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Celebrate Life in Lyme!

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!

I would love to encourage you to gather with friends and family on July 6th to celebrate all the great things about living in Lyme and enjoying the great freedoms that come along with living in the United States of America.  While we have many battles yet to fight to preserve our values

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.

By |2019-06-30T10:11:19-04:00June 30th, 2019|Guest Blog|0 Comments

Lyme Memories – the Skiway

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep…”

Guest Blog by Barbara Balch, as shared in the Lyme Community and Church newsletter November/December 2018

I thought of this line often as I rode up and down the trails at the Dartmouth Skiway beside my husband as he groomed the slopes, repairing and preparing them for morning and the first run skier. The groomer was nothing like the large fancy groomers you see today – it always astonished me that such a small, drafty and noisy machine left beautiful white ribbons flowing down the mountain in its wake as we chugged along, uphill and down. If the night was clear and cold the snow sparkled in the headlights, and the moon and stars sparkled above. A stormy night brought swirling flakes that often built up on the windshield faster than the wipers could disperse them, and we would stop, get out, clamber around on the huge slippery tracks that carried and propelled the small cab and roller, and “hand wash” the windshield. The wildlife was amazing – bucks, does, fox, bobcats, snowshoe hares, an occasional porcupine, coyotes, and if we were lucky, a barred owl might glide by.

For close to 20 winters I worked part-time at the Skiway, selling tickets. In those early days we “made-do,” not only by circumstance – that is, a small work force – but also by a very primal need to keep warm! Tickets were sold out of a drafty booth at the base of the Poma Lift with nothing but a small and inadequate heater to keep the often -20° temperatures more or less at bay. Other folks, Skiway crew and skiers alike piled in with me and body heat added to what little warmth the heater provided kept us warm. There wasn’t room in the booth for more than 2-3 others besides myself, depending on their size, and people tended to rotate in and out through the day. That didn’t work out so well for me as every time the door opened, I lost what heat there was! I loved the Poma! It kept my feet on the ground and the decision to remove that and replace it with a chairlift did not excite me anywhere near as much as it did the rest of the Skiway Crew. I am not a fan of hanging up in the air and looking down at the ground. I rode the Poma easily and could never understand why folks had so much trouble with it. Stand up, hold tight and don’t sit down…easy-peasy. I never once fell off it. Never did fall out of a chair either, but every time I took a deep breath and loaded on one, I was always pretty darn sure I would! It was along about that time that I heard ice-skating and cross-country skiing calling me. I met many people, from Lyme, and from surrounding communities. I knew them, their kids, sometimes their grand-kids! I worked with a wonderful crew, and truth be told, much of it was made up of my family- father-in-law, husband, kids, cousins, you name it, I pretty much had them all around me – how many folks can say that nowadays of their workplace? It was a very special time in Lyme and I am so grateful for it. But I think that this writing was intended to be more about Lyme, and less about me. Lyme embraced the Skiway in those years. Lyme kids, grade school were welcomed, free of charge to ski and take ski lessons through the Lyme School Ski Program. Equipment was found for those who needed it. Transportation to the Skiway and back was provided. Hot chocolate and snacks were provided. Dry mittens were found. Lost a ski pole? No problem, another of just the right height magically appeared. Often it seemed that every single kid in Lyme came to ski on the weekend. Grade school and high school age, lining up at the ticket booth before I opened, milling around in front of the booth after the lifts closed waiting for their ride. And you know what- I knew all their names. There were kids from other places of course- and I knew a lot of them, too. In later years the ticket booth was moved over to sit beside the Lodge, and the first aid room was right next door. If no ski patrol were manning it, kids and adults alike knew I was always available for a Band-Aid, or a couple of tissues, and/or a phone call if necessary. It was, and is still, a good feeling to know folks were comfortable in the asking.

But what makes me feel the best? Remembering the face of Holts, at the end of the day. Four skiers tipping down over the lip from Lyme Drop, carving perfect S turns on the steep slope side by side, graceful and beautiful all, pulling into a line, and gliding up to the lift to load once more for the last run. Four skiers, four kids- mine. Lyme gave them and me that opportunity, and for that I will be forever grateful. The memories I hold of those days warm my heart on the long dark winter evenings we all experience before the breaking of spring, and new beginnings.

Lyme has been good to me in many ways. I like to think that in some small way I have been good for Lyme….

Editor’s note: Barbara Balch has been good for Lyme in so many ways!!

By |2018-11-29T15:08:57-05:00November 29th, 2018|Guest Blog|0 Comments

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 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 |2018-06-07T17:14:18-04:00June 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 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

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 |2017-09-22T14:12:34-04:00September 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 |2017-08-29T11:39:40-04:00August 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 |2017-07-18T21:46:09-04:00July 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 |2017-07-13T23:52:16-04:00July 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!