Talk of the Towns: Nov. 7, 2019

Published: 11/6/2019 6:01:42 PM

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


Buckland Historical Society’s full color, 2020 calendar of Robert Strong Woodward’s paintings, entitled “Portraits of New England,” is now available for $20. Woodward was a New England artist from Buckland (1885-1957) and sold his work to celebrities such as Jack Benny, George Burns and Robert Frost. This year’s calendar is in a portrait format, enabling paintings to be featured that do not fit in a landscape format. They can be purchased at: Andy’s and the Oak Shoppe, 352 Deerfield St., Greenfield; Boswell’s Books and Sawyer News, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls; the Buckland Public Library, Upper Street, Buckland. They can also be viewed and ordered online at:


The Community Clothes Closet at 83 Foundry Village Road will be open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until winter. 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.


Degree: Jennifer Duquette of Deerfield has earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. The online, non-profit university held commencement ceremonies in Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Ohio; Anaheim, Calif.; and Seattle in the spring and summer.


Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Pop-up craft markets will be open to the public on Friday and Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center. This week: handcrafted items by Crafty Seniors; Nov. 22: holiday ornaments by Bob and Margot Peck. All proceeds support Greenfield Senior Center programs. The Food Bank Brown Bag food distribution for qualifying seniors will be Thursday from 10 to 11a.m. Movie Matinee Friday featuring “This Is The Army,” 1943 Irving Berlin musical with Ronald Reagan at 1 p.m. Call 413-772-1517, or stop by the Front Desk to reserve a seat.


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.


Orange American Legion Post 172 will have its Veteran’s Day ceremony on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Veteran’s Park. There will be no parade. They will meet at the park at 10:30, conduct a ceremony with guest speaker former Department Commander and former National Executive Committee member Louis Brault, followed by the Salute to the Dead by the Firing Squad and Taps.

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

“Keeping the Lights on for Ike” will be presented at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A, Saturday at 10 a.m. with Rebecca Daniels. The book offers a personal look at World War II through the eyes of a young, non-combat support soldier. This soldier happens to be Daniels’ father, Capt. Harold Daniels, and the book is primarily his personal correspondence to his bride back home. As a result of the letters and photos, which were inherited, Daniels has a first-hand historical glimpse into her father’s support of Eisenhower and the Allied Forces as they campaigned across England, North Africa and Italy. Daniels also has theatrical experience, hence the presentation will almost come to life. Light refreshments provided courtesy of GSB.

Franklin Area Survival Center: 96 4th 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.


Singing: Anyone interested in singing songs of the ’60s and more, call 413-774-2136 and leave a message. Participants meet at different homes to sing.

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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