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Support an important cause! Hygiene 4 the Homeless

Hygiene 4 the Homeless

A guest blog by graduating Lyme 8th graders: Mary Cook, Juliet Kelly, Iris Levey, Elsa Bolinger, Una DiGeorge, and Dylan Wilcox

Can you imagine experiencing a normal bodily function as a threat to your dignity or having to choose between personal hygiene and a meal? 

No one should have to endure living this way.

For homeless women, menstruation is an enormous challenge. By joining hands and raising our voices, we can create much-needed change in this world.

As a final project for our eighth grade health class at the Lyme School, six of us created an organization called Hygiene 4 the Homeless (H4H), to raise awareness about the struggles that homeless women face dealing with menstruation, and the potential dangers that can arise when feminine hygiene products are not readily available. In creating Hygiene 4 the Homeless, we are fundraising and collecting supplies to deliver to local homeless shelters and women in need, and as a whole, educating the public about this little-known – but very important – issue.

How to Donate:

We accept monetary donations as well as donations of products, such as pads, tampons, menstrual cups, and more.

There is a collection box in the lobby of the Lyme School  through the month of June, so if you have any extra boxes of pads, tampons, or other hygiene products that you are willing to donate, we would welcome your contributions.

Look out for donation jars in several businesses throughout Lyme as well  – your spare change could make a difference in someone’s life.

You can also donate online through GoFundMe (click here)Most boxes of products cost over $4. Just by donating this amount, you can help to support homeless women.

For More Information:

Email us with any questions at teenscenehealth@gmail.com or visit our website (click here)

Thank you for your time, and we hope you’ll consider helping this important cause.

We are stronger together.

By |2018-06-07T17:14:18+00:00June 7th, 2018|Guest Blog|0 Comments

Atul Gawande Materials at Lyme Library

Lyme Library Supports CCL Programs!

With gratitude, we share a note from Lyme’s fabulous Library Director, Judy Russell:
Community Care of Lyme is doing great things, and the library loves to lend a helping hand when we can.
I wanted to let everyone know that as of this morning, the audio CD version of Being Mortal is available to borrow, along with the PBS video based on the book. You may place a hold on the book at this time, or check with Margaret–we often have spare copies of this enormously popular book.
In addition, we suggest the following (all currently available):

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Gawande
Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, by Gawande
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (print version)
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (audio CD)
The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care through the End of Life, by Ira Byock

And for the real fanboys and fangirls among you, My Ideal Bookshelf, in which Gawande (and many other prominent figures) shares his most meaningful reading experiences. (Great read all around.)

Click here for the three results that show up in the New Hampshire Downloadable Books (Overdrive) collection. (Need help downloading electronic materials? Come to Tech Tuesdays or Wednesdays and we’ll get you all set up.)

We’re open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow. For help placing a hold, email mcaffry@lymenhlibrary.org or give us a call at 603.795.4622.

See you at the library

By |2017-09-25T10:58:38+00:00September 25th, 2017|CCL Update, Guest Blog|0 Comments

We [Really Do] Have Each Other

Reflections on a Summer of Listening

A Guest Blog by Mariah Lang

This summer I worked on the We Have Each Other project with CommunityCare of Lyme. The project is loosely based on the Lyme Historians’  oral history of Lyme, We Had Each Other. For We Have Each Other, we want to hear how folks are doing now. Though I grew up here, I went into the job not knowing much about this community, and I left with an understanding of life in Lyme now, and life in Lyme past, that will stay with me for years to come.

For this project, we started by speaking with the older generation of Lyme. CCL’s hope was to create programming around needs and ideas, as well as to understand the important perspective on life in Lyme. So, I cold called my way through a list of community members, and a good mix of people were willing to share their experiences with me. I went into this project with the understanding that every person would bring their own range of perspective to my questions, and that every person was going to be different. I came out of this project with a great feeling of connectedness. Of course, we’re all different but what’s astounding is how similar we all are, too.

I think the best part, for me, was actually getting to have these conversations with people …

but a close second was getting to sort through the conversations after. When I sat down and listened to the interviews, I could imagine the stories as they were told. I could put myself into the situations of the people I spoke with and really, truly understand. To be able to understand someone’s experience with life in Lyme, and add it to my own experiences makes the community that much more vibrant. I know Lyme better now, because I know the people who live here better now.

This was all a learning experience, and I want to thank everyone who chatted with me for taking the time to sit down and learn this process with me. Some of these folks were among the first that I have ever interviewed, and I’m sure it wasn’t perfect, but it was eye opening (and quite the adventure, too!). I learned so much about community, memories, aging, Lyme, and how utterly important it is to have one another.

If I could give one piece of advice that I learned from this project, it would be this:

say “hello” to your neighbors. If you don’t know them, get to know them. Approach everyone with a smile, because sometimes that’s just what other people need to see. Plus you’ll be happier that way too. In order to understand your community, become a part of your community. And please, just listen to one another. The betterment of a community lies within our stories and our experiences.  

By |2017-09-22T14:12:34+00:00September 22nd, 2017|Guest Blog, We Have Each Other|0 Comments

Eclipse 2017 in Dubois, Wyoming

Summer Bucket List

A Guest Blog by Jay Davis

Our extended family experienced the Eclipse in the tiny town of Dubois in the Wyoming badlands.

Our observation spot was wide open and stunning. My brother and I enjoyed a pre-eclipse run in the moonscape of the mountains. With totality approaching, we made pinhole viewers and played with the amazing light and shadows. (The cowboy pinhole picture turned out so well in the shadow … the picture doesn’t do it justice.)

An unforgettable experience!

By |2017-08-29T11:39:40+00:00August 21st, 2017|Guest Blog, Photos, Summer Bucket List|0 Comments

A Week of Local Adventures

Living Life in and around Lyme

Nancy Copeland’s Guest Blog

So much local summer fun! Have a week like the one we just had …

  • Get over to Cedar Circle Farm in Thetford VT, and take a walk in their amazing flower gardens and pick your own bouquets.
  • Take a day trip south to Cornish NH and tour St. Gaudens national historic park. Be sure to take a picnic and sit on the beautiful grounds as if you were part of the Cornish artist colony in the early 1990’s. Travel a mile further south and you can drive across the Connecticut On The Windsor/Cornish covered bridge (the longest in the country).
  • Take another day trip south to Windsor VT and have lunch at Harpoon Brewery. Then next door take a walk through The Path of Life and experience nature and various mazes, tree sculptures, and a labyrinth, all related to different stages of life. Stop at Edgewater Farm stand in Plainfield on your way home, and pick up some corn or fresh veggies.
  • Grab your dog, and take a short 30 minute hike up the Dartmouth Skiway on The Winslow side. You will be rewarded with panoramic views of Mt. Ascutney and the Green Mountains to the south.

So many great local adventures for family and friends!

Have fun!

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.

By |2017-07-18T21:46:09+00:00July 18th, 2017|Events, Guest Blog|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+00:00July 8th, 2017|Guest Blog, Summer Bucket List|0 Comments

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!

It’s Berry Picking Time!

Living Life in and around Lyme

Nancy Copeland’s Guest Blog

It’s peak strawberry picking season in the Upper Valley right now. That means get your sun hat out and grab a friend and head on over to any of the local farms and strawberry fields. This morning we picked at Cedar Circle Organic Farm in Thetford, Vt.  Plenty of luscious red berries to be had by all. Pick a few then eat a few and then pick a few more. Beautiful views of the surrounding hills and the Connecticut River. They told us there is still about 2-1/2 weeks of strawberry picking left! The Farm also has The Hello Cafe, with wonderful scones and muffins and cookies and cool drinks.

Its the season to visit all of our local Farm stands and buy fresh veggies and more. North of Lyme you will find:

  • Root 5 Farm in Fairlee, VT
  • Cross Roads farm in Post Mills, VT
  • Pierson Farm in Bradford, VT
  • Peaked Moon Farm in Piermont, NH
  • Four Corners Farm in Newbury, VT.

Soon it will be raspberry and then blueberry picking!

Have fun and go pick berries!

River Camping on the Connecticut

Summer Bucket List

A guest blog by Jay Davis

Setting off for the river

Bought the longest racks EMS had, filled the car with stuff, and we set off on an epic wilderness advent…. ok, we were actually going for a single night camping trip about four miles from our house. But the weather was great, kids were psyched, and we made sure the car had no room for screens!

 

The main photo above was from our campsite in the morning. You can see all sorts of wildlife while canoeing the Connecticut River…..

 

 

By |2017-07-08T17:42:20+00:00June 25th, 2017|Guest Blog, Photos, Summer Bucket List|0 Comments