Talk of the Towns, Oct. 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Veterans Agent Town Hall Hours: Brian Brooks, Veterans officer from the Greenfield office of the Department of Veterans’ Services, and Curt Pichette, Ashfield’s Veterans Agent, provide office hours at Ashfield Town Hall on the second Thursday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. Veterans are invited to stop for information on services available and with any questions they may have.

“Healthy Bones and Balance” for bone health, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. For more information, call 625-2502.


Meet and Greet progressive candidates for Greenfield Town Office on Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at FCCPR Office, 345 Main St. (beneath Greenfield Coffee). The public is invited to meet five of the candidates, ask them questions, share some refreshments, and learn more about FCCPR. The candidates who will be present are: Tim Dolan (Town Council, Precinct 5), Sheila Gilmour (Town Council, Precinct 6), Otis Wheeler (Town Council, Precinct 7), Doug Mayo (Town Council, Precinct 8), Bob Cooley (School Committee, write-in candidate).

Greenfield Senior Center: RSVP leader training for Healthy Bones & Balance Class will be Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the center, 54 High St. Leaders of RSVP’s award-winning strength and balance class enjoy making a positive impact on seniors’ lives through physical fitness. Advance registration is required. Participants must agree to attend both training days. Contact Linda Brunelle, Healthy Bones & Balance Coordinator at 413-387-4558, ext. 3, or lbrunelle@hcg-ma.org.

Local Graduates: The following Greenfield residents received degrees from Boston University in September: Sophia M. Pastore, master of social work; and N.M. Turowsky, master of theological studies, Summa Cum Laude.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the center. $7. Open to members and guests. A line dance is at 7.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a daily “All Recovery Meeting” each morning, Monday to Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. Open to all to discuss recovery. All walks of recovery welcome. Meetings are held in the front community room. “Eddie’s Group” is held every Tuesday, from 3 to 4 p.m., in the RPX. For more information, call 774-5489.

Gamblers Anonymous: Gamblers Anonymous Support Group meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. RECOVER Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. For more information, call 325-1389.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St. Open hours are Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family; all ages welcome. For more information, contact Stacey at 774-4307, ext. 4, or email slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

CAP seeks recruits: Franklin County Cadet Squadron, CAP, meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m. at the Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. CAP is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. Call Maj. Gary Longley at 773-9331 for more information.

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy meets Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., at the RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St. Anyone who feels her/his life has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon or Alateen. Visit: www.al-anon.org for more information.


Orange Community Band will conduct rehearsals and reading sessions in the Orange Armory on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning this week at 7 p.m. Conductor Stephanie Parker has urged anyone wishing to perform with the band to attend these sessions. The band will also have a general meeting and election on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in the armory. Longtime president Dana Tandy has resigned and his office will be filled. Anyone wishing to run for any of the officer or board positions should submit their name to the band secretary Maureen Riendeau by Dec. 15. Membership in the Orange Community Band is open to any musician, those in eighth grade or older (or younger with the direct recommendation of their music teacher.)


Tai Chi led by Lois Bascom runs every Thursday morning, from 9 to 9:45 a.m., at the Senior Center. Movements follow the program designed by Dr. Lam with easy forms and repetition. Good for improving balance and stability. Program is open to all.

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The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts will host an information and registration session Thursday, 6 p.m., at the Montague Police Department. Troops for girls in kindergarten through grade 12 are now forming. The membership fee is $35; financial aid is available. Mentoring opportunities are also available. Contact Ashley Batlle at 413-727-5742 or abatlle@gscwm.org for more information.

Brick House: On Thursday, from 5 to 8  p.m., The Brick House Board of Directors and staff invite the public to an open house at 24 Third Street to bid farewell to Jared Libby, operations manager, and Didi de Almeida, business manager. The presence of  both made the Brick House a better place and a better community partner. Remarks from board members and guests will take place at 6:30. There will be guest/memory books and card baskets for people to share their thoughts and memories.

Emergency Basic Needs Program: Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, call Mary at 863-4804, ext. 1002, or email BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org. To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at MCSM: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 863-4804, ext. 1003, or email christine@mcsmcommunity.org. Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

Playgroup: Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop-in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger under age 8, offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime, time for parents to connect, a kids clothing exchange and a parent resource lending library. For more information, contact Mary King at 863-4804, ext. 1005, or email mary.king@gmrsd.com.


Fundraiser Calendar: The Buckland Historical Society is offering a beautiful, full-color 2018 calendar of Robert Strong Woodward’s paintings entitled “Hills and Valleys.” Woodward was a New England artist from Buckland (1885-1957) and sold his work to celebrities such as Jack Benny, George Burns and Robert Frost. The calendars are $20 and proceeds benefit the Buckland Historical Society. They can be purchased at: Andy’s & The Oak Shoppe, 352 Deerfield St., Greenfield; Boswell’s Books and Sawyer News, Bridge St., Shelburne Falls; and the Buckland Public Library, Upper St., Buckland. They can be viewed and ordered online at: http://store.bucklandmasshistory.org.

RSVP Volunteer Program: RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful local volunteer opportunities. Share your life time of experience, meet new friends and help nonprofits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance. Contact Pat Sicard at RSVP, 584-1300, ext. 183, or email psicard@hampshirecog.org.

Community meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; coffee and soup, 10 to 11, and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, at 5:30 p.m.

Free blood pressure screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free hearing screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 773-2227.

Overeaters Anonymous: Free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10 to 11:15 a.m., also at BFMC. For more information, call 773-7394 or 783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home-visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children kindergarten age and under and expectant women for more than 40 years, offers free Head Start preschool, free Head Start and early Head Start home visiting programs and childcare in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. Call 475-1405 to learn more.

ICRC at LifePath: The Information and Caregiver Resource Center at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. LifePath resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. If we don’t have the answer, we will find someone who can help you. Contact ICRC at LifePath at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The mediation and training collaborative is offering meditation at no cost to help resolve housing related problems before they go to court. For more information, call 475-1504 or 475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed to serve on three person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield and Holyoke. Volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day and a half training session. For an application and more information, contact Carol Judd at 452-3373 or email carol.judd@statema.us.

Lawyer Referral Service website: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a lawyer referral service website, www.MassLawhelp.com, with answers to the most common legal questions. Also serves as an online channel for the LRS to connect members of the public with a local attorney.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon; and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The thrift store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 Fourth St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is for mothers who are breastfeeding infants (moms are welcome to bring their infants to the group). For more information, call the Birth Place at BFMC at 7733-2359.

Stutterers Support Group: A support group for persons who stutter. Sponsored by the National Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologist. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton, 7 p.m. Anyone interested should call in advance at 586-1945 or email: carla@comtherapy.com. This is the only such support group in the Pioneer Valley.