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Neighbors: Our precipiation prognosticator says we’re halfway through winter storm count

Hello neighbor.

I have so many things to tell you about today. You are about to see why Franklin County is such a wonderful place to live and play.

But first, I have a few things I’d like to talk about.

I finally heard from our precipitation prognosticator, Farrah Pomeroy, who had been visiting her parents in sunny Florida — lucky woman.

Just before this week’s snowstorm, she said she had recorded 10 storms, so that means she has recorded 11 at this point. We are just about halfway there, folks. And remember, she counts snowfalls in which you can track a cat, so if we just hold on tight, we’ll get through the rest of this winter and before you know it, it’ll be spring. Let’s see what the groundhog has to say Saturday.

Farrah told me that while she was visiting her mom and dad, she went through some of her grandfather’s old snow journals. She said she pretty much logs storms the same way, but on her iPhone.

Sure is true: the more things change, the more they really do stay the same.

Also, by now you all know what an animal lover I am. Well, I’ve talked about Dakin a couple of times, but I also want you to know about the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter, which has been up and running in Montague since last May.

Sheriff Christopher Donelan’s office is operating its regional dog control at the former landfill at 10 Sandy Lane. Twelve towns are participating, and Leslie Colucci, along with many volunteers, are taking care of dogs who are lost, have strayed, or have been abandoned. There are dogs there that need a loving home like yours.

On Sunday, the shelter is holding its “Midwinter Doggie Day,” which is a day folks can go into the shelter and have their dogs’ nails trimmed by Megan from Mighty Clean Mutt in Greenfield.

She will be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no need to make an appointment. Just get on over there, and for a $10 donation, you can make your pooch feel a little better — and who knows, you might just find him a friend.

I am told the event will be rescheduled if the weather is bad.

Stay tuned, because next week I will tell you about some of the items the shelter needs, its adoption “wish list.”

So, on to what’s going on:

OUR NEIGHBOR DEREK POSTEMA OF ERVING told me this week that he has qualified to run the Boston Marathon on April 15. He has run in the past, but this year will be running with Team World Vision, and will be dedicating his race to help provide clean water to communities in Africa.

“I’m kind of nervous about the miles, but I know that training with this purpose in mind will keep me going,” he said.

Derek is hoping people will donate on his behalf. You can make a tax-deductible donation online on the Team World Vision website, or you can send a check, made out to World Vision, to Derek Postema, 22 Ridge Road, Erving, MA 01344.

Good luck, Derek. Please let us know how you did in the race.

IRENE ARMIENTI OF GREENFIELD asked me to ask you if anyone needs used greeting cards. She said she has a bag filled with them and used to give them away to schools, which used them for collage projects.

Let me know, and if you’d like them, I will collect them from Irene and get them to you.

I SPOKE WITH DAVID REFFSIN OF PIERCE BROTHERS Coffee Roasters this week.

The company recently participated in Chefs for Jimmy, the annual food event that benefits the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dave told me that the event raised more than $100,000. He said there were about 1,200 people and companies that participated, and Pierce Brothers was the only coffee vendor.

“It was a really worthy event,” Dave told me.

He said Pierce Brothers is always trying to “give back” to the community — local and beyond.

“We want to be givers,” he said. “That’s really important to us.”

YOU’LL BE HEARING MORE ABOUT THIS as time goes on, but Paul J. Calcari, music director at Greenfield High School, is putting out a call to all of his students from 1986 to 2012, asking them to come out and perform one last time with him on the stage at Greenfield High School.

Paul’s Music Family Reunion Concert will be May 4 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

For more information, and for rehearsal schedules, contact him on Facebook or email: ghsmdrc@gmail.com. You can also call 413-772-1350, ext. 113.

I’M TOLD THERE IS STILL TIME for Shelburne residents to respond to the Open Space and Recreation Survey. You can share your opinions about land conservation, open space, loss of farms and agricultural land, quality of water resources, historical preservation issues, recreation, and more.

The survey, sponsored by the Open Space Committee, will be used to form action plans about ways to preserve and protect natural resources in the Shelburne community.

Find the survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/ShelburneOSRP2012.

THIS PAST WEEK I TOLD YOU ABOUT A YOUNG WOMAN who spent the holidays in the Dominican Republic helping others in her grandmother’s memory.

I just thought you’d like to know that Alexis Foley is 16 years old. Her grandmother died when she was 15 and she decided to plan the trip to bring supplies to children in need.

Alexis told me she is always looking for donations of school supplies for the children of the Dominican Republic.

Please let me know if you have some that either you can drop off to her, or she can pick up from you.

THE GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOD PANTRY IS OPEN. I am told that its shelves are stocked and the hours will be the same as last semester: Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room N240.

GREEN RIVER YOGA AND MOVEMENT ARTS will present “Essence and Personality,” a talk on the ideas of the Gurdjieff-Ouspensky work on Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The talk will be led by Dr. Rosemary Christoph of Shelburne. The talk is free, but donations of $5 to $15 to cover costs will be accepted.

Rosemary will talk about how it is possible to live more from essence (innate being), rather than from personality (social conditioning).

Green River Yoga is on the second floor of 158 Main St. in Greenfield (above World Eye Bookshop).

THE MOHAWK TRAIL QUILTERS GUILD, which since last summer has made at least 30 quilts that it donated to Baystate Franklin Medical Center to be given to each child or young person who has surgery at the Greenfield hospital, will hear from Pam Barber, manager of Volunteer Services at BFMC, at its meeting on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the community meeting room in Greenfield Cooperative Bank in Shelburne Falls.

The project is ongoing, guild member Susan Garfield-Wright told me.

Susan said the group welcomes anyone who is interested in any kind of quilting or sewing, and meetings are always open to the public.

For more information, contact Susan at: susan.garfield.wright@gmail.com.

BUCKLAND SHELBURNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S sixth grade is hosting a winter carnival on Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school.

The class is trying to raise money for its annual trip to Nature’s Classroom.

The school is located at 75 Mechanic St. in Shelburne Falls.

World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield will be setting up a book fair and will donated 20 percent of the proceeds to the class.

There will also be a bounce house, face painting, carnival-style games, and food and baked goods for sale.

FEBRUARY IS LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH. That makes it the perfect time for you to pause and think about what libraries mean to you, and Arms Library in Shelburne Falls is inviting all library lovers to send a valentine to Arms to share the reason for your love of them and other libraries.

Arms will display all of the cards it receives through February.

You can also post your reasons online at: www.facebook.com/ArmsLibrary.

Send your cards to: Arms Library, Bridge and Main Streets, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.

THE WALL “NUTS” RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM is holding a Chowder Cook-Off Extravaganza on Feb. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Shelburne Falls VFW on Water Street.

Admission is $5 to sample all of the chowder and to vote for your favorite.

All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

There will also be a can auction, snacks and music.

Prizes will be awarded in different categories for the best chowders

Register by sending a list of your ingredients on a 3-by-5 index card. You will receive rules and information with your registration acknowledgement. The registration deadline is Feb. 9.

To register your chowder, contact: jwall@hughes.net. You can also call 413-336-8854 or send, via mail, to: Jennifer Wall, 30 Avery Road, Charlemont, MA 01339.

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

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