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Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Montague Police Chief Charles E. 'Chip' Dodge

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Montague Police Chief Charles E. 'Chip' Dodge

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Mary Rose in her Greenfield home

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Mary Rose in her Greenfield home

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Montague Police Chief Charles E. 'Chip' Dodge
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Mary Rose in her Greenfield home

Hello neighbor.

Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks.

Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and proud to receive the phone call last week from Elks Exhalted Ruler Stephen Dacyczyn telling him that he was going to receive the award.

“He said I was voted by the club because of all I do for the community, not just as police chief,” said Chip, who is a member of the club, but was told he did not receive the award because of that fact.

“I coach youth sports and am involved in a lot of community programs, including the Brick House, Montague Catholic Social Ministries and others,” said Chip. “All of the organizations I’m involved with are about helping the community.”

Chip, who is 43 , grew up in Turners Falls, attended its schools and was hired by Montague Police Department in 1992. He became its chief in 2012.

“I’m just pretty excited about all of this,” said Chip. “I don’t do any of what I do for recognition or to get awards. I do it because it’s what I enjoy, and receiving an award like this one is just an added benefit.”

Chip said it is nice for people to have their work recognized.

“I think it’s a good lesson for my kids and the kids I coach,” he said. “You do things for other people and be a positive member of society, always helping when you can. It won’t go unnoticed.”

Again, something we can all aspire to.

PAMPER YOUR POOCH with Candy Graves on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank at 282 Avenue A in Turners Falls.

Candy will bring more than 20 years of dog grooming to the free community event. She will discuss some “tricks of the trade” and let dog owners know what type of supplies they should buy for their pooches.

Seating is limited, so get there early. Dogs are not invited to the event — sorry. Light refreshments will be provided by GSB.

SINGER-SONGWRITER JIM SCOTT will return to the Bernardston Unitarian Church on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Jim is well known for his compositions celebrating the earth. Coffee will be served at 11 a.m. and his concert will follow .

OUR NEIGHBOR TROUBLE MANDESON says she just finished a Greenfield Community College course on memoir writing, which was taught by Julie Payne Britton. She said the group of 12 students will be the featured readers at the next “Greenfield Word” on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Mill River Studio at 9 Mill St.

GREENFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL will hold its Taste of World Cultures night on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria and gymnasium on Federal Street.

The evening is for students and their families and is free to all of them, but parents are urged to bring a dish.

There will be displays of artwork, music and dance.

Have fun all!

POET’S SEAT HEALTH CARE CENTER on High Street in Greenfield will hold its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the facility. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Enjoy a complete pancake breakfast with maple syrup, sausage, juice and coffee. There will be games and prizes, as well as photos with the Easter Bunny.

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE will offer another Senior Symposium. This time, “VIETNAM: An Unfinished War,” will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the college’s downtown center at 270 Main St. in Greenfield.

The cost is $10. The symposium will be presented by retired professor of environmental health at Boston University H. Patricia Hynes, who recently traveled to Vietnam to see firsthand the consequences of America’s use of chemical warfare during the 1960s and 1970s war and the impact it had on the environment.

THE TROLL FEST, “A Celebration of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge,” will be held Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Turners Falls.

The fest is a “Third Thursday” event produced by RiverCulture. This fest will celebrate the completed renovation of the bridge that leads into downtown Turners. T he evening will feature a variety of performances, demonstrations and art exhibitions, which are centered around the themes of trolls, mythology and folklore.

For a complete schedule, visit: www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

HEALING THROUGH JUSTICE will hold an evening of music and dramatic readings to raise money for Devorah’s Door to Safety Fund on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Unity in the Pioneer Valley at 6 Arch St. in Greenfield. Some of what is raised will help pay for Mary Craver Rose, who will travel to Louisiana to attend the murder trial of the man she believes is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter 30 years ago.

The Amandla Chorus and FIRE POND will provide music. Suzy Polucci and Eveline MacDougall will offer dramatic readings of letters Mary’s daughter wrote to her, as well as some of her daughter’s poetry.

There is a suggested donation of $12 to $20.

If you cannot attend, but would like to make a tax-deductible donation, send a check to: Devorah’s Door, NELCWIT, P.O. 520, Greenfield, MA 01302.

Devorah’s Door helps meet the safety needs of battered women.

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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