Talk of the Towns: Jan. 16, 2020

Published: 1/15/2020 5:52:15 PM
Modified: 1/15/2020 5:51:24 PM

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


Bernardston Senior Center: “Coffee with a Cop.” Join Bernardston Police Chief Jim Palmeri and Sgt. John Richardson for coffee and Adams donuts on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the center. They will answer questions, let you know how to best keep yourself safe and tell police stories. To register, call the Senior Center at 413-648-5413.


Dean’s List: Ziv Basden of Northfield has been named to the Dean’s List at Daemen College for the fall semester.


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

A cannabis educational presentation by Seth Rutherford of 253 Farmacy, 253 Millers Falls Road, will take place Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Rutherford will host this informal question-and-answer hour focused on an educational aspect of cannabis. Refreshments courtesy of 253 Farmacy and 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.


“Forbidden Planet” will be shown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wendell Free Library. A half-hour episode of “Fireball XL5” will be shown before the film. This is the next in the monthly series of science fiction/fantasy and horror/monster movies at the Wendell Free Library. Free. For more information about the library, visit or call 978-544-3559.


Franklin County for Bernie has announced its meeting schedule for the next month. The volunteer campaign group will be meeting on Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19. Each meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at 12 Federal St. in Greenfield, between the bookstore and The People’s Pint.

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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