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

Update, Friday September 18th, 2020

The last weekend of summer is upon us. Who would have thought that? Suddenly, boom, it’s time to start fall prepping our gardens and bringing our yard plants inside.Ah, the summer went too quickly  What an absolute bummer!

A bigger bummer is the impending retirement of our primary van operator Jackie Lemieux who leaves us today after more than 21 years service to the Town. She’s returning home to Maine and we wish her nothing but the best as she leaves us and begins a new life back where it all started!

Anyway, Northern Berkshire Habitat is looking for volunteers to help with the finish of the home they’re constructing on Cole Ave. They’ll provide any tools necessary to do the work, you bring a willingness to help out and your own mask.

They’re looking for help this Saturday and maybe beyond. It looks like it’s close to finished!

All tools are provided, masks required and willingness to pitch in to help. Skills are not necessary, a simple ability to follow directions and learn will be sufficient.There is a waiver document that needs to be signed as well.  Oh, and you’ll have to be able to have fun too.

If you’re not able to help them this weekend, there’s another opportunity to be involved next spring as they begin construction of the next new home!

Speaking of the end of summer and, on Saturday the Williamstown Garden Club is holding their annual Fall Houseplant Sale.  This year’s sale will be at the   Milne Public Library on the grounds outside. Lots of plants to choose from to bring home. As an added bonus, the Williamstown Community Chest “Sweet Treat September” continues -if you bring a non perishable food item to support our local food pantry, they”ll will give you a coupon for a “sweet treat” from one of our local businesses. Sounds like a great deal-support the food bank, bring home a plant and get an ice cream too!

For all of you Farmers Market fans,  Williamstown Farmers Market Board is cancellingWFM-Essentials for this week. One of their  on-site staff has had a possible exposure to Covid-19. They’ve been in contact with Jeff Kennedy, our Health Inspector, and have decided to do this with his guidance and,  in an “abundance of caution”. They will provide an update when available.

All orders placed with them  this week will be canceled, and thus there will be NO pick-up this Saturday.

WFM says that you’ll  be receiving a full refund of the amount you paid for food this week.They’ll notify you of the cancellation electronically. 

It’s not the same as sticking close to home here in Williamstown but the North Adams and Bennington Farmers Markets are open for in person shopping Saturday morning…

The need for donated blood is still out there so if you’re healthy and not hosting any plagues, there are a couple upcoming dates locally, in North County anyway, where you can help out in a big way. The Berkshire Health Systems Bloodmobile September dates for North County have been scheduled as indicated below;

9/21: Adams Community Bank, Park St, Adams, 9:00am -2:30pm

9/28: Walmart of North Adams, Curran Memorial Highway, North Adams, 9:00am-2:30pm

Both of these dates are Saturdays.

Appointments are needed so please call 413.447.2597 to sign up, I’m sure that they’ll be glad to hear from you.

Enjoy the last weekend of summer! And…watch for frost in your gardens!

Brian