Just wondering: What’s in store for us this winter?

  • On Main Street

    On Main Street

  • Chris Dodson is followed by Cheri Knight, both of Greenfield, as they head out into the woods at Highland Park to do some back country skiing in Tuesday's fresh powder. Franz

    Chris Dodson is followed by Cheri Knight, both of Greenfield, as they head out into the woods at Highland Park to do some back country skiing in Tuesday's fresh powder. Franz

  • On Main Street
  • Chris Dodson is followed by Cheri Knight, both of Greenfield, as they head out into the woods at Highland Park to do some back country skiing in Tuesday's fresh powder. Franz

Hello neighbor.

Well, we’re heading into December and we haven’t had a major snowstorm or freezing temperatures yet, so I guess we can’t complain.

It looks like all of you snow lovers and skiers will have to wait a bit longer, but we aren’t sure just how long because I can’t reach Richard “Dick” Pomeroy, who gave my predecessor Irmarie Jones his snowfall predictions for many years.

Dick, if you are reading this, please contact me at 413-772-0261, ext. 280, and “thank you,” in advance.

I was able to get a little information from the 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac, though. I guess we should brace ourselves for colder temperatures this winter, as well as more snowfall than we’ve experienced over the past few winters.

I’m not looking forward to driving from Shutesbury in the snow, but this is the first winter Justin will be able to play in the snow and I, for one, can’t wait. Owen and Travis will be just turning 6 months old when spring arrives, so they won’t get in on the fun this year.

Justin, who celebrated his first birthday in August, loved swimming this past summer and couldn’t resist kicking pile after pile of leaves this fall, so I’m thinking my little snow angel will have a blast this winter.

For all of you first-time grandparents who have contacted me and thanked me for writing about my first-time grandmother experiences, make sure you’ve got a heavy coat, warm hat and mittens, and lots of patience, because you’ll be spending a lot of time frolicking in the white stuff this year.

So, when you see those first flakes falling, pull back, count to 10, and try to remember all of the good they will bring — time with the most precious people on earth.

But let me tell you about some upcoming events,

DO YOU DECORATE OUTSIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS? If you do, share your holiday spirit with Recorder readers by calling Chris Harris at 413-772-0261, ext. 265.

Chris may send a photographer to take a picture of your front door or lawn display and save them to use in next year’s Recorder Gift Guides.

THREE CHURCHES IN NORTHFIELD will continue a 25-year-old tradition on Saturday by each holding their Christmas fairs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First Parish Unitarian Church, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, and Trinitarian Congregational Church, all on Main Street, will offer crafts, wreaths, baked goods, candies, silent auctions and more.

Trinitarian’s Holly Berry Fair will have baked goods, wreaths, a tag sale, crafts and a silent auction.

St. Patrick’s Elves’ Bazaar will have lunch, baked goods, religious items, toys, wreaths, handmade items and raffles.

First Parish Unitarian’s Candy Cane Fair will offer crafts, baked goods, wreaths, thrift items, raffles, a silent auction and a luncheon.

Santa will visit all three — sounds like a great time for Grandma and Justin.

THE SCOTTISH RITE MASONS IN THE VALLEY OF GREENFIELD are going to be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” again this year.

On Dec. 18, Santa will call children from around the county and beyond, but first, moms and dads must pick up forms and fill them out so Santa knows who he’s talking to.

Allen Ripingill, chairman of “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus,” said more than 100 calls were made last year to children here in the county, throughout the state and out of state.

Forms are available at: Carnegie Library, Scotty’s Convenience Store on the hill, 2nd Street Baking Co. on Fourth Street, all in Turners Falls, and Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Greenfield Public Library and Greenfield Garden Cinemas, and Foster’s Super Market, all in Greenfield.

“ONCE A SCOUT, ALWAYS A SCOUT,” Debbie Delabruere, den leader of Cub Scouts Pack 9 in Northfield, told me this week — and she’s got the proof.

Her pack, along with Boy Scout Troop 9 in Northfield — the pack and troop have members who live throughout Franklin County — was making bow and arrow sets and marshmallow shooters to sell to raise money to subsidize the trips the two take throughout the year when they realized they needed more materials.

Debbie called plumber Mike Hubbard, a former scout and den leader, of Hubbard Heating and Cooling in Northfield, and after a few phone calls made by him, the scouts had most of their materials donated by Franklin County Plumbing Supply in Greenfield.

Debbie said the money the kids raise selling those items will allow them to take trips to museums and to take their yearly trip to Fall River’s Battleship Cove, where they sleep on the USS Massachusetts.

She said F.W. Webb Co. of Greenfield provided some materials at cost and Aubuchon Hardware in Greenfield discounted the duct tape the scouts purchased.

“They were all scouts at one point,” said Debbie.

The scouts will sell the bow and arrow sets and the marshmallow shooters, which will come with a bag of mini marshmallows, for $7 each on Saturday at the Northfield Elementary School’s holiday bazaar and on Dec. 8 at the 7th annual “A Special Day in Northfield” event, which will be held along Main Street. The scouts will be located in their scout house next to the police station.

For more information on becoming a scout, contact Chris Scott at 413-498-4414 — children from all Franklin County towns are welcome.

ATHOL BIRD AND NATURE CLUB will be holding numerous events and meetings throughout the winter.

According to David Small, winter finches, including evening and pine grosbeaks, red- and white-winged crossbills, pine siskins and common redpolls have already appeared on the local scene, so bird watchers are out there and you could join them. Now is as good a time as any to pursue your interest and a club like this can help.

You should check the bird and nature club out at: www.millersriver.net/abnc. Also, email David Small at: dave@dhsmall.net.

HEY GREENFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS, it’s not too early to start thinking about your film for the Greenfield Schools Film Festival, which will be held April 26 and 27.

Any students in kindergarten through high school who attend Greenfield public schools or the Virtual Academy may enter.

Films at the high school level may be five minutes or less.

Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place winners in elementary, middle and high school categories.

The deadline for submission will be in March, so start thinking about it now — we all know how time flies.

For more information, contact the Greenfield school system at 413-772-1300.

ARTSPACE AT 15 MILL ST. IN GREENFIELD will display the paintings of local artist Gary Fiske-White from now through Dec. 21.

A reception there for Fiske-White will be held Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pat and Tex LaMountain will perform.

The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit: www.franklyarts.com.

THE PIONEER CONSORT WILL PERFORM its fourth annual “Noel” holiday concert at the Brick Church in Old Deerfield on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

A donation of $10 is suggested.

For more information, call 413-772-0328 or email: info@nixworks.com. Also, visit: www.pioneerconsort.com.

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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