Talk of the Towns: Feb. 13, 2020

Published: 2/12/2020 5:30:51 PM
Modified: 2/12/2020 5:30:41 PM

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


Annual “Cabin Fever” Seed Swap will take place Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Franklin Community Co-op’s event space, 170 Main St. Novices and experts are welcome to bring seeds saved from homegrown plants, as well as leftover store-bought seed packets. Beginners are encouraged to ask questions and learn more about saving seeds. There will be free seed giveaways, thanks in part to donations from the Greenfield Farmer’s Cooperative Exchange and High Mowing Organic Seeds of Vermont. The event is sponsored by the Franklin Community Co-op. For more information, contact Melinda at


A Community Breakfast will be served Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Congregational Church, 4 North St. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will feature a breakfast sandwich with egg, cheese and bacon on an English muffin, home-fried potatoes, juice, coffee and tea. $8.


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

Shelburne Falls

Lasagna: Walk-ins will be welcomed to the “Love Colrain” Valentine’s Day lasagna dinner Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Chef Kevin Hollister will preside in the kitchen. Meat and vegetarian lasagna will the centerpiece of the meal, which will also include salad, rolls, ice cream and strawberries, all served buffet style. $12.50. Proceeds to benefit the Colrain Historical Society.


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 Fourth 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.


Dean’s List: The following area students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Endicott College in Beverly: Nathan Mousseau, son of Gabriel Mousseau and Stacey Mousseau of Bernardston, who is majoring in engineering: and Matthew Kenney, son of Stuart Kenney and Alice Kenney of Leyden, who is majoring in marketing.

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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