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Talk of the Towns: Oct. 10, 2019

Published: 10/9/2019 6:11:48 PM

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


The Community Clothes Closet at 83 Foundry Village Road will be open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until next winter. All towns are welcome. Clothes are free and suit all ages. The closet accepts donations of clean clothing, which can be delivered anytime at the building’s rear. Contact Linda Wagner at 413-625-6157 or Sarah Looman 413-625 6169 for more information.

Hinsdale, N.H.

Farm Day: Hinsdale High School Class of 2021 Project Graduation is hosting Farm Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school fields along Route 119. Events will include musical hay bales, pumpkin painting, tractor rides, pumpkin bowling, petting farm, touch a tractor, face painting and more. Game tickets will be $5 an arm’s length. There will also be cow plop bingo, tickets $10 per plot or 3 for $25, and a pie eating contest with a $5 entry fee. The Junior class will be hosting a haunted hay ride from 7:30 to 9 p.m., $3 per hay ride. In collaboration with Farm Day, the Hinsdale Farmers Market and the Hinsdale Beautification Committee, will be hosting Fall Festival and the last farmers market of the season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location. Several market vendors will be in attendance including prepared food, produce, crafts, home goods, jewelry, soaps and more.


Northfield Senior Center: Wednesday, free Poet Seat Luncheon. This lunch is brought to us each month by Poet Seat. Call 413-498-2186 by Monday to sign up. Thursday, Oct. 17, Alber Hearing will be at the center at 11:30 a.m. over lunch to share the latest technology, new services available, dynamics of the hearing test and ways to finance your new hearing aids. Call 413-498-2186 by Monday to sign up for lunch. A $3 donation covers lunch.

Food Pantry: The community food pantry is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The pantry is in the basement of Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St.


St. Mary’s Parish Fair will be Saturday in the Parish Center, West Myrtle and Cheney Street at 9 a.m. The Plant table will offer decorative boxes, potted plants and interesting plant containers. Cash and scratch ticket raffle, restaurant gift certificate raffle, baked goods and candy, and a large center table raffle, as well as a themed basket raffle, puzzles, and books will be featured. A beef stew and homemade pie lunch will be served at 11 a.m.

The Cellar Closet at Central Congregational Church of Orange, 95 South Main St., will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers have been accepting and arranging clothing for women, men and children, along with jewelry and accessories, shoes and household items. All items are reasonably priced and special sales are offered occasionally. for information, call 978-544-6895 or email


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

Franklin Area Survival Center: 96 4th St., 413-863-9549. The thrift store, which is open to the public and helps finance the food pantry, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food pantry is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing, linens and food to help the disaster victims.


Helpful Programs at LifePath: LifePath provides 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 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): 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, visit 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

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. Old lawn mowers are also accepted. Donations are tax-deductible and towing is free. Proceeds benefit blind and vision-impaired people in Massachusetts. Alternatively, email Barbara Sciannameo at

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