Council on Aging Update

Updates, Friday July 9th, 2021

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What weather we’re having eh? Looks like rain off and on, fallout from the Tropical Storm Elsa passing us in the east. Doesn’t look like there will be any wind here, just rain. Be aware of potential flooding out there, avoid driving through flooded areas and definitely do not drive under an underpass. They seem to attract large ponds of standing water for some reason.

 We have tentatively scheduled the fall bazaar for Saturday, October 2nd 10:00-3:00. If you’re an artist, wood carver, quilter or practice any other artform and are interested in participating, let us know by responding to this email.

If you have already indicated interest, we’re having an informal planning meeting Thursday July 15th at 2:00 here at Harper. Stop by if you can!

Farmer’s Market Coupons will be distributed at The Harper Center beginning Monday, July 12th at 9:00. Distribution will be daily from 9:00-1:00 until they are gone. This is a first come, first serve opportunity. Calls for information will be welcomed however we will not “save” anyone coupons-you must either appear in person or arrange for a proxy. We have proxy forms and these have to be completed and signed by the recipient as well.

Recipients must be: 60 years or older, have a household income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Line and must reside in Williamstown.  Here’s the legal stuff we have to add everytime we do outreach on the subject:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,  color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 

1400 Independence Avenue, SW 

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provide

Oh yeah, speaking of July 12th, we errantly noted that there would be a Spaghetti and Meatballs luncheon on Tuesday the 12. The luncheon is still on, the date is actually the 13th…oops. But you knew that, right?

High water and murkiness has caused postponement of the cleanup walk of Green River originally scheduled for July 10. Surprise, surprise. The South Williamstown Community Association and the Hoosic River Watershed Association invite you to take part in a cleanup walk along the Green River on the rescheduled date; Saturday, July 24 at 1pm. The Town of 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. 

From Monday, July 12 through Saturday, July 17, BRTA is offering Free rides—system-wide! This means that you can ride the bus to any destination in Berkshire County for free for a week. I think it’s a great opportunity and can also provide an introduction to using our local public transportation system. It’s easier to use than you think!

Brian

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