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Kinder Morgan responses to FRCOG

Materials from Kinder Morgan about the proposed pipeline can be found by clicking here. They include the presentation from the July 24, 2014 public meeting and a response to questions posed by the FRCOG after the meeting.

Kinder Morgan representatives present at a public meeting at Greenfield Community College on July 24, 2014

Kinder Morgan representatives present at a public meeting at Greenfield Community College on July 24, 2014

Opioid Task Force presents to FRCOG Council

Task Force Coordinator Marisa Hebble takes questions from Council Members

Task Force Coordinator Marisa Hebble takes questions from Council Members

At their July meeting, FRCOG Council Members received an update from Marisa Hebble, Coordinator of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Opioid Education and Awareness Task Force.

To view the presentation, click here.

New Pavement Preservation Technique at work in Franklin County

Any idea what this fiery machine is heading for Erving State Forest?

Hot in Place Recycling is a new paving method where high intensity propane heaters soften the existing pavement, then scarifiers dig up the pavement down an inch or so,  an emulsion is used to rejuvenate the pavement, mixing with the hot asphalt, the pavement is rolled, and all the cracks, ruts and holes are leveled.  The pavement preservation process reduces cost, is environmentally friendly, and minimizes traffic disruption.  The process is being used under FRCOG contract in Erving, Montague, and Heath this summer.  Want more information?  Email bids@frcog.org.

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Franklin County’s Prevention work recognized at the White House

The Communities That Care Coalition (CTC) presented at the White House on June 10th at a one-day summit on prevention in education. The summit was co-hosted by the Federal Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and brought together approximately 30 of the top policy-makers in education and in youth substance abuse prevention. Kat Allen (FRCOG Partnership for Youth Co-Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Coalition since 2004) represented the Coalition in a panel of four educational “successful programs”.

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Non-Toxic Cleaning Guide for Food Service

Thanks to funding from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute, the FRCOG has a new guide for restaurants and other food service establishments on how to reduce exposure to dangerous chemicals for employees, customers,  and the groundwater.

A ready-to-print copy of the guide is available here: GreenCleaning_Booklet_Nov2013_FINAL_PRINT_version

An easy-to-read version is available here: GreenCleaning_Booklet_Nov2013_FINAL_READ_version

FRCOG receives a Toxics Use Reduction Chamption Award at the State House. Director of Community Services Phoebe Walker accepted the award from TURI Director Michael Ellenbecker.

FRCOG receives a Toxics Use Reduction Chamption Award at the State House. Director of Community Services Phoebe Walker accepted the award from TURI Director Michael Ellenbecker.

Opioid Education and Awareness Task Force Overview

The Opioid Education and Awareness Task Force of Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin was pleased to meet with DPH Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett on May 30.   Task Force Coordinator Marisa Hebble prepared a presentation about the work of the Task Force that can be seen here:

Opioid Task Force Overview. 5.30.14
 

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Commissioner Bartlett discusses local priorities and needs with Task Force leaders

Franklin County health, education, government, law enforcement and other leaders meet with Commissioner Bartlett.

Franklin County health, education, government, law enforcement and other leaders meet with Commissioner Bartlett.

Free tick tests available to residents of 10 CPHS towns

Residents of the member towns of the FRCOG’s CPHS Health District  who are bitten by deer ticks this year are eligible for free testing through the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology.  The ten towns are part of a group of 32 towns funded to create the Massachusetts Tick-borne Disease Network, designed to collect vital epidemiological information on the varying levels of tick infection with Lyme and other diseases in the Commonwealth. The towns are: Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Heath, Hawley, Leyden, Monroe and Shelburne.