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Editorial: Greenfield Y can use the help

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

For 125 years, the YMCA has been a fixture in the lives of Greenfield residents and others in Franklin County. Of course, the Y has come quite a way since those days in 1889 when YMCA staffers from Boston came west to train volunteers in the running of programs . Plenty of changes in locations and programs have happened since those early days. Some constants, however, have been true since the very beginning: The Y’s commitment to the community and its dependence on volunteers. Essentially, the message is that there would be no Y without that community, the people who use its programs and facilities, the men and women who volunteer and the community members who are willing to donate to the Y during fundraising efforts, such as the annual campaign that is now underway. It’s this campaign, supported by the community, that helps provide not just money for its programs but financial assistance so that children can attend a number of different YMCA programs and camps. As pointed out in Dan Kunhardt’s recent My Turn, “In 2013, charitable gifts helped make it possible for over 800 children to improve their swimming skills, 100 children attended our child care programs each day, 250 children benefited from our summer reading program at Camp Apex, and over 2,000 children got regular exercise to help with the county’s youth obesity issue.” We ask that people consider making a donation to the Y so that it can continue to provide valuable opportunities in the community.

A great location in Shelburne Falls

We can’t imagine that the former Mole Hollow building will stay unoccupied now that those behind the plans for the holistic health center there have opted to build in Chesterfield. It s location overlooking the Glacial Potholes would be a real find for a number of different businesses. To our way of thinking, this would include a restaurant of some type. It’s something to keep an eye on.

I-91 traffic info short-circuited

Driving along Interstate 91, it’s hard not to notice those electronic bulletin boards. The idea behind them, and the millions of dollars spent, was that they would provide useful, real-time information to motorists about traffic hazards ahead, length of delays, etc. But for some reason — which officials really can’t explain — this kind of traffic information is still not available after a number of years of operation. Sounds like someone in state government is asleep at the wheel.

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