Neighbors: Local figure skater to sing with her college choir

Hello neighbor.

It’s always nice to hear that one of our own is accomplishing what they set out to.

Brandi Weyers, a college freshman from Northfield, will perform in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Baker Memorial Chapel in Westminster.

Weyers, 19, and the rest of the college choir will present “Make Them Hear You” under the director of Margaret Boudreaux, her music professor and the school’s Music Department chairwoman.

I learned, as I did some research, that Weyers is a young woman with many talents.

A figure skater, she once told The Recorder that “I tell people I’m more comfortable on the ice than on land,” and that must be true, because she won two gold medals, one bronze and a sixth-place in the 2013 state Games of America.

I also learned that she has been skating for more than a dozen years, and she started simply because a friend was doing it.

Weyers graduated from Stoneleigh-Burnham School last year, where she received the senior class prize for the person who most represented Stoneleigh’s values, and she was also recognized as that class’ “most improved athlete.”

Congratulations Brandi! Keep up the good work. We’ll be thinking about you on April 27.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its Friends of Greenfield Public Library Spring Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the library’s basement on Main Street in Greenfield.

There will be more than 11,000 books to choose from. There will also be children’s books and DVDs and CDs.

True bargain hunters will find great deals in the Bargain Book section, where they can fill a bag for just $2.

For more information, call 413-773-8031 or email:

FIRST PARISH UNITARIAN IN NORTHFIELD is holding a homemade meatball and spaghetti supper on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the church at Parker and Main streets in Northfield. No reservations are required — just show up and enjoy. The supper will include salads, garlic bread and fruit crumble with cinnamon whipped cream.

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHORUS will continue its spring concert series with a full performance of “Songs of Nature” on April 6 at 4:15 p.m. in Sloan Theater on the main campus. Margery Heins will direct the chorus with Marilyn Berthelette accompanying. There will also be solo performances during the show.

The concert is dedicated to Judd H. Blain, a longtime member of the GCC Chorus who died recently.

OUR NEIGHBOR DR. JEFFREY HAYER will present “What to expect before, during and after joint replacement” as part of a public service by GVNA Healthcare on April 10 at 5 p.m. at GVNA in Cherry Rum Plaza, Suite 207, 489 Bernardston Road in Greenfield. Reservations may be made by calling 413-774-2275 or 978-868-3915.

FRANKLIN COUNTY REGIONAL DOG SHELTER at 10 Sandy Lane in Turners Falls will offer a rabies clinic on April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but you may call 413-676-9182 for more information. The cost is $17 per pet. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers.

Town clerks from Bernardston, Gill, Montague and Northfield will be there to license dogs living in their towns.

DON’T FORGET THAT APRIL 15 is tax day here in the United States. Also on that day, we will welcome the Full Pink Moon, named by Native Americans for the herb moss pink, one of the earliest spring flowers. April’s full moon is also called the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Full Egg Moon and Full Fish Moon.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PARTICIPATE in a virtual poetry slam? If so, show up at the Greenfield Public Library between April 14 and 19 to help it celebrate National Poetry Month.

You will be filmed reading a poem aloud and you will have the opportunity to upload your video to YouTube. You will also be able to post it on the library’s Facebook page.

The slam is open to poets and poetry fans of all ages and abilities. Content of poems should be suitable for multiple generations.

For more information, contact Jane or Hannah at 413-772-1544 or at:

I KNOW IT’S SPRING when I start hearing from Just Roots, telling me of the wonderful programs they will be offering this spring and summer.

Beginning April 19, the nonprofit will offer “Community Herbalism,” a 7-month-long (one weekend a month) program. Early registration ends April 12. The program will provide a foundation in western constitutional herbalism and its impact on the specific needs of the Franklin County community. The course will be a combination of classroom discussions, wild plant walks, foraging, and cultivation of medicinal plants.

For more information, call 413-325-8969 or: Also visit:

I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS early enough so you can plan: Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School Class of 1964 will hold a golf tournament on May 17 at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club. The four-person scramble is $65 per golfer and shotgun start will be a 9 a.m. The tournament is limited to 18 teams, so that’s why I’m telling you now — hurry and sign up.

You must be a Mahar alumni or spouse or significant other of one. You may purchase individual signs with your name and class year for $25 or a business sign for $40. The goal of organizers is to make the annual tournament a fundraiser to benefit the school.

For more information, call 413-659-3061.

ALSO, THOMAS MEMORIAL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB is looking for golfers to play in its mixed morning league. You don’t have to be a member to play in the league. Organizers would like you to know that it is a “fun” league. Call 413-863-8003 or 413-659-3061.

THE 50TH CLASS REUNION of the Greenfield High School Class of 1964 will be held in October. There will be more information to follow, but for now 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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