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

Updates, Friday June 19th, 2020

This week the Williamstown Historical Museum is in week 8 of 9 in the spring scavenger hunt . This week’s marker is not one of the original “official”  200th Anniversary site markers but marks a historical site nevertheless. It’s located in front of what’s called a “Regulation House”. Know what that is perchance? Well, I won’t tell you, you’ll have to visit the museum website at  While you’re at it, check out their Facebook page too,

 Lots of good stuff there as well. It’s a public Facebook page so you don’t have to actually be a facebook subscriber to look.

Here are some notes from the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, BRTA, which will have an impact on folks who ride the bus between here and Pittsfield. There are other changes as well heading south toward the Lee outlets and Great Barrington as well, these notes just reflect time changes for travel between here, North Adams  and Pittsfield. Routes and other information can be found on their website 

 Route 34: North Adams Loop – Transfer is now available with Route 3 from Williamstown on Main Street in North Adams at 12 minutes past the hour. – Weekday evening service has been expanded between 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM. Route 34 will connect with Route 1 at Walmart North Adams at 7:30 PM and 9:50 PM – Route 34 will service Brayton Hill and Greylock Apartments between 8:15 PM and 9:30 PM.  

Route 1: Pittsfield – North Adams – Weekday evening departures from the Intermodal Transfer Center-their headquarters building in downtown Pittsfield-  have been changed to 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM. – Weekday evening departures from Walmart North Adams have been changed to 7:30 PM, 9:50 PM, and 10:30 PM. 

Route 2: Pittsfield – Lee via Lenox – Service has been added to Big Y Lee in both the outbound and inbound directions. – Departures from Lee Premium Outlets have been changed to 30 minutes past the hour on both weekdays and Saturdays. Arrival times at the ITC have been changed to 20 minutes past the hour on weekdays and Saturdays. This change will allow customers to transfer at the ITC with other buses. 

Route 3: Williamstown – North Adams – Departure from Main Street North Adams has been amended to 12 minutes past the hour.If you’re a regular bus rider you’ll know what this means-and that it’s an expansion of hours which were reduced in the wake of COVID-19. Good news eh? Masks and social distancing are still in effect so take this into account before you hop on and pull out your Charlie Card!

There are 2 new Blood Drives coming up at the end of June, the first will be at the Adams Community Bank on Park Street in Adams on June 29th. The second event is slated for the Williamstown Historical Museum on June 30th.Healthy donors are needed to give blood during the best of times and these aren’t them. We all know what “healthy donors” mean as well, right?

To avoid long lines and clusters of people milling about appointments are suggested and can be made by calling 413.447.2593, extension 2, or electronically to

Now here’s a message (edited…) from our friends at the Coalition. It’s rather self explanatory;

“Every year nbCC’s Community Outreach Volunteer training tries to  address an identified northern Berkshire need through a community project. This year the 2020 COV capstone project: an intergenerational, inclusive, intergroup month of heart-to-heart connection. The PenPal Extravaganza connects letter writers, (phone callers, or emailers) with folks who are isolated, or who wouldn’t mind a pick-me-up in the form of well-wishes from a kind stranger. We’re hoping that you or someone you know might be interested in participating.

Throughout the month of June, the 2020 COV team will review applications, welcome folks to the project, and pair willing communicators with willing receivers. To help our participants feel comfortable and valued for this contribution to their community’s well-being, the group will provide suggestions and encouragement until the project pairing closes on June 30.

If interested in participating, please fill out the PenPal Extravaganza Application.  COV’s are also accepting applications from interested parties by phone at (413) 342-0376, please ask for Kenya. Also check out their page on Facebook for more information and updates on the project”.

Now a final note for this week. Another light is coming on as Tai Chi  formally returns to action beginning Monday, outside for the moment but active for the first time since early March. Folks who were engaged with the class will be contacted by Youlin and of course there are COVID rules; masks at all time, social distancing, no shared equipment no more than 10 people in the activity which means 9 students plus instructor. It’s a start right?

Brian O’Grady