CCL Director, Patty Jenks, periodically shares news, information about upcoming events, photos, stories, celebrations, and thanks.

Lawn Party Luncheon

A Gathering by the River

What a fabulous afternoon, sharing lunch with over 60 friends and neighbors of all ages, from Lyme, Orford, and beyond! It was such a happy mix of guests, enjoying conversation and good food together — just a joy to be a part of!

There are so many people to thank, starting with the organizing team of Chris Bunten, Priscilla LaMott, and Martha Tecca. That was a big job, and great work to involve lots of others:

Mark and Martha Teccas’ spot by the river was a gorgeous setting for a relaxing meal. Those Guys of Lyme provided the tent — a generous contribution, on a steamy hot day for the set-up and a race against the coming storm to take down the tent so it could be transferred to the Lyme Common for the Prouty SAG stop. The Orford-Fairlee Lions provided tables and chairs, and they also moved the equipment to host a Prouty SAG stop, in Fairlee. Cammie Wheeler graced all the tables with lovely flower arrangements. Mark Berger helped guests with parking.

The meal was a combined effort. The starter was Martha’s beautiful green minty pea soup. Speaking of beautiful greens, Chris and Priscilla made a salad with incredible heads of lettuce donated by Peaked Moon Farm, picked just hours before the lunch. Martha and Lee Lopez made a variety of frittatas — something for everyone. The Orford Senior Center shared Willing Hands vegetable bounty for the frittatas. Hannaford in Bradford donated watermelons. Several bakers provided a mix of breads and a tempting selection of sweet treats. Bakers included Chris, Priscilla, Kathy Sherrieb, Ann Green, Jude Parker, Susan Musty, Lee Lopez, Helen Oliver, and Abbe Murphy. Tony Patterson provided ice for the event. The Lyme Congregational Church lent hospitality supplies. We were also able to deliver 20 meals to neighbors who weren’t able to join us, as well as share some love in the form of food and flowers with the staff at Alice Peck Day who have been taking good care of a Lyme friend.

Set up, serving, and clean up helpers included Susan Musty, Beth Taylor, Lee Lopez, Lynn McRae, Patty Jenks, Kathy Sherrieb, Teri Hontas, Dianne Stanley, Chris, Priscilla, and many guests who pitched in. There was a virtual swarm of smiling people removing the tables and chairs as the weather was threatening after the meal. What a community!

We are so very grateful to all who attended and all who helped for the joyous and uplifting day.

By |2019-07-12T16:47:04-04:00July 12th, 2019|CCL Update, Events, Photos|0 Comments

CCL Monthly Update

CCL Update – June 17, 2019

Hope, Joy, and Growth — It’s been quite a Spring!

The weather was quite something in May and early June, with so much water and a chill in the air. Leaves and buds stayed tight a little longer than usual, with hope for the overdue light and warmth. Finally, a few days of sun allowed both nature and eager gardeners to get to work creating some New England Spring beauty.

June 3rd Community Breakfast Café at the Lyme Center Vestry.

At CommunityCare of Lyme, we’ve had our own weeks of somewhat quiet transition, as brighter, clearer days are emerging. We’re energized by a burst of activity. The May Our Hour gathering included some new friends and lovely, rich conversation (plus healthy and tasty snacks). The Happy Feet foot clinic was a joy to host, as clients positively twinkled out of the office after their experience. Clinics will continue the 4th Thursday of each month. Chef Bruce Balch and team served quite a feast at the June Community Breakfast Café. Huge thanks to all the volunteers and donors that made that happy morning possible!

We love that Lyme knitters enjoy the CCL Living Room twice a month, and we were delighted to provide a comfortable and productive space for a strategic planning meeting of the Upper Valley Community Nursing Project. Our partnership continues to grow with the Lyme Parish Nurses, who hold office hours at CCL every Tuesday. Together, we help individuals and families navigate health and life challenges; connect neighbors with meals, rides, friendly visits, and social gatherings; and provide opportunities health and wellness education. The nurses and CCL are so grateful for the individuals and organizations in Lyme who make those service possible, including programs of both churches, Those Guys, the school, library, and many others.

The CCL Board is delighted to announce the establishment of The CCL Jenks Fund, in memory of Jim Jenks and Ethan Jenks, and in honor of Patty Jenks. The fund will enable our Director (now Patty) to help community members with small but urgent financial needs.

We are looking forward to a summer of love and laughter, with so much beauty around us, outside and in. When the days are steamy, please drink lots of water, and come visit us in the cool CCL Living room on Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons. Call if you’d like to enjoy the comfy space at some other time.

Upcoming Events:

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

Connect with Us. Or just enjoy our comfortable and cool living room. We are eager to answer your questions and hear your suggestions. On Tuesdays, the Parish Nurses have hours 10am-noon. Click here for details. There will be no Reiki by Stephanie Carney, while her yoga class is on a break.

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

A relaxing (and cool) 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. If you are new to the group (not already receiving Eleanor Schafer’s updates) please contact her at to confirm the schedule.

Blood Drive, Monday June 17th noon to 5pm at the Lyme School – NOTE THE SPECIAL TIME AND LOCATION. 

Please consider starting your summer by donating blood. First-time blood donors are needed to increase the pool of ongoing donors. This drive is being held at the school, with end-of-day hours and child care provided, in an effort to make it possible for new donors to come.

Child care provided 3pm – 5pm. Pre-register at

“Our Hour” June 18th at 10:30am at the CCL Living Room — NEW DATE AND TIME

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. Next month we’ll be back on the second Tuesday, July 9th.

Going Out Green Presentation and Discussion June 20th at 6:30pm in the CCL Living Room

Lee Webster will help participants explore sustainable and meaningful funeral options. Learn about emerging eco-friendly funeral practices, including home funerals and green burials. With funeral prices rising along with temperatures, it’s time to take a look at ways to reduce expenses and carbon footprints while still having rich, meaningful send-offs. Learn More …

Happy Feet Foot Clinic June 27th at the CCL Living Room

Therapeutic foot services, including diabetic foot care, provided by Susan Hanna Rose, RN. Click here for details. Appointment required. With questions or to reserve your spot, contact or call 603-795-0603.

Lawn Party Luncheon on the River July 11th at 12:30pm at the Teccas’ Home in Orford

Join us for lunch, prepared by neighbors from both Lyme and Orford, under a tent provided by Those Guys. Menu to follow. If you or someone you know could use a ride OR if would like to help in some way, please contact CommunityCare of Lyme at 603-795-0603 or

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!

Celebrating Five Years Together

Although the reasons for requesting help are not usually celebratory, those involved in responding to the requests, as well as those being helped, find themselves truly uplifted. And it turns out there’s been a lot of uplifting! Including those who have trusted us with a call for help, plus volunteers, contributors, and event attendees, those involved in some way with CCL number over 700. It is a wonderful feeling to know that one way or the other we have made an impact our Lyme family. We are looking forward to so much more.

Please know that you are warmly welcomed and strongly encouraged to join in the fun, rich, and rewarding work. Do you like to visit with neighbors? Would you like to discuss being part of the board? Do you have a skill to teach others or experience to share? Do you like to write, design, or take photos? Are you passionate about community health? Are you an organizer? Are you seeking an internship opportunity? … the list is endless! And as our operations depend on financial generosity, we must add: Will you consider a donation as our fiscal year ends?

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’d like to see you.To make a donation, send a check to CCL at PO Box 127, Lyme, NH 03777 or go to

We wish you a beautiful Summer, and look forward to seeing you out in the community!

By |2019-06-30T10:11:04-04:00June 18th, 2019|CCL Update|0 Comments

Announcing The CCL Jenks Fund

The CCL Jenks Fund

The CommunityCare of Lyme Board of Directors is pleased to announce the establishment of the CCL Jenks Fund, in memory of Jim Jenks and Ethan Jenks, and in honor of Patty Jenks. The fund, inspired by the kind and generous spirits of Jim and Ethan, will enable CCL’s Director, currently Patty, to provide small amounts of financial support to address urgent needs of individuals and familiesPayments will not be made directly to individuals.

Donations may be made online or directly to the CCL Jenks Fund by cash or check delivered to the CCL offices or mailed to PO Box 127, Lyme, NH. 

James Lee Jenks (1952-2019)

Ethan Sherman Thomas Jenks (1992-2019)

By |2019-06-22T20:34:10-04:00June 14th, 2019|CCL Update, In memoriam|0 Comments

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 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.

By |2019-05-22T17:32:56-04:00May 17th, 2019|CCL Update|0 Comments

Announcement from the Lyme Select Board and Transfer Station

Change of operations for the Lyme Transfer Station

We are pleased to announce a change of operations for the Lyme Transfer Station as of Wednesday, August 1st, 2018. Collection times will remain as they are currently, but the Transfer Station will operate on Saturday from 8:30-11:00 AM instead of Sunday. Wednesday summer hours remain 4-6 PM. Casella Waste Management will be our new provider utilizing their Zero-Sort process for recycling. The primary business drivers for this change are improved ergonomics for residents, improved percentage of materials recycled, and improved traffic flow within the Highway department work area. This new process will be in a trial period through August.

What’s the new process?

  • Drive into Transfer Station as before and stop at the Casella Trash Truck, a Casella worker will take your trash in either Lyme green bags or $3 punch per bag. If you have C&D you should help the Casella operator unload into their truck. Large C&D haulers should pull off to the side of the Casella truck and work your C&D into the Casella truck as traffic allows. You will present your punch card at this time.(Reminder the Transfer Station does not accept cash at any time)
  • Pull around to Matt’s station as before, but now the green compactor will be our Zero-Sort area instead of trash. All clean paper, cardboard, plastics, cans, and glass can be tossed at this station with Matt assisting. Once again if you have a large Zero-Sort load, please pull off the side to allow others to drive up to the Zero-Sort compactor and work your recycling into the green compactor as traffic allows. Please have all recycled material loose. (do not put them into zero sort in a bag)
  • If you have only 1-2 trash bags, no C&D, and one box or container of Zero-Sort you most likely will not have to leave your vehicle as our workers can gather your items. Once you have paid with your card or green bag for your trash and C&D, you are free to drive straight out of the Transfer Station.
  • Once unloaded you are free to drive over to the deposit bottle area or metal recycle bin as needed.

What are the benefits?

  • Ergonomics will be improved with the reduced utilization of the large recycle bins and stairs.
  • A higher percentage of material will be recycled than in the past due to the efficiency offered by Casella and their Zero-Sort capability.
  • Traffic flow will improve significantly with reduced parking and backing of vehicles and, in turn, improve access for Highway Deptartment vehicles during winter operations.

We look forward to this change and are looking for your support. Any suggestions for improvement can be emailed to Matt at


Sue, Rusty, Kevin and Matt

By |2018-07-26T11:13:52-04:00July 26th, 2018|CCL Update, Living Life in and around Lyme|0 Comments

Embrace the Season of Giving

Celebrate in Community!

We are inspired by the annual reminder to experience the gift of giving – and receiving, too – and we’re promoting opportunities to do both this year. Look for ways to share your gifts and to lift up others by receiving theirs.

Check out our Season of Giving page for lots of ideas and calendar listings.

By |2017-11-28T10:52:56-05:00November 28th, 2017|CCL Update|0 Comments

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

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

By |2017-11-21T13:02:04-05:00October 19th, 2017|CCL Update, Uncategorized|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 or give us a call at 603.795.4622.

See you at the library

By |2017-09-25T10:58:38-04:00September 25th, 2017|CCL Update, Guest Blog|0 Comments

CCL Update – September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017


Happy Fall, from CommunityCare!  Summer flew by…and Fall brings more exciting and interesting things for our life in Lyme.

It’s the evening of September 10th, and as the sun sets, the Academy Building field is full of kids. A wonderful multi-generational group of old and new friends are gathered under the tent provided by Those Guys, finishing up the last of a varied and delicious collection of pot luck offerings at the Back to School Pot Picnic.  Over 40 people attended, and we are very grateful for those that took time from a busy schedule to join us.

I haven’t used this message to highlight regular calendar items. Please do check the calendar in this newsletter and the (beautiful!) Lyme Events Calendar. Also watch for occasional posts to the Lyme Listserv.

August and Early September in Review:

CommunityCare continued support efforts to the Lyme Emergency Management operations following the July 1st storm.

We Have Each Other

Mariah Lang concluded her 2017 internship with CCL, having conducting seven interviews to learn about how people manage their joys and challenges today. You might enjoy Mariah’s blog post about her experience. Thanks to Mariah’s diligent efforts, the program is well established and will continue with further interviews.There are stories and snippets of wisdom in process. We’ll share more soon!

If you’d be willing to tell us about your world we’d be honored to document your story and learn from your experiences.  Listeners are always welcome. Call Patty at 795-0603 or 795-2028.

Our Hour

Nine people attended the August gathering. Sharing not only easy dialog, but also yummy snacks, everyone enjoyed a good laugh and left having made new friends and plans for an outing or two. A walking partner was identified to make it easier to get some friendly exercise. We also found that shaking the cream into fresh butter for our biscuits gave us all a little workout! Those that didn’t get a turn with the butter used one and two pound vegetable cans I’d brought in. It is healthy to be together for lots of reasons.

A request was made to consider holding the gathering on a different day, so we’ll alternate Tuesday and Thursday to see how that works.  September’s was last Thursday and October will be held on October 10 at 10:30am. Everyone is very welcome to join us. Please contact me if you’d like to join us, or if you know someone who might appreciate a personal invitation.

And the newest ventures …

Neighborhood Breakfast Café in collaboration with the Baptist Church in Lyme Center: We invite you to join us for a monthly (for the time being) visit to your Neighborhood Breakfast Café (AKA the Baptist Church Vestry). We’ll aim for a Monday morning and we’ll begin in October. A menu of the morning will be posted well in advance for your scheduling ease and serving hours will be from 7:30 am to 9:30 am. It will be the “chef’s special” eggs/pancakes/French toast/oatmeal; and there will be fresh muffins, hot coffee, tea and juices. CCL welcomes donations local produce, eggs, breads, and meats, or anything you think would make breakfast special. Guests may leave a donation of their choice. Donations will be used to cover any Café expenses and contribute to the fuel expenses at the church.

Anyone interested in a) coming for breakfast, b) being chef for a day, c) offering suggestions, or d) donating to the cause, I would love to hear from you! 795-2028, 795-0603 or

CommunityCare Closet

Sometimes you just need a gadget or a car seat or other kid thing for a few days. CCL is creating an inventory of items for such times (similar to the medical equipment the Parish Nurses keep for distribution). We’re starting with items donated by Katie Jenks, following the closing of her child care center.  We haven’t completed building the inventory but as soon as we have a good accounting, a list will be published.  Meanwhile I’m asking for your thoughts…

Do you have an item in good shape that you’d consider contributing, and do you know of a safe, clean location (would haven’t to be too large) where the items could be stored and easily accessible?  Many thanks for your help with this project.

Upcoming Special Events:

September 25, 4:30-6:30pm. Dr. Atul Gawande simulcast at Lyme Congregational Church.

The Being Mortal author will speak on “The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older” in Boston to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Beacon Hill Village. CCL is pleased to host a “watch party” and conversation. Doors will open at 4:30pm and the program will stream 5-6pm. Refreshments (thanks to Caldwell Law) and conversation will follow. Click here to view the full calendar listing and RSVP. Please note the location change from the Lyme Inn, due to the great response which has meant we need a larger space.

This is a big week for Dr. Gawande in the Upper Valley! On Wednesday the 27th, Osher at Dartmouth will be showing the film Being Mortal and holding a Q&A at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditorium H. For more information go to or call (603) 646-0154. The two events are complementary, addressing different stages in the spectrum of aging.

October 18, 7pm. Holding the Net – Caring for My Mother on the Tight Rope of Aging, book reading and discussion at the CCL Gathering Room in the Lyme Center Academy Building.

Refreshments will be served. Melanie Merriman will read from her soon-to-be-released book and looks forward to a rich discussion with participants. Please click here to read the full calendar listing and let us know if you’d like to come.

Thanks for Your Trust and Support:

Finally, I’m pleased to report that I’ve been busy. It’s very gratifying to be able to help facilitate a solution to a problem, steer people in the direction of a needed resource, and (I hope) make it easier for people to navigate this business called life. I don’t do this by magic. Lyme is blessed with wonderful resources and people with whom I collaborate and direct others to. It’s what CommunityCare is designed to do. If I can ever be helpful to you or someone you know, please allow me the privilege of trying to help.

You can reach me any time by email at or by phone at 795-0603 (CCL Office) or 795-2028 (home).

Have a great month. Be well.

By |2017-09-22T11:01:57-04:00September 19th, 2017|CCL Update|0 Comments

CCL Update – August 19, 2017

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.

Click here for details.

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 sagaCommunityCare 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.

Have a Happy Healthy Month!

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