Interested in new initiatives and our progress on current FRCOG projects? Check out the link below for quarterly updates presented to the FRCOG Council in April.
The FRCOG is pleased to present the 2017 Annual and Town Reports, highlighting the work and accomplishments of our programs and Franklin County communities. Please click on the image above or this link to access the reports.
FRCOG’s Fuel Bids for FY19 now dictate Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel instead of #2 Heating Oil. This phased-in law goes into full effect as of July 1, 2018. In our state alone, distillate oil contributed nearly 30,000 tons of SO2 emissions in 2008; the new regulation will reduce this amount to less than 1,000 tons in 2018 – reducing the allowable amount of sulfur from 500 parts per million in 2014 to only 15 ppm as of July 1 of this year. Costs are estimated to be slightly higher – perhaps 2-3 cents per gallon. The cleaner burning fuel will reduce service/cleaning costs in equipment which should mitigate the overall cost increase. The reduction of these fine sulfur particles will impact our respiratory and cardiovascular health, especially for the elderly and children, and significantly improve visibility (haze). FRCOG Fuel Bids will open on May 14 and there are 23 participants for FY19. More info on FRCOG Collective bids is at https://frcog.org/bids
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!
Prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, The ASPCA has some tips for protecting your pet from the cold and other winter dangers.
Having the right equipment in your car for an emergency is always a good idea. But in the winter it could be the difference between a problem and a disaster.
Do you know how to help your children be prepared for and handle the effects of a disaster? The American Academy of Pediatrics can help get your children prepared for a disaster.
There are plenty of potential dangers around the holidays. Avoid the most common ones. Follow these steps for Winter Holiday Safety.
Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be…
Winter Safety for Seniors isn’t just about lightening the shovel load. Older adults can lose body heat fast—faster than when they were young.