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Hello, neighbor.

Today I want to talk to you about good deeds.

Most of us have either done a good deed at some point in our life, or have been on the receiving end of one. Many times, they go unnoticed by the rest of the world — we certainly don’t shout them out to everyone. But, maybe we should.

After all, might something you’ve done, or something someone has done for you, inspire others to follow suit?

A good deed isn’t just something we should do for someone we know or love. How many times do we hear about the person who paid for a stranger’s coffee or ran errands for, or just spent a little time visiting, an elderly neighbor, even though they have a busy life?

My mom always told me what goes around, comes around. She meant that, good and bad.

Please tell me about all of the good deeds happening right here in our backyard. My contact information is at the end of this column.

Let’s get something going here, where we’re all doing a little something to make someone else’s life better. Imagine a Franklin County full of good deeds and good-deed doers.

It doesn’t have to cost anything, just a little of your time. I’m talking seconds in some instances. Plan one out, or be spontaneous about it.

Have a great weekend, and let’s all stay safe with the impending winter storm that’s looming.

And, by the way, now that the weather is getting better, except for this weekend, I am going to start making good on my promise to visit every Franklin County town beginning in March, so I’ll see you around — I’ll be the one with the handsome little blond boy.

THE GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will host Ted Cromack, who will read from and discuss his new novel, “The Campus Murders,” on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Ted will be in the LeVanway Meeting Room to talk about the book, which concerns a series of murders that disrupt the peace and quiet of a small university in a quiet, idyllic village nestled in the hills of western New England. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and he will sign them. There will also be copies of his first novel, “The River Flows.”

The program is free and open to the public.

NANCY PACIOREK called me this past week to tell me about the TRIAD Senior Pet Food Program, which was started a few years ago to help seniors and shut-ins feed their animals. Nancy said there is a box at Foster’s Super Market, on Allen Street in Greenfield, near the cashiers. She said Foster’s customers fill the box each week.

“We are so grateful,” she said. “And so are the people we deliver the food to.”

She said when TRIAD officers visit homes for other reasons, they bring those with pets the food that has been collected. Nancy wasn’t able to tell me how many seniors and pets are served through this program, but she said a “good number.”

Nancy said, customer or not, you can bring pet sweaters and jackets, toys, and food into Foster’s and leave them in the box.

“Foster’s customers have been phenomenal,” she said.

It doesn’t surprise me — you good people always come through.

IT’S TIME FOR the annual Peacemaker Awards to be given to young people throughout the county.

The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations (the deadline is April 5) of deserving teens who are in eighth grade through their senior year in high school. Information and nomination forms are available at: www.interfaithcounciloffranklincounty.org or www.traprock.info. You can also call 413-522-5978.

The awards program will be held May 16 at 7 p.m. at Greenfield Community College.

THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE will hold a farewell open house for Capt. Gary Hawkins, who is retiring this month after 41 years of service. The open house will be held March 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Meadows Golf Course restaurant and bar on Deerfield Street. His wife, Cindy, my cousin, would like anyone who knows Gary and wants to wish him well to stop by.

Again, congratulations, Gary, and happy birthday. He will officially retire on Tuesday — his birthday and their anniversary.

I will see you all there.

STUDENTS in kindergarten through Grade 11 in the Our Lady of Peace Church in Turners Falls religious education program will be running a benefit dinner for one of their peers, Ally Deso. Eight-year-old Ally, who is a twin, was diagnosed, before she was born, with having enlarged brain ventricles and a small chin. She and her sister Katie were born at 27 weeks, and since then, Ally has suffered through numerous operations to correct a number of problems.

The ziti and meatball dinner will be March 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. There will also be a multi-raffle table there. Reserve tickets by calling 413-863-2585.

The really nice thing about this dinner is that the children in the religious program will work on all aspects of the dinner, including serving and cleanup. This is exactly what I mean when I talk about doing good deeds.

See you there!

TRUSTEES AND FRIENDS OF TILTON LIBRARY in South Deerfield will hold a wine- and micro-brew-tasting fundraiser on March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chandler’s Restaurant at Yankee Candle Co.

Steve Schecterle, owner of the Spirit Shoppe in South Deerfield, will partner with Chandler’s for the third time to present an educational piece on an impressive collection of local beers and a wide range of wines, I’m told. There will also be a silent auction with local arts, crafts and electronics. Proceeds will benefit the library. Advanced tickets are $20. You can purchase those at the library or the Spirit Shoppe. Tickets are $25 at the door. For more information, call 413-665-4683 or visit: www.tiltonlibrary.org.

GREENING GREENFIELD AND TRAPROCK will present “Reclaiming Democracy,” during its film and discussion on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Second Congregational Church on Court Square in Greenfield.

“Reclaiming Democracy” explains how to do just that, and how to make a difference in deciding the quality of life in any community. The film is free, but donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be served.

STEWARDSHIP DAY WILL BE HELD at the Millers River Environmental Center in Athol on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

North Quabbin Trails Association and Athol Bird Club will host the get-together at the center on Main Street. There will be some painting done and cleanup of the staircase. Volunteers will also help establish a library and do some other cleaning. Volunteers should met at the center just before 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Dave Small at: dave@dhsmall.net.

BOSWELL’S BOOKS AND POTHOLE PICTURES in Shelburne Falls will show a documentary on bullying in Memorial Hall today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. “It’s Time to Take a Stand,” by Cynthia Lowen of Amherst will be shown and a discussion will follow. After the discussion, Boswell’s will host a book sale and signing.

LEA BANKS OF CONWAY is writing a book of poems, “Sassy Girl Meets Aunt Maude,” and a play, and is hoping to finish them at the Vermont Studio Center, where she has been offered a partial fellowship. The center touts itself as the “largest international artists and writers residency program in the country.”

The problem, Lea said, is that the fellowship doesn’t cover the full price of her stay. She must raise $2,950, and so far has raised half of that, or $1,470. She is asking for her neighbors’ help.

If you would like to help Lea, check out: www.indiegogo.com/projects/316832/wdgi/2112406 or contact her at lea@leabanks.com.

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 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: neighbors@recorder.com up to noon on the day before you want it to run.

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