Greenfield Notebook: Feb. 10, 2024

Whitney Robbins, pictured while painting a crow on the side of the Salvation Army store on Hope Street in Greenfield in 2020, will lead a Community Draw at the Greenfield Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Whitney Robbins, pictured while painting a crow on the side of the Salvation Army store on Hope Street in Greenfield in 2020, will lead a Community Draw at the Greenfield Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 15. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 02-09-2024 2:52 PM

Water Department looks to update inventory

GREENFIELD — The city’s Water Department is requesting assistance from the community to update its water service inventory.

Residents are asked to complete a survey from Tighe & Bond, the engineering firm that has been assisting with the process, at bit.ly/3HP3bWB. The state Department of Environmental Protection requires this work as part of the Lead Service Line Inventory Planning Grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust.

The Water Department also seeks to update water meters that are more than 10 years old with a new Badger meter. Schedule appointments to replace an aged water meter by calling 413-772-1528.

Greenfield has about 6,000 water service connections with no known entirely lead service lines. Almost all are recorded to be copper or brass. However, homes can contain lead throughout the interior plumbing and fixtures.

For more information, visit mass.gov/guides/is-there-lead-in-my-tap-water.

Feb. 11: ‘A World Without Bad Guys’

GREENFIELD — All Souls Church at 399 Main St. welcomes Eveline MacDougall on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. for “A World Without Bad Guys.” The talk will explore the concept that we can evolve beyond needing to see humans as either good guys or bad guys.

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Music will be provided by MacDougall (guitar and violin) and John Clark (French horn and bass). MacDougall will also lead the congregation in song.

There will also be a special appearance by members of the Fiery Hope chorus, who will sing an original work by MacDougall while All Souls Church rings its bell at 11 a.m. for 11 minutes on the 11th day of the month to raise awareness about climate change.

A coffee hour will follow the service, which will also be streamed on Zoom and YouTube. Email administrator@UUGreenfield for those links.

Robbins to lead Community Draw

GREENFIELD — The community is invited to draw with local artist Whitney Robbins in the Greenfield Public Library Makerspace on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The program is for everyone regardless of experience, but is intended for ages 16 and up. Robbins will get attendees started with some basic skills and then participants can play around with those techniques or go off in their own directions. Those who are interested are advised to bring their own supplies if they have them, or the library can provide paper and pencils.

Space is limited to 10 participants. While the program is free, advance registration is required by emailing librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org or calling 413-772-1544, ext. 5121.

Frongillo to present ‘Weaving 101’

GREENFIELD — Join local artist Mary Frongillo in the Greenfield Public Library Makerspace on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon for “Weaving 101.”

Frongillo will give a hands-on demonstration of simple weaving techniques using a cardboard loom and a dinner fork. Participants will have a chance to try it for themselves and take home a small tapestry or table decoration.

Space is limited to 10 participants. While the program is free, advance registration is required by emailing librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org or calling 413-772-1544, ext. 5121. The program is intended for ages 16 and up.

Exhibit paired with ‘Faces of Medicine’ screening

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center is launching a new exhibit in the Humanities Gallery, connected to the screening of the first episode of the “Faces of Medicine” documentary.

“Faces of Medicine” is a documentary series created by Dr. Khama Ennis that is centered on the paths of Black female physicians in the United States. Only 2.8% of doctors in the United States are Black women. This lack of diversity perpetuates vast differences in health outcomes. For example, infant mortality drops by more than half for Black women when their pediatrician is also Black.

The documentary series starts with recognition of the trailblazing work of Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler who, in 1864, became the first Black woman physician in the United States, first practicing in Boston. The series explores the journey of Black women practicing medicine today via live interviews, including with Dr. Rose Cesar, a gastroenterologist in Greenfield.

The LAVA Center’s screening will be held Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. That same evening, starting at 6 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the accompanying exhibit reflecting the work behind “Faces of Medicine.” The screening will be followed by a discussion with Ennis and Seth Lepore.

Environmental series

GREENFIELD — John Ward, who has owned Greenfield Solar with his wife, Claire Chang, since 2008, is the next featured speaker in the Environmental Sunday series at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew.

The free talk, called “Using Renewable Energy: Solar Panels,” will be held Sunday, Feb. 18, starting at noon. Attendees are advised to enter through the front doors of the church on Federal Street and to bring lunch or a snack.

The church hosts monthly Environmental Sunday programs from September through May. The next event on March 17 will focus on electric vehicles.

For more information, email Ella Ingraham at ejmai127@gmail.com.

‘Stove Bird’ screening, music set for Feb. 24

GREENFIELD — The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. will present a screening of the local short film “Stove Bird,” followed by live music by Ezzy P and HardCar, on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

“Stove Bird” is a horror-comedy written and directed by Ryan Arnold and starring Ezra Clemens Prior and Devan M. Arnold. A man moves in with his friend to escape the city only to be bothered by the persistent sound of a bird, or several birds, in his new house.

Ezzy P performs indie comedy hip-hop. He started doing standup and rap more than 10 years ago, and has released two albums of original music.

HardCar plays punk rock from the heart, providing catchy, danceable tunes.

A $10 donation is suggested.

Singing group, potluck meal coming to library

GREENFIELD — Organizer Ruth Witty invites the community to a singing group and potluck meal at the Greenfield Public Library on Thursday, March 7, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Witty stresses that the singing group is intended to be for fun only. No talent is needed. While there is no fee involved, attendees are asked to bring food for the potluck.

These events will be held monthly. For more information, email ruthswitty@gmail.com.