DUNSTABLE EVANGELICAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

518 Main St, Dunstable, MA 01827 www.dunstablechurch.org Pastor Bobby Ross   pastorbobby@dunstablechurch.org 978-649-6251

 DECC is a welcoming church at the heart of the Dunstable community.  “We gather to glorify God, to Grow in Christ and to live the gospel in the world.”

We are grateful to be able to join in worship and learning with technology and well-spaced seating in our building, and we welcome all who wish to participate. If you would like to join …

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LEARNING IN RETIREMENT A partnership project with UMass Lowell

Retirees: Free Zoom classes – Covid safe from your home.  Keep learning through the pandemic. 

Jan 13: New England Witches Before Salem. Associate Professor Bridget Marshall will discuss her research on Massachusetts witchcraft trials before Salem–who was accused and how trials proceeded including about “Half-Hanged Mary.”
Jan 15: Film Discussion Group. Movie – “Green Book”
Jan 20: 125 Years of Innovation and Education at UMass Lowell. Associated Professor Marie Frank talks about the people and events …

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Blizzard Blast 2021 Virtual Tough Winter, January 30 – February 6

United Way’s annual Blizzard Blast is coming up at the end of January and as with everything else this year, it will look a little different than it has in years past.

Because of COVID, Blizzard Blast is going “virtual” in 2021. Starting on January 30th, for one week, participants will be challenged to complete a tough 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon course with challenge stops along the way. Instead of obstacles, at each stop …

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Necessary Health Care Documents By Edward H. Adamsky

                With the current Covid-19 situation, we are all feeling worried about our potential health issues. There are several legal documents necessary to protect your health and wellbeing.

                The first is the Health Care Proxy. This is a document that appoints an Agent to make medical decisions for you if you cannot do so yourself. You can name a primary Agent and an Alternate Agent. The power of your Agent comes into effect …

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HEALTH CARE AGENTS AND ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS

By Edward H. Adamsky

            The Massachusetts courts have a procedure to deal with people with mental health issues for whom the medical professionals would like to prescribe anti-psychotic medications. Based on the 1983 case of Rogers v. Commissioner of Department of Mental Health, the system provides for a Guardianship proceeding. The Court may appoint a person with authority to consent to extraordinary medical procedures such as anti-psychotic medications to treat the mental health …

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)recently issued guidelines which label high, low and moderate-risk activities for families and kids who will be seeking candy door-to-door or headed to pumpkin patches and orchards. Social distancing while trick-or-treating and avoiding packed holiday parties are among the recommendations from local health agencies nationwide.

A child’s ability to breathe under both a Halloween mask and a cloth mask are among the concerns addressed within the typical fall …

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NEW HELP TO QUIT MENTHOL TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Gift Cards Totaling $50 Can Motivate Smokers and Vapers to Quit

Smoking and vaping may put people at higher risk of complications from COVID-19, especially because they can weaken the immune system and damage the lungs. So, this is an especially good time for those who smoke or vape to try to quit.

In addition, as a result of a new law, menthol tobacco products have been removed from regular stores in Massachusetts.  With menthol …

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Beneficiary Designation Mistakes to Avoid By Edward H. Adamsky

Remember that your Will or Trust only controls assets that are not controlled in some other way. Many of your assets pass by Beneficiary Designation rather than through the terms or your Will or Trust. The common ones are Life Insurance and Retirement Accounts. You can also name beneficiaries on bank accounts with the ITF designation (a misnomer as it stands for “In Trust For,” but is really just a beneficiary designation) and you can …

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office urges residents to be alert for scams, fraud

MEDFORD, Mass. – Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is reminding residents to be alert for scams and fraud targeting people across the country, including newly emerging scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past several weeks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General have all issued warnings regarding COVID-related scams.

According to the FBI, they have seen …

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We Can’t Touch – But Let’s Stay in Touch

Groton Food Project volunteers collect groceries bi-monthly from their neighbors and deliver them to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens. Due to the Coronavirus, we have suspended our food collection and are asking for financial donations to https://loavesfishespantry.org/donate-now/.

Many families are facing food insecurity for the first time. Groton is a member town served by Loaves and Fishes. Sometimes we can give a hand and sometimes we need a hand.  Please reach out …

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Planning for a Child with a Disability By Edward H. Adamsky

            As a parent of a child with a disability you may be anxious when thinking about your passing. It requires careful thought and planning. The choices available may impact not only your child with a disability but your other children and grandchildren. The needs of the child with a disability must be considered but the needs and desires of the other family members cannot be overlooked.

            You will want to consider the government …

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THE WISH PROJECT

As our daily operations drastically change, we continue to work hard to support those in our community most in need. It couldn’t be done without the help and continued support from all of our donors. Thank you for your generous monetary donations and donations of new goods to support our emergency relief and Mother’s Day Projects.

WISH LIST Dish Soap, Hand Soap, Face Masks, Baby Wipes, 4T/5T Pull ups, Size 5 & 6 Diapers, Market …

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DUNSTABLE SENIOR NEWS

Dunstable Council on Aging Barbara Martin chairman, Mary Dow secretary

Donald Pottle, Vincent Hollins, James McManus

Assistant to the Elderly Anne Fenochetti 978-649-4514 # 223                     

Program coordinator. Susan Tully 978-649-6750                  sjt0213@verizon.net    

Dunstable Seniors ……we are a peer group for those over 60.

The Mission of the Dunstable Council on Aging is to serve as a supportive family resource as emerging needs of Dunstable residents become more complex; and to advocate for and provide, in a …

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NASHOBA NURSING SERVICES & HOSPICE NASHOBA ASSOCIATED BOARDS OF HEALTH

In response to the Governor’s guidance, Nashoba Nursing is cancelling all Well Adult clinics until further notice. 

To the residents of the towns of Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow and Townsend – all Well Adult clinics are cancelled until the end of April.  The updated schedules will be listed at www.nashoba.org. If you need to get in touch 978-772-3335 ext. 340.…

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A Note from Dunstable Animal Clinic

  The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all and the Dunstable Animal Clinic is no exception. Based on the recommendations of the CDC and AVMA we are taking the following precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Staff only are being allowed in the building.
     When you come for an appointment call the office (978)649-6513 and a staff member will come out to get your pet with a slip lead that will be disinfected …

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Dunstable Seniors

Dunstable Council on Aging: Barbara Martin, Chairman;  Mary Dow, Secretary; Donald Pottle, Vincent Hollins and James McManus

Assistant to the Elderly: Anne Fenochetti, 978-649-4514 # 223 

Program coordinator:  Susan Tully, 978-649-6750 sjt0213@verizon.net   

Dunstable Seniors ……we are a peer group for those over 60. Please note: there will be no Senior meetings at the Dunstable Library until further notice.

PEPPERELL FOOD PANTRY NOW OPEN TO DUNSTABLE RESIDENTS

PACH Located at 66 Hollis St. Pepperell …

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Elder Law News By Edward H. Adamsky

A major issue for many families is providing care for family members with disabilities. This may be a parent caring for an adult child with a disability or adult children caring for an elderly and frail parent. Most families willingly provide whatever assistance is needed by their loved ones. But our systems, and society in general, don’t usually value that care very well.

Every year AARP does a study of family caregivers and the …

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TYNGSBOROUGH BOARD OF HEALTH ~ Trash/Recycling

REMINDER: Social media posts don’t always make it to our office in a timely manner to be addressed and resolved quickly.  When residents have a compliment or concern, please contact the Board of Health (BOH) office directly by phone: 978-649-2300 x118 or email:  BoardofHealth@tyngsboroughma.gov.   Please leave a message any time, day/night/weekend, and we will respond to you as soon as possible or reach out to Republic Servcies on your behalf.  

Please use this …

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