Hilltown Digest: Williamsburg extends mask mandate to March 15

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Staff Writer
Published: 2/27/2022 8:08:46 AM

WILLIAMSBURG – The Board of Health has extended the indoor mask mandate for town buildings and businesses open to the public until March 15.

“We’re still seeing cases out here in western Mass,” said Donna Gibson, the chairwoman of the Board of Health. “I’m being proactive.”

However, she did say that she believes the pandemic will become endemic soon, which is why the mandate was extended for two weeks and not a month. The exception to the Board of Health’s mandate is when one is eating or drinking indoors at a restaurant.

The board will be meeting again on March 8 to discuss the mask issue.

The School Committee at the Dunphy School also chose to extend the mask mandate there until March 14. 

Gibson did say, however, that when the mandate is lifted she will continue to mask.

“I don’t want to get sick,” she said, noting that most of her neighbors and friends have told her they intend to continue to mask as well.

Worthington Democrats to hold March 5 caucus 

The Town Democratic Committee in Worthington will hold its caucus on March 5, at 2 p.m.

The caucus will select one delegate and one alternate for the state party’s hybrid convention in Worcester on June 3 and 4. Delegates will determine who makes it on the Democratic party primary ballot for statewide offices, including governor.

“I hope people will come and participate,” said Ruth Lehrer, chair of the committee.

Democrats at least 16 years old by Feb. 4 who resides in Worthington will be able to participate in the caucus. Those interested in attending should email Worthingtondem@gmail.com .

HRMC looking to reduce clothing disposal

Ahead of a new regulation on waste disposal, the Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative is looking to get people to not throw away their clothing.

“We’re trying to reduce the amount of waste that goes into the landfills,” said Kathleen Casey, the HRMC’s administrator.

Casey said that 95% of the clothing that goes in the trash yearly can be reused or recycled, citing the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She also said that clothing that is torn or broken can be turned into other products, so it should still be donated. Exceptions to this are items that are wet, moldy or stained with motor oil or solvents. Vegetable-based oils are not an issue.

Casey said that in November, a new state regulation will forbid the disposal of textiles in the trash. However, she noted that the HRMC has been trying to get people to not throw away their textiles for some time.

“All of the HRMC member towns have been doing this for awhile,” she said.

The HRMC serves the towns of Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Westhampton, Williamsburg, and Worthington, and all of them have Salvation Army bins at their transfer stations.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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