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Talk of the Towns: May 30, 2019

Published: 5/29/2019 5:53:02 PM

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


Bernardston Farmers Market: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 5 in the United Church parking lot. Seasonal vegetables and fruits, milk, ice cream, cheese, the Kiwanis Club’s popular frozen chicken pot pies, local meat from the Bernardston Farmers Market cooperative freezer, hand-crafted jewelry, gifts and more.

Dick’s Angels’ Specials will be served at the Bernardston Vets Club, Hartwell Street, Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. They will be honoring one of their favorite regulars, the late Roy Kurry, with steak and cheese grinders with fries. Hamburgers, truck burgers, hot dogs and grilled cheeses will also be available. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and the Dick’s Angels team. This will be the team’s last specials offering of the season before Relay For Life on June 7 and 8 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.


Stars of Hope Team 98 will sponsor a tag and bake sale and relay drawing Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic St. in Shelburne Falls. Rain or shine.


Democratic Caucus: Registered Democrats in Conway will hold their annual caucus Saturday at 10 a.m. at Conway Town Hall, Route 116 and Academy Hill Road. Two delegates and one alternate will be elected to the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. The convention will be Sept. 14 at the MassMutual Center, Springfield. For more information, contact Chairman Thomas Lesser at 413-369-4446.


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.

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.


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.


Frontier Regional CFCE Free Drop-In Playgroup for children up to age 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. With questions, contact Karen Green at or 413-665-1151.

Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s, women’s and 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

Atlantic Tsunami: Historian and author, Jim Gildea, will host a lecture on the history of Atlantic Tsunami in the conference room at Greenfield Savings Bank on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean have a long history of causing immense devastation, but those great waves are virtually unheard of in the Atlantic. Still, there have been many. For example, an Atlantic Tsunami in 1755 may have been the touchstone for the American Revolution. Free. Light refreshments provided courtesy of GSB.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Food Pantry & Thrift Store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 4th 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 on 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.


“Mothra” will be shown at the Wendell Free Library, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island, which was previously used for atomic tests. There will be a short half-hour film before the movie, an episode of “Fireball XL5.” This is the next in the monthly series of science fiction/fantasy and horror/monster movies. Free.


Helpful Programs at LifePath: 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 caregiver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, email, or call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at

Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE): 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 counselor at LifePath at 413-773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email or learn more at

Vigil for Racial Justice Every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., on the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. 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, go to, or call Marcia Schuhle at 413-774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 413-774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One-on-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.

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. Donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision-impaired people in Massachusetts.

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