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Neighbors: Leaf-peeping takes backseat to sick friend

Hello neighbor.

I didn’t do what I said I would do this past weekend – travel the county with Justin and let you know about some of the great places and events here.

Instead, I spent time with my friend, Judy, who is fighting for her life right now. She has suffered several bouts of cancer over the years and is struggling with the horrible effects of treatment.

What I noticed on my drive back and forth to Northampton, was that the leaves are really changing at this point — I saw the most beautiful red leaves on my ride through Orange last night.

Like the seasons, our lives are constantly changing — sometimes for the good and sometimes not.

Regardless, when you get home tonight, hug the ones you love and tell them what they mean to you. If they don’t live with you, call them. They are truly what makes life worth living and know you will make their day by showing them how much you care.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

THE RAYS OF HOPE: A Walk and Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer, which will be held at the Energy Park in Greenfield on
Oct. 28, is looking for people to knit, crochet or weave pink scarves for the event. Those scarves will be distributed to breast cancer survivors in Greenfield and Springfield.

My dearest and best friend loves her pink scarf — it means so much to her and has brought her so much comfort.

So, if you know how to knit, crochet or weave, take a moment and make someone smile.

For more information on the Pink Scarf Project, contact Sandy Thomas at 413-773-3486 or Phyllis Stone at 413-773-2573. You can also email them at: Thomas at rsthomas75@gmail.com or Stone at phyllis.stone@baystatehealth.org.

For more information on Rays of Hope, visit: www.baystatehealth.org/raysofhope.

MY FRIEND IRMARIE JONES asked me to remind you about the George W. Davenport Fund, a fund for women and couples in Bernardston, Leyden and Greenfield.

Applicants must be 62 years old, and those chosen are given $500.

Irm is one of the local trustees of the fund and Maggie Haigis of Bernardston is the other. Bank of America in Springfield is the third.

The money can be used to pay a fuel bill or put toward a car payment — whatever the recipient needs most.

Irm told me she has been chairwoman of the fund for more than 25 years. She said proof of need will be required, along with the bill or bills the recipient plans to pay.

The bank will pay the bill or bills directly.

For more information, contact Irmarie at 413-774-4954.

TWENTY PAINTINGS BY ROBERT STRONG WOODWARD will be on display through Columbus Day in Deerfield’s Memorial Hall Museum, 10 Memorial St. in Deerfield.

Woodward, who died in 1957, had art studios in Heath and Buckland. His landscapes, which often included farm buildings, are a record of life in our hill towns.

The exhibit is provided by Friends of Robert Strong Woodward. There is an admission charge.

THE SECOND ANNUAL RIVERSIDE BLUES AND BBQ will be held this weekend at Beacon Field in Greenfield.

The three-day festival will feature a beer sampling, barbecue contest and live entertainment.

There is no admission fee for Friday night activities. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 per day, with children 10 and under, who are accompanied by an adult, free.

The People’s Choice BBQ Sampling is $5 for six tickets to sample from competing teams.

The BrewFest Samplin’ Saloon is $20 per day and will be open from noon until
4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The festivities begin on Friday at 7 p.m. at Beacon Field with a showing of “The Lorax.”

An ATM will be on site.

For more information about the event or parking, contact Greenfield Recreation Director Christy Moore at 413-772-1553.

THE MOHAWK TRAIL REGIONAL SCHOOL 10TH ANNUAL DOUG TURNER BENEFIT for Mohawk athletes will be held Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the school.

The day will include a number of events that will honor Turner, who died in May 2003. His passions were sports and academics.

Over the past 10 years, $175,000 has been raised and 90 percent of that has gone to Mohawk athletic programs, while the other 10 percent has gone into a scholarship fund. Organizers are hoping to bring the total amount to $200,000 this year.

To date, 42 scholarships, totaling $19,000, have been awarded.

MEDICINE MAMMALS OF WENDELL, which takes in hundreds of displaced wild animals each year and nurses them back to health, is holding its fall cleanup on Saturday from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. All are invited to volunteer.

There will be a potluck feast and drumming after the cleanup.

For more information, contact Founder Loril Moondream at 978-544-6144 or dahitaa@hotmail.com.

THE KEEP SMILING RELAY FOR LIFE team is holding a fundraiser on Oct. 14 at St. Kazimierz Society on Avenue A in Turners Falls from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Music will be provided by Seven Mile Line and a pasta dinner will be served.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Children ages 12 and under are $5.

There will be a drawing for a Husqvarna sewing machine.

Turners Falls resident Charlotte Choleva’s daughters, Charlene and Denise, formed the team after losing their aunt to cancer several years ago.

For more information, contact Choleva at
413-863-2413.

BROOKS BEND FARM will hold its Feast and Fathom on Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. Early arrivals will get a tour of the Montague farm (2:30 p.m.)

Brooks Bend, run by Al Miner and Suzanne Webber, is located at 119 Old Sunderland Road.

Miller and Webber are inviting the public to a farm tour, gathering, gratitude circle, potluck dinner, stories about the farm, and a closing circle.

For more information, email: suzanne@brooksbendfarm.com.

GINA STONE OF SOUTH DEERFIELD asked me to try and find the “two kind people” who helped her when she was hurt in Greenfield on Sept. 20.

So, to the woman named Martha and the young father, please call Gina at 413-665-8878 so she can thank you personally.

I’LL BE BACK on Friday. Have a great week, everyone.

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