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Neighbors: Year anniversary of mother’s death brings on memories

Hello neighbor.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom lately. The one-year anniversary of her death will be Friday.

That led me to think about all of my neighbors here in the county who have experienced the same type of aching grief.

So, to all of you who have lost someone special, my thoughts are with you this week, even though I don’t know some of you and probably never will.

Our neighbor in Colrain, Christine Beausoleil, lost not only her brother recently, but before that, his son — her nephew — who was a police officer in Texas. He was on duty when he was hit and killed by a drunken driver. That happened just a couple of years after he was shot while on duty, an attack he obviously survived.

Christine told me that the only comfort she has is that a park in San Antonio, Texas, has been named after him, so his legacy will continue.

Not everyone has a park named after them, but we can all do something to remember our loved ones and continue their legacies.

Plant a garden or tree, name a star after them, or simply plan a special time or carry on a tradition with others who cared about them as much as you do.

The important thing is to move on, but keep them close in spirit.

THE MONTAGUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY is looking for pictures or other items depicting the history of the south end of Turners Falls, which is also known as The Patch.

Those items might include newspaper articles, personal accounts of families, homes and businesses or anything else that could be scanned or copied and used in a booklet the society plans to publish.

I lived in The Patch with my mom and dad for a short time when I was an infant and spent most of my childhood there visiting relatives. I had some great times there.

For more information, contact Stearl “Butch” Wickline Jr., who happens to be my cousin, at 413-863-9297 or email him at: smoky1965@hotmail.com.

THE SHELBURNE GRANGE will hold a potluck on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at its Fellowship Hall at 17 Little Mohawk Road, which is just off Route 2 in Shelburne.

“Giving Thanks: Algonkian Indian Songs and Stories” will feature storyteller and historian Marge Bruchac.

Native Americans have long practiced traditions of giving thanks throughout the seasons.

Bruchac will share a selection of Native American songs, stories and historical anecdotes about giving thanks in New England.

For more information, contact Prudence Wholey via email: farmerprudy@hotmail.com.

A NEW, SOON-TO-BE NONPROFIT will have a booth at this year’s pumpkin festival in Montague. The festival will be held Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. on Avenue A in Turners Falls.

Robin Whitcomb, founding officer of A Friend To Friend, said she will be there with raffle prizes, a donation bucket and with information about the new nonprofit, which will help people in the community who are struggling financially due to life-limiting medical issues.

Whitcomb said she will explain to those who stop by the booth on Saturday just what A Friend To Friend plans to do for our less fortunate neighbors.

KRINGLE CANDLE CO. IN BERNARDSTON will hold a Pumpkin Carving Contest on Sunday at its retail store at 220 South St. (Route 5 and 10).

The event is open to the public, and the company plans to award a total of $1,000 in gift card prizes to winners in two age categories (junior: ages 12 years and under, and senior: ages 13 and older).

There is no fee to enter.

Entries will be illuminated beginning at 5:45 p.m. and judging will happen then.

For more information, visit: www.kringlecandle.com.

THE 2013 UMASS EXTENSION GARDEN CALENDAR is now available for purchase.

Each month features a colorful garden image, gardening tips, daily sunrise and sunset times, phases of the moon, and room for notes.

If you love nature and beauty, you will love this calendar.

The calendar is $12. Shipping is free until Nov. 1 — after that add $2.50 for shipping.

Send checks, payable to UMass, to: Garden Calendar, c/o Mailrite, 78 River Road, South Putney, VT 05346.

For more information, call 413-545-0895 or send an email to: eweeks@umext.umass.edu.

WHILE MANY TROOPS HAVE RETURNED HOME, others are still stationed overseas.

On Nov. 3, Operation Touch of Home will host its 11th care packaging event to show support for those soldiers.

The group needs our help, though.

Supplies and monetary donations will be accepted.

Supplies may be dropped off by Saturday to Adams Animal Hospital in Athol, Diemand Farm in Wendell, or Mount Tully Kennels in Orange.

For more information, visit: www.operationtouchofhome.blogspot.com.

To volunteer, call 978-249-9425 or email: operationtouchofhome@gmail.com.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to anita.alice.fritz@gmail.com 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: neighbors@recorder.com . It must arrive no later than the day before you want it to run.

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