|Free COVID test kits are back: Here’s how to get yours|
|Free COVID test kits are back: Here’s how to get yours|
What: A one minute test alert on cell phones, radios, and TVs
When: Wednesday, October 4, 2:20 PM ET
Why: To ensure systems are effective to warn the public about emergencies
Please share this info!
|FEMA: reminder on nationwide emergency alert test - Oct 4|
"@FEMA and @FCC will conduct a national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert and the Emergency Alert System this fall.
Cell phones, wireless devices, TVs and radios across the country will be sent a test alert around 2:20 pm on Oct 4."
additional details on the test: https://t.co/ke0EOoSYPK
Shared from -> https://t.co/QFet9BVXve
|FEMA & FCC announce national test of Wireless Emergency Alert - Oct 4 at 2:20 PM|
|post card announcing the water quality report|
FM #916 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 916 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Ted McIntyre, Franklin resident and climate activist via the Zoom conference bridge Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
In this episode we covered the following topics:
Happy new year, catch up on happenings since we last talked
Healey, inauguration, Climate lead executive order
Rep Roy video from Museum of Science (wind turbine blade testing), Rep Roy & Senator Barrett on Codcast (wind troubles)
Fusion/ fission/ nuclear generated electrical power
This discussion continues our journey understanding the MA roadmap toward net zero and while it helps me “make sense of climate”, we hope it helps with your understanding as well.
If you have climate questions or Franklin specific climate questions, send them in and we’ll try to answer them in a future session.
The conversation runs about 48 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Ted.
Links to articles referenced:
Climate lead via Executive Order from Governor Healey
Rep Roy video on wind turbine blade testing visit
CodCast episode with Rep Roy and Senator Barrett
ISO New England grid capacity around Christmas 2022
Wind farm in Maine, MA to take advantage of
Fun article: driving for donuts to test electric vehicle charging stations availability
See the page that collects the “Making Sense of Climate” episodes -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/02/making-sense-of-climate-collection.html
This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.
How can you help?
If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
If you don't like something here, please let me know
Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com
The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.
I hope you enjoy!
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"ONE OF THE main arguments in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana was that consumers would have access to tested, regulated products, and know exactly what they are buying.But a CommonWealth investigation reveals that the potency levels listed on websites and product labels at marijuana stores are regularly inflated, sometimes by as much as a third. The investigation also found that some products in Massachusetts cannabis stores tested positive for contaminants that would have kept them off the shelves if they were detected earlier because they were potentially unsafe for human consumption.The findings suggest that marijuana consumers cannot rely with any confidence on product labels. Labs are performing tests using different technologies and methods, and growers are gravitating to labs that report the highest THC levels or pass the most samples for contaminants, even if their testing methods are not the most scientifically accurate. That, in turn, is creating incentives for labs to generate testing results with higher THC readings."
|A marijuana sample is prepared for testing at Analytics Labs in Holyoke on November 30, 2022. (Photo by Shira Schoenberg)|
"Wednesday morning, the Council Chambers at the municipal building became the scene of a mock election, as batches of ballots, marked up randomly, and in some cases very incorrectly, by a third party, some with too many selections or markings out of the proper area, others no longer exactly flat.The nine machines, one for each precinct, were put through their paces with the sample ballots by a crew of election workers and election wardens, all under the eye of Town Clerk Nancy Danello and Assistant Town Clerk Dyan Fitzgerald. Also present was the Observer, Steve Sherlock from Franklin Matters (who recorded audio of the whole process) and a few members of the public."
|All of our tabulators have been tested for accuracy & have been confirmed as ready for voters (Town of Franklin photo)|
Notice from the Office of the Town Clerk:
Ballot/ Tabulator testing will take place on August 24th, 2022 at the Franklin Municipal Building in the 2nd floor Municipal Chambers at 9am. This testing is open to the public and all are more than welcome to attend.
The Franklin Health Department received more home COVID-19 self test kits from the state. Franklin residents can call the Public Health Office at (508) 613-1341 to check for availability and coordinate curbside pick up outside of the Senior Center. Pick up hours are as follows...
- Mon, Tues, Thurs: 8AM-4PM
- Wednesday: 8AM-6PM
- Friday 8AM-1PM
There is a limited supply! One test per household member, first come first serve. Please direct all questions to the public health office at (508) 613-1341.
|Franklin Health Department: COVID-19 Testing Kits Available|
"The White House said on Tuesday (5/17/22) that Americans were now eligible for a third order of free, at-home coronavirus tests shipped through the Postal Service. The move doubled to 16 the total number of tests the program has made available to each household.
The tests, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and available on the federal website covidtests.gov, extend a pledge President Biden made during the brunt of the winter Omicron wave, when Americans faced scarce supplies of tests, empty shelves and long lines."
|Reminder: New set of COVID at home tests can be ordered|
"Beyond knowing what signs to look for in COVID scams, there are a few steps to take to protect yourself from purchasing a fake COVID test online.
- Make sure that you are buying an FDA authorized test
- Do your research
- Pay with your credit card
|"Protect Yourself from Fraudulent COVID-19 At Home Tests"|
"Please see the attached letter regarding the new COVID-19 Testing Program within Franklin Public Schools "
Link to letter -> https://t.co/KsdZ8LqwYAOr view the embedded doc here:
|Franklin Public Schools: new COVID-19 Testing Program|
Audio of the meeting should be available in a couple of days
|Recap: School Committee hears about the FHS program of studies, approves senior perks, and trip to Nationals for FHS Cheerleaders|
|It’s official: Get free COVID test kits at COVIDtests.gov|
"Massachusetts on Tuesday issued new guidance on when residents should seek COVID-19 testing, aligning the state with measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The guidance was updated as Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that the state has secured an order to get 26 million rapid antigen COVID-19 tests over the next three months.Here’s a look at the Department of Public Health’s new guidance on COVID testing:When should you get tested?The state is recommending that residents get a COVID test when they’re experiencing symptoms of the virus or five days after a known close contact with someone who has tested positive."
|JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF|
|COVID test kit|
Free lab-based PCR testing w/ home collection is available to all Massachusetts adults who...▪️ live or work in a congregate settings▪️ have symptoms▪️ had a COVID-19 exposure▪️ have been referred for testingLearn more and request a kit here: https://t.co/viodRS3duu
|Town of Franklin, MA: free COVID test kits for those who "live or work in a congregate settings"|