CCL Weekly Update – 7/21/22

A little bit of rain couldn’t dampen our spirits!

On Monday, CCL and the Orford Senior Center co-hosted the fourth almost-annual Lawn Party Luncheon at our home in Orford. Despite the gentle showers, 65 of us – aged 6 months to 99 years old – sat outside overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River, comfortably under a tent provided by Those Guys of Lyme at tables and chairs provided by the Orford-Fairlee Lions. We enjoyed a fabulous meal and were delighted by flowers shared by generous and creative neighbors. The Parish Nurses and other friends delivered meals and bouquets from the day’s bounty to many neighbors at home.

It was lovely to connect with friends, new and old, and to work alongside so many (45!) volunteers. To all of our friends who made this a very special day, thank you for joining in! We so enjoyed your company and all that you brought to the table. Please enjoy these photos from the event. (All photos from Stephanie Graudons)

For those who missed sharing in a meal, fret not! CommunityCare of Lyme and the Lyme Congregational Church are thrilled to invite you to a Thai Dinner Fundraiser, offered by the extraordinarily generous Paphanh Sithavady and many helping hands. Please join in on Saturday, August 6th 5-7pm on the Lyme Common. Many of you know how special this meal will be, and if you haven’t had Paphanh’s food, you are in for a treat! You’ll be able to dine under the tent, choose from the buffet and take your meal home, or drive by and pick up a pre-packed meal with items you select from the menu. Pre-order your meals in advance by going to this link, or by calling CCL at 603-795-0603. More details here.

This is a terrific opportunity to dine in community, while supporting the community and enjoying Paphanh’s legendary buffet. Please spread the word. Invite friends and neighbors across the Upper Valley or visiting from afar. Paphanh is pulling out all the stops! We hope you’ll join in … and bring an appetite!

And we hope you take the chance to experience some of the many other special events and activities available to us all, safely, across the Upper Valley: music, feasts, fairs, art shows, group hikes and swims, open air markets, and more. Find special food and treasures, have fun, share smiles, and support organizations and businesses working hard to delight us all. Feel free to give us a call to share ideas or ask for suggestions … or if money is ever the reason you might decide not to participate. A big piece of our mission is making sure everyone who wants to gets out and about. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Join in community and support the community.
Enjoy summer in the generous Upper Valley!

With Love, Martha Tecca
With Love, Martha TeccaExecutive Director and President

Event Photos

Click below to scroll through a slideshow of photos from Stephanie Graudons, CCL Program Associate. If you have more photos to share, please email them to 

News and Notes:

NOW LIVE! 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Crisis Lifeline. “If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis, you can call and speak to trained and caring clinical staff” ( This service is now live. Learn more about 988 on a national scale at and locally, at

CommunityCare of Lyme Office Hours

The CCL Office and Living Room are open Monday through Thursday, 9-11am and by appointment. Please stop by to join us in our cool space for warm conversation. We’d love to see you! If you need us outside of our scheduled hours, call the Help Line (603-795-0603). If you have to leave a message, we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. For emergencies, always dial 911.

Current help requests

This week’s highlight: Help with the Thai Meal Fundraiser on Saturday 8/6. Do you enjoy cooking, serving, or behind-the-scenes set up/clean up? Please let us know. If you can help, please let us know at or call 603-795-0603.  Another way you can help is by sharing the event with friends, contacts, or on your social media! Invite your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors!

July is …

Parks & Recreation Month and Anti-Boredom Month. It’s been more than a month since the school year ended, and as the summer moves along we celebrate both Parks & Recreation Month and Anti-Boredom Month. What a combination! It’s a perfect opportunity to cross some of those Summer Bucket list items off! One great way to do this is through the Converse Free Library’s Museum and Nature Passes: explore, prevent summertime boredom, and support your local library! We’re very fortunate to live in an area with a plethora of parks – explore opportunities statewide through NH State Parks.

Considering this week’s heat wave, it is a wonderful time to explore local swimming holes, lakes, ponds and pools! What is your favorite place to cool off?

How about cooling off at Converse Free library with “Movies for Grown-Ups” –

THURSDAY, July 21 at 1:30pm. One Night in Miami (2021; with Leslie Odom Jr, Aldis Hodge, Eli Goree, and Kingsley Ben-Adir; directed by Regina King)

A fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s (MPAA rating: R; 1 hr, 54 min).

FRIDAY, July 22 at 1:30pm. Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)  (2021; directed by Questlove)

Documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music and culture and promoted Black pride and unity (MPAA rating: PG-13; 1 hr, 58 min).

How are you fighting boredom this summer? What adventures are you and your family going on? We would love to hear from you! (Pictures for sharing are highly encouraged!)

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

Monday’s Menu. This week’s Monday’s Menu was shared during our Lawn Party Luncheon. CCL Legal Intern, Maddy, made a recipe from “The Great British Baking Show” former judge, Mary Berry. These Viennese Whirls were a hit!

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. Stay cool during this heat wave! You can see this week’s post, with reminders about staying cool, 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

Aging in Community

Building an Aging in Community Team. As we journey together into a new and Covid-influenced world, we are in the process of re-convening and reimagining the “Aging in Place” committee which was central to the founding of CommunityCare of Lyme in 2014. Understanding that intergenerational involvement is critical, we also recognize the need to focus on the special concerns, needs – and unique capacity – as we age in our communities. Do you have ideas, or would you like to join as we define and form this collaboration of organizations and individuals? Please contact Martha Tecca by replying to this email or directly at or 603-443-0283.

Grafton County ServiceLink the region’s aging and disability resource center. Highlighted in a previous Wellness Wednesday post, they maintain a large resource list and offer caregiver support, classes and personal help to understand Medicare, assistance completing housing applications, and more! ServiceLink is a trusted referral – a tremendous help to many neighbors. Contact the Grafton County office in Lebanon at 603-448-1558, or email Visit their website to learn more.

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.

The Orford Senior Center (serving Orford and Lyme) has lots going on: on-site bingo, followed by a meal! Weekly Grab ‘n Go and daily home delivered meals. Links for more information: July’s newsletter,  special events, and ongoing Grafton County Senior Citizens Council activities. Contact Eileen Nickles, OSC coordinator 603-353-9107, to learn more or to sign up for meals or activities.

Extending a warm Upper Valley welcome

The Upper Valley Neighborhood Support Team is helping with the welcome and support of Afghan evacuees and, recently, a Cuban family. There are lots of ways to join in the welcome! 

Share the beauty of the Upper Valley! Would you like to bring new neighbors on your favorite walk, a special summer drive, to an outdoor concert or market, or perhaps to your home for a meal? Be in touch! Call Martha Tecca at 603-443-0283 – or any volunteer you may know who’s described being involved – for an introduction.

Urgent need: a nanny for the summer, and possibly beyond. If you or someone you know would be interested in full or part-time work in Hanover with a dear Afghan family, including twin 6 month olds and a 5 year old (who will be in day camp on weekdays), please contact Martha Tecca at 603-443-0283. We’d also love to hear from babysitters/mother’s helpers who have their own transportation and some regular weekly times to share. These are paid roles. (Volunteers are also still very welcome to help out!)

Financial support is needed. Childcare needs are great, even with extraordinary babycare volunteers and friendly play dates. With driver’s licenses nearly in hand, the family and the men will both be in need of car insurance. 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. Please contact Martha Tecca (, 603-795-0603).

Orford Open Air Market

Saturdays, 9am-noon on the Common in Orford. An open air market that’s an opportunity for people in the area to conveniently shop and support local small businesses that provide local produce, meats, cheese, jams, pickles, baked goods, fine crafts, and much, much more! If you’re an artisan, farmer, gardener, soap maker, honey harvester, baker, or have another product or message to share, please join in! Click here to learn more and see the growing list of participating sellers. Email Cara Dyke for an application or more information, 603-236-2899.

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!

Covid update

There are still many Covid cases popping up in Lyme and neighboring communities. 

Vaccination – now including young children! There are two vaccine options for children as young as 6 months old. The distribution plans are still in the works, with more children’s “jabs” being offered at doctor’s offices and small clinics. Several Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics locations will be offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and scheduling is available through myDH or at the DH COVID Hotline 603-650-1818. For all ages, at you can find locations and make an appointment. Dosage is different for children, so please be sure to specify the age when making an appointment.

Please stay safe: Though you may be unlikely to get very sick, if you test positive it is a pain (at best); and you’ve got a responsibility to keep others safe. You must isolate for at least 5 days, which might mean missing work and adding stress, if not sickness, to the lives of those with whom you live, work, and play.

As infection numbers fluctuate, guidance remains consistent. Simple precautions help keep us safe when we’re at risk of Covid (and other virus or bacteria) spread: Face covering, physical distance, and hand washing. Please keep a mask along to wear inside when requested or when safe distancing isn’t possible. 

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.

Coming up: 

Check out the Community 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 for confirmation, as things are changing regularly. 


  • FRIDAY, 7/22 at 1:30pm. Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)  (2021; directed by Questlove) Documentary about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival which celebrated African-American music and culture and promoted Black pride and unity (MPAA rating: PG-13; 1 hr, 58 min).
  • Saturday 7/23 – Saturday 7/31. WRJ Pride 2022A week of Pride-themed events celebrating the Upper Valley’s LGBTQIA+ community. All events are at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, unless specified as being held via Zoom.


  • Tuesdays at 1pm. 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 afternoons. Pardon my Garden Lyme Gardeners visit local gardens. (7/26) Hanover Garden Club Open Gardens “Lyme Day”; Phil Pochoda, 11 Baker Hill Rd., Jeanie Stevenson  729 River Rd. 11-2.  Jim & Deb Kennedy, Hanover 4-7pm. Click the event link for address and details about the program. Questions about Lyme Gardeners? Contact Anne Baird.
  • Wednesday afternoons. Reiki with Stephanie Carney in the CCL Living Room. For a complimentary appointment, contact or 603-795-2419.
  • Wednesdays 11am-2pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm. Lyme Historians Exhibit Trains: Transportation, Trade, & Toys. At the Historians Museum.
  • Thursdays. Bingo 9-10:30am, Grab-N-Stay (or Grab-N-Go) Meal 11am at the Orford Senior Center. To reserve a meal, call 603-353-9107 or email Participants must sign in and out; masks optional. Contact CCL if you could use a ride. Meal delivery is available.
  • Thursdays. Happy Feet Clinic with Susan Hanna Rose, RN, at the CCL Offices in the Lyme Center Academy Building. Therapeutic foot care, including certified diabetic foot care. Regular visits are $20. Initial or extended visits are $25. The Jenks Fund can help with fees. Appointments are required. Home visits are available for those who are homebound. Please call Nurse Susan at (802) 222-4196 for information or to make or change an appointment. If you leave a message, she’ll call back.
  • Summer Reading Program. Visit Converse Free Library for information on all the wonderful upcoming offerings!

Save the date! 

  • Saturday, August 6th. Thai Dinner fundraiser. 5-7pm on the Lyme Common. Paphanh and generous volunteers prepare an amazing meal, with proceeds to CommunityCare of Lyme and the Lyme Congregational Church. Pre-order meals now! Would you like to help with food or logistics? We have fun! Contact or call 603- 795-0603.
  • 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 Community 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 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.