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Neighbors: What’s your favorite ‘creamee’ stand treat?

Hello neighbor.

There’s lots going on in the county over the next couple of weeks, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet — let’s talk ice cream.

Recorder Editor Chris Harris has asked me to ask you, “What is your favorite ‘creamee’ stand treat?”

Does your favorite summer ice cream place have a special flavor?

Chris would like to share your responses in this year’s Recorder Summer Valley Guide.

She’d also like to hear from owners of creamees around the county. She’d like you to tell her about an unusual flavor you are planning to offer this year.

I guess I would be considered a little boring in this category — I’m a huge lover of chocolate ice cream. Sometimes, I like it with almonds or fruit, but it’s chocolate all the way, and never with candy added.

Please contact Chris as soon as possible at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or

TURNERS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI Association is looking for vendors for its first community tag sale, which will be held April 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school parking lot.

Organizer Doug Brown said the association hopes to make the tag sale an annual event.

For more information and cost to vendors, email:

LUCY FAGELLA, a potter in Greenfield, told me recently that her pottery was featured in Yankee Magazine’s March-April issue (Page 56).

Lucy’s pottery was listed in “New England’s Finest: The Made in New England Kitchen.”

Also, Lucy said on April 27 and 28, she will take part in the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail’s 9th annual Pottery Tour, a tour of nine potters’ studios throughout Franklin and Hampshire counties.

For more information, visit: or

THE BLIND PIG at 98 Exchange St. in Athol has pledged to donate 25 cents for every glass of “Athol Ale,” served for the rest of the month,” to the Athol Bird Club.

If you happen to be in Athol, stop by The Blind Pig for a cool glass of ale and a sandwich, and help a great local group that provides opportunities and education to its members and the public.

A NEIGHBOR WHO DIDN’T WANT TO IDENTIFY HERSELF recently left me a message asking me to ask you if there are any organizations in the county that would like used bridal or bridesmaids gowns with prom season fast approaching.

If you could use them, or know anyone who could, please let me know by calling 413-772-0261, ext. 280. Thanks in advance.

SHELBURNE FALLS KIWANIS CLUB is working with Mohawk High School Key Club and local police departments to conduct a bicycle safety rodeo at Buckland-Shelburne School on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

It is a drop-off event where adjustments and minor repairs will be made to bicycles and basic safety rules will be reviewed. Participants will be given a new bicycle helmet at no charge.

All students from the nine member towns of the school district are welcome.

TOM MUSIAK NEEDS YOUR HELP. He sent The Recorder a photo, which has “Musiak – Miller Falls” written on the back. He said as the family archivist, he’d like to find out who is in the photo, which appears to have been taken between 1900 and 1910.

Thanks, in advance, for helping Tom. Contact him at:

WARWICK TOWN HALL AND MOORE’S POND Beach Committee will host an evening of food and music on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. The evening will kick off with a lasagna dinner put on by the committee. Proceeds will support the annual water testing at the town beach.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and younger. Children ages 3 and younger are free.

After dinner, there will be an evening of music and dancing with Zydeco Connection performing. There will also be a presentation sponsored by Wooden Fender, a project of the Warwick Arts Council.

Suggested donation for the music and dancing part of the evening is $5. Children are free.

GREEN RIVER ZEN will hold an open house on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Montague Retreat Center, 177 Ripley Road.

Guests will have the opportunity to chat with sangha teachers and members, partake in refreshments, and collect membership information. There will also be an opportunity to try meditation.

HEATH FIREFIGHTERS ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST will be held April 20 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the town’s community hall.

The breakfast will include pancakes, local maple syrup, homemade toppings, local sausage patties, and beverages. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children, and $27 for a family of five or more.

Proceeds will go to the Health Firefighters Association to help provide additional services and buy safety equipment.

LOCAL AUTHORS FEATURED IN “As You Write It: A Franklin County Anthology” will hold a reading on April 20 at 11 a.m. at the Greenfield Public Library on Main Street in Greenfield.

Take some time to hear some of the county’s most talented senior writers read excerpts from their published pieces.

THE ARBORS IN GREENFIELD will hold an art show featuring local artists and residents on April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and there will be live music as guest have the opportunity to mingle with artists.

PIONEER VALLEY INSTITUTE will hold Valley of the Bands: Community Band in the Pioneer Valley concert on April 26 at 7 p.m. in the dining commons at Greenfield Community College. The program of stories and band music is free and open to the public.

Join Greenfield Military Band Director Al Benjamin and members of various bands throughout the area for an evening of music and stories from the valley’s bands past and present.

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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