News and Notes:
The Phase 1b vaccination scheduling process is well underway, after a whirlwind first week. The process will take several weeks, and bumps in the road are still being smoothed out. Phase 1b includes NH residents age 65 and older, among others who are at high risk. People with any questions should check with their primary care physician. If you have registered to schedule an appointment the State of NH wants to hear from you today. Yesterday, it was announced that everyone who registered would receive an email or text asking you to confirm whether or not you have scheduled an appointment to be vaccinated. Read the press release with more details, look out for the message, and please respond.
If you haven’t yet registered: To register online (encouraged), go to vaccines.nh.gov. If you don’t have internet access, call 211. Wait times on the phone are likely to be long, but all callers will reach a live helper. For more information: Last week, Lyme households received an update from the Lyme Emergency Operations Center, and the EOC will continue to post details as they emerge at lymenh.gov (click on “Covid-19 Information” on the left.) CCL is here to help. Call 603-795-0603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you or someone you know needs help scheduling an appointment.
Share something you’ve created, through the end of the month!
January is International Creativity Month, founded in 2004 to remind individuals and organizations around the globe to capitalize on the power of creativity. For years, it has encouraged people to step out of their comfort zones and create something exciting and new in their lives. It’s not clear that January 2021 has required much “stepping out” of comfort zones, but, along with the months of pandemic leading up to today, it has inspired lots of creativity. We want to celebrate and share the diverse ways our community creates. You may offer a drawing or painting, a song you’ve written, a snow sculpture, a poem, a comic strip, a knit hat, a gorgeous meal, etc. Please submit a video, a photo, or an email with what you’d like to share to Shelby at email@example.com.
February is Black History Month – “Black Legacy Month”, as celebrated at Dartmouth.
In honor of Black History Month, CCL will share programs, events, and resources to increase awareness, knowledge, understanding, and respect. Dartmouth College’s African and African American Studies Department has some wonderful upcoming programming available to the public. This year’s Dartmouth Black Legacy Month theme is Defining a Generation: The Triumph, Power, and Legacy of Black Women. More information can be found here. CCL will share Dartmouth BLM events, which start next week (see listings at the end of this message), upcoming events from the Black Heritage Trail of NH, and more. If you have thoughts, resources, an event or idea to celebrate Black History Month, we encourage you to share, please reach out to Shelby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February also includes a celebration of Nature, through birds and birding.
To grow awareness and enjoyment of nature all around us and to foster a sense of community warmth during our coldest months, CCL is all for the birds! 😊 We’ll be collaborating with birding experts, teachers, artists, and others to support local and national efforts to celebrate birds and the spaces they call home. We kindly invite you to join us! For your calendars, national and local bird counts take place February 12-15. Watching (and counting) birds is a connection with our local flora and fauna, and it encourages exploring the outdoors. Curiosity about nature can get us moving about in the fresh air, which lends to overall health and wellness. If getting outside isn’t right, you can enjoy the birds from inside, through your window. Blake Allison, our local expert shared his thoughts with Shelby about getting into birding this month. Read Shelby’s post, which also includes Rebecca Lovejoy’s beautiful photo of a cedar waxwing. Watch for more ways to be involved or just to enjoy the birds as the month unfolds. Contact Shelby (email@example.com) if you have questions or would like to contribute.
“Random Acts of Lymeness” – Two more weeks!
The Lyme Foundation is encouraging us all to recognize kind acts in Lyme, and neighbors of all ages are gratefully responding. You should read what Lyme School students have noticed and submitted! There are two weeks to go, with submissions due by Sunday at noon. Each week, everyone recognized is entered into a drawing to win “Lyme Bucks” to spend at the Lyme Business of their choice. Go to the Lyme Foundation website to recognize a kind act or read the growing list of Acts of Lymeness.
We are here. Every day.
Reach out when you or someone you care about needs a hand. If you could use information, help, a listening ear or ways to make someone else feel really good, contact us at 603-795-0603 or help@CCLyme.org. We partner with organizations and generous volunteers to connect you with just the right resources and opportunities to get involved: Deliveries or errands. Groceries or meals. Handy help around home. Ways to stay warm and connected. A little help problem-solving. Tech support. You name it.
You can find events and fun activities to enjoy virtually, outside, or following Covid-safe protocols. Check out the Lyme Events Calendar, the Valley News Calendar, or the Aging Resource Center for ideas. The calendars include free and by-donation food and meals throughout the season.
This week, don’t miss:
- Tuesday (2/2) at 1pm: Lyme Food Pantry Fresh Produce and Staples Pick-up or Delivery. Now located at Lyme Congregational Church. All who ask can receive a box of non-perishable items and Willing Hands fresh produce. Gift cards for other groceries and prepared meals are available. Boxes of food may be ordered ahead, and if we’re asked for something special we’ll do our best to make it available. There is plenty. Contact us at 795-0603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday (2/3) at 7:30am: Those Guys Zoom Breakfast.
Save the date:
Check out the Lyme Events Calendar for many more events and activities, including free and by-donation food and meal options welcoming everyone.