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Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Hello neighbor.

I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir.

There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully Lake and Campground.

You really should get out that way, if you haven’t already. It would be a shame to have the area promote tourism and have someone from across the country beat you to it.

OUR NEIGHBOR SUSAN REIMER-TORN will be at Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss her memoir, “Maybe Not Such a Good Girl.”

It’s a story about coming of age in an Orthodox Jewish family in New York and yearning for independence and the opportunity to express her love of dance and beauty.

THE POCUMTUCK HOMELANDS FESTIVAL, a celebration of Native American art, music and culture, will be held Aug. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. along the river at Unity Park in Turners Falls.

Presented by the Nolumbeka Project and Turners Falls River Culture, the event will feature activities that should appeal to all ages.

Medicine Mammals of Wendell will present two sessions of story telling from noon to 12:45 p.m. and 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. and will also bring traditional Native American children’s games, which will be played throughout the day.

For more information about the celebration, visit: www.nolumbekaproject.org or visit the project on Facebook.

OUR NEIGHBORS FROM AMHERST, SHIRLEY AND RUDY NELSON will be at Arms Library in Shelburne Falls Friday at 7 p.m. to discuss their novel, “The Risk of Returning,” a mystery involving a father’s disappearance during Guatemala’s fierce civil war. The authors have made many trips to the country and can speak knowledgably about the political, as well as cultural, character of Guatemala then and now.

Dessert and coffee will be served and proceeds from book sales will go the Arms’ Put a Roof On It campaign.

For more information, call 413-625-0306.

THE 24TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL, sponsored by Mary Lyon Foundation, will be held Aug. 4 through 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School in Shelburne Falls.

The unique program, also sponsored by The Recorder, will combine children’s literature with arts and crafts, music, field trips and special guests. The theme this year is “A Sense of Place.” The program is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The cost is $50 per child and includes all materials and snacks. There are scholarships available.

Call Toni Wilcox, program director, at 413-863-9418 for details about the program. Call Mary Lyon Foundation at 413-625-2555 to have a scholarship application mailed.

RON KRUPP WILL BE SPEAKING on the Politics of Food and Farming on Aug. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the LeVanway Room in the Greenfield Public Library. It’s the first of the library’s First Wednesday Speaker Series.

There will be a door prize at each event, which is sponsored by Friends of Greenfield Public Library and World Eye Bookshop.

THERE’S A VALUABLE NEW SERVICE available through Greenfield Lions Club. The group has secured a Spot Vision Screening device, which quickly and easily detects vision issues of all ages beginning at six months old.

The club wants to screen pre-K students at no cost, so if you’d like more information, call David Shield at the Academy of Early Learning in Greenfield at 413-772-6555.

The Lions will also be doing screenings at the Franklin County Fair this year.

LEYDEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH is welcoming its new pastor, Cheryl Meachen, who is also pastor at the Methodist church in Brattleboro, Vt.

The “little white church on the hill” will hold its Sunday services at 8:45 a.m. beginning Sunday, so get there a little earlier than usual.

Welcome, Pastor Meachen!

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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