Talk of the Towns, Feb. 28, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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


The Bernardston Cheerleaders will host a spaghetti dinner Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St. The cheerleaders are raising money to offset the cost of a cheerleading competition in April. Cost is $10 per person. Menu will include spaghetti (gluten free pasta available), salad, bread and dessert. There will also be raffles. The Vets Club will serve its monthly dinner Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m., which will be corned beef and cabbage.


Closed for winter: The 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 Colrain, 81 Foundry Village Road. Those in need of clothing, or more information, can call either Linda, at 625-6157, or Sarah, at 625-6169.


Maple Days at the Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, will take place Saturday and March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Members $5, non-members $10. Includes breakfast and demonstrations. There will be ongoing demonstrations and tours both days. Call 684-.0148 or email: acaluori@thetrustees.org for more information.


Academic Honor: Makayla Pydych of Erving, class of 2019, will be inducted into the William Smith College honor society. William Smith honor society members are chosen based on scholarship, leadership, character and service. Its members are committed to improving the lives of all William Smith women and making a difference in the lives of others.


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.


Dean’s List: Edwin Kaczenski of Northfield has been named to the Dean’s List at Western New England University for the fall 2017 semester. Kaczenski is working toward a doctor of pharmacy degree. Students are named to the Dean’s List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.


Dean’s List: Kelsea J. Monette of Orange has been named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the Fall semester.

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

Academic Honor: Lauren Downes of Shelburne Falls will be inducted into the William Smith College honor society. William Smith honor society members are chosen based on scholarship, leadership, character and service. Its members are committed to improving the lives of all William Smith women and making a difference in the lives of others.

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.


Local Graduate: Taylor Kloc of Whately graduated Feb. 15 cum laude from Western New England University with a bachelor of arts in political science.


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.