Talk of the Towns: Aug. 8, 2019

Published: 8/7/2019 5:28:42 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 of Bernardston parking lot. Seasonal vegetables and fruits, milk, ice cream, cheese, the Kiwanis Club’s popular frozen chicken pot pies, local meat, handcrafted jewelry, gifts and more.


The Community Clothes Closet at 83 Foundry Village Road will be open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until winter. Residents of 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.


A Family to Family class offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will start Sept. 5 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Anyone with an adult family member, loved one or friend living with mental illness is urged to take the class. The class runs through Nov. 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m. one evening a week. There is no charge. Classes will feature speakers including professionals in the mental health field, police and lawyers — to answer questions on estate planning, for example. Class size is limited. To register, call Sue Sharbaugh at 413-422-2144.


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.

Picnic Tickets: The annual senior picnic begins Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with music by the ROMEOs, followed by lunch at 11:45 p.m. and time to socialize until 2 p.m. in the Stanley Wickey Pavilion, behind Town Hall. Traditional picnic fare of hamburgers and hot dogs will be cooked by guest chefs Sheriff Chris Donelan, Rep. Paul Mark, Registrar John Merrigan and District Attorney David Sullivan. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased by today. Potato salad, coleslaw, beverages and an ice cream sundae will complete the menu.


October Trip: The Senior Center in Shelburne is taking reservations for Ashfield, Buckland and Shelburne members for the Oct. 22 trip to Foxwoods for the Legends in Concert show. Trip costs $89 including coach fare, buffet lunch, $15 slot play and concert. Seats are limited so book early. Register by calling 413-625-2502.


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.

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

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