Talk of the Towns, June 14, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., at Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. For more information, call John Dould at 978-249-5905 or email aelb@trysb.net or aelb@hotmail.com.

Smoking Cessation: Led by Tim Sweeney, tobacco treatment specialist. Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. at Athol Hospital’s cafeteria.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Athol Congregational Church.


Dean’s List: Wesley Wilder McCoy of Conway has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., for the Easter 2018 term. To earn a place on Sewanee’s Dean’s List, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625 on a 4.0 scale. McCoy is the son of Mary C. Byers & Thomas H. McCoy Jr. of Conway.


Dean’s List: Emily Nitzsche of Deerfield was named to the Bloomsburg University Spring 2018 Dean’s List, Bloomsburg, Penn.


Community Meal: Stone Soup Cafe takes place Saturdays at noon at All Souls Church, 399 Main St. (Hope Street entrance). Local food served. Pay what you can. All welcome.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer Vet to Vet every Thursday from 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.


Local Graduate: Erin Fox Moore of Leyden was awarded a Bachelor’s of Art in politics at the University of the South’s 2018 commencement ceremonies in All Saints’ Chapel in Sewanee, Tenn. She is the daughter of Lisa and Michael H. Moore of Bernardston.


Food Pantry: The community food pantry will be open Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The pantry is in the basement of Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. The pantry is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.


The Shelburne Historical Society at the former Arms Academy building, Maple Street entrance, is open Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Elaine Parmett is the curator. See Shelburne’s 250th festivities at the museum on June 24. For more information, call 625-6150.

Shelburne Falls

Free Community Meal: Offered every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Severance Street.

South Deerfield

Local Graduate: William Arthur O’Neil, son of John and Christine O’Neil of South Deerfield, graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Penn., May 20 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in economics. O’Neil is a graduate of Deerfield Academy.

Local Graduate: Zachary Shayne Gordon of South Deerfield received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in sports management from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn. Gordon is the son of Cynthia and Christopher Ray of South Deerfield and Shayne Gordon of Athol, grandson of Ruth Day of South Deerfield and Richard and Pat Ray of Athol. He is a 2014 graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill.


Preschool story time: Fridays, 11 a.m., in the Children’s Room of the Sunderland Public Library. These story/craft times are for children ages 3 to 5 and their families/caregivers. Each story time is about 45 minutes and includes theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s women’s, children’s clothing, shoes and sneakers. Most items $1. Men’s suits and all coats, $3. Women’s suits, $2. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the church. Call 665-2890 for more information.

Turners Falls

The Bit of Luck Horse Club: Want to get more involved and familiar with horse care and maintenance issues? On Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, in the Community Room at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A, there will be presentations by the 4-H members as well as display and hand-outs. Club members will share their passion of horses. Light refreshments courtesy of GSB.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The food pantry and thrift store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St. The thrift store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food pantry is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is closed Federal holidays. The thrift shop is open to the general public and helps finance its food pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free, and additional food to help the victims of a disaster. For more information, call 863-9549.


“The Last Witch Hunter” will be shown at the Wendell Free Library, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. There will be a short half hour film before the movie, an episode of “Lights Out!: What Just Happened.” This is the next in the monthly series of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror/Monster movies at the library, located in the center of Wendell. Free. For more information about the Wendell Free Library, visit www.wendellfreelibrary.org or call 978-544-3559.


Helpful Programs at LifePath: Any plan of care starts with your needs. LifePath services provide assistance with light homemaking, home-delivered meals, personal care and adaptive equipment. Caregivers can take a break to destress with LifePath’s respite services. In addition, the Consumer Directed Care Program at LifePath allows elders in need to select their own care giver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, visit: info@lifepathma.org or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at lifepathma.org.

SHINE: Serving the Health Insurance needs of Everyone: SHINE counselors are volunteers who provide free unbiased health insurance information, education, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and adults with disabilities to help people figure out what their best health insurance options are based on their unique needs. Contact a counselor at LifePath at 773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email info@lifepathma.org and learn more at: lifepathma.org.

Vigil for Racial Justice: Every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. Everyone is welcome. For more information: email@racialjusticerising.org.

Eventide Singers: Offering songs of hope and healing for seriously or terminally ill people, their families and caregivers. The service is offered in homes, hospitals and care facilities, without charge. The music can be selected in response to spiritual preference. For more information, visit: www.eventidesigners.com or call Marcia Schuhle at 774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One to one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 625-6636 or email jcmalinski48@gmail.com. For more information, visit: www.straightspouse.org.

Counseling Referrals: The social work therapy referral service offers free confidential referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 800-242-9794 for more information.

Help the blind: Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. This is a free, quick pick up service and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.