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Editorial: Those who gave their life for country

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

Today, across the nation, Americans are honoring those who have served their country in time of war, sometimes paying for that service with their lives. Memorial Day, an observance with its roots deep in our Civil War, is a day to remember the men and women in our military who made the “ultimate sacrifice” from the muddy fields of Virginia and Mississippi to the dusty deserts and rocky crags of Iraq and Afghanistan. We urge all residents to take the time to attend a ceremony and pay tribute to those who answered their nation’s call ... and without whom we might not be enjoying our freedom.

Greenfield energy use worth noting

A tip of the hat to Greenfield and all those involved in cutting its energy use during the last five years. That reduction of nearly 20 percent translates to a cut in costs that amounts to more than $500,000. While there are undoubtedly more savings to find as the town moves forward and puts in place its sustainable master plan, this has proven to be a great start. Let’s keep it going. And let’s not forget that we all should be considering energy-saving practices in our own lives, as well.

Work continues on Moody’s home

We hope that when C.S. Lewis College has restored Green Pastures, the 14-room Victorian house that was once Dwight L. Moody’s, it will become an attraction for the college and Northfield. Right now, the plan work should be done sometime next month and there will be some events to allow the public to see what’s been accomplished in creating a study center for the foundation. Kudos to the college for its dedication to Moody’s memory.

We like this bike path addition

A pedestrian and bike path along Meade Street in Greenfield — one that would connect Mill and Deerfield streets — sounds like a terrific idea. We’re glad to hear the town is pursuing a grant for such a project and will provide another recreational corridor — one that some day may be linked to other segments of the bike master plan. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the town is successful in getting the money.

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