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Council on Aging Daily Update

Updates, Friday August 21st, 2020

Y’all remember MOB right? We’ve done it here quite a few times. If you missed it here in Williamstown, there’s an opportunity to catch it nearby soon. In September and October,  A Matter of Balance, MOB, a series of classes that includes tips to reduce fear of falling and increase strength and balance will be held on September 9, 16, 23, 30, and October 7 and 14 from 10:30am-12:00pm in the tent outside the Visitors Center in Adams, 3 Hoosac St. Our friends from the nbCC, Bret and Amanda, will be leading the class so you know that participants will be in good hands. Please call Adams COA at 413-743-8333 to register, as class size is limited. We won’t be offering MOB here in Williamstown this year, we have had lots of people take the class and graduate successfully and we suspect that we may have saturated the local market. We started doing MOB here with our late friend Maria Connors  from Elder Services somewhere around 10 years ago and carried on with Bret and Amanda for a few years after that. We decided to mothball that effort here for a while when it appeared that everyone we know had already taken the class. We’ll bring it back someday in the future.

The Flynt Grant, administered by the Williamstown Community Chest, is open for bids.  Application deadline October 1, 2020 The bequest that established the grant program specifies that grants will be made annually, based on a competitive process to “…persons or entities (including the Town of Williamstown) that provide services to the town or its residents (although not necessarily exclusively).”  The criteria for reviewing applications will “…relate to the maintenance or improvement of the quality of life of the residents of Williamstown, defined broadly ‘….You can find out more about this grant by looking at the beautiful new WCC website, here’s a link ;williamstowncommunitychest.org

The Historical Museum has an interesting note regarding that old barn on Green River Road they’ve been talking about moving for a while now. Turns out that all the effort has paid off and they’ll be working on that project soon. Check it out, www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org 

The BRTA is scheduled to return to full service beginning on Monday August 31, 2020.

Copies of the new printed bus schedules will be available in the Intermodal

Transportation Center (ITC), on the BRTA buses, or online at www.berkshireRTA.com.

Look for the “Effective June 29, 2020” date at the top of the schedules for the latest

version. The free smartphone mobile app “RouteShout 2.0” is available from the Apple

App Store and Google Play Store

For us, this means that  Route 3S: Williamstown – North Adams returns to the hours it was in operation before the new abnormal came in March…

By the way, , per Governor Baker’s Executive Order 31, all customers using the BRTA bus must wear a mask or face covering over their mouth and nose, as recommended by the CDC, while onboard any BRTA vehicle. Practice social distancing while riding on the bus including maintaining space between other customers or the driver. You can follow the real time occupancy level on each BRTA vehicle by clicking this link: “Where’s my B-bus

Now, the Sts Patrick and Raphael Foodbank are in need of a few items; Rice, Jelly, pull up diapers for toddlers, adult medium and large depends and push bottle hand soap. A reminder to folks using the food pantry-you must wear a mask to participate. It’s the law in Massachusetts and participation will depend on whether you wear a face covering or not so mask up!

Good weekend all!

Brian