Talk of the Towns, Jan. 31, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

ACOA Al-Anon: For adults raised by alcoholic caretakers/parents. Meets every Saturday, 10 a.m., Athol Hospital’s conference room.


Dinner: Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St., is open every Friday from 4:30 to 10 p.m., with food served 5 to 7:30. Regular menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese and French fries will be served. The special will be Jambalaya. See our Facebook page for weekly details: https://m.facebook.com/Bernardston-Veterans-Organization-Inc-183802294976286/


Closed for winter: Community Clothes Closet is now closed for the winter and will reopen at the end of March or the beginning of April. However, donations of gently used and clean clothing can still be dropped off behind the First Baptist Church in Colrain, 81 Foundry Village Road. If someone is in need of clothing or for more information, they can call Linda at 625-6157, or Sarah at 625-6169.


Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Meets Fridays, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St. For more information, contact facilitator Dorian at 624-0280.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (F.U.N.) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St., on Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. A fun time for the whole family. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact Stacy at 774-4307, ext. 4, or visit: slangknecht@wmcinfo.org.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer “Vet to Vet” every Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 475-0226.

Circle of Moms: Meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, childcare, snacks. For more information, call 774-1000.

Community Action’s Family Center: The Family Center, 90 Federal St., offers plays and learn groups, parent support groups and early literacy events. The staff can help answer questions you have on topics like parenting, discipline, child development and school readiness. Free books, clothing and diapers on site. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 475-1553. Find us on Facebook.

Free ongoing classes: The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes, free job readiness workshops, free college transition workshops and free academic counseling services. For more information, call 774-3935 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.


Dean’s List: Ryan Lenois of Montague has been named to the Dean’s List for fall 2017 at the University of Hartford, West Hartford, Conn.


Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes and free academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 34 North Main St., or call 978-544-8917 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.


Tax Prep: Liberty Tax of Greenfield will begin offering tax return preparation Friday at the Senior Center in Shelburne. Registration is required by calling 625-2502. Other dates include Feb. 23 and March 2, 9 and 23.

Shelburne Falls

Community Supper: West County Community Supper, Fridays, Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls. Coffee and tea at 5 p.m.; supper at 5:30. Supper sponsored by caring groups and organizations.

Free Medical Clinic: The free clinic takes place every Tuesday, at 9 a.m., at Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls. On the FRTA bus route. Call 625-6240 for more information.

South Deerfield

Dean’s List: Springfield College has named Megan Farrick of South Deerfield to the Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall 2017 term. Farrick is studying athletic training.


The Wendell Energy Committee is inviting town residents, neighbors and others interested to the 2nd annual Groundhog Day potluck supper and energy event Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at historic Wendell Town Hall, 6 Center St. Doors will open 5:30 for dinner set-up. Please bring plates and cutlery. The Wendell Energy Committee will present current projects, plans for 2018 and discussion on how people can get involved. There will be reports on Wendell’s current actions as a Green Community, and the latest from North Quabbin Energy’s Pat Larson on Orange and Royalston’s new status as Green Communities. There will be a presentation on the new Wendell solar energy cooperative project.


Dean’s List: The following area residents were named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Bridgewater State University: Allison Osborne, Jamie Posk, Jonathan Riendeau and Emily Sharp, all of Athol; James Wheeler of Northfield; Brandy Castillo, Lyndsay Paluk and Natashia Patria, all of Orange; and Kayla Hamer of South Deerfield.

Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried about your home heating or electric bills? Income eligible seniors can find help through LifePath Benefits Counseling Program. LifePath will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other ways to save you money. Contact Gretchen Smith at 773-5555, ext. 2258, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258, for more information.

Healthy Living Program: The program at LifePath promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on chronic disease and pain self management, healthy eating, falls prevention and more make up this program. Contact Marcus Chiaretto at 773-5555, ext. 2304, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, for more information.​

Healthy Aging Program: The program at LifePath is for people who want to enjoy healthier lives. Groups meet for several weeks in different communities and are led by local volunteer leaders. To choose from six, evidence-based workshops, or register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Marcus Chiaretto, healthy living program coordinator, at 773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. Visit: lifepathma.org for more information.

Rehabilitation services at BFMC: Rehabilitation Services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call 773-2227.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center: The ICRC at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services, help for people with disabilities and caregiver support. Resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. Contact the ICRC at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259, or email info@lifepathma.org. Learn more at: lifepathma.org.

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 younger and expectant women over 40, offers free Head Start preschool, free Head Start and early Head Start home visiting programs and child care in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. In Franklin County, call 475-1405.

Join us: More than 600 RSVP of Hampshire and Franklin Counties active adults 55 and older give a few hours weekly to improve their communities. RSVP has many volunteer openings close to home to fit your interests, skills, and time availability. Contact Pat at psicard@hampshirecog.org or 413-387-4558 for more information.