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Neighbors: Independent movie filmed in Greenfield video game store

Hello neighbor.

The filming of an independent movie at Video Games Etc. on Main Street in Greenfield recently caused quite the stir when Greenfield police responded to reports of the FBI standing on Main Street holding guns.

The store recently added its name to a list of Franklin County businesses that will eventually see themselves on the big screen.

Owner Todd Cousineau told me that he and his store will be featured in “Temporary File,” a film being made by an independent film company out of Springfield. “My part is small, but the FBI is investigating me, the shop owner.”

He said he got the gig because the movie producer’s brother did some computer work for him a while back.

“I’m not sure if they’re done, so they may be back,” said Todd. So don’t get too upset if you see men with guns heading into Video Games Etc. in the middle of the day.

LOCAL AUTHOR AND FARMER Barbara Parry will read from and discuss her new book “Adventures in Yarn Farming” at Boswell’s Books, 10 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. I’m told you should arrive early for a good seat. The book offers a view on fiber farming and yarn craft through the eyes of a shepherd, textile artisan and, now, author. The event is free and open to the public.

GILL FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION is selling Christmas trees at the Four Winds School on Route 2 in Gill through Dec. 22. The trees will be sold on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 12 and 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. The cost is $30 per tree. Firefighters and their friends and families will be available to assist people in securing trees to their vehicles.

For more information, contact Jason Edson at 413-863-6440 or: jason@jsedson.com.

THE GIFT SHOP at Baystate Franklin Medical Center is holding its annual Holiday Raffle — chances are one for $2, three for $5 or 12 for $10 and tickets are available in the Gift Shop.

You’ll have a chance at taking home a Kindle Fire HD, Josh Simpson blown glass creation, original stone necklace set or MVP shirt signed by former Boston Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez.

The drawing will be held Dec. 20 at noon in the gift shop. Items were donated by Dr. Howard Natenshon, Greenfield Radiology Associates, Dr. Linda Bornstein and Rosemary Caine, and profits will benefit patients and services at the local hospital.

FARMERS RYAN AND SARAH VOILAND and Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust are holding a celebration of Red Fire Farm on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the farm at 184 Meadow Road in Montague.

Mount Grace has raised $400,000 to purchase 122 acres of the farm and hold the land as a community resource, so it will enter into a long-term lease with Ryan and Sarah, who will continue to farm the land and own the farm buildings.

Hot chocolate and hot cider will be served and you’ll learn about the Campaign for Affordable Farms and Red Fire Farm’s plans for the future.

For more information, call 978-248-2055, ext. 19 or visit: www.mountgrace.org.

ICE STARS FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS will hold a Christmas party on Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. at Taylor’s Tavern in Greenfield. DJ Rodney Herzig will play music and there will be raffles. The cost is $5 at the door. You’ll be able to meet local veterans who will be attending.

Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors is a nonprofit that donates to and supports the Wounded Warrior Project. It has partnered with Home Base Program in Boston.

A CONCERT OF VOCAL AND CHORAL MUSIC will be presented by the Recital Chorus on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls.

The chorus, made up of students from grades 2 through 12, along with community singers, will present traditional carols and seasonal music, which will be sung in several languages.

Admission is free and open to the public.

MONTAGUE ELKS WILL HOLD its annual Hoop Shoot on Saturday in the Turners Falls High School gymnasium. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the shoot will happen at 10. The Hoop Shoot is free and open to all girls and boys ages 8 to 13 (as of April 1, 2014). Contact John at 413-530-9012 if you have any questions.

HEAD TO THE WENDELL FREE LIBRARY on Sunday at 4 p.m. to hear former Wendell resident and writers group facilitator Mara Bright read from her new memoir, “The Constant Heart,” which is about to be published by Levellers Press in Amherst. Her memoir explores a woman’s relationship with the men she partners with as she learns to be more truly herself.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN how to ward off winter colds? Chef Marty will be at 7 Main St. (Masonic building) in Shelburne Falls on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. to show you how by making Chinese herbal chicken soup. The class is $25 and there will be a discounted fee for seniors (age 60 and older). Marty will also make a vegetarian version. Bags of special Chinese soup herbs will be available for purchase at the class.

Registration is required by Wednesday, so call 413-625-2800 or register online at: www.thelittlecookingschool.com.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT Girl Scout Troop 40566’s 60th annual Ski and Skate Sale at St. James Church, 7 Church St. in Greenfield on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Consignment items and donations may be dropped off at the church Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. During the sale, refreshments will be available in the Slip and Slide Cafe.

The troop, based in Bernardston, but with members from there, Greenfield and Guilford, Vt., is raising money to go on a trip in June 2014.

TELEPHONE CALLS FROM SANTA will happen again this year thanks to the Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield. Last year they made more than 120 calls to children all over New England.

You can pick up a form that parents fill out on each of their children, along with a sample script, which will be used when they make the calls. Those forms may be picked up at Carnegie Public Library, Scotties on the hill and 2nd Street Bakery on Fourth Street, and Greenfield Savings Bank, all in Turners Falls, as well as Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Foster’s Super Market and Greenfield Public Library, all in Greenfield.

Calls will be made on Monday.

SO MANY OF YOU HAVE CALLED or emailed me about my dad over the past couple of weeks. I really appreciate your thoughts and prayers — he is doing much better. I am also getting a lot of cards, so I thought I’d give you my dad’s address so you can send them directly to him: Chris Fritz, Apt. 6E, Park Villa Drive, Turners Falls, MA 01376.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: franklincountyneighbors@gmail.com or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280. 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 to noon two days before you want it to run.

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