Talk of the Towns, June 20, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Veterans Agent Town Hall Hours: Brian Brooks, Veterans officer from the Greenfield office of the Department of Veterans’ Services, and Curt Pichette, Ashfield’s Veterans Agent, provide office hours at Ashfield Town Hall on the second Thursday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. Veterans are invited to stop for information on services available and with any questions they may have.

“Healthy Bones and Balance” for bone health, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. For more information, call 625-2502.


Free Playgroup, “Come Play and Learn” for parents/caregivers with children, infant to age 5, will be Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Bernardston Elementary School Gymnasium, 37 School St. The playgroup will follow the public school calendar. Sponsored by PVRSD CFCE. For more information, contact Deb Wood at 413-648-5450 or woodd@pvrsdk12.org.

Story Hour: Cushman Library at 28 Church St. offers Story Hour, Wednesdays between 4 and 5 p.m. for families with children of all ages. Each gathering features thematic stories, craft and a snack. Bonnie Declamp, Wendy Abramson and Karen Stinchfield take turns as presenters.

Wednesday Night Knitters: Cushman Library at 28 Church St., invites knitters of all abilities to join the Wednesday Night Knitters every Wednesday between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Participants each working on their own projects, are welcome to enjoy the company of others while everyone works toward completing their individual projects. Rebecca Lawlor offers her expertise and experience as instructor. For more information, contact 648-5402 or cushmanlibrary@yahoo.com.

Brattleboro, Vt.

BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will celebrate the arrival of summer at its next meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Annamarie Pluhar will be the Toastmaster of Evening. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be prepared speeches, evaluations and reports by members. For more information about the local Toastmasters club, visit: http://bit.ly/2sHjW0N


The Greenfield Council on Aging will meet Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center, 54 High St. The meeting is open to the public.

Local Graduate: Rahul Malik of Greenfield received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross at its 171st commencement on May 26.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday 6 p.m. at the center. $7. Open to members and guests. A line dance is at 7.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a daily “All Recovery Meeting” each morning, Monday to Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. Open to all to discuss recovery. All walks of recovery welcome. Meetings are held in the front community room. “Eddie’s Group” is held every Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the RPX. Please come join us. For more information call 774-5489.

Gamblers Anonymous: Gamblers Anonymous Support Group, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. RECOVER Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. For more information, call 325-1389.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St. Open hours are Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family; all ages welcome. For more information, contact Stacey at 774-4307, ext. 4, or slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

Knights of Columbus: Lt. John J. Galvin Council No. 133 of Greenfield will meet Thursday, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church’s parish hall. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month.

CAP seeks recruits: Franklin County Cadet Squadron, CAP, meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m. Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. CAP is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. Call Maj. Gary Longley at 773-9331 for more information.

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy, Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Recover Project, 68 Federal St. Anyone who feels her/his life has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon or Alateen. Visit: www.al-anon.org for more information.

Naranon Family Groups: A support group for families suffering with a loved one who is struggling with an addiction to opiates or other substances. The group meets Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 25 Church St. For more information, contact cardito809@gmail.com.


Dean’s List: Ryan Lenois of Montague has been named to the Dean’s List for spring 2017 at the University of Hartford, West Hartford, Conn.


Local Honor: Alyssa C. Llewelyn finished her freshman year with a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society at Worcester State University. She is double majoring in Speech Pathology and Public Health.


Local Graduate: Krista Grogan of Orange was among the high school seniors graduating from TEC Connections Academy (TECCA), the Commonwealth’s largest virtual public school. TECCA’s senior class celebrated its in-person graduation ceremony at Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester. TECCA is a public school option that delivers full-time, tuition-free, online education to students in grades K-12 from across the state.

Local Graduate: Manuel King of Orange earned a Master of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga.


Tai Chi led by Lois Bascom runs every Thursday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Senior Center. Movements follow the program designed by Dr. Lam with easy forms and repetition. Good for improving balance and stability. Program is open to all.

Shelburne Falls

Movie Screening: “Hidden Figures,” about the talented female mathematicians involved in the early NASA space program, will be shown today at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center in Shelburne Falls. Retired astronaut Cady Coleman will be available after the movie for questions about her experiences with NASA. The event is free and open to the public. Call 625-2502 for information.

Turners Falls

Emergency Basic Needs program: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries. Open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. Call Mary at 863-4804, ext. 1002, or email BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org for more information. To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at MCSM: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 863-4804, ext. 1003, or email christine@mcsmcommunity.org.

Playgroup: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop-in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than 8 offers music, movement, early literacy activities, unstructured playtime, time for parents to connect, a kids clothing exchange and a parent resource lending library. For more information, contact Mary King at 863-4804, ext. 1005, or email mary.king@gmrsd.com.


Local Graduate: Derek Joseph Zewinski of Whately, son of Joe and Sheila Zewinski, graduated May 28 from the Williston Northampton School. He earned honors in all semesters, and is headed to Franklin & Marshall College in the fall to study law and economics, and to play football for the Diplomats. Derek is the grandson of Nancy and Bernie Zewinski of Turners Falls.


RSVP volunteer program: RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful, local volunteer opportunities. Share your life time of experience, meet new friends and help nonprofits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance. Contact Pat Sicard at RSVP, 584-1300, ext. 183, or email psicard@hampshirecog.org.

Community meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; coffee and soup, 10 to 11, and lunch from 11 to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free blood pressure screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free hearing screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 773-2227.

Overeaters Anonymous: Free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10 to 11:15 a.m., also at BFMC. For more information, call 773-7394 or 783-4198.

Child care/preschool/home-visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children and expectant women for more than 40 years, offers free Head Start preschool, free Head Start and early Head Start home visiting programs and child care in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. Call 475-1405.

ICRC at LifePath: The Information and Caregiver Resource Center at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. LifePath resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. If we don’t have the answer, we will find someone who can help you. Contact ICRC at LifePath at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The mediation and training collaborative is offering meditation at no cost to help resolve housing related problems before they go to court. For more information, call 475-1504 or 475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed to serve on three person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield and Holyoke. Volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day and a half training. For an application and more information, contact Carol Judd at 452-3373 or email: carol.judd@statema.us.

Lawyer referral service: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a lawyer referral service at: www.MassLawhelp.com with answers to the most common legal questions and serves as an online channel for the LRS to connect members of the public with local attorney.

Consumer Information Library: The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The thrift store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 Fourth St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is for mothers who are breastfeeding infants (moms are welcome to bring their infants to the group). For more information, call the Birth Place at BFMC at 7733-2359.

Stutterers Support Group: A new support group for persons who stutter, sponsored by the National Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologists. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. Anyone interested should call : 586-1945 or email: carla@comtherapy.com. This is the only such support group in the Pioneer Valley.