Talk of the Towns, Feb. 1, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 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.


Dean’s List: Kelsey Waldron of Bernardston has been named to the fall 2017 Dean’s List at American International College in Springfield. Dean’s List students are full-time students with a grade point average between 3.3 and 4.0.


Dean’s List: Lucas Douglas Looman of Colrain has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.


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.

Millers Falls

Dean’s List: Bethany Zera of Millers Falls was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt.. Each semester, full-time students who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.65 are placed on the Dean’s List.


Students of the Week: The following Great Falls Middle School students were selected as Students of the Week for the week ending Jan. 26: Grade 6 — Derek Wissmann; Grade 7 — Sorin Cioclea and Taylana Pabon; Grade 8 — Britney Lambert.

Dean’s List: Trenton James Bourbeau of Montague has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.


Dinner: Orange United Methodist Church, 104 South Main St., will serve a pork roast dinner Saturday at 5 p.m. The menu will be roast pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls and a brownie and ice cream dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults; children ages 12 and younger are $5. Tickets will be available at the door. To reserve tickets, call Judy at 508-517-3063. Open to the public.

Shelburne Falls

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


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 ages 0 to 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

Aging in Place Builders presentation will take place Saturday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Have you thought about how you will fare with your home in the future? Will you need railings? How steep or narrow are your steps? Are entrances wide enough to accommodate a walker/wheelchair? Aging in place builders can help evaluate your home to insure that you stay there. The LaBombard family and their crew will share a Power Point presentation followed by a discussion period. Free light refreshments courtesy of Greenfield Savings Bank.

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.


Accepting Scholarship Applications: The North Quabbin Cruisers announces the availability of its scholarship applications, for post-graduate students who will be furthering their education in an automotive related field. Applications can be obtained from the following guidance departments: Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Franklin County Technical School, Athol High School, Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, Quabbin Regional High School, Narragansett Regional High School. Applications also may be obtained from any North Quabbin Cruiser member or by contacting NQC Club President Robert Harris at 978-544-3426.

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.