A busy week over, a new month begins
Well, an exciting week is coming to an end.
We spent the first part of the week preparing and hunkering down for the “Frankenstorm” that wasn’t. Some of our neighbors experienced power outages, but thank goodness that was about it — and no one was seriously hurt.
Then, the skies slowly cleared and Halloween was here.
Grandson Justin and I spent the evening in Greenfield watching hundreds of costumed children and adults pass.
It was Justin’s first “real” Halloween, though all he got was some broccoli and animal crackers. Last year, Mommy dressed him as a chef, but the 2-month-old had no idea what was going on.
This year the little pirate — I wish now I had entered him in the costume judging — stood in the window of his grandfather’s downtown business, Home Furnishing Co., and watched in awe as superheroes, monsters, fairy princesses and others passed by on their way to line up for the Rag Shag Parade, which, by the way, seemed to be quite a success.
Justin did get scared once and wrapped his arms around my neck when an adult monster bent down and got in his face to say “Hello.”
I think Halloween is fast becoming one of my favorite holidays again — at least until Justin and Owen and Travis, who were too young to go out this year, are too old to enjoy it any longer.
I hope you all had as good a time as I did, no matter what you were doing.
So, now we enter another holiday season. Let’s try to make it the best yet. It won’t be long before we are welcoming a new year.
Where does time go?
SPEAKING OF WHICH, as a 1976 graduate of Turners Falls High School — Has it really been 36 years? — I was glad to see that a committee has formed to recognize graduates who have gone on and succeeded in their respective fields.
The Hall of Fame Committee put its first Turners Falls High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony calendar out last year and its second is ready and for sale at World Eye Bookshop on Main Street in Greenfield and Pipione’s Sports Store on Avenue A in Turners Falls.
Some of you remember Earl Lorden, who was athletic director, teacher and coach at both the high school and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The baseball field was named for him at UMass.
This year’s calendar also features Thomas Shanahan, Louis Bush Sr., Arthur Burke, Anna Wilson Garbiel, Paul Bourdeau, Mildred Zayac, and Julia Sivik Simoriski.
Last year, the committee featured Nina Baker, Therese Mann Hinkell, George R. Richason Jr., Ted Farwell, Philip Hoff, Walter Kostanski, Jane Allen Weiner LePage, the Rev. Stanley Aksamit, and Goldie Haigis Luippold Christianson, as well as the TFHS 1942 baseball team.
To get your copy, which is $10, visit World Eye or Pipione’s or mail a check for $11.75 ($10 for the calendar and $1.75 for shipping) to: TFHS Hall of Fame, 66 Little Mohawk Road, Shelburne, MA 01370.
For more information, call Therese Hinkell at 413-625-9746. Hinkell told me the main purpose of creating the TFHS Hall of Fame was to interest students in furthering their educations.
She said some of the people who receive the award meet with TFHS students each year during an assembly to discuss their achievements, talk about their career fields and encourage future recipients.
The committee is also looking for yearbooks, especially the early years, which may be left at the Carnegie Public Library on Avenue A or mailed to Hinkell.
CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN THIS YEAR to J. David Boles for organizing the ninth annual Green River Cleanup.
According to Boles, more than 300 volunteers cleaned 20 sites and collected more than 21 tons of trash.
Keep up the good work, David, and all of the volunteers.
GREENFIELD BOY SCOUT TROOP 5 will hold a spaghetti dinner Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greenfield Elk’s lodge on Federal Street.
The money the troop raises will go toward what its scoutmaster says is a “much-needed roof” on the troop’s cabin in Camp Avery.
The cost of the dinner is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Children 5 years old and younger are free.
BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH on Cheney Street in Orange will hold its annual fall festival on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be baked goods, crafts, a coffee can auction, books, attic treasures, a coffee shop, hot dogs and hamburgers and baked potatoes.
Swedish meatballs will be available for purchase to take home.
THE WOMEN’S GUILD OF WARWICK is sponsoring a food sale on Election Day at Town Hall. The sale will go from 8 a.m. until it is gone.
The guild will be serving soups, chili, bread, rolls and baked goods. There will be free coffee served throughout the day.
THIS IS JUST A REMINDER that Hope and Olive Restaurant in Greenfield holds a Free Soup and Game Night, a benefit party the first Monday night of every month.
On Monday, Arms Library in Shelburne Falls, which is in need of a new roof, will be the featured beneficiary.
Free Soup and Game Night is held from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
OPERATION TOUCH OF HOME IN ORANGE is still looking for volunteers and donations of money and supplies.
Supply donations may be dropped off at Adams Animal Hospital in Athol, Diemand Farm in Wendell, or Mount Tully Kennels in Orange.
Donations of money may be sent to: Operation Touch of Home, 93 Royalston Road, Orange, MA 01364.
To volunteer, call 978-249-9425 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org the day before you want it to run.