CCL Weekly Update – 8/18/22

Building community.

As some of you know, the last six months or so have been a time of transition in my life. These transitions have pushed me outside of my comfort zone and, in turn, have brought me to a community of people who have become fast friends. People who have offered to help me pack, then unpack. Bring me food and groceries when I wasn’t feeling well. Send a “must watch” Netflix binge list. Friends who are willing to invest time and energy into the ideas I throw out. (Admittedly some of these are funny, and/or a bit odd.) Even better, people who accept me for me with all my quirks and my very offbeat sense of humor.

I share this because, being new to the area, fostering community has been really important. My hope is that if you haven’t already found and/or made your community, you’re open to putting yourself out there. That you try new things, with new people, and maybe even ask them to grab a coffee afterward! If you need suggestions on opportunities to get involved in programs, classes, volunteering, etc. I’d be happy to talk with you! Lyme and the Upper Valley host a variety of resources and ways to be involved, and I would be glad to explore options with you.

With gratitude for friends like family.


Shelby Wood
Shelby WoodManager of Volunteer Participation, CommunityCare of Lyme

News and Notes: 

Current help requests

This week’s highlight: Rides! If you have occasional time to help neighbors with rides, will you please reach out to or 603-795-0603. We could use some additional members of the transportation team to respond to an increasing number of requests. Thank you in advance!

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.

August is …

Family Fun Month and Eat Local Month. As we welcome August, it’s hard not to feel this summer has been flying by. It seemed we just celebrated the end of the school year, and now we’re back to school shopping. As we gear up for the school year transition, how and where are you and your family spending your time together?

How are you having fun this summer? Where will you ‘eat local’ this month? 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. For a tasty soup to enjoy on these summer days that feel like fall, try this week’s recipe. “Lemony Chickpea Stew With Pasta and Artichokes” from Ellie Krieger in the Washington Post.

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. This month we share AARP’s “Find your Fit. Workouts for Every Goal.” With 30 minute workouts available to restore, strengthen and tone – for all fitness levels – there’s sure to be an option for you! Learn more 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. Join in! 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. Link for more information including August’s newsletter, menu, special events, and ongoing Grafton County Senior Citizens Council activities. Contact the OSC coordinator at 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! 

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 to learn more or donate online; or mail a check to CCL Welcome Fund at PO Box 127 Lyme, NH 03768. Thank you!

Orford Open Air Market

NEW HOURS: Saturdays, 10am-pm on the Common in Orford. What an impressive start up this has been! It’s 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!

JAG Productions 

OPENING THIS WEEKEND! What’s it like inside the process of Theatre on the Hill? Sideeq Heard Associate Artistic Director, says: “Juicy! The energy was spiritual and the music is contagious. The band really has a flow, and it was exciting to watch them work.” Get your tickets NOW to see Britton and The Sting’s musical revival, full of funk, feeling, and freedom.” Learn more here

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. 



  • 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. August 23rd  Stephanie Reininger, Lyme 4-6. 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 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! 

  • Sunday, September 11th. Back to School Community Potluck. An evening of community hosted by CommunityCare of Lyme and the Lyme School PTO. Please join us at the Lyme Center Academy Building from 4-7pm. Would you like to contribute to the potluck? Please let us know! We’d love volunteers for this event too! / 603-795-0603
  • Saturday, September 24th. 2022 Lyme Health and Wellness Fair. A big day with lots more to come. Visit our page for the most up to date information: new community partners, demos and prizes will continue to be added! If you would like to participate in the Health & Wellness Fair, let us know:
  • Sunday, October 16th. Blue Jeans & Bluegrass. CommunityCare of Lyme’s Second Annual Community appreciation event. Join us from 4-7pm for good music, food and fun! All are warmly welcomed! More information to come. Would you like to help in planning this event? We’d love your ideas, feedback and helping hands! / 603-795-0603.

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.