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Neighbors: Area residents’ accomplishments impressive

Two Recorder alumna ran into each other recently in Johnson City, Tenn. Rose Sinclair, former features editor, and Jane Tingle Broderick, former arts reviewer, had a reunion of sorts when Sinclair came to town performing with her band,  "Rose Sinclair & Swing Shack." Broderick is 
a professor at East Tennessee State University.
(Submitted Photo)

Two Recorder alumna ran into each other recently in Johnson City, Tenn. Rose Sinclair, former features editor, and Jane Tingle Broderick, former arts reviewer, had a reunion of sorts when Sinclair came to town performing with her band, "Rose Sinclair & Swing Shack." Broderick is a professor at East Tennessee State University. (Submitted Photo) Purchase photo reprints »

Hello neighbor.

As I was saying last week, we have a lot of talented neighbors here in Franklin County. I have a few events I want to share with you today, but you will also read about several of our neighbors and their recent accomplishments. Some were elected new officers of the local American Legion, a couple received recognition for their business endeavors, one became one of the heads of the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University, and some local students have received accolades for some important work they’ve done. Impressive!

So, let’s get to it.

TWO RECORDER ALUMNA ran into each other recently in Johnson City, Tenn. Rose Sinclair, former features editor, and Jane Tingle Broderick, a former arts reviewer, had a reunion of sorts when Rose came to town performing with her band Rose Sinclair & Swing Shack. Jane is a professor at East Tennessee State University. Nice to see the two of you again, if only in a photograph.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ROTARY CLUB will hold a special lunch meeting on Wednesday at noon at Terrazza Ristorante in Country Club of Greenfield. The Rotary Club will welcome Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh to town. The chief will discuss what is happening in Greenfield, as well as all of the projects he is planning to implement.

According to our neighbor Penny Ricketts, it will also be an opportunity for past and present Rotary members to get together and enjoy a buffet lunch.

The cost is $20 and you should RSVP by tonight at 5:30. Call Penny at 413-636-4915 or email her at: penrick1960@yahoo.com. You can also send her a message on Facebook.

SHELBURNE GRANGE WILL HOST an evening with Red Gate Farm Director Ben Murray on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information about Red Gate Farm, visit: www.redgatefarm.org.

SUSAN SCHRODER WILL DISCUSS AND SIGN her book, “You Come Too,” at Boswell’s Books on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The story focuses on a horse and her adaptation to the human world, including her strong need to belong, learn, love, heal, play and get what she wants. I hear it’s a heartwarming and inspirational book.

FRIENDS OF THE CHARLEMONT FAIRGROUNDS will hold its annual community tag sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charlemont Fairgrounds, 8A North in Charlemont. The event will happen rain or shine. Tables are $15 if you use the fairgrounds’ tables and $10 if you bring your own.

To reserve a table, call Joanne MacLean at 413-339-4037 or email him at: bobjomac@yahoo.com. Reservation sheets may also be found at: www.YankeeDoodleDays.com.

Lunch will be available for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Friends.

ARMS LIBRARY IN SHELBURNE FALLS will hold a tag sale on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the back yard of the library.

Donated goods will be accepted until the end of today. Those should include household items, books, compact discs, DVDs, furniture, small appliances in working condition, decorative items, toys and sporting equipment. The library does not want any clothing, computers or television sets.

Committee members will pick up donations — do not drop them off at the library — so call Carol Kelshaw at 413-625-2960 or Nancy Eisenstein at 508-494-5845 to make arrangements.

Volunteers are also needed to help with setup, working at the tag sale and cleanup, so please call Carol and Nancy about that also.

TURNERS FALLS RIVERCULTURE is looking for photographers to participate in “Knights Camera Action!” this year.

The Medieval-themed event, which was held last year, will include art openings, installations, historic reenactments, music and more in downtown Turners Falls.

Professional and amateur photographers are encouraged to submit up to two photos, preferably framed.

Participation is free and photographs will hang in downtown storefronts.

The photo exhibition will be from June 19 to July 12. The opening reception will be June 19.

Deadline to deliver photographs to Rodney at Madison on Avenue A is June 16.

For more information, call Suzanne at 413-835-1390 or email: riverculture@gmail.com. To register, email Belinda at: beezbiz126@gmail.com.

A SCHOOL YEAR OF PREPARATION paid off recently as local teens were rewarded for their knowledge of the environment by receiving an award at the 2014 Massachusetts Envirothon.

There were 250 high school students from more than 30 towns and cities who participated. Teams rotated through four “ecostations,” where they answered written questions and engaged in hands-on activities, including soil analysis, wildlife habitat assessment, tree identification and water-quality measurements.

Quabbin Regional High School students were second in their overall score and received a couple of other recognitions.

Pioneer Valley Regional School students also placed in “Current Issue Presentation” and “Forests.”

Congratulations to all!

OUR FORMER NEIGHBOR JANE P. GAGLIARDI, who lives in North Carolina but used to live in Tully, has been appointed vice chair of education for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as well as program training director for the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Duke University School of Medicine and Duke University Hospital.

Congratulations, Dr. Gagliardi!

OUR NEIGHBOR SCOTT ABDOW, a student at Greenfield Community College, recently took third place in the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Award for his entrepreneurial spirit. GCC has had three dozen winners since 2003. In an “elevator pitch,” Scott had 90 seconds to address a room of 500 people with the goal of trying to convince a team of bankers and venture capitalists to fund his new business idea. Scott’s project is called “Game On!”

Congratulations Scott!

OUR NEIGHBOR SHANE SCRANTON of Conway has a tech start-up that’s been getting a lot of press around the country. His business recently won the LaunchVT competition, where he worked with mentors to tighten his business plan and presented his idea to a group of esteemed judges from throughout the business world.

Congratulations, Shane!

THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 81 in Greenfield has elected its new officers: Commander David Lewis, Senior Vice Commander George Payzant, Junior Vice Commander Bill Phelps, Adjutant Richard Rivers, Finance Officer Russ Newton, Assistant Finance Officer Dyson Shultz, Chaplain Paul Plankey, Sgt. at Arms Mac Magoon, Service Officer Wil Carpenter, Historian Bruce Silliman, and Judge Advocate Isaac Mass. The Executive Committee is Jim Win and Rick Clark.

Congratulations all!

The next general membership meeting will be on Sept. 3 at Smitty’s Pub, 26 Chapman St.

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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