Talk of the Towns, Oct. 26, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., at 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.


Adams Scholarship Recipients: Mohawk Trail Regional High School announced sixteen of its students have been selected as John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipients: Brian Allen, Dawson Clark, Brianne Cousineau, Benjamin Cox, Chloe Doyle, Adrienne Harris-Fried, Heidi Kmetz, Emma Poplawski, Dominic Rachmaciej, Violet Rawlings, Jonathan Schuetze, Lilly Seaver, Matthew Taylor, Luke Viens, Sarah Vight and Morgan Young. These students have been selected for the scholarship based on their high academic achievement on the 2017 MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exams. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must score at the advanced performance level on one of the three high school state assessment tests in ELA, mathematics or STE (biology, chemistry, introductory physics, or technology/engineering); score at the proficient level or higher on the remaining two high school state assessment tests; and have combined scores from the three tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.


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.


Halloween Party: The Greenfield Elks Club will host a Halloween party for members and guests on Saturday, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. There will be a prize for best costume.

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.


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.


Decorate a pumpkin Saturday, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St. Free for all ages. Materials will be provided. Call 978-544-2495 for more information.


Shelburne Historical Exhibit: The Shelburne Historical Society Museum will be open today, from 2 to 4 p.m. The new exhibit will feature the Sweetheart Restaurant, the Grange and military history.

The Autumn Market hosted by the Shelburne Falls Farmers Market is looking for vendors. Local farmers and artisans are encouraged to sign-up. The market will be Nov. 19 at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To sign-up, visit: shelburnefallsfarmermarket.org.

Shelburne Falls

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

South Deerfield

Fall Bazaar: The Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 15 Thayer St., will sponsor its annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cheese, potato and cheese and sauerkraut pierogi; golumpki; homemade baked beans; pies; breads and other homemade foods will be available. Lunch will be served. Also, crafts and natural honey will be available.


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

Stress Relief Presentation: Nancy Paglia will present an informal session on Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. She is a therapist working with folks to reduce stress while achieving greater levels of optimal health and well-being through a variety of techniques. Paglia will be available for questions following the presentation. 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.


Workshop “Caring for Our Own After Death, Reclaiming a Loving Tradition” will be offered Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Diemand Farm, 126 Mormon Hollow Road. Contact Faith Diemand to register at 413-522-8515. A donation will be accepted for Peg Lorenz. The program will introduce home wakes and funerals. For more information, visit: www.peacefulpassageathome.com.


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.