New year, same generous spirit

  • Bobby C. Campbell Staff Illustration/Andy Castillo

Published: 1/11/2020 5:00:56 AM
Modified: 1/11/2020 5:00:15 AM

Good morning welcome to Bobby’s World. It's 2020 and the time for new year's resolutions is now. I have decided that my resolution this year is not to have one.

I have been on a four-year journey of changing my life to incorporate better health and a better quality of life. Writing this column every week has given me the opportunity to share information about the wonderful things our community does for each other and the people who care about where they live.

When I first started, I admit, I was very nervous about trying it because I'm not a journalist — I'm not as creative as I should be and I worried people wouldn't respond to it. But now that I have done this for six months, I have realized the importance of newspapers.

For me, this column has helped me realize just how much people do around here for their neighbors, and how much those actions impact the community — making Franklin County the great place it is to raise a family.

The Greenfield Recorder held its annual Citizen of the Year award recently. Robbie Cohen was awarded this year’s distinction at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast last month. Robbie has done many wonderful things to help our community in the past and, I have no doubt, will continue to do so because he is passionate about Franklin County. With that said, I believe the Recorder could run a “citizen of the week” award and easily find enough people to recognize — that is a testament to how special our community is.

Congratulations to Robbie nd all past-year Citizen of the Year winners.

Homelessness and addiction

As we all know, homelessness and opiate addiction here in Franklin County is at an all-time high. To meet the challenge,  local resident Jay Williams has started a fundraiser called 500 Miles of Hope. Jay has been walking 13 to 17 miles a day since the start of the new year and will continue to do so over the next six weeks. Every Sunday and Thursday from now through the middle of February, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, Jay will be walking at the Greenfield High School track. He is walking to raise money and awareness for the plight of those without a home and others who face opiate addiction. Stop by if you want to make a donation or just to say ‘thank you’ to Jay for making a difference in our community.

Food drive

The Woman's Way of Franklin County, which is associated with the United Way, is hosting a “Supper for Six” food drive from now through Wednesday night, Feb. 12. This fundraiser collects bags filled with enough groceries to feed six people dinner. The reason for this initiative is because families face a week-long gap with no school meals for their children. Please bring your non-perishable food items to the United Way office at 51 Davis St. in Greenfield. Or, you can join Women’s Way for a celebration on Wednesday night, Feb. 12 at Saints James and Andrew Church at 8 Church St. in Greenfield from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Bring your food that night for a final collection and distribution.

As a local personality for radio stations WHAI 98.3, Bear Country 95.3, WHMP 99.3 and Bobby C’s DJ Service for the past 36 years, Bobby C. Campbell has been connected to the community for a very long time. If you have an event that needs promotion or an idea for a future column, e-mail him at

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