CCL Weekly Update – 9/1/22

Welcoming change.

As students, teachers, and families transition from a summer schedule to the school year schedule, we realize this time of year can be filled with excitement and anxiety. Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten, or the first day of senior year, we welcome change as each school year has its own set of challenges and joys. And whether or not we are back to school, there’s a general sense we are “back at it.”

While we go through this time of transition, please don’t forget to take time for yourself, your friends, your family. The slower days of summer can make it easier to find time for all of these things. As we adjust to the demands of school, extra-curriculars, jobs and more please don’t forget you are important too!

Take a break from the scramble and come to the Back to School Community Potluck on Sunday, September 11 from 4-7pm at the Lyme Center Academy Building. This event is open to all and is co-hosted by CommunityCare of Lyme and the Lyme School PTO. Good food, good company, good fun!

Best wishes to all for a school year filled with health and happiness.

Best wishes to all for a school year filled with health & happiness.


With love,
With love,The CommunityCare of Lyme Team

News and Notes:

Current help requests

This week’s highlight: Lyme Health & Wellness Fair. Can you lend a hand? There are lots of moving pieces leading up to the Sept. 24th event,  and many volunteer opportunities during the event itself. Priority needs:

  • Talk it up (now and in the week before the event)! Put up event posters throughout the Upper Valley while you’re running errands or going to work. Please use this link to invite  your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers too!
  • Share a healthy activity (event day, before or during the Fair): a walk or fun run, morning Tai chi, some games of bridge … you name it!
  • Set up (Fri eve and Sat am): Help prepare activity spaces, place tables and chairs, post signage, welcome community partners with helping hands orientation.
  • Parking guides (event day shifts 8am-1pm): Direct community partners and participants to designated parking area, help with safe drop offs for those with mobility issues access.
  • Clean up (event day shifts 10am-2:30pm): Help with spruce up throughout the day and break down after, trash/recycling removal, returning tables, chairs and other materials, assisting community partners.

If you can help, will you please reach out to or 603-795-0603. Thank you in advance!

CommunityCare of Lyme Office Hours

The office will be closed Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day. Regular open hours are 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 Helpline (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.

September is National Preparedness Month

With this being back to school season, it’s a great time to review disaster plans as a family along with coping skills for children. Explore for a variety of resources. (They even offer a “Ready Kids” section with readiness games for kids, teens and educators!)

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

Monday’s Menu. Try “Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites” from Yumna Jawad ( 6/12/21). It’s a tasty snack for game day that’s also healthy(ish)? Give these a try!

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. We’re glad to share a guest post from Steve Gordon, LMT and Executive Director of The Hand to Heart Project. Learn more about the team’s great work in this post.

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! We are in the process of re-energizing and reimagining Aging in Community, a goal that 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! Contact the Lebanon office at 603-448-1558, or email More on the website.

Dartmouth Aging Resource Center (“ARC” throughout the Community Events Calendar) has an amazing array of programs, activities, and supports. Here’s a link to this week’s ARC newsletter.

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 September’s newsletter, menu, special events, and ongoing Grafton County Senior Citizens Council activities. Visit their website here. Contact the OSC coordinator at 603-353-9107 to learn more or to sign up for meals or activities.

AARP September FREE events lots of fun activities with registration required. Use the link to learn more about their exciting variety of programs covering topics from Smartphone photography Skills to the history of spices. AARP membership is $16/year (or with their Labor Day special $9/ year if you commit to a 5 year membership). If you would like membership and have concerns about cost, please let us know we can help! / 603-795-0603.

Covid update

There are still Covid cases popping up in Lyme and neighboring communities. Please be safe yourself, and honor the requests of event hosts who are protecting all guests.

Vaccination – new boosters for ages 12+! Announced this week: approval of the first new formulation of boosters designed to address Omicron variants now responsible for the vast majority of cases. Doses may be released as early as next week. Keep an eye out for eligibility details and availability! has details about all stages of vaccination. 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.

Testing – the Dartmouth Aging Resource Center has Home Covid Test Kits. If you need Covid tests, please contact ARC at 603-653-3460 or Test kits are now widely available, and it’s a good idea to have some on hand.

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.

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

Saturdays, 10am-1pm on the Common in Orford. 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!

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, September 2nd & Saturday, September 3rd. The Bargain Barn – Bag Sale!  From 1:30pm-4:30pm Friday and 12pm-3pm Saturday, the Bargain Barn will be open for the last days of its end of season sale. Everything is half price, and a full grocery bag is only 10$!
  • Wednesday, September 7th. Those Guys IN-PERSON breakfast. 6:30am at the Lyme Congregational Church.
  • Wednesday, September 7th. Lyme Fire & Fast Open House. 6:30pm-8pm. The FAST squad and Fire Department are looking for residents who can devote time and effort to being a volunteer firefighter and/or EMT.
  • Sunday, September 11th. Back to School Community Potluck. A multi-generational kick-off to the new season, hosted by CommunityCare of Lyme and the Lyme School PTO at the Lyme Center Academy Building from 4-7pm. All are welcome at the shared meal – where each of us contributes one thing (and maybe that one thing is your company at dinner❤️.) If you plan to join us – and if you’d like to help in some way – Please let us know!, 603-795-0603.


  • 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. September 6th 6 Carol & Peter Orgain, S. Strafford 5-7. Questions? 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.

Save the date! 

  • Tuesday, September 13th. New Hampshire Primary Voting. 7am-7pm in the Lyme School community gym. Keep an eye out for listserv posts from the Town Clerk (Patty) about details. Redistricting has brought changes, so candidate research may be in order.
  • Saturday, September 24th. Lyme Health & Wellness Fair. 9am-1pm On the Common. A big day with lots of details to come. Visit the webpage for the most up-to-date information: new community partners, demo classes, 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 2nd annual community appreciation event. Join us for good music, food, and fun, 4-7pm outside the Lyme Center Academy Building! 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.