10 Virtual Tours Of National Parks For When You’re In The Great Indoors
Frustrated that flights are so cheap, but you are stuck at home??
Thanks to the folks at Google Earth, you can enjoy virtual tours of 10 National Parks from your laptop, for FREE!
April 1st is “Census Day”. Where were you (or should you have been) on that day?
The U.S. Census Bureau uses April 1st to determine how many and where we all are for the Census, completed every 10 years, as instructed by the Constitution. It’s always a challenge to get a complete count. This year, it is more complicated than usual, as people are displaced by COVID-19.
If you are temporarily displaced due to the coronavirus, enter the address where you would have been living on April 1st.
For example, if you are a college student whose school has closed, completing your term at home, complete the census for your dorm or off-campus address (or as instructed by your school.)
If you are temporarily staying with family or unexpectedly at a vacation home, complete the census for where you would normally have been staying on April 1st.
The census is important to our communities, and everyone matters.
Please respond online if you can (and you can, if you are reading this!) There will be additional outreach, and then door-knocking, to addresses whose responses have not been received. Let’s save the resources and keep people safe by responding now. If you have your Census ID from a mailing you have received, that will save you a couple of “clicks”. If you don’t have it, you can easily respond. It’s surprisingly quick. If you haven’t already, do it now!
If you have questions, contact CommunityCare of Lyme. We’re partnering to help ensure a complete count. Call 603-795-0603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This family is making the most of their Stay at Home time!
Traditional festivities are on break, yet there are SO MANY ways to
Celebrate Life in Lyme!
A guest blog by Sarah Crockett
Thanks to Those Guys for keeping our community traditions alive!
I look forward to seeing my Lyme friends and eating delicious pancakes on the 4th!
of “liberty and justice for all”, I think that it is important to stop and be grateful for all that has been accomplished over the past 243 year since the founding of our nation.
If you’re trying to think of activities to fill in you day next Saturday, as Lyme community events are “postponed”, here are some of my ideas of how to celebrate living in the great town of Lyme:
- Gather friends for a picnic on the Green–play some old fashioned games with the kids, deck them out in Red White and Blue finery, eat ice cream from the country store!
- Stop by the Lyme Historians and soak in some Lyme history.
- Hike one of our beautiful trails–Lyme Hill, Smarts Mountain, Pinnacle, anyone?
- Mountain Bike at the Greens and enjoy the community mindedness of Bob Green.
- Swim at Post Pond–gather your friends, have a BBQ on the charcoal grill, invite everyone to bring an instrument and sing some campfire songs as the evening winds down (a personal daydream of mine!)
- Play some Pick-Up baseball on our beautiful Post Pond Baseball field–parents vs. kids is always fun!
- Paddle the Connecticut River.
- Visit a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
- Read a book about the American Revolution.
- Eat dinner at the Lyme Inn or Latham House Tavern and appreciate our local businesses.
That’s just a few things on my wish list–feel free to share YOUR ideas of how to celebrate living in Lyme!
God Bless America, land that I love!
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above.
Local First Alliance recognizes Morty Bailey
Vital Communities’ Local First Alliance* has highlighted Lyme Green Heat in a recent member spotlight. Congratulations, Morty!
When Lyme native Morton Bailey started his business, Lyme Green Heat, he was just a guy in a truck delivering bagged wood heating pellets to residential customers around the Upper Valley heating their homes with pellet stoves.
Today this Local First Alliance business has grown to become the only bulk distributor of wood pellets in New Hampshire, serving commercial and residential customers with wood pellet boilers—central heating—throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and even into Massachusetts. Click here to read the full article.
*The Local First Alliance engages businesses, organizations, and citizens to strengthen our local economy. Recognizing that regional prosperity grows from communities actively building economies that strengthen and sustain the places we love — the Local First Alliance works to promote, encourage, and support our local businesses.
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!
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 email@example.com.
Happy Halloween wishes, and much love and grace from CommunityCare!
CommunityCare of Lyme is pleased to host a “watch party” and conversation at the Lyme Congregational Church on September 25th. Please note the new location, increasing the capacity for the event.
Dr. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal, will speak on “The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older” in Boston to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the founding of Beacon Hill Village.
Doors will open at 4:30pm and the simulcast program will run 5-6pm. Conversation and refreshments will follow.
The Village to Village Network is sponsoring the program, and Caldwell Law is supporting refreshments. There will be no charge to attend. Donations will be gratefully accepted to cover ongoing programming.
The summer is flying by
… with vacation and hard work, beautiful warm weather and rain, joy and great sadness. I am grateful to be experiencing it with you.
Since our last visit:
The “We Have Each Other” project continues.
Mariah Lang has interviewed 6 individuals so far about the joys and jumbles of living in Lyme today. She will finish her internship with CCL in early August, but interviews will continue with different interviewers. If you’re interested in this project please contact Patty. It’s turned out to be a terrific exercise in learning about Lyme today (as opposed to 50 years ago) and will enable us to gain momentum in providing the support folks need now. Our sincerest appreciation to Mariah for sharing her summer with us. Her beautiful smile, upbeat and creative attitude have been a true pleasure. We are grateful that she has offered to stay involved long distance!
Listener Training: An opportunity to learn the art of interviewing and listening took place on July 21st.
Our first listener training was led by Cayla Dyer of the United Valley Interfaith Project, and ten people attended. Our group included engaged community members from Lyme and neighboring towns, with a diverse set of goals in listening.
This was an interesting educational opportunity and a chance to discuss the many ways listening more generously will benefit us as individuals and as a community.
We hope to expand on the techniques we explored and offer additional training sessions. One idea that emerged during our conversation was a large group learning session, breaking into one-to-one sessions listening to one another’s stories. Doesn’t it sound like fun?
“Our Hour” Thursday September 14th at 12:30-1:30pm at the CCL office
This is time set aside for those who just want an hour of simple visit and down time. Treats of the day will be provided by whoever has been cooking! Please join us for a good visit blended with laughter and relaxing.
Reiki Healing by Stephanie Carney Tuesdays at 10:30am at the CCL Office
Stephanie will be back in mid-September. This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to try this amazing therapy.
What is Reiki Healing? Reiki is a Japanese technique used for relaxation and the reduction of stress. The technique is based on the principle of unseen life force energy. It is practiced by laying hands on or above an area of the body and allowing the life force energy to flow freely for people to feel alive. It is thought when energy is low, people are more likely to be ill or stressed, and when it is high, people are likely to be well and happy. Treatments produce feelings of peace, security and wellness
Back to School Pot Luck and Celebration of Grandparents Day Sunday, September 10th 4-6pm at the Lyme Center Academy Building
You are warmly invited to join us on the Academy Building beautiful back lawn for a warm, intergenerational Pot Luck bonanza. Come share a meal, meet new friends, watch the kids play, and relax on a Sunday afternoon as the school schedule picks up. CCL will provide desserts, beverages, a few lawn games, and some tables and chairs. Those Guys are providing a tent. Bring a dish to share, and maybe a blanket or lawn chairs. Click here for more details.
Atul Gawade Simulcast on Community and Choice September 25th 4:30-6:30pm at the Lyme Inn
CommunityCare of Lyme is pleased to host a “watch party” and conversation. Dr. Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal, will speak on
“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.
Please join us! Let us know if you will attend, so that we can plan for seating and refreshments. To RSVP or to ask questions, click contact us above or call 603-795-0603 and leave a message.
Aging in Community:
Aging in Place Committee meeting August 23rd 6pm at CCL Gathering Room
We will review planning board efforts and discuss educational materials for healthy and safe aging.
The Art of Aging….we hope it’s a continuing saga. CommunityCare of Lyme is host to many programs designed to encourage health and wellbeing.
And remember, we’re all aging! Although the “seasoned” set does face unique issues and challenges, the younger crowd isn’t without its own angst. The huge obligations and commitments to family, demanding jobs and the price of living in today’s world can take the fun out of a good day. Good mental and physical health are paramount to coping with the pressures. We can all help each other.
Part of Aging in Community is being a helpful part of the changing community. Watch for programs offered by CCL to help with coping skills and techniques for all age groups.
Awareness and Caution
It’s a sad reality that there are people among us who set traps and lie in wait to take advantage of unsuspecting, trusting individuals. What can appear to be an innocent phone call, mailing or email can actually be a clandestine effort to gain personal information making us vulnerable to identity theft, or theft of assets and belongings. It is very difficult to track these people and even more difficult to recoup your losses.
Unless you are very sure of the business or individual requesting your support, walk away. Never provide your Social Security number, your credit card information or your checking account information. If the caller is talking about something that truly interests you, request that they send you information in writing via the postal service. That buys you time and provides you with what you need to make an informed decision. If the answer to this request is negative, hang up. Legitimate entities have written information and policies.
Finally, if you feel that you or someone you know is a victim of identity theft or elder abuse, call your local police department. They are trained to know what to look for and the proper agencies to work with. Never be embarrassed, they’re here to help and we all need help occasionally.
Stay well and stay tuned as we continue to explore the Art of Aging.
Grateful for the People of Lyme:
Welcome New Lyme Neighbors!
Nathaniel & Genevieve Brown
Sarah & Allan Dooley
It is great sadness that we extend loving sympathy to Maureen Byrne and the family of Tom Hughes. Tom was a true supporter of Lyme and our life together, often communicating with us about different ideas he had concerning CCL. His passing leaves us with aching hearts and feeling a huge void as it’s hard to imagine life in Lyme without his fun grin, happy greeting and constant interest in our well being. Rest in Peace, dear Friend.