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Due to the COVID pandemic we have made some changes to the purchase of Transfer Station Stickers.  New Stickers will be available for purchase beginning July 1st.  Updates will appear at the end of June on the town website, at the Transfer Station and through public notification.

The suspension of the requirement for use of Town bags also continues. When the this suspension ends, we will be offering trash tags and will be similarly announcing availability of those in the same manner as stickers.

Updates, Friday June 19th, 2020

This week the Williamstown Historical Museum is in week 8 of 9 in the spring scavenger hunt . This week’s marker is not one of the original “official”  200th Anniversary site markers but marks a historical site nevertheless. It’s located in front of what’s called a “Regulation House”. Know what that is perchance? Well, I won’t tell you, you’ll have to visit the museum website at www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org  While you’re at it, check out their Facebook page too, www.Facebook.com/williamstownhistoricalmuseum

 Lots of good stuff there as well. It’s a public Facebook page so you don’t have to actually be a facebook subscriber to look.

Here are some notes from the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, BRTA, which will have an impact on folks who ride the bus between here and Pittsfield. There are other changes as well heading south toward the Lee outlets and Great Barrington as well, these notes just reflect time changes for travel between here, North Adams  and Pittsfield. Routes and other information can be found on their website www.berkshirerta.com 

 Route 34: North Adams Loop – Transfer is now available with Route 3 from Williamstown on Main Street in North Adams at 12 minutes past the hour. – Weekday evening service has been expanded between 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM. Route 34 will connect with Route 1 at Walmart North Adams at 7:30 PM and 9:50 PM – Route 34 will service Brayton Hill and Greylock Apartments between 8:15 PM and 9:30 PM.  

Route 1: Pittsfield – North Adams – Weekday evening departures from the Intermodal Transfer Center-their headquarters building in downtown Pittsfield-  have been changed to 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM. – Weekday evening departures from Walmart North Adams have been changed to 7:30 PM, 9:50 PM, and 10:30 PM. 

Route 2: Pittsfield – Lee via Lenox – Service has been added to Big Y Lee in both the outbound and inbound directions. – Departures from Lee Premium Outlets have been changed to 30 minutes past the hour on both weekdays and Saturdays. Arrival times at the ITC have been changed to 20 minutes past the hour on weekdays and Saturdays. This change will allow customers to transfer at the ITC with other buses. 

Route 3: Williamstown – North Adams – Departure from Main Street North Adams has been amended to 12 minutes past the hour.If you’re a regular bus rider you’ll know what this means-and that it’s an expansion of hours which were reduced in the wake of COVID-19. Good news eh? Masks and social distancing are still in effect so take this into account before you hop on and pull out your Charlie Card!

There are 2 new Blood Drives coming up at the end of June, the first will be at the Adams Community Bank on Park Street in Adams on June 29th. The second event is slated for the Williamstown Historical Museum on June 30th.Healthy donors are needed to give blood during the best of times and these aren’t them. We all know what “healthy donors” mean as well, right?

To avoid long lines and clusters of people milling about appointments are suggested and can be made by calling 413.447.2593, extension 2, or electronically to camuso@bhs1.org

Now here’s a message (edited…) from our friends at the Coalition. It’s rather self explanatory;

“Every year nbCC’s Community Outreach Volunteer training tries to  address an identified northern Berkshire need through a community project. This year the 2020 COV capstone project: an intergenerational, inclusive, intergroup month of heart-to-heart connection. The PenPal Extravaganza connects letter writers, (phone callers, or emailers) with folks who are isolated, or who wouldn’t mind a pick-me-up in the form of well-wishes from a kind stranger. We’re hoping that you or someone you know might be interested in participating.

Throughout the month of June, the 2020 COV team will review applications, welcome folks to the project, and pair willing communicators with willing receivers. To help our participants feel comfortable and valued for this contribution to their community’s well-being, the group will provide suggestions and encouragement until the project pairing closes on June 30.

If interested in participating, please fill out the PenPal Extravaganza Application.  COV’s are also accepting applications from interested parties by phone at (413) 342-0376, please ask for Kenya. Also check out their page on Facebook for more information and updates on the project”.

Now a final note for this week. Another light is coming on as Tai Chi  formally returns to action beginning Monday, outside for the moment but active for the first time since early March. Folks who were engaged with the class will be contacted by Youlin and of course there are COVID rules; masks at all time, social distancing, no shared equipment no more than 10 people in the activity which means 9 students plus instructor. It’s a start right?

Brian O’Grady

Updates, Wednesday June 17th, 2020

Wednesday isn’t the same for me since this COVID pandemic caused the cancellation of my regular Wednesday softball match. I used to look forward to getting out there and dropping a couple balls. Now Wednesday is just another day ending in Y like all the rest of them. Moving on…

Beginning June 17th, well, today actually, Proprietors Field residents who were receiving meals delivered from the MGRHS this spring will have those meals delivered from the Harper Center. We’re not preparing food, we’re just delivering pre-packaged food from our friends at the Regional School District. You are welcome to pop over and get yours yourselves however. We’re distributing from the Proprietors Field entrance to the Center.

The Alzheimer’s Association is  announcing  a Facebook Live event this Friday, June 19th,  at noon (12-12:30) for families with questions about how to handle visits with their loved ones in nursing homes during the  COVID-19 pandemic. They’ll address the challenges and other issues and feelings families may feel as visits resume. Here’s a link; www.facebook.com/alzheimersmanh

We talked about this briefly during the food updates the other day but I’m going to mention it one more time. The Berkshire Food Project really needs  volunteers. After switching to the distribution of takeout meals on a M-W-F schedule, there has been a significant uptick in use.They’re distributing almost 500 meals on each of these three days. Lots of food folks, half of the meals are prepared onsite, the rest are purchased from local restaurants as part of the COVID -19 Emergency Fund. They’ve accomplished this with 3 staff members and some dedicated volunteers. As the world reopens, they’re losing volunteers but the demand driven by higher unemployment numbers remains high. Some of their regular volunteers have pre-existing conditions and aren’t able to help under the current situation so…they need help. If you, or anyone you know is looking for a volunteer slot, even a temporary on, let Kim know. Here’s the number; 413.664.7378

Finally, there are all sorts of people reporting bear sightings all over these days. I haven’t had one in my yard -yet-but I live at the edge of the woods and they’re neighbors. So be careful and bring your bird feeders in for the summer. And-speaking of bringing in,  I’m also hearing foxes nearby at night. They got one of my neighbors chickens recently and I have heard that they like cats too.  Might want to bring yours in as well.

Enjoy the afternoon!

Brian O’Grady

 Updates, Monday June 15th, 2020

June 15th, half way through June and almost into summer. Tempus Fugit!

Jane’s 10th recorded Exercise class is currently on Willinet, you can find it here; www.willinet.org 

Check it out and get moving!

The Williamstown Theatre Festival is hosting another Community Works live theatre workshop event on Facebook live Wednesday evening, June 17th, from 5-6. Everyone is invited, families are encouraged to participate and, oh yeah, it’s free! An audio-captioned recording of the workshop will also be available. Facebook RSVP is NOT required to attend!

Here’s the link https://www.facebook.com/wtfestival/

Email Hayley at community@wtfestival.org if you have any question

Now a more serious note. We all know that there have been protests all over recently with several here in Berkshire County including events in North Adams and Williamstown. While we certainly support and encourage peaceful demonstrations, we’re also aware that the Coronavirus is still out there lurking. COVID-19 can spread easily in large groups of people who are in close contact. People who are infected but not symptomatic can spread the contagion. If you, or someone you know for that matter, participated in a large gathering you should get tested

Massachusetts has arranged for anyone who has attended a large gathering in the past two weeks to get tested for COVID-19 this week, June 17 and 18. It’s confidential, free and there are two sites in Berkshire County where you can get tested  Here’s the link;

Get Tested for COVID-19: June 17th and 18th

Check it out for yourselves.

Here are the food updates for the week;

The mobile food pantry sponsored by the FoodBank of Western Ma will be in North Adams at the American Legion Post on American Legion Drive, right down the street from the Holiday Inn, Friday, June 19th from 10-11:00. That’s this coming Friday folks.

Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials!, the virtual market is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org  weekly from 10:00  Monday  until 7PM on Wednesday . 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, in front of the Youth Center entry. The market is pre-order and pickup, no on site shopping yet but they’re able to provide home delivery within a 7-mile radius of market orders – please, don’t use the delivery option unless you are unable to get to the market!  

Berkshire Grown  has a link to  all sorts of different farms and food sources, including people you’ll remember from the holiday markets. Here’s that link: https://berkshiregrown.org/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 is still in their temporary location in the Parish Center on Holden Street  (it’s across from the Big Y) 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, has food and are happy to share. 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. Southworth St. Circle around  the backside of church via Mission Park Drive, stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers to the front of the line, they’ll try to help you first. 

Berkshire Food Project  meals are still take-out only on M-W-and F. Participants  enter through the breezeway and exit from the dining room out to Summer Street. Participants must wear a mask to participate and this includes while waiting in line. Please practice Social Distancing while waiting. BFP will provide a mask if you don’t have one. The number of folks allowed in the building at the same time are limited for safety purposes, they’ll keep track at the door.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.. https://www.berkshirefoodproject.org/

By the way, they’re looking for volunteers to help out, call them at 413.664.7378 if you’re interested.

The Bennington Farmers Market is open in Riverwalk Park, Depot Street-behind the former Bennington Station restaurant  every Saturday from 10-1 Pre orders, curbside pickup and In-Person shopping. Here’s their link; www.benningtonfarmersmarket.org

Brian O’Grady

Update, Friday June 12th, 2020

Williamstown Historical Museum is into week 7 of their scavenger hunt and this time it markes the site of the Riverbend farmhouse Tavern. You’ll have to look at the website at www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org to find out. I will tell you that I’ve been in the place, really a cool spot. You can really feel the history there, almost seeing the guys in their silly 3 corner hats and long clay pipes, a great spot and a true piece of Town history.

A few years ago, Director Currie tried to get me to wear one of those 3 corner hats in the 4th of July parade. Nope. Sorry Sarah, they ARE silly hats..

Like everything else, the Berkshire  Supergenarians Annual Forum has gone virtual. This year our friends from  Berkshire SuperGenarians and OLLI  have gotten together to host the annual  BSG Forum online and free.  It’s titled “Growing Stronger Together” It all happens on July 8th from 9:30 -11:30 AM via zoom or phone in. Pre-registration is required, you contact them and they’ll send you the link to the program.

And here’s the contact info for BSG; www.berkshireolli.org/events or call 413 236-2190

The speakers and their topics this year are;

Mark Pettus, MD, Berkshire Health Systems

      Health and the Application of Mind-Body Science

and

Maria Sirois, PsyD.

Positivity in Uncertain Times

www.mariasirois.com

It’s unfortunate that we find ourselves Covidized at this time-BSG were working on having a session up here in North County instead of their usual home in Pittsfield. Maybe next year!

Coyote Flaco has begun outside dining hours, they started yesterday, June 11th.  Outside dining hours are 4:00 – 9:00, they’ll still be doing curbside pickup and delivery. The parking lots are separate for pick up and eat on site, I’m sure that they are labelled appropriately. Here’s the website link for more information; www.coyoteflacomass.com 

The nbCC Bike Collective will be resuming open shop hours every Monday from 3:30-5:30pm at the Armory on Ashland Street in North Adams. The service is by appointment only and with the usual masking and social distancing protocols in place.They’re at the garage behind the building and will be outside if the weather spirits cooperate. They will have bikes for sale, can fix or give your bike a tuneup and they will accept donations of bikes as well. Got an old bike you don’t want…here you go. Email Amanda at the Coalition, achilson@nbccoalition.org to make an appointment. 

Finally, a warning from a neighbor; She tells me that she got a call from someone purporting to be from Social Security indicating that her account had been frozen and she could talk to an operator about it by pressing one…Social Security never calls. It’s a scam. Watch out, they’re out there!

Good Weekend all!

Brian O’Grady

Wednesday June 10th, 2020

Philomena Demo, Williamstown’s Eldest and holder of the Boston Post Cane,  passed at 104 on May 4th. She was the 13th recipient of the Cane following its rediscovery in 2001. One hundred years of life is quite an accomplishment and quite worthy of celebration. In actuality, each of Mrs. Demo’s Cane holder predecessors were also centenarians and several of our recipients’ lives spanned parts of 3 Centuries. Demo’s successor, Berniece Roberts, was born in November 1918 in the midst of the last great pandemic and shortly following the World War One Armistice. She’s 101 and she has lots of stories about growing up locally, dirt roads, horse and carriages and other tales of North Berkshire gone by. She currently resides at Williamstown Commons. I wasn’t able to speak directly to her, the current pandemic has closed  the facility to visitors but Administrator Jodi Ouimette acted as an intermediary for us and spoke with Ms. Roberts regarding the Cane. While we can’t have a larger celebration for her, we’ll be sure that she is recognized. Congratulations Berniece! You’ve joined a very exclusive club!                               

All good things must come to an end eventually right? Sad but true. The weekend meals, sponsored by the COVID 19  Emergency Response Fund  and the Northern Berkshire Coalition will be ending this weekend. The meals were instituted in March shortly after the beginning of the Coronavirus shutdown began and have been prepared and delivered by local restaurants for the last two plus months on weekends. Apparently the Coalition has contacted everyone who was receiving these meals to insure that there is continued access to weekend meals. 

Is anyone counting tables outside? I’ve noticed Pera, The Purple Pub, and  Tunnel City have tables for outside dining..  Chopsticks has reopened as well. It’s all coming back on line eh? Just in time for warmer weather. Oh, yeah, you breakfast people? You know who you are…Renee’s in North Adams is serving outside too.

I don’t remember whether I have already mentioned this or not but The Apple Barn on Route 7 in Bennington has reopened. They seem to have abbreviated hours and there aren’t apples yet but…they have Cider Donuts! And jams and jellies, cheese etc. Oh yeah, Jalapeno Raspberry Jelly…

Now that the world is beginning to reopen slowly-and slow progress is really good to get it right the first time, there cannot be a second time, that would really suck. There are bound to be questions from people who think they have been exposed, were exposed or maybe even infected and when you are able to go out with other people again. Here’s a page from the CDC on the topic. 

 When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19

Share as needed. Hopefully, you won’t need it!

Now, here’s a message from the BRTA;

“The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is updating its Comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan and is seeking input! To gain a better understanding of the current and future transportation needs of Berkshire County, a mobile-friendly, public survey has been developed and posted on the BRTA website. The survey is currently available in both English and Spanish.

The priority for BRTA continues to be providing the safest transportation possible for all our customers using BRTA services. At the same time, we are committed to not losing sight of what BRTA can and should look like next year or the year after. Your feedback will provide the basis for this five-year planning process.

Please fill out this brief survey by on this link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRTASurvey.

Remember, there’s a paper shredding event in Lanesborough this saturday from 9:00 to Noon at Lanesborough Town Hall on Main Street-Route 7 right…? It’s sponsored by our friend Linda at the NBSWMD and is free to residents of member towns-that means us, Williamstown.

Talk later

Brian O’Grady

Update, Monday June 8th, 2020

Here’s a quick note from the Department of  More Lights On; Outside dining starts today. There’s an article in iberkshires…check it out. www.iberkshires.com

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Every June there are all sorts of awareness events happening all over the country to raise consciousness about Alzheimers and brain health. The COVID-19 crisis is having a tremendous effect on the Alzheimer’s Association as you can imagine but, as they say, when given lemons…so there are all sorts of activities available remotely including virtual auctions, Longest Day events and there are sign up opportunities for annual Alzheimer’s Walks. The local event is scheduled for October  12th, leaving the Adams Visitor Center and off down the Ashuwillticook Rail trail. You can find information for this and more here; www.alz.org 

Additionally, the Dementia Care Collaborative of Dementia Friendly Massachusetts continues to offer monthly virtual educational programs including “Conversations with Caregivers” The conversation for this month is around Memory Cafes and is titled “Being with Others is Good Medicine” Find that program and more  at this link;

 www.dfmassachusetts.org

Jane’s Exercise Class #8 is currently available on Willinet, here’s the link ;www.willinet.org 

Here’s the food news for the week;

The Mobile Food Pantry program from the FoodBank of Western Massachusetts is happening tomorrow, June 9th in Adams at the Visitor Center parking lot  between 10:00 and 11:00. Stay in your car with your dimmers on, they’ll help you.

Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials!, the virtual market is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org  weekly from 10:00  Monday  until 7PM on Wednesday . Pick up is from 11am until 1pm  on Saturday. Orders are pre-bagged, pre-sorted, find them in the parking lot behind the Williamstown Elementary School, in front of the Youth Center entry. Very user friendly.  The market is pre-order and pickup only. They’re also able to provide home delivery within a 7-mile radius of market orders to those unable to access the pickup location on Saturday, but please, don’t use the delivery option unless you are unable to get to the market!  

Berkshire Grown  has a link to connect with  all sorts of different farms and food sources, including some people whom you’ll remember from the holiday markets. Check it out! Here’s that link: https://berkshiregrown.org/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 is still in their temporary location in the Parish Center on Holden Street  (it’s across from the Big Y) Wednesday, 10:00-2:00 and 3:30-5:30. Plenty of parking. They are also looking for volunteers to help out and you can reach them at: 413.664.0123 or via these links;

northernberkshireinterfaith@gmail.com or through their website; www.friendshipfoodpantry.org if you’re interested in helping

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.

The Williamstown Food Pantry at St Patrick/St Raphael Church, 9:00-12:00 Wednesday. Southworth St. Circle around  the backside of church via Mission Park Drive, stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers to the front of the line, they’ll try to help you first. 

Berkshire Food Project  meals are still take-out only on M-W-and F. Participants  enter through the breezeway and exit from the dining room out to Summer Street. Participants must wear a mask to participate and this includes while waiting in line. Please practice Social Distancing while waiting. BFP will provide a mask if you don’t have one. The number of folks allowed in the building at the same time are limited for safety purposes, they’ll keep track at the door.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.. 

The Bennington Farmers Market is open in Riverwalk Park, Depot Street-behind the former Bennington Station restaurant.  They say that they’re open every Saturday from 10-1: and they’ll do pre orders, curbside pickup as well as  In-Person shopping. Here’s their link;www.benningtonfarmersmarket.org

Get outside!

Brian O’Grady

Update, Friday June 5th, 2020

Here we are on the first Friday in June, or should I say first weekend of June? 

Went out  for a long walk last night and I got to tell you it’s great to see the lights-literally- coming on again everywhere. More people were out there on the street especially on the end near Lickety Split enjoying a warm evening.  Still not many cars but it’s obvious that an opening, OK a different kind, is happening. Yay! But remember, opening or not, masks and social distancing  is still the order of the day.

Speaking of lights, Milne Library is getting ready to throw some switches and pop some doors as well. They’re deep into  the process of defining how they will open and what procedures will be in place to keep everyone safe on reentry. They have quite a few surfaces to think about…They’re hoping to implement curbside pick up sooner rather than later. Baby steps. Stay tuned!

You all know that there are a couple annual elections coming up, right? The Town annual election is slated for June 23rd, hours to follow in an update next week. The last chance to register to vote-or change your party affiliation is next Friday, June 12th. You can also vote by absentee ballot between now and then, you’ll find applications at the front of Town Hall and here at the Harper Center. 

Additionally the Williamstown Fire District annual meeting and vote is slated for Tuesday June 30, you can absentee vote here as well. Here are the links

Williamstown Fire District Annual and vote: 

Early Voting instructions for WFD: 

https://williamstownma.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WFD-Voter-instructions-2020-1.docx

Not sure how familiar you are with this effort but there is a formal “Train Campaign’ out there. It’s an effort by a group of individuals from the Barrington Institute, www.barringtoninstitute.org   who are interested in bringing train travel back to the Berkshires on a bigger scale than just Amtrak passing through Pittsfield. They’re actually looking at a form of computer rail service connecting us with  NYC to start.Think about it, hop the train in Pittsfield and ride to NY.  My personal train experience can be correctly called “subway commuting’, my only actual train riding experiences have been rather limited…Anyway, the Train Campaign is trying to engage communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York with a vision for 21st Century passenger rail travel. The mission is to connect western Connecticut, Mass and NY with NYC, actually a really solid idea. The plan focusing on us, the Berkshire Line,  is a project of the Housatonic Railroad Company, www.hrrc.com a Connecticut based rail company in operation since the 1850’s and today apparently today a freight mover. The idea is to run a  passenger service from New York City to Pittsfield, MA via Danbury, CT. They propose  to do 8 round trips a day, originating and terminating in Grand Central Station in NYC. If brought to fruition. will bring passengers from Pittsfield to New York in 3 hours and 55 minutes.  Without driving ao the parking hassle. They’re currently seeking legislative assistance in the three states and I think, have bills pending. It’s a really interesting plan, check it out. 

The Williamstown Historical Museum is currently in week 6 of it’s scavenger hunt, you’re looking for a marker memorializing the site of the first Proprietors Meeting. Nope, it’s not on Church Street but I bet the Field was named after these first  Proprietors. What were they and what was this meeting about? Check their website, www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org  and get out there and find the marker!

Our friends at Age Friendly Berkshires tells us about  a unique program entitled “We Read Stories”. It’s a program sponsored by the  Western MA Medical Reserve Corps, Fairview Hospital and the Orphean Circus.The program was created to overcome isolation being experienced  during  Covid shutdown.  The program is designed to link people through the common bond or reading and telling stories. Essentially, older adults sheltering at home will be matched with trained, pre-screened volunteers from the Western MA Medical Reserve Corps, to select and enjoy a short story together, over an agreed-upon weekly schedule.  This is ideal for those who are currently experiencing loneliness, depression or, who may be medically vulnerable and needing to remain sheltered at home, in the weeks and months ahead.  

So…if you’re  interested contact us here at Harper, 413.448.8250 and we’ll connect you with the program.  If you have any questions, please contact Carmela Lanza-Weil at the WMA MRC: carmela.lanza.weil@gmail.com.

Have a great weekend!

Brian O’Grady

Update, Wednesday June 3rd, 2020

A rather large nationwide unemployment fraud scheme has been detected and it’s been identified as active here in Massachusetts as well. Are you surprised? Chaos breeds contempt.  Crooks are attempting to file fraudulent unemployment claims through The Department of Unemployment Assistance’s (DUA) system.

So…if you have received a notice that your unemployment benefits have been approved but you haven’t applied, watch out. Some folks have been told that their application was approved and then received a request for their social security number even though they hadn’t applied. Some people have received unemployment payment deposits with other peoples names on them.Others report that when attempting to apply for unemployment benefits, they are being told they have “already” applied. So beware, tell anyone you know who’s applying to beware and don’t fall for this! Remember, they’re out there!

The BRTA has initiated normal  service bus routes hours for Route 1,Route 2and Route 21.  What this means is that you can once again ride the bus from Williamstown to  North Adams and then all the way to Great Barrington in regular time  if you feel the need or desire. The details can be found at www.berkshirerta.com This is good news; another light has come on!

Jane has posted exercise class #8 on Willinet and you can find that here; www.willinet.org 

Mary is hosting an increasingly active Zoom yoga class, twice weekly and if you’re interested in participating, email her directly at maryedgerton1@gmail.com There were 18 people in today’s class! Wow! Just like the old days a couple months ago. Well, sort of…that, by the way is a very manageable number and probably something like what it might look like in the initial phases of reopening. And before you ask, not yet. We’re working on it daily. Be patient.

Oh. By the way, it appears that I had posted an incorrect telephone number for Coyote Flaco.It’s actually 458.4240…a message from the Department of OOPS…

Have a great evening. Talk soon.

Brian O’Grady