Bethel Area ~ Volume 13 ~ May 3, 2016
Transportation Survey. “Where the rubber hits the road.” This is the juncture (sorry to extend the metaphor!) where the Age-Friendly Community Advisory Council finds itself at the moment. In a literal sense, we are asking for more information from you in order to solidify our planning for transportation services to the area. Let us know your specific needs - now or in the future – by picking up a survey at the Bethel and Woodstock Town Offices and libraries, the Western Mountains Senior College, and the Bethel Family Health Center; Greenwood and Newry have mailed theirs. Even if you completed one at our February meeting, this version provides more detail. Surveys should be returned (in the envelope provided) by May 15. FMI: Allen Cressy (firstname.lastname@example.org, 824-0508).
Planning for the Future. In the metaphorical sense, we are working hard to execute some concrete plans (oops!) in a number of areas that you have identified as priority considerations within our communities of Bethel, Woodstock, Newry and Greenwood. In the short or medium term we hope to develop a network of people to perform simple household tasks and produce a resource manual of services available within our communities – in the health and social realms, for instance.
We need people to help with those projects (and more to be elaborated on in the near future)! We hope you’ll participate in a Public Celebration – Thursday, May 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Alliance Church in Bethel. In addition to celebrating our progress to date, we’ll be taking important steps to help “the rubber meet the road.” Make your voice heard! Public Access TV. Are you a watcher of Channel 11, the Western Hills Access Television network? If so, perhaps you saw the video-cast of the Age-Friendly Community public meeting in January and the related public Transportation meeting in February. That network is managed by Wayne Howe, who also serves as the Woodstock representative, and town-appointed directors Brooks Morton of Newry, Jewel Clark of Bethel, Dick Melville of Greenwood, and Deana Fowles from SAD#44.
The new WHAT TV board hit the ground running with a vision to bring the 25-year-old station with outdated equipment into the internet age. They began internet streaming three months ago and are anticipating upgrading the hardware and software necessary for a system that can meet the needs of the future. They are asking for financial support from the member towns of Bethel, Newry, Greenwood and Woodstock. Note that these funds would not come from property taxes. Newry has already voted to support the program at a 100% level, and It is hoped that the other three towns will follow suit.
Broadband Internet. And here’s an opportunity to make a local impact on another related issue. On Wednesday, May 25 a public information meeting on Broadband Internet will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Telstar HS Lecture Hall. Why might this be important to you? Stay tuned – and put that date on your calendar. FMI about any of the above: Nancy Davis (email@example.com, 381-1110).