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Neighbors: The quest for the perfect Halloween costume begins

Hello neighbor.

I had breakfast Thursday morning with some of my family after the one-year anniversary mass for my late mom and found out that my children and nieces have completed the arduous task of choosing Halloween costumes for their children.

My grandson Justin is going to be a pirate. My great-niece Lexi is going to be a strawberry and her schnauzer Lucy is going to be a bat. My great-nephew Thaddeus will be a green ninja — a LEGO thing, I’m told — and his sister, my great-niece Amelie will be a ladybug.

The twins, Owen and Travis, who will be almost 12 weeks old on Halloween, are going to be tigers — Grandma just couldn’t resist.

I wanted to tell my son and daughter-in-law, daughter and son-in-law, and my nieces and their husbands that the task of choosing costumes is only going to get worse as the years go on.

Thaddeus is the only one of the six children who is old enough to know what he wants to be, so my niece Kelly, for the past few years, has had the experience of going hunting for “just the right costume.”

The babies, who range from 12 weeks to 14 months by the end of the month, don’t really care as long as the costume is comfortable and warm.

We, the grown-ups, are the ones who care to make sure everything is perfect, because we are looking to make lasting memories.

These aren’t memories our children will carry with them, as they happen long before memory has developed, but they are memories we will keep and share down the road with our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — and isn’t that what family and the legacies I talked about in a previous column are all about?

Go have fun finding just the right costume for your children — this is only for a short time.

I WROTE A STORY THIS WEEK about a teacher in Montague, her students and a fish named Connie Rivers, who wears a polka dot dress.

Nancy Meagher, the art teacher who wrote the book “The Fish in the Polka Dot Dress” with the help of her students, wanted people to know that her student at the time (2010), Abby Hoynoski, drew the picture of Connie Rivers that ended up being used in the book. She was not mentioned in the story I wrote.

Also, if you go to YouTube and type in the name of the book, which was uploaded by “connecticutriver” on Feb. 29, 2012, you can watch a video about the book.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF FRANKLIN COUNTY will be back at Pumpkinfest in Turners Falls with its pumpkin woopie pies on Saturday.

Penni Menard told me that the club introduced the pies in 2010, but last year lost its entire batch of 1,000, because the Rotary had stored them in the Greenfield Country Club and the club burned to the ground the morning of the festival.

Menard said the club is making a double batch for this year’s festival. She said proceeds from the sale of the pies will go to the club’s scholarship fund for local students.

The rotary will be in a booth on Avenue A in front of Couture Bros. across from the post office in Turners Falls from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

“People missed them so much last year, so we can’t wait to bring them back,” said Menard.

Hope to see you there — I know that’s one of the first places grandson Justin and I will be headed.

WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON JUST AROUND THE CORNER, Franklin County Home Care Corp. is looking for people to become “healthy aging” leaders.

Anna Viadero, spokeswoman for FCHCC said the agency is in need of leaders for its falls prevention workshops.

“A Matter of Balance” is an evidence-based curriculum that has been received well in the area, she said.

Viadero said volunteering to become a leader is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents who are available during school hours.

Volunteer leaders are trained and then present workshops in their communities.

The next training is Nov. 7 and 8 in Florence.

For more information, contact Lesley Kayan at 413-773-5555, ext. 2297 or e-mail: lkayan@fchcc.org.

FRANKLIN COUNTY HOME CARE CORP. is also offering the “Healthy Eating for Successful Living” program starting Nov. 5 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at South County Senior Center.

The workshop is free and offers strategies for adults who want to eat better and feel better — and who doesn’t want that?

That, too, is just in time for the holidays.

For more information, contact Lesley Kayan at 413-773-5555, ext. 2297 or e-mail: lkayan@fchcc.org.

THE KIWANIS CLUB OF NORTHFIELD will hold its annual Coin Drop fundraiser at the intersection of Routes 10 and 63 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

All proceeds will go back into the Northfield community in the form of multiple community-service projects.

At the same time, the Kiwanis will sell food and beverages at the first of three cross-country races that will be held at the Northfield Mountain Project.

ASHFIELD TRAILS will hold a grand opening hike of the new Outlook to Stroheker Road Trail on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Participants should meet at the Bear Swamp Reservation sign on Hawley Road before that time and will be able to enjoy the view from the overlook, Northwest Cemetery and the curved stone bridge on the old road from Buckland to Ashfield.

Hikers should bring water and a snack.

The three-mile guided hike will take about three hours to complete and there will be vehicles at the end of the hike to shuttle participants back.

For more information, contact Phil Pless at 413-834-5179 or e-mail him at: philippless@verizon.net.

THE TOWN OF GREEN-FIELD has scheduled its annual Veterans Day parade for Nov. 12.

This year, Charles Loven, the town’s director of Veterans Services, has sent an invitation to all businesses along the parade route to come out to the street as the parade passes to show their support for veterans.

But, let’s not stop there. Charlie said he would love to see as many people as possible line Federal and Main streets in support.

THE SHELBURNE FALLS KIWANIS CLUB, which “proudly serves the children in the Mohawk Trail Regional School district, is holding a roast pork dinner on Oct. 27 to support its scholarship fund and other funding it provides to help local children.

The dinner will be held at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on the corner of Main and Church streets in Shelburne Falls. Seatings will be at 5:15 and 7 p.m.

The dinner, which costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, will include pork, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, homemade applesauce and pickled beets, rolls, coleslaw and apple crisp with whipped cream.

For more information or to reserve tickets and a seating time, call Kevin Hollister at 413-625-6355.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS, which would involve giving a few gifts and some food, should contact Joan Arms of Adopt-A-Family, a small group of volunteers, at 413-774-4107 or at: jwarms70@comcast.net.

Arms said she is expecting the “wish lists” from social service agencies to arrive by Nov. 5 and will send them to prospective sponsors shortly after.

I TOLD YOU A FEW WEEKS AGO about the Bernardston Kiwanis Club’s plans to deliver chicken dinners to parade watchers at the town’s 250th anniversary celebration. Well, according to Daniel Devine, it was a big success, with club members in golf carts delivering more than 100 meals to parade-goers that day.

Devine wanted to send out a “huge thanks” to the organizers, volunteers, participants and observers who made Bernardston’s 250th anniversary celebration a good time for all.

He also said the club raised enough money that day to continue doing all of the senior and youth events it does throughout the year.

THAT’S IT for this week folks. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Tuesday. Justin and I are headed out into the county, including the Pumpkin Festival on Saturday afternoon.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to anita.alice.fritz@gmail.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 280 or her cell at 413-388-6950. You can also reach her on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: neighbors@recorder.com the day before you want it to run.

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