Talk of the Towns, June 28, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., 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. Athol Hospital’s cafeteria.

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


Mohawk Trail Concerts opens its 49th season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with the Adaskin String Trio, Thomas Gallant, oboe, and Sally Pinkas, piano. The concert will be at the Federated Church of Charlemont, 175 Main St. (Route 2). The Adaskin String Trio, Emlyn Ngai, violin, Steve Larson, viola, and Mark Fraser, cello, is now in its 24th year, still with the founding members. The group has performed all over the US and Canada, and has several critically-acclaimed recordings to its credit. Thomas Gallant, oboe, and Sally Pinkas, piano, have collaborated with the Trio for many years. Repertoire for this concert will include quartets by Martinu, Mozart, and Bridge, and conclude with the seldom-heard quintet by Theodore Dubois. Tickets are $20 adults, 16 and under free. Tickets available on the website, www.mohawktrailconcerts.org, or at the door, cash and checks only.


Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Just Roots Pop-Up Market and workshops Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Beginning in June and continuing the last Friday of the month. Discover delicious produce along with cooking, growing, or health and wellness focused workshops. Drop-in. No registration required.

Pizza Friday at noon. Choice of meat or veggie or cheese. Two slices, $3 per person. Registration with payment is required no later than 24 hours in advance.

Culinary Arts degree: Christopher Roach graduated June 9 from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vt. with a degree in culinary arts. While at NECI, he interned at The Farm Table in Bernardston and completed a six-month internship at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico, N.Y. under the guidance of acclaimed Chef Dan Barber. He is employed at Peter Havens in Brattleboro, Vt. Roach is the grandson of Eileen Roach and Frank Greene of Greenfield and Daniel Roach and Marilyn Marks of Glastonbury, Conn.

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.


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.

Shelburne Falls

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


Dean’s List: Dionna Armitage of Shutesbury has been named to the McDaniel College, Westminster, Md., spring 2018 dean’s list with honors.


 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, 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. 665-2890.

Turners Falls

Giant Tag Sale: Our Lady of Czestochwa Church, 84 K St. will have a Giant Tag Sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Furniture, housewares, appliances, exercise equipment and other treasures will be sold at rock bottom prices. Rain or shine.

Coffee break: In the Mood for a great cup of coffee?  Come to Greenfield Savings Bank Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Free Pierce Bros Coffee samples: three blends including Fogbuster.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Food Pantry & Thrift Store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St., 863-9549. 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.


Dean’s List: The following area residents were named to Springfield Technical Community College’s spring 2018 dean’s list: Stuart David Holland and Mark Wade Colby of Greenfield; Edmund R. Smith II of Montague; George T. Burgess of New Salem; James Gallo of Northfield; Sophie Lindgren Staryos of Shelburne, and Amy J. Murphy of Turners Falls.

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 de-stress 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: do you have Medicare but feel overwhelmed by your options? 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 SHINE 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 and a YouTube video of the group, go to: 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 locally or at the Straight Spouse Network nationally at 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.

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 two, quick pick up and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.