All Goshen municipal buildings reopened to the public on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

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Building Department will be closed for the week following Memorial Day, from May 30 – June 6, 2022 and will re-open on June 9th.

You may contact the Building Inspector, Phil Harris, either by phone at 978-544-6296 or by email at harrisbuilders6@gmail.com.

 

 

The Goshen Library Trustees are currently updating our Strategic Plan and we’d appreciate your input, whether you are a current library patron or not.  Having a current Strategic Plan will allow us to apply for grants to improve our library services to the town.

To take the survey online go to:  Goshen Free Library Community Survey 2022   

Paper surveys are available at the library.

Thank you for your time.

The permalink above goes directly to the sub menu fireworks page under the Police Department page.

 

 

D-Day cemetery Normandy, France

A brief ceremony by Cummington American Legion Post 304 will take place at the times and locations noted below.  All are invited to attend and honor those who gave service to our country.

There will also be a brief parade at 9:45 from the Goshen town center parking lot to the cemetery.

8:30 AM in Worthington at the memorial across from Town Hall
9:00 AM at the West Cummington Cemetery
9:30 AM in Cummington at the memorial at Community House
10:00 AM in Goshen at the Goshen Cemetery on Mollison Hill Road
11:00 in Chesterfield at Veterans’ Park
1:30 in Plainfield at Hilltop Cemetery


Military Women’s memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

Women's memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

 

Follow this link to view, print or download the Annual Town Report 2021 at the bottom of the Select Board page.

Annual Town Reports for 2016-2021 are also in the documents section at the bottom of the Select Board Page.

 

The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 9:30 a.m., under a tent behind the town offices.  Masks are encouraged but optional.  Masks will be available for those who wish to use them.

Click here to view, download or print the Annual Town Meeting Warrant 2022-05-21  You may also find the warrant in the documents section on the Select Board page.

The Finance Committee will hold a budget informational session on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m., under a tent behind the town offices.  Masks are encouraged but optional.  Masks will be available for those who wish to use them.  Click on this link to see the Finance Committee Report & Budget Recommendations for the Annual Town Meeting May 21-2022 (revised & updated 2022-05-16).  You may also find the Finance Committee Report in the documents section on the Finance Committee page.

Further updates to this post will be made as new information becomes available.

 

Town Clerk Kristen Estelle reminds residents that the late fee for dog licenses goes into effect June 1st, 2022. The late fee is $25 per dog on top of the license fee.

To obtain a 2022 dog license, you can:

  1. Stop by during office hours (Monday 9-2:45 & 6-8) and bring cash or check, valid rabies certificate, and spaying/neutering certificate, or
  2. Mail the dog license form, fee(s) and certificate(s) along with a stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of the license(s) and tag(s) to: Goshen Town Clerk, 40 Main Street, Goshen, MA 01032, or
  3. Drop the paperwork described in option B in the town clerk drop box, located to the left of the door to the town offices.

Additional dog licensing forms can be found here: www.goshen-ma.us/dog-licenses/

Please contact Kristen with any questions: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

Go to the House Numbering Page, a sub page on the Fire Department page, to learn the town requirements and how to apply for your number.

 

Note that the beaches at DAR State Forest are NOT monitored or maintained by the Town of Goshen.  These are owned, operated and monitored through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Water quality at both the Upper Highland Lake Campers and Upper Highland Lake Day Use beaches is monitored and tested by DCR.  Testing is done weekly, during the swimming season, with results available only by calling the DCR Beach Water Quality hotline at (617) 626 4972.  Tests are normally carried out on Mondays and results are usually on the hotline by Tuesday or Wednesday.  In addition to the hotline, if the water is considered unsafe, notices will be posted at the two beaches by state officials.  There is NOT a website for this information.  You must either call the hotline or go to the beach to see the postings.

The Massachusetts Department of Health’s Bureau of Environmental Health has a web page with FAQs on Beach Water Quality & Testing that provides information on the following:

  • Why is beach water sampled?
  • What is a public beach?
  • What is a semi-public beach?
  • Who monitors the beach water quality?
  • How often is the water tested?
  • What kind of bacteria is the beach water tested for?
  • What are indicator organisms?
  • What are the standards for beach water quality in marine water?
  • What happens if levels exceed 104 cfu/100 ml?
  • What are the standards for beach water quality in fresh water?
  • Are beach postings triggered in any other way?
  • What does it mean for a beach to be posted?
  • What type of illness can you get from contact with water contaminated with bacteria?
  • How can I reduce my risk of illness from swimming?
  • What are the sources of bacteria in the water?
  • What about animal wastes on the beach?
  • What can I do to enhance water quality at beaches I use?
  • How can I find out if the beach is open or has been posted?
  • Where can I get more information?
  • How do I know when a beach is sampled?

If you wish to see historical data on contamination at particular beaches go to the Annual Beach Reports web page and you can view data from 2011 to the year before the current swimming season.  This will tell you the testing schedule,  the number of tests performed, how often there was an issue and how many days the beaches were posted as closed.  Note that Goshen beaches are on the Freshwater beach report.

 

The Transfer Station Recycling Information sub page located on the Board of Health page has been extensively updated.  Please visit it to find new information and new ways to recycle, repurpose and reuse items.

Transfer Station Recycling Information Page

 

Once a year, the HRMC holds a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event for residents of the HRMC member communities. The 2022 event will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 9 a.m. until noon, in Westhampton.

Pre-registration is required for this event and will take place from October 1-October 16.  Residents are asked to email the HRMC with their name, address (Street and Town), and phone number.  HRMC confirmation of your reservation (done via email) is required to participate.

For full details click on this document:  2022 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.

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Sign up for Goshen’s high-speed internet service is in process.  The final initial subscription period runs through May 31, 2022.  In order to receive the town subsidy for connecting your house or business, to the new fiber optic network, you must sign up for internet service and accept installation by May 31, 2022.  If you sign up after May 31, 2022 you will not be eligible for the town subsidy.  If you do NOT sign up for internet service you will NOT be eligible for the town subsidy to connect your house to the fiber optic network.

To sign up, go to whipcityfiber.com/goshenIf you need help signing up for service, or, if you aren’t sure that you signed up for service, contact Whip City Fiber (WCF) customer service at (413) 485 1251.  If you have technical questions contact Whip City Fiber technical support at (413) 485 1204.

Whip City Fiber (WCF) customer support will contact people, who have signed up for service to schedule installations.  Installation appointments are offered in the order in which people signed up in each FSA.  Customers must pay a $150.00 missed appointment charge for a scheduled installation at which they fail to be present and available.

If you have previously given Wired West a deposit, you may request a refund by clicking on Wired West deposit refund info and following the directions found there.

FTTH

Customer installs through 4/30/2022

Week of May 9-May 14, 2022:

  • Monday:  Underground construction in FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2 & FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  To be determined.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.  Underground construction in FSA1 & FSA3.

Week of May 2-May 7, 2022:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.  Underground consultations in FSA2  & FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  To be determined.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Underground consultations in FSA3.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Underground consultations in FSA3.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.

Week of April 25-April 29, 2022:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA1.  Underground consultations in FSA2.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Underground consultations in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Wednesday: Scheduled customer installations in FSA3
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA1.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Underground consultations in FSA3.

Week of April 18-April 23, 2022:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA1.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.  Underground consultations in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  To be determined.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.
  • Friday:  To be determined.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.

Week of April 11-April 16, 2022:

  • Monday:  To be determined.
  • Tuesday:  To be determined.
  • Wednesday:  Underground consultations in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Thursday:  To be determined.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.

Week of April 4-April 9, 2022:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  To be determined.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  To be determined.
  • Friday:  To be determined.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.

Week of March 28-April 2, 2022:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA2.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA2 & FSA1.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  •   Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3

Week of March 21-March 26, 2022:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.

Week of March 14-March 19, 2022:

FIBER SERVICE AREA 3 (FSA3, the western part of town) GOES LIVE ON 03/14/2022.  WHIP CITY FIBER (WCF) CUSTOMER SUPPORT BEGINS TO CONTACT PEOPLE, WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE IN FSA3, TO SCHEDULE INSTALLATIONS.  INSTALLATION APPOINTMENTS ARE OFFERED IN THE ORDER IN WHICH PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE.

  • Monday:  FSA3 is lit up.  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 begin.  Testing of dark fiber in FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA1.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA2.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA1.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.

ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION  & LINKS CAN BE FOUND BELOW


The Whip City Fiber site also has FAQs with information on the topics below at Whip City Fiber Goshen FAQs.

  • Signing Up
  • Goshen Installation Costs [with a link to the “Detailed Drop Policy”  in item 1 of this section]
  • Other Costs
  • General Information
  • Information on email, phone, streaming and television
  • Connection speeds
  • Equipment
  • Phone Service (VOIP)
  • Technical Information
  • Customer Installations
  • Security
  • Outages
  • Suspend or Cancel Service

Click here for information on Streaming TV & movies over the internet & Streaming Services.

Click here for the Whip City Fiber Help Center which has information on the topics below:

  • Troubleshooting your internet & router wireless network connection
  • What to know if there is an outage
  • How to access your customer portal
  • How can I get the best speeds from Whip City Fiber
  • How to customize and utilize your OOMA premier VOIP phone (if you signed up for VOIP phone service)

Click here for Whip City Fiber Customer Service & Technical Support contact information.

A terms and conditions document can be found at Goshen Whip City FIber Terms and Conditions.

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on High Speed Internet postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the High Speed Internet project page.

For a glossary of terms used go to  Goshen MLP High Speed Internet Glossary.


 

Open Burning season is from January 15, 2022 – May 1, 2022.

Go to the Open Burning Permits page to learn all the town & state requirements, safety information and when and how to apply for your required permit.

 

The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 9am-1pm in the John James Memorial Hall, located at 42 Main Street. Here is a sample ballot: SAMPLE ATE 2022 Ballot

Voters will be asked to wear a mask. While the Vote by Mail order has expired statewide, regular absentee voting is still available for any registered voter who is (1) away from their town on Election Day; or (2) has a disability that keeps them from voting at their polling place; or (3) has a religious belief that prevents them from voting at their polling place on Election Day. Your request for an absentee ballot must be received no later than noon on Friday, June 3rd.  Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, by drop box, fax, or email.  An absentee ballot application is available here to download and print: Absentee-Ballot-Application. If you are unable to print an application, you may request an absentee ballot by writing a letter to the Town Clerk (40 Main St. Goshen, MA 01032). Be sure to include your name and address, the election for which you are requesting a ballot, and your signature. If you need the ballot mailed somewhere other than your home, be sure to provide that address. Please allow ample mailing time for this application and for the ballot. The ballot must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by close of the polls on election day.

The last day to register to vote for the annual town election is Friday, May 13th from 2-4pm and 7-8pm in the town clerk’s office or online: Online Voter Application (state.ma.us)

Please contact Town Clerk Kristen Estelle with any questions: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

 

The 2022 Town Caucus was held on Monday, April 11th in the town hall.  29 residents participated and we had a quorum by 7:05pm (thank you!). The following Goshen voters were nominated and accepted their nominations by signing the Caucus Certificate of Nomination within 72 hours of the Caucus. These names and positions will appear on the ballot at the Annual Town Election, which will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 9am-1pm at the town hall. The only contested race is for Chesterfield/Goshen Regional School Committee.

Almoners- (3 years) Henrietta Munroe

Assessors- (3 years) Diane Bushee

Board of Health- (3 years) Laura Barrus

Board of Health- (1 year) Joshua Lafond

Chesterfield/ Goshen Regional School Committee- (3 years) Carla Raymond, Andrew Watt

Finance Committee (3 years) Kristine Bissell

Finance Committee (3 years) Gina Papineau

Library Trustees (3 years) Melanie Dana

Library Trustees (3 years) Steven Daiber

Library Trustees (2 years) Ruby Hutt

Library Trustees (2 years) Andrew Watt

Moderator (2 years) Corey Carvalho

Planning Board (5 years) James Barrett

Planning Board (3 years) Julie Hooks

Select Board (3 years) Peri Hall

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Robert Goss

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Richard Polwrek

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Roger Culver

 

Please contact Town Clerk Kristen Estelle with any questions: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

Hilltown Land Trust is partnering with the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee to offer our annual Vernal Pool Plunge!  This two-day, in-person training event is open to anyone interested in learning about the ecology of and becoming advocates for vernal pools in Western Massachusetts, including how to certify vernal pools.  Click on the link below for the full description of the two day training event on Saturdays April 16 & 23, 2022.

Vernal Pool Plunge 2022 Training Event

Spring is the time of year vernal pools are visible and provide essential breeding habitat for many amphibian and invertebrate species.  Click on the link to see the video by local Naturalist, Field Ecologist, Author and Photographer, Charley Eiseman.  This video gives a glimpse into the amazing life forms that exist and need our protection.

Vernal Pool Video

For more information, contact Pat Morey, member of Goshen’s Open Space Committee and Vernal Pond Representative, at pmorey49@gmail.com.

The Town of Goshen Select Board is seeking qualified applicants for the part-time position of Council on Aging (COA) coordinator.

Appointed by the Select Board and under their administrative and policy direction, the COA coordinator works in collaboration with the COA Board to identify strategic program priorities and develop strategies for programming, policies, procedures and plans to meet the needs of its constituents.

The COA Coordinator will plan, manage, administer, direct and coordinate all services and programs of the COA in an effort to address the social, recreational and incidental care needs of the Town’s elders within the community.

Qualified candidates should be familiar and comfortable with strategic program development and program delivery and coordination. Candidates should be able to assess needs and deliver programming for elder population and collaborate with other Town departments, consortiums, state and federal agencies. Excellent organizational and record keeping skills required. Must be able to use Microsoft
Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook in the provided office environment.

Please include a resume and cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications in response to this posting.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Plans meetings with the COA to discuss the implementation of pertinent activities, issues and problems related to the delivery of elder programs. Ensures minutes are accurately prepared.
  • Runs all COA activities and coordinates with regional COA. Attends meetings of the Hilltown COA Consortium.
  • Provides COA information for newsletter and newspaper.
  • Attends training programs related to COA programming.
  • Writes Annual COA reports.
  • Makes referrals to other Regional Centers as appropriate to provide assistance as needed.
  • Prepares and presents COA budget to the Finance Committee.
  • Monitors federal, state and local regulations that are applicable to the Council on Aging.
  • Applies for various grants
  • Maintains productive relationships and collaborates with COA board and other departments and regional COA’S to conduct needs assessments and to develop and administer elder programs
  • Accurately completes COA books and records and reviews monthly expenditure and turnover receipt reports
  • Works with the COA to explore additional elder resources as needed
  • Coordinates and oversees monthly COA luncheon program
  • Follows procurement policies for purchasing supplies
  • Performs administrative reporting. Files annual report with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications to:  selectboard@goshen-ma.usThe subject line of the email should be “COA Coordinator job inquiry“.

All 3G devices will lose cellular service in 2022 as service providers begin to turn off their 3G networks in the United States.

Why is this happening?
3G network technology has been around in the United States for two decades.  The first 3G network in the US was launched in 2002.  4G has been around since 2010.  In 2019, carriers started slowly rolling out 5G networks.  Now, companies focus their resources on building out newer networks, while saving money on maintaining or eliminating the older networks.

All the major cellphone carriers will shut down their older 3G networks in 2022.  Currently the shutdown schedule is as follows.  The dates below are for completing their 3G network shutdown.  Carriers may begin retiring parts of their networks sooner.  For more information and updated timeframes visit:  FCC 3G cellular networks information

  • AT&T’s 3G:  Feb. 22, 2022
  • Sprint’s 3G:  March 31, 2022
  • Sprint’s LTE:  June 30, 2022
  • T-Mobile’s 2G and 3G:  July 1, 2022
  • Verizon’s 3G:  Dec. 31, 2022

If you have a third party provider such as Consumer Cellular, Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk, etc. (there are many such providers) they don’t have their own network and generally rely on one of the carriers above to provide for their connections.  In these cases the 3G service would go away based on which major carrier the secondary provider uses.  For example: Consumer Cellular uses AT&T or T-Mobile so their 3G device connectivity would end on February 22, 2022 or July 1, 2022.

What happens to 3G phones after that date?
Your phone will no longer be able to make phone calls.  Apps and websites will not work over a cellular connection.  You will not be able to dial 911.  The phone will still be able to work over an in home WiFi connection, for certain tasks, if you have set your phone up to connect to your WiFi network.

How do I know if I have a 3G device?
Carriers say they’ve been alerting customers who are on older phones that services are ending by sending a combination of texts, letters, phone calls and emails.  If you have a service plan and have not heard from your carrier, log into your account to double check.  If you’re unsure, or wondering about an old device, call your service provider to verify whether or not you have a device that will only operate on 3G cellular service and can NOT connect to 4G or 5G cellular service.

Will it affect devices other than phones?
Yes:  E-readers like the Kindle with 3G; life-alert alarms; portable Internet hotspots; kid’s wearables; alarm systems; personal alarm devices; alcohol monitoring devices and various other Internet-of-things devices (smart home devices such as a refrigerator, security system, doorbell or video system), that may rely on 3G.  Millions of vehicles on the road today have 3G modems which are expensive to replace and many electric vehicle parking lot chargers still have 3G modems.  There are also non-consumer products like systems used by the trucking industry and school bus dispatchers.  If you have any kind of home security system or medical alert devices, like the kind that can call for help if you fall, call that company to make sure it is still supported and not using 3G.

 

The 2022 Town Caucus will be held on Monday, April 11th  at 7pm in the town hall. All registered voters are invited to participate. Any town resident may be nominated for any of the positions below. Voters will be asked to wear a mask.  The caucus warrant can be found here: Caucus 4.11.22 Warrant.

For more information about the various positions, please look at the corresponding pages on this website relating to each.

Here is a list of the positions up for nomination and the individuals who currently occupy the seats:

Almoners- (3 years) Stephen Estelle (not running again)

Assessors- (3 years) Diane Bushee

Board of Health- (3 years) Laura Barrus

Board of Health- (1 year) Joshua Lafond

Chesterfield/ Goshen Regional School Committee- (3 years) Neil Godden

Finance Committee (3 years) Kristine Bissell

Finance Committee (3 years) Gina Papineau

Library Trustees (3 years) Melanie Dana

Library Trustees (3 years) Steven Daiber

Library Trustees (2 years) Ruby Hutt

Library Trustees (2 years) Vacant

Moderator (2 years) Keith Wright (not running again)

Planning Board (5 years) James Barrett

Planning Board (3 years) Vacant

Select Board (3 years) Wayne Glaser (not running again)

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Robert Goss

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Richard Polwrek

Tilton Farm Supervisors (1 year) Roger Culver

Please contact Town Clerk Kristen Estelle with any questions: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

Massachusetts redistricting has been completed and Goshen will move from the 1st Franklin district to the 1st Hampshire district on January 4, 2023.  This means we will have a new state representative.

While the November 2022 elections will determine who is the representative for the 1st Hampshire district beginning on January 4, 2023, the current holder of that office is Lindsay Sabadosa and she will be running for re-election.

Meet Lindsay Sabadosa and make your voice heard.

LS meet & greet flier

 

 

 

 

Whip City Fiber provides internet service.  They do not provide television programming, but they offer access to all streaming service providers.  Many customers will subscribe to one or more streaming services (YouTube TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.) for watching TV, movies, and sports over the internet.

Watch this video from Whip City Fiber on How to Start Streaming.   If advertisement videos start first you can click “Skip Ads” to directly to the video.

Next go to the Streaming Page on the Whip City Fiber website for links to numerous streaming sites and additional useful information and contacts information for help with streaming devices and smart TVs.

This flier will help you get started.  Cutting the Cord: How to Stream Video with Whip City Fiber


ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION  & LINKS CAN BE FOUND BELOW


The Whip City Fiber site also has FAQs with information on the topics below at Whip City Fiber Goshen FAQs.

  • Signing Up
  • Goshen Installation Costs [with a link to the “Detailed Drop Policy”  in item 1 of this section]
  • Other Costs
  • General Information
  • Information on email, phone, streaming and television
  • Connection speeds
  • Equipment
  • Phone Service (VOIP)
  • Technical Information
  • Customer Installations
  • Security
  • Outages
  • Suspend or Cancel Service

Click here for information on Streaming TV & movies over the internet & Streaming Services.

Click here for the Whip City Fiber Help Center which has information on the topics below:

  • Troubleshooting your internet & router wireless network connection
  • What to know if there is an outage
  • How to access your customer portal
  • How can I get the best speeds from Whip City Fiber
  • How to customize and utilize your OOMA premier VOIP phone (if you signed up for VOIP phone service)

Click here for Whip City Fiber Customer Service & Technical Support contact information.

A terms and conditions document can be found at Goshen Whip City FIber Terms and Conditions.

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on High Speed Internet postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the High Speed Internet project page.

For a glossary of terms used go to  Goshen MLP High Speed Internet Glossary.


 

Anna at Whip City Fiber talks about getting the most from your internet connection in this WCF video.

Note that Goshen’s new internet service is fully synchronous.  This means that your downloads and uploads are capable of the same transmission speeds.  No more waiting 10-20 times as long for an upload as a download.

WCF comparative internet speed info


ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION  & LINKS CAN BE FOUND BELOW


The Whip City Fiber site also has FAQs with information on the topics below at Whip City Fiber Goshen FAQs.

  • Signing Up
  • Goshen Installation Costs [with a link to the “Detailed Drop Policy”  in item 1 of this section]
  • Other Costs
  • General Information
  • Information on email, phone, streaming and television
  • Connection speeds
  • Equipment
  • Phone Service (VOIP)
  • Technical Information
  • Customer Installations
  • Security
  • Outages
  • Suspend or Cancel Service

Click here for information on Streaming TV & movies over the internet & Streaming Services.

Click here for the Whip City Fiber Help Center which has information on the topics below:

  • Troubleshooting your internet & router wireless network connection
  • What to know if there is an outage
  • How to access your customer portal
  • How can I get the best speeds from Whip City Fiber
  • How to customize and utilize your OOMA premier VOIP phone (if you signed up for VOIP phone service)

Click here for Whip City Fiber Customer Service & Technical Support contact information.

A terms and conditions document can be found at Goshen Whip City FIber Terms and Conditions.

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on High Speed Internet postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the High Speed Internet project page.

For a glossary of terms used go to  Goshen MLP High Speed Internet Glossary.


 

Open Burning season is from January 15, 2022 – May 1, 2022.

Go to the Open Burning Permits page to learn all the town & state requirements, safety information and to apply for your required permit.

Goshen MLP HSI logo

There will be no further updates to this page.  To get the latest Customer Installation and Sign Up information to Go to Goshen’s High Speed Internet Service – Sign Up & Customer Installation Info in Town News & Announcements on the Home Page.

“What is the Distribution Network?” Described below all weekly updates.

DNB through 3/11/2022FINAL SUBSIDY EXTENSION REMINDER:  you will only be eligible for the Goshen installation subsidy of up to $4,000, based on the initial Whip City Fiber approved path analysis, if you sign up during the initial subscription period BEFORE 5/31/2022 and accept installation NO LATER than 5/31/2022.  If you sign up AFTER 5/31/2022 you are responsible for all installation costs.  Time is running out for you to sign up & receive the subsidy.  ACT NOW!  If you have NOT already signed up for service go to whipcityfiber.com/goshenIf you aren’t sure if you signed up for service go to Whip City Fiber Customer Service & Technical Support contact information and call to verify your application or to get help submitting an application.

Week of March 14-March 18, 2022:

FIBER SERVICE AREA 3 (FSA3, the western part of town) GOES LIVE ON 03/14/2022.  WHIP CITY FIBER (WCF) CUSTOMER SUPPORT BEGINS TO CONTACT PEOPLE, WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE IN FSA3, TO SCHEDULE INSTALLATIONS.  INSTALLATION APPOINTMENTS ARE OFFERED IN THE ORDER IN WHICH PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE.

  • Monday:  FSA3 is lit up.  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 begin.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA1.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA2.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3 & FSA1.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.

Week of March 7-March 11, 2022:

  • Monday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA3.  Outside plant inspection & certification.
  • Tuesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Connections are made in the Network Hut to implement FSA3 customer installations.  Whip City Fiber begins to contact customers in FSA3 to schedule installations for the coming weeks.
  • Friday:  Connections are made in the Network Hut to implement FSA3 customer installations.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA3.

Week of March 1-March 4, 2022:

  • Monday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA3.
  • Friday: Verification & certification of testing results in FSA3.  Outside plant inspection & certification.

Week of February 21-February 25, 2022:

  • Monday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA3.
  • Friday:  No crews in Goshen today due to weather.

Week of February 14-February 18, 2022:

  • Monday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Friday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.

Week of February 7-February 11, 2022:

  • Monday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.
  • Wednesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Friday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.

Week of January 31-February 5, 2022:

  • Monday:  No crews in Goshen today due to outage repairs in other towns.
  • Tuesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Friday:  No testing crews in Goshen today due to weather.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.

GOSHEN HAS COMPLETED 250+ CUSTOMER INSTALLATIONS IN FSA2 & FSA1.  UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION IN FSA3 , FSA2 & FSA1 HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL SPRING WHEN THE GROUND THAWS ENOUGH TO ALLOW IT TO CONTINUE.   SPLICING & TESTING WORK CONTINUES IN FSA3 IN PREPARATION TO BEGIN INSTALLATIONS.   SPLICING & TESTING HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN FSA1 & FSA2 AND INSTALLATIONS CONTINUE IN THOSE AREAS.

Week of January 24-January 28, 2022:

  • Monday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  No testing crews in Goshen today due to outage repairs in other towns.  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1 & FSA2.
  • Thursday:  No testing crews in Goshen today.  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1 & FSA2.
  • Friday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.

Week of January 17-January 21, 2022:

  • Monday:  No crews in Goshen today due to weather.
  • Tuesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  No crews in Goshen today due to outage repairs in other towns.
  • Friday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.

Week of January 10-January 14, 2022:

  • Monday:  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.  Splicing in FSA3 has been completed and testing begins Wednesday.
  • Tuesday:  No crews in Goshen today.
  • Wednesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.
  • Thursday:   Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Friday:  No crews in Goshen today.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.

Week of January 3-January 7, 2022:

  • Monday:  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.
  • Wednesday:  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.

Week of December 27-December 30, 2021:

  • Monday:   Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:   Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Friday:  No splicers available today for Goshen.

Week of December 20-December 24, 2021:

  • Monday:  No work crews available today due to equipment failure.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Friday:  Christmas Eve.  No work today.

Week of December 13-December 17, 2021:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1 & FSA2.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.

Week of December 6-December 11, 2021:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1 & FSA2.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.  Tap port repair, splicing & testing at 4 locations in FSA2 & FSA1.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1 & FSA2.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.

Week of November 29-December 3, 2021:

GOSHEN HAS COMPLETED 200+ CUSTOMER INSTALLATIONS IN FSA2 & FSA1.  UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES IN FSA3 AND HAS ALMOST BEEN COMPLETED IS FSA2 & FSA1.  SPLICING & TESTING WORK CONTINUES IN FSA3 IN PREPARATION TO BEGIN INSTALLATIONS.   SPLICING & TESTING HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN FSA1 & FSA2 AND INSTALLATIONS CONTINUE IN THOSE AREAS.

  • Monday:  Splicing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing crews pulled out of Goshen to fix issues in other towns today.
  • Wednesday:  Testing at various locations in FSA3 and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.

Week of November 22-November 26, 2021:

  • Monday:   Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  MST replacements in FSA2 and FSA1.  Fiber line transfer at pole 430 on Route 9.
  • Thursday:  Thanksgiving.  No work today.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.

Week of November 15-November 19, 2021:

  • Monday:   Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Thursday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA1.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.

Week of November 8-November 12, 2021:

FIBER SERVICE AREA 1 (FSA1, the eastern part of town) GOES LIVE ON 11/8/2021.  WHIP CITY FIBER (WCF) CUSTOMER SUPPORT BEGINS TO CONTACT PEOPLE, WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE IN FSA1, TO SCHEDULE INSTALLATIONS.  INSTALLATION APPOINTMENTS ARE OFFERED IN THE ORDER IN WHICH PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE.

  • Monday:  FSA1 is lit up and Whip City Fiber begins to contact customers in FSA1 to schedule installations.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues. Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Thursday:   Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Friday:  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.  Splicing at various locations in FSA3.

Week of November 1-November 5, 2021:

  • Monday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.  Replacing faulty tap ports in FSA1 & FSA2.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA3.  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.  Replacing faulty tap ports in FSA1 & FSA2.
  • Thursday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Friday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 has been completed.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA1.

Week of October 25-October 29, 2021:

NOTE THAT WEATHER THIS WEEK HAS PUT A HALT TO SOME UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION UNTIL THINGS DRY OUT.

  • Monday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.
  • Tuesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.
  • Thursday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.   Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.

Week of October 18-October 22, 2021:

GOSHEN HAS COMPLETED 100+ CUSTOMER INSTALLATIONS IN FSA2.  UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES IN FSA2, FSA1 & FSA3.  80% OF ALL UNDERGROUND CONSTRUCTION IN GOSHEN HAS BEEN COMPLETED.   SPLICING & TESTING WORK CONTINUES IN BOTH FSA1 & FSA3 IN PREPARATION TO BEGIN INSTALLATIONS.   IF YOU HAVEN’T YET SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE PLEASE DO SO NOW AS THE THE TOWN SUBSIDY FOR INSTALLATIONS ENDS ON 12/31/2021.   AFTER WHICH YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY THE ENTIRE COST OF INSTALLATION.  INSTALLATION APPOINTMENTS ARE OFFERED IN THE ORDER IN WHICH PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE IN EACH FSA.

  • Monday:   Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA1 & FSA3.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA1 & FSA3.    Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 begins.
  • Thursday:   Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA3.  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1.  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA1 continues.

Week of October 11-October 16, 2021:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.   Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA1.    Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:   Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.   Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA1.
  • Friday:  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA3.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Saturday:  Conduit fiber pulls in FSA2 & FSA1.

Week of October 04-October 08, 2021:

  • Monday:  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground consultations at various locations.
  • Thursday:   Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.   Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber in FSA2 & FSA1.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.

Week of September 27-October 02, 2021:

  • Monday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground consultations at various locations.
  • Tuesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground consultations at various locations.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:   Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber at various locations. Testing at various locations in FSA1 and in the Network Hut.
  • Saturday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Underground consultations, trenching, blowing & pulling fiber at various locations.

Week of September 20-September 25, 2021:

  • Monday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing in FSA1.  Splicing in the hut for FSA3.
  • Tuesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.   Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Splicing in FSA1.  Splicing in the hut for FSA3.
  • Wednesday:     Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Splicing in FSA1.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber at various locations.
  • Thursday:     Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.  Splicing in FSA1.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling fiber at various locations.
  • Friday:  Scheduled customer installations in FSA2.
  • Saturday:  Underground consultations at various locations.

Week of September 13-September 17, 2021:

  • Monday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling at various locations.  Scheduled customer installations on various roads in FSA2.
  • Tuesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues. Underground trenching, blowing & pulling at various locations.  Scheduled customer installations on various roads in FSA2.
  • Wednesday:  Underground trenching, blowing & pulling at various locations.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Thursday:  Underground consultations at various locations.  Scheduled customer installations on various roads in FSA2.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Friday:   Scheduled customer installations on various roads in FSA2.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.

Week of September 6-September 10, 2021:

FIBER SERVICE AREA 2 (FSA2) GOES LIVE ON LABOR DAY.  WHIP CITY FIBER (WCF) CUSTOMER SUPPORT BEGINS TO CONTACT PEOPLE, WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE IN FSA2, TO SCHEDULE INSTALLATIONS.  INSTALLATION APPOINTMENTS ARE OFFERED IN THE ORDER IN WHICH PEOPLE SIGNED UP FOR SERVICE.

  • Monday:  Labor Day.  No work today.
  • Tuesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Wednesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.  Scheduled customer installations on various roads in FSA2.
  • Thursday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.  Scheduled customer installations on various roads in FSA2.
  • Friday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.  Scheduled customer installations on various roads in FSA2.

Week of August 30-September 3, 2021:

  • Monday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Tuesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Wednesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Thursday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Friday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.

Week of August 23-August 28, 2021:

NOTE THAT WEATHER RELATED STORM DAMAGE MAY HEAVILY AFFECT THE AVAILABILITY OF WORK CREWS THIS ENTIRE WEEK AS THEY ARE MOVED TO REPAIR DUTIES IN OR OUT OF OUR AREA.

  • Monday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 begins.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Tuesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Wednesday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Thursday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.
  • Friday:  Verification & certification of testing results in FSA2 continues.  Splicing at various locations in FSA1.

Week of August 16-August 21, 2021:

  • Monday:  Testing at various locations and in the Network Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Testing at various locations and in the Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Testing at various locations and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  Testing at various locations and in the Network Hut.

Week of August 9-August 14, 2021:

  • Monday:  No TriWire crews in Goshen today.
  • Tuesday:  No TriWire crews in Goshen today.
  • Wednesday:  Testing at various locations and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  Underground conduit pulls at various locations.
  • Friday:  Splicing and testing to work toward completion of FSA2.

Week of August 2-August 7, 2021:

  • Monday:  Install wire cable strand on Mollison Hill Road.  Pull & lash fiber to wire cable strand and MST placement on Loomis Road.  Splicing in the Network Hut.  Underground fiber conduit pulls on Bissell Road.
  • Tuesday:  MST placement Loomis Road.  Pull and lash fiber to wire cable strand on Mollison Hill Road.  Splicing in the Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  MST placement on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9) and Mollison Hill Road.  Testing at various locations and in the Network Hut.
  • Thursday:   Clean up work at various locations.  Testing at various locations and in the Network Hut.
  • Friday:  Testing at various locations and in the Network Hut.

Week of July 26-July 30, 2021:

  • Monday:  Install wire cable strand on Loomis Road.  MST placement on Williams Drive & Shaw Road.  Testing at various locations and in the Hut.
  • Tuesday:  Pull fiber on Loomis Road.  MST Placement on Shaw Road.
  • Wednesday:  Lash fiber to wire cable strand on Loomis Road.  MST placement on Shaw Road.  Underground consultations & conduit pulls.  Splicing in the Hut.
  • Thursday:   No work in Goshen today.  Crews diverted to other town for storm damage repair.
  • Friday:  MST placement Berkshire Trail West (Route 9).  Splicing in the Network Hut.
  • Saturday:  Underground conduit pulls.

Week of July 19-July 23, 2021:

  • Monday:   MST placement on West Shore Drive, East Street, Main Street (Route 9) & Aberdeen Road.
  • Tuesday:  Pull fiber on Cape Street (Route 112).  Fiber connection testing at various locations and in the Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Lash fiber to wire cable strand on Cape Street (Route 112).  MST placement on East Street, West Shore Drive & Aberdeen Road.
  • Thursday:   MST placement on Cape Street (Route 112).
  • Saturday:  Underground consultations.  FSA2 testing in various locations.

Week of July 12-July 16, 2021:

  • Monday:  Pull & lash fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9).  MST placement on West Shore Drive, East Street & Aberdeen Road.  Testing at various locations and in the hut.
  • Tuesday:  Pull & lash fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9).  MST placement on West Shore Drive, East Street & Aberdeen Road.  Testing at various locations and in the hut.
  • Wednesday:  Pull & lash fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9).  MST placement on West Shore Drive, East Street & Aberdeen Road.  Testing at various locations and in the hut.
  • Thursday:   MST placement on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9),West Shore Drive, East Street & Aberdeen Road.  Testing at various locations and in the hut.

Week of July 5-July 9, 2021:

  • Monday:  No work, July 4 holiday.
  • Tuesday:  Install wire cable strand on Cape Street (Route 112).
  • Wednesday:  Pull fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9) and Cape Street (Route 112).
  • Thursday:  Pull fiber on Berkshire Trail West (Route 9).
  • Friday:  Testing at various locations.

Week of June 28-July 2, 2021:

  • Monday:  MST placement on Sears Road & Spruce Corner Road.  Underground cable consultations.  Network testing at the Hut.  Splicing at various locations.
  • Tuesday:  MST placement on Sears Road & Spruce Corner Road.  Pull & lash fiber to wire cable strand on Spruce Corner Road & Wildwood Lane.
  • Wednesday:  Lash fiber to wire cable strand on Route 9 & Shaw Road.  MST placement on Sears Road.  Testing at various locations and at the Hut.
  • Thursday:  Pull & Lash fiber to wire cable strand on Beals Road, Route 9 & Shaw Road. Testing at various locations and at the Hut.
  • Friday:  Testing at various locations and at the Hut.

Week of June 21-June 26, 2021:

  • Monday:  Splicing on Route 9.   Install wire cable strand on Spruce Corner Road.
  • Tuesday:  Install wire cable strand on Beals Road, Sears Road, Spruce Corner Road, Stone Road & Wildwood Lane.  Splicing at Network Hut.
  • Wednesday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire cable strand on Sears Road & Spruce Corner Road.  Splicing at Network Hut.
  • Thursday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire cable strand on Sears Road, Spruce Corner Road & West Shore Drive.

Week of June 14-June 18, 2021:

  • Monday:  Underground cable consultations.  Splicing on Main Street (Route 9).  No wire cable strand or fiber installation today due to predicted thunderstorms.
  • Tuesday:  Install wire cable strand on Route 9, Aberdeen Road & West Shore Drive.  Splicing on Main Street (Route 9) & South Main Street.
  • Wednesday:  Install wire cable strand on Cape Street (Route 112) & Berkshire Trail (Route 9).  Splicing on Ball Road, Fuller Road, Main Street (Route 9) & South Main Street.
  • Thursday:  Pull fiber and lash to wire cable strand on Aberdeen Road.  Install wire cable strand on Berkshire Trail (Route 9).  Splicing on Ball Road, Fuller Road, Main Street (Route 9), South Main Street & West Street.
  • Friday:  Install wire cable strand on Berkshire Trail (Route 9).  Pull & lash fiber to wire cable strand on Aberdeen Road.
  • Saturday:  Underground cable consultations.

Week of June 7-June 12, 2021:

  • Monday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire strand cable on South Chesterfield Road & Dresser Hill Road.  Preliminary on-site underground service consultations begin with customers.
  • Tuesday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire strand cable on South Chesterfield Road.  MST placement on South Chesterfield Road.
  • Wednesday:  MST placement on South Chesterfield Road.  Splicing on Sundown Drive & West Street.
  • Thursday:  MST placement on South Chesterfield Road.  Splicing on Sundown Drive & West Street.  Install wire strand cable on  East Street & Highland Road.
  • Friday:  Splicing on West Street, Sundown Land & South Main Street.
  • Saturday:  Preliminary on-site underground service consultations begin with customers.  These consultations will be coordinated and scheduled, ahead of time, with all customers who already have underground utility company service paths.

Week of May 31-June 4, 2021:

  • Monday:  No work, Memorial Day Holiday.
  • Tuesday:  Pull fiber on Hyde Hill Road.  Install wire cable strand on Pine Road.  MST placement on Washington Road.
  • Wednesday:  Pull and lash fiber to wire strand cable on Birch Road & Pine Road.  MST placement on Hyde Hill Road.  Splicing on West Street, Ball Road & Route 9.
  • Thursday:  MST Placement on Birch, Cherry & South Chesterfield Roads.  Install wire strand cable on South Chesterfield Road.  Splicing on West Street & Wing Hill Road.
  • Friday:  Splicing on South Main Street, West Street & Wing Hill Road.

Week of May 24-May 28, 2021:

  • Monday:  MST placement on Bissell Road.
  • Tuesday:  Splicing on Ball Road, Route 9 and West Street.  MST placement & pull and lash fiber on Pond Hill Road.
  • Wednesday:  MST placement on Pond Hill Road.  Install wire strand cable on Hyde Hill Road.
  • Thursday:  Install wire strand cable on Hyde Hill Road, Washington Road & Pine Road.  MST Placement on Bissell Road & Sundown Drive.

Week of May 17-May 21, 2021:

  • Monday:  Pull fiber on Lake Drive & Maple Road.  Splicing on various roads.
  • Tuesday:  Install wire strand cable on Lake Drive & Hammond Circle.  MST placement on Lake Drive & Overlook Road.
  • Wednesday:  MST placement on Fuller Road, Lake Drive & South Main Street.
  • Thursday:  MST Placement on Lake Drive & Bissell Road.
  • Friday:  Splicing on various roads.

Week of May 10-May 14, 2021:

  • Monday:  MST placement on Sundown Drive.  Install wire strand cable on Pond Hill Road & Sundown Drive.  Pull fiber on Bissell Road.
  • Tuesday: Pull fiber on Bissell Road, Pond Hill Road & Phelps Road.
  • Wednesday:  Pull fiber on Bissell Road, Phelps Road & Sundown Drive.  MST Placement on Bissell Road & Phelps Road.
  • Thursday:  MST Placement on Phelps Road and Bissell Road.
  • Friday:  Splicing on Fuller Road.

Week of May 3-May 6, 2021:

  • Monday:  MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable on Washington Road, Lake Drive & surrounding roads.
  • Tuesday:  MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable on roads around Hammond Pond.
  • Wednesday:  Install wire strand cable on Pond Hill Road and Bissell Road.
  • Thursday: Install wire strand cable on Pond Hill Road, Bissell Road and Phelps Lane.  MST Placement on South Chesterfield Road.

Week of April 26-April 30, 2021:

  • Monday: MST placement on Route 9 (Main Street portion) and South Main Street.
  • Tuesday: MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable, pull & lash fiber & MST placement on Sundown Drive.
  • Wednesday: MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable on Lake Drive.
  • Thursday:  MST placement on Route 9.  Install wire strand cable on Lake Drive.

Week of April 19-April 23, 2021: 

  • Monday:  Install MSTs on Ball Road, Old Goshen Road and East Street.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday:  Pull fiber and Lash to wire cable strand from South Main Street to South Chesterfield Road.  Install wire cable strand and pull & lash fiber on South Chesterfield Road.  MST installation on East Street and Old Goshen Road.
  • Thursday:  MST placement on Fuller Road and pull & lash fiber on South Chesterfield Road.

Week of April 12-April 16, 2021: 

  • Monday:  TriWire crews install MSTs on Fuller Road, Lilly Pond Lane and West Street.
  • Tuesday:  TriWire crews pull fiber on Ball Road and install MSTs on Sugar Maple Lane and West Street.
  • Wednesday:  TriWire crews lash fiber to the wire cable strand previously installed on Ball Road and install MSTs on West Street, East Street and Old Goshen Road.
  • Thursday: Install MSTs on Ball Road and East Street.

Week of April 5-April 9, 2021: 

  • Monday:  TriWire crews pull fiber and lash to the wire cable strand previously installed on East Street and Lilly Pond Lane.
  • Tuesday:  TriWire crews install MSTs on Fuller Road & Wing Hill Road. TriWire crews attach wire cable strand to utility company poles on Old Goshen Road.  TriWire crews pull fiber and lash to the wire cable strand previously installed on East Street.
  • Wednesday-Thursday:  TriWire crews pull fiber and lash to the wire cable strand previously installed on East Street and from the Hut east on Route 9.

Week of March 29-April 2, 2021:  Pull fiber and lash to wire cable strand previously installed, from Network Hut on Route 9 to West Street and up to Ball Road.  Also, pull fiber and lash to wire cable strand previously installed, from Network Hut on Route 9,  to South Main Street and continue on to East Street.

Week of March 22-26, 2021:

  • Monday: Wire cable strand attached to utility company poles on East Street, Sugar Maple Lane and Wing Hill Road.
  • Tuesday: Install grounding rods and do off road work on Berkshire Trail East and South Main Street.
  • Wednesday: Install grounding rods at various locations
  • Thursday:  Work on Lilly Pond Land cancelled and will be rescheduled due to road conditions on Ball Road.

Week of March 15-19, 2021:  TriWire crews attach wire cable strand to utility company poles on Route 9 and East Street.

Week of March 8-12, 2021:  TriWire crews attach wire cable strand to utility company poles on Ball Road, Lilly Pond Lane, South Main Street & the Main Street portion of Route 9 to West Street.

Week of March 1-5, 2021:  TriWire crews pull fiber and lash to the wire cable strand previously installed on West Street and Fuller Road.

Week of February 22-26, 2021:  TriWire crews attach wire cable strand to utility company poles on West Street and Fuller Road.


What is the Distribution Network?

The distribution network consists of all the existing utility poles that are on both public and private roads in Goshen.  The distribution network will connect back to the Network Hut and to the backbone, which is the main transmission line.  It does NOT include any of the service drops which will connect the distribution network to customer premises.  Service drops, or customer installations, are scheduled after sections of the distribution network are completed.

The distribution network is built out and completed in several phases:

  1.  Wire cable strand is strung and fastened from pole to pole.  Eight foot grounding rods are pounded into the ground and connected to the wire cable strand for proper electrical grounding at the appropriate locations.
  2.  Fiber optic cable is  lashed to the wire cable strand for support and resilience in the face of storms and windfall.
  3. Network extensions are installed at locations, off road, that do not meet the 170 foot minimum distance requirement between poles.
  4.  Splice cases are installed and splicing is done anywhere fiber needs to be joined together.
  5. Multi service terminals (MSTs) are installed, where needed, to allow multiple premises to be connected from one location.
  6. Testing of fiber connections to the hut are done to be sure connections are working correctly.
  7.  Certification and verification of testing results are done in order in order to see that contractual specifications are met.

ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION  & LINKS CAN BE FOUND BELOW


The Whip City Fiber site also has FAQs with information on the topics below at Whip City Fiber Goshen FAQs.

  • Signing Up
  • Goshen Installation Costs [with a link to the “Detailed Drop Policy”  in item 1 of this section]
  • Other Costs
  • General Information
  • Information on email, phone, streaming and television
  • Connection speeds
  • Equipment
  • Phone Service (VOIP)
  • Technical Information
  • Customer Installations
  • Security
  • Outages
  • Suspend or Cancel Service

Click here for information on Streaming TV & movies over the internet & Streaming Services.

Click here for the Whip City Fiber Help Center which has information on the topics below:

  • Troubleshooting your internet & router wireless network connection
  • What to know if there is an outage
  • How to access your customer portal
  • How can I get the best speeds from Whip City Fiber
  • How to customize and utilize your OOMA premier VOIP phone (if you signed up for VOIP phone service)

Click here for Whip City Fiber Customer Service & Technical Support contact information.

A terms and conditions document can be found at Goshen Whip City FIber Terms and Conditions.

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on Broadband postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the Broadband High Speed Internet project page.

For a glossary of terms used go to  Goshen MLP High Speed Internet Glossary.


 

Town Clerk Kristen Estelle reminds residents to return the 2022 Annual Street Listings that were mailed to each household in early January. If you haven’t received one, you can find printable blank copies on the Town Clerk webpage at www.goshen-ma.us/annual-street-listing/ or contact Kristen to receive another: clerk@goshen-ma.us. Please fill out info for everyone who lives in your house, sign and return to: 40 Main St. Goshen, MA 01032. Responding to the street listing will keep you on the active voting list if you are registered to vote.

Also, please register your dog(s) before licenses expire March 31st. Neutered/ spayed dogs cost $5 each to register; intact dogs are $10. Dog licensing forms were mailed with the street listings and can also be found here: www.goshen-ma.us/dog-licenses/

To register your dog(s), you can:

  1. Stop by during office hours (Monday 9-2:45 & 6-8) and bring cash or check, valid rabies certificate, and spaying/neutering certificate, or
  2. Mail the dog license form, fee(s) and certificate(s) along with a stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of the license(s) and tag(s) to: Goshen Town Clerk, 40 Main Street, Goshen, MA 01032.
  3. Drop the paperwork off in the town clerk drop box, located to the left of the door to the town offices.

Please contact Kristen with any questions or concerns: clerk@goshen-ma.us, 413-268-8236 x107.

Northampton Health Department Vaccine Clinic Offers Booster Vaccine with No Appointment Required.

NORTHAMPTON – The Northampton Health Department will offer walk-in COVID vaccine booster doses starting Thursday, February 3, 2022 at the Elks Lodge vaccine clinic site at 17 Spring Street, Florence.  These doses are open to all members of the public ages 12 and older. The clinic offers Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines although the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Northampton Health Department strongly recommend Pfizer or Moderna instead of Johnson and Johnson.

Health Director Merridith O’Leary says, “Booster doses are a very important next step in this pandemic, particularly with the still-circulating Omicron variant.  Although case numbers this week are improving, I still strongly encourage all members of the community to be up to date on their vaccination which includes booster doses.”

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The upcoming walk-in availability will be as follows for the next two weeks:

  • Thursday, February 3, 2022 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, February 4, 2022 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Monday, February 7, 2022 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. AND 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, February 11, 2022 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Monday, February 14, 2022 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. AND 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Appointments are still also available for those who prefer to pre-register at home. To pre-register for an appointment go to the City of Northampton’s COVID vaccine clinic webpage at:  https://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/Vaccine-Clinics

Pediatric doses of vaccine for children ages 5-11 years are still available by appointment at several locations at:  https://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/Vaccine-Clinics

Regional mobile vaccination clinics are also being offered in surrounding communities by appointment. Those appointments can also be found at: https://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/Vaccine-Clinics

Contact:  Merridith O’Leary, City of Northampton Public Health Director, (413) 587-1214

Trinity Solar representatives will be going door to door to solicit business in Goshen over the next two weeks.

The Goshen Police Chief wants to let residents know that they may be approached about buying solar through Trinity.  If you are not interested in the sales pitch, ask the representative to leave.

If you encounter any issues or have concerns, please contact the Goshen Police Department.

This notice is only informational and should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation of Trinity Solar’s businees.

 

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests.  The tests are completely free.  Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Click to ORDER FREE AT HOME TEST KITS now.

If you need a COVID-⁠19 test now, please see other testing resources for free testing locations in your area.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

Happy New Year!

The 2022 Annual Street Listings have been mailed to each household in Goshen, and you should be receiving yours soon. If you haven’t received one, you can find printable blank copies on the Town Clerk webpage at www.goshen-ma.us/annual-street-listing/ or contact me to receive another: clerk@goshen-ma.us. Please fill out info for everyone who lives in your house, sign and return to: 40 Main St. Goshen, MA 01032. It is important that we keep an accurate count of residents as it determines state and federal funding for our town. Responding to the street listing will also keep you on the active voting list if you are registered to vote.

Additionally, the 2022 dog licenses are in! A dog licensing form was mailed with the street listing. Neutered/ spayed dogs cost $5 each to register; intact dogs are $10. To register your dog(s), you can:

  1. Stop by during office hours (Monday 9-2:45 & 6-8) and bring cash or check, valid rabies certificate, and spaying/neutering certificate, or
  2. Mail the dog license form, fee(s) and certificate(s) along with a stamped self-addressed envelope for the return of the license(s) and tag(s) to: Goshen Town Clerk, 40 Main Street, Goshen, MA 01032.

You may also drop the paperwork off in the town clerk drop box, located to the left of the door to the town offices.

Last year’s licenses expire on March 31st, 2022. Additional dog licensing forms can be found here: www.goshen-ma.us/dog-licenses/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 27, 2021

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, the CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others.  The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.  Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.

Additionally, the CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.  Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.  For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others.  Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19.  Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious.

Data from South Africa and the United Kingdom demonstrate that vaccine effectiveness against infection for two doses of an mRNA vaccine is approximately 35%.  A COVID-19 vaccine booster dose restores vaccine effectiveness against infection to 75%.  COVID-19 vaccination decreases the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. CDC strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 5 and older and boosters for everyone 16 and older. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.

The following is attributable to CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky:

“The Omicron variant is spreading quickly and has the potential to impact all facets of our society. CDC’s updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses. These updates ensure people can safely continue their daily lives. Prevention is our best option: get vaccinated, get boosted, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial and high community transmission, and take a test before you gather.”

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you:

Have been boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

Go to this link for all the Massachusetts COVID-19 Testing information & locations and information on the topics below.

Find a COVID-19 Test Near You
How to use a  COVID-19 self test
What are the different types of COVID-19 testing?
What do I do if my test is positive?
Who should get tested?
Why is COVID-19 testing important?

Click here to see More about COVID-19 testing on the topics below.

Should I be tested?
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
How do I know if I am a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
Where can I get a test?
Is there a cost?
What do I do if my test is positive?
What are the different types of COVID-19 testing?
Is testing available in nursing homes?
Additional resources
Contact

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts information changes.  Check back regularly to see updated information.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

 

Appointments are required to drop off drugs or medications at the Goshen Police station unless a drug take back day has been scheduled and announced.

If you wish to drop off drugs or medications other than on an announced take back day call (413) 268-3116 to make an appointment.

Do NOT leave any items in the blue box outside of the station.

Prescription, non-prescription, veterinary drugs, as well as vitamins, are all accepted without their container.

Liquids, syringes, IV equipment, aerosol containers and chemotherapy drugs are not accepted.

Accepted materials should be placed in a sealed plastic bag before being turned in.

Just a reminder that the town has a bylaw against depositing snow on town roads that carries a fine.  The bylaw is below for your reference.  Go to the Police Department page on this website if you need to report this activity.

by-law against depositing snow on town roads

 

ATTENTION

Livestock owners:

RE: ID Ear tags for cattle, swine, sheep, or goats over 1 year old.

Please contact Carry Shulock–Sexton: 617-626-1797,

Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources.

 

Poultry owners:

Free salmonella + avian influenza testing.

Contact the Mass. Division of Animal Health: 617-626-1795.

 

Thank you for your cooperation;

Nick Cockoros

Town of Goshen

Animal Inspector

TOWN OF GOSHEN – NOTICE OF TAX RATE HEARING

The Selectboard will conduct a public hearing on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in the Town Offices to determine whether all real property should continue to be taxed at a single rate for Fiscal Year 2022.  The board has an option to choose a single rate or a two-tiered tax rate.  The Board of Assessors will recommend a single rate.

 

FTTHFiber Service Area 1 (FSA1) goes live on November 8, 2021.  Click on this link to see a map of the fiber service areas on the Whip City Fiber (WCF) web site.  If you have NOT already signed up for service you can do so at whipcityfiber.com/goshen.  Remember, you will only be eligible for the Goshen installation subsidy of up to $4,000, based on the initial Whip City Fiber approved path analysis, if you sign up during the initial subscription period before 12/31/2021.  If you sign up after 12/31/2021 you are responsible for all installation costs.

Whip City Fiber (WCF) customer support will contact people, who have signed up for service in FSA1, to schedule installations.  Installation appointments are offered in the order in which people signed up in each FSA.  Customers must pay a $150.00 missed appointment charge for a scheduled installation at which they fail to be present and available.

If you need help signing up for service contact Whip City Fiber (WCF) customer service at (413) 485 1251.  If you have technical questions contact Whip City Fiber technical support at (413) 485 1204.

FSA3 is still under construction with splicing, testing and certification yet to be finished.  Announcements will be made when each of these areas goes live.

Check the Broadband – Distribution Network Construction page to follow the continuing weekly construction progress for FSA3.


ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION  & LINKS CAN BE FOUND BELOW


The Whip City Fiber site also has FAQs with information on the topics below at Whip City Fiber Goshen FAQs.

  • Signing Up
  • Goshen Installation Costs [with a link to the “Detailed Drop Policy”  in item 1 of this section]
  • Other Costs
  • General Information
  • Information on email, phone, streaming and television
  • Connection speeds
  • Equipment
  • Phone Service (VOIP)
  • Technical Information
  • Customer Installations
  • Security
  • Outages
  • Suspend or Cancel Service

Click here for information on Streaming TV & movies over the internet & Streaming Services.

Click here for the Whip City Fiber Help Center which has information on the topics below:

  • Troubleshooting your internet & router wireless network connection
  • What to know if there is an outage
  • How to access your customer portal
  • How can I get the best speeds from Whip City Fiber
  • How to customize and utilize your OOMA premier VOIP phone (if you signed up for VOIP phone service)

Click here for Whip City Fiber Customer Service & Technical Support contact information.

A terms and conditions document can be found at Goshen Whip City FIber Terms and Conditions.

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on Broadband postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the Broadband High Speed Internet project page.

For a glossary of terms used go to  Goshen MLP High Speed Internet Glossary.



For the general public:

  • All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing indoors
  • Entrance doors will be unlocked during usual business hours to allow public entry
  • Face masks and hand sanitizer will be readily available in buildings

For employees:

  • Employees and town officials, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors unless they are alone in their own socially distanced work area

These guidelines conform to the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19 and the surge of transmission and infections from new variants.  The Select Board, as advised by the Board of Health, is requiring these guidelines.  Changes to these guidelines will be made as conditions either improve or deteriorate.


Note that the level of community transmission has spread rapidly through Massachusetts from initial infections only on Cape Cod.

You can monitor the level of community transmission using the CDC county view data tracker at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.   Enter the state and county of any area in the country to see the level of transmission.


Click on the image below to see a larger version.

why where a face mask

COVID-19 Booster shots are now available.

Individuals can check their COVID-19 booster eligibility by manufacturer and criteria.  As more information becomes available on booster vaccines for individuals who have received either the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine, Massachusetts will provide updated information at the above listed website.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect yourself and your loved onesThe Baker-Polito Administration has been working with pharmacies, local boards of health, and other health care providers, to ensure eligible residents will be able to access the Pfizer booster vaccines at hundreds of locations across the Commonwealth.  If you have questions about whether getting the booster is right for you, we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider.

To view information on COVID-19 booster recommendations from the CDC, please click here.

Massachusetts residents will be able to receive COVID-19 booster doses from more than 460 locations, including over 450 retail pharmacies, with some appointments available now for booking. Additional appointments are expected to come online in the coming days.  Additionally, the Administration is finalizing plans with other health care providers, including some Regional Collaboratives and local boards of health and mobile providers for Massachusetts residents to receive their Pfizer COVID-19 booster.  These sites are expected to open in October.

If you are eligible, these steps will guide you to find a location for getting a COVID-19 booster:

  1. Go to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaxfinder for a full list of hundreds of locations to receive a booster.  You can narrow the results to search for locations that are offering boosters, with some appointments available now.  Additional appointments are will come online in the coming days.  Many locations are booking appointments weeks in advance.
  2. For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, call the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM) at 211 and follow the prompts for assistance.  The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available in approximately 100 additional languages.

To protect the health and safety of all long-term care residents from COVID-19, all Massachusetts long term care facilities, including the two Soldiers’ Homes have been prioritized for Pfizer booster shots.  The Department of Public Health has been working with long-term care facilities and their pharmacy partners to ensure residents and staff receive COVID-19 booster doses onsite.

Vaccines are widely available across the Commonwealth. Getting vaccinated remains the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves, their families, and their community. Fully vaccinated residents should receive a COVID-19 booster shot when they are eligible and as vaccines are authorized by the CDC.

The COVID-19 booster is safe, effective, and free.  Individuals do not need an ID or health insurance to access a booster and do not need to show a vaccine card when getting a booster.  Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccination FAQs

The information on this page is updated as Massachusetts information changes.  Check back regularly to see updated information.

For a complete list of COVID-19 updates go to  COVID-19 postings in Town News & Announcements.

To go to the COVID-19 Alerts information page click here COVID-19 Alerts information page.

FTTHFiber Service Area 2 (FSA2) goes live on Labor Day, September 6, 2021.  Click on this link to see a map of the fiber service areas on the Whip City Fiber (WCF) web site.  If you have NOT already signed up for service you can do so at whipcityfiber.com/goshen.  Remember, you will only be eligible for the Goshen installation subsidy of up to $4,000, based on the initial Whip City Fiber approved path analysis, if you sign up during the initial subscription period before 12/31/2021.  If you sign up after 12/31/2021 you are responsible for all installation costs.

Whip City Fiber (WCF) customer support will contact people, who have signed up for service in FSA2, to schedule installations.  Installation appointments are offered in the order in which people signed up in each FSA.  Customers must pay a $150.00 missed appointment charge for a scheduled installation at which they fail to be present and available.

If you need help signing up for service contact Whip City Fiber (WCF) customer service at (413) 485 1251.  If you have technical questions contact Whip City Fiber technical support at (413) 485 1204.

FSA1 and FSA3 are still under construction with splicing, testing and certification yet to be finished.  Announcements will be made when each of these areas goes live.

Check the High Speed Internet – Distribution Network Construction page to follow the continuing weekly construction progress for FSA1 & FSA3.


ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION  & LINKS CAN BE FOUND BELOW


The Whip City Fiber site also has FAQs with information on the topics below at Whip City Fiber Goshen FAQs.

  • Signing Up
  • Goshen Installation Costs [with a link to the “Detailed Drop Policy”  in item 1 of this section]
  • Other Costs
  • General Information
  • Information on email, phone, streaming and television
  • Connection speeds
  • Equipment
  • Phone Service (VOIP)
  • Technical Information
  • Customer Installations
  • Security
  • Outages
  • Suspend or Cancel Service

Click here for information on Streaming TV & movies over the internet & Streaming Services.

Click here for the Whip City Fiber Help Center which has information on the topics below:

  • Troubleshooting your internet & router wireless network connection
  • What to know if there is an outage
  • How to access your customer portal
  • How can I get the best speeds from Whip City Fiber
  • How to customize and utilize your OOMA premier VOIP phone (if you signed up for VOIP phone service)

Click here for Whip City Fiber Customer Service & Technical Support contact information.

A terms and conditions document can be found at Goshen Whip City FIber Terms and Conditions.

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on High Speed Internet postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the High Speed Internet project page.

For a glossary of terms used go to  Goshen MLP High Speed Internet Glossary.


The Highway Department completed site preparation work in early November 2020 for the placement of the Network Hut and the backup generator.

The Hut will contain all of the electronic brains for controlling the fiber optic network and was delivered, together with the backup generator, on Monday, November 23, 2020.

The propane tank for the back up generator was installed on 12/16/2020 and connected on 1/8/2021.

National Grid installed a utility pole and connecting wires to provide electric service to the hut on 12/21/2020.  Electricity has been connected to the hut and generator as of 12/31/2020.

A live generator fail over test was successfully conducted and settings for failover testing have been completed.

A grounding halo was installed around the exterior of the hut to prevent damage from electrical strikes on 05/11/2021.

Fiber optic cable has been brought into hut through the underground vault for the distribution network connection in July 2021.

Fiber optic cable connecting the hut to the MBI middle mile was  completed on 7/13/2021.

As of 7/23/2021 all Network electronics have been installed, tested & provisioned and are ready for splicing, testing & certification of the fiber optic network.

As of 9/3/2021 all fiber connections to FSA2 have been spliced, connected, tested, certified & provisioned in the fiber optic hut and FSA2 will go live on Labor Day 2021.

FSA1 and FSA3 connections are still in the process of being spliced, connected, tested, verified and certified in the network hut and in the field.

Updates on these processes will be posted as they are accomplished.

Hut Delivery 11/23/2020


ADDITIONAL USEFUL INFORMATION  & LINKS CAN BE FOUND BELOW


The Whip City Fiber site also has FAQs with information on the topics below at Whip City Fiber Goshen FAQs.

  • Signing Up
  • Goshen Installation Costs [with a link to the “Detailed Drop Policy”  in item 1 of this section]
  • Other Costs
  • General Information
  • Information on email, phone, streaming and television
  • Connection speeds
  • Equipment
  • Phone Service (VOIP)
  • Technical Information
  • Customer Installations
  • Security
  • Outages
  • Suspend or Cancel Service

Click here for information on Streaming TV & movies over the internet & Streaming Services.

Click here for the Whip City Fiber Help Center which has information on the topics below:

  • Troubleshooting your internet & router wireless network connection
  • What to know if there is an outage
  • How to access your customer portal
  • How can I get the best speeds from Whip City Fiber
  • How to customize and utilize your OOMA premier VOIP phone (if you signed up for VOIP phone service)

Click here for Whip City Fiber Customer Service & Technical Support contact information.

A terms and conditions document can be found at Goshen Whip City FIber Terms and Conditions.

For a complete list of current (late 2020 & beyond) project updates click on High Speed Internet postings in Town News & Announcements.

Additionally you can go to the High Speed Internet project page.

For a glossary of terms used go to  Goshen MLP High Speed Internet Glossary.


 

Go the the Building Department web page and you will find the Building Department Fee Schedule Effective 2021-09-01 in the Building Departments Documents section at the bottom of page.

 

 

MassDEP will be conducting PFAS testing for a limited number of private wells, focusing on the 84
Massachusetts towns where 60% or more of residents are served by private wells.  Goshen is one of the towns eligible to participate in this program.  Private wells are regulated by local Boards of Health, which are overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  MassDEP will work with these entities, other local partners, and MassDEP’s contractor, the University of Massachusetts (UMass), to select and provide for free sampling of selected private wells.  An estimated 40 wells will be selected within each of the 84 towns based on priorities including geographic distribution throughout the town, proximity to potential sources of PFAS, and available funding.  Should fewer than 20 of the selected well owners opt to participate in the program, other private well owners will be invited to apply and will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information on this program and to get answers to the questions below go to Frequently Asked Questions about the MassDEP Private Wells PFAS Sampling ProgramThere is also a link to the MassDEP application form to see if you are eligible.

  • What are PFAS and why are they a concern?
  • What are some of the reasons I might test my private well for PFAS?
  • What is the MassDEP Private Wells PFAS Sampling Program?
  • If a well is not selected for the program, are there other resources available?
  • How does a private well owner sign up for PFAS sampling?
  • Who collects the water samples for the MassDEP Private Wells PFAS Sampling Program?
  • How does the selected private well owner get the water sample bottles for PFAS sampling?
  • Which PFAS contaminants will the Massachusetts certified laboratory analyze the PFAS water samples for?
  • Why do the PFAS water sampling results include other PFAS in addition to the regulated PFAS6?
  • What does it mean if other unregulated PFAS are detected in my drinking water?
  • What is involved in the quality control check of the PFAS laboratory results?
  • How are the selected private well owners informed of the PFAS water sampling results?
  • Will MassDEP collect any additional samples after the initial samples?
  • What will happen if PFAS is confirmed to be present in a private well?
  • What will happen if PFAS in the well water is confirmed at an elevated level?
  • What are the potential costs if a private well owner’s property is found to be the source PFAS
    contamination?
  • Will the laboratory results of the PFAS testing of selected private wells be made public?
  • Will there be a final report summarizing the Private Well PFAS Sampling Program?
  • Are public water supplies also testing for PFAS?
  • Who can I contact for information or technical assistance on free PFAS samples?
  • What are some Town considerations?
  • How is Massachusetts addressing PFAS?
  • Additional links for more information

Read, print or download Goshen Public Library Summer 2021 Newsletter.

This newsletter contains information on the following new items:

  • Books of history/politics/biography
  • Books for children & teens
  • Popular fiction titles
  • Summer reading program for families
  • Call for information on DVDs, museum passes

 

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