Talk of the Towns, Jan. 10, 2019

Published: 1/9/2019 8:11:42 AM

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 or

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


Dick’s Angels Relay For Life team is back: The team will be serving sweet or hot sausage grinders with French fries and coleslaw Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bernardston Vets Club. Hamburgers, hot dogs, truck burgers, and grilled cheeses will also be available. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. They will also be cooking Jan. 18.


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.


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.


Country breakfast: Sunderland Congregational Church will sponsor a country breakfast and mini bake sale Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will feature pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries and beverage. One serving, adults, $7; all you can eat adults, $10, and children $4.

Playgroup: Frontier Regional CFCE will present a Free Saturday Playgroup for children 0-5 and their caregivers at the Sunderland Public Library Saturday from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Karin Anderson of WIC will be making healthy snacks with parents and children. Join us for a morning of informal play, interactive literacy activities and conversation with other families. For questions, contact Amy at Sponsored by Frontier Regional CFCE which is funded by the Mass. Department of Early Education and Care, Community Action/WIC of Franklin County and the Sunderland Public Library. 

Frontier Regional CFCE Free Drop-In Playgroup for Children 0-5 and their caregivers. Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30  a.m. Sunderland Elementary School, Swampfield Drive. Playgroup follows school calendar, and there will be no playgroup on school holidays, breaks or snow days. For questions contact Karen Green at or 413-665-1151.

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.


Ethan Luschen-Miskovsky of Shutesbury studied abroad in Mendoza, Argentina while attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the fall semester. Luschen-Miskovsky, the son of Dr. Glenn Miskovsky and Glenn Luschen, is a music major. The program was led by Colby Ristow, Associate Professor of History. Luschen-Miskovsky is a 2016 graduate of Amherst Regional High School.

Turners Falls

“No Computers Allowed Games:” Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Feel free to stop by with a friend to play one of several old-fashioned board games such as checkers, chess and tic tac toe. There is even Candy Land for the children  The Community Room has ample table space for several games to be going on at the same time. Light refreshments will be provided by Greenfield Savings Bank.  No reservations required.

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.


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: or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at

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 and learn more at

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:

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: 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 locally or at the Straight Spouse Network nationally at

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.


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