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Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Hello neighbor.

You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover.

Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April.

During that time, Carole says she will donate her massage skills to assist animals recovering from surgery, injuries, stress or trauma. She will also be teaching Bonnie Lukas, the owner of the rescue, how to massage the animals.

SCAR works to end animal cruelty in Puerto Rico, as well as create spay and neuter clinics, provide rehabilitation services for animals that have been emotionally and physically abused, and it provides transportation costs to ship them off of the island to permanent homes.

For more information about SCAR, visit:

THERE’S GOING TO BE A SPECIAL CELEBRATION at CopyCat Print Shop on Main Street in Greenfield on Wednesday. Thierry Borcy will be celebrating 20 years with the company.

Eveline MacDougall says in all the years she has been dealing with Borcy, she cannot think of even one instance of grumpiness.

Congratulations Thierry! As Eveline says, your cheerfulness and efficiency help the downtown shine brighter.

TRINITARIAN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH in Northfield is sponsoring a Game & Pizza night on Saturday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Children and adults of all ages will have the opportunity to play board and card games, Twister, bingo, Wii, pingpong and more.

Those attending may also bring their own game to share, and pizza will be served. Contributions to Loaves and Fishes food pantry will be accepted.

Sounds like it should be a fun night.

MONTAGUE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH in Montague Center will hold a roast pork supper on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The menu will include roast pork and gravy, roasted red potatoes, honeyed carrots, apples, bread, dessert and beverages. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children.

Reservations may be made by calling 413-863-2398. Walk-ins will be seated as space allows. Take-out orders will be accepted.

Proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life cancer research fundraiser.

FRIENDS OF GILL will hold its 2014 Pancake Breakfast on Saturday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Gill Church. The breakfast will benefit its college scholarship program. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 10. Children 4 and under are free. To make a reservation, call 413-863-9240 or 413-863-2212.

Jacob Rau’s Rolling Ridge Sugar House will have maple syrup for purchase. There will also be a limited supply of Friends of Gill apple pies (frozen, uncooked) for sale ($10).

PIONEER VALLEY BALLET will perform “Beauty and The Beast,” which will include professional dancers Meghan Mangsen and Christopher Phillips in the lead roles, on March 29 and 30 at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

Tickets and more information may be found at: or

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, Spanish students at Four Rivers Charter Public School have learned through coffee. Students recently studied the relationship between people and the coffee they drink and examined the process that coffee goes through from farm to cup. They also participated in a series of fieldwork explorations.

Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee of Orange collaborated with the students, and Franklin Community Co-op became involved by selling coffee in its stores at discounted prices.

In April, the Spanish students at Four Rivers will travel to Nicaragua to deepen their knowledge of the land and cultures.

A donation of $3 from every pound of coffee sold for Four Rivers will go toward that trip. The coffee is being displayed at Green Fields Market in Greenfield and McCusker’s Market in Shelburne Falls with the “Hasta la Taza” book.

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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