Talk of the Towns, Feb. 6, 2018

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Veterans Representative Town Hall Hours: Willis Thayer, Veterans representative from the Greenfield office of the Department of Veterans’ Services, provides 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.


American Legion Post 81 will conduct its monthly meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smithy’s Pub, 26 Chapman St., in the downstairs meeting room. All members are urged to attend.

Local Graduate: Mary Beth Buckley of Greenfield was awarded a Master of Science in radiologic sciences, radiologic education from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas in December.

Dean’s List: Alexander Morin has been named to Bryant University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2017 academic term. This honor requires a GPA of at least 3.4 for the semester on a minimum of 12 credits. He is in his third year of the actuary program at Bryant. Morin is the son of Shannon Manzi of Greenfield and Paul Morin of Erving, and grandson to Cynthia and Hormidas Lively of Greenfield.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday at 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, Wednesdays, 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.

Knights of Columbus: Lt. John J. Galvin Council No. 133 of Greenfield will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Church’s parish hall. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month.

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

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy meets Thursdays from 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.


“Cooking for One or Two” with Chef Heather Loomis will be presented Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room at Leyden Town Hall. Join Chef Loomis to learn some fun and delicious ways to enjoy creating healthy meals. For reservations, call 624-3902.

Millers Falls

Make Valentines: The Millers Falls Community Improvement Association will offer free beading, origami and valentine-making activities for all ages on Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Millers Falls Library. Older children and adults will learn how to make a beaded heart key chain or bracelet; younger children will make a heart pin. One free per person. For questions, email millersfalls.improvement@gmail.com.


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.

Shelburne Falls

The Greater Shelburne Falls Business Association will meet to discuss Mole Hollow parking lot improvement on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Mike Carter, the engineer who is designing the lot, will talk about the design and get input. Contact Terry Narkowitz, town administrator, at 625-0300 for more information.

Dean’s List: Amanda Taylor of Shelburne Falls has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester at the University at Albany, N.Y. Students named to the Dean’s List earned at least a 3.5 GPA.

South Deerfield

Dean’s List: Mackenzie Clift of South Deerfield was named to the Dean’s List of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn. She is a senior majoring in English, pursuing a master’s degree in elementary education.

Dean’s List: Samantha Clift of South Deerfield was named to the Dean’s List of Quinnipiac University, Hampden, Conn. She is a junior majoring in occupational therapy.

Turners Falls

Emergency Basic Needs program: A 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. resources open to all women. Computer lab, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts as well as free gently used clothing. For more information, call 863-4804, ext. 1003, or email christine@mcsmcommunity.org. Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

Playgroup: A 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 than 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.


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 to noon. Also on Wednesdays at Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free blood pressure screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, 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 or to locate meetings throughout western Massachusetts, Brattleboro and northern Vermont, 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 for more than 40 years, 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. Call 475-1405 for more information.

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: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a lawyer referral service website at: www.MassLawhelp.com with answers to the most common legal questions, and 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 consumer health 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 pathologists. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. 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.