Remembering Jim Jenks

James Lee Jenks: 1952 – 2019

A gifted athlete in his youth, a talented earth mover, and a life-long resident of Lyme, Jimmy Jenks was a devoted friend and family man who left his mark on Lyme—whether by walking with a friend through grief or working every road in town. Jimmy was known for his hearty laugh, big love, and generous spirit that sometimes masked the pain in his life. Jimmy died on March 20, 2019. He will be sorely missed.

In the May 20, 2019 issue of the Valley News, Jim Kenyon wrote a beautiful piece about Jim’s life, working with Patty Jenks, his wife and CCL’s Director. Click on this link to read the full article.

But Jim Jenks’ story does not end: it lives on in the hearts of many in Lyme and across the Upper Valley. What are your memories of Jimmy? What inspires you about his story? Would you share your thoughts with us as a comment below? You may also send an email to info@cclyme.org

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CCL Monthly Update

May 17, 2019

It’s been a busy month!

Day of ServiceWe had an amazing turnout for Lyme’s fourth annual Day of Service on Saturday, May 4th! Over 200 volunteers showed up to help our neighbors and green up roads.

Thank you so much for the generosity of your service! We are also very grateful for the trust neighbors have shown in reaching out for help. We all need it sometimes, and it is a gift to have the opportunity to help a friend.

We’d like to give a special thanks to

  • the Day of Service organizing team (Sue Hanlon, Kathy McGowan, Lynn McRae, and Erin Wetherell),
  • Sarah Shipton and the Parish Nurses, Kari Allen and Sharon Morgan, who helped reach out to community members who could use a hand, and
  • Jeff Valence and Tami Dowd, who provided and cooked the fabulous breakfast, and the Lyme Country Store for milk and cream.

Click here to read the full story, and see pictures from the Day of Service.

Upcoming Events:

CCL Office Hours Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons at the CCL Living Room

Connect with Us. Or just enjoy our comfortable living room. We are eager to answer your questions and hear your suggestions. On Tuesdays, the Parish Nurses have hours, and Stephanie Carney offers Reiki after her yoga class. There is a lot going on in the office! Click here for details

Lyme Knits 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month, 6:30-8:30pm at the CCL Living Room

A relaxing evening of knitting…learn about it, teach it or just do it! As of now we are meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. Do check the calendar for changes in schedule.

Community Breakfast Café Monday, June 3rd 7:30-9:30am at the Lyme Center Vestry

Join us for breakfast! All are welcome. It’s a collaborative effort among neighbors, and a chance to enjoy warm company and wonderful food together … a perfect way to start the week! Chef Bruce Balch and friends will be back to serve up a fabulous breakfast! There is no charge for the meal. Donations are gratefully accepted to defray the costs of future meals. If you or someone you know could use a ride, please call 603-795-0603. Click here for details

If you’d like to host or help with a future Community Breakfast Café, please contact teri@cclyme.org or 603-795-0603.

“Our Hour” June 11th at 11:30am at the CCL Living Room

This is time set aside for those who just want an hour of simple time with friends. Please join us for a good visit and snacks, blended with laughter and relaxing. Click here for more information.

SAVE THE DATE! Back to School Pot Luck and Kids’ Clothing Swap & Shop Sunday, September 8th 4-7pm at the Lyme Center Academy Building

You are warmly invited to join CommunityCare of Lyme and the Lyme School PTO on the Academy Building beautiful back lawn for a warm, intergenerational Pot Luck, plus a chance to get some great kids’ clothing at bargain prices (even free!). Come share a meal, meet new friends, watch the kids play, and relax on a Sunday afternoon as the school schedule picks up. More details to come!

We are Here for You.

CCL just wants to be helpful. Whether it’s arranging a ride, a meal, some financial assistance, some medical support or getting some housework done, we work in conjunction with all the agencies and organizations in town designed to provide these services. 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. 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 funded by generous souls who support the mission of community caring and support. Growing our base of financial support in the community is an ongoing need to sustain our work. We greatly appreciate your support, and we always welcome your donations.

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. Stop by our office hours, or you can submit this form, call us at 795-0603, send us an email, mail us a note, post on our Facebook page, catch us in town, or schedule a time for a chat. We are here for you.

Have a Happy Healthy Month! Enjoy the last weeks of the school year.

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Lyme’s Day of Service

Fabulous Turnout for Lyme’s Day of Service!

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, over 200 people participated in Lyme’s fourth annual Day of Service.Day of Service

We started the day with 125 guests at our community breakfast at The Lyme School. Wow! Thanks so much to Jeff Valence and Tami Dowd. There was quite a buzz as everyone prepared for what proved to be a productive and fun event. The weather cooperated: There was a break from the rain, which was a relief, and even a few moments of sun. With temps in the 50s, conditions were perfect for getting out and getting the work done!

Individuals, families, and service groups (including Those Guys and a 4H team), turned up: 90 volunteers helped with all kinds of projects, and over 140 people greened up roads.  Many volunteers worked on more than one project or road. Both volunteers and service recipients looked forward to the big day, with some volunteers going back to help the same friends they had met during a previous year’s Day of Service.

The organizing team of Sue Hanlon, Kathy McGowan, Lynn McRae and Erin Wetherell did an incredible job!! If you see them, please congratulate them and thank them for sharing their love and energy to involve us all. Erin, who grew up in Lyme, offered, “My favorite part of the Day of Service is folks coming together for good– and for “good” in whatever way feels best for them. Whether it’s washing dishes at the community breakfast, greening up a patch of road, or raking leaves for a senior, the town comes together in the spirit of connection and community, and that fuels me and connects me to my roots.”

By Saturday afternoon, we had run into several people who were delighted with the day. Said one happy Lyme resident: “I had four doctors at my house! They did an amazing job—even more than I had hoped.”

Here are just a few moments that made us smile:

On Saturday morning, we received an email from Hanover High student Jack Lynch, hoping he wasn’t too late to help out. Thanks to some cell coverage luck, we were able to match him up with a team, and he jumped right in. After the event, he wrote: “Thank you very much for organizing the Day of Service, days like that make me want to stay in Lyme forever.”

A four-family raking party (Gartners, Princes, Voegeles, and Tadlocks) came together to take on a big job at a very appreciative neighbor’s home.

Celeste and Walter Wetherell cleaned up the shore of Post Pond via Canoe, as they have every year.

Jay Davis, who participates in the Day of Service with his family every year, said, “We again so appreciated the opportunity to connect with elder members of our community.  Always a great source of perspective, including a nonagenarian allowing as how he might need to eventually move away from cutting his own wood…”.

Susan Musty, a neighbor who was recovering from a broken wrist, received help from Nancy and Mant Copeland and Theresa Mundy. “It was a joy to work with my group of volunteers, who stacked wood and got the sand and gravel off the grass back on the road edge,” she said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the tip of my hands.”

Nancy: “We had such a lovely time. Susan had chocolates and drinks for us for a little break. We left with a bouquet of fresh picked daffodils and several new perennial transplants. It was so neat that we helped her and then we left with plant and flower clippings from her yard to ours.”

It really was a special day! Check out the photos below.

If you have more photos or more stories to share, please contact us at 603-795-0603.