Neighbors: Everyone should have the opportunity to swing in the park

Hello neighbor.

Our neighbors at Friend to Friend in Turners Falls are in the beginning stages of what they’ve told me is a “very exciting project” that they hope will benefit more individuals than they could ever imagine.

Unity Park in Turners is in Phase 2 of its renovations and there are lots of things for children to do on the playground there, but, while the playground itself is fully accessible, there is currently no swing accessible to everyone to enjoy, says Robin Whitcomb, who founded the Friend to Friend organization.

So, Robin and others are getting involved by kicking off a fundraiser to help purchase an accessible swing that will allow those in wheelchairs and scooters to enjoy a “swing in the park.”

Friends to Friends is hosting an online auction on Facebook (Friend to Friend), which begins today at noon and will end Sunday at 6 p.m. If you haven’t already, please join Friend to Friend on Facebook so you can participate in the auction.

Also, if you would like to make a monetary donation toward the swing, do so by going to:

You can also find out more about Friend to Friend at:

Also contact Robin at or Lesley Cogswell at

This is another great example of what our neighbors are doing here in Franklin County.

COULD YOU PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR? My friend and Recorder editor Chris Harris is working on our “Celebrations” supplement and is looking for your stories to share.

How did you and your spouse meet? What was special about your wedding?

Let her know at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at:

COLRAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS LOOKING for pictures people have taken, special rocks they have found, or family letters that have some sort of connection or reference to Catamount Hill in Colrain. The society would love for you to bring those items to Catamount Hill on Saturday for the Catamount Hill Flag Day Celebration.

Please arrive just before 10 a.m. if you’d like to take the walk to the monument for the flag raising. There will also be exhibits, a CD slide show, and some old-fashioned games. Food will be available at The Scoop lunch cart.

If you can help during the event, call Muriel E. Russell at 413-624-3311 or Dot Willis Griffin at 413-625-9009.

COLRAIN COMMUNITY CLUB will sponsor its Strawberry Supper on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the East Colrain Chapel on West Leyden Road.

The meal will consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, potato salad, coleslaw, lemonade and iced tea, coffee and, of course, strawberry shortcake.

It’s all you can it for $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

SHELBURNE FALLS TROLLEY MUSEUM, 14 Depot St. in Shelburne Falls, is offering, as a special gift on Father’s Day on Sunday, free all-day passes to fathers when accompanied by their child of any age.

So, get up to Shelburne and take a 15-minute ride back in time on the beautifully restored trolley No. 10. The 116-year-old trolley once carried freight and passengers on the tracks between Shelburne Falls and Colrain until 1926.

Tickets for other adults are $4 and children ages 6 to 12 are $2. Children 5 and under are free.

For more information, call 413-625-9443 or visit:

STEWART BALK WILL TALK IN NORTHFIELD about Northfield’s Balky Farm on Tuesday at the Historical Society of Greenfield, 43 Church St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7.

Since 1977, three generations have run the farm in Northfield, offering meats, wool products and mulch hay. The farm raises goats, sheep, pigs, and sells fresh eggs.

There will be time to ask questions after the talk, which is free and open to the public.

OUR OWN MAGIC WINGS BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY AND GARDENS will travel to Connecticut this weekend to take part in the “Because of 26” celebration there. The event will honor the 26 children and adults who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.

Magic Wings plans to do its part by donating 26 butterflies, which will be released at the event — one butterfly for every life lost. Magic Wings will also bring other butterflies to be released during a mass release at 10:30 that morning.

If you want to learn more about the event, visit “Because of 26” on Facebook.

What a nice thing to do!

OUR NEIGHBOR NEAL GRAVES wanted me to tell you about the scholarship set up in his brother’s name to help Greenfield High School students pursue a higher level of education.

Ronald A. “Noggie” Graves died Aug. 30, 2001, in Goodyear, Ariz., from cancer, which Neal says the Department of Veterans Services determined was from exposure to herbicides during his service in Vietnam. Ronald graduated from Greenfield High School in 1951, when he was 17 years old, and joined the U.S. Air Force right after.

The scholarship goes to students who want to become teachers or instructors in the field of administration, or planners for government or commercial organizations.

Neal, a retired accountant, is asking that anyone who is interested in donating to the scholarship send checks to him: Neal Graves, 223 Chapman St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Checks should be made out to: Town of Greenfield, with Ronald A. Graves Memorial Scholarship Fund written on the “memo” line. When you contribute, you will receive a letter to support your tax deductible contribution.

The Ronald A. Graves Memorial Award went to Igor Federyuk this year.

For more information, call Neal at 413-774-4007.

WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO GET OUT YOUR PINK YARN for a cancer survivor? In celebration of Rays of Hope: A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer’s 20th anniversary, Baystate Franklin Medical Center is looking for knitted or crocheted scarves to hand out to breast cancer survivors in the Pink Hope Lounge on “Walk Day” in Greenfield this year.

You can knit or crochet any shade of pink and any pattern, but the scarf should be length appropriate for an adult survivor.

Scarves can be delivered to Phyllis Stone at BFMC, 164 High St. in Greenfield (leave them at the lobby reception desk).

The Rays of Hope walk will be held on Oct. 20, so scarves will be due by Oct. 11.

For more information, contact Phyllis at 413-773-2573 or, or Sandy Thomas at 413-773-3286 or

HAVE YOU EVER “FLOCKED” A FRIEND? Well, now’s your chance.

The Country Players is holding a fundraiser to benefit the theater group and “flocking” will occur when you make a donation to the fundraiser.

A group of plastic pink flamingoes will mysteriously roost on a person’s lawn of your choice. Then, the person who has been “flocked,” will get to choose the next victim. The flock of pink flamingoes will migrate to unsuspecting lawns throughout Franklin County.

For more information, visit The Country Players on Facebook or email:

Order forms may also be picked up at Aliber’s Bridal, 18 Federal St. in Greenfield or Adams Direct Mail, 99 Elm St. in Greenfield.

Sounds like fun! I’ll certainly be looking for the birds.

OUR NEIGHBOR GLORIA FREYENHAGEN of Bernardston told me recently that her grandson Brian Llewelyn, who graduated from Pioneer Valley Regional School this year, opened a time capsule he had made when he was in the first grade at Northfield Elementary School. The instructions were “not to open it until you graduate from high school.”

The capsule, a 2-liter plastic bottle, included a picture of Brian, his first-grade class, a short story he wrote then, a cassette of him telling a story, and a letter from his teacher, Miss Emerson, who recapped his first-grade year.

Gloria said Brian had fun opening it.

What a great idea, Brian!

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: 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: up to noon on the day before you want it to run.

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