Archive | July, 2021

Draft Amendment to the 2021 TIP Highway List released for Public Review

The FCTPO released a Draft Amendment to the 2021 TIP Highway Project list on July 27, 2021. The Draft Amendment will be available for a 21-day public review and comment period from Friday, July 30 through Thursday, August 19, 2021. Comments on the Draft Amendment can be submitted in writing to lscarbrough@frcog.org or FRCOG, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301.

DRAFT Franklin 2021-2025 TIP Highway AMENDMENT 1

Shelburne Falls Rapid Recovery Plan

Through a grant from the MA Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD), FRCOG is working with the Towns of Buckland and Shelburne and with community partner Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association to develop the Village of Shelburne Falls Rapid Recovery Plan (RRP). The purpose of the RRP is to develop action-oriented projects to help the Village recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The towns of Greenfield, Montague, Northfield and Sunderland are also participating in this DHCD program. For more information, click here.

Click here for flyer about the August 25th Shelburne Falls Rapid Recovery Plan Community Meeting to be held on Zoom.

Preventing tick and mosquito bites: using insect repellents safely

Summer Health Information from the Cooperative Public Health Service Health District:  

Insect repellent helps reduce your exposure to tick and mosquito bites that may carry diseases, and allows you to continue to play, work, and enjoy the outdoors with a lower risk of disease. Use repellent when you go outdoors – especially if you go out from dusk to dawn when disease-carrying mosquitoes are most active, or if you are going into tall grass or wooded areas where ticks may climb aboard as you walk by.

Use EPA-registered insect repellents, such as those containing DEET. DEET has been available to the general public since 1957 and has a strong safety record. The American Academy of Pediatrics has approved the use of DEET on children over 2 months old. Use the EPA search tool to find the repellent that’s right for you and your family: https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you When you buy a product, look for the EPA registration number at the bottom of the label to ensure it’s been approved for use by the EPA.

Tips for using repellent:

  • Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Choose a repellent that provides protection for the amount of time that you will be outdoors. A product with a higher percentage of active ingredient is a good choice if you will be outdoors for several hours while a product with a lower concentration can be used if time outdoors will be limited.
  • Use the lowest concentration you have found to be personally effective, and apply just enough to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. If biting insects do not respond to a thin film of repellent, then apply a bit more.
  • Apply only to exposed skin and clothing, not to skin under clothing.
  • Do not apply near eyes and mouth. Apply sparingly around ears.
  • Do not spray directly into face; spray on hands first and then apply to face.
  • Never use repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
  • Do not spray in enclosed areas or near food, and avoid breathing a spray product.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
  • Do not allow young children to apply insect repellent to themselves; have an adult do it for them. Do not apply to children’s hands.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin and clothes with soap and water.
  • Store insect repellents safely out of the reach of children.
  • If you are concerned about using insect repellents, consult your health care provider for advice.

For more information about insect repellents, go to the National Pesticide Information Center website at http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/repel.html