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So many neighbors doing charitable work!

Hello, neighbor.

For those who know Carol Grover of Bernardston, you might want to stop by Foster’s Super Market on Allen Street between 1 and 4 p.m. on Thursday. Carol loves, loves, loves to talk, but will remain silent for those three hours as she attempts to raise at least $1,000 for the local nonprofit Arc of Franklin County in Greenfield.

She tells me this is the second time she has done the fundraiser “Keep Carol Quiet” — she holds a bake sale in front of Foster’s, where she works, but does it quietly.

“I have a couple of friends whose children are autistic, and the Arc has really helped them,” said Carol. She said she chose to support the local social services agency because of all the good that it does for local individuals and families.

Carol said she will pay a $5 penalty each time she talks. She raised $959 last year and hopes to exceed that amount this year.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” she told me.

So, get over to Foster’s on Thursday, say “hello” to Carol — but don’t expect anything more than a nod. And pick up some delicious baked goods at the same time. She tells me she had 24 people bake for her sale last year. Yummy!

I also wanted to give a shout out to Edith Galbraith, who worked as the ombudsman for Franklin County nursing home patients for 11 years, including those at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center, where my mom spent the last five months of her life, and where now Edith, who retired from the position, is residing.

Good luck to you, Edith. Enjoy your retirement and all of the lovely people there at Poet’s Seat.

Now, on to the weeks ahead:

RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM Loving Hands is raising money for the American Cancer Society by crocheting scarves in the 20 cancer awareness colors. The scarves will make nice gifts for survivors, or someone in the beginning, middle or end of a battle. They also make a nice gift in memory of someone who lost that fight.

The fundraiser will continue until Relay For Life 2014, so for more information or to order a scarf, call 413-773-9217 or email:

THE LABYRINTH WALK I told you about several weeks ago has been rescheduled to Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. James Church in Greenfield (8 Church St.). The origins of the labyrinth are shrouded in mystery, but they were found in countries around the world approximately 4,000 years ago. Now, they are used as walking meditations for prayer, relaxation, and coming home to ourselves in a deeper way.

For some “me” time, join others at St. James on Wednesday evening.

MAURICES IN THE BIG Y PLAZA will sponsor a food drive to benefit the Greenfield Community College Food Bank beginning June 1 and running through June 31. Customers and others may drop off donations any time during business hours — Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Canned goods are needed.

For each donation, people will receive a coupon for 20 percent off any one regular-priced Maurices item.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN ASHFIELD will hold a potluck “eat and greet” with Mohammed Sawalha, director of the Palestine House of Friendship, on June 2 at 6 p.m. at the church.

The director will update people on programs at PHF, which the church helps to fund, and provide the latest news from Palestine.

THE MONTAGUE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION will sponsor a paper shredding day on June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Avenue A and Seventh Street in Turners Falls. Valley Green Shredding will shred papers that contain confidential and personal information.

It’s a great way to keep yourself, and your identity, safe.

There is no charge for the service, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per file box of papers. Any money raised will go to downtown safety efforts and to the Gill-Montague Community School Partnership.

If you would like to volunteer to help, contact Stephan Smith at 413-863-4373 or email him at:

FRIENDS OF TILTON LIBRARY will hold its annual book sale June 14 through 16 at Deerfield Town Hall, 8 Conway St. in South Deerfield.

The book sale will be June 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. (that is members’ night and memberships will be available at the door.) It will continue on June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and June 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 will be “bag day,” at which people will be able to buy a bag of books for $3.

Book donations are being accepted right now at Town Hall. For more information, contact Judy Holmes at 413-665-4683.

From what I’ve heard, bag day at a book sale ends up being a pretty good deal — my best friend Judy, an avid reader, loves to get as many books as she can for a great price.

OUR NEIGHBOR KERRY TOGNERI told me that the nonprofit charity she started three years ago, Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors, raised $20,000 on April 26 and 27.

The event was held at UMass Amherst and included the Boston Police Department’s hockey team coming out west to participate. The ice show featured Olympian Mirai Nagasu.

Kerry said $10,000 will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and $10,000 will go to One Fund Boston this year.

Nice job!

For more information, visit: or the Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors Facebook page.

THE RECORDER’S MAY 3 SUPPLEMENT celebrating the Franklin County Bar Association’s 200 anniversary included a trivia contest for readers. Answers could be found within the articles in the supplement, “200 Years of Serving The Cause of Justice.” Sandra Hanks of Shelburne Falls received a 200th anniversary commemorative tote bag for winning the contest.

Congratulations, Sandra!

JUST A NOTE: You will notice below that the deadline for submitting items to “Neighbors” has changed. Please keep that in mind as you call or write me with information for the column. Thank you.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or call her cell at 413-388-6950. 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 — information for the Tuesday’s Neighbors must be submitted by noon the Friday before and information for Friday’s Neighbors must be submitted by noon on Wednesday.

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