Neighbors: Girl Scouts to hold annual ski and skate sale

Hello neighbor.

Dad is home and recovering. He wanted me to thank all who reached out to me with prayers and well-wishes over the past two weeks. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, because he came home on Thursday. I hope yours was just as wonderful.

I ALSO WANT TO REMIND YOU that it’s that time of year again, when Girl Scout Troop 40566 hosts its annual ski and skate sale at St. James Church, 7 Church St. in Greenfield.

I’m told it is the longest running ski and skate sale in the country. This is the 60th annual sale, which has been handled by a long succession of Scout troops over the decades.

The Girl Scouts will be accepting consignment items and donations on Dec. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. The sale will run on Dec. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.

There will be refreshments provided by the Slip and Slide Cafe. Credit cards will be accepted ($25 minimum purchase).

The troop is based out of Bernardston, but has members that come from Bernardston, Greenfield and Guilford, Vt.

The troop plans to take a trip in June using the money it raises.

For more information, call 413-896-8576.

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA are teaming up with WHAI and Greenfield Garden Cinemas to collect nonperishable cans and boxes for needy families and individuals during the holidays.

Tonight at 6 at the cinemas (361 Main St.), if you donate at least five cans or boxes of nonperishable items, you will be able to view the first showing of a movie of your choice at 6:30 p.m. at no charge.

All food collected will be given to the Salvation Army and Center for Self-Reliance, both of whom will be present at the collection.

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHORUS will present an informal holiday program on Friday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the main lobby of the college’s main building on College Drive.

British carols and music by John Rutter will be performed under the direction of Margery Heins, with Marilyn Berthelette accompanying.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 413-775-1171.

GREENFIELD BOY SCOUT TROOP 5 will sell Fraser fir Christmas trees at the Elks Lodge on Federal Street in Greenfield on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will help support members of Troop 5 attend summer camp next summer.

For more information, call 413-772-1967.

THREE CHURCHES IN NORTHFIELD will once again be holding Christmas fairs on the same day. St. Patrick’s, First Parish Unitarian and Trinitarian Congregational churches, all on Main Street, will hold their events on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

Enjoy the fellowship while shopping, meeting old friends, and helping carry on a 20-year ecumenical tradition.

SQUAKHEAG VILLAGE TENANTS ASSOCIATION will hold a bake and tag sale on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 88 Main St. in Northfield. I hear there will be lots of delicious goodies and some pretty nice items there.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD will hold its Heritage Holiday daily activities beginning Saturday through Dec. 29. There will be holiday decor and seasonal aromas throughout Old Deerfield and you’ll be able to join hearth cooks, guides and educators in a month-long series of traditional festive activities. Check Historic Deerfield’s Web site for more information:

SHEEP AND SHAWL IN SOUTH DEERFIELD will host a talk about Heifer International on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the anti-hunger organization, now’s the time.

Call 413-397-3680 for more information on the talk.

BERNARDSTON KIWANIS CLUB will hold a Christmas tree lighting event on Sunday at 6 p.m. in Cushman Park. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there. There will also be caroling, a fire pit where you can keep warm, hot chocolate, cookies, treats and a really good time.

FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY CHORUS will hold its Holiday Concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. in Greenfield. Admission is by donation.

The group is made up of members ranging in age from 14 to 80 and is led by former Greenfield High School Music Director Paul J. Calcari. Should be a good time!

SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, along with Sunderland Congregational Church and Natural Path Meditation Center will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church on Court Square in Greenfield.

There will be music, compelling dialogue and reflection, as well as light refreshments.

MARY LYON CHURCH in Buckland has canceled it s holiday music festival, but will be holding a mid-winter concert sometime later in the season. The church is still looking for bell ringers and musicians to join the performance, whose date has not been set yet. Proceeds from the concert will go toward church steeple renovations.

If you would like to volunteer to play, call Helen Scott at 413-625-2679.

COMMUNITIES THAT CARE COALITION is holding a holiday-themed raffle contest. The coalition is calling on teens and children of all ages to gather around the table with their families and put together a submission for a chance to win a gift basket from Dean’s Beans Fair Trade Coffee.

You may enter by calling in your story to the coalition’s special contest voice mail at 413-774-3167, Ext. 143. Just mention your favorite holiday dish, what you love about it, and who makes it, and include your name and telephone number.

The deadline is Dec. 16, so hurry.

I HEAR HALLMARK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY collected non-perishable food items to benefit the Franklin Area Survival Center’s food pantry located in downtown Turners Falls. Students, faculty and the administrative staff participated.

Remember, it’s still not too late for you to do the same for the upcoming holidays.

For more information about the pantry, visit:

I WANT TO SEND OUT a congratulations to Alyssa Weld of Warwick. She received Franklin County Agricultural Society’s scholarship award. I am told Alyssa was an exhibitor of sheep at the Franklin County Fair.

The scholarship, Apples for Scholars, was made possible from the sale of apples donated by Clarkdale Fruit Farm, Pine Hill Orchard and the agricultural society.

Alyssa told the committee that she has been exhibiting since 2002, when she showed her first 4-H lamb. She now shows a flock.

GREENING GREENFIELD has joined Valley Gives to raise money for its cause. If GG raises $500, Valley Gives will make a matching donation. Make your donation at:

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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