Here are the updates we gave our Council members at their quarterly meeting on July 20 – full of information on the work of the staff and committees over the last quarter!
Margaret Hurley, Municipal Division Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, joined us on September 7th for a review of what the final legislation says and what next steps are for select boards, planning boards, and boards of health. Notes from that session are here: Retail MJ Muni Info Session Notes 2017.9.7
Another great resource is the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies Recreational Marijuana Resource Page.
Please spread the word to residents to: (1) wear bug spray, (2) repair torn screens, (3) prevent ALL standing water around houses. For more information on mosquito-borne diseases check out the Mass DPH website at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito
Kudos to the Deerfield and Greenfield Boards of Health for their leadership in this arena!
Although the flu clinic season is over, and the district vaccinated over 1000 people, the Cooperative Public Health Service (CPHS) is still able to offer influenza vaccines (with no insurance co-pay) to area residents at regularly scheduled wellness clinics throughout the region.
Dates and times are during the following walk-in clinics assisting residents of any member town with a variety of health care needs (medication management, assessment and monitoring of health conditions, medication information) at the following times and places:
• Every Wednesday at the Deerfield Town offices: 10 AM – 2 PM
• First Friday of each month at the Conway Town Hall on: 9 AM –12 PM.
• Second Friday of every month at Stoughton Place Housing Development in Gill: 9 AM – 11 AM
• Fourth Tuesday of every month at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center: 10:30 AM — 12:30 PM
• Second Tuesday of every month at the Charlemont Federated Church: 10:30 AM -12 PM
• Third Tuesday of every month at the Good Neighbors Food Distribution at the Charlemont Federated Church at 5 PM.
The 2018 CPHS Flu Clinics were held at the following locations:
Tuesday, September 18, 9 to 11 a.m. South County Senior Center
Friday, October 5, 9 to 11 a.m. Conway Town Hall/Council on Aging
Tuesday, October 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Charlemont and Hawley Councils on Aging at Charlemont Federated Church
Friday, October 12, 9 to 11 a.m. Stoughton Place Apartments, Gill
Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Deerfield Elementary School, South Deerfield
Wednesday, October 17, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Gill Elementary School
Tuesday, October 23, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Senior Center, Shelburne Falls
Tuesday, October 23, 1 to 2 p.m. Highland Village Apartments, Shelburne Falls
Wednesday October 24, 5 to 7 p.m. Heath school building, 18 Jacobs Road
Monday, October 29, 6 to 8 p.m Mohawk Regional School, 26 Ashfield Road, Buckland
Tuesday, November 6, at polls: 7 to 9:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Leyden Town Hall
Wednesday, November 7, 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Conway Grammar School
Bring your insurance cards – most forms of insurance are accepted – or, if you do not have a billable insurance, bring $20 for the fee for adults and $10 for kids. Both injectable and flu mist formulas for kids will be available this year. Regular or Senior High-Dose formulas available for those over age 65.
Contact Lisa White, RN, Regional Public Health Nurse of FRCOG, at 413-665-1400 x114 for updated schedule and more information or visit this page regularly.
Other Town Clinics will be posted here as we get information on them:
Everyone six months of age or older needs a flu vaccine. When we all are vaccinated, we build community immunity that protects the elderly, children, and those with compromised immune systems from the terrible effects of influenza.
For information on prevention, symptoms, and treatment of influenza, visit www.flu.gov
For more information on the CPHS, click here.