Council on Aging Update

Thursday July 1st, 2021

Suddenly it’s July and the Fourth is upon us. I remember some of the locals telling me that their older relatives believed that the summer was over after the Fourth. Where did that come from I wonder?

I hope you’re all planning on attending the Williamstown Fourth of July parade. After a year of total weirdness it will be great to be out there doing fun stuff in the community like this, dontcha think? The Williamstown July 4th Hometown Parade  parade route is unchanged from recent events. We’ll start on Southworth Street and stroll off to Route 2, or Main Street if you’d prefer, turning onto Spring Street ~ down Spring Street and ending at the Public Parking Lot/Latham Street. Alas, we won’t be tossing candy this year. Well, I don’t think so anyway. There are other activities happening in the Spring Street neighborhood on Sunday and you can find a more comprehensive listing at our friend Sue’s website for the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce – www.info@williamstownchamber.com 

Later in the day, the fun continues as the Taconic Golf Club hosts a Holiday fireworks display. The festivities there start at 6:00 when the grounds open. There will be food & beverages available for purchase.  You’ll need to provide an ID upon entry for a wristband to purchase alcoholic beverages. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, no high heels please and leave the pets home! The  fireworks start at about 9:30 (heads up all you cat people. I know mine will be under the bed for a while…)

Masks are not required – we respect everyone’s decision to do what is best for them and their family

See you downtown!

Vaccinated residents can begin registering to win $1 million starting today!.  Massachusetts residents 18 years of age and older who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, will have a chance to win one of five, $1 million cash prizes. Residents between 12-17 years of age who are fully vaccinated prior to each drawing may enter for the chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants it starts today folks, the address to register is www.mass.gov/vmg

Good luck!

If you’re able bodied and not afraid of slipping on wet stones, the South Williamstown Community Association and the Hoosic River Watershed Association invite you to take part in a cleanup walk along the Green River.  For the last few years, Williamstown has been addressing the debris washing into the river from a former town landfill located behind the Hart farm on New Ashford Road (Route 7), but there is still work to be done.  Park at the Hart Garage and cross the road to walk down the driveway at the Thaisz’s house, 340 New Ashford Road.  You’ll need rubber boots or water shoes and gloves and don’t forget to spray yourself with insect repellant.  The Town will provide garbage bags and arrange for disposal. This event will be held on Saturday, July 10th at 1:00. For information, contact Bette Craig at 413-652-9098.

There’s a reporter, Jacob Posner, working for the Berkshire Eagle and doing some research about the former Women’s Exchange. He’s looking to do a bit of history on the place . If you once worked, volunteered there or have great memories of shopping there and would be interested in contributing to his project, you can email me (bogrady@williamstownma.gov) or call me here-413-458-8250 and I’ll share your contact data with him. 

Meanwhile, back at Harper, Jane’s Thursday Balance Class will resume its former slot at 1:00 in the afternoon. The other activities, Yoga, Tai Chi etc. will remain in their current spots for the time being.

Here’s a couple other additions; The Blood Pressure Clinic courtesy of our friends at Williamstown Commons will restart on Friday, July 9th during the Bingo break. Good numbers to know right so mark this date and time-2:00-on your calendars.

By popular request we’ll be offering Spaghetti and Meatballs, with garlic bread of course, at noon on Tuesday, the 13th. There will also be an Ice Cream Social, our first in literally months at 2:00, Friday, July 16th, 2021. This will be Marion’s final day as a member of the staff at the Williamstown Council on Aging though she will always be a member of our family!

Happy Fourth Y’all!

Brian

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