Stay safe this summer ... and cool

Hello neighbor.

Hope you all had a great Fourth of July.

I didn’t hear from any of you about your “best Fourth of July,” so instead I’m asking you to send me stories about some of your best summers. Tell me about your summers past and present. What do you do for fun? Where do you go? Do you have any family traditions? How do you beat the heat?

Please let me share your experiences with your neighbors.

Well, the “dog days” of summer are certainly upon us, as we’ve seen for more than a week, and there are a few things we all need to remember.

We need to keep ourselves hydrated and cool so that we can help the seniors and children in our lives, but we also don’t want to forget our pets.

Here are just a few suggestions from Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society:

∎ Keep pets home during the summer.

∎ Educate yourselves about the dangers of leaving them in parked cars. Did you know that temperatures in a parked car with the windows cracked can rise to more than 102 degrees in 10 minutes on an 85-degree day? Pets are in danger of heat stroke at 110 degrees. DO NOT leave your pet in a parked car. Get involved by reporting to police or animal control officers any pets left in parked cars during summer months. Some of the symptoms of heatstroke in pets include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and unconsciousness.

And here are some tips to help save a pet’s life if it has suffered heat stress:

∎ Move the pet into the shade or air conditioning.

∎ Apply ice pack or cold towels to the pet’s head, neck, chest, under armpits or thighs or immerse in cool (not cold) water.

∎ Allow pet to drink small amounts of cool water or to lick ice cubes.

∎ Bring pet immediately to veterinarian.

Enjoy your summer, stay well, and have a great week.

Here’s what’s going on in the county:

COLRAIN NEIGHBOR SCOTT SARICH, a soon-to-be graduate student at UMass, will talk on Thursday about the 28th Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War as part of the Colrain Historical Society’s ongoing look at the Civil War. The event will be held in the Crocker Abbey behind the Pitt House on Main Road at 7:30 p.m.

Scott is a re-enactor with the 28th Regiment, also known as the Irish Brigade, and he will talk about the Brigade’s war experience.

For more information call 413-624-3453.

GREENFIELD WILL BE HOLDING ITS SUMMERFEST SIDEWALK SALES on Friday and Saturday with more than 40 participants, live music, a dunking booth, a pie-eating contest, face painting, demonstrations, and more. There will also be free parking in municipal lots.

Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic on Saturday.

The event, a partnership of Greenfield Business Association and Greenfield Recreation Department, will help about 1,000 children have some summer fun, because a portion of the sales will be donated to the Recreation Department to be used for its programs and special events.

Did you know that the department serves more than 17,000 people and offers about 2,200 hours of programming and events?

In the dunking booth on Saturday you will find Town Council President Mark Wisnewski, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County Director Danielle Letourneau-Therrien, co-owner of Hope and Olive Jim Zaccara, Recorder Advertising Director Rich Fahey, and past Rotary President and local activist Penny Ricketts. I was asked, but am going to be away with grandson Justin that day, so, maybe next year.

BUCKLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM, a former schoolhouse, which now hosts three floors of artifacts and town records at 20 Upper St. in Buckland Center, and the Wilder Homestead, a furnished 1775 saltbox with five fireplaces and a 1779 English barn with an antique barn loom, as well as a shoemaker shop at 129 Route 112 in Buckland, will hold open houses at those locations on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

GREENFIELD LODGE OF ELKS at 3-5 Church St. in Greenfield will hold its Motorcycle Poker Run for Wounded Warriors on July 20 beginning at 11 a.m. A chicken barbecue meal will be served at 2 p.m.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Elks club. The cost is $20 per bike and $10 per passenger. The cost of the meal for non-riders is $15. There will cash prizes, a 50-50 raffle and a Lotto tree.

Tickets are available at the Elks lodge.

For more information, call Rich Rowell at 413-522-3494 or Kim Franks at 413-834-0699.

THE BRIAN “BUBBA” WHITING MEMORIAL Golf Tournament will be held July 20 at Oak Ridge Golf Course in Gill. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be split between a scholarship in Bubba’s name to Franklin County Technical School and the American Red Cross.

It’s an 8 a.m. shotgun start with a meal to follow the golf with prizes for first, second and third places. There will also be a 50-50 raffle, lottery tree, plus 60 other raffle prizes.

Organizers could use more golfers at $300 for a team of four.

The cost to sponsor a hole is $50.

For more information, to golf, or to sponsor or contribute in any way, contact Janice Smith at 413-773-9778 or email:

ROUNDABOUT BOOKS IN GREENFIELD, a new “bookstore for book people,” will hold an “Experience the Art of Coffee” event on July 21 at 1 p.m. at 26 Kenwood St.

Author Merry White will discuss the history of the cafe culture in Japan and will sign copies of her book, “Coffee Life in Japan.”

Western Woods Coffee will sell craft coffee by the cup on their custom brew bar.

The event is free and open to the public.


SACRED HEART-POLISH WHITE EAGLE SOCIETY will hold its annual Polka Mass and Chicken Barbecue on July 21 at the White Eagle Picnic Grounds on Plain Road beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the mass. The dinner will follow at 1 p.m.

Eddie Forman Orchestra of Hadley will provide the music from 2 to 6 p.m.

The Polka Mass is open to the public. Dinner tickets must be purchases in advance from club officers, Butynski Farm Stand, Carol Forman, Dottie Morgan or Marcy Hoynoski.

For more information, visit:

MARY LYON FOUNDATION will hold its annual Children’s Literature Festival for kindergarten through Grade 6 every morning between July 28 and Aug. 2 at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School in Shelburne Falls.

The theme this year is local history and the program will feature special stories featuring historical events, local poetry, arts and crafts, music, and old-fashioned games.

Presentations by special guests will be the highlight of the week.

The cost is $50, which covers all materials and snacks. Scholarships are available.

To register or for more information, contact Program Director Toni Wilcox at 413-863-9418 or Sue Samoriski at 413-625-2555. You may also send an email to:

Space is limited, and it is a popular program, so sign up soon.

I’ve been told the program is made possible by a generous grant from The Recorder.

LATER THIS MONTH, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County will hold its second annual Biking for Buddies on July 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill. It will feature 10-mile, 25-mile and 50-mile cycling routes and will begin and end on the campus.

There will be prizes, raffles and lunch provided by Hillside Pizza in Deerfield. Children and non-cyclists are welcome to join for a campus ride and-or lunch.

For more information, contact the organization at 413-772-0915. You can also visit: for more information or to register.

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, Big Y collected worn, torn, faded and badly soiled American Flags for proper retirement. This time, 5,649 American flags will retire. Our Greenfield Big Y participated in the effort.

Thank you!

A GROUP OF YOUNG Israeli, Palestinian and American leaders, who were finishing a Kids4Peace program in Vermont, were at Nancy Katz’s studio in Shelburne Falls on Sunday to create a painted silk banner that will hang in the Kids4Peace office in Jerusalem. Nancy is an artist educator.

Kids4Peace is an interfaith education for peace organization that works with Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth from Jerusalem and the United States.

To learn more, visit:

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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