Vol. IV No. 20 9/15/2023
Reader to Reader
To the Editor
Should the town provide a poop basket for Gould Meadows?
We are a dog-loving bunch — this is the third letter Stockbridge Updates received about additional poop stations.
Thank you, Carole
I just got home from listening to the Uke group and working out details for them to play next week at our luncheon after PAT FLINN speaks.
I stayed to listen to a few songs, and they are a lot of fun.
Can you by any chance promote them as playing at our luncheon as a last-minute fun, wonderful addition on Wednesday September 20, 2023, at 11:00 Senior Center.
Many thanks if you can "oh wonderful wizard of words"!
Chris McCarthy, Chair of the Council on Aging
My pleasure you breathed life back into the Center and we all thank you. I'll be there — what is more fun than pizza, Pat, and ukuleles??
I was called and I took a look. It was green algae, not dangerous, just disagreeable. We had just been at the lake with Ben Burpee PhD from GZA [a consulting firm — Geo-Environmental, Inc.] and spent a few hours discussing the cyanobacteria situation and testing.
The cyanobacteria are higher in the water than they were earlier in the season and could become problematic at any time. Jim [Wilusz, Executive Director, Tri-Town Health] is testing the water. Right now, there is no reason to close the lake - knock on wood.
I am working on a strategy to grade an HAB [Harmful Algae Bloom]and possibly issue a limited or staged advisory. There are no state guidelines for this, so we have to start from scratch.
Charles Kenny, M.D, Medical Director, Tri-Town Health Department
Thanks for all you do.
The check that I sent you [for a Stockbridge Updates voluntary subscription] was returned to me last week. Apparently, I put the wrong PO box on it, and it spent all this time at the Stockbridge Post Office. It had the correct zip code so it seems that [folks who work] at the PO could not make the connection to you. Tom Carey is turning over in his grave. Another check is on the way, hopefully with a better result.
Thank you, Ed. And a huge thank you to all who sent a voluntary subscription to su. Looking for another way to get involved? Send your photographs of Berkshire sights to firstname.lastname@example.org. Send a letter to the editor about what bugs you or what makes you smile.
Kudos to Chuck Cardillo, the current chair of the Select Board. He runs a really good meeting. As last year's chair, I know how hard that is, and he is quite good at it.
I would like to add that after last night's public meeting, we had an executive session to discuss contracts with both the highway and police departments. Both Chuck and Jamie Minacci have extensive experience in the public sector, and really contributed in a way to ensure a fair outcome for both the town's taxpayers and its employees. Thanks to you both. I learned a lot.
End of another issue. Photo: Lionel Delevingne