CCL Weekly Update – 9/25/2021

Health & wellness, fundraising, history, music, and a gorgeous day!

What a Saturday in Lyme! And what a lot of preparing on the part of SO many. It was a true demonstration of community. We have a BIG thank you ahead, to all of the participants and attendees at the Lyme Health & Wellness Fair – lots of Lymies, and many individuals and organizations from across the region, coming together for one special event. There is a lot to share! 

Since we are a couple of days delayed on our update, we are keeping it short and sweet to let it all sink in, to say thanks for being you and being here, and to get you a few notes about events coming up this week.

Wishing you a week filled with gratitude and space to find a little peace.

With Love, Martha

603-795-0603 (CCL main line)

News and Notes: 

September is National Preparedness Month

Lyme preparedness resources were well-represented at the Lyme Health & Wellness Fair!

The Lyme Emergency Operations team offered great resources, “go bags”,  and hands-on training to help us all be as prepared for emergencies we may encounter or experience directly. Keep on the lookout for more to come, as we prepare for winter.

Lyme Parish Nurse, Kathy Watson, encouraged completion of POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms, an important aspect of advance care planning, to ensure that medical decisions are consistent with your wishes, should you be unable to speak for yourself. 

Caldwell Law shared information about building a life plan, to take care of your assets and your health. They highlighted the Dementia Directive, a valuable component of an advance healthcare directive.

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.

Week 4, Teach Youth about Preparedness
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

  • Review your family emergency communications plan with kids at your next household meeting.
  • Need tips for talking to your kids about natural disasters? Visit
  • Many Americans aren’t familiar with their child’s school evacuation & reunification plans. Are you?
  • Kids can become Disaster Masters with this @Readygov preparedness game
  • Get involved in Teen CERT. Find opportunities by learning about Teen CERT online.
  • Your community needs YOU! Find opportunities to help your community here. In Lyme, contact the emergency operations team at

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

Monday’s Menu. This week’s Monday’s Menu is Apple Butternut Squash Soup. Anna states, “This creamy butternut squash and apple soup only has a few simple and healthy ingredients but is loaded with Fall flavor! High in vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as a good source of iron, calcium, and potassium, this comforting soup is the perfect seasonal dish on cool Autumn days!” Can’t wait to try it! Click here to see all the Monday’s Menu recipes.

Wellness Wednesday. This week, Shelby encouraged everyone to join in one or more of the hands-on demonstrations of ways to get or stay healthy, at the Lyme Health & Wellness Fair. Click here to read the post. Thanks to all who got out there and tried something new or helped one of the generous instructors by showing how it’s done. See all Wellness Wednesday posts here

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

Walk to End Alzheimers – Saturday 10/2

Funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Meet this Saturday at Hanover High School. Registration at 8 am | Ceremony at 9 am | Walk at 9:30 am. Register and get more information here.

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!

Two quick items as “save the dates” … more to come when we get back on schedule later this week ?.

  • Apples and Crafts and Food Truck Festival. Rte. 4 East Woodstock, VT. October 9th 10am-4pm, October 10th 10am-3pm.
  • Sunday (10/17): CCL Blue Jeans and Bluegrass Community Appreciation Celebration. 3-7PM at the Ramsden’s Barn. A celebration of YOU: volunteers, partners, neighbors and friends! 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. Everyone is invited. We each did our best to make it through a couple of challenging years, and we’re still moving forward. That’s what makes our strong, loving, and resilient community. And that’s something to celebrate! Do you have questions about the event, or would you like to help? Contact or 603-795-0603. 

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 so you can stay active, involved, and well.
Lyme Food Pantry or prepared meals. Deliveries or errands. Help around home.
Just a chat. You name it.