Neighbors: Brotherly love

Hello neighbor.

You know, it isn’t always adults who do something heroic. Sometimes you find a 12-year-old who takes a babysitting class at Montague Park and Recreation Department, learns the Heimlich maneuver and then uses it on his choking 11-year-old brother.

Andrea Tuttle, a former employee of The Recorder, was feeding her sons a pasta dish one night when her youngest began to choke.

“Cameron (11) turned beet red, his eyes rolled back in his head, and he fell on the floor,” said Andrea, who panicked when Cameron stopped breathing.

“My 12-year-old Austin was very calm and said, ‘Mom, I know what to do.’”

Andrea and Austin picked Cameron up off the floor and Austin proceeded to give him the Heimlich.

“Within a couple of seconds he was coughing,” said Andrea. “He probably stopped breathing for 30 seconds or less, but it seemed like forever. It was pretty scary.”

Andrea said that because her sons are so close in age, they tend fight a lot — all of us who have sons close in age understand that one.

“A couple of days later we were driving in the car and I said to Austin, ‘See, you do love your brother.’”

I hear Austin wouldn’t admit it, but we all know the truth.

Good job Austin! We’re glad to see everything turned out OK.

HAVE YOU BEGUN YOUR SEARCH for a 2014 calendar? Well, look no further.

The Buckland Historical Society is offering a beautiful, full-color calendar of Robert Strong Woodward’s paintings.

I’ve been told that celebrities, including Jack Benny and George Burns, as well as American poet Robert Frost, owned paintings by the local artist, who was a New England painter from Buckland.

This year’s calendar theme is “Country Roads,” a collection of scenic rural roadways.

The calendars are $20 and the proceeds benefit the society. They may be purchased at Andy’s Oak Shoppe in Greenfield, Boswell’s Books and Sawyer News in Shelburne Falls, and at the Buckland Public Library in Buckland Center. Also online at:

IF YOU ARE A SENIOR looking to lower your fuel and electric bills, you might want to attend Franklin County Home Care Corp’s “Energy Savings for Seniors” today at 10 a.m. at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Registration is appreciated, but not required. Contact Gretchen Smith early this morning at 413-773-5555, ext. 2258 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258.

“ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, AND MINERAL,” a show featuring Michelle Parrish and Amanda Quinby’s fiber and gilded creations at the Shelburne Arts Cooperative, 26 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls, will open on Wednesday and run through Oct. 28. There will be a reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will be open to the public Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The cooperative is closed on Tuesday.

For more information, call 413-625-9324 or visit:

WET PAINT! is going to auction 20 valley artists’ paintings on Thursday to benefit children’s advocacy centers in Greenfield and Northampton.

The silent auction and wine tasting will be held Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Hotel Northampton, 36 King St.

Tickets are $90 in advance and are available at:

For more information, call 413-522-2946.

IT’S HERE! The “festival that stinks” (North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival) will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at 60 Chestnut Hill Road. Don’t miss it!

For more information and daily schedules, visit:

TURNERS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL will hold its annual Homecoming Parade on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m., and its Student Council is inviting all of us to either come and watch or participate.

The parade will begin at Montague Elementary School, the former Sheffield School, and will travel along Montague Street to the high school. If you’d like to march, you may park at the high school and take a shuttle at 4:30 p.m. to the elementary school.

At 7 p.m. at the high school, TFHS will challenge Pioneer Valley Regional School to a game of football.

I’m not going to tell you who I’m rooting for, but I will tell you that I’m a 1976 graduate of TFHS.

Call Sandy Bailey at 413-863-7296 for more information.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN! The fourth annual Franklin County PumpkinFest will be held Oct. 19 from 2 to 9 p.m. and organizers need your help. They are looking for volunteers to help corral all of the recyclables that will be generated by the event.

Please contact Amy Donovan at 413-772-2438 or, or you may call Chris Tobey, PumpkinFest coordinator, at 413-522-2807 or

I WROTE A STORY RECENTLY about a Greenfield man, Bruce Brownstein, who has taken to the streets of Greenfield to clean them up.

Well, I’m told that the Rev. Philippe Roux of Holy Family Church on Sugarloaf Street in South Deerfield is doing the same in that town.

Someone told me that he is out picking up trash just about every day on Sugarloaf Street.

Thank you, Father Roux, for helping make Franklin County a beautiful place to live and travel through.

SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE ARMS ACADEMY Class of 1947 recently met at the Warfield House to celebrate their 66th class reunion.

They tell me they had a great time and a great meal while sharing stories of the past.

This is exactly what I was talking about the other day when I said we should all connect or reconnect with family and friends.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: or You may also call her at 413-772-0261, ext. 280. Anita is also on Facebook at Anita’s Franklin County Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors must reach Anita by noon two business days before you want it published.

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