Talk of the Towns: March 12, 2020

Published: 3/11/2020 6:51:05 PM
Modified: 3/11/2020 6:50:55 PM

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


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.


Town Caucus: Monday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The positions up for election include: moderator (incumbent Katherine DiMatteo); Selectboard member (incumbent William Glabach), Board of Assessors (incumbent Robert DePalma); tree warden (incumbent David Brooks); library trustee (incumbent Cornelia Reid); Planning Board member (incumbent Robert Snedeker); Board of Health of member (incumbent Ellen White); and constable (incumbent Erik Johnson).


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


Lunch reservations due today: The Senior Center will be armchair traveling to Ireland with the McCuskers on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. Program is free and open to all. The center will serve Irish chicken stew at 11:30 a.m. If you would like to have lunch, register by today. Cost for lunch: $3 members, $4 others.


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

“Timely Financial Minutes” with Dr. Frances Rahaim will be presented Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Community Room at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Frances Rahaim of PowerDownDebt Inc. and HUG Your Student Debt Inc. has donated her time. She will explain how to become debt-free without increasing monthly payments. Meet Rahaim in person, ask questions, and maybe take home a signed copy of her book “Debt or Alive: Uplifting Stories and Positive Solutions for Life after Debt.” Rahaim hosts a weekly radio and television show “The Money Doctor” and recently launched a half-hour program on WHMP. Light refreshments courtesy of 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.


Scholarships: The Franklin County Bar Association Community Fund announced it will award two Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to deserving high school students in Franklin County. The scholarship recipients will be announced during the Law Day celebrations planned for May 1. To qualify, an applicant must be a Franklin County resident, a senior in high school and in pursuit of post-secondary education of any kind. The application has been sent to all area schools and is available at or by e-mailing Deadline for submission is April 1. The Scholarship Committee will consider academic achievement and quality of an essay. The essay prompt is reflective of the American Bar Association Law Day 2020 theme: “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.”

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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