Neighbors: Deerfield Inn named one of “best” by Yankee Magazine

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Innkeepers Jane Howard and Karl Sabo, left, and other staff behind the new wrap around bar at the renovated and improved Deerfield Inn.

Recorder/Paul Franz Innkeepers Jane Howard and Karl Sabo, left, and other staff behind the new wrap around bar at the renovated and improved Deerfield Inn. Purchase photo reprints »

Hello neighbor.

We live in such a wonderful area, with some of the best restaurants, motels, attractions and events, and many of them have been chosen by Yankee Magazine as “best.”

This year, it’s the Deerfield Inn that has been named one of Yankee Magazine’s “2014 Best of New England Editors’ Choice,” designating it “Best 19th Century Inn.”

Newly re-opened for just a little more than a year, the inn has bounced back from an 18-month renovation — after a 5-foot wall of water destroyed much of the first floor during Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.

“Just into the second year after our renovation, we couldn’t be more delighted to receive (the award),” said Jane Howard, co-innkeeper with her husband, Karl Sabo. “The affirmation of excellence from Yankee editors and freelance travel writers is a great gift, and testimony to the historic significance of the Deerfield Inn.”

Congratulations Jane and Karl!

OUR NEIGHBORS JEFF AND BOBBI HAMPTON of Greenfield need your help, and Greenfield’s Precinct 3 Town Councilor Brickett Allis has found a way you can do something without leaving the comfort of your home. Brickett has set up a website where you can donate to the Hampton Family Fund.

I just learned that Jeff and Bobbi have lost their dear young daughter Ally, who lost a long, courageous fight with cancer.

The couple needs to cover many medical bills, as well as Ally’s final expenses — they weren’t able to work consistently because they were taking care of Ally while she was sick.

Brickett’s goal is to raise $10,000 for the couple. So far, $2,750 has been raised.

If you’d like to help, visit:

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICIZE your summer event for free in The Recorder Summer Valley Guide, which will cover events from June 4 through Labor Day, contact Chris Harris at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at: The deadline is May 20.

HISTORICAL MUSEUMS, PLEASE LET READERS KNOW when you are open this summer by listing in The Recorder’s Summer Valley Guide.

Call or email Chris Harris about your hours, special exhibits and events. She can be reached at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or:

THE MISSION OF HOPE Relay for Life team in Conway will hold a food sale on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Town Common across from the Conway Garden Club’s perennial plant sale on Academy Hill.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will host an “Experience the Book” Willy Wonka Party in the library on Saturday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in celebration of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

For more information, call 413-772-1544 ext. 5 to sign up.

FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its Annual Spring Plant and Book Sale at the library on Main Street on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. All proceeds will go toward library programs.

ST. ANDREWS CHURCH at 2 Prospect St. in Turners Falls will hold an indoor tag sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Church World Service.

THE GILL ENERGY COMMISSION will hold “Electrify your Bicycle” with Peter Talmage on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Gill Town Hall. The workshop is free and open to the public.

There’s limited space, so registration is required by calling Janet Masucci at 413-863-8694 or emailing her at:

For more information on upcoming events and workshops, visit Gill Energy on Facebook or:

CALLING ALL AMERICAN GIRL DOLL MOMS: In celebration of Mother’s Day, American Girl doll “mommies” are invited to Greenfield Savings Bank on Avenue A in Turners Falls from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., when Tabatha Martinelli will help doll moms make a free gift for their dolls.

For more information, call Christina or Kerri at 413-863-4316.

ST. JAMES CHURCH IN GREENFIELD will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday (Mother’s Day) from 8 to 10 a.m. (Federal and Church streets). The menu will include scrambled eggs, French toast with real maple syrup, sausage, home fries, fresh fruit, muffins, juice and coffee.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for mothers and children.

Reservation are required, so call 413-772-2213.

WHEELER MEMORIAL LIBRARY on East Main Street in Orange will host a visit with Toto the Tornado Kitten on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the library.

Toto, now a full-grown cat, has two books telling his story — they were written by his owner Jonathan Hall.

Toto weighed just 6 ounces when he was rescued at the June 2, 2011, tornado that hit western Massachusetts.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale ($10). All proceeds will go to animal rescue groups.

For more information and to register, call 978-544-2495, ext. 103.

THE 14TH ANNUAL PEACEMAKER AWARDS for Franklin County teens will be given out on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the dining commons in Greenfield Community College. The public is welcome to attend.

SHELBURNE ARTS COOPERATIVE at 26 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls will present “Beauty and Imagination: The Art of Julie Hall Rocke,” through May 26.

Julie lived with her husband Ken Rocke in Heath until she died unexpectedly last September.

For more information, visit:

THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC DISPLAY AT ARTSPACE Community Arts Center in Greenfield from now through June 27. The non-juried exhibit of artists’ works (all ages and styles) will hang in 15 Mill St.

There will be a reception on May 23 at 5:30 p.m. It is open and free to the public. Artists may submit up to three works of art.

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

JUST A REMINDER THAT RELAY FOR LIFE will be held June 13 and 14.

Our neighbor Sandy Brodie, who is the co-chair of American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Franklin County Survivorship Committee, said the committee wants to reach out to all cancer survivors, especially newly diagnosed.

Visit Relay for Life Franklin County on Facebook or at:

OUR NEIGHBOR MIKE CADRAN is hoping you can help him. He is doing research on Greenfield ski jump history and can’t find facts on Shelburne Mountain. Do you know what happened to the old jump, including who took it down, when and what happened to the lumber?

Mike also would like to know when the East Greenfield jump was last used and who tore it down and when.

You can reach Mike at 413-774-3523 or email:

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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