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Neighbors: So much going on this time of year

Hello, neighbor.

There’s a lot going on over the next couple of weeks, so I’m going to get right to it.

But one quick thing before I do: if you used to go to the movies in a theater in Franklin County and that theater no longer exists, please share your memories with Recorder Editor Chris Harris. Do you remember The Garden theater in its original form?

She would like to include your memories of historic theaters in an upcoming Recorder supplement.

Contact Chris at 413-772-0261, ext. 265, or email her at:

Thanks, everyone!

FRONTIER REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL will play Agawam tonight at 6 at Frontier in South Deerfield to raise money for cancer research. All proceeds will go to that great cause. There won’t be an admission fee, but a $5 donation is suggested. There will be food for sale and raffles held.

For more information about what the volleyball team will be playing for, visit:, and don’t forget to wear pink.

WHAI’S OWN JAY FIDANZA, along with Britney Lambert, will call numbers during a community bingo game at Greenfield Savings Bank on Avenue A in Turners Falls on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so call Christine or Kerri to register now at 413-863-4316.

WJDF RADIO station in Orange will hold its Apple (Not Pie!) Cook-off on Sunday during the Orange “Celebrate the Harvest” event. The cook-off is open to all ages. Participants must submit anything, except pie, that contains apples — entrees, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, and more. You can get complete rules when you register. Cook-off judging will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Celebrate the Harvest begins with a classic car show at 8 a.m., a craft fair at 9 a.m., and there will be a parade in downtown Orange at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Wendy at WJDF at:”

FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY CHORUS is still looking for new members, especially basses. I’m told the new musical group had its first “very successful” rehearsal recently and so far has 57 members ages 14 to over 80.

The group is being led by retired Greenfield High School Music Director Paul J. Calcari, who told me that the next rehearsal will be Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church Hall, 133 Main St. in Greenfield. The group will be meeting regularly at Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. You must be 14 or older to join, and the group will be singing a wide variety of music.

“I promise to bring back some of the favorites from over the years,” Paul told me.

ON ANOTHER MUSICAL NOTE, Greenfield Community College Chorus will kick off its fall season on Wednesday with a preview concert, “British Choral Music,” as part of the All Souls Church Mid-week Music concert series at the church on the corner of Main and Hope streets.

The concert will be from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. The chorus is under the direction of Margery Heins, and Marilyn Berthelette will accompany it.

The chorus will give a full performance of British Choral Music on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in Sloan Theater at GCC.

THE MEMBERS OF WELL DONE WRITERS of the Greenfield Senior Center will be reading their pieces during the Greenfield Annual Word Festival on Oct. 18. The group will read at 6:30 p.m. at The Solar Store on Fiske Avenue.

THE PIONEER VALLEY INSTITUTE is inviting all of us to enjoy a beautiful autumn day on Colrain’s Catamount Hill with recreational geologist Ed Gregory on Oct. 19 at 9 a.m.

The event is free to children under 13 years old and current PVI members, and is just $5 for everyone else.

Meet at 9 a.m. at Colrain’s West Branch Cemetery, where Adamsville and Foundry Village roads converge. The hike will take you to a cave on the western side of the hill. Bring lunch, a flashlight and a cellphone and plan on spending at least five hours on the trail.

Register by calling 413-624-3311.

COMMUNITY CHURCH OF NORTH ORANGE AND TULLY will hold a roast turkey supper on Oct. 19 a 6 p.m. at the church. The menu will include roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, salad and assorted pies.

Adults are $10, children 12 and under are $4. For reservations, call 978-575-0119 or 978-575-0402.

AN ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT will be held Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Four Rivers Charter Public School.

You know that old stereo that’s gathering dust in your basement or the fax machine or printer you haven’t used in years? Well, you can get rid of them, along with your old telephones, tape players and speakers when you bring them to the school event. Four Rivers is working with Creative Recycling Systems.

People will be asked to make a $5 donation for each item they bring — $10 donation for monitors and televisions. You’ll just have to pull up to the “U” in front of the school at 248 Colrain Road and drop off your items. Proceeds from the event will support school programs.

For more information, visit:

A BENEFIT IN HONOR OF JENN WALL will be held Oct. 20 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Eagles Club on State Street in Buckland. Jenn is the founder of Franklin County Relay for Life. She was cancer-free for 20 years and then was rediagnosed.

So, join others for a great time and cause.

Tickets, which may be purchased at the Eagles, Christopher’s, The Village and Foxtown, are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children ages 12 and older are $3 and children under 12 are free. There will be food, a 50-50 raffle, a disc jockey, door prizes and a cash bar.

LEYDEN METHODIST CHURCH will hold a fall fun family event on Oct. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church. There will be snacks, pumpkin carving, face painting, games and crafts and hayrides. Bring your pumpkin-carving tools and a donation of canned or nonperishable food. For more information, contact: or call 413-648-0560.

DID YOU KNOW THAT EVERY SATURDAY through November the First Baptist Church in Colrain holds its Community Clothes Closet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.?

Clean and gently used clothing is available to the community during those times. There are also shoes, boots and slippers of all sizes. There is a changing room with a full-length mirror, so you can see how things fit.

“And the best part?” you ask? All items are free!

THE ROBERTSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY Centennial Cookbook has been published and is receiving rave reviews, I hear. It contains a wide variety of recipes submitted by Leyden residents, as well as photographs and a history of the library.

Cookbooks are available at the library. They are $12. You can also order one by calling Ginny at 413-443-2694 or Lois at 413-774-4092. They will arrange delivery or pickup.

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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