An April Message from the Bedford Council on Aging

~ Submitted by Alison Cservenschi of  the Council on Aging

Happy April to one and all. I hope this letter finds you ready for the warmer weather and planning to get out, about and moving again. At the COA, as in all Town buildings, we are glad to announce that the mask mandate has been lifted.

We are enjoying finally seeing each other’s smiles again. We do honor and respect individual decisions to keep wearing a mask and ask that all visitors do the same.

This has been a trying time for all since COVID started back in 2020. Everyone has different comfort levels coming back to the COA and everyone is welcome to come back again. Ridership on the BLT has been picking up and we are glad to offer you rides around town when needed. All our in-person, hybrid and virtual classes are continuing and I thank you all for your participation, attendance and contributions in keeping our center a happy, vibrant place.

This month we are looking forward, very much, to the return of our in-person, annual Jacob Wren Throckmorton Art Show on Saturday April 9th. We hope you will join us for this special event which, through its fundraising, supports COA art classes for the year, in Jacob’s name. If you are a local artist, or know someone who is, and would like to showcase your creative work please call the Council on Aging for more information and drop off dates. In addition, the FBCOA is holding their 1st Red Heat “Dine and Donate’ fundraiser on Monday April 11th. The Friends appreciate your support in this event between 5pm and close. Special thanks to Leslie Gabrielle of the FBCOA and Red Heat Manager, Tristen Jones for this new event.

I am very pleased to showcase our new COA Logo and tag line this month! Our new logo was created with support with a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Massachusetts Councils on Aging. Special thanks goes to our Social Work interns, Izabelle and Kati, who helped us apply for the grant and develop the project. Our hope is to spread the word far and wide about the COA so that community-wide everyone is aware of the great services, supports and programs we offer. Please join us in sharing the good word about the COA with your family and friends inside and outside of town. Look out for a special informational mailer we have developed and will be sending to you and the entire community soon.

As you know the COA is under the Health and Human Service Department, led by Director, Heidi Porter. In the spirit of developing and blending our departments I am providing space in the COA newsletter each month to share updates and news from the Health and Human Services department as a whole. We hope this additional information will be helpful for you, provide news and information, more regularly, on the variety of services provided to the town. Thank you for your continued support of the Bedford Council on Aging.

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