Talk of the Towns, Feb. 7, 2018

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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


A Valentines Day dinner and dance will be held at the Bernardston Vets Club on Friday, with a ham dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Potatoes, coleslaw, rolls and dessert will also be served. Music from 7 to 10 p.m. by DUH Band. $15 for dinner and music, or $5 cover after 7.

Dean’s List: Danielle Devine of Bernardston has been named to the Dean’s List for fall 2017 semester at UMass Dartmouth. This is in recognition of earning a grade point average of 3.8 or higher of a possible 4.0.


Friends of Charlemont Fairgrounds are looking for more contestants in its 22nd annual Chili Cook off on Sunday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Shelburne Falls Eagles. For more information, contact Darline at kojak04@outlook.com.


Dean’s List: Noah Rathbun of Erving has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio. Students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list.  


Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St. Meets Fridays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 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., 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, at 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 special 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. Staff can help you find other resources in the community. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 475-1553.

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.


Students of the Week: The following Great Falls Middle School students were selected as Students of the Week for week ending Feb. 2: Grade 6, Jasmine McNamara; grade 7, Shaelyn Garvin; grade 8; Andrew Desreuisseau and Ivan Sankov. 


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., call 978-544-8917 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.

Shelburne Falls

Shelburne Falls Eagles ​Valentine’s Bingo Shoot will be Friday at 7 p.m. $5 to play 3 games. There will be prizes. Proceeds go to Relay for Life. Open to the public. 52 State St., 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: Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls. On the FRTA bus route. The free clinic takes place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 625-6240 for more information.


Dean’s List: Niko Ames of Sunderland was named to the Dean’s List at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn. Ames is a senior majoring in health care management.


“Building Carbon for Maximum Soil Health,” a talk and PowerPoint by Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge, will be presented Friday at 7 p.m. at Wendell Library. Free. They will explore the growing understanding of the important role of carbon in healthy soil and the methods that farmers and gardeners can use to increase carbon in soils. Sponsored by the Wendell Agricultural Commission.


Dean’s List: The following area students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: Xavier Colon of Leverett; Zachary Howes and Benjamin Poirier, both of Greenfield; Riley Palmer of Montague; and Samantha Howard and Nicholas Segalla Stafford, both of Orange.

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.