Talk of the Towns, Jan. 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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 Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Athol Congregational Church.


The second annual Franklin County Women’s Rally on the Greenfield Town Common and Court Square will take place Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. All are invited to rally together in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Greenfield Sister March, which was one among hundreds of other marches across the world inspired by the massive Women’s March on Washington. The rally is organized by Women Rise and will feature dynamic local speakers, musical performances and energizing activities. This is a nonpartisan, peaceful event. Those interested in attending can go tohttps://www.facebook.com/events/1371469082975406/ to register and donate. Registration is free and will help the group plan accordingly. Donations will help defray security, printing and support service expenses.

Dean’s list: Taryn Marquis of Greenfield, a member of the Class of 2018, has been named to the dean’s list at Providence College, Providence, R.I. , for the fall 2017 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve at least a 3.55 grade point average with a minimum of 12 credits.

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.


A ham and bean supper will be served Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Montague Congregational Church. The menu will include ham, baked beans, carrots, coleslaw, homemade brown bread, apple pie squares, coffee, tea and milk. Adults, $10, children $5. For reservations, call 367-2659. Walk-ins seated as space allows. Call for take out.


History of West Northfield: Joel Fowler will present a 100-photo slide show and describe the History of West Northfield from early Native American times to the present on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. Fowler is resident historian and member of the Northfield Historical Society.

Shelburne Falls

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


Dean’s list: Crystal Niedbala, daughter of Karen and John Niedbala of Sunderland, was named to the dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for the fall semester. She is enrolled in the Isenberg School of Management.

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 to age 5. Contact Karen Green with questions 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, 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. 665-2890.

Turners Falls

“Working with Wrought Iron: Ray Jarvis Presents!” on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Learn about the finer points of fabricating with wrought iron from local designer Ray Jarvis. He has been doing this type of work for many decades and will bring in some pieces to show. Free light refreshments provided by GSB.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Food Pantry & Thrift Store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St., 863-9549. 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.


Free film: “The Time Machine ” (1960) will be shown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wendell Free Library. A man’s vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when traveling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society. There will be a short one-half hour film before the movie, an episode of The Twilight Zone: “Time Enough at Last.” The showing is part of the monthly series of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror/Monster movies at the library. www.wendellfreelibrary.org or call 978-544-3559.


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: do you have Medicare but feel overwhelmed by your options? 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: 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 and a YouTube video of the group, go to: 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.com locally or at the Straight Spouse Network nationally at www.straightspouse.org.

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.

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 two, quick pick up and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.