Neighbors: Share your knowledge of the county

Hello neighbor.

We have such a rich history here in Franklin County.

Unfortunately, some of it has been lost over the years — or people don’t know where to look for it.

Some residents have passed and taken memories and stories with them, leaving family, relatives and friends with a memento or two, but no way to know what they mean.

Martha Daniels contacted me recently, asking if I could ask whether you remember the Montague Mountaineers, a country music group that played throughout the county in the 1940s.

“Dad was one of the members,” Martha told me. “They played locally and at amateur night at the Montague Town Hall.”

She said the group was also featured on WHAI radio at times and did some competing.

Please contact Martha at 413-586-4238.

My dad also asked me recently if I could ask you whether you know anything about The Daughters of Pocahontas, a group that met in Lake Pleasant in the early 1900s.

“I don’t know anything about them,” Dad told me. “I have a pin that belonged to my Aunt Anna, which is dated 1934, but know nothing about it. I’m curious.”

Do you remember either of these groups? If so, please contact me at 413-772-0261, ext. 280, and I will share with everyone in one of my upcoming Neighbors.

Let’s not let the treasures of our past slip away with time or our loved ones.

Now, let’s see what’s going on over the next week. Have a great weekend.

ERVING SENIOR CENTER WILL HOLD an open house on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be demonstrations of different exercise programs offered there, as well as line dancing, Tai Chi, and yoga.

There will also be exhibits of paintings, quilts, and knitting projects.

Refreshments will be served at the one-year anniversary event. The new “green” building opened one year ago.

The new center is located at 1 Care Drive (Route 63), which is just beyond Erving Elementary School.

For more information, contact Polly at 413-423-3649.

THE ARBORS AT GREENFIELD is inviting the public to a “Personal Business Organizing for Older Adults” talk on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Arbors, 15 Meridian St.

The presentation by Betsey Yetter, owner of Loose Ends, will include a discussion about which paperwork to keep and for how long, which to toss, how to reduce junk mail, where to keep paperwork, and when to update records.

Yetter, who has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in business, will also talk about how to replace important papers.

Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited, so call 413-774-4400 to reserve a seat.

WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD? That is the question “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives,” will attempt to answer on Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. in Green Fields Market, 144 Main St. in Greenfield.

There will be a post-film discussion with Jack Kittredge, policy director of Northeast Organic Farming Association.

A $5 donation is suggested. Put it on your calendar.

FRANKLIN COUNTY HOME CARE CORP. is sponsoring a “Health Eating for Successful Living” workshop at the Shelburne Falls Senior Center on Main Street in Shelburne Falls throughout the winter.

The workshop, which will be run by Leslie Kayan of FCHCC, is free and open to the public. It will be held Mondays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. until further notice.

Anyone who would like to register for the workshop should contact Leslie at 413-773-5555, ext. 2297 or email:

THE DRAMA CIRCLE will present “Trudi,” a one-woman variety show at Athol Orange Community Television, 163 South Main St. on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.

Singer, actor and director Trudi Goodman will be the woman.

The event is sponsored by the performing arts division of Arts for Life: The Drama Circle, which is dedicated to original works for the stage and screen. Events are free and open to the public.

“Trudi” features songs, original stories and a variety of characters culled from more than 30 years of stage and film experience and as a stand-up comedian, improv actor, historical re-enactment tour guide and professional musician and singer — WOW!

Trudi has appeared in a number of films, including “Gone Baby Gone,” “Grown Ups,” and “The Departed.”

She has performed other one-woman shows.

For more information, contact Genevieve Fraser at 978-544-1872 or email her at:

ANNE CORRINET AND PIONEER WOMEN’S NETWORK, made three seniors’ holidays a little more joyous this year, according to Edin Thompson, administrator of Buckley HealthCare Center.

Edin said Corrinet and her staff “adopted” three Buckley residents who have limited or no family involvement. They bought them gifts to enjoy on Christmas Day.

“While we often remember and provide for children in need at this time of year, it was so sweet of them to think of our residents, who also have needs that might otherwise not be met.”

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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