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Neighbors

Neighbors: What is your New Year’s resolution?

Hello neighbor.

The snow keeps falling, so we’re getting closer to at least the halfway mark of prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy’s prediction of 21 snowfalls this winter.

Even though I worked on Christmas Day, I have to say that I had a nice holiday this year.

I got to see my kids, my grandsons and my fantastic extended family on Christmas Eve, my dad is feeling much better and I got to work with some good friends at The Recorder into Christmas night.

I did a story about the volunteers at the Salvation Army on Chapman Street who on Christmas morning were preparing and serving a hot ham lunch to more than 50 of Greenfield’s homeless, destitute and lonely. The volunteers, as well as those who came for a nice warm meal and some good company, seemed to be having a great time.

It warmed my heart to see such caring people give up their Christmas mornings with family to be there for those who are less fortunate — just another example of the wonderful people living among us in Franklin County.

So, we’re just five days away from the beginning of a new year. Have you thought about your resolution(s) yet? If you have, I’d love to hear about them before Tuesday so that I can share them with others. I won’t use your name if you don’t want me to, but I’d love to especially hear about the more unique ones.

I haven’t decided yet.

Please call at 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or email me at: franklincountyneighbors@gmail.com.

BINGO IS BACK at Greenfield Savings Bank on Avenue A in Turners Falls. Join in for a friendly game or two from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. I’m told there will be a “special guest” caller and GSB will provide cards, prizes and some light refreshments. All you need to do is show up.

Seating is limited, so call to make a reservation at 413-863-4316 and ask for Christina or Kerri. No one admitted without a reservation.

OUR NEIGHBOR KERRY TOGNERI of Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors tells me Ice Stars is holding a Christmas party benefit Saturday from 9 p.m. to closing at Taylor’s Tavern on Main Street in Greenfield. She said DJ Rodney Herzig will provide music and there will be raffles. She said Santa will also make an appearance.

Kerry said the money raised will go to Wounded Warriors, a veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events to wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and to the Massachusetts HomeBASE program, which provides housing for homeless families.

Admission is a $5 donation.

DAKIN PIONEER VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY will hold a free microchip clinic on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at its Adoption Center, 171 Union St. in Springfield. The free clinic is made possible by a grant from the ASPCA.

Microchipping is a safe, simple and permanent form of pet identification designed to quickly identify lost animals and reunite them with their families.

The clinic will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 100 animals being microchipped for free.

Dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers.

For more information, call 413-781-4000 or visit: www.dpvhs.org.

THERE’S GOING TO BE A BENEFIT CONCERT for the Mohawk Music Association on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in Mohawk Trail Regional High School.

Trailer Park, featuring Mohawk alum Tom Mahnken will perform. Mohawk’s new rock band, led by the school’s Music Director Scott Halligan, will perform a warm-up set.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Mohawk students are free.

For more information, contact Julian Diamond, a Mohawk student, at: juliand8@gmail.com. Also visit: www.mohawkmusicassociation.org.

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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