Greenfield Notebook: July 13, 2022

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Published: 7/12/2022 6:08:14 PM
Modified: 7/12/2022 6:05:28 PM
Two ‘Words on Words’ events planned this week

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will host two readings as part of “Words on Words,” an exhibit of art that combines words and visual elements that respond to and reflect on language and/or writing.

Candace R. Curran, twice named the Poet’s Seat Laureate, will give a reading on Thursday, July 14, at 6 p.m.

Writer, musician and poet Daniel Hales will offer a reading on Saturday, July 16, at noon.

Herbal kitchen class set for Saturday

GREENFIELD — Representatives from Foxtrot Farm will lead a sliding scale herbal kitchen class, with a focus on sweet treats like ice cream and desserts, on Saturday, July 16, at 1 p.m. at Just Roots farm, located at 34 Glenbrook Drive.

Tickets are limited to 25. Sign up at tfaforms.com/4988152.

Author, illustrator coming to farmers’ market

GREENFIELD — Author and illustrator Astrid Sheckels will offer a reading and book signing as part of the Greenfield Public Library’s Pop-Up Library at the Greenfield Farmers’ Market on Saturday, July 16, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Copies of Sheckels’ newest book, “Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge,” will be available for purchase.

Just Roots holding three volunteer work days

GREENFIELD — Just Roots farm at 34 Glenbrook Drive will host volunteer work days on Saturdays, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Volunteers will meet at the red barn at 9 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, a lunch, sunscreen and insect repellant. According to a Just Roots newsletter, all necessary tools will be available at the farm.

Although advance registration is not required, it helps farm staff plan the work day. Email brooke@justroots.org.

City signs three-year waste disposal contract

GREENFIELD — The city has entered into a new three-year waste disposal contract with F&G Recycling, a division of USA Hauling & Recycling, the same company that has been providing disposal services since April 14 under a bridge contract following the bankruptcy of the city’s previous waste disposal contractor, Community Eco Power.

Residents will see no change in their curbside trash pickup, according to a city press release.

“We sought proposals from multiple waste management companies and at the end of the day, this was the best deal for the city,” said Greenfield Public Works Director Marlo Warner II. “Because this agreement only affects where we haul our waste, curbside pickup will remain exactly the same. The city does the hauling and that isn’t changing.”

The new contract, which took effect July 1, locks in the city’s tipping fees at $90 per ton for the first year of the agreement — the same rate charged under the bridge contract. Increases in tipping fees for the second and third years will be based on the Consumer Price Index. Greenfield averages 71 tons of trash weekly.

“As always, we encourage residents to be mindful of what they toss into the general trash,” Warner added. “Through recycling and composting, we can help the environment and reduce the financial burden on taxpayers.”

Church awards four scholarships

GREENFIELD — The Second Congregational Church of Greenfield has awarded scholarships to Julie Payne Britton, Ruthie Davis, Manuel Ferrer and Jake Sawyer Whitney for the upcoming academic year. Ferrer and Whitney are from Greenfield, while Britton lives in Worcester and Davis lives in Hinsdale, New Hampshire.

According to a notice from the church’s Scholarship Committee, Britton is engaged in a year-long field placement at Hadwen Park Congregational Church in Worcester and is writing her thesis for a degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. Davis, who aims to pursue a career in nursing, is entering her sophomore year at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Ferrer, who plans to earn an associate’s degree in adventure education, will be a second-year student at Greenfield Community College. Whitney will begin his education at GCC, majoring in fire science with a goal of becoming a firefighter and EMT.

Funds are available to members and affiliates of the Second Congregational Church through the Frances W. and Charles W. Saunders scholarships, Florence V. Leach Scholarship and the Memorial Scholarship.

Salasin Project offering watercolor groups on Zoom

GREENFIELD — The Salasin Project hosts weekly “Healing Arts” watercolor groups on Zoom.

The program includes warm-ups, skill building and fun projects. Healing arts and somatic experiencing can help soothe and repair the whole person, without participants having to talk about their trauma. Days and times vary each week. No art experience is necessary.

Groups are free to join. Email Bekki Craig at bcraig@wmtcinfo.org or call 413-774-4307, ext. 4 for more information or to register.

Support group offered for caregivers

GREENFIELD — The Salasin Project and The RECOVER Project are co-sponsoring an education/support group for caregivers who have domestic violence and/or substance use histories. The group has open enrollment, so there is no deadline by which to sign up.

The Nurturing Program for Families in Substance-Related Treatment and Recovery is a 16-week, evidence-based group designed to offer adult caregivers educational information about human growth and development. Participants explore the impact of substance misuse and domestic violence on children and families. The topics are designed to strengthen participants’ self-esteem and to encourage strength-based models for guiding behaviors in children.

The group meets each Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and is offered both on Zoom and in person at The Salasin Project. To register, contact Lynn Norwood at 413-774-4307, ext. 3 or lynnnorwood@wmtcinfo.org.


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