CCL Weekly Update – 5/7/2021

Thank you, volunteers! 

Despite the cold, damp weather, Lyme’s Day of Service & Green Up Day was remarkably well “attended”. Many joined in the effort to clean up the post-winter dregs on the roadsides and complete projects for people at their homes and at the school. 

As they say, many hands make light work; and this is proven annually during this town-wide effort! Over 50 families signed up to participate, the Girl Scouts were leading projects at the Lyme School, and there was more kind, neighborly yard work inspired by the spirit of the day.

The Lyme Country Store provided coffee, and several people baked and provided muffins, Irish soda bread, cinnamon rolls and donuts, along with assorted fruits and juices – all available at the School for anyone throughout the morning.

The smiles and energy abounded. It was a positive start to a new month and season.

Sincere thanks to everyone who helped make these projects successful. To Blake Allison and the Conservation Commission who worked with the State of New Hampshire to conduct the Green-Up Day and those who did the cleaning up! To Sue Hanlon, Kathy McGowan, Lynn McRae and Shelby Wood who organized the Day of Service. To the bakers and volunteers who were able to share their time and talents fortifying volunteers and helping residents with projects.

Here we are. This is Lyme. As usual, we shared a great day in the neighborhood!

Hoping you are enjoying the results of the rains and the coming sunshine.  The grass is that vibrant green of a new season. The outdoors has never looked so welcoming! 

Looking ahead, we wish all the mothers in our world a loving, peaceful and healthy weekend. This Mothers Day, we remember those who have nurtured and loved and cared … whether they birthed or not. We have felt the heart and soul of the mothering … even when sometimes the actions haven’t matched. Join us in celebrating May Flowers and Mothers at Our Hour by Zoom this coming Tuesday, and in person (!) outside at the Academy Building on Wednesday the 19th. Please see more information below.

Sending love, thanks, and blessings for your continued good health and happiness.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

Covid vaccination and guidance updates

If you haven’t yet, go to and register to be vaccinated. You may also call 211. You will be sent a link and instructions to schedule your appointment. There are many site options. At the end of May, state sites will be phased out, and vaccinations will be moving to private locations (pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, etc.) We encourage you to get signed up and take advantage of the vaccination-specific locations, while they’re available.

Today, Governor Sununu announced the replacement of the state’s “Safer at Home 2.o” business operations guidance with the CDC’s Universal Best Practices, recommendations for all individuals, businesses, and organizations. The governor and his team strongly encourage vaccination as soon as possible, as well as the use of masks and safe distancing, with the virus spread still at dangerous levels.

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.

It’s a big month for special celebrations!

Older Americans Month 2021 – “Communities of Strength”. Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. Click here to read about the nationwide initiative here. CommunityCare of Lyme is excited that the theme speaks to the heart of our work, and we are celebrating by sharing uplifting stories and special opportunities each week. Please click here for this week’s post, highlighting the running community. Please enjoy! Also, there’s a lot 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 a Harry Potter inspired sport, popular on college campuses with national and international competitions. If you guessed Quidditch, you guessed correctly! You can read this week’s post here. Please enjoy! If you have any 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, White Bean and Lemon Soup, from Anna Pippin, MSHN. Anna says, “This warm and nourishing vegetarian bean soup is loaded with plant-based protein, fiber, vitamin A, calcium, and iron! The hint of lemon and a touch of creaminess from the parmesan cheese makes this soup extra delicious!Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. Click here for this week’s post, “A 5-10 minute Refresh/Reset Retreat”, by Jill Gray, Remedy Yoga at DeLeon Day Spa Wellness Center. 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!

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. 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.

Lyme Gardeners – ready for you!

Lyme Gardeners is a very informal group of people from Lyme and surrounding communities who share an interest in gardens, gardening, and plants in general. The primary activity is Pardon My Garden (PMG), visiting each other’s gardens most Tuesdays, usually between 1-7:30pm, from May through September. There are also occasional field trips and potluck suppers, and the Lyme Gardener listserv is very active. Click here for details about how to join the listserv for access to full calendar information and updates. You may email Anne Baird ( with questions. 

Those Guys tent rentals – Lyme residents have priority through May 20th

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. This post includes all the details. You might click the link and bookmark it for future reference.

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 coming week, don’t miss:

  • Tuesday (5/11) at 10:30am: Our Hour Zoom Gathering“May Flowers and Mothers” is the theme. Bring your stories, ideas, memories, poems, appreciation or share a flower you have found. We always have a great time!  Please RSVP to or call 802-727-0284.

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!