Neighbor: Green River Festival passed, but Coop Concerts still ahead

Hello neighbor.

Can you believe another Green River Festival has come and gone? It sounds like many of you were there. I hope you all had a great time and stayed hydrated.

(I wasn’t able to make it because I spent the weekend in South Hadley with grandson Justin. While I was there, I got a call from my daughter Christina telling me that 10-month-old twins, Owen and Travis, are standing, with a little help, and that she doesn’t think it will be long now. God help her.)

Anyway, if you missed the festival, you might want to attend one or more of the upcoming Coop Concerts in the Greenfield Energy Park on Miles Street. The concerts, which are held every Thursday evening now through Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., are part of the 2013 Coop Concert Summer Series. Come out and enjoy the music of some of Franklin County’s finest.

This week, Orlen and Gabriel, Russ Thomas, and Pat and Tex LaMountain Band will perform. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, some food and drink, a couple of friends or your family, and enjoy yourself.

Next week, Roland LaPierre, Charlie Conant with Maple Ridge, and Pat and Tex LaMountain Band will perform.

If you’d like to know the lineup for the rest of the series, visit:

Finally, August is fast approaching. Typically, we’d be bracing for the hottest time of our summer, but we’re already pros, having survived at least two heat waves so far this summer.

Stay cool!

A CAR SHOW WILL BE HELD today beginning at 4 p.m. at the West Northfield Playground on Mount Hermon Station Road (Route 142) in Northfield. There’s plenty of room to browse. Food will be available for purchase.

This is the second car show to be held there this year. A third will be held Aug. 27 beginning at 4 p.m. in the same spot.

Proceeds will benefit the West Northfield Playground Association.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN a gorgeous print by local artist Hale Johnson? Well, on Friday, Friends of Greenfield Public Library will be selling raffle tickets at Foster’s Super Market on Allen Street.

Try your luck by buying a ticket or two and support your library at the same time.

The Friends will also be raffling a $500 coupon toward an iPad from Brown’s Computers in Brattleboro, Vt.

The raffle drawing will be held at the Fall Event on Nov. 9 at Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIKE TRIVIA GAMES and would like to support Northfield Food Pantry while playing, there will be an event held Saturday at 8 p.m. at Green Trees Gallery on Main Street in Northfield. There will be two rounds, and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Teams may include no more than five people and each person will pay $5 to play. Proceeds will be split between cash prizes and donations to the pantry.

If you have any questions, contact Deb Potee at 413-498-2927.

THE BELLY BUS COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE will be on Greenfield’s Town Common on Aug. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m., so start collecting canned fruits, peanut butter, jelly, cans of beef stew, pasta and pasta sauces — anything nonperishable — to donate.

After items are collected on the common, Franklin County Hunger Task Force will pick them up and distribute them to Franklin County Community Meals Program, Franklin Area Survival Center, Greenfield Salvation Army, Community Action Center for Self-Reliance and Greenfield Stone Soup Cafe.

Cash donations will also be accepted. Did you know that for every dollar donated, the task force can buy five pounds of food?

Let’s make sure our neighbors don’t go hungry. Let’s help fill the tummies of our youngest neighbors.

OUR VERY OWN SETH GLIER will be performing in Greenfield Energy Park at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11. Seth grew up in Franklin County and has performed in many local venues. He now travels all over the United States to perform and has recorded three CDs to date. Sounds like an enjoyable evening. Bring a chair or blanket and something to eat and drink. Then, sit back and let Seth do his thing.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS because the ninth annual Free Harvest Supper of Local Food is coming to Greenfield Town Common on Aug. 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

As always, there will be a bountiful meal of locally grown food prepared by local chefs, as well as music, children’s activities, educational displays and a “really, really, free market,” I’m told.

To donate money to the Free Harvest Supper, send checks to: Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry, 3½ Osgood St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Write “Free Harvest Supper” on the memo line of the check.

Also, call 413-773-5029 or visit:

I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU AGAIN to contact Recorder Editor Chris Harris with first-day-of-school photos. She would like to use them in The Recorder’s Back To School supplement. Call Chris at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at:

I THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW that more than 20 crockpots were received in the Center for Self-Reliance’s quest a couple of months ago. Six of those crockpots were given to pantry participants, and another five were given to families transitioning from shelter life to their own apartments.

Mary Siano told me there are more people interested in owning and using crockpots, so if you have one you’d like to donate, contact Dino Schnelle at 413-773-5029 or Mary at 413-773-3485.

FINALLY, TODAY, I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU TO HELP one of our neighbors in Turners Falls. Heather Norwood wrote me to tell me about her 9-year-old son Jacob, who has the FoxG1 mutation and functions at about an 8- to 12-month level. Heather and her family, along with five other families formed the International FoxG1 Foundation and to date have connected with and developed a support system with families of about 50 other children diagnosed with FoxG1 throughout the world. Heather, who is vice president of the foundation, is looking for raffle items for a raffle fundraiser the foundation will be holding at the Franklin County Pumpkinfest this year. She is hoping that you, local businesses and residents, will help.

The foundation has applied for nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service and hopes to hear soon.

For more information about donating a raffle item or providing some other type of help, call Heather at 413-214-4192 or email her at:

For more information about the foundation, visit:

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

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