Montague Notebook: April 14, 2023

Published: 04-13-2023 3:37 PM

Discovery Center holding Jurassic
Armored Mud Ball Festival

TURNERS FALLS — The Great Falls Discovery Center will host an exploration of the formation and discovery of Jurassic armored mud balls, a rare, region-specific geological formation, on Sunday, April 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Attendees can make their own armored mud ball to take home with help from local geologist Steve Winters and Department of Conservation and Recreation staff. Weather permitting, there will be a search for Jurassic armored mud balls on a walk to nearby Unity Park.

Senior Center holding blood pressure presentation

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Senior Center will host a presentation on uncommon spices that benefit blood pressure on Monday, April 17, at 1 p.m.

The event, open to anyone ages 60 and older, is hosted by the Gill-Montague Council on Aging Kitchen Club and the YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program.

Senior Center holding talk on romance scams

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Senior Center will host a talk on romance scams, what they are, how they happen and how not to fall for one, on Tuesday, April 18, at 10 a.m.

The presentation, led by Greenfield Savings Bank Community Engagement Officer Linda Ackerman, is one of a series of monthly programs presented by the staff of the Greenfield Savings Bank to keep seniors up to date on scams, banking and all things financial. There will be coffee, tea, fruit and pastries.

Mobile food bank headed to Senior Center

TURNERS FALLS — The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will bring a truck filled with free, fresh and nonperishable groceries to the Gill-Montague Senior Center parking lot on Wednesday, April 19, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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There are no eligibility requirements to receive food and anyone in need of assistance is invited to attend. There is no application or approval process, and personal information is not collected.

Those looking to attend are encouraged to arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to the distribution time and bring boxes or bags to carry the food.‌

Franklin Tech students learn marine construction

TURNERS FALLS — Students in Franklin County Technical School’s welding and metal fabrication program visited the New England Carpenters Training Center in Millbury on April 5 to learn about marine construction.

Juniors in the program and two seniors were invited to visit the “Piledrivers,” who are responsible for all phases of marine construction, including underwater welding, for a tank dive and weld day. Students learned about the intricate workings of the dive helmet and welding equipment.

“This was an extraordinary hands-on experience for our students, and it’s a great opportunity to learn from professionals in the field and explore career paths up close,” Franklin Tech welding and metal fabrication teacher Lorin Burrows said in a statement. “The topside instructors and tenders were absolute professionals in all aspects and I appreciate their taking time to work directly with students.”