Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Hello neighbor.

This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet.

But fall also means the Franklin County Fair, lots of fun festivals, crispy apples and hot cider with cinnamon and a welcomed change in the color palette of our surroundings.

We don’t have to worry about the time change and the really short days that follow it until the beginning of November, so get out into Franklin County and beyond and enjoy what fall has to offer — cool breezes, a plethora of reds, oranges and yellows and a reminder that while the warmth of summer has once again disappeared for several months, we in New England are the luckiest, because we get to experience each season at its best and worst.

That’s what life is really all about — experiencing everything, including Franklin County and world beyond its borders, the seasons, and our neighbors with an open mind and heart.

You might be surprised!

THE JUDGES, RIBBONS AND PRIZES ARE READY and now all the Franklin County Fair’s Apple Pie Contest needs are contestants.

There will be an adult and a youth division and the first- and second-place winners in each will take home gift certificates from Clarkdale and Pine Hill orchards, as well as Gould’s Sugarhouse.

Please remember that pies will be received from 8 to 8:45 on Saturday just inside the main gate at the gazebo. Your pie is your entrance fee to the fair that day. Pies not picked up by noon will be donated to the Salvation Army, so maybe it would be a good idea to “forget” to pick up your pie and let someone in need enjoy it.

COLRAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present “Mr. Griswold and His Mills” on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stacy Barn behind the G. William Pitt House. A business meeting will precede the program.

Griswold was born in 1806 in Buckland and became a budding industrialist by the time he was 25.

At one time, he employed almost half of the working population in Colrain and was the source of nearly 25 percent of the town’s tax income.

The program is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

COLRAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY will also present an exhibit on the history of water-powered mills in Colrain in Stacy Barn behind the G. William Pitt House on Sept. 14 and Oct. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

EIGHT ATTORNEYS FROM A SPRINGFIELD-BASED law firm recently received top honors in a national publication, “The Best Lawyers in America 2015,” and our neighbor Gary S. Fentin of Conway was one of them. Gary is a partner of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin.

I was told that rarely are so many attorneys from one firm represented on the prestigious list.

Congratulations Gary!

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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