CCL Weekly Update – 9/16/2021

Running on Empty?

After a season of lockdown and isolation of sorts, re-entry to the busyness of back to school, sports, extracurricular activities and holidays feels overwhelming. At least it does to me – and I’m no longer dealing with the kids and school. But I remember it and recognize how exhausting it was in “normal” times. This must be worse. The routine is helpful, but we add to that the invitations to gatherings, holiday planning, flu clinics and a multitude of other interesting things to be considered for an already-packed schedule. Thank you for even considering participating and attending!

All that being said, there really are some extraordinary opportunities for diversion from the new norm of the moment. I hope you will use them to fill your tank and soothe your frazzled soul.

On Saturday, September 25th, we invite you to the Lyme Common, beginning at 9am with the Lyme Health & Wellness Fair and community market, for a day to explore and be involved! You’ll find an assortment of providers and opportunities to enhance well-being, learn about history, and enjoy music and friends. This day-long extravaganza combines the H&W Fair, a first-in-two-years community/flea market, the Lyme Historians Barn Talk and Tour, and the long-awaited Lyme Fest music fundraiser for the Lyme School Artist in Residence Program.  Please watch for additional information on this and other upcoming ways to divert a bit from the hectic energy outflow to the fun filling of the spirit. Hope to see you out there!

Wishing you all a bright week, full of good health and fun planning!

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

COVID-19 Update. 

Vaccination remains the best way to ensure personal safety and that of loved ones and the community. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet (and over 12 years of age) or if you are eligible for a booster, because you are immunocompromised, now is a great time to get your shot. It is easy. There will be free vaccines at the Lyme Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, September 25th. Find other locations at Masks, distancing, and hand washing also help prevent the spread of the virus.

Mask mandates and requests are in place at businesses and in towns everywhere. Please respect organizations and friends who may ask you to wear a mask or limit inside gathering. With changing regulations, owners are making difficult decisions in order to keep staff and customers safe and well, and individuals are doing their best to stay healthy for those they love.

Contact CCL if you 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.

NEW!! 9/25 Community/Flea Market is happening!

Thanks to the Boy Scouts’ collaboration and service, there will be a Community Market alongside the Health & Wellness Fair! For the first time since 2019, we’ll be able to enjoy Lyme’s traditional last Saturday of the month summer community and flea market. Find (or share!) new-to-you treasures, local crafts, food, plants, and more! Please spread the word with friends and neighbors.

If you are interested in taking part, we would love to hear from you! Please contact or 603-795-0603. Spots will be available on a first come, first served basis, with a 9am advertised opening. We suggest a $20 donation for a community market space that’s approximately 20’ wide. All proceeds will be shared between the Boy Scouts, who have generously offered to help with set up, and CommunityCare of Lyme, to support ongoing community programming. 

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance by the US government’s Ready campaign, to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” Each week this month, we’ll share’s tips on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities. The Lyme Emergency Operations Center team is there to help, and will be represented at the Lyme Health & Wellness Fair on September 25th to share more preparedness guidance and resources.

Week 3, September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

  • Download or order your free preparedness products to help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency.
  • Drills aren’t just for your toolbox. Practice emergency drills with your family regularly. 
  • Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. Plan ahead: 
  • Make preparing fun for kids! Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for items you already have to add to your disaster supply kit. Follow this list: and see how many items you can check off!
  • Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Visit:

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

Monday’s Menu. This week’s Monday’s Menu is Baked Tomato Casserole with Parmasean. Anna states, “This delicious side-dish is a wonderful way to enjoy your fresh from the garden tomatoes! Only a few simple ingredients go into this tasty, comforting, and warm casserole that is quick and easy to make and a great way to incorporate more veggies at the dinner table!” 

Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. As hunting season begins, this week we share safety tips and reminders from the Lyme Conservation Commission. Be sure to review this post, and practice these safety tips for yourself, your friends, family and animals. Do you have pictures of yourself, friends, family, pets sporting Blaze Orange for safety during hunting season? We’d love to see and share them to encourage this practice! Please email 

See all Wellness Wednesday posts here

If you have a wellness tip or a healthy recipe you would like to share, please contact

Those Guys Tent Rentals!

Those Guys are still renting their tents! As always, funds raised through this effort are distributed to community organizations. This post includes all the details.

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. 

Lyme is happening!

We are pleased to pass on news shared by Lyme organizations.

  • Lyme Congregational Church. In person worship is back! Sundays at 10:30am. Bring a mask. Annual world-wide Crop Hunger Walk, Sunday 10/2. More info to come!
  • Lyme Historians. Museum and Barn are open on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
  • Lyme Library.  Please visit the library website for the most up to date information on hours. 
  • Lyme Food Pantry. CCL hosts every Tuesday at 1pm at Lyme Congregational Church. Call ahead to let us know what you’d like (603-795-0603), or just stop by. DELIVERY AVAILABLE.
  • VegiCare. Monday drop-offs of gardeners’ bounty and love-filled produce deliveries to neighbors, until first frost. 
  • Happy Feet Clinic. CCL hosts three Thursdays a month at the Lyme Center Academy Building. Appointment required. Expert foot care with nurse Susan Hannah Rose. Call 802-296-1112 0r email to schedule a time.

Fall Fun is Happening!

Here are just a few of the many fun happenings around the Upper Valley in the next few weeks. 

  • Lebfest. Colburn Park, Lebanon, NH. September 18, 2021 from 11AM – 4PM.

If you have a fall event you would like listed please email 

Saturday (9/25) – A BIG DAY IN LYME
We are so excited about this special time in community! 

  • The Lyme Health & Wellness Fair, 9am-1pm on the Common. Visit and learn from 40 programs and organizations who contribute to our individual and collective well-being. Join in a healthy demonstration class or activity. Gather for safe, warm conversation. Win prizes! It’s not too late to come and share your service, resource, or activity that promotes personal and community health. Please reach out to or call 795-0603 for more information.
  • Community Market, 9am-1pm on the Common. The first Lyme “Flea” Market in 2 years! Contact or call 795-0603 for questions about a space to re-home special treasures, sell your crafts, or share a message with the community.
  • Lyme Historians Barn Talk and Tour, 2pm talk at Lyme Congregational Church, followed by a guided tour of the Churchill-Melvin House barn. Contact
  • Lyme Fest Music and Fun, 3:30-6:30pm on the Common. A relaxing afternoon featuring Lyme musicians to benefit the Lyme School’s Artist in Residence program. To offer music, contact For additional questions, contact

Save the Date:

  • Sunday (10/17): CCL Blue Jeans and Bluegrass Community Appreciation Celebration. 3-7PM, Ramsden’s Barn. Our inaugural celebration of you: our community, partners, neighbors and friends! This year’s attire is casual; blue jeans are highly suggested! Be sure to come hungry, we’ll have a pig roast, scrumptious sides and delicious desserts for you to enjoy. Break out your dancing shoes! Dan Freihofer and the Dinosaurs will be playing live bluegrass music throughout the event. This event will be at the Ramsden’s barn in a very scenic location, so bring your camera (or smartphone) and be sure to take and share photos to our Facebook page. Throughout the event we’ll be highlighting individuals and partner groups that have helped CommunityCare of Lyme’s work, by continuing to make our community a wonderful place to live. Please let us know if you’d like to attend by emailing or calling 603-795-0603. 

*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 Lyme Events 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 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.
Just a chat. You name it.