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Neighbors: Fall summons up all sorts of beautiful memories

Hello neighbor.

For most of you, the arrival of fall conjures up images of spectacular, colorful foliage, cool autumn mornings, crisp, delicious local apples and young, happy children scampering along our streets in superhero and monster costumes.

Also, for many of us the arrival of fall means scarecrows in Cushman Park at the corner of Routes 5 and 10 in Bernardston.

A seasonal favorite — definitely of mine and grandson Justin’s — Scarecrows in the Park is sponsored by the Bernardston Kiwanis Club. And luckily for us, it is expanding to two days this year.

On Oct. 26 and 27 dozens of scarecrows will fill the park while visitors enjoy hayrides, a tractor parade and a Halloween party with DeeJay Bobby C.

Also this year, artists and crafters will sell their wares, there will be an entire day of live local music, and there will be more food and drink options than ever before.

There will also be demonstrations, such as blacksmithing with John Passiglia of Pierce Street Iron Works, and panning for gold.

The Bernardston Council on Aging will present movies in the park.

Bernardston Senior Center, across from the park in the former Powers Institute, will hold a huge tag sale at the same time. The Powers Institute Museum will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be large model dinosaurs on the front lawn, supplied by the Rock Fossil and Dinosaur Shop in South Deerfield.

I’ll tell you even more about it in a couple of weeks, but until then, visit Scarecrows in the Park on Facebook.

RECORDER EDITOR CHRIS HARRIS has another request for you.

Do you have a holiday collection, a favorite ornament, or a special memory connected with the upcoming holiday season? If so, please share them with Chris, so that she can, in turn, share them with the rest of us in her holiday supplements. She’d love to hear your stories, see your photos and learn about your traditions. We all would!

Please call Chris at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at: charris@recorder.com.

CHRIS HARRIS WOULD ALSO like to know: What are your secrets of holding a successful Christmas church bazaar or holiday fair? What is your best money-maker? What is a favorite tradition at your church fair?

She’d love to share some of those secrets in a story in The Recorder’s upcoming Holiday Gift Guide.

Again, give her a call at 413-772-0261, ext. 265, or email her at: charris@recorder.com.

I HAVE ANOTHER STORY ABOUT a good Samaritan. A local woman, who would only identify herself as Linda, told me she dropped her wallet in the Big Y parking lot on Aug. 30. She retraced her steps and checked with each of the stores she had been in: Big Y, the Dollar Stores, Staples and Verizon.

“Each employee was very sweet and empathetic, but had not seen my wallet,” said Linda.

So, she began canceling her credit cards, and knew she’d have to get a new license on Monday. “Cash was my last thought,” she said. “I was worried about identity theft.”

Linda said to her surprise, when she checked back with Big Y a day or two later and found that “some soul had turned it in.”

She said the cash was there, all of her cards and license, a note from her mother, and pictures of her family.

She said the person did not leave a note, so she could not thank them. So, here you go: to the person who returned the wallet, a big “thank you” from Linda.

Good Samaritans are alive and well in Franklin County.

THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW that the magic show I told you about earlier this week, which will be held at Pioneer Valley Regional School on Sept. 22, is being sponsored by Indoor Action Sports. Nate Luippold of IAS told me proceeds from the show will benefit the Sports For Life Foundation, a nonprofit that helps people of all ages play sports.

THOUGHT YOU’D ALSO LIKE TO KNOW THAT just before the start of the Franklin County Fair parade last week, Greenfield Mayor William Martin presented the “Keys to the City,” along with vouchers for a movie and popcorn and a plaque to the Greenfield Cal Ripken Minor League baseball team in honor of its victory in the state Cal Ripken tournament in Northbridge on July 9. The team is composed of nine 10-year-olds and three 9-year-olds.

The team then traveled to Cranston, R.I. on July 19 through 22 to represent Greenfield in the New England Cal Ripken Regional Tournament. Franklin County Register of Deeds Scott Cote is the team’s coach.

Scott said he is very proud of his team. So are we!

THERE’S GOING TO BE A FREE WORKSHOP on fermentation and food preservation at the Greenfield Community Farm on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The outdoor cooking class will be presented by Brittany Nickerson. To register, email: annie@justroots.org. You can also call 413-376-8333.

DON’T FORGET THERE WILL BE an exhibition of Robert Strong Woodward paintings in the Memorial Hall Museum (PVMA), 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield beginning Sept. 21 and running through Oct. 14. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 ages 6 through 12.

I’m told one of Robert Strong Woodward’s paintings was once owned by Robert Frost.

The exhibition will be presented by Friends of Robert Strong Woodward Inc.

For more information, visit: www.deerfield-ma.org or www.robertstrongwoodward.com.

SOUNDS LIKE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH of Greenfield is going to have an awesome craft fair on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 43 Silver St. There will be stained glass items, primitive folk art, gourd artistry, wreaths, wood crafts, crocheted and knitted items, quilts and more.

Mo’s Fudge Factor fudge will be sold and there will be baked items for sale.

There will be a raffle of many gift items and certificates donated by local businesses, friends and vendors, and lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase.

CRAFTS-ARE-US will hold two more shows this year. One will be held Sept. 28 at Franklin County Fairgrounds, and the other will be held Nov. 16 at Greenfield High School. Both will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Bette Sokoloski at 413-665-4039 or email Karen Towle at: craftsareus.kt@gmail.com.

GREENFIELD WOMEN OF THE MOOSE is sponsoring a Mohegan Sun day trip on Oct. 20 for any of you who are interested in going down and doing a little gambling while raising money for two Moose charities, Mooseheart and Moosehaven.

The cost of the trip is $30 and that will include $25 in bonus coupons ($15 for food and $10 for wheel spin). There will also be a 50-50 raffle.

Pick up will be in Gill at Travel Kuz at 7:45 a.m. and Staples in the Big Y Plaza in Greenfield shortly after.

The last day to sign up for the trip is Sept. 29. To reserve a spot, call Mary-Ann at 413-522-7059.

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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