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Neighbors: Never give up

Hello neighbor.

We’ve all been told not to give up, to try again, or to stick with something at different times in our lives. I heard about the rewards of being tenacious and persevering many times over the years, probably more than I wanted to, but now I’m glad I listened.

Well, our neighbor Jeff Coulson of Indoor Action on Bernardston Road told me about a young man who has done just that. Calvin is from Deerfield, N.H., but works with Jeff at the indoor sports venue.

When Calvin was in high school, he drove two hours to Indoor Action every time he had a lacrosse practice. He was on Indoor’s travel team.

“He never missed,” says Jeff, who when Calvin was a senior in high school invited him to play on the Men’s DI Lake Placid lacrosse team (2005). That was the year the team won the championship.

Also that summer, Calvin was the only goalie Jeff used on his men’s summer adult team, which plays home games at Bement School in Deerfield. The team played two nights a week and Calvin drove two hours to play in “home” games and sometimes three hours or more to play in “away” games.

“He never missed a game,” says Jeff. “I didn’t need a second goalie because Calvin was so dependable and dedicated.”

Calvin is now coaching Indoor’s high school travel team with Jeff.

We’ll all try many things throughout our lives, and we’re not going to like all of them, so we’re going to give up on them, but if you find something you really enjoy and you want to pursue it, whether professionally, as a serious hobby, or just for fun, then I guess the message is that if you’re going to do something, do it right and put your all into it. Who knows where it could take you?

Harriet Beecher Stowe said, “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

Have a great weekend!

THOSE WHO WERE WATCHING “Wheel of Fortune” on TV a week ago Tuesday may have been surprised to see Cale Guthrie Weissman of Colrain among the contestants. Weissman won $5,000.

However, the show was a rerun, and Weissman, who grew up in Colrain, now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., working as a writer.

His father, Rick Weissman, says Cale was on the television program that was recorded in August 2012 and which aired for the first time last December.

IF YOU LIKE A GOOD SPAGHETTI DINNER, head to the United Church, 58 Church St. tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 (continuous seating). Proceeds will go to a Bernardston family struggling with extraordinary medical bills.

Tickets are $10 adults and $5 children.

THE COUNTRY BREAKFAST scheduled for Saturday at First Parish Church in Northfield has been canceled. I’ll be reminding you later this month about the breakfast planned for Sept. 7.

ORGANIZERS OF THE FREE HARVEST SUPPER planned for Aug. 18 in Greenfield are looking for children’s entertainers, including face painters, balloon animal artists, jugglers, clowns, magicians, and anyone else who can keep children entertained to help out this year.

If you want to participate, call Adelle at 413-773-3695.

IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN YET THIS SUMMER, get to Peskeomskut Park on Avenue A in Turners Falls Monday evening. The Montague Community Band will perform its last Summer 2013 Concert in the Park, and it will also be retiring Director Dave Rousseau’s farewell concert.

Bring lawn chairs, food and drinks, and enjoy a good concert beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Lauren at 413-863-8669 or email her at: laurenrae999@verizon.net.

CAN I GIVE YOU A PIECE OF ADVICE? Pack a picnic dinner, bring along a blanket or comfortable lawn chair, and head to the Greenfield Energy Park on Aug. 11 for a great concert.

Our own Seth Glier will perform that night from 6 to 8 p.m. The Shelburne Falls native and Grammy nominee, despite his young age, is a seasoned troubadour for sure. He averages more than 250 live performances annually and has gone from being an “opening act” to being a headliner playing major folk festivals.

He has shared the stage with James Taylor, Martin Sexton, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams and more.

For more information about the evening, call the Greenfield Recreation Department at 413-772-1553.

There will be a suggested donation of $10 at the gate.

THE GREENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1963 will be holding its 50th reunion in October. Organizers are looking for some of their classmates, so if you know any of the following people, please call Phyllis Pierce at 413-773-8771 or email her at: pmpierce4@comcast.net. The list: Emily Annan, Edward Cutler, Dennis Dassatti, Alan Farrar, Edwin Flagg, Kate Foster, Michael Griffin, Anne Shepard Honsa, Diane Gaynor Hudson, Penelope Perry Jordan, Maruri Laban, Susan Palmer Maguire, Beverly Haskins Podlesney, William Sheridan, Carolyn “Casey” Shaw, Rachael Roy Smith, Merle Taylor, James Tetreault and Richard Trumble.

I listed the wrong telephone contact number in a past column.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: anita.alice.fritz@gmail.com or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or call her cell at 413-388-6950. 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 on the day before you want it to run.

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