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

Updates, Wednesday July 29th 2020

There are works of art all across the Williams campus, some are quite visible like the eyes in    front of Lawrence Hall on Main Street, others maybe not so much. If you’re from the Church Street neighborhood, you’re familiar with the big structures near Park Street. When I first saw them, I thought it was something like Jesus and a demon. Later I found out that it’s called “Tai Chi”…oops.

Anyway, the  Williams College Museum of Art has images and descriptions of public art across the campus you can read about online or better yet, take a walk and visit them in person.. 

The college museum has also partnered with The Clark  and MASS MoCA to produce a Google Maps walking and biking tour of public art installations in Williamstown, Adams, and North Adams. Here’s a link; 

Berkshire AHEC, which stands for Area Health Education Center,  is offering a free virtual community program called “Proactive Health Care Planning Conversations”  on Friday, August 14th from 9 – 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. with funding from  Elder Services.  The  presenter is Ellen DiPaola, M.Ed., JD is the President & CEO of Honoring Choices Massachusetts.  Here’s a description of the program and a contact; The event is about having  conversations with your loved ones and health care providers regarding your health care wishes, Advanced Directives is the technical term for this..  Everybody has the right to make decisions about their own health care. Actually, everyone should be thinking about what you want to happen to you if something happens and you’re unable to speak for yourself. Why would you want it left to someone else…? If you haven’t anything in place yet, join this zoom, learn about the process  and get to it!  Here’s’ the contact for information- 

If you’ve been watching the news you’ll note that there are Coronavirus spikes all over the country. In an effort to keep the virus under control (and more importantly, keep it out of here) there are new rules with fines attached to follow. All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to: …you know what? Here’s their words;

“ Starting August 1, all visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home, including students returning to campuses for the fall semester, must fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from a COVID-19 lower risk state or they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts, or they are included in one of the other, limited exemptions.

Individuals who get a test must remain in quarantine until they receive their negative test results. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day. 

Travelers are exempt from this requirement if they are coming from a state that has been designated by the Department of Public Health as a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into another narrow exemption category.

Based on current public health data, those lower risk states will include: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii.”

Here’s a link to the travel form;  Massachusetts Travel Form,

While we’re at it, you may have noticed the announcement that the state is offering free testing in new communities where there have been spikes, Springfield and Agawam included, close to use in a way. If you have visitors from there, or go there, mask up! And make sure that they do too!

The Historical Museum is in week three of their suffrage series, this week talking about several local residents whom you may have known personally. Check it out here;

Finally, Town Meeting. 

OK, it’s scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 PM, Weston Field, also known as “Williams Football Field”. Actual details pertinent to seating, entry and all those other important items will be following on Willinet soon. I’ll let you know when to look. And yes, it’s outside so if the weather is looking ominous, decisions will be made by the end of the day before and a reschedule posted. More to follow.

Brian O’Grady