Standing Together for our Future

Lyme School and wider community gather on the one month anniversary of Parkland.

An invitation to come together

At Town Meeting on Tuesday, Principal Jeff Valence invited the whole community to join in a special assembly at the school today Wednesday, March 14, at 10am, in memory of the lives lost in Parkland. This date and time was organized by youth across the country as a “school walkout” day. However, Principal Valence, with eloquence and passion we so respect, proposed and conducted something different. Here are some of the words he shared at Town Meeting:

“…Rather than this day being an act of defiance, which it may have to be in some communities, I believe it can provide us a symbol of our common goals. My hope is to invite you to join me in front of the school from 10:00 – 10:17, where we can affirm to one another that our community fosters understanding and befriends the isolated.  That we can civilly debate our differences and own our responsibilities, and, above all else, protect those that are vulnerable in a manner in which we can all feel safe- again.

This assembly is neither a protest nor a rally, it is not about politics, or amendments, it is about commitments – commitments to ourselves, to our neighbors and their children and to all those who are alone or need our support. It is Lyme stating to those that learn each day in our schools or gather in any community space, we are committed to civility and our responsibility to care for the well-being of others.

Please join me, please convince me and all that bear witness, that our fears do not define what we expect of one another — that actions resulting from our lesser selves can be overcome by the will of our better selves. That the shadow cast by often overwhelming fear will retreat in the presence of compassion, civility and care for one’s fellow man and woman. I ask you to be a symbol that strengthens our faith that we can all become the person we aspire to be.”

His entire message of invitation can be read here.

A meaningful gathering

A broad mix of community members joined the assembly this snowy morning. The program began with a moment of silence and the ringing of the school bell 17 times in memory of the lives lost in Parkland. Jeff Valence spoke with compassion and hope, using a mirror to remind us all of where both the sadness and the responsibility lie for creating healthy communities and safer schools. Our own hands and our own hearts are our tools to become the strong, caring community to which we aspire. After the principal’s remarks, Lyme 8th grader, Dylan Hendricks, offered a courageous plea for thoughtfulness about the role of guns.

The assembly was inspiring; and the community discussion continues, in Lyme and beyond. May we listen well and open our hearts and minds to one another, as we seek solutions to the complex challenges we face together.

By | 2018-03-14T21:38:41+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Events, People of Lyme, Uncategorized|1 Comment

CCL Update – October 17, 2017

Hello to All from CommunityCare of Lyme!!

Venturing into Fall, I’ll report on the end of Summer and what’s coming up. Before diving in, I’ll share something a friend passed on that caught me at exactly the right time. Maybe you’ll appreciate it too.

In Praise of Slowness

It was a hectic day, and catching my breath didn’t seem to be an option. Glancing through my messages, deciding which were critical to the moment, I saw this one, and not usually hearing from her unless things were difficult, I opened it:

I saw this today and thought you might find it of interest, and that you might like to share it with others through CCL … In a TED Talk, journalist Carl Honoré describes a wake-up call he had while reading bedtime stories to his son, and it is certainly is eye-opening. He has also written a book, In Praise of Slowness, in which he “dissects our speed-obsessed society and celebrates those who have gotten in touch with their ‘inner tortoise.’”

Speed-obsessed? She caught my attention, and I clicked on the link to the talk. After finding himself “speed-reading The Cat in the Hat” to his son, Carl Honoré began to look around. We are all trying to do more and more in less and less time. He believes our emphasis on speed is bad for our health, our quality of life, and our productivity. But he sees a backlash brewing, as “everyday people” start putting on the brakes. Well speaking as an every day gal, I could use some brakes! His talk was fascinating and encouraging.

Click here to hear the TED talk for the rest of the story. You may view it or read the transcript. If you prefer, contact me, and I’ll send you the transcript.

As busy as we are, as much as it feels we must accomplish, it’s important for us all to slow down … to enjoy our time and our people and our space. It feels an especially appropriate message for CCL to share, as we care about and for our collective Lyme family.

So, as I launch into a long list of goings-on, know that we are grateful for the many, many hands and hearts that make all this possible. Let’s all try to think of the sometimes overwhelming list of activities as a big set of opportunities to be with new and old friends, to slow down and disconnect, even briefly, from the everyday race to a finish line we can’t even always see.

Reviewing CCL’s September and Early October:

Back to School Potluck Picnic

A wonderful evening with 50+ neighbors, from toddlers to some of Lyme’s most experienced residents, making new or deeper friendships on a beautiful evening in Lyme Center.

Atul Gawande simulcast

with over 80 people in attendance!

Dr. Atul Gawande

Tuesdays at the CCL Gathering Room

Very full and interesting days each week: several folks enjoying Our Hour, a Select Board Coffee Hour, Parish Nurses spending one-to-one time in their private space, many friends experiencing a Reiki Power Surge compliments of Stephanie.

… and all about Town

Lyme Health Ministry’s Red Cross blood drive, a very successful and informative Aging in Place Committee meeting, the fun-filled Third Thursday Lunch at Stella’s, a Planning Board Public Forum on housing, digging into the ongoing discussions about housing in Lyme.

And, last on this list, but at the top of mine: helping several neighbors who shared the gift of their trust.

Looking Forward – ‘Tis the Season!

So many exciting things to share. Again, please reference the newsletter calendar and the Lyme Events Calendar for more events and details. Here are highlights:

Please say Happy Birthday with cards

to Charles & Mertie Balch! Charles will be 99 on October 16th and Mertie will be 94 on October 25th. The address for a card is 21 Pleasant Street in Lyme. Melvina Beauford will be 98 on October 17th! Her address is 17 Union Street in Lyme.

Neighborhood Breakfast Café, Monday, October 16th 7:30-9:30am

With the kick off of the CCL Neighborhood Breakfast Café on October 16th, there are now at least four monthly opportunities for casual gathering with friends: One breakfast, two lunches (Senior Lunch on the first Thursday at LCC, and the CCL Third Thursday Lunch at local restaurants), and the Our Hour conversation over tea and treats.

Holding the Net – Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging  October 18th 7:00pm

Book reading, discussion, and refreshments with author Melanie Merriman, at the CCL Gathering Room. Please let us know if you’ll join us.

National Village Gathering in Baltimore, November 5th-8th

Martha Tecca and I will venture to Baltimore to learn from hundreds of other communities across the country and to share some of what makes Lyme so special. Martha and Ellen Thompson have attended in previous years and brought back enthusiasm and new ideas. Very exciting, not only for CCL but for me!

Coming in January: Weatherize Lyme!

We are pleased to share that Lyme has teamed up with Orford and Piermont, and we have been chosen to participate in the Vital Communities Weatherize program! This is a collaborative effort between (so far) CCL, the Lyme Energy Committee, members of the Lyme Congregational Church, the Lyme Foundation, and community leaders in Orford and Piermont, with the coordinating leadership of Lyme’s David Perlman. MUCH more to come, but we are excited to be part of bringing the community together to increase the energy efficiency of our homes.

Let us hear from you so we can be here for you:

Our mission is to lift up, support, and collaborate with our Lyme family and the many entities designed to keep us all safe, comfortable and happy. During the coming season of giving, our focus is reinforcing our commitment to you and asking for your continued support and ideas. We are opening our ears and inboxes to hear what our Lyme neighbors might wish to give or receive over the coming months, so we can support you. Whether it’s preparing for colder weather, assistance with transportation, or an event idea to bring cheer as the days grow shorter, all suggestions are welcome. We are your partner in making 2017 a happy and healthy year for all our neighbors.

Please reach out to me, any time. Call 603-795-0603 or email patty@cclyme.org.

Happy Halloween wishes, and much love and grace from CommunityCare!

By | 2017-11-21T13:02:04+00:00 October 19th, 2017|CCL Update, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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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