Talk of the Towns, March 4


Story hour: Cushman Library at 28 Church St. offers Story Hour, Wednesdays between 4 and 5 p.m. to families with children of all ages. Each gathering features thematic stories, craft and snack. Bonnie Delcamp, Wendy Abramson and Karen Stinchfield take turns as presenters. Story hour is sponsored by the Friends of Cushman Library.

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. 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:

Second Saturday Roast Beef Supper: The all-you-can-eat supper, including dessert, will be served Saturday at the United Church of Bernardston with seating at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Reserve seating by calling 648-9306.


TRIAD monthly program: TRIAD monthly informational program Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Mill House North, Wells Street. Guest speaker will be Fire Chief Bob Strahan. His topic is titled “Are You Ready?” Strahan will help attendees plan should they get caught in a fire like the one that occurred at the Mill House in December. Ring bell to committee room and you will be buzzed in. Mary Poirier is program chairman.

American Legion Post: American Legion Post 81 will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smitty’s Pub, 26 Chapman St. The meeting will be conducted by Cmdr. Dave Lewis. All Legionnaires are invited. The Post 81 House Committee will meet at 6.

Gentle Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors: This free weekly class consists of stretching, strengthening and breathing exercises along with guided deep relaxation for women living with a breast cancer diagnosis. It is offered by BFMC Oncology Dept. with a grant funded by Rays of Hope. The class takes place Wednesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., YMCA in Greenfield. Classes are continuous in eight-week sessions through May. For more information, call Pam Roberts, 19-year breast cancer survivor and certified Kripalu yoga teacher, at 625-2402 or email: She is also certified in Yoga of the Heart for Cardiac and Cancer Patients.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a weekly “All Recovery Meeting” every Wednesday, 3 to 4 p.m., 68 Federal St. This meeting is open to all to discuss recovery — no matter what path that recovery has taken. All walks of recovery are welcome. 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 413-325-1389.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St. Open hours are Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m. The center’s telephone number is: 775-0010. Contact Rachel Pariseau for more information at 774-4307, ext. 2, or email:

Civil Air Patrol: 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. If interested in joining CAP and are between the age of 12 and 18, call Longley at the above number.

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy, Thursday, 7-8:30 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 on the World Wide Web at:

Franklin County Rotary Club benefit: The club will hold an evening of fun, food and fundraising, Friday, 6:30 p.m. to closing, Country Club of Greenfield. The evening will include, music, appetizers, wine tasting, cash bar and raffles. The cost is $20 per person or $25 at the door. For tickets, call Tim Farrell, Penni Menard, Penny Ricketts, Kerry Togneri or stop by Gilmore & Farrell Insurance or call 433-7170. This is a benefit for Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors. The club is still accepting raffle donations.

New Salem

New Salem Public Library: Pizza and Pages, a young adult book discussion group, will discuss “The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan, tonight from 5 to 6:30, at the New Salem Public Library. The April discussion book is “Son of Neptune,” also by Riordan.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Book Discussion Group will discuss “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett. Copies of this book are available at the library.

Story Hour: “Nursery Rhymes and Tales and Tunes,” a free weekly story hour , Thursdays, 10 to 11, New Salem Public Library. Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities with Julie Stepanek, intended for infants to age 5 and is sponsored by the library and Union 28 Community Network for Children. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email:


Storytime on Wednesday: Storytime at Northfield Public Library, 11 a.m., Wednesdays. An hour of songs, stories, crafts and movement. Snack provided. All ages welcome.

Zumba Class: New Zumba class on Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Northfield Elementary School. For more information or to sign up, call Katie LaCoy at 978-846-9093. All abilities are welcome


Free Medical Clinic: A free medical clinic for uninsured residents of Greenfield and Turners Falls, every Thursday at 11 a.m. at Trailside Health, The Arrowhead Shops, 1105 Mohawk Trail.

South Deerfield

Pierogi for sale: Now through April 16, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 15 Thayer St., has for sale for the Lenten season, frozen cheese, potato and cheese, and sauerkraut pierogi. To arrange a time for purchase and pickup, call 665-2129 or 774-3800. This is a major fund-raiser for the church.


Filmmaker’s Screening: “Food for Change,” with Steve Alves, a feature-lengthy documentary film focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St. For more information, call 665-2642 or visit: www.sunderlandpublic

Also on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Shakespeare Play Reading Group, a bimonthly Shakespeare living reading group. For more information, call Jean Deresienska at 582-0747.

Turners Falls

Basic Needs Program: The Basic Needs Program at Montague Catholic Social Ministries is open on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. To leave a message to make an appointment, call 863-4804, ext. 1002. To access Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Playgroup: Playgroup meets on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop-in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime and time for parents to connect, a Kids Clothing Exchange, and a Parent Resource Lending Library. For more information, contact Vickie at 863-4804, ext. 1004, or email: or visit:


Free playgroup: Free playgroup with activities and story time, for young children, infant to age 5, and their parents/caregivers, Wednesdays, 9:15 to 11 a.m., Warwick Community School gymnasium, 41 Winchester St. The playgroup follows the public school calendar. Sponsored by the PVRSD CFCE. For more information, contact Deb Wood at 498-2660 or email:


Historical societies joint meeting: There will be a joint meeting of the Whately and Hatfield historical societies on Thursday at the Hatfield Congregational Church, Billings Way. Hatfield society business meeting at 6:30 p.m.; program by Bill Hosley on “The Great River: Art and Society” to follow in the church sanctuary. Refreshments to follow Free and open to the public.


Swedish Massage: Swedish Massage for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors in Franklin County with Heather Creek, licensed and nationally certified massage therapist, Tuesday to Saturday, by appointment only, 116 Federal St., Greenfield. All sessions free to breast cancer patients and survivors of Franklin County in any stage of their breast cancer experience. Benefits of massage: decreased anxiety, enhanced sleep quality, greater energy, can help with enhance body image, increased circulation, reduce fatigue. For an appointment, call Heather at 413-325-5112.

Free computer training: Looking to improve upon your skills to make yourself stand out in today’s market? Harmon Personnel Services in Greenfield offers free computerized training with over 1,000 selections to choose from. Tutorials are self-guided allowing you to learn at your own pace. For more information, call Harmon Personnel at 774-7847 or visit:

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

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

Open Grief Support Group: The group meets the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s ground floor conference room. This group is open to anyone who has experienced a loss through death. For more information, contact Louisa Sapienza or Mark Keller at 508-434-2200.

Overeaters Anonymous: OA has free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10-11:15 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 over 40 years, offers free Head Start preschool, free Head Start and early Head Star home visiting programs and Child-Care in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. In Franklin County, call 475-1405.

Alzheimer’s Support Groups: If memory disorders are rerouting your life or the life of someone you love, an area support group can help you along the way. The Alzheimer’s Support Groups at Franklin County Home Care and Quabbin Valley Healthcare, the Gero-psych Support Group at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Caregiver’s Support Group at Shelburne Senior Center are just a few. Call FCHC’s information/referral department for the name of a group in your area at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or 1-800-732-4636.

ICRC at Franklin County Home Care: The Information and Caregiver Resource Center at Franklin County Home Care has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. FCHCC 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 Franklin County Home Care at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

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 years or older and must participate in a 1½ day training. For an application and further information, contact Carol Judd at 452-3373 or email: The need for volunteers is ongoing.

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 773-2359.

Open Grief Support Group: This group meets the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center, ground floor conference room. This group is open to anyone who has experienced a loss through death. For more information, contact Louisa Sapienza or Mark Keller at 508-434-2200.

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