Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Hello neighbor.

You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Well, Team Greenfield won.

The winning trophy, which is engraved with the words “Team Greenfield” at the top, will be displayed in Town Hall until next year’s tournament. The next one will be held in Greenfield and the mayor will choose the charity proceeds will go to.

“Participating in events such as these raises awareness of specific issues and develops community relationships that continue to grow,” said the mayor.

Martin said his team, which consisted of himself, Franklin County Register of Deeds Scott Cote, Brodie Conant and Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh, had a wonderful day.

“We all had fun and the activity was for a good cause and great organization,” said Martin. “Now we will have the responsibility of coordinating the event to defend the Mayors Cup.”

He said no matter what happens next year, Team Greenfield will always have the inaugural win.

Others who participated were Marjorie Lane Kelly, Dan Smith, Elizabeth Braccia, Dan Finn, Rich Fahey, Sue Finn, Butch Hawkins, Kathy Fahey, Dick Peel, Dave MacDonald, Frances Stotz and Pidge Poirier.

Each golfer paid $100 to participate.

Congratulations Team Greenfield !

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICIZE your fall event for free, contact Chris Harris at The Recorder and she’ll include your event in our Fall Valley Guide calendar. Any event that is open to the public is eligible for inclusion. Send complete information to: You can also call her at 413-772-0261, ext. 265. The deadline for submission is Aug. 28.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH at 25 Church St. in Greenfield (corner of Franklin and Church streets) will hold a tag sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be furniture, linens, household items, books, collectibles, toys and more.

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH at 34 Monroe Ave. in Shelburne Falls will hold a tag sale on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a tea cup auction, raffles, a food concession and bake sale and a used book sale. The event will be held rain or shine and there’s plenty of free parking.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE FEDERAL STREET BLOCK PARTY in Greenfield on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. It will be held on the lawn of St. James Episcopal Church on the corner of Church and Federal streets. There will be food, games, raffles, music by Bobby C. and Chow the Clown will make an appearance. The event is free and open to the public.

THE OLD DEERFIELD PAINTING GROUP will open its 25th Annual Exhibition of Paintings in the Deerfield Community Center on Memorial Street in Old Deerfield on Saturday at noon. A reception will be held on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

The exhibition will be open to the public each day from noon to 5 p.m. through Aug. 31, when it closes. On Aug. 29, the exhibition will be open until 7 p.m.

For more information, visit:

WITH ALL OF THE RECENT COVERAGE of actor Robin Williams’ suicide, I wanted to give you a heads-up — the annual Out of the Darkness Walk will be held in the Greenfield Energy Park on Oct. 5. The walk is sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The annual walk to prevent suicide is an effort to support local family members who are survivors of suicide. It is also meant to educate and create awareness about mental illness and depression, which can lead to suicide.

For more information about the foundation and the walk, visit:

I WANT TO SEND OUT A BIG “THANK YOU” to the Turners Falls High School Class of 1954. I attended with my dad last week and sat between him and Helen Pearson. I worked with Helen in the business office at The Recorder for a brief time in 1998 before deciding I’d rather be in the newsroom.

I felt so welcome and Dad and I had a great time at his 60th class reunion. Thanks also to Dolores, Eileen, Noreen, Mary Lou and Charlotte. A lovely time was had by all at Terrazza Ristorante at the Country Club of Greenfield.

I HAVE TO PUT A PLUG IN for The Rock, Fossil and Dinosaur Shop on Routes 5 and 10 in South Deerfield. Grandson Justin turned 3 on Sunday and his mommy held his party there. It really is a fun place for children and adults. There’s a play and learning area in the back where you come face to face with some life-size dinosaurs and can dig for fossils, or “dino bones,” as Justin calls them, as well as gems and other treasures. We had a blast and left with some pretty cool stuff.

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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