Talk of the Towns: Sept. 9, 2019

Published: 9/9/2019 8:47:30 AM

The Ashfield Historical Society will be conduct its annual meeting Saturday at 3 p.m. at the AHS, 457 Main St. Following the meeting will be a program on the “Commerce of peppermint in Ashfield during the early 19th century.” Find out why peppermint was so valued by the rural farmwife in the 1800s.


Kiwanis Club of Bernardston: Tuesdays, Vets Club, Hartwell Street. Social time, 6 p.m.; dinner meeting 6:30. Open to the public.


Speaker Jeanne Douillard will present “Silent Presence: The French in New England” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society of Greenfield, 43 Church St. Douillard will share the story of French-Canadians who came down through Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and then worked in our mills and factories.

Bag Ali Handbags and Accessories Sale Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St. Fall 2019 collection including handbags, briefcases, wallets, totes and backpacks. Fundraiser sponsored by The Gift Shop to benefit patients and services at Baystate Franklin. Payroll deduction available. Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Adult Day Health will be Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Julie Clark from GVNA HealthCare Inc. will talk about the benefits of Adult Day Health for clients and caregivers. She will be available for a question and answer session afterward. Free, but registration is required. Stop by the front desk or call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 to register. Funded in part by a Community Development Block Grant.

The Salasin Project: All programs are held at the Salasin Center, 474 Main St., with the exception of Dance Movement. Tuesdays: 1 to 2:30 p.m., The Nurturing Program for Families in Recovery; 5:30 to 6 p.m., Dance and Movement at the RPX (behind The RECOVER Project); enter on 1 Osgood St. Wednesdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m. Bag Lunch and Resources; 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Writing Group. Thursdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., Bag Lunch and Resources; 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Art Group. Thursdays: Family United Network (FUN). Fridays: Open hours from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact The Salasin Project at or 413-774-4307.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer will be offered Wednesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the YMCA. Pam Roberts facilitates. Free to individuals living with a cancer diagnosis and their support person. Program of Oncology Department of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Funding support from Wheeling for Healing. To register, email or call 413-625-2402.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Chapter 0395 (weight loss support group) meets Wednesdays at the Mill House on Wells Street. Weigh-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; meeting 9:30 to 10:30. The first visit is free; weekly dues are $2. Contact Kathy at 413-648-9741 or Eunice at 413-773-7430 for more information.

The Amputee Support Group has a goal of assisting amputees in their daily lives by offering them the opportunity to share ideas and support each other. Dr. Sohail Waien facilitates. Generally meets the third Thursday of the month, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Baystate Franklin Medical Center conference rooms, off the main entrance. Friends and family members are welcome. For more information, contact

Voices/Visions/Extreme States Support Group: This group, sponsored by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, offers free weekly meetings, Wednesdays 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 20 Chapman St. Open to people who hear voices, see visions or experience extreme states. No registration required. For information, contact AJ at

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a daily “All Recovery Meeting” each morning Monday through Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. All walks of recovery welcome. 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.

Al-Anon Meeting: Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beacon Light, Second Congregational Church, Court Square. Ring bell at side door. 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.

Bingo at the Moose: Bingo at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St., Tuesdays. Doors open at 4 p.m., bingo begins at 6:15.

Community Meal: The Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon. Open to all who are hungry.

Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group: Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. at LifePath, 101 Munson St., Suite 201, large conference room. Free group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Molly Chambers, group facilitator, at 413-772-0003 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2229.


An Expansion Project Update meeting for the Senior Center in Shelburne will be Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Mohawk Trail Regional School. This will be a joint meeting of the Selectboard and Finance Committee members of the towns of Ashfield, Buckland and Shelburne, the Expansion Committee, and Foundation and Senior Center Board leadership. Jones Whitsett Architects will provide an update and discuss next steps. Members from the three towns are invited to attend.

“New England Pie: A History Under a Crust” by Robert Cox will be presented Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall on Little Mohawk Road. Sponsored by the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club. This will be a mouth-watering history of New England pies, offering something for every appetite. Cox, head of special collections at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently published a trilogy of New England culinary history. He will reveal the Revolutionary roots of the celebrated Boston cream pie as well as the surprising evolution of seasonal New England favorites such as apple, cherry and pumpkin pies. This program is open to the public.

Shelburne Falls

Shelburne Historical Society Museum, located on the corner Maple and Church Streets, the former Arms Academy building, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Future events to be announced. Meet Curator Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette. 413-625-6150.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Chapter 179 meets Tuesdays, Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Weigh-in from 6:30 to 7 p.m., program from 7 to 7:45. Free first visit. Contact Mary Cromack at 413-625-0127.

Eagles Auxiliary: Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, State Street. The Auxiliary meets the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Community Clothes Closet: Community outreach of Trinity Church. Free clothing for all ages. Open to the public on the second, third and fourth Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations of clean clothing and bedding accepted anytime. Located at the lower level of Cowell Gym, 51 Maple St. For more information, call the church at 413-625-2341.

Turners Falls

St. Kazimierz banquet hall is available to the public to rent at reasonable rates. Hall capacity is 250, ADA entrance, full bar and kitchen. You do not need to be a member to rent the hall. For more information, call 413-863-4361.

Time for Mothers: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free child care for children up to 8 years old is provided in the Family Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries at 78 Avenue A while mothers visit the Women’s Center at MCSM at 41 3rd St. during open hours (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) 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


Preschool, Child Care and Home Visiting: For pregnant women and children up to age 5. Head Start provides quality services and early education and care to children through full-day and part-day classrooms, family child care and home visiting. Free. or 413-475-1405.

Pain Pals of Franklin County: The group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Community Health Center of Franklin County, 102 Main St. This is a chronic pain support group led by a medical social worker who understands chronic pain. To register, call Terry Desaultels at 413-659-3413. Free.

Learn to Cope: A support network for families affected by addiction. Meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Greenfield Community College’s main building, Room C-208. Meetings, free and confidential, are run by trained facilitators and offer hope, support, education and resources. Free overdose education and Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, available at each meeting. For more information, call Marcy Julian at 508-404-3539 or email

Common Capital is offering an intensive training on digital marketing, available to Western Massachusetts business owners and their employees starting Sept. 16. The training will teach business owners and their employees the best methods of reaching their customer base and growing their businesses. The focus will be to identify and convert customers to paying clients, utilizing content marketing, video marketing and paid traffic. The training, “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth-LIVE,” is available in Northampton and Springfield. A fee of $10 per class will be collected at the door. Those interested should text “Get CommonCapital” to 40404 to receive the invitation to register. Specific details, including locations and times, will be listed on Common Capital’s Facebook page at With questions, email

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