Updates, Wednesday August 5th, 2020
It’s nice to see the Hoosac River full of water again isn’t it? If nothing else, all that rain we got yesterday should have alleviated some of our drought conditions out here in the Shire. I really didn’t see a whole lot of damage from wind, I was following the storm online (virtually…?) and as soon as I realized it would pass to the west of Albany I knew it was far enough away to miss much of the sustained high velocity winds. I know we lost some branches and some areas lost power but it could have been far worse. I was more concerned about water, we know what water from a tropical storm can do, right? Anyway, I won’t have to water the gardens for a couple days…
Gail Burns tells me that she has an electric lift chair she’d like to part with. She is at 413.458.4246 if anyone is interested…call her directly. I told her that I would note this here.I know that these are popular items out there and I actually had a recent inquiry asking if I knew of one. Anyway, here’s an opportunity.
I’m starting to hear that the meals from our Regional School District will be ending on Friday August 21st. Participation in the program has declined since its peak a couple months ago and I’m glad to see so many people out and about again! Now, should anyone believe that they are unable to fend for themselves when the program ends, let me know. I will make a referral to Elder Services for meals on wheels for you and they’ll contact you about this.
Bus riders in Berkshire County can now find out how many passengers are already riding the bus before they board. As part of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)’s research into ensuring the safety of riders and drivers, BRTA staff learned in early June that some transit authorities were sharing bus capacity information with the public. BRTA asked their transit software provider if that would be possible, and it was live within the week. Riders can visit the “where’s my B-bus” section of the BRTA website, check the route they are interested in, and then click on any large bus icons that show up to find out how many passengers are on the bus.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for people in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health counselors, requiring all phone service providers to direct 988 calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022. FCC hopes that establishing 988 will reduce the stigma of suicide and mental health concerns for individuals who need help. While phone service providers are transitioning to 988, people in crisis should contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline via chat or by calling 1-800-273-8255.
Recently we’ve had conversations, mostly centering around masks actually, asking about the differences in required use, as in orders, versus advisories as in “stay home if you’re of a certain age…” And in a matter of absolutely perfect timing, my colleagues at Mass COA posted the definitions below, some of which I have adapted. This conversation must be happening all over the Commonwealth at the moment. There have been restrictions out there for a long time and yes, people have been cooped up and yes, it’s frustrating. Sorry, it’s not our fault and we’ve done well keeping it away!
So, here we go!
The Governor issued an order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. An order is a declaration, similar to acts enacted by legislatures, and a governor’s orders, also called executive orders, carry the weight and enforcement power of law. If you read the order, you will see that it contains enforcement language stating that people who don’t comply can face a fine of up to $300.
Remember this when you think I’m violating your civil rights by insisting that you mask up!
An advisory is counselling, suggesting, or advising. An advisory is providing information and often recommending action to be taken; having or consisting in the power to make recommendations but not to take action enforcing them.So, some entity could issue an advisory as in”don’t drive under an overpass during a hurricane” but they won’t necessarily prevent you from doing it…
Administrative guidance is non-binding advice given by a state or state agency to the public regarding how best to comply with a particular order, law or regulation. So, for example, the guidance would be to get a face mask and wear it in public if you’re not able to social distance. Got it?
The bear hasn’t been in my compost bin since I put a big weight on it. Works for me!
Nice out! Go outside!