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Neighbors: Be careful when searching online

Hello neighbor.

We recently heard about a 49-year-old woman who thought she was calling our Greenfield police station to report she had struck a vehicle in its parking lot.

It appears she used her cell phone to request the station’s telephone number. She probably did a Google search for “Greenfield police.”

The results ended up connecting her to police in Greenfield, Wis., so, an officer was sent into the parking lot there.

When Wisconsin police had finally figured it out, they advised the woman in Greenfield, Mass. to call a “more local department.”

I guess the lesson here is to remember that there is probably more than one of the towns you are looking for, so make sure, when you search online, that you are looking in the correct state.

For instance, there is also a Greenfield in Wisconsin, California, Minnesota and Indiana, to name a few states.

On a sad note, I read Saturday that a high school classmate of mine, David Guy, died last Friday after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

I hadn’t seen David since high school. Actually, I saw him from a distance at the YMCA a year or two ago, but we didn’t speak. He was a little older — aren’t we all — but I recognized him immediately.

I remember him as a personable teen and good football player. I’ve heard from many that he always had a smile, and was a kind, well-liked adult who always had something nice to say.

My heart and deepest sympathies go out to his family, especially his younger brother, Jim, who with Kostanski Funeral Homes was so kind to my family when my mom died.

GREENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL WORLD LANGUAGE PROGRAM will sponsor its 17th Annual Taste of World Cultures on Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are invited to bring a labelled international dish, with a labelled serving utensil, to share.

For more information, contact Tamara Grogan at 413-774-7679.

BOSWELL’S BOOKS AT 10 BRIDGE STREET in Shelburne Falls will host Judith Dickerman-Nelson, the author of “Believe in ME: A Teen Mom’s Story” on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Judith recounts her journey from honor student and cheerleader at a Catholic girl’s school in Massachusetts to a teen who has to reconcile pressure from her boyfriend’s family to have an abortion.

Her experiences, thought processes and her decision are especially relevant for teens and their parents, but she says they also resonate with each of us.

Books, which will be signed by Judith, will be available for purchase that night.

THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN ASHFIELD is hosting an “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast during its annual Maple Fest celebration on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

There will also be items for sale, fair trade products, maple products, paintings by Elice Pieropan, and handmade wooden benches by Al Pieropan.

GREENFIELD LIONS CLUB will host its 17th annual “All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast on March 24 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Moose Lodge on School Street in Greenfield.

The club will serve “regular” and blueberry pancakes with locally made maple syrup, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea, and milk.

The price is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

All of the money the club raises will go to scholarships and community service organizations in the Greenfield area.

For more information, contact Jean Martin at 413-774-5925 or Adele Corcoran at 413-773-8754.

Walk-ins are welcome.

AL BENJAMIN OF ATHOL wrote me about the Greenfield Military Band last week.

“The band has been spreading musical kindness here in the Pioneer Valley for more than 100 years,” he said.

Al, who is the director of the band, told me that the band visits senior housing centers throughout the spring, as it prepares for its regular concert season at the Energy Park in July.

“The residents and musicians both love the experience,” he said. “This band is Greenfield’s own musical ambassador.”

He said all musicians are welcome — he is looking for musicians who will make a commitment to the band for either an entire season, or a good chunk of it — so if you are interested, visit the band on Facebook or: www.greenfieldmilitaryband.org.

“We’d love to see some new faces and energy,” said Al.

DID YOU KNOW THERE’S A FREE PROGRAM called Walk Franklin County, where you can track your footsteps and physical activity in a journal or online?

Walk Franklin County sends you a congratulatory email as you reach each of the preset milestones.

For more information, check out: www.walkfranklincounty.org.

You can also go to the Welcome Center at our own YMCA on Main Street in Greenfield or call the Y at 413-773-3646.

BETTE SOKOLOSKI of Deerfield said she would like to find a local piano student to whom she can give her Thomas 261 organ with lighted keyboard.

Bette told me she wants to find someone who will use it regularly.

“I know how expensive it can be for parents of young children who are taking piano lessons,” she said. “Sometimes they can’t afford to buy a piano or organ that the child can practice on.”

For more information, contact Bette at 413-665-4039.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: anita.alice.fritz@gmail.com 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: neighbors@recorder.com up to noon on the day before you want it to run.

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