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Neighbors: Dinosaurs once roamed a ridge in Greenfield

Still trying to return children to Erving Elementary school

Hello neighbor.

Well, Justin, his mom, and I went to Discover Dinosaurs at the MassMutual Center in Springfield this weekend. We all had a great time — us watching him, and Justin, in his wide-eyed amazement, taking in everything it had to offer.

All I can say is, “Wow!”

Speaking of dinosaurs, did you know that Greenfield has talked for several years about creating a geological park along what is known as the Poet’s Seat ridge, which begins at the east end of French King Highway.?

Evidently, you can find dinosaur footprints and lava flows embedded in the landscape there. I’m told the area was rich with dinosaur activity in the day.

Richard Little, a retired geology teacher who taught at Greenfield Community College for many years, has said that there aren’t many places like the ridge in the entire world.

“I think it’s the best place to study geology in the world,” he said of the site in a previous interview.

Little told me that Poet’s Seat ridge has all three major rock types: igneous, which are crystalline solids that form directly from the cooling of magma; sedimentary, which make up the majority of the crust; and metamorphic, which are rocks that have changed over time.

“Beyond the tremendous history of the town, and that area, you can find dinosaur footprints there and a lava flow that’s 150 feet thick,” Little told me.

I’ll be checking with Mayor William Martin this week to see if there’s been any movement on creating a park there.

By the way, I haven’t heard from our local snowfall prognosticator yet, so I’ll have to let you know the details on her prediction for snowfall at the end of the week.

On to what’s happening:

ANIMAL CRACKERS ON DEERFIELD STREET is holding a raffle to support The Literacy Project in Greenfield.

Animal Crackers will raffle off a tabletop 8-gallon aquarium with all of the components for decorative freshwater shrimp and live plants.

Raffle tickets are $1 each. You get one free raffle ticket with a purchase of $25 or more in the store.

THE ANNUAL TEEN ART EXHIBIT is going on now through Feb. 15 at Artspace Community Arts Center, 15 Mill St. in Greenfield.

Participating schools are the Academy at Charlemont, Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook School, Four Rivers Charter Public School, Ralph C. Mahar Regional School, Mohawk Trail Regional School, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Pioneer Valley Regional School, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, and Turners Falls High School.

Artspace tells me it is an exciting exhibit with 2D and 3D creations by teens from those schools. Artist statements accompany most of the artwork.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A reception for the teen artists will be held Feb. 8 from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. at Artspace. The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 413-772-6811 or email: info@franklyarts.com.

BE WATCHING IN THE RECORDER ON WEDNESDAY for our supplement publication, “In Business Since.”

This year’s historical theme is the Northfield Inn and Chateau.

Editor Chris Harris tells me the supplement has been very popular with county residents and others in the valley. Some past themes have included trollies and trains.

The annual publication is supported by local businesses, which are listed from oldest to youngest in the supplement.

“It’s a keeper,” Chris told me.

YOUNG ARTISTS FROM MAHAR Regional School will be honored at an opening reception at the Petersham Art Center on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Artists’ creations will be on display at the center through March 10.

Mahar art teacher Linda Paul Ganson, arts and music coordinator at the school, has brought together the best of student work, including paintings, photography, ceramics, multimedia sculptures, and more for the 2-year-old annual show.

Art teachers Nina Belanger and Helen Miller also helped organizer of the exhibit.

The Petersham Art Center is located at 8 North St. near the Petersham Common. The gallery is open on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. during the winter.

For more information, call 978-724-3415.

DOES YOUR SWEETIE HAVE A FAVORITE AUTHOR? If so, you might find a book by that author at the Friends of Greenfield Public Library Valentine’s Day Book Sale on Feb. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the library basement.

The Friends tell me there will be a nice selection of children’s books, and buyers will name their price.

There will also be books, movies, DVDs and CDs sold for $1 each. And, the Friends will have its usual bargain area, where you can fill a bag for $2. You should try to remember to bring your own bag.

I am told the sale is an important fundraiser for the Friends. The sale raises money for library enrichment programs, including the Homebound Delivery Program, Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, adult book groups, and all of the library’s children’s programs.


The committee for the project and contest is looking for artist proposals for the first sculpture of several, which will be placed in the fall on Deerfield Street on the open area near the corner of Meridian Street.

Caitlin von Schmidt, chairwoman of the Greenfield Cultural Council and Greenfield Business Association coordinator, said people are really excited about the project.

Eventually, Mayor William Martin hopes to see sculptures at all of the entrances to Greenfield.

The project competition is open to all artists living in the Pioneer Valley.

Application, including two- or three-dimensional models of a planned sculpture, are due on Feb. 4, so it’s time to get moving.

Applications are available by contacting project Chairwoman Susan Worgaftik at: suworg@comcast.net.

Also contact her if you have any questions.

There will be an artists reception for the finalists at Artspace on Feb. 25. The community will have a chance to see those sculptures and talk with their creators.

The community will vote for its favorite through March 25 and the winning sculpture will be announced on April 20.

MONTAGUE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH on North Street will hold a roast pork supper on Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will include roast pork, gravy, roasted red potatoes, candied carrots, spiced apples, breads, dessert, and coffee, tea and milk.

The price is $10 for adults and $6 for children.

You should make reservations at 413-774-7256. Walk-ins will be seated as space allows. The church group will also offer takeout meals.

HEATH HISTORICAL SOCIETY will hold the first of a new series on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Hall.

You can enjoy a potluck supper with friends as the society offers you a casual peek into the lives of Heath families of long ago.

Society members will do this through interpretive readings of personal diaries and correspondence.

All attending should bring a dish to share.

GREENFIELD CENTER SCHOOL will host an admissions open house and live birds of prey program on Feb. 3.

Nationally known raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi of Conway will bring several of his birds to the school and deliver a program from 1 to 2 p.m. that day.

After the program, from 2 to 4 p.m., each Center School classroom will have bird-related activities, projects and explorations for students of all ages.

Greenfield Center School is a kindergarten through eighth-grade school offering a progressive educational program since 1981. It is currently enrolling students for fall 2013.

For more information, call 413-773-1700.

I TOLD YOU LAST WEEK ABOUT A STUDENT from Pioneer Valley Regional School who received an “honorable mention” award at this year’s American International College 73rd Model Congress.

His name is Noah Koester. Information provided me by AIC listed him as Noel.

Sorry Noah. Congratulations, again, on a job well done.

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 until noon on the day before you want it to run.

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