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Neighbors: Lots leading up to Valentine’s Day

Hello neighbor.

I have to say that I was happy to see the snow fall this week. Franklin County looks so fresh and clean and children of all ages are having so much fun. My daughter and son-in-law couldn’t wait to get on their snowmobiles Thursday night — the first time this year. I was even thinking Thursday morning about taking a quick ride around their back yard later in the evening.

GREENFIELD SAVINGS BANK on Avenue A in Turners Falls will hold (free) bingo again on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. GBS provides the cards, prizes and refreshments to players. Seating is on a first call, first reserve basis, so make your call now to Christina or Kerri at 413-863-4316. No one is admitted without a reservation.

PETERSHAM CURLING CLUB is holding a “SEE IT” Open House on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at 150 No. Main St. (Route 32) in Petersham. The club will also hold “TRY IT” open houses on Feb. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. and Feb. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.

During the “SEE IT” event, spectators will watch club members compete and during the “TRY IT,” curling enthusiasts will go on the ice after some basic training.

For more information, call 978-724-3210 or visit: www.petershamcurling.org.

BERNARDSTON UNITARIAN MEETINGHOUSE at 49 Church St. in Bernardston will offer a lecture by Barry Deitz on Sunday. “Transcendentalism on Ice: The Story of Three Men and One Winter’s Day in Concord,” will begin at 11:30 a.m., with coffee served at 11 a.m.

In the winter of 1842, the Concord River froze solid and on one November afternoon, authors Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne went ice skating together there.

The lecture is presented by the Arts and Activism Program at the church. It is free and open to the public. Visit: www.bernardstonunitarian.org.

COLRAIN FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH on Foundry Village Road in Colrain will feature a men’s chorus with many familiar voices on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Edmund F. Smith from Glistening Brook Farm in Buckland, who is battling Alzheimer’s Disease, will join the chorus.

I’m told everyone is invited to enjoy the music, which will happen during the service. A coffee fellowship will immediately follow the service. I’m also told that music has really helped Ed cope and has been part of his therapy. His family and friends hope to see you there.

WHEELER MEMORIAL LIBRARY at 49 East Main St. in Orange will hold its Winter Field Day on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Wear snow pants, hats, gloves, boots and a scarf and join the library for fun in the snow. There will be sled rides, snow painting and building, parachute play and much more.

For more information, contact Candy at 978-544-2495, ext. 103 or Jennifer at 978-249-8467.

ARMS LIBRARY FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE will raffle three prizes on Wednesday when Ken Burns appears in Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls to preview and discuss his upcoming documentary for PBS, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.”

The documentary weaves together stories of Theo dore, Franklin and Eleanor.

The first prize is an autographed copy of the DVD, poster and book. Second is Burns’ “American Lives” collection, and third is Burns’ Jazz CD collection “The Story of American Music.”

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and 13 for $10 and admission tickets are $25.

Tickets are available in Shelburne Falls at: Arms Library, Mocha Maya’s, Boswell’s Books and People’s Bank. They are available in Greenfield at: World Eye Bookshop. In Ashfield: Hardware and Supply and Elmer’s Store. They are also available in Amherst at Amherst Books and Northampton at Broadside Bookshop.

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL WELCOME Taalam Acey to Sloan Theater on Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Acey is an independent artist and performance poet whose work has been featured frequently on TV One, The Documentary Channel and other places.

For more information, call 413-775-1200.

CLINICAL NOTES, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s women’s a cappella chorus, will present a free mini concert of “Love-ly Songs” on Valentine’s Day (next Friday) from 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby. Seating is limited.

The concert is in conjunction with the annual BFMC Chocolate Fantasy from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the main conference rooms, which are off of the main lobby.

The Chocolate Fantasy event will offer chocolate of all kinds, Valentine-related crafts, a raffle and a silent auction, to name a few.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF FRANKLIN COUNTY recently awarded seven $750 scholarships to students at Greenfield Community College — one from each high school in the county, including Franklin County Technical School. The students are: Shannon Hershey (FCTS), Genevieve Wentzel-Smith (Greenfield High School), Dustin Brown (Mohawk Trail Regional High School), Alexander Keir (Pioneer Regional School), Bethany Laramie (Turners Falls High School), Samantha Pierson (Mahar Regional High School) and Natalie Denoronha (Frontier Regional High School). Congratulations all and thank you Rotary Club of Franklin County for taking care of our children.

I’VE RECEIVED THE LIST OF WINNERS of several Greenfield Winter Carnival contests.

Mark Bosworth of Athol received first place for his ice sculpture of Frosty and Bears in front of Wilson’s Department Store. Chris Letarte of Lunenburg received second place for Bear on Snowmobile in front of TD Bank and Sue O’Sullivan of Royalston received third for Reindeer in front of Ryan & Casey Liquor.

Taylor’s Tavern received “Best Chili Around” award, and Aaron Stone of Greenfield and Meaghan Matthews-Hegarty of Springfield took first place in male and female categories for the Sleigh Bell Run.

The cribbage tournament winners were Richard Andrew of Hinsdale, N.H. in first place and Brian Hale of Greenfield was runner-up.

Mackenzie Southwick had the “Best Decorated” cookie, while Joy Whitbeck had “Most Original” and Jen Rumrill had “Best Overall.”

The LEGO contest had three winners: Parker Beauregard of Greenfield won in the (grade) K-2 category with “Beacon Field.” Jorja Mullins of Greenfield won in the 3-4 category with “Star Wars Rover” and Wyatt Clark of Montague won in the 5-6 with “Battle of the Barracks.”

Congratulations to all!

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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