Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Hello neighbor.

A wonderful group of local writers has published another book.

“Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls.

Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the writers, said the name of the group comes from the place where they meet to write each week — the group gathers on Monday afternoons in the Greenfield Senior Center in the Weldon House on High Street.

The book is loaded with memoirs and I promise you’ll love the stories. Janet dropped a copy off to me Tuesday and I’ve already gotten through half of it.

You’ll probably recognize some of the colorful characters and places.

I worked with some of the Well Done Writers — Luci Adams, Dolly Arsenault, Estelle Cade, Janet Keyes, Mary Kuzontkoski, Lettice Randall, Ted Scott, Lori Thatcher, David Bryant, Mildred Grant, Esther Johnson, Janice Lepore and Alice Thomas — in 2011 and together we published their first book, “Tales and Treasures: A Senior Sampler.” You can still find that one on,, and

These writers were good then and they’re even better now.

“Days and Moments, Moments and Days” can also be found online at:

There’s going to be a reading and book signing in the fall at the senior center. Don’t miss it! More information about the date and time will follow later in the summer.

Congratulations to a delightful group! I know how much joy writing and sharing your stories brings each of you.

WHITE EAGLES SOCIETY will hold its 100th Anniversary at its pavilion on Plain Road in Greenfield on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The celebration will be followed by a chicken barbecue at 1 p.m. and a dance from 2 to 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $14 for dinner and all other activities or $7 if not attending the chicken barbecue.

Tickets may be purchased at Butynski Farm Stand, 370 Colrain Road.

AUTHOR SUSAN REIMER-TORN will be at Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to read from her book, “Maybe Not Such a Good Girl,” which describes leaving her Orthodox Jewish religion and family in New York to follow her youthful dreams of independence as a dancer in France. The event is free and open to the public.

TRANSITION NORTHFIELD WILL HOLD its fourth annual Community Picnic on July 26 from noon to 2 p.m. in Kiwanis Park on School Street. Northfield residents of all ages are welcome to the rain-or-shine event.

Discounted adult tickets are available at Dickinson Memorial Library, Mim’s Market, Northfield Coffee & Books, Northfield Creamie, Northfield Food Market and Northfield Senior Center until July 25. The discounted cost is $7 and the cost will be $8 the day of the picnic. Children 12 and under are $5.

The menu will include burgers, hot dogs, garden salad, corn on the cob, potato chips and a beverage. All food items will be locally grown or locally purchased.

The event is sponsored by Transition Northfield, Northfield Kiwanis, Dickinson Memorial Library’s Sumer Reading Program and Friends of the Library.

THERE WILL BE A COFFEE KLATCH gathering to celebrate the life of David Bigda, a longtime host of the Mid-Week Music program at All Souls Church on the corner of Main and Hope streets on July 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the accessible LeVanway Meeting Room in the library in Greenfield.

Refreshments will be provided and donations to the music program will be accepted. For more information, call Russ Pirkot at 413-768-0705.

JOE MANNING WILL PRESENT HIS Lewis Hine Project at Swift River Valley Historical Society in New Salem on July 30 at 7 p.m. in Prescott Church, 40 Elm St.

Hine was a photojournalist during the 20th century who documented the working and living conditions of children in the United States between 1908 and 1924. The Lewis Hine collection at the Library of Congress consists of more than 5,000 photographs.

For more information about the society, as well as a schedule of upcoming events, visit:

UNITED WAY’S BLOOMING BACKPACKS will hold its annual Garden Party on Aug. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Pennock’s Garden, 25 Old Main St. in Deerfield. The cost is $5 plus one or more filled backpacks, which will be distributed to children in need throughout Franklin County so they are prepared for school. All types of school supplies are needed.

Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call 413-772-2168 or email: Donations are tax-deductible.

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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