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Neighbors: Five-year-old’s wish comes true

Hello neighbor.

I wrote a story, which ran on April 12, about 5-year-old Ella Bartlett of Montague and the many physical struggles she has endured throughout her short life.

Through the efforts of her many doctors, Ella was granted a wish by Make-A-Wish Foundation. She and her family recently returned from a week-long trip to Disney World, and on Thursday I talked with her mom Jami, who told me her daughter had the time of her life.

Jami said one of the highlights of the trip was staying in a village where only sick children, who have been granted a wish, and their families stay for the duration.

“The first day we were there, Ella met a little girl next door who had the same tubes and belly scars as she does,” said Jami. “They became instant friends. It meant a lot to Ella to see someone just like her. They played together a lot. It was so heartwarming to watch.”

Ella was treated like royalty, her mom said. She was called “princess” all week.

Toward the end of the week Ella told her mom, “Mommy, I’m so glad I was brave all my life, so these nice people would give me a wish.”

Jami said Ella got to meet Ariel (from “The Little Mermaid”) and most all of the other Disney characters she loves so much.

“Each day, before she went to bed, she would say to us, ‘This was the best day of my life,’” Jami told me.

Welcome home, Ella.

REMEMBER, THE RECORDER WANTS TO KNOW about your favorite “creamee” treat. Does your favorite summer ice cream stand have a special flavor?

Also, Recorder Editor Chris Harris would like to hear from owners of creamees around the county. Are you serving an unusual flavor this year?

Chris would like to include your answers in The Recorder’s Summer Valley Guide, so please call her at 413-772-0261, ext. 265 or email her at: charris@recorder.com.

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED as you approach the duck pond on Greenfield Community College’s main campus that there were T-shirts hanging there this week.

It is the Clothesline Project, which this year is a collaboration of the college’s Human Service Club and its nursing program, VetNet, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, and New England Learning Center for Women in Transition.

The Clothesline Project addresses the issue of violence against women by providing a vehicle for the women to express their emotions by decorating a shirt.

A new addition this year is Robin Lane of Songbird Sings Inc. It is Songbird Sings’ mission to help transform those silenced by domestic violence and give them a voice through song writing and creative collaboration in a safe, enjoyable and structured environment.

The groups, and others, also spent this week performing music written by GCC students and others and sharing stories of trauma.

BETTE SOKOLOSKI OF DEERFIELD is looking for a used pasta machine. She teaches miniature clay food making in after-school programs in Sunderland, Deerfield, Whately and Conway, and said a pasta machine would be of great use in her eight-week courses.

Please call Bette at 413-665-4039 if you have one you would like to donate or sell.

OUR NEIGHBOR HATTIE NESTEL IN ATHOL has returned from New England Peace Pagoda’s Walk for Peace: For the People, For the Earth, and says she and others walked from Leverett to Washington, D.C. beginning Feb. 15. The walk ended April 5.

Hattie and other participants met with federal congressional aides and held a vigil at Arlington National Cemetery. An average day’s walk was about 12 miles, she said.

CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ORANGE gathered on April 14 to rededicate its newly painted sanctuary, which was done by some Franklin County jail inmates, who are part of the jail’s community service program. Sheriff Christopher Donelan attended the service and thanked the congregation for its trust in the inmates.

Central Congregational Church is located at 93 South Main St. Sunday worship is on Sunday mornings at 10:15.

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE of Franklin County will have a booth at the “Little e” home and energy expo on Sunday. The group will celebrate “Survivor Day” there from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

Every survivor will receive a flower and the group will dispense information. There will be Relay for Life fundraising items available for sale.

Registration forms for Relay for Life, which will be held June 7 and 8, will also be accepted.

For more information, call Kathleen Carr at 413-834-2817 or Sandy Brodie at 413-773-9217.

MONTAGUE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION would like its members to know that they can request funding for projects, which support, promote and develop their businesses. Grant deadline is May 1 and announcement of awards will be in July.

For more information, call Lynne Rudie at 413-863-9406.

BERNARDSTON KIWANIS IS HOLDING a chicken pot pie dinner at the United Church of Bernardston on Saturday to raise money for its programs. Seatings will be continuous between 5 and 6:30 p.m.

The Kiwanis will also offer “take and bake” pot pies — 10-inch pies for $10 each on Saturday. Dan Devine tells me the Kiwanis will also be selling the frozen pot pies at this year’s Bernardston Farmers Market.

The price of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.

To make reservations, call Dan at 413-522-7941.

STONE SOUP CAFE WILL SHOW “A Place at the Table” at Greenfield Garden Cinemas on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

A panel discussion with Stone Soup Cafe Founder Bernie Glassman, Executive Director Ari Pliskin, and Chef Isadora Sarto will follow the film.

Tickets are available at the Greenfield Garden Cinemas box office.

LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER GARRY EARLES will present a workshop on Tourette Syndrome and associated conditions next Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Greenfield Community Television studio at 393 Main St.

Garry said the workshop will be suitable for educators, clinicians, parents and others who are interested.

The workshop is $25. Payment is expected by Friday. Partial scholarships are available for those who need assistance through a grant from the Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation of Roswell, Ga.

For more information, contact Garry at: garry@garryearles.com. You can also call him at 413-863-4128.

FRANKLIN COUNTY REGIONAL DOG SHELTER will hold a rabies clinic April 27 from noon to 2 p.m. at the shelter at 10 Sandy Lane in Turners Falls.

All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.

The cost is $17 per animal.

The towns of Gill and Montague will have representatives there registering dogs.

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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