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Happy New Year! What are your plans for 2013?

Hello neighbor.

I remember as a child and young adult rolling my eyes every time my mom or dad told me to “Watch out, because time really flies as you age.”

Well, I guess I’m finally there. I’m older and time is flying. The year is almost over, yet it seems as if it just began.

Last year at this time I had no idea I would be a grandma for the second and third time. I had no idea my life would take the twists and turns it has and that most of it would be for the good — except that the rest of it will be without Mom.

I had no idea I would be taking over for Irmarie Jones, writing “Neighbors” twice a week for you wonderful people.

I’m sure many of you feel the same and have tons of news to share about 2012, as well as your plans for 2013.

I’d love for you to share some of them with me at: neighbors@recorder.com.

Though 2012 was a good year, I’m sort of looking forward to saying “goodbye” and seeing what 2013 will bring.

There will be the constants in my life — this column and the time I will spend with Justin, Travis, Owen, and my family — just as I’m sure there will be in yours.

But, it is the unknowns that are a little scary and exciting all at once.

Where will Neighbors lead you and me?

Will you or someone you love do something worth mentioning to all of your neighbors, including the ones you haven’t met yet?

I don’t want to rush things, but I am a little curious to know who and what I will write about in Neighbors over the next year.

I’m also a little curious about your New Year’s resolutions. I’d love for you to share some of the more unusual ones with me before Monday at noon so that I can include them in Tuesday’s Neighbors.

You might think I’d be a little more creative in mine, but basically I’m vowing to lose weight, eat in a more healthful way, and exercise more. Boring!

What about you?

Until Tuesday, let’s all have safe fun welcoming in 2013 and let’s make it the best year yet.

I wish you all Happy New Year and please stay safe and keep in touch.

Now let’s see what’s happening in Franklin County.

I JUST HEARD FROM OUR LOCAL PROGNOSTICATOR Farrah Pomeroy and she told me that this most recent storm, which began Wednesday night, is the fifth of the 23 she has predicted for this winter.

Farrah said she counts a snowfall as part of her prediction if there is enough snow on the ground to track a cat.

“I do have a pretty fat cat, though,” she told me. “That could definitely skew my results a bit.”

AMERICAN LEGION POST 81 on Wells Street in Greenfield will host a New Year’s Eve party on Monday beginning with a roast beef dinner at 6:30 p.m.

There will be dancing to Sonya and the Black Diamond Band from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and hats and noisemakers will be provided. Coffee, tea, doughnuts and pastries will be served after midnight.

Tickets are $19 per person or $37 per couple.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 413-772-0857.

SNOW ON THE GROUND OR NOT, Forest Moon will spend a day on the trails of Hawley, and host a dinner and overnight stay to benefit the nonprofit that offers free programs for people affected by cancer in western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.

“Celebrating Cancer Survivorship” will be held Jan. 6 at Stump Sprouts Cross Country Ski Center and Guest Lodge. Proceeds will got to support Forest Moon’s free programs.

Its hearty buffet will cost $15, but seating is limited, so make your reservation. It will cost an additional $12 to stay overnight.

For more information or to register, call Stump Sprouts at 413-339-4265 or email: stumpsprouts@stumpsprouts.com with names and seating times.

For more information about Forest Moon, call 802-246-1368 or visit: www.forestmoon.org.

GREEN RIVER YOGA AND MOVEMENT ARTS at 158 Main St. in Greenfield will offer “The Multiple Personality Disorder Common to Us All” on Jan. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The talk by Dr. Rosemary Christoph of Shelburne is part of a monthly series offered on the first Sunday of each month.

The series is free, but contributions are appreciated.

According to Christoph, we all suffer from a “multiplicity of selves in sequence” and she said that everyone can learn to “meticulously and neutrally observe their own habits of mind, body and feeling and then work on self-awareness and self-remembrance.”

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

Also, call 413-625-0275 or email: rosemarychristoph@comcast.net.

THE BUCKLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY is still offering Robert Strong Woodward calendars that feature his paintings.

The calendars are $20, and proceeds will benefit the historical society.

Calendars may be purchased at Boswell’s Books and Sawyer News in Shelburne Falls, Andy’s in Greenfield, and the Buckland Public Library in upper Buckland.

They may also be ordered online at: http://store.bucklandmasshistory.org.

You may learn about Woodward and see his paintings at: www.robertstrongwoodward.com.

A FRIEND TO FRIEND, the nonprofit in Turners Falls that helps local families, held a celebrity bartending event at Taylor’s Tavern in Greenfield a little more than a week ago and raised $388.80 for the group that provides quick financial support to families facing life-limiting illnesses.

A Friend to Friend does this by pulling a family’s “community of friends and family together” and holding fundraisers to support them, according to those involved.

Volunteers are still needed to help set up meal calendars, work at fundraisers and collect cash for families in need.

Visit A Friend to Friend on Facebook.

WINNERS OF THE BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER holiday raffle, which I told you about a couple of weeks ago, were: Sue Coffin of Deerfield, who won a Kindle HD Fire; Mike Gilman of Greenfield, who won headphones; Rob Winn (town unknown), who won a Keurig coffee maker, and Roxy Rollins of Greenfield, who won a stone necklace.

The money raised will benefit the hospital gift shop.

See you in 2013.

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

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