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.

Tree Decorating Day

All Hands on Dec-orating!

It was a beautiful, sunny early winter day on the Lyme Common, as dozens of families and friends decorated many of the trees that will be part of the December 1st Tree Festival, the grand community event created by The Utility Club to fund scholarships for Lyme college students.

CommunityCare of Lyme was pleased to provide a lunch of soup, chili, warm drinks and sweet treats, with the help of several generous cooks and bakers.

It was a fun day, and a great way to spread the work — and cheer — across two weekends!

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VegiCare 2017

Do you have garden bounty to share?

From the perennially clever and energetic program VegiCare founders …

Hello Lyme Gardeners Great and all!

Thanks to all to the upBEET Lymies who donated  their vegetables last week.

Your generosity  LEAVES us with a HARVEST of gratitude and we are aMAIZEd.

No one can SQUASH the enthusiasm this town has for caring and VegiCare has MUSHROOMED!  Here’s another apPEEL …

WHAT: Drop off produce, herbs on Mondays only from 8-4

WHERE: Horse shed with the “VegiCare” sign

WHEN:  Mondays only, July 17-First Frost (end of September)

WHY:  To promote healthy eating & good nutrition

HOW: Donated vegetables are delivered by our VEGGIE VALETS

Thank you in advance.  We promise to cart your cauliflower, funnel your fennel, escort your escarole, launch your lettuce, run your radishes, channel your chard, take your tomatoes, carry your corn, lug your leeks and tote your tarragon to Lyme neighbors.

If questions CROP UP or you have SAGE advice to share, please call or e-mail Dayle Mason or Mimi Weinstein.

We ROMAINE very truly yours,

Dayle 603-795-4346

Mimi 603-795-2074

Bargain Barn in the News!

The Lyme Women’s Fellowship Bargain Barn had a great write up in the Valley News. Click here to read the article.

The Bargain Barn is a great place to find gently used (and sometimes new) clothing, accessories, linens, housewares, bric-a-brack, and so much more. An amazing crew of volunteers puts together this lovely shop, with a lot of care and hard work — and LOTS of donations. You may donate items in good shape from May through mid-July.

Not only will you find useful items and treasures if you shop and a good home for items if you donate, but you will contribute to great causes. Proceeds from Bargain Barn purchases support scholarships, local programs, and international outreach. Selected donations are sent directly to those in need, and items that don’t sell are sent on to other local organizations serving those who may need them.

Bargain Barn Hours:

Now Through Labor Day
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30-4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm

Columbus Day Weekend
Winter clothing sale, hours to be announced.

Stop by!

If you have questions, contact Joan Schaafsma through the Lyme Congregational Church Office, 603-795-2850.




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