Martha Garvey Jr. reached out to The Eagle around the Fourth of July and wrote, "This is throwback ‘news,’ but since the Queechy Lake Boat Parade is coming up, I thought I would pass this essay along about the very first non-motorized boat to compete: Steered by a 62-year-old (my mom, Martha Garvey Sr.) and her 70-year-old sister (the late Helen Marge Dignum). Dressed as a firecracker and Betsy Ross." Story Body:

Martha Garvey Jr. reached out to The Eagle around the Fourth of July and wrote, "This is throwback ‘news,’ but since the Queechy Lake Boat Parade is coming up, I thought I would pass this essay along about the very first non-motorized boat to compete: Steered by a 62-year-old (my mom, Martha Garvey Sr.) and her 70-year-old sister (the late Helen Marge Dignum). Dressed as a firecracker and Betsy Ross."

The Queechy Lake Club’s 39th annual marine procession took place Saturday, with Garvey’s mother in attendance as a non-competitor, at the lake, located in nearby Canaan, N.Y.

In her essay, which appears in the online publication "Rewire Me," Garvey Jr. writes: "My mother and my aunt have been canoeing since they were kids. It never occurred to them that they couldn’t paddle a good-sized lake. After they got in, the canoe just Š flowed. As the canoe made its turns, I heard the laughter, the cries of surprise from all around the lake. While all the other boats churned the water, theirs flew. "I think we were in the ‘We’ll show them’ mode," my mother recalls, 21 years later.

They won "Most Historical Boat." My sister Kate said, "That means you were the oldest broads on the lake."

To read the rest of the essay and to see a photo of a subsequent competition, visit rewireme.com/explorations/learned-mother-fourth-july.

To see the winners of this year’s Queechy Lake Boat Parade, visit queechylake.org.

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You’ve seen the shows and read the articles -- people can reap some serious savings from clipping coupons.

From 6 to 9 tonight, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Berkshire County will offer a free coupon class for beginners in its Pittsfield office, located at 208 West St.

Karen Hellier, a.k.a. "The Coupon Lady," will take attendees through a step-by-step process of how to obtain multiple coupons for the products they purchase, and how to stay organized and use coupons effectively to save money on groceries and household items.

Hellier has taught classes to consumers for more than 15 years through various venues including social service agencies, churches and schools.

A second class will be held in North Adams from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the UCP office at 535 Curran Highway.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact The Coupon Lady at KarenHellier727@gmail.com.

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Coming up later this month are two events worth saving the date for:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Berkshire County will hold its 30th annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in the Crane Room of the Berkshire Museum at 35 South St. in Pittsfield.

Several awards will be presented, including: the Member(s) of the Year Award to Marilyn Moran and Kathy Quinn; the Silver Ribbon Award to Brian Morrison and Peggy Morse; and Citizen of the Year to North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright.

The event is open to the public, and the suggested donation is $10 per person. Reservations are required and will be accepted until Friday, July 18. To RSVP, call (413) 446-1666 or email namibc@namibc.org.

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The second annual AYJ Fund / Dana-Farber Mini Golf Tournament is scheduled to be held at noon Saturday, July 26, at The Range in North Adams.

Organizers write that the event, "is being held in honor of Anna Arabia, who was diagnosed at age 13 with gliomatosis cerebri, a rare form of brain cancer. She received the best medical care available at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic and was treated for three years with multiple treatments. Anna became an angel on Valentine’s Day 2013."

There are fewer than 500 known cases of Gliomatosis Cerebri. For this reason there has been no focused research until now. Organizers say they will be directing 100 percent of the proceeds directly to support the research of Dr. Mark Kieran, director of pediatric neuro-oncology at Dana-Farber and the collaboration with other physicians and researchers.

Featuring a "best ball format," the tournament is open to the public. Registration is $10 in advance and $12 day of the event. In addition to mini-golf, the event will also feature Fatboys Hot Dog Cart, face painting, a Chinese auction, and more.

Gold level sponsors of the tournament, which is part of the Jimmy Fund golf program, include Whitney’s Beverage, Mountain One, True North, the Eileen Barrett Foundation and Kathy & Joe Arabia.

For more information and to register, please contact Kathy Arabia at (413) 652-1602, visit AYJfund.org or AYJ Fund on Facebook.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.