Talk of the Towns, March 14, 2019

Published: 3/13/2019 5:58:57 PM

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


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 413-475-0226.


Caregivers Support Group:The group meets every first and third Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center in Town Hall, 69 Main St. The support group will meet this Friday. Join other caregivers for support and to share stories and ideas. New members welcome. Led by Heather Tower, MSW, LCSW.

Liberty Tax will be coming to the Senior Center Mondays: March 18 and 25, and April 1 and 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Liberty will do Massachusetts and Federal tax returns and E-file, including the Circuit Breaker. You must file a State return, even if you don’t need to in order to get the Circuit Breaker. Call 413-498-2186 for an appointment and income guidelines. They will only do a simple return and there is no fee. (If you have a more complicated one due to a schedule A, you must call their office at 413-772-0202 and will be charged a reduced rate.) Participants will be mailed a list of what is needed to bring and a document to fill out in the week before the appointment. Your address is needed.

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.


A Corned Beef supper will be served Satuday at 5:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Sunderland, Routes 47 and 116. The menu will include appetizer, corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots, dessert and beverage. $12 adults, $4 children under 8. For reservations, call 413-665-2890. Leave your name, telephone number and number of people attending. 

Frontier Regional CFCE Free Drop-In Playgroupfor 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. 413-665-2890.

Turners Falls

“Irish I Was Polish Night” will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Miller Falls Rod and Gun Club, 210 Turners Falls Road. The event includes homemade polish food including different varieties of pierogies and golombkis. Tickets are $12 and are available by calling 413-863-3748.

Bullying – Many Different Forms: Montague Police Chief Chris Williams will be in the community room of Greenfield Savings Bank Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to offer his perspective regarding the topic of bullying and its related aspects. Bullying can be obvious physical and verbal abuse, or more subtle as in social bullying. Light refreshments provided by GSB.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Food Pantry & Thrift Store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St., 413-863-9549. 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 413-773-5555 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 413-773-555 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 413-774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 413-774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One to one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 413-625-6636 or email locally or at the Straight Spouse Network nationally at

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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