Talk of the Towns: Feb. 6, 2020

Published: 2/5/2020 5:27:17 PM

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


“Love Colrain” Valentine’s Day lasagna dinner will be served Feb. 14 at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. in Shelburne Falls. The Colrain Historical Society is accepting reservations until Monday, Feb. 10. The dinner, created by chef Kevin Hollister from his own recipes for both meat and vegetarian lasagna, will be served buffet style from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The meal will include salad, rolls, ice cream and strawberries, Colrain cider, coffee and tea. For reservations, call Debby at 413-624-8800 or Belden at 413-625-2003. Seatings are $12.50 each; pay at the door.

The Community Clothes Closet at 83 Foundry Village Road will be open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be open through Dec. 14, and resume in early April. 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.


Degrees: Greenfield residents Jamie Koscinski and Aliona Cheptea earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Western Governors University (WGU) in Salt Lake City. The online, nonprofit university has graduated more than 167,000 students from across the country since 1997.


Potluck Dinner and Family Game Night: The Leverett Congregational Church will host a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) Saturday at 6 p.m. at Leverett Town Hall, 9 Montague Road. Dinner will be followed by a variety of fun family games. Free and open to the public.


Northfield Senior Center: “An Accidental Wedding!” An original comedy by Steve Henderson, local playwright, will be performed Sunday at 1 p.m.

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.


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

Musica Franklin Performance: Saturday from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Elementary and middle school students from Turners Falls and Greenfield will join in a concert performed in GSB’s community room. The students are part of Musica Franklin, a free intensive after-school program open to any student in Franklin County. Their voices and violins will unite with both classical and traditional music from around the world. Light refreshments provided by GSB.

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.


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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