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Neighbors: Snowfalls and fire victim fundraiser

Hello neighbor.

I wanted to briefly comment today on how many snowfalls we’ve had since our precipitation prognosticator, Farrah Pomeroy, made her prediction for the 2013-2014 winter season a couple of weeks ago.

Farrah said she believes Franklin County will see 21 snowfalls this season and remember, you only have to be able to track a cat to consider an event a snowfall.

That means, since we’ve already had five or six snowfalls, if Farrah is correct, we’ve got about 15 to go. That doesn’t seem too bad, considering we have more than three months to go until spring. I’m just hoping that most of the remaining snowfalls end up being like the first half-dozen.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

I TOLD YOU ABOUT A FIRE in Bernardston the other day that left Brandon Ovitt, Nikki Clark and their tenants homeless. There is going to be a fundraiser held at Taylor’s Tavern Sports Bar on Main Street on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. to help the fire victims. All tips and proceeds will be donated to help them. There will also be raffles for items donated by the community.

DO YOU HAVE A LOVE STORY or a favorite wedding photo to share with Recorder readers? Editor Chris Harris would like to include some in an upcoming wedding guide supplement. You can reach her at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at: charris@recorder.com.

HILLTOWN FAMILIES AND THE ART GARDEN will collaborate again this year to present a series of free Family Community Service Night s.

The first, “A Serving of Art: Placemat Making,” will be tonight from 4 to 7 at The Art Garden, 14 Depot St. in Shelburne Falls.

This is a way for your entire family to support your community and help children focus on the needs of others who are less fortunate around them.

The project will be to make reusable handmade canvas placemats and collect nonperishable food, which will all be donated to the Stone Soup Cafe in Greenfield.

For more information, visit: www.hilltownfamilies.org.

THE GREEN TREES GALLERY at 105 Main St. in Northfield will host a community supper Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit Friends of Schell Bridge and Loaves and Fishes, which benefits the emergency needs of local people. The supper will consist of homemade soups, salad, bread and dessert.

Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children.

POET’S SEAT HEALTH CARE CENTER on High Street in Greenfield will once again host its annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.

The center wants to extend an invitation to all of you and your friends and family to join the staff and residents for a fun-filled morning of great food and company.

Breakfast includes pancakes and sausage, coffee and tea and juice, and Santa will be arriving at 9 a.m. to visit with everyone. All children will receive a gift from Santa.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

All proceeds will go to the center’s residents’ fund for different projects and activities.

It’s a wonderful group over at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center, so try to take some time Saturday morning and visit them.

GREENFIELD WINTER FARMERS MARKET will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Greenfield High School on Lenox Avenue.

There will be all sorts of farm-fresh goods, from root vegetables and greens to maple syrup, jam, meat and cordials.

So grab a coffee and a bakery treat while you stroll through the market and do a little holiday gift and meal shopping.

The market accepts SNAP (formerly food stamps) and will be doubling those dollars up to $5.

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

BERNARDSTON POLICE ASSOCIATION needs your help. The association would like to “stuff a cruiser” with gifts for local children. They will be collecting gifts at Cushman Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so please visit Bernardston police and bring a new, unopened toy. You can also drop off toys at the station.

For more information, call Bernardston Police at 413-648-9208.

ALSO, OAKRIDGE DETACHMENT Marine Corps League will serve breakfast to benefit Toys for Tots on Sunday from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Bernardston Veterans Club, 16 Hartwell St.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy, and you will receive your breakfast of pancakes, Texas French toast, link sausage, eggs, coffee, juice and more, for free.

All donations will benefit children here in Franklin County.

CHRIS KENISTON contacted The Recorder recently to let some of us know that he has early 1950s Deerfield High School yearbooks some of you might be interested in. They were his mother’s yearbooks.

If you’d like to contact Chris, email him at: brknsh11@aol.com.

FINALLY, I WANTED TO TELL you about the Center for New Americans, a nonprofit located in Greenfield. The center offers free English classes to immigrants, refugees and people from Puerto Rico. The classes are held in Greenfield in the morning from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center also offers classes in Turners Falls in the evening and has child care available on site. It also offers other services, like helping people fill out job applications, making calls for them, helping them with their resumes, and more.

The staff tells me they are always looking for new students.

For more information, visit: www.cnam.org.

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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