Neighbors: Little too cold, but good week anyway

Photo submitted by Peter S. Miller
Photo showing the original candy counter in the foyer of The Garden Theater in Greenfield. Photo also shows the usherettes.

Photo submitted by Peter S. Miller Photo showing the original candy counter in the foyer of The Garden Theater in Greenfield. Photo also shows the usherettes.

Hello neighbor.

Except for the bitter cold temperatures this week — just a little too cold for my liking — it has been a pretty good one.

My dad is feeling better, 2½-year-old grandson Justin is growing bigger every day and coming out with some of those great words and phrases we all wait for, and twin grandsons Owen and Travis are just days from taking their first steps — I’m sure to lose the weight I’ve been wanting when that happens.

Also this week, Friends of the Greenfield Public Library announced its 23rd annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, which is open to all Franklin County residents and students each year. I just love reading the poetry submitted each year; something else to look forward to.

The Friends sponsored the contest, held in honor of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, since 1991.

Tuckerman lived in Greenfield from 1847 until he died in 1873. He was considered by his contemporaries, Emerson, Thoreau and Tennyson, to be a gifted poet. Though he never achieved wide public acclaim, his poems are often included in anthologies of noted American poets.

Anyway, now is your time to show the Friends, and the rest of the county, what you’ve got.

The group is looking for your poetry by March 10. You may submit up to three poems, indicating whether you are an adult or young poet.

Entries must be received by or postmarked March 10 to be included in this year’s contest.

For more information or submission guidelines, contact Hope Schneider at 413-775-1833 or email her at: or

Poems should be mailed to: Poet’s Seat Poetry contest, Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301.

Good luck to all!

BERNARDSTON KIWANIS will hold its annual Chicken Pot Pie Dinner on Saturday at 5 p.m. in United Church of Bernardston on Church Street. The price is $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. There will be continuous seating from 5 to 6:30 p.m. — nothing better than sitting down with friends and family to enjoy a delicious, hot pot pie on a cold winter night.

A TRIVIA NIGHT WILL BE HELD Saturday at 6 p.m. in the South Deerfield Polish Club to benefit Frontier Regional School’s Model United Nations Club, as well as the local food bank.

Categories will include pop culture, general knowledge, Disney, music and more, so gather some friends and form a team (teams may have one to eight people on them).

There are two options for registering: $16 per team and one nonperishable food item per team member, or $25 per team.

There will be concessions and prizes.

To register, visit:

THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL NELCWIT BOWLATHON will be held Saturday from noon to 3:30 p.m. in French King Bowling Center on Route 2 in Erving. The money raised will support its crisis hotline and some of its programs.

For more information, call 413-772-0871 ext. 114.

GREENFIELD KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Council 133 will hold its annual Free Throw Contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the YMCA in Greenfield. All children ages 9 through 14 are eligible.

Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. and winners will compete at the district level on Feb. 25.

For more information, contact Lou Grader at 413-774-2848.

THERE WILL BE A FUNDRAISER to benefit the Greg Ellis Memorial Fund hosted by Greenfield Home Depot on Sunday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Taylor’s Tavern on Main Street in Greenfield.

Greg, who was killed in a car accident, was a hardware associate at Home Depot.

Suggested donation for entrance to the event is $10 and there will be raffles, light refreshments and a cash bar and entertainment.

All proceeds will go to the fund, set up at Franklin First Credit Union, to benefit Greg’s son.

If you would like more information or would like to donate a raffle prize, contact Penny Ricketts at 413-636-4915.

DAKIN PIONEER VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY is already talking about how we can “beat the heat.”

No, the nonprofit isn’t referring to those wonderful, warm temperatures we’re all dreaming about. Instead, it’s suggesting spaying your cat before spring arrives to prevent unwanted litters of kittens , and Dakin is going to help by providing $20 spays of female cats during February at its Community Spay and Neuter Clinic in Springfield.

For more information, call Dakin at 413-781-4000 or 413-548-9898 or visit:

THE ANNUAL TEEN ART EXHIBIT will be displayed in the gallery at Artspace Community Arts Center on Mills Street now through Feb. 14. Students participating come from the Academy at Charlemont, Deerfield Academy, Eaglebrook School, Four Rivers Charter Public School, Greenfield High School, Mahar Regional High School, Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Northfield Mount Hermon, Pioneer Valley Regional High School and Stoneleigh-Burnham School.

I’m told the exhibit includes two- and three-dimensional creations by a number of local teens, whose artists’ statements accompany most of the artwork.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 1 to 6 p.m. and Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A reception, free and open to the public, for the artists will be tonight from 5:50 to 7:30.

For more information, call 413-772-6811 or email:

INFORMATION I RECEIVED and shared with you about the quilt raffle at Baystate Franklin Medical Center has been changed, so the following is the new information:

Ticket prices for the quilt designed by Marjorie Reid are $3 for one ticket, $5 for two tickets, and $10 for six tickets, which are available in the hospital gift shop.

The raffle is part of the 2014 Chocolate Fantasy sponsored by BFMC Auxiliary and hospital volunteers. The drawing will be later on Valentine’s Day.

I ALSO TOLD YOU ABOUT more than a dozen local students who have been chosen by their teachers to participate in this year’s Project 351, a community service initiative started by Gov. Deval Patrick a few years ago. Students are chosen because of their exceptional commitment to service.

Unfortunately, Colin Cloutier and Cody Podlesney were omitted from the list of local students I mentioned.

Congratulations to both of you, Colin and Cody! Have fun on the project this year.

OUR NEIGHBOR PAULA CASTINE contacted me this week to tell me about the heroics of her 4-year-old grandson Chase Zraunig.

Chase was playing with his 2-year-old brother Bryce one evening — parents Kelly and Matt were preparing dinner in the kitchen — when the older sibling came running to his parents to say that Bryce was choking and turning blue.

Matt called 911 while Kelly did the Heimlich on the 2-year-old and the two coins that Bryce had swallowed, a penny and nickel, came up and he began breathing again.

Bryce was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center Emergency Room and was released shortly after. I’m very happy to hear he is fine now, his grandma tells me.

MARION (NADEAU) SCOTT OF NORTHFIELD, formerly of Greenfield, was the first to call in on Wednesday morning with the identities of the “candy counter girls” shown in an old photo on Page 24 of “In Business Since,” the historical supplement inserted in Wednesday’s Recorder. Scott says, “We were all members of the Greenfield High School Class of 1959. We worked the candy stand and the ticket booth together.” Scott worked at The Garden and the other two theaters in town for six years, two while she was in high school and four summers while she attended college at Salem State (now Salem State University). “Back then, tuition was about $100 a semester and the job put me through college.”

Nancy (Rice) Cascone also called in with the names. “We had a good time there, we all got along very good,” she recalls.

The name of the man holding the upraised broom in the photo is John Lowe.

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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