North County Notebook: Sept. 28, 2020

  • Dennis and Megs perform an outdoor concert at the Bernardston Senior Center in July. The duo will return for another concert on Oct. 19. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 9/27/2020 2:43:50 PM
Pioneer district’s free meals continue

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allowing its Food Service Department to continue serving free meals to students in its schools and member towns.

According to the school district’s website, the waiver lasts through Dec. 31, or until the USDA runs out of funding for the waiver.

Meals can be picked up on Fridays at Northfield Elementary School in the back parking lot from 12:30 to 1 p.m.; Bernardston Elementary School in the parking lot by the gymnasium entrance from 12:30 to 1 p.m.; and Pioneer in the parking lot by the gym from 11:30 a.m. to noon. There is also a “community drop-off” at the Warwick Community School building on Fridays between 9:45 and 10 a.m.

Meals must be pre-ordered by 4 p.m. on the preceding Friday to allow Food Service staff time to order and prepare meals. Families may receive up to five days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches each Friday.

Author Christian McEwen holding virtual discussion

NORTHFIELD — Author Christian McEwen will speak about her book, “World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down,” as part of a free virtual discussion group at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4.

The book acts as a guide for writers and others about how to be in the moment and create. Registration for the event can be found online at

McEwen will also host a paid event, “Writers Listening to Nature,” which costs $25 to attend, on Oct. 24. In this fall workshop, participants will identify sources for the listener’s delight, and share ways to grow them into poems, songs and stories. Registration for this event is available at

Senior Center plans October events

BERNARDSTON — The Bernardston Senior Center has planned several events for seniors to enjoy throughout October, including outdoor concerts, technology information sessions, conversations with public safety officials and Halloween events.

■Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. — An outdoor concert by Fire Pond

■Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. — An outdoor concert by Dennis and Megs

■Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. — Seniors can learn how to navigate their computer and use Zoom for video chats during a “Computer Crash Course”

■Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. — Fire safety discussion with Fire Chief Peter Shedd in the Senior Center parking lot

■Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. — Coffee and conversation with Police Chief James Palmeri

■Oct. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. — Drive-thru flu clinic

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