Council on Aging Daily Update - Williamstown, MA
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Council on Aging Daily Update

 Updates, Monday June 15th, 2020

June 15th, half way through June and almost into summer. Tempus Fugit!

Jane’s 10th recorded Exercise class is currently on Willinet, you can find it here; www.willinet.org 

Check it out and get moving!

The Williamstown Theatre Festival is hosting another Community Works live theatre workshop event on Facebook live Wednesday evening, June 17th, from 5-6. Everyone is invited, families are encouraged to participate and, oh yeah, it’s free! An audio-captioned recording of the workshop will also be available. Facebook RSVP is NOT required to attend!

Here’s the link https://www.facebook.com/wtfestival/

Email Hayley at community@wtfestival.org if you have any question

Now a more serious note. We all know that there have been protests all over recently with several here in Berkshire County including events in North Adams and Williamstown. While we certainly support and encourage peaceful demonstrations, we’re also aware that the Coronavirus is still out there lurking. COVID-19 can spread easily in large groups of people who are in close contact. People who are infected but not symptomatic can spread the contagion. If you, or someone you know for that matter, participated in a large gathering you should get tested

Massachusetts has arranged for anyone who has attended a large gathering in the past two weeks to get tested for COVID-19 this week, June 17 and 18. It’s confidential, free and there are two sites in Berkshire County where you can get tested  Here’s the link;

Get Tested for COVID-19: June 17th and 18th

Check it out for yourselves.

Here are the food updates for the week;

The mobile food pantry sponsored by the FoodBank of Western Ma will be in North Adams at the American Legion Post on American Legion Drive, right down the street from the Holiday Inn, Friday, June 19th from 10-11:00. That’s this coming Friday folks.

Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials!, the virtual market is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org  weekly from 10:00  Monday  until 7PM on Wednesday . Pick up is from 11am until 1pm  on Saturday. Orders are pre-bagged, pre-sorted, you’ll find them in the parking lot behind the Williamstown Elementary School, in front of the Youth Center entry. The market is pre-order and pickup, no on site shopping yet but they’re able to provide home delivery within a 7-mile radius of market orders – please, don’t use the delivery option unless you are unable to get to the market!  

Berkshire Grown  has a link to  all sorts of different farms and food sources, including people you’ll remember from the holiday markets. Here’s that link: https://berkshiregrown.org/shop-local-now/

The North Adams Farmers market is open, here’s the link  with order information:-www.Facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/ 

The Salvation Army Food Pantry on  River Street in North Adams is in operation Tuesday-12:00-3:00. Please use the front door

The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry is still in their temporary location in the Parish Center on Holden Street  (it’s across from the Big Y) Wednesday, 10:00-2:00 and 3:30-5:30. Plenty of parking. Their phone message says that they’ll deliver if you don’t have access to transportation, call them between 9:30 and 1:30 on Wednesdays for delivery. Here’s the contact information; 413.664.0123 or via email at;

northernberkshireinterfaith@gmail.com  

 The Community Bible Church Food Pantry, 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown, has food and are happy to share. Call Phyllis Babcock (413) 663-6094 and she will meet you at church at your convenience.

The Williamstown Food Pantry at St Patrick/St Raphael Church, 9:00-12:00 Wednesday. Southworth St. Circle around  the backside of church via Mission Park Drive, stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers to the front of the line, they’ll try to help you first. 

Berkshire Food Project  meals are still take-out only on M-W-and F. Participants  enter through the breezeway and exit from the dining room out to Summer Street. Participants must wear a mask to participate and this includes while waiting in line. Please practice Social Distancing while waiting. BFP will provide a mask if you don’t have one. The number of folks allowed in the building at the same time are limited for safety purposes, they’ll keep track at the door.BFP staff will open the doors for you, you’ll only be touching your food. There are also no restroom facilities available for use at this time.. https://www.berkshirefoodproject.org/

By the way, they’re looking for volunteers to help out, call them at 413.664.7378 if you’re interested.

The Bennington Farmers Market is open in Riverwalk Park, Depot Street-behind the former Bennington Station restaurant  every Saturday from 10-1 Pre orders, curbside pickup and In-Person shopping. Here’s their link; www.benningtonfarmersmarket.org

Brian O’Grady