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Neighbors: Turners alumni cheerleaders set for pep rally

Hello neighbor.

First, I’d like to thank all of you who have sent my dad and our family your well wishes, thoughts and prayers. He is expected to be transported to the West Roxbury veterans hospital, where he will have heart surgery probably some time this week. I’ll keep you informed.

TURNERS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL alumni cheerleaders will be performing at the pep rally on Wednesday, the night before the big, annual football game between Turners and Greenfield.

I’m told that a few months ago, a call was put out by Kerri Lapointe, former cheerleading coach and wife of TFHS football head coach Chris Lapointe, to get a group of alumni cheerleaders together to do something at the annual pep rally.

Well, about 40 former cheerleaders have answered her call, some graduated in the 1960s.

Part of their performance will be their version of the school fight song, “Cheer Cheer.” They will also be joining current cheerleaders to make a giant tunnel that players will pass through to get into the gymnasium.

The pep rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. Have fun!

Sounds like a good time! My dad played football for Turners back in the 1950s. I hear he was pretty good. I played in the marching band in high school and was majorette in my senior year — such great memories. Please let me know how the pep rally turns out so I can tell my dad all about it after his surgery.

DAKIN PIONEER VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY will hold Black Friday $5 Felines on Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. at its Leverett and Springfield facilities.

All cats 6 months old and older will go home for just $5, and that includes the adoption fee, spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, testing, microchipping, a jewel-tone collar and identification tag and a starter bag of food.

Visit Dakin on Friday and find your new best friend.

For more information, visit: www.dpvhs.org.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE Turners Falls High School Alumni Association’s All-Class Reunion this coming Friday at Between the Uprights on Avenue A and Second Street. The event will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Stop in for a few minutes or stay the evening. There will be music, raffles, munchies, and, I’m sure, lots of good conversations with old friends.

GREENFIELD ALLIANCE CHURCH will serve a free Thanksgiving Community Meal on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the church. All are invited to enjoy a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings. There will be plenty for everyone, I’m told.

If you need a ride, call Linda at 413-768-9868.

DR. ROSEMARY CHRISTOPH will be speaking at Green River Yoga and Movement Arts, 158 Main St. in Greenfield, on “The Multiple Personality Disorder Common to Us All” on Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The talk is free, but contributions are appreciated.

The talk will look at how people can free themselves from negative states and how to observe their own, not-so-great habits.

THE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AUCTION will return to Colrain Community Church on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Among the items in the live auction will be oak doors with Victorian brass hardware, a long wall-mounted coat-hook rack, and a decorative terra-cotta chimney piece, all from the late Memorial Hall.

A pork roll supper by Sharon Call will precede the auction at 5:30 p.m. Reservations for the dinner, which is $10, must be made no later than Dec. 4 by calling Joan McQuade at 413-624-8818.

A preview of auction items will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

ALSO ON DEC. 4, Field Memorial Library in Conway will present “The Softer Side of Celtic” with Jeff Snow. Jeff is a talented singer-songwriter who plays six instruments, including the Celtic bouzouki and the bodhran. The event is for all ages and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Carol Baldwin at 413-369-4646.

SQUAKHEAG VILLAGE TENANT ASSOCIATION at 88 Main St. in Northfield will hold a bake and tag sale on Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

GREENFIELD’S WINTER FARMERS MARKET will begin Dec. 14. Join local farmers and artisans at the high school on Lenox Avenue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day to shop for the best selection of garden vegetables, from greens to root. There will also be meat, maple syrup and lots of other local fare.

For more information, visit: www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com.

DID YOU KNOW THAT Historic Deerfield Inc. has installed a special display at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston? It highlights the importance of historic preservation and showcases the restoration of the 1795 Barnard Tavern in Old Deerfield. The display will be on view through the end of the month.

Barnard Tavern’s spot on the Boston to Albany and Hartford to Hanover crossroads was the 1700’s equivalent of the intersection of Interstate 90 and Interstate 91.

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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