Neighbors: Snowfall predictions for winter season

Hello neighbor.

Our local winter prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy has predicted we will have 21 snowfalls this snow season, and we’ve already seen four of them — remember, all you have to be able to do is track a cat to count as one of Farrah’s snowfalls.

She tells me that she made her prediction on the morning of Nov. 24, after receiving reports of snow in Erving the night before.

Farrah says she will stay in touch, so I will be giving you regular updates as we proceed through the end of fall and into winter.

It doesn’t sound so bad when you think about the fact that we’re about a fifth of the way through her prediction already, if she’s correct, and we haven’t had a major event yet.

Here’s hoping for a decent New England winter!

I’D LIKE TO SEND OUT MY CONDOLENCES to my best friend Judy D’Antonio of South Deerfield, her sister Faith, and the rest of her family. Faith Borden of Ludlow lost her husband Dick last week after his battle with cancer.

I met Dick several times, the last was just a few weeks before he died. He was a very upbeat individual, even that last time, when he wasn’t feeling so well.

Judy tells me he was one of the kindest, most generous people she’s ever known.

We’ve lost a good neighbor. My thoughts and prayers are with you Faith.

ACADEMY AT CHARLEMONT’S Community Service Council is holding a coat drive to benefit the Franklin Area Survival Center between now and Dec. 12. Donated coats must be clean and in good condition. Donations may be dropped off at the school at 1359 Route 2 in Charlemont Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Any questions, email Neale Gay:

WOOLLY MAMMOTH WORKS will be displaying “Upstairs at The Pushkin” on the corner of Main and Federal streets in Greenfield beginning Saturday with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Woolly Mammoth Works is a collaborative of artists Marjorie Morgan and Whitney C. Robbins.

The display will feature 14 new mixed-media paintings, as well as their recent works on paper.

The gallery will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. during December. You can also see the display by appointment by calling 978-779-5341.

Also visit: and

A ST. NICHOLAS CELEBRATION will be held in Greenfield’s St. James Episcopal Church in the Whiteman Room on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be cookies and Christmas ornaments to decorate while listening to Christmas music and drinking lots of hot chocolate.

There is no charge, but there will be a collection of nonperishable food items for the food pantry.

For more information, visit:

DICK’S ANGELS RELAY FOR LIFE team will hold its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Northfield Town Hall. There will be a pingpong game, bake sale, coffee can drawings and more, and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

FOUR RIVERS FAMILY COUNCIL at Four Rivers Charter Public School, 248 Colrain Road in Greenfield, will hold its fifth annual Holiday Craft Workshop on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is designed to be a place where families can go to spend time and make gifts. There will be a variety of craft stations set up.

Each item will cost a different amount of tickets, which each cost $1. I’m told the most expensive items cost about six tickets, but the average is between one and three tickets.

SHELBURNE FALLS AREA WOMEN’S CLUB will present “Emily Dickinson: The Poet In Her Bedroom” on Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m. (after the business meeting) in the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center. The festive program will honor the poet with a short film about her life at The Homestead, and Terry Allen, who wrote the script, will give a brief talk about the making of the film.

For more information, visit:

UNITED CHURCH OF BERNARDSTON will hold its Second Saturday Roast Beef Supper on Dec. 14 beginning at 5 p.m. There will be two seatings: one at 5 and the other at 6:15. Call for reservations at 413-648-9306. Take-out meals are also available. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old.

I RECEIVED INFORMATION Thursday about Tyson, a beautiful older dog who had to be left behind when his family moved to a place where no dogs are allowed.

Can you imagine being a 10-year-old dog and losing the family you’ve always known?

Pioneer Valley Veterinary Hospital is looking for someone to adopt Tyson, who would like a home where there are no cats and no other dogs.

I’m told he makes an excellent lounge buddy and a phenomenal companion, so someone please open your heart this holiday season and help this wonderful, furry boy find a new home.

For more information, email PVVH at: You can also see pictures of Tyson on the hospital’s Facebook page.

I THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW that Greenfield Public Schools Superintendent Susan Hollins recently helped an accident victim stay safe and warm on a dark, stormy night, until emergency help could get there.

I’m told Susan witnessed a car flip over in front of her as she was driving. She stopped and got out of her car, running to the victim, who had only minor injuries, it turns out, but must have been scared at the time.

This is the type of thing I am constantly talking about. Thank you, Susan, for being such a good neighbor.

I THOUGHT YOU’D ALSO LIKE TO KNOW that former Greenfield resident Joe Martino will lead the YMCA of Greater Providence East Bay as its newest district executive. Joe will be working with both the Bayside Y in Barrington and the Newman Y in Seekonk, which are both branches. Joe has been with the YMCA for the past 30 years.

Congratulations and good luck, Joe!

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: 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: up to noon two days before you want it to run.

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