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Neighbors: Don’t be too quick to judge

Sandri Companies President Timothy Van Epps was mentioned in Business West magazine. (Recorder file photo)

Sandri Companies President Timothy Van Epps was mentioned in Business West magazine. (Recorder file photo)

Hello neighbor.

I’m going to be brief today because I’ve talked about this before, but something happened recently and it reminded me that we should all be reminded every so often that we are all, for the most part, doing the best we can.

Some people volunteer more than others, some offer their help more than others, but for the most part, the good people of Franklin County — the ones I’ve met, anyway — do what they can when they can and we should all appreciate their efforts.

We don’t always know what might be going on in another’s life, so don’t be too quick to judge, because sometimes a quick jump to a perceived conclusion can make the person taking that jump look ridiculous, or at least regret taking it.

Be kind, be patient, and try not to be judgmental, because you never know when the tables might turn and you might want someone to be a little more understanding of your situation.

Have a great weekend!

ONE OF OUR NEIGHBORS made it onto the cover of Business West magazine this week.

The magazine says Tim Van Epps, president of Sandri Companies, is fueling growth at Sandri.

I’d like to send out a congratulations to Tim, who has always been helpful when I’ve called him for information.

You can see the article at:

YOU’VE PROBABLY ALSO HEARD THAT a two-page story about Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley made it into Yankee Magazine’s January-February issue. It’s on newsstands now. Congrats to S.F. Bowling Alley. It is a hidden gem.

SEN. STAN ROSENBERG is now offering an “online office,” on which he will post updates and allow constituents to provide feedback on whatever they’d like. Thank you Sen. Rosenberg for giving all of us a voice.


YES EXACTLY ART DAY AND VIDEO SHOOT will be held in 289 Main St. in Greenfield on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be workshops for all ages and the event is free and open to the public. You can learn to work with clay, paint faces, paint murals, learn photography, and so much more.

Register at:

TRAIL HEAD IN ORANGE is holding a volunteer “Support Orange Emergency Management” day on Monday beginning at 10 a.m.

Volunteers will clean and renovate a space where Emergency Management will store supplies.

Trail Head is also looking for donations from you of games, cards, crayons, pillows, blankets, disposable plates, cups and utensils, trash bags, paper towels, travel-size toiletries, and new wash cloths and hand towels.

To volunteer or donate, or for more information, call 978-249-8500 or 978-544-3145.

OUR NEIGHBOR JOANNE MCGEE will be offering Mah Jong lessons at Greenfield Public Library on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 29 and running through March 12. There is a one-time fee of $10. Lessons will be held in the LeVanway Room from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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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