CCL Weekly Update – 8/12/2021

Hot, Lazy Days of Summer……

With another stretch of hot and hazy days, not only do we think RELAX, but we think of friends and neighbors who might be adversely affected by the extreme temperatures. If you have a few minutes please take those to check on your neighbors who might need a bit of help adjusting a fan or finding a cool place to be for a few hours. The CCL office and Library both have air conditioning, and both extend an invitation to cool down if it’s needed. Don’t hesitate to ask. Miss Judy or I will be happy to help.

You’ll see by the details below, that we are looking forward to a busy couple of months coming up. With the continued cautions about more Covid outbreaks, we remain diligent with monitoring the situations and will adjust schedules as needed. Meanwhile we encourage everyone to mask up again and be considerate of each other in all ways.

Finally, we extend great appreciation and best wishes to Jeff Valence who, after many years guiding the Lyme School District out of and through some tough times with amazing results, will follow a different path in his life journey. Thank you Jeff, for the love and energy you have shown to the kids wherever you are!

Wishing you all a pleasant day, full of reflections of the Lazy Days of Summer and memories of your time in grade school with gifted people who cared.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

Updated Covid-19 recommended precautions for fully-vaccinated people.

Vaccination is both safe and also the best protection against serious illness and death due to Covid-19. If you have not been vaccinated, it is now easy. Click here to find the most convenient site for the vaccine of your choice. Also watch for “pop-up” walk-in vaccination clinics happening frequently. 

Due to the rapid spread of the delta variant of Covid-19, the CDC has revised its recommendations. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth College, and local businesses and organizations have changed their safety protocols. Practices for opening, working from home, masking, and distancing will be evolving in response to changing conditions, locally and wherever we may travel. Again, it’s time for patience and respect – for our own health and that of others. Isn’t it always?

Contact us if you have questions, and we’ll do our best to get you to the most up-to-date answers. Email or call 603-795-0603.

Celebrating this month …

Family Fun Month. The month of August is a celebration of fun! As the days of summer wear on, and we’ll share some fun ideas to make this month well, fun! Here are a few fun ideas for the month:

  • A few ideas from our Summer Bucket List post submitted by Jay Davis in June 22, 2017
    • Hike 2 new mountains
    • Picnic at Post Pond
    • Strawberry Shortcake for dinner
    • Play a game as a family 
  • August 26: National Dog Day – Play a fun adventure with your furry friend! We’d love to hear your plans, and see photos too! 

Please email if you have ideas for our community summer bucket list. We’d love to hear from you! 

Blueberries! They’re amazing right now 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) Kingland Farms –  Hewes Blues ($4.00 per pint, pick-your-own. They have buckets to pick into for measurement. Bring your own containers to carry your blueberries home. 72 Goose Pond Rd Lyme. From Lyme Green travel south on Rte 10 towards Hanover. Take a left onto Goose Pond Rd. Stay left at the fork with Rennie Rd. Look for the Blueberries and the OPEN Flag on the left.) 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.) 

National Make-a-Will Month. Wills are how we let others know our goals and plans for our assets (like our money and our home) and our health care, so that when we’re gone or can no longer make our own decisions, our wishes are honored. See last week’s Wellness Wednesday post “The Gift of a Will” for a resource shared by the Upper Valley Haven. AARP also has several blogs sharing information for Make-a-Will month including the post,It’s August, So It Must Be Make-a-Will Month (Fleck, AARP, 2014). In this blog, Carole Fleck discusses the importance of making a will, along with sharing a few tips to help you get started. 

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

Monday’s Menu. Click here to read this week’s recipe, Sweet Potato Chickpea Burger, from Anna Pippin, MSHN. Anna says, “Looking for a filling, healthy, and tasty burger? Look no further! Sweet potatoes are a highly nutritious superfood loaded with antioxidants, fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium! These burgers are quick and easy to prepare and delicious! An added bonus…they are also gluten and dairy free! Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. Click here for this week’s post, “Heat Advisory Resources” a message from EOC Lyme, with additional resources shared from the CDC.

 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’ 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 often during the week and by appointment. Give us a call to confirm times. 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: 

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. 

This next week, don’t miss:

  • Our Hour Zoom Tuesday, August 17, 10:30-11:30: Our Traveling Adventures. Please join us to share about trips you have taken or wish to take. RSVP 

Lyme is happening!

We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations about their summer plans.

  • Lyme Food Pantry. Hosted by CCL every Tuesday at 1pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Farmers market style produce, plus non-perishable items. Call ahead to let us know what you’d like (603-795-0603), or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE.
  • Lyme Town Band. Concerts upcoming, with date TBD.
  • Bargain Barn. Open with M,W,F and Saturday hours. Clothing, bric-a-brac, household objects, linens, jewelry and accessories, among other items. Proceeds benefit area nonprofit organizations.
  • Lyme Historians. Museum and Barn are open on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Chesley Schoolhouse open the last Sundays of summer months, and on a few specially scheduled days.
  • VegiCare. Monday drop-offs of gardeners’ bounty and love-filled produce deliveries to neighbors. 
  • Crossroads Academy. Weekly summer programs. New topics each week. Remember that the Pearl Dimick Fund offers summer camp scholarships. The CCL Jenks Fund can also help. Call the  CCL helpline-795-0603- to speak with someone about financial relief.

Live Music is Happening!

Here are some of the many live music happening around the Upper Valley. 

  • FREE Nexus Music and Arts Festival presented by Lebanon Opera House Friday-Sunday, August 13-15 in and around Colburn Park, extending to the pedestrian mall and the revitalized rail trail tunnel. Regional touring artists, LOH’s community arts partners, and student-artists, plus public art and al fresco dining.
  • Classicopia. Broadway Violin. Sunday August, 15 1PM. First Cong. Church of Lebanon
  • Front Porch Concert Series. Series held each Thursday starting at 7pm at Colburn Park in Lebanon. Rain Location: First Congregational Church at 10 South Park Street Lebanon.
  • Thursday Night Concert Series. Lake Morey Resort from 8-10pm. Proceeds benefit Umbrella. Concert series runs through August. Lake Morey Resort also hosts live entertainment each Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer on their Lakefront patio. 
  • The Weekend Tune Up Series. Every Friday at 7pm at the Salt Hill Pub in West Lebanon, enjoy “the Upper Valley’s best live acoustic rock”. 
  • Music in the Meadow. Tuesdays, July 20 – August 24th at the Grantham Recreational Park from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Featuring live music, and food trucks. 
  • Front Porch Music Series.  Saturdays at 4pm at Salt Hill Pub in West Lebanon. Enjoy acoustic rock, country and Americana on their front porch.
  • Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners. Wednesday Open Mic 5:30-8:30pm, and live bands on Fridays 5:30-8:30pm

Save the Date:

  • Saturday (10/2): Thai Meal on the Common, raising funds for Lyme Congregational Church and CommunityCare of Lyme 5-7pm. Paphanh is giving back, with gratitude for the community.
  • Sunday (10/17): CCL Blue Jeans and Bluegrass Community Appreciation Celebration, 3-7pm at the Ramsden’s barn on Breck Hill. Dan Freihofer and the Dinosaurs will play! LOTS more to come.

Click here to view upcoming events on the Lyme Events Calendar.

Lyme Events Calendar information is gathered from multiple sources, including the town, library, local bulletins and businesses. Here are a few direct links to organizations’ full schedules:

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.

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