2nd Street to Host CHP Mobile Health Unit

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PITTSFIELD, Mass — 2nd Street will host the Community Health Programs (CHP) Mobile Health unit on Wednesday, February 28 from 1-3 pm.
CHP's Mobile Health teams offer the same services as a primary care provider or typical urgent care clinic, making it an excellent alternative for people with transportation challenges.
Participants do not have to be a CHP patient to use this service. In most cases, the visit will be covered by the individual's insurance. For those who are uninsured or can't afford to pay, services will be provided free of charge. A sliding fee scale is also available for eligible patients.
The CHP Mobile Health program provides:
  • Same-day urgent care
  • COVID-19 and flu and vaccines/testing
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Treatment of minor sickness, infections and injuries
  • UTI & STI testing and birth control services
  • Wellness checks, including food security and nutrition assistance
  • Primary care referrals and health education
  •  Family services & WIC
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Toy Library Installed at Onota Lake

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Feel free to use or leave a toy at Onota Lake's newest infrastructure meant to foster community and benefit kids.

Burbank Park now has a toy library thanks to Wahconah Regional High School senior Alexandra Bills. Located along the wall at the beach area, the green and blue structure features two shelves with sand toys that can be used to enhance children's visits.

The Parks Commission supported Bills' proposal in February as part of her National Honors Society individual service project and it was installed this month. Measuring about 4 feet wide and 5.8 feet tall, it was built by the student and her father with donated materials from a local lumber company.

Friends and family members provided toys to fill the library such as pails, shovels, Frisbees, and trucks.

"I wanted to create a toy library like the other examples in Berkshire County from the sled library to the book libraries," she told the commission in February.

"But I wanted to make it toys for Onota Lake because a lot of kids forget their toys or some kids can't afford toys."

Bills lives nearby and will check on the library weekly — if not daily — to ensure the operation is running smoothly.  A sign reading "Borrow-Play-Return" asks community members to clean up after themselves after using the toys.

It was built to accommodate children's heights and will be stored during the winter season.

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