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Editorial: ‘Yankee Ingenuity’ in Hawley

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

We don’t know too many communities where circumstances regarding a town meeting force folks to improvise. But that’s exactly what Hawley residents did at the start of this year’s annual gathering. As the counting of ballots for the town election had forced everyone outside of the one-room office, the meeting’s moderator decided that town business could be conducted on the back porch until such time they could move back inside. If nothing else, it shows “Yankee Ingenuity” is alive in Hawley.

A West County merger

The Community Health Center of Franklin County is in talks with the West County Physicians to take over the medical practice, with an eye toward having the Charlemont-based operation be a satellite office. If such a move would ensure that West County’s patients, numbering more than 6,000, would continue to receive the same medical services, then it would be hard to argue against the merger. And coming under the Community Health Center umbrella may help add to what the medical practice can offer, such as dental care. We don’t see a downside to this idea and would like to think that it will get the necessary approvals.

Arms Library chips away at goal

The effort to raise enough money for renovation of the roof and other parts of the Arms Library continues to chip away at its goal of $1.3 million. The campaign recently received a $180,000 Community Development and Tourism grant through the Massachusetts Office of Executive Administration and Finance. That means the fundraising effort has more than $250,000 in the bank. While there’s still plenty of money to be raised, it’s clear that the people involved in the effort are trying to find all the possible sources to reach the goal to preserve and improve this community treasure.

Don’t be late when it comes to farm-fresh produce

While spring seems to have been delayed a bit this year, it looks like the temperatures are beginning to warm up, which should mean that local produce will soon be arriving. Don’t be caught with your fridge full of California veggies: Check with your favorite farm stand or farmer’s market to see what is available, and then plan your meals around delicious, fresh produce.

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