Click here for important information on this event: http://frcog.org/event/agent-orange-town-hall-meeting-vietnam-veterans/
Most electrical hazards can be prevented with common sense and good wiring. For most people, preventing an electrical accident means not plugging too many things into a feeble extension cord or not using a hair dryer while taking a bath. While these are valid and important precautions, there are many other potential home electrical safety hazards.
Follow the link below for important information from the FRCOG’s Electrical Inspector, Tom McDonald, about some of the most common causes of electrical accidents which will help you appreciate the considerable power – and potential danger – of electricity and how to use this power safely.
The FRCOG Finance Committee will be developing the FRCOG’s FY18 budget through the months of December and January. The budget will be presented to the full Council at the end of January and, once endorsed, sent to all member towns in early February for municipal budgeting purposes. Early identification of issues to be addressed during the development of the FY18 budget include:
- Expected staff retirements in FY17, 18 and 19 that will potentially result in increased retiree health insurance costs and transition funding.
- Potential increase to health insurance costs, especially with the current ambiguity of National Health Care (Obama Care) and possible reverberating costs to all health care systems.
- Transition to new accounting software that could result in one-time technical support or IT costs.
- Need to diversify grant sources to be less reliant on federal funding.
As always, the need to create a budget so far in advance results in some uncertainties, perhaps more true this year, but the Finance Committee has become adept at projecting conditions and developing budgets that maintain quality services at the most affordable cost to member towns. To learn more about the FRCOG budget, refer to the FRCOG Budget Development Workbook.
Interested in what is going on at the FRCOG? Check out the updates provided at our most recent Council meeting!
Flu season is here — do your part to build community immunity! For information on the symptoms and treatment of influenza, and information about the vaccine, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Ready to get your vaccination? The eleven towns of the Cooperative Public Health Service health district have released their regional flu clinic schedule!
To download a flyer for a particular clinic:
charlemont-hawley-flu-and-rabies (just the 10/29 date)
The Cooperative Public Health Service health district is pleased to offer three opportunities this fall for residents and businesses to improve their food safety skills and build their resumes. On October 7, the evenings of November 3,7, and 9, and during the day on January 27, CPHS Food Safety Agent Randy Crochier will teach a low-cost ServSafe, Allergen, and Chokesaver certification for people living or working in food service establishments in CPHS health district towns: Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne. Residents of other towns will be accommodated as space allows.
CPHS Member Boards of Health are offering these workshops to both improve food safety in their towns and build employment skills for local residents. These certifications are made possible through the support of the FDA’s Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Standards Program, which has awarded the health district a five year food safety grant.
Information about how to register can be found here:
Click here to read Partnership For Youth Coalition Coordinator Kat Allen’s recent My Turn in the Recorder.
Handouts from the 7/26 workshop presented by Dr. Rick Peltier of UMass Amherst and Marc Wolman of the Department of Environmental Protection are below:
Presentation by Mark Wolman, MassDEP
Presentation by Dr.Rick Peltier, UMass Amherst
Recorder article about workshop
Interested in learning a bit more about what has been happening here at the FRCOG in the last three months? Check out the updates presented to our Council members on July 21:
In November, MA residents will vote on the question of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Whether or not this legislation passes – and how this legislation is implemented if passed – will have a significant impact on the use of marijuana by young people. The FRCOG’s Partnership for Youth, as part of their work with the Communities That Care Coalition, has developed a presentation on what we know about the effects of marijuana on young people, and what works in preventing youth use. Partnership for Youth staff have provided this presentation at several community venues this spring, including as part of the Selectboard Essentials series.
In July staff hosted a “Training of Trainers” where they trained a small group of community leaders (including staff from Clinical and Support Options, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Greenfield’s Safe Schools Safe Streets Coalition, the Opioid Task Force, and the Collaborative for Educational Services) to be part of an informal Speakers Bureau on this topic. If you are interested in learning more or in setting up a presentation for your community, please contact Kat at email@example.com.