January 21, 2022
Announcements
Recycling for Monday, January 24th: Paper and Cardboard
Recycling for Monday, January 31st: Cans, Bottles, Plastics, Other:
Please place trash and recyclables in an easily accessible location by 7:00 AM. Contact the hauler directly at 442-8390 with questions or concerns. Please note: the trucks used are dual functioning. Trash and recyclables are collected together but placed in separate compartments within the truck. Please click here to see the 2021 calendar or you can pick them up at the Post Office, or Town Hall
QUICK LINKS
Upcoming Meetings

Wed. January 26, 2022 - Board of Selectmen - 6:00 PM
Hybrid

SPECIAL NOTICE!
Mon. February 14, 2022 - Planning Board - 6:00 PM
Public Hearing on a Zoning Issue
PLEASE BE AWARE!

of safe walking on the roads now that darkness comes so early – wear light or brightly colored clothes and be sure to walk facing oncoming traffic to prevent accidents.

With the upcoming snowstorm, please remember there is no on-street parking allowed.

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR FIRE CHIEF
An urgent reminder from Chief Traver - with winter coming on, it's time to get your chimney cleaned and replace the batteries in your CO2 and Smoke Detectors.

Please also be sure to come to Town Hall and pick up the house number sign you ordered through Chief Traver once he has called to advise you that the sign is ready. Signs are $20.00 and may be paid for in cash or a check made payable to Scott Kimple.
MESSAGES FROM YOUR BOARD OF HEALTH

The Richmond Board of Health has issued a masking directive to help further protect against the COVID-19 virus. Please click here to read

There is a new app available on your I-Phone that can alert you immediately to your possible exposure to the COVID viruses. Go to "Settings" scroll down to "Emergency SOS," exposure notification should appear under that heading. Follow the prompts to register.

COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION
Weekly Blood Pressure Clinic Schedule:
Every Wednesday from 9:00-10:00 AM at the Town Offices, 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.
 
Every Thursday from 9:00-10:00 AM at the Richmond Congregational Church, State Road, Richmond.
Info: Emilie Jarrett RN, 413-232-0122 or
UPDATE ON COVID-19 Information
Click Here for COVID-19 Information and Helpful links
Pediatric Vaccination:
The CDC and FDA have approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. For additional information visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-children-ages-5-11

Registration will be through the on-line COLOR registration system. The link to register for all Berkshire County clinics is: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/berkshire.
All information about clinic schedules, eligibility, and registration will also be posted publicly on: www.GetVaccinatedBerkshires.org.
Families may register for any of the county clinics; families are not restricted to a specific school clinic. Second shot clinics will be held three weeks after the first. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, as there may not be enough vaccine at a given clinic for walk-ins.
All children must be accompanied by an adult to receive their vaccine. If they are not accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, the parent or guardian must have pre-registered and signed the consent on-line. On-site registration will not be permitted without a parent or guardian present. Your child will be expected to stay for a 15-minute observation period following their vaccination. Although children may experience milder side-effects such as fever, fatigue, headaches, chills, diarrhea, muscle and joint pain, severe side effects are rare. See the attached fact sheet for more information. Please have your child wear a short-sleeved shirt and prepare them for the vaccination and waiting period.

RICHMOND LIBRARY
LIBRARY HOURS:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 7:00
Saturdays 9:00 – 2:00

Don’t forget that WIFI is available in the Library parking lot.    
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THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY

South Berkshire Kids is sponsoring a Feelings Scavenger Hunt inside the Richmond Library. Young children are invited to visit the library during the month of January, look for the snowmen and take home an activity bag.

Richmond Reads!
1st Tuesday of every month
10:00 – 11:00 am
At the Richmond Library – Join South Berkshire Kids at the Richmond Library for a Storytime and craft! Best for families with children ages 2-5. Masks will be required.

Hotspots at the Richmond Library
Ever wish you could take the Internet with you? Borrow a library Hotspot! Please call the library for details.

The Hotspots are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act grant and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
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HOW TO SIGN UP FOR WOWBRARY
If you would like to read an online magazine, just go to https://cwmars.overdrive.com/collection/184768 . You will need to sign in using your library card number. If you don’t know the number, please call the library.
 
The Boston Public Library has a lot to offer and you qualify because you live in Massachusetts! Interested, click here, https://www.bpl.org/online-resources/

You can sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard here: https://www.bpl.org/ecard/
Ancestry Library Edition
The Richmond Library is once again offering patrons access to Ancestry.com. Starting January 1st, patrons will only be able to access Ancestry in the library, using a library computer to search their family history. 
The Richmond Free Public Library
Offers museum passes for local museums on a first come, first served basis. Patrons may not reserve the passes. (The only exception to this rule is during the Hancock Shaker Village Baby Animal Days.) 

The passes admit 2-4 people per pass for free or discounted admittance. They are due back the next open library day by 9:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and by 9:00 AM on Saturdays. 

Pass letters are given out for specific days and aren't reusable. Currently we have passes or letters for the following museums: Arrowhead, The Berkshire Botanical Garden, The Berkshire Museum, Chesterwood, The Clark, Hancock Shaker Village, Mass MoCA, The Mount and the Norman Rockwell Museum and The Trustees sites including Naumkeag and the Mission House and a pass to the Bidwell House Museum and to the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio.
Please call the library for more information.  
Kristin Smith, Director, Richmond Free Public Library
2821 State Road, Richmond, MA 01254
PH. (413) 553-7795
South Berkshire Kids is excited to announce
…Hello Berkshire Baby!!
South Berkshire Kids has created a free baby literacy bag filled with board books and resources for parents of babies who were born in the past year. The literacy bags are available at the Richmond Library. Please call the library to pick up a bag for your little one!
Donate to Help Build our New Town Building 
with a New Home for the Library!
Help us continue to grow the amount we will contribute to the new home for our Richmond Library!
 
Gifts are tax deductible. Checks to fulfill promises should be submitted by October. New contributions are welcome and needed! Your checks should be made out to Friends of the Richmond Library and please mark your check — Building Fund send it to:
Richmond Free Public Library
2821 State Road 
Richmond, MA 01254
Attn: Friends of the Library
(413)553-7795
Richmond Consolidated School
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Police Department - Firearms Permits
During the Chief's absence from November 10, 2021 through April 15, 2022, all applications for firearms permits will be processed by Tracy Dunn.

Call Tracy at 413-884-2820 for an appointment. Your completed application and a check or money order,
payable to the Town of Richmond, are due at your appointment.

Chief Bullett will still be available at this time if you have any questions. He can be reached at 413-822-5971 or 413-698-2691.

Download application here.
NOTICE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF

Massachusetts General Law requires that all homes have 911 signs with the correct street address number posted at the end of the driveway and on the building. Call Fire Chief Steve Traver at 413-329-7153 to arrange for a sign. Signs cost $20.00 each.
Council on Aging - Transportation Program
We're back in business - Call if you need a ride
If you need a ride, please call (413) 553-7793. Give us a week's notice, tell us when and where you need to go, and we will provide you with that service. Click HERE for rate schedule and policies.
Useful Links
Please make sure you are registered for code red

Click the link to the left to be taken through the step-by-step process of creating an account.

If you don't have access to a computer call the Town hall and we will help.