Greenfield Notebook: Oct. 29, 2020

  • Ruby Remillard, 12, uses chalk paint to decorate a parking space during the socially distanced “Chalk It Up!” art event at Greenfield Middle School put on in September by the Greenfield Recreation Department. The department’s next event for middle schoolers will be a trivia night, set for Nov. 13. Staff Photo/DAN LITTLE

Published: 10/28/2020 4:07:41 PM
Monthly brown bag distribution set for Nov. 5

GREENFIELD — The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ monthly brown bag program for qualifying seniors will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center at 35 Pleasant St.

According to a notice from Senior Center Activities Director Kathy Dunn, seniors who receive fuel assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or other benefits will qualify. To apply, call the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts at 413-247-9738.

The brown bag program is currently offered in a drive-thru format. Recipients are advised to:

■Stay in your vehicle. Watch for traffic officers and follow directions. Do not turn around in residents’ driveways.

■If possible, use the following A-Z order to avoid traffic: Last name A-G, arrive from 10 to 10:15 a.m.; last name H-M, arrive from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m.; last name N-S, arrive from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m.; and last name T-Z, arrive from 10:45 to 11 a.m.

■Enter and exit via the circular drive, Pleasant Street. Line up on School Street if necessary.

Seniors are allowed to send a friend or neighbor to pick up their bag.

Moose Lodge serving cheeseburger pie on Friday

GREENFIELD — The Moose Lodge at 20 School St. is offering cheeseburger pie, coleslaw, rolls and dessert on Friday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. Meals are $10.

Takeout meals are available by calling the lodge at 413-773-9030 after 4 p.m., according to a notice from Women of the Moose Senior Regent Donna Barrett.

Although the Moose Lodge will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 31, it will be open for breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The meals are for members and qualified guests.

Rec. Dept. holding trivia night for middle schoolers

GREENFIELD — As part of its new program for middle schoolers called “REC the NIGHT,” the Greenfield Recreation Department will hold a trivia night on Friday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. at 20 Sanderson St.

According to a notice from Victoria “Tori” VanVleet, program supervisor with the Recreation Department, trivia night participants will be able to test their knowledge on topics like superheroes, sports, movies and music. All participants will get a prize.

Registration is free, but space is limited. The deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 9.

Participants can register online at For more information, call the Recreation Department at 413-772-1553.

SAT testing canceled

GREENFIELD — SAT testing scheduled for Nov. 7 at Greenfield High School has been canceled as a result of the pandemic, according to Spanish teacher and SAT Coordinator Tara Cloutier.

“They’re being canceled across the country,” she said. v“Most colleges aren’t requiring SATs this year because they’re just so hard to get.”

Cloutier noted that previous testing dates in September and October needed to be canceled as well. The next round of testing, scheduled for Dec. 6, is currently still on.

Had the testing gone on as planned, Cloutier said she was expecting 200 high schoolers to show up, which couldn’t be accommodated given the COVID-19 health safety guidelines that encourage social distancing. For that matter, Greenfield is currently offering fully remote instruction.

“There’s no way we could have 200 at one time,” Cloutier explained.

Cloutier said Greenfield High School and Deerfield Academy are the only two SAT testing sites in Franklin County, so their sessions draw students from multiple school districts.

“We’re the hub,” she said.

Students who registered to take the SATS on Nov. 7 will be refunded their money, Cloutier said. Visit for more information.


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