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Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

  • The Greenfield Military Band will be performing every Tuesday night in July from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Greenfield Energy Park. <br/>(Recorder file photo)

Hello neighbor.

We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend.

I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends and family. I’ll be working on July 4, but hope to spend the weekend with my family, especially my three grandsons.

I’d also like to remind you to stay safe. Remember to keep alcohol out of the reach of children and pets, use plenty of sunscreen, keep everyone hydrated, watch children around pools, and please stay away from illegal fireworks — there are plenty of places to go and see wonderful displays, including Greenfield on July 5 at Beacon Field. The fun begins there at 4 p.m.

So, have a great and safe time. I’ll see you Tuesday. And by the way, we got 3.51 inches of rain Wednesday night. Good for the crops, but not so good for the few who lost power, like my daughter in Montague.

GREENFIELD SENIOR CENTER will hold a shredding event sponsored by Valley Green Shredding on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the center parking lot on Union Street.

The free service, though a $5 donation would be appreciated and will support Greenfield Council on Aging, will allow people to get rid of documents they’ve wanted to in a fast and easy way. Vehicles will line up and volunteers will help unload your papers while you stay in your car, if you’d like.

THE GREENFIELD MILITARY BAND will be performing every Tuesday night in July from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Greenfield Energy Park. Please get out to some or all of them and show your support — the musicians and their director Al Benjamin work hard to bring us some great music. The concerts are free and open to all. There will be a food vendor there selling delicious treats, so bring a lawn chair or blanket and your enthusiasm. The park is located at the end of Miles Street.

THE HOOTENZANIES OF Central Congregational Church at 17 South Main St. in New Salem will hold a hootenanny on Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tents and popsicles will be provided, but bring your own beverage and lawn chair. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold for $1 each until they are gone. A hat will be passed and proceeds will go to the church’s Scholarship Fund, which helps high school and college students.

SHELBURNE FALLS MILITARY BAND will perform a free concert on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall in Shelburne Center. The Ladies Aid will be serving ice cream.

SHELBURNE FALLS CUB SCOUTS PACK 85 will hold a parade and several events on July 4.

The parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. and begin at 11:30 near the Buckland Maintenance Department on Conway Street in Buckland. It will travel through the main portion of both towns and end at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School on Mechanic Street in Shelburne Falls.

There will be a chicken barbecue after the parade and the Military Band will perform at the school.

If you are interested in participating in the parade or if you know someone who would, call Steven Finck at 413-625-6856 or 413-522-4585.

POET’S SEAT HEALTH CARE CENTER on High Street in Greenfield was recently recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization as a facility that delivers care to residents with dignity, professionalism and excellence in mind. The center received the JCAHO Gold Seal of Approval.

The center also received the award for Most Money Raised when it raised $1,650 for Meals on Wheels during that organization’s recent walkathon at Franklin County Technical School. It is the fifth year Poet’s Seat participated in the annual event.

Congratulations to the center and everyone who participated.

REV. DAVID LEVANDUSKY of Living Waters Assembly of God church, along with Mayor William Martin, At-large Town Councilor Isaac Mass and others will participate in the Fourth of July festivities in Greenfield by reading the Declaration of Independence on the Town Common that day. Eight different readers will read parts and people will sing some patriotic songs.

The reading will begin at 9 a.m. and take about 45 minutes, according to the reverend, who said this is the fourth year it will be done.

I’ll be covering the event, so you can read about it next weekend.

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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