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Updates, Wednesday November 25th, 2020

A month from today is Christmas. How’s your shopping going? Lots of stuff to find here in Town if you’re interested in shopping locally, avoiding the crowd and other people…

Just when I think that it might be OK to sign off for the week something pops up. Of course, right? Immediately after the last posting this appeared in my inbox and it looked like something folks might want to know about and share out there with friends and neighbors who might be really interested in this bit of news. It’s good news as well!

The Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust (AHT) and Berkshire Housing Development Corporation (BHDC) have been playing together to provide rental assistance to our neighbors in need for a while now. They’ve combined to distribute emergency rental assistance for eligible Williamstown residents who have suffered financial setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you were at Town Meeting back in August..oh, it was warm then, and there were green leaves on all the trees…anyway, you may remember that we voted funds for this committee to be helpful like this. 

So, here are the critical details; 

Oh. There is an application process. We all know that everything requires paperwork right?

Eligibility can be broken into three simple notes; 

1/ Applicants are people who are Williamstown residents and who are renters in Town 

2/ Applicants are people whose income is at or below 100% of Area Median Income

3/ Applicants are people who’ve been adversely affected by the Coronavirus.. 

Let’s translate AMI ; Our  Area Median Income (100% AMI) is based on government figures and household size so, for a household of 1 individual, a single person, AMI is, $55,230; 

For a household of 2, a couple, AMI is $63,120

And so on down the line; a household of 3 is $71,010 

A  household of 4 is, $78,900

Five people would be $85,212

Six would be $91,524,  7 is $97,836 and 8 would be $104,148.

Nope, no clue what happens after eight…

Essentially, if your personal  or household income is greater than the figures above, you’re out of luck and not eligible. Households whose income is less than 80% AMI according to household size above would be prioritized. If your household income is between 80 and 100% of area median income are welcome to apply but won’t be priority cases.

Emergency grants of up to $10,000 are available for distribution to eligible applicants. Applications are to be found on the Berkshire Housing website. Emergency grants up to $10,000 will be distributed to qualified applicants. Online applications are available at the Berkshire Housing Development Corporation website. The link is here ;https://berkhousing.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/HCEC-Intake-Assessment-All-Forms-fillable.pdf

You can also call Berkshire Housing  BHDC at 413-499-1630 Ext. 100 to leave a message.

Actual paper applications are available at the Williamstown Food Pantry at 53 Southworth Street and at the Williamstown Post Office on Spring Street. 

One more thing, if you’re interested, please apply soon!

For more information: Please contact Liz Costley at 413-884-5383 or lizcostley@gmail.com

Thanksgiving is the first official U.S holiday. George Washington proclaimed the first official Thanksgiving Day as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” following a request of both houses of the US Congress.Can you imagine this happening at the current moment….?  At the time, there was a lot to be thankful for, new country, young democracy united citizenry.. Washington’s proclamation was made on October 3, 1789 and  declared November 26, 1789 as Thanksgiving Day .Give everyone time to get out there and hunt down a Turkey. Oops. Sorry. I’m a vegetarian. I don’t eat Turkey. Anyway Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving Day to be the last Thursday in November sometime during a period of serious civil strife and division.. Then in 1941, Roosevelt made it a national holiday, and set the date for Thanksgiving Day as the fourth Thursday in November where it resides today. 

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Brian

Updates, Monday November 23rd, 2020

I have come to the conclusion that masks are very much like socks. They can be an afterthought, don’t really require much maintenance and disappear on a regular basis. How often have you put a pair of socks in the laundry and ended up with just one? Where do they go? Last week I lost three masks. They quite literally vanished from either within the Harper Center or my home laundry. Just poof! Gone! Of course nobody would take somebody’s used mask, it makes no sense. I mostly use the washable kind so I don’t toss them away and-oh, by the way, I did look in the trash, the kitchen and in the bathroom, all places where they could be absent mindedly left. Nope. Is there a sock monster running around out there wearing a mask or two? 

I received an email this morning indicating that the census is officially over. Thanks to everyone who responded! I won’t be bugging anyone about this in the future. Lucky you!

In case you hadn’t heard, it looks as though Vermont, Hawaii  and Massachusetts are the only low risk travel states for the moment as the Coronavirus has spiked everywhere. According to the Governor’s office,  effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday 11/21, last weekend folks, Maine and New Hampshire have been removed from the Department of Public Health’s lower risk state list for MA’s travel order. All travelers arriving to MA from everywhere except Hawaii and Vermont must fill out a form, quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID test. Please visit http://mass.gov/MATraveler for more info. It’s ridiculous. All we have to do is wear a mask, social distance from people not in your personal bubbles and wash hands. How can this be so damn hard for people to grasp? 

As of the Department of Public Health’s statistical report from Thursday November 18, Williamstown has three active Covid 19 cases. Compare that to everybody else. We’re really doing well. Actually outstanding if I do say so myself. Keep it up! At the risk of being redundant, here’s the link to all the daily dashboards and weekly public health reports again; www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health 

In January  2021, our friends at Williamstown Theatre Festival Community Works will launch their very first scene study class. It’s a 4-part series designed to be intergenerational in nature. The plan is to match members of two different age groups to study, rehearse, and present scenes from published plays. They appear to have narrowed the two age groups to people who are  18-30 years old and anyone age 60 and over. All participants will meet over Zoom for four sessions with someone we all know as facilitator, WTF Associate Artistic Director and Community Works co-founder, Laura Savia. Participants will  spend time on the fundamentals of acting and share their work. Participants will also  be asked to meet, virtually of course, outside of class time to rehearse. The class will be held on Wednesdays in January from 4:00-7:00pm beginning January 6, 2021, on Zoom of course. There is no cost to participate, but you may be required to purchase a play script (approx. $20). If you’re interested in participating,email Hayley at; community@wtfestival.org.I guess this is a good email to use for questions as well!. You will be notified on a rolling basis if you’ve been offered a spot in the class. 

Here’s something else to think about; the 2020 Open Enrollment period ends soon, Monday December 7th is the last day until next October. This is the annual period of time when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluate part of their Medicare coverage (their Medicare Advantage/Part C and/or Part D plan) and compare it against all the other plans on the market and make changes. If you’re thinking about it, you don’t want to wait until next October do you? The Medicare Open Enrollment season always runs from October 15 through December 7.  I’m told that it’ll be even trickier than normal for new and existing folks this year because of Covid-19, changes in Medicare rules and new types of coverage offered by private Medicare Advantage plans. I don’t know about you, but I find most things related to insurance coverage to be mystifying, let alone adding to it. If you need advice or want help with any of this, contact Shauna Post at Elder Services and she’ll make arrangements for you to talk with a SHINE Counselor. Her number is 413.499.0524.

Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and So. Vermont has virtual programs to help people find new employment. I know we’ve lost a few jobs during the pandemic. They have experienced individuals ready and willing to coach job seekers find new employment. They’re facilitating virtual Employability Workshops to provide all sorts of skills and hints for those out there who are currently looking.  Dates for upcoming Employability Workshops (virtual via Zoom): are  December 1, 2, and 3, 9:30AM to 12:30PM; December 15, 16, and 17, 1:00PM to 4:00PM. 

There is also Curbside Suit Your Self – Getting the attire for your interview. Call 413-442-0061 and ask to speak to a member of the Mission Services Team or visit the website for more information.

Remember, Williamstown Holiday Walk Week starts today…get out there and buy stuff!

The Harper Center is closed Thursday and Friday this week.If we don’t talk again this week, from all of us here to everyone out there, Happy Thanksgiving! 

Brian

Update, Thursday November 19th, 2020

 I just saw a bit on TV, more grim news on the Covid 19 front. Two Hundred Fifty Thousand people have succumbed to this scourge nationally. That’s 250,000 people, or try a quarter million people dead since March. Some of those people lived here, I knew some of them. Maybe you did too.The science tells us that masks, hygiene and social distancing will save lives while stalling the spread. Here in the Berkshires we figured it out and wore the mask, stayed apart, followed directions. We closed and gradually, safely reopened to a safe degree. After the early losses in the spring, Williamstown didn’t have a case until a few weeks ago. Our case numbers have been fortunately few. Equally  true of most communities in the county. As they say, we did good…Suddenly we started seeing spikes all over but…not really here. You know, I think that we had the Coronavirus on the run until some folks decided that they had to gather in inappropriate numbers and without masks or distancing. What were they thinking, or not..

 Now we have rising numbers again. The State Department of Public Health says that there were 50 new Covid cases recorded here yesterday and overall 124 new cases in the county over a three day span.We already put our spring, summer and best parts of the fall on hold because of this plague and just when it felt  like it might be leaning toward OK around here we get hit again. Why? 

Oh, we’ve heard it. Tired of wearing masks and wanting to see our friends and have a life. No kidding Sherlock.  Who doesn’t? All it takes is for a few, let’s say “inattentive” people to mess it up for everyone else. Right? Just in time for the holidays. What I’m hearing, and I’m sure that you are too, is that it  appears that the safest approach to Thanksgiving ( or any approaching holiday dang it) is to skip the holidays this year or at the very least not to host folks who are not in your most immediate bubble. Etcetera…We hear that small gatherings are a big incubator for disease spreading these days. Who wrote this script?

 There are too many suggestions regarding what to or not to do, the CDC website has ideas so I’ll just attach a link to their materials.

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

I would say something here like “enjoy” but…I guess forewarned is a better idea this time. Keep wearing your masks. We really can stay safe in the midst of the storm. And not have to shut down again!

Now, better news . There was an announcement from the Department of Housing and Community Development, DHCD for short (we know them here, they helped us with Highland Woods a few years ago) yesterday that the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation will receive some state money to help people stay in their homes, pay utility bills, buy food, etc. It’s a special COVID-19 relief effort. It will be $350000 and is part of a multi million dollar state response to hardship across Massachusetts. The funds will eventually be allocated to Berkshire County agencies helping people stay afloat during the crisis. More to follow!

This year, Williamstown’s Annual Holiday Walk is going to be a  three-week celebration. Who knows? Spreading it out might actually be what we should do going forward.Three weeks of holiday opportunities. It’s an experiment and it will definitely look differently this year.

So- more time to visit local stores and shop and additionally support local non profit entities. It will also be an opportunity to donate goods and needed items to support agencies who are supporting our neighbors who could use a little help to get by.  When you shop locally over the next several weeks, you’ll be supporting Williamstown shops and helping them support  local charities.There will be posters in local business windows advertising local agencies supported by participating merchants.

Sue at the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce has an excellent post listing all the events and thoughts for this off year celebrations. Here’s the link to her newsletter – Williamstown’s 2020 Holiday Walk

The Williamstown Historical Museum has posted “The Chadwells of Williamstown,” a lecture presented by Dusty Griffin, last  Saturday, November 14. If you missed it, you can now watch a video of the program  here: “The Chadwells of Williamstown”

Check it out.

What do you do when someone does something for you?  You know like maybe runs an errand, goes to the store, gives you a ride or just does a favor, something simple. You say “thanks” right? How does it make you feel? Pretty good I bet. It’s gratitude. I’m sure that you’ve heard the phrase “Attitude of Gratitude”. The science behind this appears to indicate the people who practice gratitude regularly have less pain, lower blood pressure, fewer doctors visits, all sorts of things. People who have made this attitude a regular good habit in their lives tell me that it just feels good. I believe it. The folks at the First Congregational Church are trying something new with this idea. Tomorrow they’ll have a Gratitude Letter Writing station outside the church from 11:00 to 4:00. Pop by and cultivate your attitude of gratitude by expressing your appreciation to someone who means something to you. Wear your mask! They’ll provide materials. Rain date will be Monday the 23rd. For info or answers to questions, email to Organizer@firstchurchwilliamstown.org

See you next week.

Brian

Update, Tuesday November 17th, 2020

Just a reminder that the All Saints Episcopal Church Thanksgiving Turkey delivery program is accepting orders right now and through November 25th. Reservations can be made by calling 413.663.9656 between 8:00 and 1:00 and if they don’t answer, leave your name, address/town and phone number and they will call you back. The meal is for elders-60 and older with no other means to acquire a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. 

The Berkshire Food Project is offering a grab and go Thanksgiving dinner as well with Turkey and all the fixins too. You can contact them at 413.664.7378 for more information. The meal will be distributed during their normal hours. No sit down this year. Covid…here’s their website link; www.berkshirefoodproject.org

Speaking of holidays and food, the annual Berkshire Grown Williamstown Holiday Farmers Market will go on with a change in venue. This year they’ll be at Greylock Works, the formar Cariddi Mill, 508 State Road, North Adams There two dates as usual, Sunday, 10 am–2 pm, November 22, December 20, 2020

Click here for information about the November 22 Market Vendors

Here’s the link to Berkshire Grown, they’re the organizers of this annual event–you might want to look at this page. Things might be a little different at the moment.. www.berkshiregrown.org

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition wants you to know about a  Racial Equity & Social Justice Initiatives in North Berkshire  ZOOM panel discussion, tomorrow Wednesday  November 18, from 5-7pm.  Featured presentations include members of the Faith Community Collaborative, Williamstown DIRE Committee, North Adams IDEA Committee, Williamstown Racial Justice & Police Reform, Artist Impact Coalition Anti-Racism Committee among others. If you’re interested in joining in on this zoom, please RSVP to drasso@nbccoalition.org. 

Apparently the local bear population could possibly still be active. We had quite a few conversations earlier in the year about bears,feeders and sightings here and there. I have been bringing my feeders in at night to avoid visits and had been thinking that it might be ok to leave them up all the time but… maybe not quite yet. Don’t know if anyone has seen any of our large and furry woodlands neighbors recently, I haven’t.The chipmunks, squirrels and  neighborhood cats are the only 4 leg creatures I see wandering freely about the neighborhood.. The cats stroll by to infuriate my indoor only cats, the ‘monks and squirrels clean up under the feeders…

Anyway, here’s a link to some information about bears in the backyard. Save it until later.

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/learn-about-black-bears

By the way, don’t forget our annual coat drive! We have several full bags of coats waiting for pick up here at Harper as I write this, we’re happy to accept many more. I think that we’re in for a cold winter this year, there are people out there who are in need of a warm barrier between themselves and the cold. If you have a new or gently used winter coat (we’ll take a hat, gloves or sweater and pass this along as well) you’re willing to part ways with, bring them to us here at Harper between now and January 31st, 2021. We’re here Monday through Friday, collection hours are 9-4. We’ll be glad to see you and add your gift to the collection. And thanks in advance for thinking of us.

Snow today for a minute eh?

Brian

Updates, Friday November 13th, 2020

Today is “America Recycles Day”  It’s an opportunity to recognize the importance of recycling to our environment. Any questions on this?

We’ve talked a lot about Covid -19 this year and obviously the news out there is that cases are on the rise. Not necessarily in Williamstown… I’m reposting the link to the Department of Public Health website where you can find all sorts of Covid 19 Massachusetts data. 

Two sections I check regularly are the Daily Dashboard and the Weekly Public Health Report. The former is updated daily each afternoon and has current information on case counts by age, test data, hospitalizations, etc. The Weekly Report holds color coded data regarding casecounts in every community in Massachusetts among other things of interest.. This page is updated on Thursdays at the moment. Both pages have easy to read color charts indicating exactly where we stand .

Here’s the link  www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health 

Check it out.

Now, there has been some question around where to find the current language extending mask wearing to just about everywhere you can think of. The actual order has quite a few “whereas” openings retelling the rationale behind mask use and history of masking orders in the Commonwealth. The information you’re looking for is found on the bottom of page two, in section one immediately following the phrase “Now therefore I hereby order…”

Section 1 is labeled “Requirement to Wear a Face Covering” It’s all there.And here’s a link to this www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-order-55 

There’s a really good public service announcement about wearing masks-MaskUp Williamstown PSA: “We Do It for Each Other” and it features Governor Charlie Baker on the Town website. In addition to this bit with the boss, there are a few clips with some other local luminaries but you know what? I’m not telling you who they are so you’ll have to watch them yourselves. Here’s a  link https://www.willinet.org/shows/search/maskup/

WilliNet’s VIMEO link to all MaskUp Williamstown PSAs– EASY embed code avail:

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/search/MaskUp%20W’town

Keep wearing those masks folks!

 The Williamstown Historical Museum has announced a virtual lecture by Dusty Griffin entitled “The Chadwells of Williamstown” accompanied by many Chadwell family photos and archival images. The lecture  follows the family across four generations, up to the present day. The Chadwells are an African American family who’ve resided in Williamstown for years and their  story is remarkable.  Five Chadwell siblings – Emma, William, George, Harry, and Martha – moved up to Williamstown from Great Barrington in the 1890’s. Their father, George William Riley Chadwell, came north from Kentucky, where he was most likely enslaved, when he enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. Future generations of Chadwells married into the Hart and Galvin families. These are familiar names right? Griffin’s lecture will be introduced by Allen Hart, Professor of Psychology at Amherst College, and a fourth generation Chadwell descendant. 

 Zoom Webinar login information:

Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:00 AM

Zoom Webinar Link:  https://zoom.us/j/9198080380

Or Telephone:

 1 (346) 248-7799 

Webinar ID: 919 8080 3803

So…you all remember the annual Reindog Parade down Spring St. during the annual Holiday Walk in early December. Not happening in person this year. Bet you can guess why…It’s too good of a tradition to pass up so we’ll have to do it differently this year. 

Ready? Our friends at the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce have gotten creative around a tradition we don’t want to lose and are hosting  the 1st Virtual Holiday Walk ReinPET Parade! All animals are welcome to participate, this year it’s no longer the domain of dogs! Get your cats, rabbits, chickens, hamsters, gila monsters, pigs, horses, cows anything animal  decked in their holiday best.  Send video or photo of your furry, wooly or feathered  friends here; submission form

 They’ll be included in the virtual event. WilliNet will use submissions to produce the virtual parade and premiere it at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 5. Deadline for video/photo submissions is Monday, November 23 at 11:59pm.  If you have any questions, email Vee Butler at events@williamstownchamber.com.  

There will be a panel of judges to vote on the best pet in each category, and the public will choose from those four for best in show.. 

The Virtual Holiday Walk ReinPET Parade will kick off an hour-long virtual holiday variety show on WilliNet: HO HO HO Holiday Walk 2020 with performers, elves, interviews, surprises, and Santa too. The fun begins (with your pets!) at 3:00pm, Saturday, December 5 on WilliNet TV channel 1303 & streaming on www.willinet.org  and WilliNet-TV’s Facebook page. More to follow! Check the Willinet website for more details as we go along.

By the way, the Williamstown Historical Museum’s Autumn newsletter is available for your reading pleasure. It incorporates  articles about the mill many of us knew as “Photec” at the end of Cole Avenue soon to be the site of some brand new housing here in Town, and a spot about Jane Hanlon, recently deceased and the last person to have resided on Cole Ave. since the 1920’s. Almost a hundred years folks…here’s a link; www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org 

.Brian says: “Have a great weekend”!

Updates, Monday November 9th, 2020

At this moment the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services Dashboard lists 2 positive Covid-19 cases in Williamstown. The College website lists none so let’s assume that they are in the community at large. In all Massachusetts, during the last 2 weeks of October there were 2505 new cases reported for people in the elder age range, that being 60 and over. Contrast that with 8244 new reports for the same period in the teenage thru 30 years old group.  So folks, who’s wearing masks and practicing social distance more reliably? Any guesses…?

Right. The Governor’s enhanced covid response rules around space, gatherings and when to wear your mask took effect Friday. Williamstown has done really well all along so keep it up! Mask up everyone!

Our friends at the All Saints Berkshire Episcopal Church in North Adams will be delivering fresh, hot Thanksgiving meals to Williamstown seniors on Thanksgiving..The program is for individuals 60 years of age and older who are alone on Thanksgiving and have no way of having a traditional Thanksgiving meal.  The meals are delivered on Thanksgiving Day between 11am and noon. This is a free meal and reservations for a meal is required. All seniors who wish to receive a meal MUST make a reservation. 

Due to the Massachusetts COVID regulations there will be safety stops put in place to protect seniors and the volunteers delivering the meals. To receive a meal, the delivery person will wear a mask, gloves and will distance themselves at 6 feet.  The recipient has to wear a mask. If you don’t have one, call us here at the Harper Center, 413.458.8250 and we’ll get you one.  To assist in a non-contact delivery, place a receptacle outside your door. TV table, chair, whatever object able to serve the purpose will work. They’ll  call you so you can retrieve the meal.  If anyone is not able to retrieve the meal, they must plan for someone to pick up the meal prior to Thanksgiving. They won’t just leave a meal outside unattended. For those living in senior housing the delivery will set up in a community room or lobby and call each person down separately to retrieve the meal. Again, everyone must wear a mask and social distance of 6 feet.

Reservations can be made starting November 10th – 25th by calling All Saints Berkshire Episcopal Church. November 10th is tomorrow folks.

To make a reservation call:   

All Saints Berkshire Episcopal Church 413-664-9656 Monday through Thursday from 8am-1pm Someone will be in the office to take your name and information on those days.  If there is no answer, leave your name, address, town and phone number on the answering machine.  They will call back to confirm your reservation.

They’re  also looking for volunteers to deliver meals to seniors on Thanksgiving Day, so if you’re interested, call the number  above to sign up to deliver the meals.

Finally, we have a collaboration with a group of Williams athletes who will be out saturday mid morning into the afternoon raking leaves and doing some yard clean up for Town elders who need this assist and why aren’t able to rake and don’t have access to others who will do it for them.If you or someone you know could use a bit of help in the yard this weekend, call us here at Harper, 413.458.8250, and we’d be happy to connect you.

Now, go outside!

Brian

Oh…Wednesday is a holiday so you won’t hear from us again until most likely Friday…

Updates, Friday November 6th, 2020

What a beautiful day! Even better news is that this weather will apparently continue to be with us for another week or so. My potted indoor/outdoor plants are back on the walkway grooving in the sunlight. This weather will give me a chance to clean the yard over the weekend. Leaves, leaves, leaves. My compost bins are full. No place to put the last batch. I guess I’ll dump some more on the garden bed  for winter mulch and blow the rest back into the woods…

Just got an email from our friend Amanda at the Northern Berkshire Coalition indicating that they’re looking for a few people with trucks tomorrow at 10:15 to pick up and haul squash and sugar pumpkins at Ioka Valley Farm, then deliver them to food pantries and sites in Northern Berkshire. They’re looking for 3-4 vehicles. Obviously time sensitive so if you or someone you know has a truck and might be willing to help, email Kathy Keeser at kathykeeser@gmail.com

Kathy is the Louison House Director. You may know her or have met her when she came here to Harper to present last year BC. That’s “Before Covid”…

If you’re a small for profit business owner, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has announced that there is some funding available to help you through our Covidated world. If your business is located in Williamstown, or Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Florida, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, New Ashford, Peru, Savoy, or Windsor for that matter, you may be eligible for grant money.   

The big idea behind the grant is to assist businesses in remaining open and assist in “stimulating and changing” their businesses during this time of COVID-19. Funds may be used for:rent, staffing, utilities, inventory and materials or supplies.

More information is available on their website, click on the  “Community and Economic Development” box to find it. It’s the CDBG initiative. Here’s the link to their site www.berkshireplanning.org

Share with someone you know…oh, it’s actual official title is  the “Northern Berkshire CDBG-CV Regional Microenterprise Assistance Program…” You can probably Google this as well.

The Williamstown Historical Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment.  The exhibit looks at the woman suffrage movement, its progress in the region, key suffragists, and women who have made a difference in Town since the 1920 ratification of the 19th amendment.

The exhibit is called;  Woman Suffrage: A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment in Williamstown and Beyond. The museum is currently open   Saturdays, 10am-4pm or by appointment 

Here’s their website; www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org 

Here at the Harper Center we’re collecting coats for our friends and neighbors who need a warm coat for the winter months. Yes, we did talk about this last week. We’ll talk again next month too. If you need a coat, it can be pretty harsh out there when it’s cold. And no, this weather will not continue all season. Global warming calls for extremes in temperatures, I think, and this would indicate to me, at least, that the opposite of today’s November 60’s is true. 

So, we’ve joined forces with Northern Berkshire Transport   to collect coats again this year.  Every year the goal is to acquire 100 new or gently used coats to distribute to our North Berkshire neighbors in need. We’ve already collected a few.We’re looking for more. And more. And..well, you get it. If you have a coat you wouldn’t mind parting with in good cause, you can bring it to us here at Harper or deliver to the NBT folks at their main building on the corner of Harris and River Streets in North Adams, or to the satellite office on Water Street here in town. Feel free to call with questions; 413.458.8250

And thanks in advance for helping others!

I noted earlier that we’ve had the Tai Chi and Balance classes back in the building, and I told you that we have a craft opportunity for a few people coming next Tuesday. As this is written, there are 3 openings left…

Here’s another event; Friday November 13th, French Toast Friday, 10:00 here at Harper, reservations required, 413.458.8250. Maximum of 10 people. Covid rules apply. Bring a sweater, it can get a little drafty with the ventilation systems operating….

Yes, we’re working on a Friday afternoon bingo series. That will be next week’s news. In the meanwhile, get out and enjoy the return of Spring weather. It won’t last!

Brian