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

Updates, Friday October 9th, 2020

OK, I spelled  “Indigenous” wrong in the last update. It didn’t highlight an error. The program usually identifies misspells, suggests word changes and on occasion can be a general nuisance. Not this time though! Squeaked right by. So much automated editing!

Now a bit of bad news. Sorry sports fans, Williams has just announced the cancellation of the winter sports season due to pandemic concerns. Actually, the entire NESCAC has decided to bag the season. This means no swimming, basketball and most importantly, no hockey. 

You might remember that we once talked about the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust raising the ceiling on grants offered by the Williamstown Emergency Rental Assistance Program.They still have available funding and given the additional funds they received at the annual Town Meeting, they have even more cash to share.  Grant amounts have increased  from $1,000 to $4000

Let me  repeat that number; Four Thousand Dollars. Or $4000. That’s a lot of cash. Could be pretty helpful right?

The criteria remain the same: applicants have to be at or below 100% of AMI (preference for 80% or below); adversely affected financially by COVID-19 and must be renting in Williamstown. Online applications are available from the Berkshire Housing website at or by calling 413.499.4887 to leave a message.They’ll definitely call you back

Tell everyone you know. There are people out there who could use a lift..

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Berkshire Health Systems is hosting an online event to educate our community about breast cancer risks, screening options, and the resources available to patients here in the Berkshires.  They’ve invited you to a  Zoom webinar event on Wednesday, October 28 from 7:00-8:00pm.  Click here to register today!

 You’ll hear from three members of our Breast Health Team—

 Dr. Trevor Bayliss, Director of the BMC Cancer Center, specializes in hematology oncology. You might recognize him, he’s a Townie!

Dr. Michael DiSiena is a general surgeon who specializes in surgical oncology, with a focus on breast cancer.

Dr. Caitlyn Lopez is a diagnostic radiologist specializing in breast imaging.  She is the medical director of the Women’s Imaging Center at BMC.

Breast cancer can occur in anyone, regardless of age, lifestyle, or family history.  Early detection saves lives!  They will be offering event participants the opportunity to connect with BHS to schedule their screening mammogram following the event.

Now, some outdoor culture! During October, The Clark is offering a series of talks around their first outdoor art exhibit called Groundwork  You can be outside, and hopefully the weather Gods cooperate, and have a socially distanced hike to one of the discussions. Of course, they’re outdoors and any outdoor terrain has its share of trip traps so wear your outside shoes and as it’s October, weather appropriate clothing. By the way, we have walking poles, or trekking poles if you will,  to loan here at Harper. Give us a buzz if interested, 413.458.8250. 

Groundwork participants must register in advance, practice social distancing, and wear your mask at all times. It’s free! So call the Clark  at 413-458-0524 for information. Rain cancels this event however the exhibit itself is always open…it’s outside!

By the way, Habitat is still selling tickets for a chance to win the shed positioned prominently on Main Street, all proceeds going to the next house they’re building here in town.Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the Habitat office at 61 Main Street, North Adams, suite 246 – Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon.

Prices are 1 for $10, 5 for $25, and 10 for $40.A great cause indeed! Got your tickets yet?

Good Weekend all!