Regional Notebook: Sept. 22, 2021

  • Volunteers and community members help with raising a wall of a Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity home on Smith Street in Greenfield in 2017. Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for three homes to be built on Burts Pit Road in Northampton. Staff File Photo/Matt Burkhartt

  • Rolling Thunder Vermont Chapter 1, which includes Western Massachusetts members, sponsored the “Flags of the Forgotten” display at the Welcome Center off Interstate 91 in Guilford, Vt. The display features 660 flags placed in the ground to raise awareness of the 660 veterans and first responders who take their own lives every month across the United States and who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and homelessness. Contributed Photo

  • On Sept. 16, Rolling Thunder Vermont Chapter 1 members helped erect “The Moving Wall” at Moore Field in Brattleboro, Vt., which was on display through Sept. 20. At 252 feet long, and with 74 black aluminum panels, the memorial was a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Contributed photo

  • On Sept. 16, Rolling Thunder Vermont Chapter 1 members helped erect “The Moving Wall” at Moore Field in Brattleboro, Vt., which was on display through Sept. 20. At 252 feet long, and with 74 black aluminum panels, the memorial was a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Contributed photo

Published: 9/21/2021 4:02:21 PM
Habitat for Humanity accepting applications for three homes

NORTHAMPTON — Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for three homes to be built on Burts Pit Road in Northampton. The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 15.

According to a Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity press release, eligible applicants will have incomes up to 60% of area median income, which is adjusted for family size.

Those who are interested in applying can attend one of three Zoom information sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. or Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. During the information sessions, potential applicants will learn about the nonprofit’s selection criteria and how to prepare a complete application. According to the release, selection criteria include housing need, ability to make mortgage payments of $600 to $1,200 per month and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity, such as participating in the construction of the home.

More information is available at pvhabitat.org/apply.

Forest-focused partnership hosting ‘Grants for Good’ webinar

Local residents, town officials, nonprofit representatives and community volunteers are invited to join the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership for a Sept. 28 Zoom webinar focused on grants for trails, forest stewardship and community development projects. The webinar, called “Grants for Good,” will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

According to a press release from Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Administrative Agent Lisa Hayden, speakers from several towns — including Adams, Heath and Rowe — as well as from regional projects will explain how they have applied for and used state and regional grants to support forest-based and natural resource-based economic development projects.

So far, 16 municipalities within a 21-town region in northern Berkshire County and western Franklin County have voted to join the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership, a grassroots collaboration focused on forest conservation, sustainable forestry, rural economic development and municipal financial stability. To learn more about the partnership and past grant awards, visit MohawkTrailWoodlandsPartnership.org.

To RSVP for the Sept. 28 webinar or to request a dial-in option, email Lisa Hayden at lhayden@NewEnglandForestry.org.

NAMI’s Connection Recovery Support Groups continue
virtually

AGAWAM — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Western Massachusetts is continuing to offer its Connection Recovery Support Groups in a virtual format.

According to a NAMI press release, participants can join one of the following support groups by phone or online via Zoom.

■Mondays or Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

■Wednesdays, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. (for members of the LGBTQ community)

Login information can be found at namiwm.org/support. For more information, contact Tricia at 413-209-7985 or triciafitz7@gmail.com.

NAMI offering Peer-to-Peer class

AGAWAM — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Western Massachusetts is offering an eight-week online Peer-to-Peer class starting Tuesday, Sept. 28.

A NAMI press release states that Peer-to-Peer is a free, recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain their wellness. Participants are empowered and invited to share their own stories and the coping tools that have worked for them.

The online classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and continue for eight weeks, ending Tuesday, Nov. 16.

For more information, contact Earnest at earnestmalarkey@gmail.com or Mike at michael.wissell@gmail.com. Priority will be given to the residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.

Rolling Thunder Vermont Chapter 1 erects displays for veterans, first responders

Rolling Thunder Vermont Chapter 1 President Jeff Neipp, of Leyden, reports that the local chapter, which includes Western Massachusetts members, sponsored the “Flags of the Forgotten” display at the Welcome Center off Interstate 91 in Guilford, Vt.

The display features 660 flags placed in the ground to raise awareness of the 660 veterans and first responders who take their own lives every month across the United States and who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and homelessness, according to Neipp. The display, which was installed on Sept. 15, will be up for 30 days.

Rolling Thunder’s main function as a nonprofit is to publicize the prisoners of war/missing in action (POW/MIA) issue; to educate the public that many American prisoners of war were left behind; and to help correct the past and protect future veterans from being left behind should they become prisoners of war/missing in action.

Additionally, on Sept. 16, Neipp and fellow Rolling Thunder members helped erect “The Moving Wall” at Moore Field in Brattleboro, Vt., which was on display through Sept. 20. At 252 feet long, and with 74 black aluminum panels, the memorial was a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The Moving Wall was sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Tristate Chapter 843.

Bobby C organizing Thanksgiving fundraiser

Disc jockey Robert “Bobby C” Campbell is organizing his annual “Thanksgiving Dinner for Needy Families Fundraiser.” Donations, which are due by Oct. 14, will be used to purchase food so families in need can assemble a Thanksgiving dinner at home.

Those interested in making a donation can mail checks made out to “Bobby Campbell” to P.O. Box 21, Bernardston, MA 01337, and write “Thanksgiving Needy Families Fundraiser 2021” on the memo line. It costs $65 to sponsor a family.

Campbell is working in collaboration with local farmers, Foster’s Supermarket, Market Basket in Athol and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office TRIAD program. The fundraiser is also supported by the Greenfield Knights of Columbus, the Bernardston Kiwanis Club and the Marine Corps League Oak Ridge Detachment.

Campbell can be reached at 413-834-4222 with questions.

Valley Jazz Voices seeks singers

NORTHAMPTON — Valley Jazz Voices is seeking singers for its fall season that begins Thursday on Zoom.

The group will meet on Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. According to a Valley Jazz Voices press release, singers may participate for the entire season or for one or two segments, depending on their interests. The first two sessions are free.

In the first segment, Director Jeff Olmsted will lead singers in a series of educational and rehearsal sessions that include jazz theory, vocal and digital recording techniques, jazz history and sessions with guest jazz artists. In the second segment, singers will learn to create virtual performances that will be edited into a group performance to share online. Lastly, in the third session, some singers may perform at First Night in Northampton if COVID-19 health safety restrictions allow, the release states.

Based in Northampton, Valley Jazz Voices sings a mix of jazz standards, Brazilian, swing and bop. Singers of all ages, levels and abilities from anywhere are welcome. No audition is required.

To receive a link for the first sessions, email valleyjazzvoices@gmail.com. For more information about Valley Jazz Voices, visit valleyjazzvoices.org or facebook.com/valleyjazzvoices.


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