Neighbors: Signs of spring popping up

Hello neighbor.

I keep threatening that spring is around the corner. It has been a beautiful week, and I just got photos of the first signs of spring in Bernardston — Donna Newton sent me photos of beautiful purple crocuses coming up in her yard.

Now, according to my calculations, we are still waiting for the last two snowfalls predicted early this winter season by local prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy.

I believe the last large snowstorm was 21 of the 23 she predicted. Therefore, we have only two left, and remember, Farrah said all you need to be able to do is track a cat to be counted.

After looking at the five-day forecast by the National Weather Service in Taunton, we might say “goodbye” to snow after this weekend, if Farrah’s prediction is correct. On both Saturday and Sunday, there is a slight chance of snow.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind waking up each morning to a dusting, because with the temperatures we’ve been having, we’ll be rid of it by noon each day.

Then, it’s on to walks in the warm sun, ball games, gardens, and don’t forget, the ever-popular spring cleaning.

Have a great weekend.

NORTH QUABBIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is holding its 28th annual Home and Business Expo on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Athol High School on Main Street in Athol.

Admission is free and there is plenty of parking, I’m told.

You will be able to find many things home, garden and lifestyle there, and there will be a scavenger hunt, and a widescreen television will be raffled.

BERNARDSTON KIWANIS WILL HOLD a chicken pot pie dinner at the United Church of Bernardston on March 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served continuously during that time.

The price is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Proceeds will fund Kiwanis programs and projects.

POET’S SEAT HEALTH CARE CENTER at 359 High St. in Greenfield will host its annual “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” on March 23 from 9 to 11 a.m.

The center wants to extend an invitation to the entire community to attend.

The Easter Bunny will visit with kids, families and the residents of the center.

Admission is $3 for children and $5 for adults. Proceeds will benefit the center’s residents’ fund, which pays for activities throughout the year.

For more information, call 413-774-6318 or visit:

FRANKLIN COUNTY HOME CARE CORP. is offering free training for people who want to learn to co-facilitate nutrition workshops for seniors.

The two-day training will be held March 25 and 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health building at 23 Service Center Road in Northampton.

To find out more about the program, visit:

If you are interested, contact FCHCC Healthy Aging Coordinator Lesley Kayan, call 413-773-5555, ext. 2297, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2297. You may also email her at:

THE UNITED CHURCH OF BERNARDSTON will hold its annual Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service atop Huckle Hill, at Bella Notte’s parking lot, in Bernardston on March 31 at 6 a.m.

The service brings together members of the church, as well as First Congregational Church of Gill, Bernardston Unitarian Church, Northfield Trinitarian Congregational Church, Northfield Unitarian Church, St. Patrick’s Church of Northfield, and anyone else who wants to join them.

For more information, call Steve Damon at 413-648-9306.

ONE OF OUR YOUNGER NEIGHBORS, Laura Campbell, wrote me this week.

Laura is a senior at Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, whose class has been studying energy “from many different angles,” she says.

She and her friend, Emi Gregory, are collaborating on an action project they must do for class. They plan to create and sell hand-designed greeting cards that relate to sustainable and renewable energy.

Laura and Emi plan to donate the profits to Community Action’s Energy Assistance Program, which helps low-income residents throughout the county with their energy needs.

The two are selling the cards in packages of four. The price is $8 per package.

For more information, call 413-824-9798 or write:

PRISCILLA CAOUETTE of Greenfield wrote to tell me that she is looking for an organization or individual who would be interested in periodically picking up bottles from her home to return them for the deposit money.

“It’s a chore for me and I can’t store them to wait for the next bottle drive,” Priscilla says.

If anyone is interested in the bottles, please contact Priscilla at:

TO HELP SUPPORT VETERANS PROGRAMS here in Franklin County, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 232 in Greenfield sells military items, including service caps, hat pins, flags, decals, coffee mugs, and more, for all U.S. branches of the military.

Items that are not in stock will be ordered and delivered. The local chapter has a large catalog.

For more information, call Rich Rivers at 413-422-1076.

SOMEONE FROM MY ALMA MATER wrote me this past week to put out a request to you.

Turners Falls All Sports Boosters is currently working on a new design for all of its sports gear and can’t seem to find out when Turners Falls High School first began using the “Indians” in its sports names.

Does anyone remember?

If you do, please call or write me and let me know.

You can also contact Deborah Miller at:

THE MASSACHUSETTS ANIMAL COALITION and Department of Agricultural Resources wants to remind you to consider giving to the new Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund it has set up.

People may now make a donation on line 32f of their 2012 tax return form.

The donation will help reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs by spaying or neutering and vaccinating animals in shelters and animal control facilities.

The money will also be used to assist families who cannot afford services for their pets and provide training to municipal animal control officers so they can safely protect animals and people in their communities.

For more information about the fund, visit:

THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE will once again hold its annual four-person scramble golf outing on May 13.

I am telling you about this now to give you plenty of time to register and plan.

The outing benefits The Recorder’s Warm the Children, which provides warm clothing to needy children in our area each year.

Organizers are currently seeking individuals and businesses to sponsor the event. They are also looking for raffle items to be donated.

For those of you who plan to play golf that day, the outing will have a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $80 per person, which includes green fees, rental of a cart, food and prizes.

If you are interested in sponsoring a green or tee for $50, or if you would like to make a “flat donation,” make your check payable to: Franklin County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. The check may be mailed to: Franklin County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Attention: Norma Lovett/Golf Outing, 160 Elm St., Greenfield, MA 01301.

BY THE WAY, NEIGHBOR JENNA CARME said she had a similar experience to the one I told you about on Tuesday.

She had just had a meal at Gould’s Sugar House and came out to find a note on her windshield. She said a good Samaritan left the note saying someone had hit her car when leaving the parking lot.

Jenna said she called the police, after getting the number online from her phone, but started to get suspicious when the dispatcher didn’t know Gould’s or the Mohawk Trail.

She said when she checked her phone for what had been automatically dialed, she found she had called Shelburne, Vt.

Jenna said she called the dispatcher back and they both had a good laugh.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: 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 emailed to: up to noon on the day before you want it to run.

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