Talk of the Towns, March 12, 2019

Published: 3/11/2019 5:26:14 PM

Veterans Representative Town Hall Hours: Brian Brooks, a Veterans  Service Officer from the Department of Veterans Services in Greenfield, will be available the second Thursday of the month, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ashfield Town Hall. He will be available for consultations with veterans or their family members on Veterans Benefits and Veterans Programs.

“Healthy Bones and Balance” or bone health, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. For information, call 413-625-2502.


TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Athol Memorial Hospital.


Story hour:  Cushman Library at 28 Church St. offers Story Hour, Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. to families with children of all ages. Each gathering features thematic stories, craft and snack. Bonnie Declamp, Wendy Abramson and Karen Stinchfield take turns as presenters.

Wednesday Night Knitters: Cushman Library at 28 Church St., invites knitters of all abilities to join the Wednesday Night Knitters every Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants each working on their own projects, are welcome to enjoy the company of others while everyone works toward completing their individual projects. Rebecca Lawlor offers her expertise and experience as instructor. For information, contact 413-648-5402 or

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Toastmasters meeting: "To communicate is to evolve" is the theme for the next Toastmasters meeting, Thursday, 6 p.m. in Brattleboro. ​The local club, BrattleMasters, gathers in Room 245 at Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Place. Emcee for the evening will be Michelle O'Hearn-Deblois. She will introduce a grammarian, a timer, an “ah” counter, a snackmaster, and a general evaluator who will each explain their meeting role. After the group listens to two speeches, an extemporaneous speaking exercise will be run. Guests may participate in this exercise.  For information, go to

Karaoke: Auxiliary Karaoke will be Friday at the Carl M. Dessaint Veteran’s of Foreign War 1034, 40 Black Mountain Road. $5 for buffet and Karaoke. For time and information, call 802-257-0438.

Grief Support: Two adult grief support groups, one for suicide loss, and one for men who are grieving, has started at Brattleboro Area Hospice. Both groups are free and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. Suicide loss can be an especially lonely experience, and people experiencing this kind of loss find it helpful to talk with others who have been affected by it. The new suicide loss support group meets the first and third Thursday of the month, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs kitchen at hospice. This group is for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. Drop-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is appreciated by calling 802-257-0775, ext. 104. Men often grieve differently than women, and many men find it easier to express their grief in the company of other men. The men’s grief support group will meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at hospice. This group for men who are grieving a death loss of any type. Advanced registration is required before attending. Call Cicely Carroll at 802-257-0775, ext. 108 for information.


Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: A Book Chat will take place Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m. at the center. Talk about your favorite book with a food theme or cookbook. Whether it’s an all time favorite or a book you’re reading now, we’d love to hear about it. No need to register, just drop in.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday 6 p.m. at the center. the cost is $7. Open to members and guests. A line dance is at 7 p.m.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a daily “All Recovery Meeting” each morning Monday to Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. Open to all to discuss recovery. All walks of recovery welcome. Meetings are held in the front community room. “Eddie’s Group” is held every Tuesday, 3 to 4 p.m. in the RPX. Please join us. For information call: 413-774-5489.

Gamblers Anonymous: Gamblers Anonymous Support Group, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. RECOVER Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. For information, call 413-325-1389.

CAP seeks recruits: Franklin County Cadet Squadron, CAP, meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m. Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. For information, call Maj. Gary Longley at 413-773-9331. CAP is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. If interested, call the number above.

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy, Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., er Project, 68 Federal St. Anyone who feels her/his life has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon or Alateen. Al-Anon is online at


Ongoing Yoga for 60+:  Open to anyone 60+ living in Northfield and surrounding towns. Mats and props provided. Drop in anytime Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Town Hall,  69 Main St., second floor. Elevator available at ground level; parking at rear of building. Donations appreciated but not required.  Donations are used for equipment and additional exercise sessions. Join us for simple seated and standing yoga postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration techniques that can help you: sit, stand, and walk with more confidence; move with less pain and more strength; breathe more deeply and sleep more soundly. Based on the gentle Viniyoga™ approach, this class is accessible to men and women with any amount of flexibility and yoga experience. Funded by grants from Commonwealth of Massachusetts Title III grant administered by LifePath, and EOEA (Executive Office of Elder Affairs).


Tai Chi led by Lois Bascom runs every Thursday morning, 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Senior Center. Movements follow the program designed by Dr. Lam with easy forms and repetition. Good for improving balance and stability. Program is open to all.


Heartfulness Meditation: Meditation, heart-centered transformation. Every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. at  Heartfulness Meditation Center, 267 Amherst Road. For information visit, or contact us at:

Turners Falls

Irish Music: Robert Lord and other musicians from the Farley Five Group will perform Irish folk music Thursday, noon to 2 p.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, Avenue A. Enjoy a St. Patty’s Day sugar cookie. 

Emergency Basic Needs program: this is a program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries and is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, call Mary at 413-863-4804, ext. 1002, or email To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Open Hours at theWomen’s Center at MCSM: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., are open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

Playgroup: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than 8 offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime, and time for parent to connect, a kids Clothing Exchange and a parent Resource lending Library. For information, contact Mary King at 413-863-4804, ext. 1005 or email


Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity: Applications are available for a two-bedroom home in Northampton. The application deadline is Thursday, March 28. The sale price for the home will be $149,900 or less. Eligible applicants will have incomes up to 60% of area median income which is adjusted for family size. People interested in submitting an application are invited to attend an information session Wednesday, March 20, 6 p.m., Greenfield Savings Bank, 325A King St., Northampton. During the information session, potential applicants will learn about Habitat’s selection criteria and how to prepare a complete application. The selection criteria include housing need, ability to make mortgage payments of $700-$1,100/month, and willingness to partner with Habitat, such as participating in the construction of the home and other Habitat projects. All homes will be built to ENERGY STAR standards and are designed to be adaptable for someone in a wheelchair.  Preference in the housing lottery will be given to buyers needing the homes accessibility features, those that can use all bedrooms, and veterans. All Habitat-built homes are restricted to income eligible buyers in perpetuity.

RSVP volunteer program: RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful local volunteer opportunities. Share your life time of experience, meet new friends and help nonprofits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance.  If you could not drive, how would you get groceries, visit your doctor, fill prescriptions? Many seniors are in this position and depend on volunteer drivers. If you have two hours weekly, a dependable vehicle and really want to make a difference, contact Pat Sicard, RSVP Volunteer Manager, 413-387-4558 x 1

Community meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; coffee and soup, 10 to 11 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free blood pressure screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free hearing screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 413-773-2227.

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 information to locate meetings throughout western Massachusetts, Brattleboro and northern Vermont, call 413-773-7394 or 413-783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home-visiting:The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children birth to kindergarten age and expectant women for more than 40 years, 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. Call 413-475-1405.

ICRC at LifePath: The Information and Caregiver Resource Center at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. LifePath 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 ICRC at LifePath at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The Mediation & Training Collaborative is offering meditation at no cost to help resolve housing related problems before they go to court. For information call 413-475-1504 or 413-475-1503.

Foster Care Review:Volunteers needed to serve on three person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield and Holyoke. volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day and a half training. For an application and information, contact LaShanda Stone at 413-452-3372 or

Lawyer Referral Service website: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a new lawyer Referral Service Website with answers to the most common legal questions and serves as an online channel for the LRS to connect members of the public with local attorney who have the appropriate experience.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For information, call 413-773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Thrift Store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 Fourth St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is for mothers who are breastfeeding infants (moms are welcome to bring their infants to the group). For information, call the Birth Place at BFMC at 413-7733-2359.

Stutterers Support Group: A support group for persons who stutter, sponsored by the national Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologists. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. Anyone interested should call in advance at 413-586-1945 or email This is the only such support group in the Pioneer Valley.

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