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Editorial: Best to all at Boston Marathon

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

Good luck to all the runners at the Boston Marathon today. It’s a grueling 26.2 miles that calls for stamina and strength. And this year’s race, a year after the terrorist attacks, is bound to require emotional strength as well. We hope one and all are successful in crossing the finish line.

Music and the arts advocate

A tip of the hat to Mary Kay Hoffman who spent four decades promoting music and the arts in the area. This included heading the Arts Council of Franklin County and the effort known as Artspace. Keeping these projects going, especially when times were tough financially, shows a true love for what she was doing. And it sounds like in retirement, she plans to keep sharing her passion for music with young people by volunteering with the Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra. Good luck, Mary Kay.

Bridge repair will cost Mohawk

Since the state decided that the Heath Road Bridge in Colrain needed to be closed for safety reasons, the Mohawk Regional School District has had to add a four-wheel-drive van to its fleet in order to use the detour when picking up students. That is going to cost $46,000 a year, a price tag the district is going to have to add to its budget for some time. Although the state says it has put the bridge on its “accelerated bridge projects” list, the work isn’t expected to start until 2018. “Accelerated?” It makes you wonder what the time frame would be if the bridge repairs, expected to cost $1.3 million, were just on the regular projects list. We urge our elected representatives to make sure the state provides some financial relief to Mohawk.

Keep optimistic about finding a Greenfield superintendent

We suppose it makes sense for the Greenfield School Committee to begin to think about an interim superintendent should its search/interview with the two remaining finalists not end in a hiring of a person to replace Susan Hollins. Let’s not get pessimistic yet. Given all that has gone into getting to this point, however, we’d like to think that one of the two candidates will emerge as the next superintendent. And we’d also like to see the committee add some urgency to the search ... perhaps some special meetings?

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