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Updates, Monday August 24th, 2020

In case you were wondering, and I’m  hearing that some of you are…as of today Williams has done 925 Cov-19 tests and there have been zero positive test results.  So far so good right? There’s a daily dashboard on the College website where you can check yourselves and see how things are progressing. Just go to www.williams.edu and you’ll find the Covid 19 information on the front page. Massachusetts continues to make progress against the pandemic and here in Berkshire we’re in really good shape! You can check this out for yourselves too, https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health is the address, everything you want to know about the Coronavirus pandemic in the Commonwealth by county, city or town- even hospital admissions…none here in Berkshire by the way. Of course, there will be cases here and there, we just don’t want monster spikes like they’re having in other places.. Keep your masks on, stay socially distant and we’ll be fine!

Do you know what the NRFU is…? It’s the “Non Response Follow Up” currently active out there on the streets checking with all of your neighbors who didn’t take the time to respond to the earlier census requests…They’ll be knocking. Make sure that you answer.

Monday. Time for the food resources list for the week.

The meals from the Regional School district have ended. If you’re having difficulty with the noon meal, call us here at Harper and we’ll connect you with Meals on Wheels from Elder Services. 413.458.8250

Friday August 28th, this week folks, is  Brown Bag and we’ll be delivering to you between 2-3 on Friday afternoon…

Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials! The virtual market is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org  weekly from 10:00 Tuesday  until 7PM on Wednesday. They will double Farmers Market Coupons. We have available coupons, call us at 413.458.8250 for information.  

They have  also launched something they call the WFM-Community Essentials Initiative.  This initiative will enable you to donate for the purchase of market produce to help local food pantries in their mission to alleviate food insecurity in the community. Here’s a link

https://www.wfmessentials.org/product/join-the-wfm-community-essentials-initiative-/44

 All donations are matched 100% due to the generosity of Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Health Systems.  Your participation will help local farmers and  our neighbors who need just a little help to get by…

North Adams Farmers Market,:-www.Facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/ 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.. 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. Remember, you have to wear a mask and practice social distancing if you go there! It’s the rule in Massachusetts!

The Sunday “Take and Eat” meals courtesy of Williamstown churches is a Sunday hot meal delivery.. 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

The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry has  returned to 45 Eagle Street in North Adams,  to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday 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. 

Happy Monday all!

Brian

Updates, Friday August 21st, 2020

Y’all remember MOB right? We’ve done it here quite a few times. If you missed it here in Williamstown, there’s an opportunity to catch it nearby soon. In September and October,  A Matter of Balance, MOB, a series of classes that includes tips to reduce fear of falling and increase strength and balance will be held on September 9, 16, 23, 30, and October 7 and 14 from 10:30am-12:00pm in the tent outside the Visitors Center in Adams, 3 Hoosac St. Our friends from the nbCC, Bret and Amanda, will be leading the class so you know that participants will be in good hands. Please call Adams COA at 413-743-8333 to register, as class size is limited. We won’t be offering MOB here in Williamstown this year, we have had lots of people take the class and graduate successfully and we suspect that we may have saturated the local market. We started doing MOB here with our late friend Maria Connors  from Elder Services somewhere around 10 years ago and carried on with Bret and Amanda for a few years after that. We decided to mothball that effort here for a while when it appeared that everyone we know had already taken the class. We’ll bring it back someday in the future.

The Flynt Grant, administered by the Williamstown Community Chest, is open for bids.  Application deadline October 1, 2020 The bequest that established the grant program specifies that grants will be made annually, based on a competitive process to “…persons or entities (including the Town of Williamstown) that provide services to the town or its residents (although not necessarily exclusively).”  The criteria for reviewing applications will “…relate to the maintenance or improvement of the quality of life of the residents of Williamstown, defined broadly ‘….You can find out more about this grant by looking at the beautiful new WCC website, here’s a link ;williamstowncommunitychest.org

The Historical Museum has an interesting note regarding that old barn on Green River Road they’ve been talking about moving for a while now. Turns out that all the effort has paid off and they’ll be working on that project soon. Check it out, www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org 

The BRTA is scheduled to return to full service beginning on Monday August 31, 2020.

Copies of the new printed bus schedules will be available in the Intermodal

Transportation Center (ITC), on the BRTA buses, or online at www.berkshireRTA.com.

Look for the “Effective June 29, 2020” date at the top of the schedules for the latest

version. The free smartphone mobile app “RouteShout 2.0” is available from the Apple

App Store and Google Play Store

For us, this means that  Route 3S: Williamstown – North Adams returns to the hours it was in operation before the new abnormal came in March…

By the way, , per Governor Baker’s Executive Order 31, all customers using the BRTA bus must wear a mask or face covering over their mouth and nose, as recommended by the CDC, while onboard any BRTA vehicle. Practice social distancing while riding on the bus including maintaining space between other customers or the driver. You can follow the real time occupancy level on each BRTA vehicle by clicking this link: “Where’s my B-bus

Now, the Sts Patrick and Raphael Foodbank are in need of a few items; Rice, Jelly, pull up diapers for toddlers, adult medium and large depends and push bottle hand soap. A reminder to folks using the food pantry-you must wear a mask to participate. It’s the law in Massachusetts and participation will depend on whether you wear a face covering or not so mask up!

Good weekend all!

Brian

Updates, Wednesday August 19th, 2020

There’s a new player in town,a new pharmacy called “The Williamstown Apothecary” and they’re a collaboration between Berkshire Health Systems and Williams College.They’re located at 72 Spring Street where the Library Antiques used to live.It’s  a full service pharmacy with access to prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal teas, skin care products, all that pharmacy stuff. They’ll also host an automated system allowing for pick-up of prescriptions after hours but this isn’t ready yet so future details to come. And- guess what? They’ll deliver too! They’re in the middle of a soft opening at the minute, still signing the papers with some of the insurors out there but they’re open for business. The phone number is 413.458.7373.. They were originally going to open at the end of last winter but apparently those plans were covidated too…

The Williamstown Apothecary’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The North Adams Mobile Food Pantry sponsored by the FoodBank of Western Mass has returned to its original location, in the parking lot at the Brien Center so…if you’re looking for them at the Legion parking lot, fear not, they’ve just moved next door.

OK, here’s some clip and save information about voting; the deadlines to register to vote and/or change party affiliation are;  to vote in the September 1 primary, you can register online with the MA Secretary of State, www.sec.state.ma.us but the deadline is August 22, which by the way is this Saturday

If you want to vote by mail, you need to file your Application by the 26th (why do they cut these things so short…) and there will be early voting at Town Hall from the 22nd through the 28th. Check the municipal website-www.williamstownma.gov for the times…

Actual election day activities will be in person at the WES from 7:00AM to 8:00 PM.

Now, if you want to vote in the November 3rd election, you can still register to vote and/or change your party affiliation online with the Secretary of State but you have until October 24th to do so, your mail in vote application needs to be in by October 28th with the ballot obviously due on November 3rd by 8:00 PM.

 There will also be early in person voting at Town Hall October 17th to October 30th. Check the municipal website for details and times when we’re closer to the date..

In person voting on November 3rd will again be at the WES from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM.

By the way, they’re demolishing the old Williams Inn as you’re reading this. If you should be in the neighborhood, take a peek. A piece of Town history is vanishing before our eyes.

Brian

Updates, Monday August 17th, 2020

I’m hearing that you should try to get to the Town Meeting early tomorrow. People will be entering off Latham Street through the main entry-the  Gargoyle Gates- everyone gets a couple cards to vote with this year at sign in instead of just one, a yes card and a no card for voting. No shouting out…So more paperwork, new rules, all part of the new abnormal. There should be plenty of parking at the lot on the end of Spring Street and across the street from the main entry as well. You’ll be given all the housekeeping directions when you arrive, where the seating areas are, etc, when you arrive. This will be a different experience folks. There are a couple interesting pieces about this year’s event on the Town website, www.williamstownma.gov.

Friday this week will be the third Friday of August so the mobile food pantry from the Foodbank of Western Mass will be in the Legion parking lot in North Adams from 10:00 to 11:00. The Legion is down the street from the Holiday Inn and across from the North Adams Burger King…

Just a reminder that the food being delivered thru our good friends at the Regional School District is slated to end on Friday this week. We’re happy to refer anyone who needs a meal to the Meals on Wheels program at Elder Services. Give us a call at 413.458.8250 and we’ll help you out with that request.

Monday. Time for the food resources list for the week. Pretty much the same as last week actually…

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 place for the rest of the year.  The Williamstown Farmers Market has also launched something they call the WFM-Community Essentials Initiative.  This initiative will enable you to donate for the purchase of market produce to help local food pantries in their mission to alleviate food insecurity in the community. Here’s a link

https://www.wfmessentials.org/product/join-the-wfm-community-essentials-initiative-/44

 All donations are matched 100% due to the generosity of Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Health Systems.  Your participation will help local farmers and  our neighbors who need just a little help to get by…

North Adams Farmers Market,:-www.Facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/ 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.. You can use your Farmer Market Coupons there too. Or any Farmers Market in Massachusetts…they’re good until Halloween.We still have Farmers market Coupons here at Harper, call us at 413.458.8250 if you’re interested. I hear that folks don’t want them this year because they don’t want to shop electronically and would prefer to do mso in person. You can do this at the NA Farmers Market!

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 is a Sunday hot meal delivery.. 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

The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry has  returned to operating out of its real 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. 

See you tomorrow at Weston Field!

Brian

Updates, Friday August 14th, 2020

Well it’s finally Friday. We’ve had a weird week at Harper.All sorts of things happening here. Glad the week is over!

This note is to remind everyone that there are new rules for travel in and out of Massachusetts. The Governors travel order requires a mandatory 14 days quarantine for everyone entering Massachusetts, including folks who live here, if you’ve been to or are coming to visit from just about every place outside of the Northeast-except Rhode island- and Hawaii. Or if you have a negative Covid 19 test result within 72 hours of coming here. Here’s the link;

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order

I’m writing this, again,  because I have heard tales of concern  of visitors from other places coming, nothing wrong with that as long as the rules are followed. Enough said!

Our friends at the WTF Community Works program have been hosting virtual workshops on Facebook since this thing popped up in March.and there will be another one Wednesday, August 19th with co-founders Laura Savia and Lucy Thurbur. 

If you’re interested in being considered to participate on Zoom, fill out this form by 12pm on Friday, August 14. Space is very limited so filling out this form does not guarantee you a spot in the Zoom call. WTF will review submissions and confirm IF we are able to offer you a spot by the end of day on Friday, August 14.Participants will attend a rehearsal on Zoom on Tuesday, August 18 from 4-5p to troubleshoot any technical issues. Availability for this date and time is required in order to participate! Through writing prompts and exercises, we will activate the imagination of participants near and far. Notepads and writing utensils are recommended.

The workshop, of course, will still be broadcast on Facebook, so anyone will be able to participate that way, no matter what! 

The Williamstown Farmers Market has launched WFM-Community Essentials Initiative.  This initiative will enable you to donate for the purchase of market produce to help local food pantries in their mission to alleviate food insecurity in the community. Here’s a link

https://www.wfmessentials.org/product/join-the-wfm-community-essentials-initiative-/44

 All donations are matched 100% due to the generosity of Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Health Systems.  Your participation will help local farmers and  our neighbors who need just a little help to get by…

OK, so this note is for all you tag salers out there. The First Congregational Church is hosting a Giant Tag Sale  Giant Tag Sale”  this weekend, Saturday, August 15th, from 1:00pm -5:00pm and again on Sunday, August 16th, same time frame.

They’ll have all sorts of great stuff including  furniture, kitchenware, small appliances, mini-fridges, lamps, pictures, sporting goods, household items-you know, tag sale stuff of good quality! This collection of items to buy will be found outside on the grounds. Inside you’ll find more goodies including jewelry, antiques and collectibles, rugs…

Of course, this event is subject to the Cov19 rules, masks and social distancing required and only 10 people at a time allowed inside. I’m not a tag saler in general but it’s great to see an actual “normal” event pop up in the midst of the new abnormal!

Finally, our Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday at Weston Field. The rain date will be the following day, Wednesday the 19th, same time and channel (Willinet) if you can’t come in person.

Soo…any postponement will be determined by noon on Monday, August 17.  You can check the official municipal website, www.williamstownma.gov for information and pertinent updates.

Have a great weekend!

Brian

Updates, Monday August 10th, 2020

August 10th…huh. Summer is passing too quickly!

Three reminders;

1/  Our yoga class is live on the lawn here at Harper every Friday morning at 9 and there is an equally live  zoom class with Mary live every Monday and Wednesday. There’s plenty of space on the lawn to join and as for the zoom class, contact Mary directly at maryedgerton1@gmail.com and she’ll invite you in.

2/ The Grab and Go from MGRHS are ending on Friday August 21st. We’re happy to refer anyone in need to Elder Services for Meals on Wheels when these end so let us know, 413.458.8250

3/ Annual Town Meeting is at the Weston Sports Complex, it’s the Williams Football field folks,  on Tuesday August 18th and it starts at 7:00…Important issues to think about and vote on. See you there!

And speaking of voting, the Summer of Woman Suffrage at the Williamstown Historical Meeting is talking about the League of Women Voters, very much alive  here in Williamstown. You can find that story here; www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org 

Here’s the food news for the week.

Tomorrow is the second Tuesday which means that the mobile pantry from the FoodBank of Western Mass will be in the lot at the Visitors Center in Adams,10-11:00. Stay in your car with your lights on, they’ll come to you.

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 place for the rest of the year.

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.We have Farmers market Coupons here at Harper, call us at 413.458.8250 if you’re interested.

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

The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry has  returned to operating out of its real 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. 

By the way, our foot care provider Serena Merrill has 2 openings for the clinic next Tuesday. A very rare thing indeed! Call us here at Harper for information…413.458.8250

Brian

Update, Friday August 7th, 2020

OK, as you all know, the Annual Town Meeting will be Tuesday, August 18th at 7 pm at Farley-Lamb Field at the Weston Athletic Complex. That’s the football field folks…Rain date will be August 19th at 7 pm. Check out the official Town website for information on what the plan is. www.williamstownma.gov  You’ll find it under the heading “Annual Town Meeting” right on the main page.

We spend a chunk of time and space talking about food every Monday. This isn’t Monday but….  here’s a food update; If you need food right away, please call the totally confidential and anonymous  Project Bread FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333 for information on how to find food near you. We’ve had opportunities to work with these folks, they have really delivered when asked!

My bear friend hasn’t been back to visit me lately, or I assume not as the top of my composter has remained attached. I can usually tell when he’s been by as the top half is knocked off. Or I hear my neighbors yelling at him. “Boo” seems to work…actually any loud noise. Anyway, no activity atr the compost bin.Maybe it’s because I put a couple heavy weights on the lid? They have a hard time with bungee cords too…Anyway, UMASS Amherst has a research program going with a collaborative of other agencies to study what’s happening with the bear population. They seem to be all over these days. They’re looking to assess many things including human contact.They have a project going called MassBears to track them. Here’s a link to the project and to report a bear experience; research project Pretty cool eh? I reported this morning. Maybe if everyone reports they’ll do a report on what happens in our neighborhood!

Sue at the Chamber has announced that the Images Family Flicks programming is coming back this weekend.   This Sunday, August 9th, Images Cinema will be screening Groundhog Day on The Lawn at The Williams Inn.  Free and open to the public, but you have to -here’s a link Register It just feels like everyday is Groundhog Day these days doesn’t it? 

I said that I wasn’t going to do this again but I’ve been asked to once more stress the importance of completing your census form and getting counted. Or at least  being civil to the enumerator when he/she knocks on your door because you didn’t respond. Look, I’m told that the response rate for Williamstown is somewhere in the upper 60’s percent wise. That ain’t good enough folks. Lots of things depend on a good count including money for schools and representation in all levels of government included. Why is it so hard to fill out the form? I remember when I was in school, well, before college days, a 60% grade was not passing.It was a D. I don’t think we’ll get to 100, there isn’t enough time for that but we can do better than the 60’s! So, if you haven’t done it yet, get going. Here’s a link; 2020census.gov Share it with your family, friends and anyone who needs to do this. Emphasis on needs!

We’ll be relaunching the Balance Class as an outside event starting in about a week. The class will meet on the back terrace where there is solid footing and proceed from there . Interested folks should contact Jane directly,  jane.jezouit@gmail.com. We’ll do the usual 2 classes per week on the same days, probably earlier like at 9:00-avoid the sun. There’s no AC out there folks!

Finally, referencing the Commonwealth’s travel orders, if you’re travelling to, or hosting someone from Rhode Island, know that they have now been added to the states requiring quarantine due to CO19 spikes. Bummer!

Have a great weekend!

Brian

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