Talk of the Towns: March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 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 & 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 woodd@pvrsdk12.org.

Cushman Library, 28 Church St., will present Story Hour with the theme of “Spring” on Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Participants will enjoy a couple of stories and a thematic craft, and share snack. All ages of children are welcome to attend and parents, grandparents, and guardians are encouraged to participate with their children.

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.


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

Degree Holders: The following local Greenfield residents earned their degree from Simmons College in Boston: Iris Vicencio-Rasku, earned a M.S. in Nursing. Rachel Dowd earned a Master of Science, she majored in library and information science. Timothy Dolan earned a Master of Science and majored in library and information science.

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 — Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. Open to all to discuss recovery — no matter what path that recovery has taken. 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. 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-ano0n.org.

Naranon Family Groups: Naranon Family Groups is 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.clom.

New Salem

Author’s Night: The Friends of the New Salem Public Library will sponsor a local author’s night Thursday at 7 p.m. at the library with Tommy Shea, who will present his book “Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History” (which he co-authored with Joshua Shifrin). Whether it’s “The Shot Heard Round the World” or Hank Aaron’s 715th blast, the audience is sure to get an inside scoop on some of the most famous moments that now live in baseball lore. Shea was a reporter for the Springfield Republican for 40 years, including six covering the Boston Red Sox. His work has appeared in Baseball America, New England Monthly, and USA Today. In 2003, Shea received the New England Associated Press News Executive Award for best local New England Column. He has also taught journalism at Springfield, Holyoke Community, and Elm Colleges and at Bay Path University.

This event is free. No registration required. 978-544-8916.


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.


School year Playgroups: Frontier Regional CFCE presents School year Playgroups for babies and children, infant to age 5, and their caregivers, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sunderland Elementary School. Does not run during school vacations and winter school closings.

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 availble, 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.


Sign Language Workshop: Athol Public Library, 568 Main St, Athol, and Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St., in Orange, are hosting Sheryl White of Boston-based Baby Kneads to teach a four-week sign language workshop for the caregivers of babies and preverbal toddlers. Classes will meet on four Thursdays in March and April at 10:30 a.m. The first two classes will be March 30 and April 6 at the Athol Public Library. The last two classes will meet on April 13 and 27 in Orange at Wheeler Memorial Library. White, who has 18 years of experience teaching sign language to families, uses songs in combination with objects that are enticing to children, such as stuffed animals that make sounds, brightly colored hats, and bubbles, to help model signing to children for caregivers. Each class includes 30 minutes of instruction in American Sign Language for children’s caregivers. For more information or to register for this program call Angela Dumas at the Athol Public Library at 978-249-9515 or Jason Sullivan-Flynn at the Wheeler Memorial Library‘s Children’s Room at 978-544-2495.

RSVP: Retired with some time on your hands? Lend a hand to local non-profits a few hours each week. Whether it is driving seniors to appointments or delivering meals on wheels, your neighbors need you. RSVP offers a variety of long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities in Hampshire and Franklin Counties. Share your time, skills and experience to benefit others. Contact Pat Sicard, 413-387-4558 or psicard@hampshirecog.org to get started.

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.