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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!

Orders.

 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!

 Advisory

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…

 Guidance.

 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!

Brian

Updates, Monday August 3rd, 2020

It looks like there may be some significant weather tomorrow. Of course, I’m not a weatherman, I predicted a major snow event  all last winter right? We have a Tropical Storm warning, so they say, which  means “A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours” . Apparently the target area is Pittsfield and then it will head toward New Hampshire and Maine. Which is north of Pittsfield. And we’re a bit north of Pittsfield too. So…my suggestion is that you secure anything outside which might decide to blow away if it should get windy out there. One  local weather source is predicting possibly fairly high winds possible between 5 and 9 tomorrow night. And of course, rain, which could be heavy at times so if you are out there,watch out for local flooding.  Keep your animals in and try not to be driving around out there if you don’t have to. 

 The Milne Public Library has extended their takeout hours (takeout rally has a new meaning these days eh…?) on Wednesday to 6:00 PM. Their current hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-4:00 and now add Wednesday from 12:00 to 6:00. Check out their website www.milnelibrary.org  for more news on the happenings at our local library.

Here’s the Food Monday list;

Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials!The virtual market is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org  weekly from 10:00 Tuesday  until 7PM on Wednesday. We still have available Farmer’s Market coupons and yes, they will double them. Call us at 413.458.8250 for information..For those of you who have asked, they will not be going live this year, the current format will remain in p;lace for the rest of the year.

The Mobile Food Pantry sponsored by the FoodBank of Western Massachusetts will be in North Adams in the American Legion parking lot on Friday, August 7th from 10-11:00.

North Adams Farmers Market,:-www.Facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/ They’re now open for in person shopping on Saturday mornings from 9:00-1:00 at the Armory on Ashland Street in North Adams. You can still order electronically and pick up or shop in person.. Oh, you can use your Farmer Market Coupons there too. Or any Farmers Market in Massachusetts…they’re good until Halloween.

The Salvation Army Food Pantry on  River Street in North Adams is in operation Tuesday-12:00-3:00. Please use the front door

 The Community Bible Church Food Pantry, 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown Call Phyllis Babcock (413) 663-6094 and she will meet you at church at your convenience.

The Williamstown Food Pantry at St Patrick/St Raphael Church, 9:00-12:00 Wednesday.  Same procedure, circle the church, stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers to the front of the line, you go first. 

The Sunday “Take and Eat” meals courtesy of Williamstown churches are back. If you are interested in the program, let us know here at 413.458.8250 and we’ll refer you…

Berkshire Food Project-take-out only on M-W-and F. Enter through the breezeway and exit from the dining room out to Summer Street. Masks and social distance required. . There are also no restroom facilities available for use at this time.. Berkshire Food Project: Home

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 12, the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry will return to operating out of its home at 45 Eagle Street in North Adams.Their hours will change to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those coming directly to the Friendship Center. Intake and food distribution will take place at the front door. Those who cannot physically come to the food pantry or who feel ill, may call 413-664-0123 on Wednesday during hours of operation to set up a delivery. Deliveries will take place between 10 a.m. and noon on Thursday, August 13th. They’ll still be at the Holden Street site this week but will be moving after this.

Tai Chi is live on the grounds here outside the Harper Center on Monday and Thursday and Yoga also live on Friday mornings. We’re keeping track of who comes and joins us so if you’re interested give us a call, 413.458.8250. Essentially, because of Covid, it’s required more than usual…

Of course, there are still programs available anytime and Jane has just posted her most recent class. Check it out; www.willinet.org 

No umbrellas tomorrow night please. There’s only one Mary poppins and she knew how to fly the thing!

Brian O ’Grady

Updates, Friday July 31st, 2020

It’s the last day of July…are you kidding me?

Tomorrow is the day the travel restrictions program begins in Massachusetts. In short, if you’re coming to Massachusetts from states where there has been a rise in Coronavirus cases you must either have a negative Covid screening within 3 days or quarantine for 14 days. Safe states include our New England neighbors, New York, New Jersey and Hawaii. If you go out there beyond the Northeast, or have relatives from places not on these lists, make sure that the rules are followed. They’re quite serious about this, and we should be too. We’ve avoided the plague here in Berkshire for the most part and need to keep it up. We don’t want to have to go backwards right?

The Governor’s office has released new orders for public gatherings, both indoors and outdoors. Anybody surprised?

Under the updated gatherings order, indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet, but should not exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space. So this would be impacting upon all sorts of activities happening indoors at the moment.

Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25 percent of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy, with a maximum of 100 people in a single enclosed outdoor space. This includes community events, civic events, sporting events, concerts etc. 

This order does not apply to outdoor, unenclosed gatherings if proper social distancing measures are possible. Note what it says about social distancing and think of the party pictures we’re seeing in the media. Anyone surprised that there is a spike here and there? We’ve established our own participant limits for these with our outdoor programs, I mean, you can’t have a relaxing Tai Chi or yoga class, out there in harmony with nature if the instructors are talking at you over a PA system because there are too many people can you?

Speaking of the great outdoors, Yoga started outside today. Perfect weather, shady spot out back. More classes to follow. Yes,advanced registration is required, 413.458.8250 or email to bogrady@williamstownma.gov 

The Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust has raised the ceiling on grants offered by the  new Williamstown Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Grant amounts have increased  from $1,000 to $2,500 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 www.berkshirehousing.com or by calling 413.499.4887 to leave a message.They’ll definitely call you back.

Anyone remember that this is a census year? Yeah, we’ve talked about it. You’ll remember that the door knocking campaign will start soon for folks who haven’t completed a survey right? It will start in August…August begins tomorrow. Hello? Have you been counted? If not, they’ll be visiting. Want to avoid a visit? Here’s a link; Take the Census | US Census Bureau

Need help filling it out? Call us here at Harper, 413.458.8250. This is the last time we’ll be talking about this issue until 2030. I think…

Finally, for the week, I hear that there is a hot dog cart  on Spring Street…don’t know how long it will be there or when it comes back. Keep your eyes open!

Good weekend all.

Brian

Updates, Wednesday July 29th 2020

There are works of art all across the Williams campus, some are quite visible like the eyes in    front of Lawrence Hall on Main Street, others maybe not so much. If you’re from the Church Street neighborhood, you’re familiar with the big structures near Park Street. When I first saw them, I thought it was something like Jesus and a demon. Later I found out that it’s called “Tai Chi”…oops.

Anyway, the  Williams College Museum of Art has images and descriptions of public art across the campus you can read about online or better yet, take a walk and visit them in person.. 

The college museum has also partnered with The Clark  and MASS MoCA to produce a Google Maps walking and biking tour of public art installations in Williamstown, Adams, and North Adams. Here’s a link; https://artmuseum.williams.edu/ 

Berkshire AHEC, which stands for Area Health Education Center,  is offering a free virtual community program called “Proactive Health Care Planning Conversations”  on Friday, August 14th from 9 – 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. with funding from  Elder Services.  The  presenter is Ellen DiPaola, M.Ed., JD is the President & CEO of Honoring Choices Massachusetts.  Here’s a description of the program and a contact; The event is about having  conversations with your loved ones and health care providers regarding your health care wishes, Advanced Directives is the technical term for this..  Everybody has the right to make decisions about their own health care. Actually, everyone should be thinking about what you want to happen to you if something happens and you’re unable to speak for yourself. Why would you want it left to someone else…? If you haven’t anything in place yet, join this zoom, learn about the process  and get to it!  Here’s’ the contact for information- sdargie@berkshireahec.org 

If you’ve been watching the news you’ll note that there are Coronavirus spikes all over the country. In an effort to keep the virus under control (and more importantly, keep it out of here) there are new rules with fines attached to follow. All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to: …you know what? Here’s their words;

“ Starting August 1, all visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home, including students returning to campuses for the fall semester, must fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from a COVID-19 lower risk state or they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts, or they are included in one of the other, limited exemptions.

Individuals who get a test must remain in quarantine until they receive their negative test results. Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day. 

Travelers are exempt from this requirement if they are coming from a state that has been designated by the Department of Public Health as a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into another narrow exemption category.

Based on current public health data, those lower risk states will include: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii.”

Here’s a link to the travel form;  Massachusetts Travel Form,

While we’re at it, you may have noticed the announcement that the state is offering free testing in new communities where there have been spikes, Springfield and Agawam included, close to use in a way. If you have visitors from there, or go there, mask up! And make sure that they do too!

The Historical Museum is in week three of their suffrage series, this week talking about several local residents whom you may have known personally. Check it out here; www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org

Finally, Town Meeting. 

OK, it’s scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 PM, Weston Field, also known as “Williams Football Field”. Actual details pertinent to seating, entry and all those other important items will be following on Willinet soon. I’ll let you know when to look. And yes, it’s outside so if the weather is looking ominous, decisions will be made by the end of the day before and a reschedule posted. More to follow.

Brian O’Grady

Updates, Monday July 27th, 2020

OK, in the transportation world our local public transit company, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, is conducting a very user friendly rider survey surveymonkey.com/r/BRTAsurvey.. They’re looking for input-the survey closes this Friday. Sorry if this is a repeat request. You know what the problem is? Everybody is doing everything electronically everywhere and it all starts to look the same after awhile (update…update…update…) oh well. At least we change the dates. Can’t do anything about the fact that these time spaces all end in “day” however…well, maybe today can be “the second 24hrs  of the final week of the 7th month…

Or…we could just call it “Food Resources Monday…”

As we’ve mentioned before, Farmer Market Coupons are available and can be used in Williamstown starting this week via the Williamstown Essentials order site.Here are the instructions from the organizers for the coupons use. 

Please use one of the coupon codes below at checkout to use your coupons. The $2.50 coupons are matched 100%, which means each coupon is worth $5. You must turn in your physical coupons on Saturday to pick up your order, so please only use the coupon code if you have this year’s MFNP coupons. 

WIC1 or SENIOR1 – $5.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 1 coupon to Saturday’s pickup site.

WIC2 or SENIOR2 – $10.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 2 coupons to Saturday’s pickup site.

WIC3 or SENIOR3 – $15.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 3 coupons to Saturday’s pickup site.

WIC4 or SENIOR4 – $20.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 4 coupons to Saturday’s pickup site.

WIC5 or SENIOR5 – $25.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 5 coupons to Saturday’s pickup site.

WIC6 or SENIOR6 – $30.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 6 coupons to Saturday’s pickup site.

WIC7 or SENIOR7 – $35.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 7 coupons to Saturday’s pickup site.

WIC8 or SENIOR8 – $40.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 8 coupons to Saturday’s pickup site.

WIC9 or SENIOR9 – $45.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 9 coupons to Saturday’s pickup site.

WIC10 or SENIOR10 – $50.00 off Produce, Fruits, & (Senior coupon only) Honey. Bring 10 coupons to Saturday’s pickup site.

Looks like you can spend them all at once or ration them weekly. Remember, Farmers Market Coupons can be used at any Massachusetts farmers market and are good until Halloween.

Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials!, the virtual market is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org  weekly from 10:00 Tuesday  until 7PM on Wednesday See above for Farmers market Coupon information.

The Mobile Food Pantry sponsored by the FoodBank of Western Ma will be in Adams in the Visitor Center parking lot on Tuesday, tomorrow, July 28th from 10-11:00. Stay in your car, they’ll come to you

The North Adams Farmers Market is open,:-www.Facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/ 

The Salvation Army Food Pantry on  River Street in North Adams is in operation Tuesday-12:00-3:00. Please use the front door

The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center on Holden Street and open  Wednesday, 10:00-2:00 and 3:30-5:30. Plenty of parking. Their phone message says that they’ll deliver if you don’t have access to transportation, call them between 9:30 and 1:30 on Wednesdays for delivery. Here’s the contact information; 413.664.0123 or via email at;

northernberkshireinterfaith@gmail.com  

 The Community Bible Church Food Pantry, 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown Call Phyllis Babcock (413) 663-6094 and she will meet you at church at your convenience.

The Williamstown Food Pantry at St Patrick/St Raphael Church, 9:00-12:00 Wednesday.  Same procedure, circle the church,, stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers to the front of the line, you go first. 

The Sunday “Take and Eat” meals courtesy of Williamstown churches are back. They’ve contacted all the former participants, a letter has gone out to everybody with the delivery details. If you haven’t heard from them and were expecting to, or are interested in the program, let us know here at 413.458.8250 and we’ll refer you…

Berkshire Food Project-take-out only on M-W-and F. Enter through the breezeway and exit from the dining room out to Summer Street. Masks and social distance required. .  The number of folks allowed inside is currently five, there will be a count. BFP staff will open the doors for you, you’ll only be touching your food. There are also no restroom facilities available for use at this time.. Berkshire Food Project: Home

That’s it. Drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun if you’re not wearing sunscreen!

Brian O’Grady

Updates, Friday July 24th, 2020

There’s another Blood Drive scheduled next week, this one is in North Adam at the Elks on Wednesday, July 29 from 9am – 2:30pm. Of course they’re looking for  healthy donors without Covid symptoms-no cough, cold, or fever please. Eat and drink before donating! They would really like donors to schedule an appointment in advance, we don’t want rides or lots of people milling about these days right?   To schedule an appointment call (413) 447-2597 x 2 or email camuso@bhs1.org

Speaking of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Baker-Polito Administration’s  plan to  reopen  Massachusetts , get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.is available to review through this link;https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts 

I think we may have already posted this information but who cares right? Repetition is good in some places and you might have missed it the first time around!

I just heard that Governor Charlie Baker extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, until October 17, 2020, through the authority granted to the governor by Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020, “An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency”, which was signed into law on April 20, 2020. Now that’s really good news for some people dontcha think? 

This law’s limitations on evictions and foreclosures have allowed many tenants and homeowners impacted by COVID-19 to remain in their homes during the state of emergency. This extension will allow some of our friends, neighbors and relatives a breather and guarantees continued housing security for now. More of us are returning to work and Massachusetts is coming back to life, even if somewhat altered under the new abnormal, more people return to work, and this action by the Governor is just another reflection of how different we in Massachusetts are in the approach to the pandemic than some other states are. Glad I live here! The original  moratorium was set to expire on August 18, 2020

My friend Jim Fuccione at the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative wants me to post a survey on biking in the state. AARP Massachusetts is using the  survey to compile data about cycling and people aged 50 or older.. It’s all about planning and funding and all those kinds of opportunities you need data for to start. We all know that we’re going to build a bike trail here, not everyone is as lucky. Data helps and actually, I don’t mind completing random surveys if they fall in an area of interest. Here’s the link; This questionnaire will close on July 31, 2020. Please share the survey link with other cyclists who are age 50 or older.

Chapter Two  Bookstore is reopening, actually reopened yesterday, with restrictions of course. Here’s the link to their site; https://www.chaptertwobookstore.org/

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is hosting an exhibit of original art works outside at their home on Sheep Hill, Cold Spring Road in Town. Great place to walk about in nature, they’re calling this show “Art Close to Home” and you’ll only be able to enjoy it for a very limited time, this Friday through next, July 31st. Of course the strictures of Covid are to be followed-masks, social distance-this is outside folks..none of this should be too hard. Bring lunch and take a walk in the woods!

Massachusetts Elder Affairs has posted a new resource guide  for family caregivers. Here’s a link;

Where Do I Start Resource for Family Caregivers

Some folks may find this helpful. Share with people whom you think will benefit! 

Finally for the week, the Williamstown Historical Museum is reopening to in person visitors this Saturday, July 25th from 10-4:00.  Remember to bring your mask as you can’t go in without one!

Brian O’Grady

Updates, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

We just completed Day One of the annual Farmer’s Market distribution. It’s definitely a different experience this year with people making arrangements to come in at specified times and  pick them up. Actually, on one hand,  it’s more ordered than it usually is, on the other it will take longer to distribute. All part of the Covid experience for sure!

Anyway, we have a limited number of Farmer Market coupons available for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria so if you’re interested in finding out about these, call us here at Harper, 413.458.8250. We’ll be happy to tell you all about it.And for those of you who are in the know about these coupons, get moving. Limited number means limited number!

Jane’s Exercise class #15 is “live” on Willinet, www.willinet.org so tune in and tune up. While I’m at it, Youlin’s Tai Chi class meets here at Harper in the backyard Monday and Thursday live and in person.There’s a registration of sorts, more Covidizated programming,  so you’ll have to contact us here at Harper and we’ll arrange for you to  be in contact with Youlin.

Speaking of Willinet, the community town hall forum Williams President Mandel and others held last week to discuss the plan for the return of students to the College campus for the fall semester  is also available for viewing on Willinet. We’re about to experience our annual population explosion from all over here in Town-if you’re curious regarding the plan Williams has to reintroduce students into the community you’ll find it here as well..

A reminder that this is Brown Bag day delivery week- Friday, July 24th is the day folks. They’ll be arriving at Harper sometime after one and then we’ll be distributing them to you so watch for us! If you’re not yet a Brown Bag participant and are interested call us here at Harper, 458.8250, for information. There is a brief application process and there are eligibility questions. Actually, really easy eligibility questions…

Now a final note of interest although this might be better as a Friday note; Governor Baker signed a bill yesterday which will allow restaurants to sell mixed drinks to go if ordered with food. Essentially, when you order takeaway or delivery from your favorite restaurant you can also order up to 64 ounces of your favorite beverage as well.Of course you have to be 21 or older, the drink must be in a sealed container and the bevvie itself has to be transported in the trunk of your or the delivery persons  car. Earlier in the year Baker allowed for wine and beer to be sold to go, this just makes it a little more interesting and hopefully will help the restaurants.Anyone up for a Margarita…?

OK, drink lots of fluids, wear sunscreen and check for ticks. 

 Brian O’Grady

Updates, Monday July 20th, 2020.

Is it really July 20th…?

The Williamstown Historical museum has started a new summer series they’re calling “Summer of Women’s Suffrage”. They’re actually in week 2 and this week they’re talking about a famous local-Susan B Anthony. .www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org  

The folks at Northern Berkshire Habitat are still accepting applications for the new home they’re finishing on Cole Avenue. The deadline to apply is August 24th. Habitat staff are present in their office Monday through Friday, 9:00-noon. You can call them at 413.664.4440, email to nbhabitat@msn.com and their website address is www.northberkshirehabitat.org for info or to complete an application. 

If you know anyone who’s looking for a home, share this information.

Just a reminder that we’re currently scheduling appointments to pick up Farmer’s Market Coupons. We start Wednesday between 9 and 1:00, you have to schedule a time with us to come and get them-it’s all about Covid and spacing folks, no drop ins will be accommodated. First come, first serve until gone. Call us, 413.458.8250, we’re happy to help.

Speaking of helping, our friends at the Williamstown Food Pantry at Sts Patrick and Raphael parish are looking for a few items, specifically medium and large adult diapers, children’s diapers size 3, 5 and 6, low sodium canned goods and sugar free goods as well. You’re welcome to leave them in the entrance to the parish center where food items are left for donation.

Here’s your food news for the week.

The Sunday “Take and Eat” meals courtesy of three Williamstown churches are back. They’ve contacted all the former participants, a letter has gone out to everybody with the delivery details including delivery protocols under the new abnormal, masks, distancing, etc. They have access to masks so anyone involved with the program is welcome to ask for one if needed. The biggest change is that they will no longer leave a meal if there’s no answer to the knock. They’ll leave a note…”sorry we missed you…”

If you haven’t heard from them and were expecting to, let us know here at 413.458.8250 and we’ll talk with someone for you…

Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials!, the virtual market is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org   weekly from 10:00  Tuesday  until 5PM on Wednesday . No more Monday orders. Pick up is from 11am until 1pm  on Saturday. Orders are pre-bagged, pre-sorted, you’ll find them in the parking lot behind the Williamstown Elementary School.

Berkshire Grown  has a link to  all sorts of different farms and food sources. Here’s that link: Shop Local Now

The North Adams Farmers market is open, here’s the link  with order information:-www.Facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/ 

The Salvation Army Food Pantry on  River Street in North Adams is in operation Tuesday-12:00-3:00. Please use the front door

The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center on Holden Street is open  Wednesday, 10:00-2:00 and 3:30-5:30. Their phone message says that they’ll deliver if you don’t have access to transportation, call them between 9:30 and 1:30 on Wednesdays for delivery. Here’s the contact information; 413.664.0123 or via email at;northernberkshireinterfaith@gmail.com 

 The Community Bible Church Food Pantry, 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown, has food and are happy to share. Call Phyllis Babcock (413) 663-6094 and she will meet you at church at your convenience.

Berkshire Food Project-take-out only on M-W-and F. Enter through the breezeway and exit from the dining room out to Summer Street. Wear a mask to participate and this includes while waiting in line and practice Social Distancing. BFP will provide a mask if you don’t have one. The number of folks allowed inside is currently limited, there will be a count. BFP staff will open the doors for you, you’ll only be touching your food. There are also no restroom facilities available for use at this time.. Berkshire Food Project: Home

The Williamstown Food Pantry at St Patrick/St Raphael Church, 9:00-12:00 Wednesday. Southworth St. Same procedure, circle the church,, stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers to the front of the line, you go first.

It’s been really quiet for a Monday. Hope it stays that way.

Brian O’Grady

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