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Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Hello neighbor.

Happy Fourth of July!

I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, isn’t it?

You’ll just have to get creative and find something to do inside with your family and friends.

Today might be a good time to cook a nice meal and play some of those games — Monopoly, Scrabble, charades, whatever — that you haven’t played in years.

Whatever you do, be safe and enjoy.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN OR FASCINATED by bees? If so, Piti Theatre’s “To Bee or Not to Bee” — which tells the story of how Farmer James has lost his bees and now there’s only gruel to eat and townspeople are protesting because “There’s no good food, we’re in a bad mood” — will be told in a shorter version.

Jonathan Mirin will tell the shorter story, “The Story of My Bees,” on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on the Greenfield Town Common.

Bee there!

GREENFIELD SAVINGS BANK will be offering a few games of Bingo on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at its branch on Avenue A in Turners Falls. I’m told this is very popular, so make your reservations, because seating is first call, first reserve.

Call 413-863-4316.

MOUNT GRACE LAND CONSERVATION TRUST will host “Grown in Detroit” in Athol Town Hall on Thursday at 6 p.m. The free showing is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend.

“Grown in Detroit” is the success story of a school farming program at the Catherine Ferguson Academy in Detroit, Mich., one of the only high schools designed to meet the needs of teen mothers, who learn agricultural skills and become knowledgable about nutrition and harvesting their own food.

For more information, call 978-248-2055, ext. 21 or email: service_americorps@mountgrace.org.

PRENTICE CROSIER WILL TELL THE STORY of Colrain’s first cotton mill on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Stacy Carriage Barn behind the Pitt House on Main Road in Colrain. The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Colrain Historical Society, which will hold its business meeting at 7 p.m. that evening. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 413-624-3453.

MARY LYON CHURCH in upper Buckland will give a tour through nine gardens, seven in upper Buckland and two in West Hawley, on July 19, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. There will also be a buffet lunch at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the buffet is also $10.

For tickets, contact Lisa at 413-339-4319 or Cyndie at 413-339-4231. Lunch tickets should be purchased in advance.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in hosting an exchange student this year, please call Phil Corinet at 413-773-5111 or 413-427-2075.

REGISTRATION FORMS FOR THE FOSTER’S PIE EATING CONTEST (one for adults and one for kids) at SummerFest are now available at Foster’s Super Market and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, both in Greenfield. You can enter for a chance to compete against 11 others, enjoying one of Foster’s chocolate cream pies.

One adult will win $100 in Greenfield Dollars and one child will win $50 in Greenfield Dollars. The contest will be held July 19 at 12:30 p.m. on Veterans Mall on Main Street in Greenfield.

CAMERON’S WINERY OF SWANZEY, N.H., has received three silver and three bronze medals in the Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition of West Springfield.

Congratulations to owners Paul and Leslie Cameron of Bernardston!

OUR YOUNG NEIGHBOR CATHERINE BEZIO, 10, received her Girl Scout Bronze award at a Four Rivers Service Unit bridging ceremony, where she also bridged to Girl Scout Cadette.

The Bronze award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can receive after she has completed a journey, building a team, exploring the community, choosing a project, planning it, putting the plan into action and spreading the word about it.

Catherine’s was a road race that raised $3,000 to help the poor in Haiti.

Congratulations Catherine! Great job.

OUR NEIGHBOR HELEN STAIGER said she sold an antique canopy bed a while back and found some of the pieces to it and would like to get them to the buyer. If that’s you, please call her at 413-648-9758.

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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