CCL Weekly Update – 8/14/2020

August days are a favorite … 

The early foggy (comparative) coolness that morphs into classic heat and summer fun … I remember the August of my 16th birthday when a special friend left me a huge box full of balloons and treats in the driveway the early morning of my birthday. The fog burned off slowly that morning, and the “grand reveal” was so much fun!  That was a long time ago and I remember it with great fondness and appreciation for the simple, creative way he remembered my special day and our friendship.

There are so many simple, loving ways we can say we care, and that we are thinking of each other. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture (although sparkle is good ?.)

If the spoken or unspoken message is “I’m thinking about you, I care that you’re OK, or I want you to know I’m here for you”, it’s a really good thing.

In these days of angst, our normalcy challenged by the Covid standoff, it’s easy to lose sight of the simple gestures.  We can’t even see the smile anymore ?. Sometimes it’s a trick figuring out what the eyes are saying to us.

Great examples of Lyme taking care of the community are the recent Select Board resolution to wear face masks in Lyme, the beautiful flowers shared by the Allen Family, the delicious baked goods contributed to the Pantry by talented bakers, as well as the hand sanitizers donated by Kingland Farm, the tremendous response when the Parish Nurses asked for medical equipment donations, the hundreds of handmade masks donated to everyone in town as needed, our many meals programs where food is available to anyone needing a break from cooking during stressful times, and safe, cool spaces available during the hottest days.

These are but a few of the creative, genuine ways that this community cares for one another. And so, a heartfelt thank you to everyone showing the love and to all who claim Lyme as their place.  

We are so happy and fortunate to have you as our friend.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

Don’t forget: 

Mask Up, Lyme.

Mine’s for You, Yours is for Me … Let’s keep the virus out of Lyme and stay safe for school (and so much more we’re eager to get back to normal.) There’s now a Select Board resolution to wear masks in Lyme. If you need masks, call CommunityCare of Lyme at 795-0603 or email for masks.

Weatherize … for a warmer winter AND a cooler summer.

NOW is the time! The Lyme Energy Committee and NH Saves offer a free webinar on Monday, August 17 at noon. Learn how to schedule a home energy audit and get professional help with air sealing and insulation upgrades before winter strikes again. There are increased rebates available now for work completed by November. More news coming soon about “Button Up” workshops and special rebates and grants for Lyme residents who weatherize their homes.

Coming up this next week: 

More and more is opening up for us to enjoy – both out “in the world” and from home. As you start getting out and about, please be thoughtful about how to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. Wear a mask when you are in public. Continue to keep a safe distance. Stay home if you are sick at all. Check out the growing listing of events on the Lyme Events Calendar online. We invite you to let us know about other things you think we should share. Following are just a few highlights.

Don’t miss:

  • Friday (8/14):
    Matt Brown Fine Art Re-Opening* 10am-5pm. Final days of show that began in March: Images of Our Natural World, works of Petey Becker & Holle Black. Masks, please! (Also Saturday)
  • Saturday (8/15):
    Gimme 5 Recycling Event* 9am-1pm at the Lebanon Coop. Collecting clean and dry #5 plastic containers to turn them into new products, like toothbrushes and reusable containers.
    Lyme Historians Barn Open* open 10am-1pm. One-way through the newly renovated barn, with exhibits, plus maps and booklets for the Lyme schoolhouses self-guided tour.
    Matt Brown Fine Art Re-Opening* 10am-epm. Also Friday. See details above.
  • Monday (8/17):
    VegiCare Drop-off, 8am-4pm at the horsesheds next to Lyme Congregational Church.
    Weatherize Online Info Session, noon. New rebates available for work completed by November 15th. If you can’t make this session, register to view the recorded webinar at your convenience. 

*NOTE: For any event that’s not online, please be prepared with a mask and clean hands or clean gloves.

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

Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home. Masks. You name it.

Click here to check out the Lyme Events Calendar
Things are happening!