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Neighbors: Be safe this holiday season

Hello neighbor.

It’s that time of year, and today I want to share some holiday safety tips with you. These tips are for both our children and the furry, four-legged members of our family. Let’s all vow to keep them safe during this joyous season.

Don’t forget to securely anchor your Christmas tree so that it doesn’t tip or fall, causing injury to a young child or pet.

Kittens love tinsel, but may swallow some during play, and that could lead to an obstructed digestive tract. So, maybe use tinsel only at the very top of the tree.

Feasting is another aspect of the holiday season. Children get into the cookies and other goodies and end up with tummy aches, but if your dog gets into the chocolate or anything sweetened with xylitol, you could have real problems, according the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Always buy children and pets appropriate toys, because you don’t want any choking or digestive hazards, and forget the mistletoe and holly, because when ingested, they can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea or more serious problems.

The ASPCA suggests you not feed your pets leftovers — no human food. Instead, buy your pet a special dog or cat treat.

I’m sure we all know by now that candles should never be left unattended, especially with pets and small children around to knock them over.

Also be careful with wires, batteries and plastic and glass ornaments — you don’t want any electrical shocks or cuts causing a trip to the emergency room — and please put your medications out of the reach of children and pets.

If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place unattended alcoholic drinks where children and pets can’t reach them.

If we all take these extra precautions, we can all enjoy the upcoming holidays without worry.

Remember to take care of yourself by eating right, staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep.

Finally, please be kind to others.

PLEASE CONTACT Recorder Editor Chris Harris with a love story or favorite wedding photo, which she will share with readers in an upcoming wedding guide supplement. You can reach her at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at:

IF YOU NEED HELD WRAPPING PRESENTS, Santa’s elves will be busy helping people do just that at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A in Turners Falls on Thursday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. I’m told cookies and coffee will be served while you wait for the elves to wrap one of your presents — I’d pick the largest one if I were you. Bank staffers tell me it’s their “random act of kindness” for the holiday season.

ALSO AT GSB in Turners Falls, John Furbish will present four local historical background segments on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Have you ever wondered how and why different landmarks were named and why the names stick through the ages? Well, John is going to explain. He will talk about Ed’s Barber Shop, Moltenbrey Hotel, Our Lady of Chestochowa and Yazwinski’s dairy farm.

FRIENDS OF ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARIES invites members of the community to a Holiday Open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both Wheeler Memorial on East Main Street and Moore-Leland in North Orange. Light refreshments will be served.

The libraries are also offering holiday gift shopping opportunities with quality used books on sale with prices starting at $1. Also, Deans Beans products will be available for purchase.

All profits will benefit the libraries. Also, Wheeler Memorial will be celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2014 and Friends will be sponsoring many special events after the New Year.

For more information, call 978-544-2495.

MONTAGUE ELKS HOOP SHOOT will now be held on Dec. 28 in the Turners Falls High School gym. It was cancel ed this past weekend due to the storm.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the shoot will being at 10.

The shoot is free and open to boys and girls ages 8 to 13 as of April 1, 2014. For more information, contact John at 413-530-9012.

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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