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Talk of the Towns, Jan. 24, 2018


Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Athol

ACOA Al-Anon: For adults raised by alcoholic caretakers/parents. Meets every Saturday, 10 a.m., Athol Hospital’s conference room.

Bernardston

Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St., is open to the public every Friday from 4:30 to 10 p.m., with food served 5 to 7:30. Fridays feature regular menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese and French fries. Weekly specials will also be available. This week, Dicks Angels will be in the kitchen cooking roast pork, scalloped potatoes and a veggie. Visit: bit.ly/2n7Kzrk to learn about the club’s other weekly events.

Greenfield

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St. Meets Fridays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact facilitator Dorian at 624-0280.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (F.U.N.) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St., Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. A fun time for the whole family. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact Stacy at 774-4307, ext. 4, or visit: slangknecht@wmcinfo.org.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer “Vet to Vet” every Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status, to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 475-0226.

Circle of Moms: Meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, at Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, childcare, snacks. For more information, call 774-1000.

Community Action’s Family Center: The Family Center, 90 Federal St., offers plays and learn groups, parent support groups and special early literacy events. The staff can help answer questions you have on topics like parenting, discipline, child development and school readiness. Free books, clothing and diapers on site. Staff can help you find other resources in the community. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 475-1553.

Free ongoing classes: The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes, free job readiness workshops, free college transition workshops and free academic counseling services. For more information, call 774-3935 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.

Orange

Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes and free academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 34 North Main St., call 978-544-8917 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.

Shelburne Falls

Community Supper: West County Community Supper, Fridays, Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls. Coffee and tea at 5 p.m.; supper at 5:30. Supper sponsored by caring groups and organizations.

Free Medical Clinic: Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls. On the FRTA bus route. The free clinic takes place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 625-6240 for more information.

Shutesbury

Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Come and enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your children and other families and caregivers from your community at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. For the 2017 to 2018 school year, Tales and Tunes will continue on Mondays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tales and Tunes is facilitated by Katie Tolles. This program is intended for children 5 years of age and under and is sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children. See CNC website for program and event schedules at: https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.

Sunderland

Dean’s List: Mary Kowaleck of Sunderland was named to Castelton University’s, Castelton, Vt., Dean’s List for the fall semester 2017. To qualify for this academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5.

Regional

Dean’s List: The following area students were named to the spring 2017 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.: Eric Connor Charlton-Edwards and Brooke Eddy, both of South Deerfield; Tessa Perry of Greenfield; and Emmett Turn of Montague. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester.

Dean’s List: The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, announced the following area residents to the fall 2017 Dean’s List: Savannah Donahue and Sarah Matherson, both of Greenfield; and Haley Dacyczyn of South Deerfield.

Dean’s List: Emily Zraunig of Greenfield, class of 2018, and James Elliott of Gill, class of 2019, earned a spot on the Dean’s List at Assumption College in Worcester. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Assumption students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 for a five-class, 15-credit semester.

Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried about your home heating or electric bills? Income eligible seniors can find help through LifePath Benefits Counseling Program. LifePath will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other ways to save you money. Contact Gretchen Smith at 773-5555, ext. 2258, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258, for more information.

Healthy Living Program: The program at LifePath promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on chronic disease and pain self management, healthy eating, falls prevention and more make up this program. Contact Marcus Chiaretto at 773-5555, ext. 2304, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, for more information.​

Healthy Aging Program: The program at LifePath is for people who want to enjoy healthier lives. Groups meet for several weeks in different communities and are led by local volunteer leaders. To choose from six, evidence-based workshops, or register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Marcus Chiaretto, healthy living program coordinator, at 773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. Visit: lifepathma.org for more information.

Rehabilitation services at BFMC: Rehabilitation Services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call 773-2227.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center: The ICRC at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services, help for people with disabilities and caregiver support. Resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. Contact the ICRC at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259, or email info@lifepathma.org. Learn more at: lifepathma.org.

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 kindergarten age and younger and expectant women over 40, 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. In Franklin County, call 475-1405.

Join us: More than 600 RSVP of Hampshire and Franklin Counties active adults 55 and older give a few hours weekly to improve their communities. RSVP has many volunteer openings close to home to fit your interests, skills, and time availability. Contact Pat at psicard@hampshirecog.org or 413-387-4558 for more information.