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Franklin County Technical school cosmetology students will cut hair for Locks of Love at the school's cosmetology shop on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recorder

Franklin County Technical school cosmetology students will cut hair for Locks of Love at the school's cosmetology shop on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recorder

Hello neighbor.

Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair.

On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and nine of her cosmetology classmates will cut hair for Locks of Love.

Madison says the project will raise money, awareness and donations of hair.

“Hair that we cut will be saved, fashioned into braids and sent to Locks of Love, which they make into wigs and hairpieces,” says Madison. “I wanted to do this as my senior class capstone project because I felt it was a good way to support a great cause, while at the same time doing something that I’ve been studying at school.”

Appointments are required to participate, so start calling now at 413-863-9561 ext. 156.

The cosmetology shop is located in the school at 82 Industrial Blvd. in Turners Falls.

Locks of Love, as most of you probably know, is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 21 throughout the United States and Canada. Those children suffer long-term hair loss from all sorts of medical diagnoses, including alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure.

The prostheses made from donated hair help restore their self-esteem and confidence.

Thank you Madison and your nine classmates. I’m sure the entire community appreciates your work and generosity.

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE will host an opening reception for its annual Student Art Exhibit on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be displayed through May 9.

THE 20TH ANNUAL GREENFIELD CLASSIC POSTCARD SHOW will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. in Greenfield. Admission is just $3 and lunch will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Greenfield.

The show will feature 13 dealers offering old picture postcards of local scenes and topics, which will all be for sale. J.R. Greene, president of the Central Massachusetts Postcard Club, as well as the show manager, will give free appraisals of postcards brought in during show hours.

POET’S SEAT HEALTH CARE CENTER on High Street asked me to make a correction — the date I was given for its Breakfast with the Easter Bunny was incorrect. The bunny will be there Saturday from 9 to 1 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. You can enjoy a pancake breakfast, play some games, win a prize and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny.

THE WHOMPING WILLOWS Relay for Life team will hold a spaghetti and meatball dinner fundraiser on Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Kaz on Avenue A in Turners Falls. Comedians Dave Andrews and Larry Myles will entertain the crowd at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per person or $30 for two by calling St. Kaz at 413-863-4361 or Deb Banash at 413-863-9127. Please request gluten-free if needed.

DICK’S ANGELS RELAY FOR LIFE team is holding its annual Easter Bake Sale on the front steps of the Northfield IGA on Main Street in Northfield on Saturday at 8 p.m. There will be pineapple upside-down cakes, pies, breads, beans and much more. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

THE ANNUAL GAS ENGINE SHOW AND FLEA MARKET is looking for some good, salable items for its auction this year. The event will be held May 23, but organizers need your help now. All proceeds benefit the United Church of Bernardston. Each year, furniture, office equipment, tools and more are offered at the auction.

If you are doing some spring cleaning and have something you’d like to donate, call Bob Allen at 648-5397 to arrange a pickup.

Organizers are also looking for vendors and crafter for the Flea Market, so call Harvey at 648-9551 to reserve a booth. Booths are $35 if you reserve one by May 1, otherwise they’ll be $40 after that date.

HOSPICE OF FRANKLIN COUNTY honored our neighbor Judy Draper recently for all of the volunteer work she has done for the organization over the past five years. Judy was recognized for her skills, compassion and dedication to hospice work.

Congratulations Judy! Please keep up the good work.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SIX people who have been awarded tenure by the board at Greenfield Community College: Anne Garvey, Teresa Jones, Brian Kapitulik, Trevor Kearns, Eric Poulin and Elizabeth Sayers. Tenure is an important professional recognition of a person’s dedication and the quality of work they provide.

OUR NEIGHBORS PETER ROSNICK AND ABBIE JENKS have achieved special “professor emeritus” status at Greenfield Community College. The board recently approved the recognition, which originates with their colleagues and requires support of the dean, president and board. The title will stay with Peter and Abbie for the rest of their lives. It is a true honor. Congratulations to both of you!

JUST THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW that 30 girls from the Union 38 schools spent the day at Deerfield Elementary earlier this month building and programming Lego robots with the school’s Out-of-School-Time Program staff.

The girls had to complete a number of challenges and they did it.

After an exciting day of team competition and problem solving, each team received an award based on their strengths.

“This day was all about teamwork, having fun and getting excited about science and technology,” said Deb Lane, director of the program.

Congratulations girls!

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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