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Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Hello, neighbor.

Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com?

Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a Love Story” is about finding oneself in high school.

“I have been an avid Taylor Swift fan since 2007, and in 2010, my friend Dale Murphy, who is an aspiring playwright, gave me “It’s a Love Story” as a Christmas present,” Tyler told Playbill.com.

Since then, Tyler, who is a graduate of Iona College in New York, has been working on the show.

The musical played a sold-out three shows at Iona recently and due to overwhelming demand, it has been uploaded to YouTube, if you’d like to check it out.

During the first four days after it was uploaded, it had more than 6,000 views.

Congratulations to Dale and Tyler! It’s always nice to see Franklin County’s sons and daughters succeed like this.

JOE WARSHAWSKY IS A 1944 GRADUATE of Greenfield High School. He recently wrote The Recorder asking if the newspaper could put a call out for him, so here goes:

Joe, who lives in Tennessee with his wife, Wanda, would love to see someone organize a 70th class reunion, recommending that it be planned for sometime in the fall, when Greenfield and the Mohawk Trail are decorated with color.

If that doesn’t happen, though, he’d like to congratulate those who have survived all of these years.

The class graduated on June 20, 1944. Joe enlisted in the Army when he was 17. He reported for active duty on April 13, 1945.

Joe graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst after he returned and spent 40 years as an electrical engineer in the aerospace and nuclear industries.

He said he is sad that his class lost one of the most popular classmates, John Francis “Moxie” Malloy, during the war.

“Congratulations my fellow Class of 1944 classmates,” Joe says.

I’d like to send out a congratulations to the Greenfield Class of 1944, also.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH on Silver Street in Greenfield will hold its annual traditional New England Strawberry Supper tonight at 5:30 p.m. Menu will include ham, baked beans, coleslaw and red potato salad.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Takeout will be available.

Reservations are recommended at 413-772-0637.

THERE WILL BE A POTLUCK dinner in the East Colrain Chapel on West Leyden Road in Colrain on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Iced water and lemonade will be provided and strawberry shortcake will be available for purchase ($7 per serving).

Proceeds will go toward chapel maintenance.

The potluck replaces the church’s annual strawberry supper. Costs have been rising and the church just can’t keep up, so bring a dish and have a great time.

CALLING ALL HARD CIDER LOVERS! Judith Maloney of the West County Cider in Colrain will speak at the Greenfield Historical Society on Thursday at 7 p.m. at 43 Church St. in Greenfield.

She will cover the hard cider tradition in New England.

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

THE RECOVER PROJECT, a community-driven, peer-to-peer program that aims to enhance the lives of people in recovery, will host a fundraising tag sale on June 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ruggeri Real Estate, 82 Federal St. If there is inclement weather, it will be held in 1 Osgood St.

Items will include books, household items and other great items.

Please drop off clean, reusable items — no clothing — at 68 Federal St. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations are tax deductible.

Light refreshments will be sold.

For more information, call 413-774-5489.

MONTAGUE CENTER CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH will hold a strawberry supper on June 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the church. The menu is baked stuffed chicken breast, rice, gravy, salad and hot vegetables. There will also be homemade breads and strawberry shortcake.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Walk-ins are welcome. Call for takeout.

For reservations, call 413-863-2398.

DO YOU HAVE AN OLD PAIR OF JEANS and a plastic folder left over from school? Put them together and you can make the top of a shoe for children in Uganda.

The Browning family of Leyden will be hosting Sole Hope Shoe Cutting parties and would like you to attend at least one of them — or, you could hold your own. You may also donate materials like plastic folders, old jeans, surgical gloves, large safety pins and more.

The Brownings hope to take shoes to Uganda in November.

For information about party dates, contact Becky Browning at 860-977-9873 or email her at: beckybrowning@verizon.net.

OUR NEIGHBOR TYLER YORK-WELCOME of Greenfield was recently announced by Springfield Technical Community College as the inaugural recipient of the Jean and Jim Genasci Scholarship Award.

The $500 award will be given each year to a STCC student who demonstrates they are an active member and/or role model in the STCC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

Congratulations Tyler!

OUR NEIGHBOR ROBERT ALBER of Deerfield, a cancer survivor and Pan-Mass Challenge cyclist, was honored by the Boston Red Sox on June 15 during PMC Day at Fenway Park.

He was among the cancer survivors who rode their bikes around the warning track in a pre game ceremony that will mark the Red Sox 12th year as a sponsor of the PMC.

BOY SCOUT PACK 85 of Shelburne Falls recently visited Battleship Cove in Fall River. The pack explored the world’s largest collection of historic naval ships and toured the battleship Massachusetts, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., submarine Lionfish, and some others.

The Scouts, with their parents and leaders, spent the night on the battleship Massachusetts.

Sounds like fun!

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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