CCL Weekly Update – 9/2/2021

Finding magic through the fog… 

Driving to Lebanon really early one morning, the fog was thick and murky. Everything around me was eerie and kind of magical. Driving was intense, because early and fog means animals moving around,  and who wants to ruin a perfect magical morning with an unfortunate encounter? 

As I moseyed along, wisps of fog swirled and broke open enough to allow shards of watery sunlight through the mists. More magic. Finally, with the elevation change and warming sun, bright light punctured the gray and all of a sudden there was the sparkling blues of a perfect early morning. Magical clarity!  

Through all this, I equated the fog to feeling inhibited and tense.  Little by little, with the sun sparkling through, my tenseness lessened and the day seemed to become brighter and more manageable. The clarity was comforting and the transition was all about adapting.

With the school year beginning and Covid making the rounds again, we continue to adapt. Being able to adapt is comforting and will bring peace of mind to those foggy parts of a day. It’s all an important way to create a magical life with the days we’ve been given. Don’t waste them!  

Be adaptable, be at peace with your life and be well. Mask up, be patient and be happy.

Wishing you well and hoping you enjoy a safe Labor Day Holiday.

With Love,  Patty

603-795-0603 (CCL office)

News and Notes:

COVID-19 Update. 

With the number of cases continuing to increase, Grafton and all neighboring NH and VT counties are at a high transmission level. Mask mandates and requests are coming back into place at businesses and in towns across the region (and across the country.) Health professionals now recommend that everyone (vaccinated or not) wear a mask in public, especially indoors, and keep safe distance. Frequent hand washing with soap and water or use of hand sanitizer is important, as it has always been. Please respect businesses, 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. 

Please review the 8/20 guidance from the Lyme EOC, included in last week’s CCL Update for more details about what to do if you’re sick (consider getting tested and stay away from others until you’re confirmed covid-free) and booster shot availability (now for those who are immunosuppressed and soon for others.) If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, now is a great time to do it. If you are over 12, it is easy. To find the best location for you, go to

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.

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 1, September 1-4: Make a Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.

  • #PrepareToProtect means preparing to protect everyone you love. Start by making a plan before disasters and emergencies strike.
  • Discuss with your household or family how you will communicate if there is an emergency.
  • Decide and practice your emergency plan with members of your household.
  • Houses, mobile homes, apartments, and high-rise buildings have different evacuation considerations. Make a plan for each: 
  • Involve your entire family, including your children, in planning for disasters and emergencies so they are prepared, not afraid

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

Monday’s Menu. Click here to read this week’s recipe: Coconut Carrot Ginger Soup, from Anna Pippin, MSHN. Anna says, “If you’re looking for a way to use up those beautiful carrots from your garden, then this carrot ginger soup is for you. Carrots are the main ingredient in this easy and delicious soup with only a handful of other wholesome and healthy ingredients. It has the perfect combination of creamy from the coconut milk, sweet from the carrots, and spice from the ginger! 

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

Wellness Wednesday. This week we are re-sharing an important listserv message from Chief O’Keefe with guidance to keep us all safe and well Back to School Road Safety Reminders. Thank you, Chief!

 See all the 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 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. 

Lyme is happening!

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

Fall Fun is Happening!

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

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

Save the Date:

  • Saturday (9/25): The Lyme Health & Wellness Fair  Lyme Historians Barn Tour, and Lyme Fest, on the Common. Planning is underway for a big day! Please reach out to if you’d like to learn more or be a part of it.
  • 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.

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.
You name it.

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

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