anecdotes. Everyone had the chance to take home a bouquet arranged from the lovely array of beauties from our gardens and flowering trees. to leave with a shared memento from our time together. Read more and see photos hereThank you to all who joined us, to Kathy Sherrieb for sharing her beautiful patio. We are so grateful! We missed those of you who had hoped to be with us, but were unable to attend. 

We look forward to getting together in June, as we celebrate Farmers and Fathers!

With Love,
Shelby   and

Shelby Wood


Debbie Whitaker

News and Notes:

Covid Vaccination Updates.

CDC and NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) say, in most settings, vaccinated individuals do not need to be masked. However, as NH still has a substantial level of Covid transmittal, DHHS recommends masking indoors if you do not know everyone’s vaccination status. Here’s the current recommendation document. Remember, not everyone has chosen to, and not everyone is able to receive the vaccination, and it can be inappropriate (out of respect for privacy) to ask about vaccination status. Please continue to carry your masks and respect households and establishments that require mask wearing.

Vaccinations can now be scheduled for everyone 12 years and older! Parental consent is required for those under 18, and valid proof of identification is required for everyone. For those who don’t have a driver’s license, a birth certificate or a passport is needed. Getting as many of us as possible vaccinated remains the single most important way to allow us to transition to a safe, new “normal”. If you haven’t yet, go to and register to be vaccinated. You may also call 211. The state’s fixed sites (like JC Penney in Lebanon) will be closed to first vaccination appointments at the end of May. At JC Penney, walk-ins are welcome 3-6pm daily, except for Memorial Day, through at least the end of May.

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

Please Don’t Squash the Turtles!

Catherine Greenleaf, director of St. Francis Wild Bird Hospital in Lyme sent this timely warning about female turtles, now crossing roads to get to land to lay eggs. She also shares instructions for helping, should you come across a turtle trying to make the dangerous journey. Find her full message on the listserv, or click here.

It’s a big month for special celebrations!

Older Americans Month 2021 – “Communities of Strength”. Please click here for this week’s uplifting story, highlighting two people who celebrate by “dancing through life”. Please enjoy! Also, there are a lot of events to support our “communities of strength” in the Lyme Events Calendar. Do you have an inspiring story of community you’d like to share? Please email

ALSO National Physical Fitness & Sports Month AND Get Caught Reading Month! CommunityCare of Lyme is connecting these dots by posting a book-inspired sport or a sport that inspired a book each week. This week we highlight Alone on the Wall: The Ultimate Limits of Adventure  by Alex Honnold with David Roberts, an account of Alex’s experiences doing free solo rock climbing. If you enjoy sitting on the edge of your seat this one might be for you.  Read this week’s post here. If you have suggestions for books inspired by sports, or sports inspired by books, Shelby would love to hear from you! Email

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

Monday’s Menu. Click here to read this week’s recipe, Morning Glory Muffins, from Anna Pippin, MSHN. Anna says, These healthy and delicious muffins are loaded with carrots, apples, raisins, walnuts, coconut, and whole wheat flour! A tasty cross between cinnamon apple bread and carrot cake. Enjoy them  as a quick breakfast on the go or an after school snack!  Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. Click here for this week’s post, “Flower Power” by Shelby Wood .  This week we explore and celebrate the warmth plants bring to our lives, including a brief clip from Longwood Garden’s Tulip Display. 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

Now three Thursdays a month 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 or to schedule an appointment. All are welcome!

Congratulations Michael Whitman – Lyme Citizen of the Year!

At Lyme Town meeting on Saturday, May 15th, the Lyme Foundation presented the annual Citizen of the Year honor to our dear friend Michael Whitman. Read the Lyme Foundation’s full announcement here, to learn more about Michael’s extraordinary life of leadership and service in Lyme and see photos of the special presentation.

Lyme Scholarship Applications – Due May 25th!

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: email here, call 795-2287, or mail 40 Preston Road. A 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.

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: 

Things are opening up! You can find events and fun activities to enjoy, following Covid-safe protocols. Check out the Lyme Events Calendar, the Valley News Calendar, or the Aging Resource Center for ideas. There are lots of free and by-donation food and meals options every week.

This week, don’t miss:

  • Tuesday (5/25) at 1pm: Lyme Food Pantry Fresh Produce and Staples Pick-up or Delivery at Lyme Congregational Church. Farmers market style fresh produce from Willing Hands, Pete & Gerry’s Eggs, and local bakers. All who ask can receive a box of non-perishable items. Gift cards for other groceries and prepared meals are also 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

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!