Talk of the Towns, Jan. 25, 2018

Published: 1/24/2018 10:07:33 PM

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 or

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.


Dick’s Angels Relay For Life team will be serving a roast pork dinner with scalloped potatoes and a vegetable on Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bernardston Vets Club on Hartwell Street. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries will also be available. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.


High Academic Honors: The following local students earned high academic honors for work completed during the fall 2017 semester at Northfield Mount Hermon: Gemma Ester Borra Paley and Isabella Natalie Lombino, both of Ashfield; Keith William DeSantis, Lucia Venetta Nuovo and Max Antonius Harrison van Baaren, all of Bernardston; Katerina Bushuyeva Stone, Conway; Megan Elise Hrinda, Deerfield; Maia Oceana Castro-Santos and Ella Anne Bathory-Peeler, both of Gill; Elizabeth Marie Biggie Flynn and Logan Akbar Waien, both of Greenfield; Richard Lyman Sturtevant, Leyden; Althea Maeve Tierney, Emaline Anna Relyea-Strawn, Heidi Lucinda Leeds, Marina Oakley Keator, Noah Henry Burstein, Peter Francis Dowdy, Rebekah More Keator and Sydney James duKor-Jackson, all of Mount Hermon; Ethan Shane Foster and Natalie Clare Foster, both of Northfield; and Laura Angelica Franceschi of South Deerfield.

Academic Honors: The following local students have been named to the academic honors list for work completed during the fall 2017 semester at Northfield Mount Hermon: Lily Sophia Rennick van Baaren, Bernardston; Emilia Lee Seaver, Charlemont; Laura Elizabeth Bertrand, Lucinda Margaret Brockand and Luke James Dillon, all of Greenfield; Siobhan Michelle Moore, Leyden; Amanda Rose Savinski and Amelia Justine Simmonds, both of Montague; Emily Elizabeth Majewski, Fiona Winifred Tierney, Katherine Ann Majewski, Taylor Mackinnon Donnelly Minshall, Audrey Rella Corrigan and Connor Ethan Theriault, all of Mount Hermon; Arwen Alythia Hansell, Lena Marie Carr and Ruthie Elaine Davis, all of Northfield; and Kathryn Taylor Byrnes of South Deerfield.


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.

Shelburne Falls

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

South Deerfield

Academic Recognition: Meghan Devine of South Deerfield has been named a Presidential Scholar at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., for the spring 2017 semester. She is a junior majoring in environmental health science. Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.


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. Free, drop-in playgroup with informal play, interactive literacy and conversations with other families and caregivers of children ages 5 and under. Contact Karen Green with questions at 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. Call 665-2890 for more information.

Turners Falls

Bingo will be played Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Tracey Bellville will be guest caller at this family-friendly event. GSB will provide cards, gag prizes and some light refreshments. Seating is on a first call, first reserve basis. Call Kristin or Kerri at 863-4316 to reserve a seat. Due to limited space, no one will be admitted without a reservation.

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. Call 863-9549 for more information.


Dean’s List: The following area students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, for the fall 2017 semester: Ethan Finnell of Bernardston, high honors; Caitlin Burnett of Conway, highest honors; Amelia Marchand of Erving, high honors; and Elizabeth Coster of Winchester, N.H., highest honors. Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

Dean’s List: The following local students were named to the Dean’s List at the University of Vermont, Burlington: Dylan Depalma, Leyden; Maria Emanuelli, Bernardston; Jessica Crooker, Northfield; Emma Taylor, Shelburne Falls; Hannah Henderson, Greenfield; and Hannah Bernotas, Sunderland.

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: or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at

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 and learn more at

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

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 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: 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.

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