CCL Weekly Update – 7/15/2021

Celebrating teamwork … and trust!

We had a most beautiful Monday lunch with neighbors from Lyme, Orford, and nearby communities! The sun and the river sparkled, after a dreary morning. An amazing array of food was shared by neighborhood chefs. Lots of helpers transported and set up tents, tables and chairs, arranged flowers, made pretty place settings, helped guests park, welcomed everyone to the meal, served food, cleared places, and cleaned up. It was a remarkable display of teamwork, generosity, and flexibility. Thanks to you all!

It being the first large gathering for many of us, we ventured out with care, and also with trust. We planned without being sure of numbers, but with confidence that all would be comfortable and all would eat well. Nearly all of us were vaccinated, and the unvaccinated protected themselves with masks. Those who were not feeling well stayed home this time. About 65 of us enjoyed one another’s company – every one of us meeting someone new and connecting with someone we hadn’t seen in too long.

The love reached beyond those gathered. There was plenty of food, and meals were packed up and delivered to friends who couldn’t make it to the party. Generous donations were received and will be distributed to support the ongoing programming of the Orford Senior Center, Those Guys of Lyme, the Orford-Fairlee Lions, and CommunityCare of Lyme. Each will be providing support to individuals who can use a hand and helping with more community events this summer.

Speaking of which … Please join in the Community Potluck Picnic on the Lyme Common, Wednesday, July 21st, 5:30-7pm. It will be a chance to welcome many, many new families in town and to (re-)connect with friends, neighbors and Lyme organizations. Please reach out to your neighbors, especially those who may not see our communications (maybe because they’re busy), and extra-especially those who are new to Lyme. If you have any questions about the event, including how you may help – everyone can help! – please give us a call at 603-795-0603 or just reply to this email.

We hope to be with you on the Lyme Common next Wednesday! 

With Love,

Martha, Patty, and the whole CCL team

603-795-0603 (CCL main line)

News & Notes: 

Celebrating this month …

Coming together! So thankful for good direction about how to be safe as we appreciate live music events, committees and boards meeting in person, friendly visits at home, celebrations and greetings with hugs!, and especially shared community meals. See lots more below and on the Lyme Events Calendar.

Parks and Recreation Month – Celebrating the beauty and bounty of parks, locally and nationally.

If you love to explore and/or travel to local and national parks and would like to share photos for use both in print or online, please email Have tips and tricks for making the most of your park trip? We’d love to hear from you too! If you love to explore and/or travel to local and national parks and would like to share photos for use both in print or online, please email Have tips and tricks for making the most of your park trip? We’d love to hear from you too!

Blueberries! They’re ready for picking at Super Acres (More than 1,000 bushes planted in 1986, all natural, nothing but sun and rain. Self-Serve, pick-your-own, open every day, all day. 722 River Road, Lyme, just south of the covered bridge. 603-353-9807) and at Cedar Circle Farm (The patch is 1/2 mile south of the farmstand, on Pavillion Road in Thetford. Park at “Sunny Fields Berry Farm” 802-785-4737)

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

Monday’s Menu. Click here to read this week’s recipe, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread, from Anna Pippin, MSHN. Anna says, “Zucchini is abundant in the Summertime and a delicious nutrient rich vegetable. It is an excellent source of vitamins C and A, high in antioxidants, and it contains soluble and insoluble fiber so it is good for digestion. This delicious and moist zucchini bread is so flavorful and a great way to use up fresh zucchini from your garden!” Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. Click here for this week’s post, “On Taking Vacation Time” Shelby Wood has reflected on how relaxed a few days of vacation has made her feel, and shared research on wellness factors in taking vacation time. (There’s also a funny photo of her dog snoring on the couch from this recent stay-cation for you to enjoy!) See all the Wellness Wednesday posts here.

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

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’ generosity and support with tents for community events. 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 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: 

There is a LOT going on out there! Check out the Lyme Events Calendar (a selection of events from lots of calendars), the Valley News Calendar (especially for all kinds of arts in the area, but lots more), Lyme organizations (see several links at the end of this message) or the Aging Resource Center for ideas.

Lyme is happening!

We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations about their summer plans. Click on the links for details …

This next week, don’t miss:

  • Tuesday (7/20) 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

  • Wednesday (7/21): Community Potluck Picnic – Welcome Home! 5:30-7pm on the Lyme Common. Come enjoy a meal together and welcome over 50 new Lyme neighbors! Everyone is invited to bring something for the meal. Do you have a Covid special dish? ?  Lyme organizations will be there to share what they’re doing and how you might get involved, as post-pandemic plans are taking shape. It will be safe, informal, and fun! Bring drinks at 5:15 and food at 5:30pm. Mingle with neighbors and visit with organizations for a few minutes while the buffet line is set up for serving. Bring a copy of your recipe, and we’ll share them all after the event. Email or call 795-0603, if you’d like to be involved.

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.