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Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Hector Torres and Sarah Nelson soak up the sun on the Greenfield Town Common on last weekend.
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Hector Torres and Sarah Nelson soak up the sun on the Greenfield Town Common on last weekend. (Recorder/Paul Franz)

Hello neighbor.

Spring has sprung!

The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming.

So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take a deep breath and inhale that earthy spring odor of wet soil and grass the land is producing. It’s heavenly!

OUR NEIGHBOR CAROL WALKER of South Deerfield will be exhibiting her art work at The Daylily Gallery and in Greenfield Savings Bank in South Deerfield all throughout April.

The Daylily at 8A Sugarloaf St. is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday to 8 p.m.

Carol has been painting for more than 40 years and has studied with Maurice Kennedy and Elice Davis Pieropan. She is a member of Old Deerfield Painting Group and the Deerfield Valley Art Association.

ORANGE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH at 104 South Main St. will hold a Spring Rummage, Tag and Bake Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be sold.

From 1 to 2 p.m. you will be able to fill a bag with “stuff” for just $1.

A SUGAR ON SNOW SUPPER will be held Saturday at 5 and 6:30 p.m. at Leyden Town Hall on West Leyden Road. The Agricultural Commission is sponsoring the supper, which will be prepared by Leyden Methodist Church. The supper will feature Rita’s Famous Shepherd’s Pie made with ground beef, lamb or goat raised in Leyden.

Adults are $10 and children under 6 are $5. There will also be a silent auction.

For reservations, call 413-774-2820.

PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA will perform its spring concert at Northampton High School on Saturday at 4 p.m. The newly formed youth orchestra features Franklin County musicians, who with other Pioneer Valley youth will perform works by Verdi, Dvorak, Wagner and Bizet.

The concert will be conducted by PVSYO director Jonathan Brennand and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Susanne Dunlap at 413-773-3664 or email her at: susanne@pvso.org.

OUR NEIGHBOR MURIEL RUSSELL of Colrain will talk about the scores of mills that used to be along the banks of the Green and North rivers in the mid-19th century in Colrain.

Muriel will describe those mills and where they were located during a Colrain Historical Society meeting at the home of Joan McQuade, 7 Main Road in Colrain on Thursday at 7 p.m. The talk kicks off a series looking at water power in Colrain, which will run through October.

Muriel’s presentation will be preceded by a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and then a short business meeting. Those attending should bring a vegetable, salad, main dish or dessert to share, as well as a beverage. Coffee and cider will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Belden at 413-625-2003.

FREEMASONS OF MASSACHUSETTS will have an open house on Saturday from 9 to 3 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge at 20 Masonic Ave. in Montague City. All are welcome to attend and inquire about the Masons. Harmony of Montague and Mount Sugarloaf of South Deerfield are sponsoring the event.

CHUSHMAN LIBRARY IN BERNARDSTON will host its first Lego Club on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. The self-directed group will meet in the Children’s Room every second Saturday, except in July, when the Summer Reading Program will be in full swing.

The goal of the group is simple: have fun building with Lego pieces.

For more information, call 413-648-5402 or visit: www.cushmanlibrary.org.

THE NEWLY FORMED ERVING HISTORICAL COMMISSION will host an open house on Sunday at the Pearl B. Care building on Main Street in Erving on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The open house will provide all an opportunity to see the efforts the commission and town highway crew have made over the past six months to repair, rearrange and spruce up the interior of the building, which house the Erving Historical collection.

There will be a new art exhibit of photographs of the “Hermit of Erving Castle and His Guests.” The images date from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s.

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