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Editorial: Helping hand for co-op in Orange

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

The effort to see the North Quabbin Community Co-op grow in downtown Orange received a significant boost recently from the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. The trust and co-op have entered into a partnership that will provide a new home in the former Workers’ Credit Union building at 12 North Main St. Not only will this new location provide the co-op with greater visibility, but also give it more space as it grows its operation. The plan demonstrates Mount Grace’s ties to the area and could be just the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Greenfield’s Boston Post Cane

More than 100 years ago, a tradition got started in New England when the publisher of the Boston Post newspaper sent a gold-headed cane to each of the 700 towns in the region for use by the individual community’s oldest male citizen. Since then, many of the towns that received the cane have carried on the tradition, though it now has been expanded to the oldest citizen, regardless of whether they are a man or a woman. The number of towns still making the presentations, however, has dropped since some canes have been lost or stolen. At one time it appeared that Greenfield’s was among those that had been lost, but the cane’s gold top has reappeared after having gone missing for a couple of years. Although damaged, the top has been restored and reunited with the cane. That’s good news from a historical perspective and in helping keep a time-honored tradition alive.

UMass opts to split from the MAC

We don’t know what kind of effect the decision by the University of Massachusetts to leave the Mid-America Conference will have on its football program. It will create savings when it comes to travel after the 2015 season, since the bulk of the MAC schools are in Ohio and Michigan. But it creates an unknown as to where UMass will land. The goal, we would think, would be to join a league where the Minutemen would be competitive. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out.

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