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Talk of the Towns, Jan. 30, 2018


Monday, January 29, 2018
Ashfield

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.

Charlemont

A district aide from the office of State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) will be available at the Charlemont Town Hall, 157 Main St., for staff office hours on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking in rear; meeting room is second door on right. All residents of his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Senate district are invited to participate if they have an idea, question or comment about state government they wish to share, or if they require assistance from the Senator’s constituent services team. Appointments are not necessary, but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561, or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373.

Greenfield

Pizza and a Movie: Pizza from Goodies will be served Thursday at noon at the Greenfield Senior Center. Choose from two or three varieties. $3 per person includes two slices. Sign up with payment at least one day in advance. Come for pizza, stay for a showing of the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at 1. Call 772-1517, ext. 0, or stop by to reserve a seat.

Dean’s List: Benjamin Coan-Nixon of Greenfield has been named to the fall 2017 Dean’s List at Becker College in Worcester.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday 6 p.m. at the center. the cost is $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 email slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

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

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. Al-Anon is online at www.al-anon.org.

Northfield

Dean’s List: Andrew Rogers of Northfield has been named to the Dean’s List at Becker College in Worcester for the fall 2017 semester.

Shelburne

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.

South Deerfield

Academic Recognition: Anna Ballou, a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College, has been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic Squad and the New England Women and Men Athletic Conference All Academic Squad for the fall 2017 semester. Ballou is majoring in mathematics and statistics and completed the semester with a 3.73 GPA. She is a starting player on the Mount Holyoke field hockey team. She is the daughter of Alan and Lisa Ballou of South Deerfield and a 2016 graduate of Deerfield Academy.

Dean’s List: Noah Barnes of South Deerfield, a journalism major, was named to the Dean’s List in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, N.Y.

Sunderland

Dean’s List: Zoe Barker of Sunderland, an occupational therapy major, was named to the Dean’s List in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College, N.Y.

Turners Falls

Emergency Basic Needs program: This is a program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries and is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, call Mary at 863-4804, ext. 1002, or email BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org. 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. Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

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 and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime, and time for parent 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.

Whately

Wills of Whately Presentation: The February meeting of the Whately Historical Society will feature Dereka Smith speaking on Whately wills. The meeting will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Whately Congregational Church. Smith has been researching old wills and has interesting facts to share. The public welcome. Refreshments served.

Regional

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; coffee and soup, 10 to 11, and lunch from 11 a.m. 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 to locate meetings throughout western Massachusetts, Brattleboro and northern Vermont, call 773-7394 or 783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home-visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children birth to kindergarten age 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 & 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 website: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a new lawyer Referral Service Website 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 who have the appropriate experience.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? 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 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 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 in advance at 586-1945 or email:carla@comtherapy.com. this is the only such support group in the Pioneer Valley.