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Neighbors: TFHS grad published in runners’ magazine

Hello neighbor.

I always like to hear about what fellow Turners Falls High School alums are doing.

Montague Mug Race Director Ann Fisk wrote me recently to tell me about 1974 TFHS graduate Jeanne LaPierre, who wrote a short article that was published in the November/December issue of New England Runner magazine.

The article appears on the final page of the magazine in the Scenic Stridings section. Jeanne also took the photographs that ran with the story — one is of a runner on Falls Road in Sunderland.

In the article, Jeanne talks about one of her favorite running routes, which begins in Montague Center and is the route of the 5.5-mile local race each year.

I’m told Jeanne, who now lives in Connecticut, comes back every year in August to run the Montague Mug Race. The next race will be held Aug. 16.

THE HILLTOWN CHURCHES FOOD PANTRY at First Congregational Church on Main Street in Ashfield is holding its Thanksgiving distribution today at the church from 4 to 6 p.m. Make sure you get there to pick up your food.

I’m also reminded that it’s time for us to sign up for Sharing Christmas for children. The church will collect toys, clothes and other much-needed items over the next few weeks and will make sure they get to less fortunate children during the holidays.

You can call Janet and Bev at 413-625-6086 for more information.

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING author and historian Joseph Ellis will be at Arms Library in Shelburne Falls on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to read from and discuss his new book, “Revolutionary Summer.”

The event, sponsored by Boswell’s Books, is free and open to the public.

The New York Times best-selling author will sign books, which will be available for purchase that evening.

SOUTH DEERFIELD WOMEN’S CLUB will hold its fundraising auction on Saturday in the Polish American Citizens Club on South Main Street in South Deerfield. There will be a preview beginning at 5 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

There will be a live and a silent auction, free snacks, door prizes and a cash bar. Items to be auctioned include gift baskets, a hot-air balloon ride, a mid-week stay at a Newport, R.I., inn and gift certificates to restaurants, spas and salons.

Proceeds will benefit community programs and scholarships.

PARK VILLA APARTMENTS will hold its annual Holiday Craft Show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center.

There will be handmade crafts, a quilt raffle, a book sale, a baked goods table with lots of goodies, and there will be coffee and doughnuts. My dad lives in Park Villa, so I’m sure I’ll see you there.

IF YOU ENJOY BINGO AND YOU’D LIKE to help needy children throughout Franklin County stay warm this winter, make your way to St. Kazimierz Hall at 197 Avenue A in Turners Falls on Nov. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Princess House BINGO, a Warm The Children fundraiser.

The cost is $10 for all games and there will be door prizes, a 50-50 raffle and refreshments.

If you are planning on attending, you should call Lisa at 413-768-7336 and let her know.

UNITED CHURCH OF BERNARDSTON will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church. There will be all types of baked goods, including cakes, cookies, pies and quick breads, candy, baked beans and more.

There will also be crafted wood items from Grandpa’s Workshop and a mini-raffle, which will include all kinds of baskets.

There will be a tag sale featuring new and used items in Grandma’s Attic, and there will be fresh wreaths and cemetery boxes made by the church’s Youth Group.

TURNERS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI Association’s All-Class Reunion will be held the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) again this year from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the nightclub of Between the Uprights on Avenue A and Second Street in Turners Falls. TFHS alum Lew Collins has generously offered use of the nightclub and there will be music, raffles, munchies and lots of socializing and reminiscing.

If you graduated from TFHS, you should plan to stop by and say “hello” to classmates.

I’m told organizers are putting out a challenge to all TFHS classes to see which will have the most attendees at the free event.

THE FAMILY LIFE COMMISSION of Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main St. in Greenfield, will hold its annual Christmas Wreath Sale the weekend of Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Plain wreaths with a bow are $12 and hand-decorated wreaths are $18. Proceeds will benefit the church.

FOR THE FOURTH YEAR in a row, the Montague Elks Lodge has donated $1,000 to the Greenfield Bulldogs Youth Football League to help pay for much-needed safety equipment and league expenses.

I’m told Montague Elks is the largest sponsor of the Greenfield Youth Football Association.

OUR NEIGHBOR NICOLE PETERSEN would like you all to know that if you would like to help local families in need this holiday season, you should consider joining the group Happy Holidays for Our Neighbors in Need. You can join on Facebook or by emailing Nicki at: nenicki@comcast.net.

She said the group is looking to fill a basket with items for Jenna Mauthe and Justin Chapin, who both have lymphoma and have had to deal with stem cell transplants.

Items needed include money, gas cards, magazines, blankets, puzzles, slippers, snacks, and anything else you can think of that might help their ordeals a little easier.

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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