Talk of the Towns: June 11, 2019

Published: 6/10/2019 4:55:31 PM

Veterans Representative Town Hall Hours: Brian Brooks, a veterans service officer from the Department of Veterans Services in Greenfield, will be at the Ashfield Town Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. He will be available for consultations with veterans or their family members on veterans benefits and programs.

“Healthy Bones and Balance,” Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. For more information, call 413-625-2502.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Athol Memorial Hospital.

Brattleboro, Vt.

Toastmasters Club: Edwin Sause of Shelburne Falls will be the emcee for the upcoming Toastmasters meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. in Room 245 at Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Place. “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” is the theme of this meeting. The public is also invited to hear a short presentation from the Toastmasters Area 15 Director Linda Ramrath. The club meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Grief Support: Two new adult grief support groups — one for suicide loss and one for men who are grieving — has started at Brattleboro Area Hospice. Both groups are free and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. The new suicide loss support group meets the first and third Thursday of the month from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs kitchen at hospice. This group is for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. Drop-ins are welcome, but advance registration is appreciated by calling 802-257-0775, ext. 104. The men’s grief support group will meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at hospice. This group is for men who are grieving a death. Advance registration is required before attending. Call Cicely Carroll at 802-257-0775, ext. 108 for information.


“A Clock With Wooden Works” will be the subject of a program following the Thursday meeting of the Colrain Historical Society in Joan McQuade’s barn, 7 Main Road. This clock in the collection of the society raises questions about the history of wooden works, when they became metal and about clock making in New England in the 19th century and earlier. Conway clockmaker Marc Desrosiers will lead this exploration, and attendees may want to bring curious clocks for him to examine. The program will be at 7:30 p.m., following a 7 p.m. business meeting. Refreshments served. For information, call Belden at 514-624-3453.


Graduates: The following students were awarded a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in New London, Conn., last month: Brianna Lynn Duseau in economics and psychology; Rebekah Suzanne Duseau in biochem/cell/molecular; and
Ashley Nicole Fitch in psychology.


High Honors: Grace Rathbun, Class of 2022, of Erving, was named to the Dean’s High Honors list at Connecticut College, New London, Conn.


Honors: Martha Kenyon, Class of 2021 at Connecticut College, New London, Conn., was named to the Dean’s Honors list. She is majoring in English.


The League of Women Voters’ annual meeting will be Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Root Cellar, 10 Fiske Ave. Liz Popolo of Voter Choice MA will be guest speaker. Free.

Lunch by Poet’s Seat Healthcare will be served Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. Ages 60 and up only. To register, call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 or stop by the front desk. Space is limited. Funding provided in part by a Community Development Block Grant administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and the City of Greenfield.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the center. The cost is $8. A line dance is at 7.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a daily “All Recovery Meeting” each morning, Monday to Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. Open to all to discuss recovery. Meetings are held in the front community room. “Eddie’s Group” is held every Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the RPX. For more information, call 413-774-5489.

Gamblers Anonymous Support Group: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at The RECOVER Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. For more information, call 413-325-1389.

Knights of Columbus: Lt. John J. Galvin Council No. 133 of Greenfield will meet Thursday, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church’s parish hall. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month.

Franklin County Cadet Squadron (CAP) Seeks Recruits: Meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m., Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. Seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. Call Maj. Gary Longley at 413-773-9331 for more information.

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy, Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., The RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St. Anyone who feels her/his life has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon or Alateen.


Ongoing Yoga for 60 and Up: Mats and props provided. Drop in anytime Thursdays 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Town Hall, 69 Main St., second floor. Elevator available at ground level; parking at rear of building. Donations appreciated but not required. Donations are used for equipment and additional exercise sessions. Simple seated and standing yoga postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration techniques that can help you: sit, stand and walk with more confidence; move with less pain and more strength; breathe more deeply and sleep more soundly. Accessible to men and women with any amount of flexibility and yoga experience. Funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Title III grant administered by LifePath and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.


Tai Chi led by Lois Bascom runs every Thursday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Senior Center. Easy forms and repetition. Good for improving balance and stability.

South Deerfield

Dean’s List: Amy Herchenreder of South Deerfield was named to the Dean’s List at Endicott College in Beverly for the spring 2019 semester. She is majoring in exercise science and is the daughter of Richard Herchenreder and Jeanne Sojka.

Turners Falls

Senior Yoga: A low-cost yoga class for seniors (55 and older) will be offered Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Gill-Montague Senior Center, 62 5th St. Jean Erlbaum will offer gentle mat yoga stretches, yoga breathing techniques and a deep relaxation. Seniors from all towns, including beginners, are welcome. A $1 donation is requested. For more information, call 413-863-4500.

Emergency Basic Needs Program: This is a program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries and is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, call Mary at 413-863-4804, ext. 1002, or email To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on 3rd Street.

Open Hours at the Montague Catholic Social Ministries Women’s Center: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email

Playgroup: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop-in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than 8 offers music, movement and other early literacy activities; unstructured playtime, and time for parents to connect; a children’s clothing exchange; and a parent resource lending library. For more information, contact Mary King at 413-863-4804, ext. 1005 or email


Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer Program: RSVP helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful local volunteer opportunities. Share your lifetime of experience, meet new friends and help nonprofits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance. If you could not drive, how would you get groceries, visit your doctor, fill prescriptions? Many seniors are in this position and depend on volunteer drivers. If you have two hours weekly, a dependable vehicle and really want to make a difference, contact Pat Sicard, RSVP volunteer manager, at 413-387-4558, ext. 1 or

Salvation Army Community Meals: Wednesdays, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10; coffee and soup, 10 to 11, and lunch from 11 to noon. Also on Wednesdays at Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free Blood Pressure Screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free Hearing Screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 413-773-2227.

Overeaters Anonymous: Free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10 to 11:15 a.m., also at BFMC. For more information or to locate meetings throughout western Massachusetts, Brattleboro, Vt. and northern Vermont, call 413-773-7394 or 413-783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home Visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children birth to kindergarten age and expectant women for more than 40 years, offers free preschool, home visiting and child care programs in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. Call 413-475-1405.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center (ICRC) at LifePath: LifePath resource consultants are experts in finding the elder services/caregiver support information you need to solve any problem. If we don’t have the answer, we will find someone who can help you. Contact ICRC at LifePath at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free Mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The Mediation & Training Collaborative is offering meditation at no cost to help resolve housing-related problems before they go to court. For more information, call 413-475-1504 or 413-475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers are needed in Greenfield and Holyoke to serve on three-person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day-and-a-half training. For an application and more information, contact LaShanda Stone at 413-452-3372 or

Lawyer Referral Service website: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a new lawyer referral service website,, with answers to the most common legal questions. Serves as an online channel for the LRS to connect members of the public with a local attorney with appropriate experience.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon; and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 413-773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Thrift Store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 4th St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Led by Suzanne Stoneham. For mothers who are breastfeeding infants (moms are welcome to bring their infants to the group). For more information, call the Birth Place at BFMC at 413-7733-2359.

Stutterers Support Group: A support group for people who stutter, sponsored by the National Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologists. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. Anyone interested should call in advance at 413-586-1945 or email

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