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Maureclaire - Tue, Feb 23, 2016, 5:33 P
Senior Woman Seeking Housemate
Senior woman seeking housemate in my Turners Falls apartment... shared kitchen and bathroom... $450 a month
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clegg - Thu, Jun 7, 2012, 12:57 P
Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15th, 2012……..10:00am – 11:30am
Greenfield Savings Bank Community Room
282 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Ma 01376

Our Seniors are very precious to all of us. In conjunction with the White House and their social media-based interactive sessions on the 14th of June, Greenfield Savings Bank is partnering with the Franklin County Home Care Corp to offer our local version of awareness. Linda Puzan, Home Care’s Protective Services program director, will bring knowledge and information to share at this meeting. Elder abuse has been deemed a public health crisis with millions of older Americans suffering yet an estimated 84% of cases going unreported!
Won’t you please come as knowledge and support are powerful tools. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of GSB. To reserve your seat, feel free to contact Aliesha, Kerri or Linda at 413-863-4316. Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor! Thank you

Linda N. Ackerman
Branch Manager- Turners Falls

413-775-8261 P | 413-863-9445 F
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Highlander - Mon, Dec 12, 2011, 12:32 P
looking for a job
Hi Michelle. I'm responding to your posting of Nov. 22nd. I am a senior who may have some work for you. Please call Liz at 863-2227. Thanks!
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mlkj21 - Tue, Nov 22, 2011, 4:05 P
looking for a job
Hello. My name is Michelle. I just moved to Montague about 2 weeks ago. I'm wondering if there is any work for me at the Senior center? I'm 21 years old, trustworthy, fun loving,and I like to help out. Some of my interests include, organic gardening, vegetarian cooking, hiking, meditation, etc. I am hoping to start working as soon as possible.
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wganshaw - Mon, Jun 13, 2011, 4:17 P
Transitions for Seniors begins June 17 at Senior Center
Hospice of Franklin County Offers New Support Group

The Gill-Montague Senior Center is offering a new group called “Transitions for Seniors: Caring and Caregiving” beginning Friday, June 17 at 1:00pm. Led by Winnie Ganshaw from Hospice of Franklin County, the group will address changes and challenges for seniors and their families when caregiving becomes prominent. Life planning topics include changes in health, mobility, family roles, finances, housing, and support systems. All are welcome, whether or not you are in a caregiving role.
The program is an exploratory session to determine interest in a support group series for seniors on the first and third Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, from June 17 to Sept. 2.

The program is funded in part by a grant from Franklin County Home Care Corp. and the Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs.

To register, please call 774-2400 for more information.
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rlpotter - Thu, Jan 28, 2010, 12:52 P
Tai Chi Classes
Annie Hassett is teaching Tai Chi at the Senior Center at 10:30 am on Thursday mornings. There is room in the class for more learners and all are welcome. The class meets every Thursday except the second Thursday of the month. There is a voluntary $2.00 donation per class but it is expressly voluntary. This program is funded by FCHCC. Please call the Senior Center if you'd like more information. 863-4500
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rlpotter - Wed, Sep 30, 2009, 9:23 A
FRTA forum postponed
The FRTA meeting on senior transportation needs scheduled for this Friday, 10/2/09, has been postponed.
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clegg - Fri, Jul 17, 2009, 1:32 P
Public Health Nurse
I am, Billie Gammell, the public health nurse for the Town of Montague and would like to know if I could post information on your website's calendar and possibly post articles (health related) in the newspaper at times. Could you post the following information on the website in the Seniors Calendar?

Monthly Health Screenings offered at the Gill/Montague Senior Center on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. July 22, August 26, September 22 etc.

Drop in office hours at with the Town Nurse on Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 AM at the Town Hall. No Charge: Blood Sugar, Cholesterol & Blood Pressure Checks, Referrals, Medication Review, Health Education and Sharps Collection Program.

I can be reached at the e-mail address above or at (413)863-3200 X 107.

Thank you,
Billie Gammell, RN
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clegg - Fri, Jun 19, 2009, 12:26 P
Senior Farm Share.
A "Senior Farm Share" program has several available openings. Seniors will receive a share of organic vegetables throughout the summer. The vegetables are available for pick up on Fridays at a location in downtown Turners Falls.
The cost is a one time fee of $10.00 and the program continues for ten weeks. For questions and an application please call Sharon Cotrell at Power Town Apartments, 152 Avenue A in Turners Falls. 413-863-9433.
Participates must be 60 or older and income qualified. Don't miss out. This is a really great program!
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clegg - Fri, Apr 17, 2009, 11:58 A
Meals on Wheels
The 2009 walk for Meals on Wheels is just steps away now! Walkers from the May 2nd walk will be collecting monetary donations at the following locations:

Sat., April 25: In Greenfield at Foster's Market, Greenfield's Market and Stop & Shop; In Turners Falls at Food City; In Shelburne Falls at McCusker's Market; In Orange at Worker's Credit Union.

Sun., April 26: In Orange at The Wal Mart.

Meals on Wheels provided 140,000 meals last year to homebound elders. Please give what you can so we can make sure everyone eats!

Read more about the walk at or donate online!

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084

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clegg - Sat, Mar 14, 2009, 7:21 P
Changes at the Senior Center Meal Service
Starting the week of March 16th, the Franklin County Home Care Corp. will only provide a meal site manager for Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. The Senior Center, has volunteers for Monday's meal. Congregate meals will not be served on Friday's until we have a volunteer meal site manager.

note: I am posting this as I usually try to for many events in Montague. However I find this just damn wrong. I have been to the Senior Center on many occasions either to video a show for MCTV, to write an article for the Reporter, to pickup a friends Brown Bag of food or to walk a friend over and this place is full of "Senior Energy".( If you don't know what that term means then shame on you.)
Services will be cut, we all know that, but this week I am sure the road crews will be sweeping the streets, someone will be getting overtime somewhere, gas will sucked up by idling vehicles and people just will not give a damn about our seniors. This is just wrong.
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clegg - Wed, Jan 14, 2009, 5:01 P
extreme cold update
Turners Falls, MA – On January 14, 2009 the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency provided Area Agencies on Aging, like Franklin County Home Care, with the following extreme cold weather tips. More resources can be found at Contact Franklin County Home Care for one-on-one help with questions regarding elders, caregivers or persons with disabilities: or 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Continue to be aware of the weather conditions by monitoring media reports.

· Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young. Also, consider your pets.

· Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs

.· Excessive exposure can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that is frozen. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately. Slowly rewarm the affected areas as you await medical assistance.

· Hypothermia can occur in extreme cases. The warning signs are uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care. If medical assistance is not available, slowly warm up the person, body core first, wrapping them in a blanket or using your own body heat. Do not warm the extremities first, for this drives the cold blood towards the heart and can lead to heart failure. Do not give the person alcohol, coffee, tea or any hot food or beverage. Warm liquids are best.

· Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity.

· When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions. Keep a fire extinguisher handy; ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly. Test smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors.

· If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.

· Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and friends to ensure their safety.

· To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze. Learn how to shut off your water if a pipe bursts.

· If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.

· Have a well-stocked Winter Home Emergency Supply Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food.

* Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a Winter Survival Kit in the trunk including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can & waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
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clegg - Tue, Dec 23, 2008, 6:31 P
FCHCC Disaster Planning Worksheets for Elders
Turners Falls, MA--Disaster planning includes planning for yourself and letting other know about your special needs.

Franklin County Home Care Corp. (FCHCC) has Disaster Planning Worksheets to help elders, caregivers and persons with disabilities prepare for the next winter weather emergency.

National Grid forms, for those on life sustaining electrically operated medical equipment, are available through FCHCC as are 911 Disability Indicator forms to automatically notify 911 responders of your special needs like mobility impairment, hearing deficit or speech impairment just to name a few conditions.

You can find any of these forms at Or you can contact FCHCC for your copy: or 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
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clegg - Fri, May 23, 2008, 12:30 P
Ombudsman volunteers training
For Immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2008
From Anna Viadero at Franklin County Home Care (contact info below)

Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteers advocate for residents of nursing and rest homes. Volunteer ombudsmen give voice to elders in need of help advocating for themselves. Training is provided by the State’s Ombudsman Program. The next scheduled training will take place June 18, 19 and 20th in the Northampton area.

For more information call:

Barbara Levy, Franklin County Home Care Corporation, [ Franklin County and No. Quabbin area] (413) 773-5555 or (978) 544-2259 x 241.

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
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clegg - Fri, May 9, 2008, 12:23 P
Meal on Wheels Walk
Turners Falls, MA--Thanks to the following businesses and all the individuals who supported the Walk for Meals on Wheels this year. We raised over $36,000, a 33% rise, from $27,000 last year, for homebound elders, memorializing staff member Deb Clogston, and Kristen Seaman, who delivered meals for 9 years. We are grateful to all walkers and donors for your help. Three walkers raised over $1000 each: Dot Black (Erving), Marian Holbrook ( Northfield ) and Autumn Tidlund (Greenfield HS, honoring Ken Iwasinski, who died in Iraq )

We deeply appreciate the following business sponsors: Greenfield Savings Bank, whose gift will help us build the Walk; Athol Orange Rotary, Yankee Candle, Bete Fog Nozzle, Renaissance Builders, Cherewatti Family Fund, Bank of Western Massachusetts, Franklin First Credit Union, Freedom Credit Union, Kostanski Funeral Home, Lightlife Foods, Sandri Companies, also: Appleton Performance, Arbors of Greenfield, Franklin County Rotary, Hospice of Franklin County, J.Lincoln Hirst CPA, Stobierski & Stobierski Attorney’s, Joe and Anna Viadero, WHAI, Greenfield Recorder, Town Crier, and the many prize sponsors, especially China Gourmet, Chandlers, Copper Angel, Dunkin’s, Elmer’s, Famous Bill’s, Friendly’s, Foster’s, Four Leaf Clover, Mesa Verde, Patty Cake, Rendezvous, Ristorante DiPaolo, Stop & Shop and Stillwaters.

Franklin County Home Care is deeply grateful for all this help so that everyone eats!

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
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clegg - Thu, Apr 17, 2008, 9:02 P
Series for Caregivers
Spring Series for Caregivers

The Spring 2008 series of workshops for caregivers will be held April 30 and May 14 at Jillian’s on the Two Restaurant in Erving from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be included.

The April topic will be “Giving Care/Taking Care: Ideas for Caregivers.” Facilitator Jeannie Martin will discuss how to take care of ourselves in ways that are healthy and helpful. The session will also include practical suggestions as well as discussion and problem-solving. RSVP by April 23.

For May, Communicating while Caregiving will be featured. Ms. Martin will discuss how to use communication skills to enhance caregiving, deal with frustration, and make things easier for ourselves and our loved ones. Resources and ideas about where to turn for assistance will be included as a part of the workshop. RSVP by May 7.

$5 voluntary donation. This series is open to the public. Reservations required at 413-773-5555 Ext 234, or 978-544-2259 Ext 234, or via email .
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clegg - Thu, Mar 27, 2008, 6:31 A
Senior Center News 3/31 thru 4/4
Press Release
For: Senior News:
From: Bunny Caldwell
Gill/Montague Senior Center

March 31- April 4: Gill/Montague Senior Center, 62 Fifth Street, Turners Falls, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. for activities and congregate meals. Council -on Aging Director is Bunny Caldwell. For information or to make reservations, call 863-9357. Meal reservations need to be made a day in advance by 11:00 A.M. Messages can be left on our machine when the center is not open. Mealsite Manager is Chris Richer. The Center offers a hot noon meal weekdays to any senior. A reservation is necessary and transportation can be provided.


10:00 AM: Senior Aerobics

11:00 A.M. Easy Aerobics

1:00 P.M 911 Cell phone distribution; The Montague/Gill/Erving TRIAD/S.A.L.T. Council will be distributing cell phones to elders from these communities, to be used for calling 911 in an emergency. These cell phones can be used while at home, in your car, when you are out for a walk or out in your yard. They can only can be used to dial 911. Advance sign-up needed


10:00 A.M Brown Bag distribution

1:30 P.M. Council On Aging Meeting


10:00 AM Senior Aerobics

12:45 PM Bingo


1:00 P.M. Pitch

5:00 P.M. TRIAD meeting and dinner


10:00 A.M. Senior Aerobics

11:00 A.M. Easy Aerobics

Student nurses from Greenfield Community College are coordinating the Montague Senior Health Fair at the Discovery Center. Friday, April 18 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00. All are welcome to have free blood pressure and blood sugar checks, and cholesterol screenings. Learn about food label reading and much more. Bring your medications in a brown bag for druggist discussion. Learn about any possible interactions. Presenters include; Dr. Brian Wadman, Ophthalmologist, Rite Pharmacy, Franklin County Home Care, YMCA, Consumer Protection, Hospice Services. There will be information, refreshments and door prizes. Put this date on your calendar. All are welcome.
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clegg - Wed, Mar 12, 2008, 1:26 P
Meals on Wheels

Help us go the extra mile for Meals on Wheels! Information and walk papers will be available Sat., March 15 from 10-noon at Foster’s Market and Greenfield’s Market, both in Greenfield. Come get ready to walk so Meals on Wheels can continue to help every homebound elder in need of a hot noontime meal and visual well-being check.

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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clegg - Fri, Mar 7, 2008, 7:57 A
Tax Stimulus Payments
Hi Everyone
There hasn’t been a lot of publicity on the "Tax Stimulus Payments". I am afraid there may be people that need it and will miss out. Pass on this information to inform anyone you can. Any questions call the Senior Center .
On Tuesday March 25 an AARP Tax preparer will be at the Montague Senior Center to help fill out the short form. Call to sign up.
863-9357 or 863-4500.

Bunny Caldwell
Senior Center Director
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clegg - Sat, Jan 26, 2008, 12:28 P
Stories From Seniors
Seeking Stories:

Local Color, stories by Western Massachusetts senior citizens about life as they remember it, celebrates ten years in print this year! If you’re 65 years old or older, live in Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden counties of Western Massachusetts, or have lived in those counties in the past, you’re invited to submit a true story from your life to Local Color #10.

There’s a 1500 word limit. No poems, please. Send your story via email ( in the body of the email, or as an MS Word attachment. OR you can send a hard copy (handwritten is OK) to:

Local Color
PO Box 116
Montague, MA 01351

Deadline is March 15, 2008 and the publication date is June 1, 2008. Feel free to invite friends to send their stories, too. Authors retain all copyright for their stories. Authors receive one free copy of the book and can buy additional copies at a discount.
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clegg - Fri, Jan 18, 2008, 9:21 A
Free Monthly News
The Good Life, from Franklin County Home Care is the only free, monthly direct mail or email (as a PDF file) news for people and professionals age 55+. Read about estate planning, health and wellness, financial tips, Social Security benefits, grants and programs to support your caregiving and more.

To subscribe call 413-773-5555 Ext 296 or 978-544-2259 Ext 296 or email

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
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clegg - Wed, Jan 16, 2008, 6:48 A
Upcoming Events
62 Fifth Street , Turners Falls 863-9357


Monday, January 21 at noon

MONEY MANAGEMENT EXPLAINED (FCHCC volunteer will explain the Money Management Program)
Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 A.M.

Monday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesdays, February 12 and 19 and March11 (advance registration needed)

VALENTINES DAY OPEN HOUSE (Come and see our newly painted Senior Center.)
Thursday, February 14
Donuts and coffee served from 10:00 to 2:00

From rainforest treasures to luscious treats, immerse yourself in the story of chocolate. In history, it was a gift for the Gods and a symbol of wealth and luxury. Join us at this fun and interactive presentation all about chocolate !
Thursday, February 14, 10:30 a.m.

SPRING PAINTING CLASSES (Taught by David Sund)Tuesdays at 1:00 P.M. March, 11,18 and 25 April 8, 15 and 22. Classes are open for all seniors. Registration $10.00 Gill or Montague residents all others $15.00
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clegg - Fri, Jan 4, 2008, 10:46 A
Money for Caregivers
Money for Nothing:

Most caregivers say "It’s nothing" when they talk about caring for a family member, friend or neighbor.

Caregiving is something--it’s very important work and Franklin County Home Care (FCHCC) has money to pay caregivers.

For more information talk to a Resource Consultant at FCHCC’s Information & Caregiver Resource Center: 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
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clegg - Sat, Sep 15, 2007, 9:52 A
Fall Programs

Pot Luck Lunch October 8 at 12:00 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share or pay $3.50 and enjoy the meal. Sign -up early.

Fall painting classes will start October 9 at 1:00 p.m. and continue for six weeks
$10.00 registration for Gill and Montague residents others pay $15.00

10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 11. Coffee & Conversation, join us for easy talk and morning refreshments

10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 11. Harborside Presentation on Benefits of Apples

10:00 p.m. Thursday, October 18 Veterans Benefits. Veteran’s agent Leo Parent will explain benefits available to veteran and veteran spouses

11:00 a.m. Wednesday October 31 Halloween Party Everyone bring a funny joke to share. Laughter is medicine. Come in costume. Prizes for the funniest, prettiest and weirdest . Bring a decorated pumpkin . Best pumpkin will also receive a prize. Donuts and cider for everyone. Judging during lunch. Let’s make each other laugh.

12:45 p.m. Friday Nov. 2 Trip to Harborside Healthcare for Lunch and Bingo

11:15 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 7 Community Preparedness…. Your role

11:00 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 13 Health Plan Options For People With Medicare

Flu Clinic Saturday Nov. 17 at the Turners Falls High School

9:00 a.m. Christmas Bazaar, Saturday Nov. 24

All programs are held at the Montague Senior Center at 62 Fifth Street Turners Falls MA. Unless otherwise stated. Call 863-9357 for information.
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clegg - Sun, Aug 19, 2007, 1:41 P
Ice Cream Social
For any of the users of this web-site that are seniors or any one that hangs out with our seniors, your parents are included, check out the Ice Cream social at the Gill/Montague this Tuesday at 1:00. Entertainment will be a comedian. I have been taping events at the Senior Center for MCTV and have found everything to be educational and entertaining. The Senior self-defense class put on by Detective Laster and Patrolman Lapointe was excellent and Aerobics was a lot of fun. So stop by and show some support for the Senior Center.
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