Talk of the Towns, Oct. 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. For more information, call John Dould at 978-249-5905 or email aelb@trysb.net or aelb@hotmail.com.

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

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Athol Congregational Church.


Roast Beef Supper: The United Church of Bernardston’s Second Saturday roast beef supper returns this week with seatings at 5 or 6:15 p.m. Menu will be roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, rolls and pie. $10 adults. Take-out meals available. For reservations, call 648-9306 with preferred seating time.


Community Clothes Closet open every Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church Colrain, 81 Foundry Village Road. Adults, children, something for everyone. All free. We also accept lightly used, clean donations.


Archaeology Lecture: Historic Deerfield will host a lecture by Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist, titled “The Ground Around Us: The Importance of Archaeology and Historic Preservation” on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern. The lecture is free and open to the public.


A roast pork dinner will be served Saturday at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St. The menu will include roast pork, salad, rolls and butter, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, apple sauce and knobby apple cake. Adults $10; children ages 5 to 10, $4. Door prizes. Reservations recommended. Call Marilyn at 772-2426 or 772-6935. Walk-ins welcome as space is available.

Community Meal: Stone Soup Cafe takes place Saturdays at noon at All Souls Church, 399 Main St. (Hope Street entrance). Local food served. Pay what you can. All welcome.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer Vet to Vet every Thursday, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status, to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 475-0226.


Students of the Week: The following Great Falls Middle School students were selected as Students of the Week for week ending Oct. 6: Grade 6, Ryan Bowden-Smith, Fiona Hutchinson; grade 7, David Damkoehler; grade 8, Kiley Palmquist.


Food Pantry: The community food pantry will be open Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The pantry is in the basement of Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. The pantry is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.


St. Mary’s Parish Fair will take place Saturday in the Parish Center, Cheney and West Myrtle Streets, opening at 9 a.m. One of the featured raffles will be a hooked rug wall hanging of the Holy Family. Creator of the rug, Joanna Bucci, won a blue ribbon at the Franklin County Fair for it. Raffle tickets are available from the Bucci family, Women’s Club members or at the fair. Raffle drawings will begin at 2 p.m. Beef stew and homemade pie will be served from 11 a.m., and a cash and lottery ticket raffle will offer prizes of $100 cash, 100 scratch tickets and $50 cash.


Second Saturday Supper by the First Congregational Church of Shelburne will be a full Thanksgiving dinner consisting of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, coleslaw, squash and rolls with apple and pumpkin pie dessert. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. at Fellowship Hall on Little Mohawk Road. For reservations, call 625-0127 or 625-2343. $12 adults, $6 children 10 and under.

Shelburne Falls

The grand re-opening of the Shelburne Recreation Courts will be Saturday at noon at 51 Maple St. There will be a ribbon cutting, popcorn, basketball, tennis, hula hoops, hopscotch and a Cowell Gym tour.

Free Community Meal: Offered every Friday, at 5:30 p.m., at Trinity Church, Severance Street.


300th Anniversary Celebration: The First Congregational Church of Sunderland, a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), is still thriving after 300 years. The congregation will celebrate this historic anniversary with an official 300th celebratory worship service and homecoming. A light lunch will be served. Worship service begins at 10 a.m., led by Rev. Barbara K. Seamon.

Frontier Regional CFCE Playgroup runs through June 8, 2018. Playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School each Monday and Friday, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come to the free, drop-in playgroup for a morning of informal play, interactive literacy and conversation with other families and caregivers of children age 5 and under. Contact Karen Green with questions at karen.green@frsu38.org or 665-1151. Playgroup will not take place during school vacations or weather-related school closures. This program is funded by the Mass EEC and supported by the Frontier Regional School District.

Preschool story time: Fridays, 11 a.m. in the Children’s Room of the Sunderland Public Library. These story/craft times are for children ages 3 to 5 and their families/caregivers. Each story time is about 45 minutes and includes theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s, women’s, 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. Call 665-2890 for more information.

Turners Falls

Chain Saw 101 with firefighter C. Walker Korby will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. With fall clean-up and wood stove time approaching, come and learn tips from Walker, a member of the Turners Falls Fire Department. He will give tips on chain saw tune ups, adjustment or sharpening. He will also talk about safety tips including protective eye-wear and ear plugs, and leather chaps and boots for the more serious chain saw user. Korby will highlight all precautions, including proper storage and maintenance. Feel free to bring your chain saw if you have specific questions. Light refreshments provided courtesy of GSB.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The food pantry and thrift store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St. The thrift store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food pantry is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is closed Federal holidays. The thrift shop is open to the general public and helps finance its food pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free, and additional food to help the victims of a disaster. For more information, call 863-9549.


An Estate Planning Workshop with Karen Jackson will be offered Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at Meekins Library, 2 Williams St. For more information, call 268-7472 or visit: www.meekinslibrary.org.


Helpful Programs at LifePath: Any plan of care starts with your needs. LifePath services provide 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 at LifePath allows elders in need to select their own care giver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, visit: info@lifepathma.org or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at lifepathma.org.

SHINE: Serving the Health Insurance needs of Everyone. 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 at LifePath at 773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email info@lifepathma.org and learn more at lifepathma.org.

Vigil for Racial Justice Every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact email@racialjusticerising.org.

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: www.eventidesigners.com or call Marcia Schuhle at 774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One to one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 625-6636 or email jcmalinski48@gmail.con. Visit: www.straightspouse.org for more information.

Counseling Referrals: The social work therapy referral service offers free, confidential referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 800-242-9794 to learn more.

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. This is a free, quick pick up and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.