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Editorial: Garden Cinemas missed

Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:

We’re keeping our fingers crossed on speedy repairs at the Garden Cinemas. The downtown movie theater — Franklin County’s only indoor theater — had to shut down last week after a water pipe burst, damaging the building’s main electrical panel. The darkened theater creates a hole in the area’s entertainment options for the whole family. However, we’re glad to hear that insurance will help cover the losses while the cinemas are closed.

Familiar face and right choice

The University of Massachusetts has announced the hiring of Mark Whipple to once again head its football program. He’s a familiar face — he ran the program from 1998 to 2003, resulting in a Division I-AA national championship during that span. He then went on to the professional coaching ranks with one return to the college scene as an offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Now he’s been given the challenge of righting the program two years after UMass moved up to Division I-A. Whipple strikes us as someone smart enough to realize it’s an uphill climb but also an individual who isn’t afraid of the challenge. We wish him luck.

Stoneleigh-Burnham on the world stage

Congratulations to the group of 18 dancers from Greenfield’s Stoneleigh-Burnham School who will be representing the United States in an international festival in Thailand this week, where their performance will tell the story of the “Wizard of Oz.” Whether these students are world travelers or haven’t left the country before, it is one of those experiences that will last a lifetime.

Senior center location could be a winner

Turning the former Sweetheart Tea House, which has been vacant now for a number of years, into a senior center for the three communities of Shelburne, Ashfield and Buckland is an intriguing idea. Obviously, there’s a lot of investigative work ahead, but it’s good to see that there is support for this idea from the towns. Those involved should keep this idea moving forward.

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