Council on Aging

Wednesday November 3, 2021

Well we’ve had another change in plans. The November 23 Covid vaccination booster clinic is still happening  but now we have to take reservations. My blog note was accidentally posted to a very wide mailing list and subsequently folks who want to come here for a shot MUST register. Remembering what happened last spring when we were inundated with people from everywhere wanting to come here for a Covid vaccine, we have all decided to play it safe, avoid chaos and collect names for those wanting the booster. If you’re not a resident of Proprietors Field or Highland Woods and you want a booster please call us and let us know that you’re coming. 413-458-8250. We’re setting a ceiling at 60 people. Thanks.

Walgreens, CVS and North Adams Covid-19 Testing Center are continuing to accept appointments for vaccinations and Booster shots. North Adams Testing Center has appointments for Pfizer and Moderna available as soon as this Friday!  (J&J is only available on Wednesdays) Give us a call if you would like more info or assistance making an appointment. 413-458-8250.

The Massachusetts Homebound Vaccination program is still active as well. You can reach them at 833-983-0485. If you know anyone who needs a shot and cannot get out to get one, share this number. The phone line is active Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. They tell me that they will provide Covid boosters as well.  

In other health care news, the Southern Vermont Health Care Urgent Care facility in North Adams adjacent to Stop and Shop is now open for business.They’re open 7 days weekly from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, no appointment needed, just walk in.They’re indicating that they’ll treat all sorts of non-life threatening illnesses and injuries in people of all ages; animal bites, insect stings, allergies, flu shots, COVID testing, stitches, minor fractures-they have onsite x-ray and lab services.

The number to reach them for information is 413-727-8088.You can also check them out at www.svhcurgentcare.com

Berkshire Community Action Fuel Assistance program began November 1st, that was this past Monday, and it will end April 30th next year. It doesn’t matter how you heat your home, any kind of fuel may be eligible for assistance. This would include oil, propane, kerosene, coal, cord wood, wood pellets, natural gas and electricity. Some  households who have heat included in their rent may be eligible as well. Bob Dean, representing BCAC, will be here at the Harper Center on November 30th to meet with individuals who have questions or are needing to apply for fuel assistance for the 2021-2022 heating season. If you’re interested in meeting with Bob on the 30th, call us and let us know that you’re coming. 413-458-8250

The Williamstown Council on Aging will celebrate Thanksgiving and the diverse heritage of the New England Region by presenting a performance by Parents’ Choice Award winning performer Davis Bates.   Entitled Thanksgiving Harvest, the program will involve the audience in a variety of cultural traditions.  It will include farming stories and songs from the past and present, sea songs & chanteys, Native American stories, ghost stories and family tales.  There will also be plenty of sing-alongs, a short lesson in how to play music with spoons and an appearance by a dancing wooden dog named Bingo.There will be a luncheon first, open faced Turkey sandwiches, veggies, potatoes… Let us know if you’re coming by calling us at 413-458-8250 or just pop in and let us know!

 Here’s a message from one of my colleagues at Massachusetts Elder Affairs.  This note is more for younger folks so all you grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and family members of folks with kids- read this, share, etc… People who make low or no income can sign up for the Child Tax Credit at any time through November 15.  

 Please encourage anyone interested  to apply for this money ASAP. It is now easier to apply with Code For America’s new simple sign up tool.  Learn more at FindYourFunds.org.

 Those eligible could get thousands of dollars including up to $1800 with the Child Tax Credit for this year as well as access to all 3 three Stimulus Payments for individuals and/or eligible children / dependents (between $600-$3200 per person!) if they did not get them 

This money does not count for SNAP, TAFDC, MassHealth, SSI, public housing or most other benefits.  If families do not sign up by November 15, they can apply in early 2022. Families can learn more about what they can get and how to apply at findyourfunds.org

Our November Brown Bag delivery has moved to Monday November 22nd. Obviously the fourth Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and many organizations will be short staffed-or closed (spoiler alert-we’re closed the day after Thanksgiving) Brown Bag is a monthly offering of shelf stable food items and seasonal fruits and veggies courtesy of the FoodBank of Western Mass. Interested in finding out more? Call us, 413-458-8250.

Don’t forget our annual coat drive-we’re collecting new or gently used coats for redistribution to folks in need until January 31st, a joint effort with our friends at Northern Berkshire Transport. You can drop your donated coat, gloves, winter hats, snow pants, etc here at Harper any time between 8:00 and 4:30 Monday through Friday.

Later 

Brian

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