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By Bernadette Gentry

Oh, how I long for a bright sunny day for the Fourth of July! A day to be enjoyed outdoors with family picnics, a day at the beach, or watching a hometown parade-A day with barbecued chicken, hot dogs, and hamburgers, along with potato salad, and summer’s blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon-A day, too to think of our country’s history-A day to feel joy that our flag flies free-A day to think of the brave patriots of the Revolutionary War, who fought for our independence-a day to give thanks for all who have made our country free. As we watch the fireworks explode their colors against the night sky, let us take pride in our country free. As we watch the fireworks explode their colors against the night sky, let us take pride in our country, the United States of America! Photo: Peter Dickinson, who grew up in Granville, with his granddaughter Mallory. Submitted by Beth DeGrande


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t’s going on half a century since Robert and Rolande Schrade first brought their unique, family style recipe for classical piano music to Worthington from the Big Apple. In 1968, the town of Worthington celebrated its bicentennial with a concert by the young Schrade family. It was held in Joe Sena’s

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Auction Barn, and featured a newly composed “Worthington Song” by Rolande Young Schrade. Rolande and husband Robert, now well past their 60th wedding anniversary (they met outside the studio door of their piano teacher, the legendary Harold Bauer, when Rolande dropped her music books and Robert picked them up), extended the family roots deep into the Worthington soil surrounding the Russell Conwell Academy, the farmhouse, and the family residence overlooking a deep gorge cut through Berkshire bedrock by the Little River. They founded Sevenars Concerts (the title references the initial R in the given name of each of the seven Schrade family members – Robert, Rolande, Randolph, Robelyn, Rorianne, Rolisa, and Rondalee) and have kept the Worthington hills alive with summer piano music ever since. Sevenars audiences watched and listened through the years with familial affection and pride as daughters Rorianne and Robelyn matured into seasoned concert artists and beloved teachers, and son Randolph excelled as an orchestra-builder and conductor in NYC. Fans continue to rejoice as grandchildren Lynelle and Christopher take their rightful places on the roster of family performers, Lynelle as a pianist, and Christopher breaking new ground as a cellist. This summer, like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the Schrades come home to Worthington on July 14 at 4 p.m. for the annual Family Concert. The event draws capacity crowds to the Academy each year, assured of an entertaining afternoon of multi-piano fireworks, gems and masterpieces of the repertoire played with spell-binding skill and great love. “The Family Concert is our motivation to pull ourselves together after a long winter in the City – a kind of rebirth,” said Rorianne Schrade, speaking by telephone from New York. “It’s very special to see all the people who have come to hear us for so many years – this is our 45th anniversary!” The program will include a duet by founding mother and

Sevenars Concerts celebrates 45 years in Worthington Christopher and Lynelle will collaborate on a soulful Prelude for cello and piano by Russian-born composer Lena Auerbach, a piece they performed this spring on the Composer’s Voice Concert Series in New York City. Young violinist Kinga Augustyn returns on July 21 by popular demand, accompanied by pianist Jacek Mysinski in a program of Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Wieniawski, Bartók, Zarzycki, and Drożdżewski. Augustyn’s virtuosic debut performance at Sevenars last season dazzled the audience, and guaranteed a return engagement. Her sphere of interest is as vast as her talent, ranging from period-instrument performance on Baroque violin to the music of Elliott Carter Husband and wife team of composer/pianists Kirk Whipple and Marilyn Morales bring their brilliant compositions and improvisations, both jazz and classical, to Sevenars on July 28, along with a new work by William Allaudin Mathieu, and Gershwin’s ever-popular “Rhapsody in Blue.” A program of piano

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Jerry alias Daphne If you’re wondering who Jerry and Daphne are – think 1959 and “Some Like it Hot.” Who can forget the movie Jack Lemmon starred in as a male musician (Jerry) who gets a job as a woman musician (Daphne). That dis-


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guise was necessary because along with his co-star Tony Curtis they witnessed a gangster massacre and had to leave town in a hurry. In 2000, the American Film Institute listed the movie “as the greatest America comedy of all time”. It’s still a laugh riot on a rainy afternoon. And did you know that Lemmon was a Massachusetts boy? Well he was – born in Newton February 8, 1925, educated there and in Brookline, then high school at Phillips Andover Academy. As a 1947 Harvard graduate, he enjoyed being part of their drama club and served as president of the Hasty Pudding Club So even though we tend to think that celebrities are only in New York City or Hollywood they all have a home town. If you noticed Lemmon’s educational background, you probably got the rightful impression that he had an affluent upbringing as the son of a doughnut company president. But money aside, he was a pretty resourceful guy – taught himself to play the piano – how’s that for being resourceful? He was also patriotic, and while in Harvard joined the ROTC. He took a break from his studies to join the Navy during World War II serving on an aircraft carrier. So now we know he was resourceful and patriotic but I also have to add lucky. After college, he went to New York City and played piano in a bar for about a year before he started to land roles on the radio, the stage and television. He appeared on TV in “The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse” and”Robert Montgomery Presents”. In 1953 he made his Broadway debut in “Room Service” which lasted only a few performances but then he landed his first film “It Should Happen to You” (1953) with Judy Holiday. Yes, luck was with him and every celebrity will tell you that no one can “make it” without luck regardless of the talent. In 1955, Lemmon got the role that made him a star – “Mister Roberts.” He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Other great performances followed with movies like



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“Bell, Book and Candle” (1958) and “The Apartment” (1960). But Lemmon proved he was more than just a funny guy with his heartbreaking performance as an alcoholic husband in “The Days of Wine and Roses” (1962). More good roles continued in the 1960’s with films such as “The Fortune Cookie”, “The Odd Couple” and “The Front Page” all with Walter Matthau. In 1973, Lemmon won an Academy Award for Best Actor as a man having a midlife crisis in “Save the Tiger”. He returned to Broadway (1978) and played a press agent dying of cancer in “Tribute” and then reprised the role in the movie version (1980). In 1979 he played a whistleblower in “The China Syndrome”. Broadway beckoned again in the 1980’s but Lemmon found time to make the movie “Missing” where he played a father searching for his son who disappeared in Chile. And in the

1990’s Lemmon did the two “Grumpy Old Men” movies again teaming up with Walter Matthau. This was followed by his portrayal of a professor struggling with Lou Gehrig’s disease in the television movie “Tuesdays with Morrie”. He won an Emmy Award in 2000 for this role. One last characteristic of Lemmon as an actor is versatility. He continued to prove that with comedic and dramatic roles in a career that spanned decades and covered stage, television and films. The proof is in his many nominations as well as the awards for his work. By 2000, Lemmon was battling cancer. He died of complications related to his disease on June 27, 2001, in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by his second wife, Felicia Farr, their daughter Courtney and his son Christopher from his first marriage. To an audience Jack Lemmon was described as “America’s Everyman” as “he seemed like he could be their neighbor, their boss, their cousin or their friend.” It’s great we can still enjoy his work and especially Jerry as Daphne.

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By Clifton (Jerry) Noble, Sr.

In the mid 1950s work with my Department of Public Works survey party, puppet shows, and increasing social activity precluded journal keeping. Thus, only expense pages and records of job progress are all I have to jog memory. In a coffee shop a cup cost ten cents and I could treat my three men for 40 to 70 cents even if someone had a doughnut or English muffin. Coffee was plenty for my 120-pound physique, especially during the first part of the year when I was plagued by a slight but persistent tendency to diarrhea. For remedy I tried paregoric. That was no help nor was Coca Cola syrup, available at 80 cents to a dollar a bottle, which one of my men suggested. That started a tooth cavity. A cousin loaned Lets Eat Right to Keep Fit by Adelle Davis which led me to suspect vitamin B deficiency. By December I acquired a bottle of Rybutol (vitamin B complex,$4.95) and my trouble went away over night Construction of seven bridges in Hampden and one on Crane Hill Road in Wilbraham continued. They were completed and sideline bounds set in July. At Mill Road a laborer, who could have modeled for Charles Atlas, worked in swim briefs during sunny weather. I marveled at how he could pick up



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granite bounds which must have weighed nearly 200 pounds and throw them into holes he dug. Before final payment could be made to the contractor we had to measure everything to verify that it had been built according to plan. In some cases stream beds had been made deeper especially at South Monson Road in Hampden. Although I was chief of party, it was easier for me to turn over notebook keeping to Tom Cooney, my transitman, and get level rod readings in hip-deep water under the bridge in Coronado swim briefs than to make the Department haul out a rowboat for those few elevations. Although upstream the Scantic River valley was loaded with snakes, I didn’t see one while wading. The lady clerk from the corner coffee shop came the short distance to the bridge to see what was going on. I was paid three cents a mile for using my new, 6-cylinder Ford to transport crew and equipment rather than have the state supply a carryall. This car proved to be a lemon with one breakdown after another until Westfield Ford replaced it by an 8-cylinder model with exactly the same body and color. During the transition one of the mechanics loaned me his older car. Gas station attendants gave me more sympathetic attention than when I was driving my new cars. Other prices were for overshoes,$6.50, haircut, $1.00, daily newspaper, 5 cents, Sunday paper, 17 cents. Yearly rent for my post office box in Russell was $1.20. Postage stamps were 3 cents each, a guitar book, $1.50, a 33 rpm Chet Atkins record, $3.98. I had paid another survey chief $15 for his guitar. He told me the crack in its back came from hitting his wife in the rear with it. After learning a lot of Gene Autry songs, I was in demand to sing them Saturday nights at the farm of my late father’s cous-

in on Main Road, Montgomery. I even played and sang briefly with a local band. A 1,000 ft. reel of single-strand fence wire, $3.95 (not barbed) got strung to mark two property lines of my 30-acre wood lot. Of 100 Norway spruce seedlings ($7.65) I gave half a dozen to my neighbor across the road, and they did more to mask the front of his house than the other 94 did to fill up my woods. Yearly property taxes for about 40 acres and 3 smallish buildings were $131.56. Although much survey time got spent on the reconstructing Hampden bridges washed out by the 1955 flood,we surveyed River Road in Agawam, Boston, Fernbank and Pasco roads in Springfield, East Mountain Road, Union Street underpass in Westfield and the Main Street bridge over Little River. Then there was Agawam Avenue in West Springfield. In spring, summer and fall outdoor survey could be fun. Winter wasn’t too bad if the temperature stayed around 30 degrees. In August the offer of a free lesson snagged me into nine more ballroom dance lessons for $251 at the Arthur Murray studio in Springfield. If I remember right, after the step lesson, there was a social dance to finish the evening. I was 31 years old and had graduated from 4-year high school at age 16. Imagine the surprise to meet my freshman civics teacher, Rachel Ripley, at that first social. Before my nine lessons ran out there was Halloween costume party. I wore jeans, snaps shirt, cowboy hat and boots, and didn’t have far to walk along Main Street from my car park to the studio. I met Rita and her friend and gave them a ride home. Friend took my picture which I was later shown in the waiting room album. For a decade I’d been too busy for dating, but I started pick-

ing up Rita for supper (with tip = $4.25) and movies at her walled villa on Springfield’s south highland. She and her widowed mother ran a store near Winchester Square. We saw “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Raintree County.”I even took her to the Public Works Christmas party. She had been an Arthur Murray instructor and danced fabulously. I was just good enough to show her off and she made quite an impression. She was a few years older than I and we drifted apart. Clif Williston, our neighbor up the mountain, died in September and we got flowers from Mrs. Pomeroy at Craighurst Gardens in Russell. Also my mother attended the Eastern States Exposition. Admission was $1.25. As chief of survey party I was earning $111 a week. 5%($5.55) was a contribution to retirement fund. $15.30 went for federal withholding tax leaving net pay of $90.15. I felt rich.



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It started early with the rain That rattled at my window pane, And settled in the yard in mighty pools. Day after day we heard its beat, With scarce a moment of retreat. It doesn’t follow rules! The swamp I call a garden plot Has struggled on, and like as not, It will survive, but not quite as it should. We think of Noah and the ark, As clouds arise and skies grow dark. I’d stop it if I could! A hundred different kinds of bugs Including worms and snails and slugs, Are crawling over all that I survey. Their hunger is a thing sublime, They perpetrate their awful crime, And complicate my day. Voraciously they chomp and chew, And eat far more than me or you. They decimate the crop without chagrin. I weed and spray with all my might, And fight the battle day and night, And still I cannot win.

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Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

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Chicken Caprese

2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to uniform thickness 1/2 cup good-quality balsamic vinegar

2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup fresh mozzarella, torn into small pieces 1 cup lightly-packed fresh basil, torn

To Make The Chicken: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. (You will know that it is ready when the oil is shimmering, or it sizzles when you place a drop of water in the oil.) Add the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is fully cooked and the juices run clear. Remove chicken and set aside.

1 lb. zucchini or squash (about 2 medium-sized) 1/4 cup shredded parmesan (heaping) 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs (heaping)

1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil and spray lightly with vegetable spray. Slice zucchini or squash into 1/4 inch-thick rounds. Toss rounds with oil, coating well. In a wide bowl or plate, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan, salt and pepper. Place rounds in parmesan-breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides of each round, pressing to adhere. The mixture will not completely cover each round, but provides a light coating on each side. Place rounds in a single layer on baking sheets. Sprinkle any remaining breadcrumb mixture over the rounds. Bake for about 22 to 27 minutes, until golden brown. (There is no need to flip them during baking -- they crisp up on both sides as is.)

To Make The Balsamic Reduction: Heat balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes until reduced by half. Remove and set aside. To Assemble The Dish: Plate the chicken, then top with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Serve warm. Ali’s Tip: You can also pop this under the broiler for a minute or two (keep an eye on it!) to melt the mozzarella and warm up the tomatoes! Add the basil after you broil.


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blooming next to it. The bridge is guarded by geese. Most of the time they will move and let you get by, but there have been occasions when they feel the need to guard the walk way and not allow passers by. As I continue around the duck ponds, I find the swan, usually looking very elegant. I cross over the raised

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ne of my all-time favorite escapes is Stanley Park, conveniently located nearby on the southwest side of Westfield, Massachusetts. I have always enjoyed walking around this beautiful park. What is really nice is that there are so many different areas to see. I always start at the Rose and Flower Garden. I must take time to stop and smell the roses! I always bring my camera, and there are also days when I will bring my sketch book and just find a peaceful spot and do some sketching. To leave the rose gardens I venture down either the slate stairs to the left of the bell tower or sometimes I take the more rustic stairs. Both lead to the ponds. I walk around all the ponds, a very easy paved path, getting a nice little work out as I go across the board walk, by the waterfall, on to the frog pond (making sure I take time to look for frogs). Then I venture up the stairs around the Colonial pond. There are always squirrels around there and sometimes some chipmunks. Occasionally I try to take a picture of one. I like to cross over the ponds through the covered bridge, which in the spring has some very lovely rhododendrons

bridge by the Mill and there I like to stop and look at all the fish swimming around. Then I head up the stairs by the Meeting House and Herb Garden, to see if I know all the herbs that grow there. My last stop is the Asian Garden Tea House before I head up through the Evelyn B. Rose Garden to my car. My little walk-about is just one the many things that I take advantage of at Stanley Park. In the spring I take time to walk through Wildflower Display garden, passing by the Enchanted Oak. One year I attended a free guided walk through the Wildflower garden with Charlie Spencer, who is the Curator and founded this garden in 1988. This area is a recent discovery for me (within the past 5 years). I occasionally take my dog Layla up to the park, but when I bring her I usually park at the recreation area and go through the trails to the wild life sanctuary. There are some really nice trails that go through the woods and along the river. I meet a lot of people taking advantage of this peaceful setting. It can be buggy though, so I would suggest putting on some bug spray before you begin. When my daughter was young we spent many days at the park, playing at the playground, at soccer practice or feeding the ducks. Stanley Park has been host to many events that I’ve been forunate enough to attend. Weddings, graduation parties, picnics, free concerts, end of the summer reading parties, a walk for Alzheimer’s, the Westfield Fireworks and so much more. There is always something new to discover at this wonderful park. I encourage you to check it out. Stanley Park is a private non-profit facility open daily from May to November and is free of charge. For more info and a schedule of free events, visit their website:

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By Frank Houlihan


was eating breakfast one morning recently, got up from the table and raised the shade of one of the windows in the dining room. I noticed a puddle of water nearby that was created by a recent rainfall. As I watched, two cardinals, a male and female, landed at the edge of the puddle. It seemed like they were trying to decide if they should get into the water for a morning wash and drink. The male looked at the female as if he was trying to entice her to enter the water first. She indeed entered first and turned to give him a look that seemed to say, the water is fine, come on in. Walking into the puddle, the male sidled up next to the female, gave her a look, like he might be wondering if she brought the soap. She flapped her wings and splashed water on his head. He joined in the water activities and now both cardinals were splashing water in all directions. This may of been their way of getting rod of ‘BO”, not body odor, but bird odor. In a few moments the cardinals had company. Some of their neighbors flew from the nearby hedge and stood first at the waters edge. Within seconds they joined the cardinals in the water and it soon became a puddle party. They were all having a ball. Before long the cardinals left the water and headed for the bird feeder hanging nearby. They had worked up an appetite. After eating their fill of seed they flew off into a large elm tree located nearby.

The rest of the feathery clan continued to play and splash in the puddle. Hunger pangs soon abounded amongst the rest of the bird crowd. The bird feeder was now a restaurant for the rest of the feathery gang. And they ate up a storm. They were so busy eating they nearly missed an unwanted guest. Coming around the corner of the house was a cat who belonged to one of the neighbors. Watching him I noticed his eyes nearly popped out of his head when he saw the sight before him. Before he could get untracked and charge the feathered group, the birds were in flight, away from this four legged feline and unwanted guest. The black and white cat stared at the flight of the feathery mob and was soon walking away, looking for someplace else to have a potential meal. Later in the day my feathered neighbors returned but the puddle had become much smaller. When the evening arrived the water had just about dried out and the cat was nowhere to be seen. They would have to look elsewhere for their next bath and puddle party. Before my feathered friends returned I saw the cat chasing a chipmunk into Stanley Park. Whether he had any luck and enjoyed chipmunk stew I’ll never know.






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arion Guild was one of the six, original members of the Writer’s Workshop when it began at the Southwick Senior Center in May, 1995. She was a reluctant writer even though she proved to be quite creative because, first and foremost, she was a painter and artist, a very talented one. She illustrated the first edition of Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer,” one of the gems in her long and varied career as a graphic designer, but unfortunately she did not get the credit for her work because it was part of her job as the staff illustrator for the company that published it. Marion grew up in Vermont, the fourth of five children, and although she lived in many places during her life, Vermont was always very dear to her. In Southwick she lived for many years in a small house on Granville Road across the street from Marilyn (“Skippy”) and Chuck Chunglo, who were her very


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good friends. She was a part of the Southwick community and had many other good friends, as well. As she got older, her home became harder to negotiate, especially in the cold weather, so she became a snow bird and spent several winters with her friend, Zoe, at the home of Zoe’s daughter in Tucson, Arizona. I visited her there one afternoon. She had a small room of her own in the small ranch house, and she had her paints and brushes with her. Her easel was set up near the horse barn and she was doing a landscape of the desert countryside and the mountains surrounding it in the background. It was a very challenging scene to paint, but she was doing it the justice it deserved. It was beautiful. Later, when Zoe was not well, instead of going to Arizona, Marion found a winter home in another friend’s two-family house in Westfield. The bottom floor was set up as a living space but was being used as a gallery by her friend, Paul, who ran Paul’s Framing Shop and lived upstairs. I don’t know how often people came in to the gallery space to look at the paintings and photographs displayed there, but Marion, I know, worked around the disruption philosophically. She was a person who was used to adjusting to different living situations and accommodating her needs as necessary to the people around her. She even homesteaded on an island in Vermont with family members at one time. I think it was her art that helped her to keep her identity under these circumstances. She was amazingly resourceful and innovative when it came to earning a living as well. She began her career during the Depression, and, for an artist and a female, having that particular career was even more difficult during those challenging times than it would have been ordinarily. Yet, she managed to support herself all her life, sometimes very well, other times by the skin of her teeth, but she kept her enthusiasm and

her sense of humor and aland they went to school ways kept at her art. She as usual. Their parents used her knowledge of the and all the townspeople printing world to help our met at the school and all writing group lay out and listened to the solemn publish its first collection speeches from town ofof stories, The Write Stuff, ficials about the ultimate and others as well. Only sacrifice made by so many this last summer she finalin the various wars, the ly received credit, after 71 First World War being the years, for her design of the most recent. The womEmma Willard Monument enfolk had scoured their at Middlebury, Vermont, gardens and the fields which she had done as part for flowers, keeping them of her job with the Depresin cold water until that The first session of the Writer’s Workshop of the Southwick Senior Center, June, sion Era W.P.A. Federal morning. After the cer1995. From left to right: Mary Lampiasi, Marion Guild, Marion Munro, Grace Arts Project. emonies, everyone down Spillane, Clare Buckley, and seated in front, Marjorie Costello. Elethea GoodMarion was bright, to the littlest child, took kin, Workshop Leader, not seen, taking photo. observant, and witty. She bunches of these flowers had a solid footing in the and walked through the older, rural ways of her youth and another in the modern, more streets of the village together to the cemetery. There they put urbane world. She was well-read and kept up with the news. the flowers on the graves of those who had died fighting so that She knew human nature and her own. She was kind and carthe rest of them could live out their lives in peace at home. ing. Above all, she was a survivor and she was not even five Now, when I think of the pictures she created in that story, feet tall. I think, also, about the good, long life Marion lived, touching After Marion’s sister died, her nieces invited her to come so many people in so many special ways. I know I am right in to Vermont to live where she would be closer to them. Marion saying that “they just don’t make them like Marion any more.” was very independent but she knew it would be good to be Editor’s note: I read with interest that Marion Guild illustrated near her family, so, reluctantly, she left her home and friends in “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” My beloved copy has been a Southwick and returned to Vermont. family favorite since the 1950s. Curiosity about its origin prompted She kept in touch as best she could, sending her handa little internet research. I found 2 articles that mention Marion drawn and colored Christmas cards, phoning, and emailing Guild, one with photos of her illustrations. Interested readers can using her childhood nickname “Pooh” as her email handle. visit : or http://westread. She visited when she could until she was no longer able to drive the distance. Or visit www.southwoodsmagazine. com for links. Marion passed away in May, 2013, at the age of 95. She died right where she wanted to in her own home. When I heard the news, I remembered one of the stories that Marion wrote in our class that was a favorite. When she was a girl, Marion said, they called the Memorial Day holiday “Decoration Day” and celebrated it on May 30, regardless of the day of the week it fell on. She remembered that the children in her town dressed up in their Sunday best on that day—the girls in pastel dresses and hair ribbons and the boys in white shirts with their hair well slicked down


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The annual 4th of July decorated boat parade was held this year on Saturday, July 6th. The weather is good and well over 30 boats participated. The theme was “Red, White & Blue” very patriotic! The boats gathered at Babb’s Park around 5pm, and pulled away after the singing of the National Anthem by Suffield’s own, soon to be famous Traci Mnich. Thanks to all who participated and helped make this annual event a success. Next up are the Friday night “Movies on Congamond” in July and August. The plan is to have boat-in movies on Babb’s beach. We now have a 22 foot outdoor screen and a low output FM transmitter so we don’t bother the neighbors. We will be playing family friendly films for all to enjoy. Anchor your boat, sit on the beach, bring a boom box or personal radio, tune in to the frequency and enjoy. We’ll have more details at www. On Saturday, August 17th we will host our “Pirates of the Congamond” poker run. All the stops will be on the lake. It will run from 1-5pm. There will only be 300 entries. First Come First Serve. Entries must be received by August 1st. You can participate by car, motorcycle or by boat and have as many as

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entrants you would like. Please call 860-668-1169 or 860-4900302 if you have any questions. Sponsorships are available. Check out for details. On Sunday, September 8th Nora’s Restaurant will hold a CRC benefit golf tournament. More info on that as it becomes available. Enjoy the summer… See ‘ya on the pond! Citizens Restoring Congamond is a duly recognized volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and betterment of the Congamond Lakes.

Gold - $300; and Silver - $100. Sponsors will receive a banner on our event website and booth space to promote your products and services. Deadline for sponsorships is July 14. Your financial help will assist the Rotary Club with its advertising plan and prize money for the competition. Proceeds will support Rotary community and youth programs. Please visit the websites or www. Guidelines and an application form for the competition can be downloaded from our website.

32th Annual Granville Harvest Fair

Applications for Vendors and Craftsmen to participate in the Fair, Columbus Day Weekend, October 12, 13 & 14 are most welcome. Your request from one of the following venues should include a #10 self-addressed stamped envelope. The Old Meeting House - Coralie Stevenson, P.O. Box 193, Granville, MA 01034-0193 or call 413-357-8801. The Drum Shop - Carol Jones, NCCHP Water Street, Granville, MA, 01034 or call 413-357-8814. The Town Green - Linda Blakesley, 397 Main Road, Granville, MA 01034 or call 413-627-4843. The Federated Church - Karen McLaughlin. P.O. Box 313, Granville, MA 01034 or call 413-357-9090. The Granville Library - Nancy Petersen, P.O. Box 222, Granville, MA 01034 or call 413-357-8806. The Village School - Rene Ellinger, 33 Blandford Rd, Granville, MA 01034 or call 413-627-8859


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Team Justice Racing will be sponsoring a car wash on Saturday July 13th from 11 am - 2 pm at Village Pizza parking lot, 521 College Highway, Southwick, MA. Donations Only. All donations will go to the Southwick Police/Fire Association Team Justice Motocross Racing Team. Integrety/Sportsmanship/Unity

scramble for the animals golf tourney

Volunteers of the Westfield Homeless Cat Project and Friends of the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter are having a “Scramble for the Animals” on Sunday, August 4 at Oakridge Golf Club, Feeding Hills, MA. The cost is $90.00 which includes golf, cart, coffee, and donuts, dinner and prizes. Bertera Subaru is offering a brand new Subaru as a Hole-In-One prize, as well as Teddy Bear Pools and Spa’s who is offering a $3500 value, Pool or Spa. A cash prize of $700 will also be offered for a HoleIn-One. Sign up will be at 11:30 am with a shotgun start at noon.

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Please consider sponsoring a hole for $50.00. It can be in the name of a business, a loved one your pet. Raffle prizes will be also appreciated. Registrations and sponsorship forms, with check or money order should be received by July 20. Please mail them to Marie Boccasile, 11 Second Ave., Westfield, MA 01085. For more information call, 413-564-0589, or e-mail

August Book Sale

The Friends of the Southwick Public Library need books and audio visual material for the August Book Sale. Donated items can be brought to the library during the week of August 5th. Times: 10 to 1pm, 5-8pm Mon and Tues Aug 5 & 6. and 1-5 pm Wed Aug 7 . The book sale will be held Fri. August 9 10-5 pm and Sat. August 10 9 am to noon. There will be a Preview for members on Thurs. Aug 8 from 5 to 7pm.

Director Search

Southwick-On-Stage seeks a director for their fall production, ‘Twelve Angry Jurors”. This is the same drama as ‘Twelve Angry Men’ using a mixed cast. The production is scheduled for mid-fall. Interested persons should send request to Southwick-OnStage 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA. OR apply on-line at . Southwick-On-Stage holds monthly meeting in Conference Room #2 at the Town Hall, 454

College Highway, Southwick, MA on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Interested persons are welcome to attend the meetings.

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July 2013 Dear Friends, I’m proud to announce that on Sunday the 30th of June, my wife Jessica delivered our daughter, Avery Genevieve! Avery weighed 9lbs and measured 21 ½ inches long. Mom and daughter are doing well! The 4th of July celebration of IndeBy State Representative pendence Day is here! Many of us will Nicholas Boldyga watch fireworks, parades and barbecue with friends and family. But lets not forget what the day is really all about. Take some time and remember this celebration is about the adoption and signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring our independence from Great Britain. Remember your loved ones and friends in the military and the same sacrifices they make today for our freedom. Most importantly, have a safe and happy holiday with your friends and families! Thank you for allowing me to proudly serve as Your Representative. Please call me with any concerns. My home telephone number is (413) 569-5188. I’m always available! Sincerely,

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