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Neighbors: Showing spring in their step

Hello neighbor.

The county is waking from its winter sleep, and our neighbors are out there on the streets.

Individuals and groups are raising money and awareness for special causes — for example, the good people at Greenfield Cooperative Bank “dress down” every Friday to raise money for their Relay for Life team’s efforts to raise money for cancer research and awareness.

Some of our most talented neighbors are looking ahead to this year’s performances and competitions. For instance, our good friends in the North Quabbin area are honing their talents, be it singing, dancing, juggling, or some other type of performance art, to compete in the third annual Quabbin’s Got Talent Coffee House contest, which I’ll tell you about below.

Our dear friend Irmarie Jones, and author of the Just Plain Neighbors column for so many years, called to confirm that “yes,” spring is really here — she heard peepers in the meadows area of Greenfield the past couple of evenings and was excited to share that news.

I’d also like to send out a big congratulations to Stacey Miner of Greenfield, who graduated from Greenfield High School in 2008 as class salutatorian.

Stacey was a feature presenter in UMass Dartmouth’s Undergraduate Research Day recently and she took second place for her three-minute presentation on her research of parents’ and adolescents’ perceptions of adolescents’ experiences with violence.

The honor won her a prize of $500.

Finally, on a special note, I’d like thank all of the residents and employees at Park Villa Apartments on Turnpike Road in Turners Falls, who have made my dad’s move from Orange a seamless and joyful one. He, my sister and I appreciate your kindness more than you know — you have truly demonstrated what it means to be neighborly.

Have a great, warm weekend and I’ll see you on Tuesday.

LOCAL AUTHOR J.R. GREENE, who for many years has been writing about one of my favorite places in the world, the Quabbin Reservoir, contacted me to let me know that the Historical Society of Greenfield’s 19th Annual Postcard Show will be held April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 40 Silver St. in Greenfield. Admission is $3 and will benefit the society.

The show will feature 15 dealers of old picture postcards from five states.

For more information, please contact J.R. at 978-249-0156, or email him at: jrg01331@webtv.net.

TURNERS FALLS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER will host “Creative Expression Through Songwriting” with local singer-songwriter Katie Sachs, beginning May 3.

Whether you’d like to write something you may eventually share with the public, or you simply want to get that song you’ve always wanted to write out of your head, the program sounds like a great opportunity to do so.

Katie, who first proposed the idea at the center’s open house more than a year ago, has been awarded a Montague Cultural Council grant to run the six-week song-writing workshop for eight women. Four have already signed up.

No experience is required.

The workshop will be held each Friday from May 3 through June 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the center at 41 Third St. in Turners Falls.

To register, call Christine Diani, TFWRC programs coordinator, at 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 as soon as possible.

THE THIRD QUABBIN’S GOT TALENT COFFEE HOUSE will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Davis Memorial Hall located behind the First Congregational Parish, Unitarian on the Common in Petersham. The event is free and open to the public, though donations will be accepted.

The talent contest is open to all ages, individuals and groups in all performing genres. Judging will be divided into two main categories: adults and children.

The first 10 individuals or groups to sign up will compete, and performances will be limited to between three and five minutes.

For more information, contact Genevieve Fraser at 978-544-1872 or email her at: frasergenevieve@gmail.com.

SHELBURNE FALLS AREA WOMEN’S CLUB will present a free program about health and healing through Tai Chi and labyrinth walks on Wednesday after a short meeting at 7 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center. The program, which will be led by Deborah Yaffe, co-founder of Riverside Healing Arts Center, is open to the public.

For more information, visit: www.sfawc.tumblr.com

LOCAL AUTHOR MARGUERITE MORRIS WILLIS will be at World Eye Bookshop on Main Street in Greenfield on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign her book, “A Grandmother’s Essays on Education.”

World Eye is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

NATURALIST NANCY GOODMAN FROM HADLEY will lead two local hikes for the Pioneer Valley Institute on April 20 and 28 beginning at 10 each morning.

The first will begin at Notch Visitor Center off Route 116 in Amherst. Participants will hike up Mount Norwottock and run a workshop on “Learning Bark Without Leaves.”

The hike up Mount Toby on April 28 will start at the old Ashram site, now called Atticus Glass on Route 63 in Leverett.

Both hikes will last about five hours. The cost of each is $5, though current members of PVI and children under 12 are free.

For more information, contact Nancy at: wildeyes@rcn.com.

A FREE BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP will be offered by Hospice of Franklin County and Greenfield Council on Aging each Tuesday from April 30 through June 18 at the Greenfield Senior Center on High Street.

The Senior Spouse-Partner Loss Group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon. People 55 years old and older are welcome, but a phone interview, which must be done by April 19, is required for registration. The group will be limited to eight participants.

For more information or to register, call Judy Allen or Winnie Ganshaw at 413-774-2400.

I’M TELLING YOU ABOUT THIS EARLY, because Linda Horta is looking for people to contact her in advance if they have family ties or stories to share about the hurricane that struck New England in 1938.

On May 4, Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield, along with Pioneer Valley Institute of Greenfield Community College, will sponsor a showing of the documentary film, “Out of the Storm,” which is about the Category 3 hurricane that hit this area hard in the mid 1900s.

Refreshments will be served after the film, and that’s when people will have the opportunity to reminisce.

For more information, or to share your story, call Linda at 413-775-1120 or send her an email at: horta@gccmass.edu.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: anita.alice.fritz@gmail.com or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or call her cell at 413-388-6950. 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 on the day before you want it to run.

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