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Neighbors: Enjoy winter while you can

Recorder/Peter MacDonald
A pedestrian admires a large snow sculpture of the clown fish Nemo created in front of Tim’s barber shop on Federal Street in Greenfield

Recorder/Peter MacDonald A pedestrian admires a large snow sculpture of the clown fish Nemo created in front of Tim’s barber shop on Federal Street in Greenfield

Hello neighbor.

Now that spring is around the corner, maybe we can all sit back, relax, and enjoy what’s left of winter.

Unfortunately, we tend first to focus on the negatives of a situation, and later start looking for the positives.

But not everyone looked at the recent snowstorm (named Nemo by The Weather Channel), which pounded Franklin County, as a nuisance — or at least some tried to look at the glass as half full.

Tim Dowd, owner of Tim’s Barber Shop at 72 Federal St., got together with a couple of friends to make the most of the snow piled 5 feet high in front of his shop after the storm.

Tim and his friends carved and painted a Nemo, the cute, lovable star of the Disney film, “Finding Nemo,” in the snowbank.

Thanks, Tim, for bringing a smile to otherwise annoyed passersby this week.

Also, in my travels since the storm, I’ve seen children playing in the snow and heard the excitement in skiers’ and snowmobilers’ voices. At least some are finding a way to enjoy it.

We all just have to remember why we love New England so much.

As a native New Englander, I know I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, and I can’t imagine living where a change in season is almost unnoticeable — though I have a tendency to drift to that place when having to drive during a snowstorm.

Not a lot of events to tell you about today, but let’s look ahead to March, so you can plan. I’ll remind you of some of these events as they approach, but you should probably mark the one that most interest you in your calendar.

GREEN RIVER YOGA AND MOVEMENT ARTS will sponsor “Living from Essence,” a talk on the ideas of the Gurdjieff-Ouspensky Work, by Dr. Rosemary Christoph of Shelburne Falls on March 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but contributions are appreciated ($5 to $15).

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will host “An Afternoon in Narnia” on March 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Join friends on an adventure with characters from “The Chronicles of Narnia,” by C.S. Lewis.

Library staff and volunteers will create the characters and some of the scenes familiar to young readers who have enjoyed the magical stories.

The event is free and open to the public. It is suggested for ages 7 and older.

For more information or to sign up for the event, visit the Children’s Desk at the library or call 413-772-1544, ext. 5.

THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION will hold its spring gardening symposium on March 16 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Frontier Regional School on North Main Street in South Deerfield. The cost of the symposium is $35.

Doug Tallamy will speak on “Bringing Nature Home” this year.

Your yards and gardens are part of the terrestrial ecosystems, which sustain humans and other life, and it is essential to keep them working, according to Doug, who is a professor and the chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, as well as the director of the Center for Managed Ecosystems, at the University of Delaware.

He will look with attendees at the important ecological roles of plants in local landscapes, with an emphasis on the benefits of designing gardens with those types of roles in mind.

In addition to his presentation, there will be 16 breakout sessions to choose from that day. Refreshments will be served. You must reserve a lunch (there will be an added fee).

For more information, contact Lucy Alman at 413-665-7174 or, or visit:

If the weather is bad on March 16, call 413-665-8662 for the new date.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library’s 22nd annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, which is open to all Franklin County residents.

The competition, which has been held since its inception in 1991, honors Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, who lived in Greenfield from 1821 until he died in 1873.

Tuckerman was considered to be a gifted poet by his contemporaries.

Entries must be received by March 11. They should be mailed to: Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301.

An awards ceremony and poetry reading will be held April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Capen Room at Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

For more information, contact Hope Schneider at 413-772-0257 or Cynthia Snow at 413-625-0105.

BOSWELL’S BOOKS AND POTHOLE PICTURES in Shelburne Falls are taking a stand against bullying by showing a 2012 documentary on the issue of bullying in schools on March 22 and 23 at Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St.

A discussion with the public, educators, students and the film’s producer, Cynthia Lowen of Amherst, will follow the showing of “It’s Time to Take A Stand,” which will be at 7:30 both nights.

Boswell’s will host a book sale and signing immediately following the discussion.

THE YMCA RELAY FOR LIFE team will sponsor a bus trip to Mohegan Sun on March 23. Pickup time is 9 a.m. in the Franklin County Courthouse parking lot on Hope Street and 9:15 a.m. in the Red Roof Inn parking lot in South Deerfield.

The bus will return to the courthouse at 7 p.m. that night. Refreshments will be served and there will be raffle prizes and a 50-50 raffle.

Tickets are $40 and, for that price, everyone will receive $10 in food tokens and $10 in gambling tokens.

If you are interested in having fun and helping a great cause, contact Mariellen at 413-773-3646, ext. 415.

FRANKLIN COUNTY COLLABORATION FOR CHILDREN is seeking nominations for its 10th annual Abigail Adams Eliot Awards.

The awards are given to one educator and one administrator who work or have worked in the field of early childhood education here in the county.

And new this year is its Rising Star certificates, which will go to newer educators who show tremendous promise in the field.

The winners will receive their awards at the Early Education Celebration and Seminar, which will be held at Greenfield Community College on April 25.

The deadline to get nominations in is March 28.

You can find a nomination form online at: You may also call Karen Green at 413-625-9587 for more information.

That’s it until next week. Have a great weekend all.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or call 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: up to noon on the day before you want it to run.

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