February 10, 2023
Announcements
Recycling for Monday, February 13th: Cans, Bottles, Plastics, Other
Recycling for Monday, February 20th: Paper and Cardboard
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 2023 calendar or you can pick them up at the Post Office, or Town Hall
QUICK LINKS
Upcoming Meetings

Mon. February 13, 2023 - Planning Board Meeting - 6:30 PM
Richmond Town Hall


LANDSCAPING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE!
Practical Solutions for Homeowners

Have you experienced flooding or erosion on your property? Is water quality in our rivers and streams important to you? Do you have concerns about climate change and the increased intensity of storms?

If YES is your answer, join us for one or both webinars and learn about key nature-based solutions to "green" your yard and soak up the rain and stormwater on your property.
 
Please click for webinar invitation and educational flyer

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Berkshire HorseWorks,Inc.
Saturday, February 11th, 2023, 10am-1pm 
 
Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc., a mission-driven nonprofit, which offers Eagala Model and Eagala based equine-assisted activities, trail ride lessons, and life skills curriculum for the whole family, is introducing its pre-Valentine’s Day Romance at the Ranch, an opportunity to take pictures with the rescue horses and donkeys.
 
Grab your favorite person and join us for a pre-Valentine’s Day photo-op with our loving rescue horses and donkeys on Saturday, February 11th, 2023, from 10am-1pm! 
 
Berkshire HorseWorks is located at 101 Patton Road, Richmond MA. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served for the community. A $25 donation is suggested; all proceeds will go towards medical care and food for our rescue herd. Enter a raffle with a chance to win a 60-minute Eagala couples' session at Berkshire HorseWorks ($300 value)
 
Call 413-698-3700 with questions!

Food Drive at Balderdash Cellars
81 State Road - Richmond

We are really hoping to fill up those Food Drive boxes. A representative from Pittsfield Unico will be here to help collect your donations. NEXT Sunday is the last day. THIS weekend is the START of it! Please consider dropping off a non-perishable item so that no one has to go hungry.

Don’t forget to fill out a raffle ticket for a chance at a Wine Basket and a beautiful piece of local art.

The children at Richmond Consolidated School are also participating at a chance to win a classroom day of ice cream for the most items brought in.
Please consider this great cause by Pittsfield Unico who do so much for our community.

RICHMOND CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL
Richmond Consolidated School is now registering Preschool and Kinder-garten for students who live in Richmond for the 2023-2024 school year. District policy states that children must be 5 years old as of Sept. 1, 2023 to enter Kindergarten.

Children who are 3 years old as of Sept.1, 2023 are eligible to attend our Preschool program. Parents or guardians of eligible children should call the school office at 413-698-2207 for more information. 

Preschool and Kindergarten orientation and screenings will be held at a later date: information will follow. If you suspect your child may have special needs and is three years old or older, please call the Special Education Director, Mary Shook, at 413-698-4001. to schedule an evaluation.
COMBINED RICHMOND AND
WEST STOCKBRIDGE COUNCILS ON AGING
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PAPER-FOLDING CLASS!
 
A new, free paper-folding class will be starting on Tuesday March 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Parish Hall of the St. Patrick’s Church on Rte. 41 in West Stockbridge.
 
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day you will learn the easy and fun way to create beautiful baskets. If that class is successful, a follow-up on April 14th will teach you how to add Easter decorations to your basket.
 
Coffee and snacks will be served and all materials will be provided. But in order to make this happen I need to know that there is some interest, so please call me at
413-441-1106 or email me at coa@richmondma.org and let me know you intend to be part of this fun new program. 
THE RICHMOND COUNCIL ON AGING IS URGENTLY SEEKING
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

If you have free time during the week and are looking for a way to "pay back" to your community - volunteering for the Council on Aging transportation service is a very rewarding way to do it.

Please call Phyllis LeBeau at 413-441-1106 or email her at coa@richmondma.org if you are interested or have any questions.
If you need a ride, please call (413) 553-7793. Give us a week's notice if you can, tell us when and where you need to go, and we will pick you up at home, take you there and bring you home.
Click HERE for rate schedule and policies.
EXERCISE CLASSES - SCHEDULE
Monday - Yoga - 3:15 - 4:30 PM at the Church
Wednesday - Tai Chi - 3:15 - 4:15 PM at the Church
Thursday - Weights - 11:15 - 12:15 PM at Town Hall
Friday - Line Dance - 3:15 - 4:15 PM - at Town Hall

Call Christine at 413-243-2497 or email her at rfaber9@msn.com to sign up.
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.    
A LIVELY WORK SERIES PRESENTATION
In Memory of Milton Bass

Ruth Bass will talk about her bird world and the importance of birds to the whole world and show photos of birds taken in many places, including her back yard.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Richmond Congregational Church
1515 State Road, Richmond, MA
FREE REFRESHMENTS
During February Vacation Week,
the library will provide "Take and Make" crafts for children. Grandparents, parents and children are welcome to stop by the library on February 21 or 23 to pick up a winter craft to make at home.
  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. Your checks should be made out to The Friends of the Richmond Library and please mark your check - Library Furnishings Fund and send it to:
      The Friends of the Richmond Library
      2821 State Road
      Richmond, MA 0254

THE BERKSHIRE
PUBLIC HEALTH ALLIANCE

BERKSHIRE ALLIANCE OFFERS BI-WEEKLY BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC

Nancy Slattery, R.N., is holding free blood pressure clinics on the second Thursday of each month at the Richmond Congregational Church meeting room beginning at 9:00 AM.
UPDATE ON COVID-19 Information
THE RICHMOND BOARD OF HEALTH
HAS RECEIVED A SUPPLY OF HOME TESTING KITS FOR COVID-19
These are available at no cost to the residents of Richmond. Just stop by the Town Hall or the Library or Post Office and pick up a supply while they last.
Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Family:
 
Read more - click Here for more details

Click Here for COVID-19 Information and Helpful links

Living In Richmond
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is alerting the public that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the REAL ID full enforcement date from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025.  

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Police Department - Firearms Permits
During the Police Chief's absence, from November 11 to the end of April, applications for firearm carry permits will be handled by Patrick Barry, whose phone number is 413-842-7825.

Applications may be obtained from the police department, the town clerk’s office, or by using the link below. Only include the affidavit attached to the application for renewals. Patrick will call you to schedule a half hour time convenient for you, to be fingerprinted and interviewed, if you are applying for a new license. Renewals do not require an appointment.
 
Submit your completed and signed application, including social security number, and affidavit if required, to the Richmond Police Department, either by regular mail, or by dropping it off at town hall, along with a check or money order for $100, made out to the Town of Richmond, for the processing fee. For those 70 years or over when the new license issues, the fee is waived. 
 
Applications are generally processed within a week of receipt by Richmond. Then, if all is in order, the Firearms Records Bureau mails the new license to the police department, where it is then activated in the state system, and mailed to the licensee, along with their assigned PIN, for any potential purchases. The process usually takes several weeks. Once an application is submitted, there is an automatic grace period until a decision is made on a renewal. Additionally, there is an automatic 60-day grace period on all expired licenses.
 
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.
Useful Links
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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.