Neighbors: Remember to take time to register to vote

Hello neighbor.

I’ve been thinking a lot about time.

We get 24 hours each day, 168 hours each week, 744 hours in a 31-day month, and more than 8,760 hours each year.

Seems like a lot, so why don’t we ever have enough time?

It’s difficult to find time for everyone who wants some of yours. It’s even difficult to find time to make a phone call some days.

What I have learned over the past year is that you have to make time. You have to!

For instance, try to find some time within the next week if you haven’t registered to vote to do so. The state has set a deadline of Oct. 17, if you’d like to vote in this year’s presidential and state elections.

This is so important, no matter your politics — your voice needs to be heard. So, get to your town hall and register, if you believe you have not done so.

If your address has changed or you’ve just turned 18, chances are you will need to register.

Once you’ve registered, find time for a family member or friend or, of course, yourself.

I’ll see you at the polls on Nov. 6.

THE FRONTIER GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM recently raised more than $900 for cancer charities by holding “Spike It For Life.” Last weekend, the team played Notre Dame Academy from Hingham — the two best high school girls volleyball teams in the state right now.

Frontier Coach Bob Ouellette said everyone — fans, coaches and teams — dressed in pink for the event and Yankee Candle Co. in South Deerfield donated a gift basket, which was raffled off.

Good job, and thank you Frontier volleyball!

WOULD YOU LIKE to spend a night in a private treetop retreat, take a class from an award-winning knitter or escape to the Cape for a week?

Then get yourself to the Academy of Charlemont’s ninth annual Cornucopia Auction on Nov. 3.

The celebration of the valley’s bounty will be held at the academy at 1359 Mohawk Trail (Route 2) from 5 to 9 p.m.

Guests will be served locally made cheeses, wines, brews and ciders, as well as hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

There will be more than 150 items auctioned off. Those will include artisan products, fine arts and crafts, gift baskets, gift certificates and passes to area restaurants, theaters, museums and services.

Items will be previewed at 5 p.m. and the silent auction will begin at 6 and finish at 7:30 p.m., when the live auction begins.

Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.

To register for proxy bidding or reserve tickets, call 413-339-4912 or email:

THE AARON CLARK CEMETERY COMMITTEE is looking for new members. The committee will meet Thursday at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 148 L St. in Turners Falls.

Helen Stotz, a member of the board of directors, said people who are interested in learning more about the cemetery should attend the meeting.

The committee oversees burial operations, upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery, and care of the stones. It holds two meetings a year – one in the fall and one in the spring.

For more information, call Stotz at 413-863-2670.

And, by the way, Kathy Patch of Bernardston was the winner of the money tree raffled by the First Congregational Church in Turners Falls, according to Stotz.

THE PIONEER VALLEY BOOK AND EPHEMERA FAIR will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Smith Vocational School in Northampton.

Admission is $6 and children 12 years old and younger are free.

The event will be catered by the Black Sheep Deli in Amherst.

For more information, visit:

FRIENDS OF SCHELL BRIDGE will host a fall auction showcasing goods and services from local businesses on Oct. 27 beginning at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will be used to rehabilitate the Schell Bridge over the Connecticut River in Northfield.

The auction will be held at Green Trees Gallery, 105 Main St. in Northfield.

The evening will begin at 6 with a $10 soup supper, which will include homemade soups, breads, salad and desserts.

The auction will begin at 7 p.m. with Michael Humphries as auctioneer and comic entertainer.

For more information, contact Barbara Richardson at 413-498-5931 or email her at:

OCTOBER IS ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH and Greenfield resident and historian Marcia Starkey would like people to find their favorite archaeological activities to celebrate.

She said there will be 88 events happening throughout the state.

To find your favorites, visit:

ROWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY will commemorate Massachusetts Archaeology Month, sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, by itself sponsoring “A Walk to the Site of Historic Fort Pelham,” which will be led by Nan Williams and Michael D. Coe on Sunday.

Participants should meet at 2 p.m. at the eastern end of Ford Hill Road in Rowe. The walk to Fort Pelham will take about 30 minutes each way. There will be light refreshments served at Fort Pelham.

The walk will be cancelled if the weather is bad and the program will be held at the Kemp-McCarthy Museum.

For more information, call 413-339-4238 or visit:

THE ENCHANTED KINGDOM is coming back to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at 399 Main St. in Greenfield.

An alternative to scary haunted houses, this Halloween celebration will offer safe, fun, interactive spaces, including a fairy princess garden, magic castle and forest, geared toward children ages 3 to 10.

The Enchanted Kingdom will be open Oct. 27 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The cost is $4 per person and there will be refreshments and soup for sale.

FRANKLIN COUNTY TOWNS HAVE STARTED a support card campaign to bring high-speed Internet to places that need it most.

Warwick’s delegate to WiredWest said that 17 towns in Franklin County have banded with other towns outside the county to form WiredWest, which intends to build a fiber optic network to serve residents and businesses in all county towns.

For more information, visit: Support cards are available at most town halls and libraries.

TRUSTEES OF PEOPLE’S UNITED BANK FOUNDATION recently gave $4,000 to the new Career Pathways classes at The Literacy Project on Bank Row.

The classes prepare students for community college, vocational training and jobs.

For more about the Literacy Project, visit:

GREENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL will host two showings of Invisible Children’s newest film, “Move.” The film is a follow-up to the viral “Kony 2012” movement.

The first screening will be held for students during school hours and the second will be held Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The showing is free and open to the public.

Invisible Children is a nonprofit focused on the conflict in Central Africa.

Visit to learn more.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND and I will see you next week.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to 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: the day before you want it to run.

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