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Neighbors: Lots of fun facts today

Hello neighbor.

I have a few interesting facts for you today.

I talked with our precipitation prognosticator just before our last snowfall and she told me we had already seen 12 snowstorms this season. We had another shortly after that, so that means we’ve had 13 of the 21 she predicted for this season.

That also means we have only eight to go, and remember, you only have to be able to track a cat to count a snowfall in her prediction.

Hold on everyone, because there’s only 52 days until spring and I, for one, can’t wait!

I’m sure you’ve noticed that January has had its share of interesting moons.

The Full Wolf Moon or Snow Moon appeared on Jan. 15. It was also called a full “mini” moon this year, because it was at the farthest point from the planet that it could be and appeared much smaller than full moons typically do.

Just two weeks before that, on New Year’s night, we saw the month’s first “supermoon.” I say first, because we’re going to see another supermoon on Thursday. That, I’ve read, is rare. There will only be three other supermoons this year — on July 12, Aug. 10 (the one that will appear the largest and, therefore, the closest), and Sept. 9. The next won’t happen until 2018.

The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle more than 30 years ago, I learned. The term has only now become a popular term.

Nolle said a supermoon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”

Before supermoons got their name, they were referred to as perigee full moons or perigee new moons, perigee meaning “the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to Earth.” The word “perigee” is derived from the Greek word “perigeion,” which means close around the Earth.

This week we will also experience a couple of very cold days, with today’s and Wednesday’s temperatures falling into the teens with wind chills below zero.

The good news is that we will climb back into the 20s and 30s by the end of the week. Bet you didn’t think you’d be grateful for temperatures still below freezing, but almost sounding toasty in comparison.

Also, Punxsutawney Phil will make his annual appearance in Pennsylvania on Sunday. If he sees his shadow, it’ll be six more weeks of bad weather for us. But, if it’s a shadow-less day, spring is near. I don’t know about you, but I plan to think positive on this one.

BY THE WAY, last week an editor included in my column a photo of usherettes (candy counter girls) standing behind the original candy counter in the foyer of the Garden Theater (circa 1959), but forgot to attach the names of the girls in the photo, which is what many of you were waiting for.

Thank you for your patience — here they are from left to right: Regis (MacNeil) Johnston (partially cut off) of Greenfield; Marion (Nadeau) Scott of Northfield; Margaret (Killay) Doran of Greenfield; Nancy (Rice) Cascone of Rowe; Karen (Wood) Savage of Deerfield; Mary Ann (Milton) Butterfield of Fredericksburg, Va; Theresa (Roberts) Richards of Maine. John Lowe, who was the theater’s manager at the time, is also in the photo.

The girls were all members of the Greenfield High School Class of 1959, according to Marion, who called with the identities of the girls, after the photo ran in a Recorder supplement asking for help. Nancy also called with their names.

Last week, our neighbor Ruth Drury in Hatfield called all excited after seeing the photo, because she recognized John Lowe, who graduated with her from Northampton High School in 1943. She said he was a “quiet, very well-liked guy.”

Thank you for your help Marion and Nancy.

THE DAYLILY GALLERY and gift store and Greenfield Savings Bank, both in South Deerfield, will host a joint art exhibit of Michael Hough’s work. He is an artist from South Hadley.

The exhibit will run from Saturday through Feb. 28. A reception will be held Feb. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daylily Gallery at 8A Sugarloaf St.

The Daylily is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday until 8 p.m.

The exhibits are free and open to the public.

PIONEER MARCHING PANTHERS, the marching band of Pioneer Valley Regional School, will hold a benefit spaghetti supper on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in United Church of Bernardston on Church Street. The proceeds will support the band’s trip to Nashville, Tenn., in April. The band will compete as a marching and concert band.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The meal will consist of spaghetti and meatballs or a vegetable marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverages, and a brownie sundae for dessert. Take-out is available.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling Sue at 413-648-0174.

And I’ve been told that Brad’s (Greenfield) own Dan Devine will be in the kitchen Saturday night, so it’s going to be a great meal, I’m sure.

Have a great week and stay warm.

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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