Neighbors: Give as the holiday season approaches

Hello neighbor.

Can you believe the year is coming to an end and holiday season is almost upon us?

We’ll all be spending even more time than usual with the ones we love. And, we’ll constantly be reminded of those who are less fortunate.

Open your hearts this year to those neighbors, many of whom don’t even have the bare necessities. You don’t have to give a lot of money if you don’t have it, just give a little of your time.

My great-nephew Thaddeus is really excited that he will be participating in his martial arts school’s board Break-athon in November to raise money for Warm the Children, which The Recorder has been involved with for almost three decades. He wants to help other children. Let’s all find something, even very small, to make someone else feel good this holiday season.

THREE POETS WILL READ from their works at Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Abbot Cutler, Ed Rayher and Janet MacFadyen will be there reading from “Say Dancer, Say Night,” “All We Can Do Is Wait,” and “In the Provincelands” respectively.

I’m told Boswell’s poetry readings have always been well attended, so get there early for a good seat. Books will be available for sale and signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Questions? Call 413-625-9362.

FRIENDS OF GILL is having a homemade apple pie sale to benefit its scholarship fund on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gill Church. You can’t go wrong when you’re helping a group like this raise money to give to local students.

You may buy a baked or unbaked frozen apple pie for $10 each. To preorder call 413-863-2212 or 413-863-9240. Walk-ins are welcome.

PIONEER VALLEY TRANSITION TOWNS Film Festival will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cohn Commons dining room in Greenfield Community College. Many subjects will be covered, including green marketing, diversity, community building, equality and self-help.

There will be 10 short films shown for free. For more information, visit: You may also contact Scott McPherson at Greenfield Community Television at 413-774-4288 or email him at

A FALL FARM FESTIVAL will be hosted by the local nonprofit Just Roots on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Greenfield Community Farm off Leyden Road. There will be activities for all ages. There will also be a farm tour, tractor demonstration, workshops and a food policy discussion. There will be clowns, juggling and face painting for younger participants, and a potluck barbecue, which will include hot soup, will happen later in the day.

A $5 donation is suggested and you may visit Just Roots at: for more information.

A DEDICATION CEREMONY AND RECEPTION will be held at the South Deerfield Polish American Citizens’ Club Sunday at 1 p.m. for members who served in the military and their guests.

IT LOOKS LIKE NOVEMBER is also going to be a busy month. There’s Franklin County Cider Days, annual Crafts of Colrain, Shelburne Falls Moonlight Magic and, of course, Thanksgiving. I’ll talk more about them at a later date.

I THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW that the fourth annual Cool Rides Car Show that was held at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls a few weeks ago was a huge success: the largest show to date with approximately 210 cars and truck, 25 motorcycles and 16 tractors on display. One of the cars that was on display was owned by Doug Smith of Sunderland. It was a 1954 Hudson Hornet Coupe. I’m told about 1,200 people attended.

To contact Anita Fritz, 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:

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