North County Notebook: May 31, 2023

  • Clare Maguire, in black, sets a place for a late arrival for beef stew at the Bernardston Senior Center in September 2022. The Senior Center is hosting an open house on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, to share information about its programs, offer meals, sign up new members and provide time to socialize. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 5/31/2023 4:40:13 PM
Modified: 5/31/2023 4:39:48 PM
Pickleball games offered weekly

NORTHFIELD — Pickleball is now being offered at Northfield Elementary School on Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. for residents of Pioneer Valley Regional School District member towns who are 60 or older.

The price is $25 per year for Northfield residents to participate, or $45 per year for non-residents. Participants must fill out an online waiver and registration form at

Senior Center holding open house

BERNARDSTON — The Bernardston Senior Center will host an open house on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, to share information about its programs, offer meals, sign up new members and provide time to socialize.

The event is supported by funding from the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

The full activities schedule is as follows:

Friday, June 2

9 a.m. — Enhance Fitness.

10 a.m. — Chair yoga with Laura Wahl.

10 a.m. — Gelli printing.

11:30 a.m. — Greenfield Savings Bank scam talk.

Noon — lunch.

1 p.m. — Music with Joe & Ted.

2 p.m. — O’Connell Care at Home presentation on senior care options.

3 p.m. — Elder law talk with the Law Office of Valerie Vignaux.

5 p.m. — Council on Aging Small Bites Dinner.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Cribbage tournament.

Saturday, June 3

10 a.m. — Musical bingo.

Noon to 3 p.m. — Powers Institute Museum open.

Noon — Lunch (advance registration required).

12:30 p.m. — Watercolor painting.

1 p.m. — Rep. Natalie Blais, D-Deerfield.

2 p.m. — Tony Silva.

4 p.m. — Cruise Night Car Show.

Monthly puzzle swap planned for Saturday

NORTHFIELD — Free used puzzles will be available at Dickinson Memorial Library on Saturday, June 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Attendees are advised to park in the back and enter through the side door of the library. Turn left to find the Community Room.

Participants are invited to take as many puzzles as they want, and can keep them as long as they need. The puzzle swap is offered monthly.

For more information, visit or email

Powers Institute Museum open Saturday and Sunday

BERNARDSTON — The Powers Institute Museum at 20 Church St. will be open on Saturday, June 3, from noon to 3 p.m. to coincide with the Senior Center’s open house. It will also be open on Sunday, June 4, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The 1,750 artifacts on display have been inventoried and researched as to the original Bernardston owners, who were mainly farmers, according to a notice from Bernardston Historical Society President Louella Atherton. Household items, farm equipment, military artifacts from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, handmade wedding gowns, homemade toys, samplers, quilts, etc. adorn the walls and showcases.

Attendants will be on hand to assist guests. There is ample parking behind the building off Library Street. An elevator is available to access the second floor, as well as stairs. Admission is free.


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