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Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Catherine Bezio with police dog Badge.

Catherine Bezio with police dog Badge. Purchase photo reprints »

Hello neighbor.

I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me.

Catherine Bezio recently celebrated her 11th birthday. She decided she wanted a party, but unlike many of her peers, Catherine contacted those on her invitation list and asked that in lieu of gifts for her they bring a donation for the Erving K-9 program and its police dog Badge.

Catherine recently presented Erving Police Sgt. Robert Holst with $225 in cash and gift certificates to Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange on High Street in Greenfield.

Her mom told me that Catherine has collected twice for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. She obviously loves animals.

Catherine selected Badge as this year’s recipient of her kind and generous act, because she met him as a puppy and has witnessed demonstrations with him at school, camp and at the Erving Fall Festival, her mom said.

She has scheduled a demonstration with Badge for her 4-H group. That should be lots of fun.

Erving Police Chief Christopher Blair called Catherine an “amazing young lady” and said she is kind and humble. He said he enjoyed meeting and visiting with her and said the department is grateful for her donation.

Thank you Catherine for all that you do for our four-legged neighbors.

OUR NEIGHBOR EMILY ARSENAULT is ready to launch her fourth novel, “What Strange Creatures,” at Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. She will be there Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

CLIMATE SUMMER RIDERS will be at Green Fields Market, 144 Main St. in Greenfield on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A team of six college-aged students will ride to Greenfield in their final stop as part of their summer program raising consciousness about global warming and fossil fuels.

The team travels exclusively by bicycle around western Massachusetts with no support vehicle. This year they are hoping to build a grassroots opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline that would pass through Franklin County on its way from New York to Dracut.

SEEDS OF SOLIDARITY IN ORANGE will offer a tour of its farm on Saturday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. The tour will be followed by a potluck lunch.

Just show up with a scrumptious dish and be ready for an informative tour.

For more information, call 978-544-9023 or visit: www.seedsofsolidarity.org.

“MADE IN THE VALLEY: 19th Century Industry and Craftsmanship,” an afternoon of demonstrations, lively music and free ice cream at Swift River Valley Historical Society at 40 Elm St. in New Salem, will be held Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The free family-friendly event will celebrate our regional heritage with an afternoon of living history and demonstrations.

The local band Bright Lines will perform from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and free Maple Valley ice cream will be served by Seren-dip-ities Dairy Bar of Orange.

THE 1794 MEETINGHOUSE IN NEW SALEM will host the first annual Angst Tournament. That’s right, folks! You can pit your wits against neighbors and friends in three brain-challenging games: Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit and a spelling bee. Create your team of three players.

The entry fee is $5. To register call 978-544-3002.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN SOME BASIC CANNING techniques or how to ferment and preserve food? Be at the Greenfield Community Farm on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The workshop, which costs $95 for early birds, is open to everyone.

For more information, email: info@justroots.org.

SWIFT RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will also present “Native Raptors, Native Artifacts,” a program of live birds of prey with eastern woodland artifacts on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. in 40 Elm St. in New Salem.

It’s another family-friendly, free event.

Visit: www.swiftrivermuseum.org.

ST. PATRICK’S PARISH IN NORTHFIELD will hold a hotdog and bean supper in the parish hall on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. The menu includes hotdogs, beans, coleslaw, green salad, potato salad and desserts.

The price is $8 for adults.

For more information, please call 413-498-2728.

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY FARM IS LOOKING for interns to work through late summer and fall. Student internships are eligible for credit at several local colleges and will include greenhouse and field work.

If you are interested, call 413-325-8969 or contact your school.

DON’T FORGET THAT THE HEATH FAIR is just around the corner. On Aug. 15, 16 and 17 the fairgrounds on Colrain Stage Road in Heath will be hopping.

Admission is $8 and $6 for seniors. Children 9 and under are free.

The fair will be held rain or shine.

For more information about different events and activities, visit: www.heathfair.org.

THE ROTARY CLUB AND GREENFIELD POLICE ASSOCIATION will team up this year for a golf tournament at the Country Club of Greenfield on Aug. 18.

The association will use the money it raises to buy new laptop computers for the town’s veterans center, while the Rotary will use its portion of the proceeds for scholarships it gives out each year.

If you would like to sponsor, play or contribute a raffle prize, contact Rotary President Penny Ricketts at 413-636-4915 or: penrick1960@yahoo.com.

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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