Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

contributed photo by Bill Bell of a flag over Poet Seat Tower on Aug 10/14 bisecting the Supermoon with its silhouette.

contributed photo by Bill Bell of a flag over Poet Seat Tower on Aug 10/14 bisecting the Supermoon with its silhouette.

Hello neighbor.

If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September.

The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle more than 30 years ago, but has only now become popular.

Nolle said a supermoon is “a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.”

Before supermoons got their name, they were referred to as perigee full moons or perigee new moons, perigee meaning the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest the Earth. The word “perigee” is derived from the Greek word “perigeion,” which means close around the Earth.

The next time to see a supermoon, after the upcoming one, will be in September 2015, according to experts.

On Sept. 8, we will witness the Full Harvest Moon, on Oct. 8 the Full Hunters Moon, on Nov. 6 the Full Beaver Moon and on Dec. 6 the Full Cold Moon.

There are only four full moons left in 2014. Yikes!

SHELBURNE FALLS SENIOR CENTER will show the film “Labor Day,” which was filmed in Shelburne Falls, today in the senior center at 7 Main St. at 1 p.m. Peach pie will be available. The event is free and open to the public and the room is air-conditioned.

ALSO AT SHELBURNE FALLS SENIOR CENTER, Pat Schmidt, owner of Shelburne Farm and Garden, will show people how to prepare their gardens and plants for winter on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the center at 7 Main St. This event is also free and open to the public.

MONTAGUE OLD HOME DAYS will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Montague Center. The weekend will be filled with races, a large tag sale , displays and games and performances by Celtic Heels Dancers, Traveling Rhubarb Circus, Karen’s Dance Studio, Dusti Dufresne, North Country Line Dancers and more.

There will be a parade in the center of Montague Center at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and a worship service at Montague Center First Congregational Church with Rev. Armand Proulx delivering a message at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The church has sponsored Old Home Days for the past 55 years.

For more information, visit: You may also call 413-367-2061.

THINK ABOUT SPENDING SOME TIME on the lawn of St. James Church on Church and Federal streets in Greenfield on Aug. 23 for the first-ever Federal Street Block Party presented by the church. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. and everyone’s invited.

Proceeds will go to some local social service agencies to help those who need it most in our community. There will be food, games, raffles, a visit by Chow the Clown and music by Bobby C.

THERE’S NOT MUCH TIME left to join in on the Timothy Patrick Merritt Memorial Golf Tournament to raise money for scholarships for deserving local students. The tournament will be held Aug. 23 in memory of longtime and beloved Frontier Regional High School teacher and Sunderland Elementary School Principal Tim Merritt, who died unexpectedly in October 2013. Go to

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, Greenfield Savings Bank on Avenue A in Turners Falls will host the Traveling Rhubarb Circus on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. No reservations are necessary and light refreshments will be served. The circus was created by a group of local youth ages 18 years and younger. They are amazing!

THE ROUNDHOUSE AT FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS is looking for exhibitors for this year’s fair, so all of you talented crafters, gardeners, photographers and more, contact Kathleen at 413-625-6519 or Catherine at 413-625-2006 to find out how and where to enter. Entry deadline is Aug. 25. The exhibitors handbook can be found at:

THE LOCAL BRANCH OF EDWARD JONES at 21 Mohawk Trail in Greenfield will be accepting school supplies to help less-fortunate and needy students until Aug. 29. Edward Jones is a large investment firm headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.

Individuals and businesses may drop off supplies between now and the end of the month during the office’s regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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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