North County seniors and students teamed up to make and fill bags for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts' Brown Bag program.
Seniors made an assembly line at the Visitors Center on Friday morning and filled 96 decorated bags with food for other seniors throughout the county.
The gathering was the first of eight listening sessions across the state by Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. The panel included Chevers and fellow Commissioner Ilene Mitchell, an assistant deputy court administrator for Probate and Family Court in Boston; Catherine Madden, project manager of the Opioid Task Force for the Office of the Attorney General, and Abigail Taylor, assistant attorney general for the Child and Youth Protection Unit for the AGO.
Boulger was joined by representatives from Elder Services of Berkshire County and BerkshireWorks Career Center in North Adams in the morning, where Mayor Richard Alcombright read and signed an official proclamation, and Pittsfield City Hall in the afternoon, where Roberta McCulloch-Dews, on behalf of Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, also read the proclamation that Tyer previously had signed.
You see, Jenna and Angie are dolls, the extremely realistic hand-crafted creations of Kathi George and Julie Crosier. George and Crosier are sisters who create lifelike dolls for their company, Until Forever Nursery. The two donated the dolls to Williamstown Commons.
The Selectmen on Wednesday accepted the "Age Friendly Berkshires Resolution" and pledged to make improvements to the town that would make Adams a better place to grow old.
Council on Aging Director Erica Girgenti told the board that Adams will be the second community in the county to adopt the policy. By accepting the policy, town pledges to seize opportunities to help older adults live healthy lives and be engaged in their community for as long as possible through improving the physical and
Three days a week, Jusino arrives at the center at 8:30 a.m. and enjoys coffee, tea and breakfast and companionship with other clients. That begins an active day that includes table activities, exercise, lunch, reading (the center has an audio book player) and special events like last week's "Christmas in July" party.
Locally, the Berkshires have Celeste Harp, an energetic and passionate advocate of growing old gracefully. As she has settled into the role and began making connections, she already has brainstormed ideas like forums on Alzheimer's and housing, as well as an upcoming "senior speed dating" event for adults 70 and older to meet a new friend or companion.
The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District may utilize the senior worker program to ease the transition to a new program coordinator.
Program Coordinator Sandy Totter told district representatives Thursday that the district may be able to hire a senior that she can teach before her retirement at the end of the year. This senior would still be on board when the district hires a new coordinator.