Lyme Town Band Helps Celebrate the Connecticut River

The Lyme Town Band entertained paddlers and those along the banks during the Orford-to-Lyme portion of the Source to the Sea Jump in Journey, organized by the Connecticut River Conservancy. The Conservancy is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Connecticut River — New England’s longest. The 400-mile, two-week river paddling adventure began at the Connecticut’s source in Pittsburgh, New Hampshire, and ends where the river flows into Long Island Sound.

NHPR is following the Source to the Sea and sent a crew to film a segment that included the band.

Listen to the NHPR Story.

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CCL Update – July 19, 2017

Whoa—What a start to the summer! Lots to share, but of great importance is the sincere thank you to all the Lyme Highway Department and Emergency Services teams who worked many, many wet & wild hours during the July 1st storm. Thanks also to Judy Russell at the Library and Jeff Valence at the school who made themselves and their facilities available as needed.

Goings-on since our last visit:

Independence Day Celebration. 

Some of the fun before the storm.

The storm overwhelmed what was a spectacular showing of community teamwork and American spirit. I want to recognize the hard work and flexibility both in planning the parade, activities, and meal and in making sure a whole lot of that was enjoyed, despite the locations changing and events being cut short. I was proud to be a part of it on behalf of CCL and am so thankful for all of you who played a part.

“We Have Each Other”, a project designed to learn about people’s experience with life in Lyme – what’s good and you are grateful for and what are challenges you may be facing now or you may see coming — CCL intern Mariah Lang is helping to design and kick off the project. Her initial conversations are proving to be enlightening and fun!  If chatting with Mariah or another “listener” interests you, please let us know.  And if you are interested in being a listener, we welcome your participation.

“Our Hour” is an informal hour each month designed to be, simply put, just for you.  Held in the Gathering Room in the Lyme Center Academy, a few folks visit, enjoy Abbe Murphy’s delicious treats, and relax. That’s it. Anyone who would like a little down time is warmly invited. Please call the office for the next scheduled date.

CCL Website new content.

The Davis Family had a big Prouty weekend

We are excited that this News and Events section on our website now includes more contributors!

Vicki, Chris, Lynn, Celeste enjoy a free dance concert (and dear grandbaby!) on the Green

Check out the posts in the categories “Life in and around Lyme”, by Nancy Copeland, “Summer Bucket List”, by Jay Davis, and see James Graham’s recent post. I’ve also used this space to share my enormous gratitude to all involved in the Independence Day Celebration and my memories of Marion and Ronnie Balch. I’ll continue to share this (long) monthly update here each month.

Upcoming:

Listener Training 101 on Friday, July 21st at 2:30-4:30pm at the CCL office

Cayla Dyer, Lead Organizer with United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP), will lead an interactive training in Listening: the Art and Science of Interviewing. This training is helpful for those capturing stories for We Have Each Other and is broadly applicable to story capture and interviews of all kinds. We will be sharing experiences, tips and techniques. If you are an experienced interviewer, your participation is welcome and encouraged. Participants may also help with future Listening Training. Please contact me if you can join us OR If you cannot attend but are interested. Please just show-up if you find yourself available at the last minute.

Blood Pressure Checks

The Parish Nurses will take blood pressures in the CCL Gathering Room in August. Please watch for more information on dates and times. If you are interested, please let us know so we can contact you individually.

Third Thursday Lunch is at Stella’s on August 17th, 2017 at Noon.
(NOTE: It’s also tomorrow, July 20th, at Dowds’ Latham Tavern)

Please join us for conversation over lunch. Choose from their lunch menu, which includes a variety of foods and tastes.  Anyone can come who lives in Lyme, is from Lyme, has friends here, or wants to learn about Lyme. Bring a guest! All are invited. Come and visit over lunch and make new friends.  Please let me know that you are coming by contacting Kathy Larson before 10 a.m. on August 17th, at 795-2014 (leave a message if I am out) or landk.larson@gmail.com. If you decide at the last moment, come anyway. The more the merrier!  I look forward to seeing you at Stella’s to hear about your summer adventures.
Kathy Larson for CommunityCare of Lyme

Save the Dates!

September 10th afternoon/evening – Back to School Bonanza

CCL will host a multi-generational community meal to wish the kids (and parents) well as they head back to school. Our hope is that the weather will allow a wonderful late afternoon outside barbecue (can you tell I’m “gun-shy” after the July 1st adventure?) Mark the date, watch for more details, and let us know if you’d like to help!

Dr. Atul Gawande

September 25th, 4:30-6:30pm – Atul Gawande Simulcast

The scheduled February event that got postponed due to a snowstorm is now on the calendar. Dr. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal, will be speaking on the topic “The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older” in Boston to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the founding of Beacon Hill Village. We will gather over refreshments at 4:30pm and simulcast the program 5-6pm. Conversation will follow, 6-6:30pm.

Grateful memories:

The Lyme community has lost many good friends over the past few weeks: Hank Swan, a steward of forest and fauna; his wife, Freda Swan, a dedicated servant to the town of Lyme, as a member of the planning board and select board among other things; Marion Balch, a mother, grandmother and friend to many, creative in her works, loving in her nature; Ronnie Balch, a long time fixture at the Dartmouth Skiway and teacher of all things hunting and fishing; and Mike Whitcomb, firefighter and EMT for Hanover and Lyme, and fixer of all things noisy with a motor.

To the families and friends of these good people, our appreciation for sharing them and our sympathy to you all.

 

Offers, asks, and thanks:

As support to the Independence Day festivities CCL purchased 3 5-gallon beverage containers, with the thought they could be handy for any number of functions in town. If you would like to borrow any or all for a function, please contact me.

CCL was gifted several boxes of items left over from the Prouty for use at community functions.  Sincere appreciation for this thoughtful and supportive gesture by the Prouty organizers and to Kevin Peterson for transporting the boxes to Lyme.

 

What we do and how we do it:

CCL just wants to be helpful. Whether it’s arranging a ride, a meal, some financial help, some medical help or getting some housework done, we work in conjunction with all the agencies and organizations in town designed to provide these services. I am so happy to report that since April 2017, there have been 40+ instances where we have been able to make a difference in someone’s life.  It doesn’t matter what the issue is, if it’s important to the person needing help, it’s important to us.

CCL is a growing group of volunteer leaders with a small paid staff, including me as Director. Our work includes individual service and activities that get the community involved, through coordination, communication, education, training, and opportunities to gather. Our annual operating budget is now funded by a small number of generous souls who support the mission of community caring and support. We will be seeking broader community support in the months and years to come.

Always, we aim to empower all contributors — of time, ideas, money, or just trust — to realize ownership. CCL is yours. Your voice is welcomed, your ideas critical.

Have a happy, healthy month.  Hope to see lots of you.

Patty

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Grateful Memories

The Lyme community has lost many good friends over the past few weeks:

Hank Swan, a steward of forest and fauna; his wife, Freda Swan, a dedicated servant to the town of Lyme, as a member of the planning board and select board among other things; Marion Balch, a mother, grandmother and friend to many, creative in her works, loving in her nature; Ronnie Balch, a long time fixture at the Dartmouth Skiway and teacher of all things hunting and fishing; and Mike Whitcomb, firefighter and EMT for Hanover and Lyme, and fixer of all things noisy with a motor.

To the families and friends of these good people, our appreciation for sharing them and our sympathy to you all.

By | 2017-08-24T16:49:46+00:00 July 19th, 2017|In memoriam|0 Comments

Stuffy Sleepover!

Lyme’s own Converse Free Library hosted another fabulous Stuffie Sleepover, July 12-13. 36 stuffies came to play, and they had quite a party!

Click on the link to check out the slideshow of the event …

A few fun photos of the evening:

We love our library!

What a great place for kids, grown-ups of all ages, and even stuffies to spend quality time this summer.  Click here for the library’s website to see all the latest.

 

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Sean King in the House

Sean King in the House!

A guest blog by James Graham

My family and I were excited to meet and break bread with New York Daily News reporter and civil rights activist Shaun King last Friday at the Richard Anthony Risio Center for Play and Practice in Thetford. Former Lyme resident, Carolyn Bardos, who runs the center, invited Shaun King to give the talk that took place at Thetford Academy. She also invited me to play music along with my son Ramon, Tuck Stocking, Thomas Chapin, and Maria Squire. We were all invited to a potluck after the event where we met Shaun King’s beautiful family and enjoyed stimulating discussion amidst the joyful din of children unleashed.

The author, Maria Squire, Tuck Stocking, Thomas Chapin, and Ramon Graham perform before Shaun King’s talk in Thetford.

Shaun King is an important civil rights leader of our time. His main focus is police brutality in America. This issue, though seemingly of  little or no relevance to us in Lyme, is one that has dire affects on families all across America. In his talk, Mr. King laid out some of the statistics that show we are are actually in a crisis with regard to the number of unarmed citizens that are killed by police every year. He pointedly called upon those of us who live in areas with a largely progressive culture to do our part to effect change locally that will benefit all Americans.

What impresses me most about Shaun King is his wisdom and compassion combined with his fierce activism. He courageously speaks the truths that are often difficult for us to hear, yet is always careful to avow his deep respect for good policing and his love and compassion even for the people he disagrees with.

At a time when many of us are bewildered by the events in Washington D.C. and the news we hear from around the country, I hope you get a chance to hear what Shaun King has to say.

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VegiCare 2017

Do you have garden bounty to share?

From the perennially clever and energetic program VegiCare founders …

Hello Lyme Gardeners Great and all!

Thanks to all to the upBEET Lymies who donated  their vegetables last week.

Your generosity  LEAVES us with a HARVEST of gratitude and we are aMAIZEd.

No one can SQUASH the enthusiasm this town has for caring and VegiCare has MUSHROOMED!  Here’s another apPEEL …

WHAT: Drop off produce, herbs on Mondays only from 8-4

WHERE: Horse shed with the “VegiCare” sign

WHEN:  Mondays only, July 17-First Frost (end of September)

WHY:  To promote healthy eating & good nutrition

HOW: Donated vegetables are delivered by our VEGGIE VALETS

Thank you in advance.  We promise to cart your cauliflower, funnel your fennel, escort your escarole, launch your lettuce, run your radishes, channel your chard, take your tomatoes, carry your corn, lug your leeks and tote your tarragon to Lyme neighbors.

If questions CROP UP or you have SAGE advice to share, please call or e-mail Dayle Mason or Mimi Weinstein.

We ROMAINE very truly yours,

Dayle 603-795-4346 dayle.mason@gmail.com

Mimi 603-795-2074 weinstein.mimi@gmail.com

Listener Training 101: July 21st

CommunityCare of Lyme is seeking both listeners and storytellers (individuals sharing their experiences) for We Have Each Other, a new project gathering and celebrating stories of the people of Lyme.

There is an art and science to listening well! CCL is offering the first in a series of listener training programs:

Listener Training 101

Friday, July 21st, 2:30-4:30pm at the CCL Office in the Lyme Center Academy Building

Cayla Dyer, Lead Organizer with United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP), will lead an interactive training in Listening: the Art and Science of Interviewing. This training is helpful for those capturing stories for We Have Each Other, and is broadly applicable to story capture and interviews of all kinds. We will be sharing experiences, tips and techniques. If you are an experienced interviewer, your participation is welcome and encouraged. Participants may also help with future Listening Training.

Please respond to this message or contact the CCL Office at 603-795-0603 if you can join us OR If you cannot attend but are interested. Please just show-up if you find yourself available at the last minute.

We Have Each Other builds on the work of We Had Each Other, A Spoken History of Lyme, published in 2000 by Friends of Lyme Library, and the current Stories Projects of the United Valley Interfaith Project, which pairs trained Listeners with members of the community and has already captured over 500 stories of aging with dignity across the Upper Valley, economic security, and life in Claremont.

Contact Mariah Lang (stories@cclyme.org, 603-795-0603), CCL intern, or Patty Jenks (patty@cclyme.org, 603-795-0603), CCL Director, to learn more about “We Have Each Other” or to sign up.
By | 2017-07-19T11:12:27+00:00 July 13th, 2017|CCL Update, We Have Each Other|0 Comments

Bike the Prouty – Check

Summer Bucket List

A guest blog by Jay Davis

 

I’m so proud of Julie and Andrew, who rode his first 35 mile Prouty ride, with the last five miles grinning his way through pouring rain.  The day before, I enjoyed 111 miles of Vermont dirt roads with Scott Nichols, Scott May and Don Powers on The Dirty Project, also contributing to the cancer-fighting fundraiser. A great couple of days!

By | 2017-07-13T23:52:16+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Guest Blog, Summer Bucket List|0 Comments

Tell Your Story!

We Have Each Other

Are you interested in listening to other’s stories, or sharing your own stories?

CommunityCare of Lyme invites your participation in a new story-gathering project, “We Have Each Other.”

Inspired by We Had Each Other, a Spoken History of Lyme, the extraordinary collection of Lyme personal histories edited by Mary Daubenspeck and Judy Russell and published by Friends of Lyme Library in 2000, we are gathering and celebrating new stories from the people of Lyme. We are also part of the UVIP Stories Project, which has included over 500 seniors across the Upper Valley and over 100 Claremont residents.

We are eager hear about the joy, the challenges, the hopes, and the dreams associated with YOUR life in Lyme.

Contact Mariah Lang (stories@cclyme.org, 603-795-0603), CCL intern, or Patty Jenks (patty@cclyme.org, 603-795-0603), CCL Director, to learn more about “We Have Each Other” or to sign up.

By | 2017-07-13T16:26:18+00:00 July 8th, 2017|CCL Update, People of Lyme, We Have Each Other|1 Comment

Summer Free for All Concert Series

Living Life in and around Lyme

Nancy Copeland’s Guest Blog

Grab your friends and a summer picnic and a little wine and dancin’ shoes, and come to the Dartmouth Green for three free summer concerts! On July 5th, the Corey Ledet Creole/Zydeco Band from Louisiana played while the crowd danced the evening away. The green fills up with families and kids and friends of all ages.

Coming up:
Wednesday, July 26th – Septeto Santiguero, Cuban/Latin band
Wednesday, August 29th – Rocky Dawuni, Ghana-born artist with Reggae anthems

The Hanover Farmers Market sells some great local farm foods as well.

So mark your calendars for some high energy summer fun!