Talk of the Towns, July 12, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 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.

Brattleboro, Vt.

BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will meet tonight at 6 at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Lisa Sieverts of Harrisville, N.H., will be the Toastmaster of Evening. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, and is invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises, if they wish. In addition to two speeches, there will be two speech evaluations, an “ah” counter report, and other reports from members. For information about the local club, visit www.brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org


President’s List: Marcello deLesdernier was placed on the President’s List at SUNY Cortland. He is a double major in international relations and political science. Students need to achieve a 3.9 GPA in order to be placed on the list.

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.

New Salem

1794 Meetinghouse: Sarah Clay and the Magic Band will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.m. meeting. they will perform American Songbook, vintage vocals and Latin Jazz. Adults $15; 13-17 $10 and ages 0 to 12 free. Visit www.1794meetinghouse.org.


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 Orange Historical Society, 41 North Main St., will serve breakfast on their large porch beginning this Saturday and every second Saturday through September. Pancakes, waffles, French toast, real maple syrup, quiche, sausage, fruit cup, coffee, tea and orange juice are on the menu for $6.50. Serving from 8 to 10 a.m.

Shelburne Falls

Family Craft Day at the Shelburne Historical Society Museum will take place Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., located at the former Arms Academy, Church and Maple streets. Watch and learn about old-fashioned hand crafts such as weaving, spinning, quilting, embroidery and more. All ages welcome. Refreshments served.

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


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

Puzzle Swap Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Like putting together puzzles? Want to share your strategy? Have a collection of used puzzle boxes? Looking for a new challenging puzzle? Come and swap with other fellow puzzle-masters. Light refreshments. All welcome with a puzzle to swap. There will be puzzles for all ages.

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.


“Slaughterhouse Five” will be shown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Wendell Free Library. A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens. There will be a short (half hour) film before the movie, an episode of “Tales Of Tomorrow: ‘Verdict In Space.’” This is the next in the monthly series of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror/Monster movies at the library. Free. For more information about the Wendell Free Library visit its web page at 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 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.