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The Franklin-Hampshire chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays offers support, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their families, friends and allies.

The next meeting is Feb. 12, 6 to 8 p.m., in the conference room of Highland Valley Elder Services in the Cutlery Building, 320 Riverside Drive. Northampton. There will be support time, general discussion and refreshments. For information call the Helpline at 413-625-6636, or e-mail jcmalinski48@gmail.com, or visit the FLAG Franklin-Hampshire Chapter page on Facebook.


Cooley Dickinson-affiliated physicians, nurses, and representatives from the Cooley Dickinson Patient Family Advisory Committee will offer a lunchtime presentation on palliative care, Feb. 12, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the Goshen Town Hall, second floor.

Palliative care is a way to help people and their families manage serious illness, such as cancer, liver failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

Speakers include Jeffrey Zesiger, M.D., director of the Palliative Care Program, Maureen Groden, R.N., of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice Program, and Patient Family Advisory Committee members Ray Ducharme, Howard Nenner and Don Reutener.


The Easthampton Council on Aging Enrichment Center offers several programs in February.

The Active Adults Group will gather Feb.15 at 9:30 a.m. to snowshoe in Easthampton or walk at Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke. Call 527-6151 to pre-register by Feb. 11.

A “Power of Positive Thinking” program, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., features Kelly Broadway from Community Action discussing how to identify negative ideas, change thought processes, make better decisions and feel confident. Call 527-6151 to pre-register by Feb. 19.


The Cancer Connection, a community cancer support center serving the Pioneer Valley, has organized an Oncology and Ethics Roundtable to be held Friday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Mount Holyoke College. Lynn Pasquerella, a bioethicist and president of Mount Holyoke College, will moderate the discussion. The audience of professionals and the general public will participate in examining and discussing three case studies involving ethical decisions confronted by patients and their doctors.

A panel of local experts will share expertise. The public is welcome to participate. Pre-registration is required by calling Cancer Connection at (413) 586-1642.

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