Talk of the Towns, June 13, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


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


The Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St., is open to the public on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9 p.m. all year, with pitch starting at 6. Fridays the club is open 4:30 to 10 p.m. through June 29. The club will be closed Fridays during July and August and will reopen Fridays in September, serving food. Saturdays the club is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all year. Special event this summer is a beach party on Friday, July 20, with music by DJ Shaun Costello, from 7 to 10 p.m. The club hosts monthly dinners the first Saturday of the month except during the July holiday weekend, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1.

Brattleboro, Vt.

BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Rob Packard will be the Toastmaster of the evening and the theme for the meeting is “Vacation.” The public is encouraged to attend and admission is always free for visitors. There will be prepared speeches, evaluations and reports by members. For information about the local Toastmasters club, visit http://brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.


Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. hosts Relax and Rejuvenate on Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Take time for self care with gentle, accessible chair stretching, guided relaxation and visualization exercises taking you to the rainforest or the beach without ever leaving your chair. Program concludes with a conversation and a soothing hand massage with fragrant essential oils. Put on by Franklin County Technical School’s Health Technology Program. All sessions free. Registration required. Space is limited. Call 413-772-1517, ext. 0, or stop by the front desk to register.  

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, 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 & Learn Groups, Parent Support Group 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. 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.


Farmers Market: The Northfield Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in front of Cameron’s Winery, 105 Main St., from May 31 to Oct. 4. 


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.


Shelburne Historical Society, 33 Severance St. (old Arms Academy) is open every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop in and see some of our special displays celebrating Shelburne’s history. For more information, call curator Elaine Parmett at 413-625-6150.

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, downtown Shelburne Falls. It is on the FRTA bus route. The free clinic takes place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 625-6240.

South Deerfield

Dean’s List: Alyssa M. Ouellette, daughter of Robert and Barbara Ouellette of South Deerfield, received academic honors at Westfield State University by making the Dean’s List for the spring semester 2018. Ouelette just completed her junior year and is majoring in business management with a concentration in accounting.


Scholarships Awarded: The Community Health Center of Franklin County has awarded three scholarships to local high school students in honor of Dr. Sarah Kemble, the founder of the Community Health Center. The $1,000 scholarships were awarded to: Brianne Cousineau of Mohawk Regional High School. She is planning to pursue a career in pediatric nursing and will attend Fitchburg State University this fall; Elizabeth Anne Howland of Greenfield High School. She will attend the University of Massachusetts this fall and will be majoring in biomedical engineering; Elizabeth Lambert of Pioneer Regional High School. Lambert plans to pursue a career in nursing and will be attending the Elms College.

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, are for people who want to enjoy healthier lives. Groups meet for several weeks in different communities and are led by local volunteer leaders. Choose from six, evidence-based workshops on information or to register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Marcus Chiaretto, Healthy Living Program coordinator, 773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304 or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. Read more at lifepathma.org.

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. If we don’t have the answer, we will find someone who can help you. Contact the ICRC at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or email info@lifepathma.org. Go online to 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 to locate meetings throughout 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 birth to kindergarten age 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.