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Editorial: Towns try to create better connection

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

We’re glad to see residents of some local towns that are underserved — or not served — when it comes to broadband Internet service getting more and more involved with finding solutions. In Montague, some Chestnut Hill residents are looking to band together in what they’re calling a neighborhood betterment district, to take out a loan that would allow them to pay for creating a connection with the fiber-optic network being put together in Leverett. Meanwhile, in Shelburne, a wireless network plan was recently presented to selectmen, whereby Town Hall would be provided Internet service for free in exchange for allowing the installation of antennas at the Shelburne Fire Tower and atop Memorial Hall. Although it remains to be seen what happens with these ideas, clearly people are tired of the existing situation.

More playground improvement in Greenfield

We’re glad to hear that a $20,000 grant will allow Greenfield to rebuild Federal Street School’s playground. The money was made available because Greenfield was once again designated “Playful City USA,” a recognition of what’s taking place locally in trying to improve the community’s parks and recreational opportunities. While the playground will get the most attention from students at the school, it’s something that the children throughout the town will be able to use. With the work on upgrading the park scheduled for Friday and Saturday, why not consider volunteering to help? You can telephone the Recreation Department at 413-772-1553 or use the department’s website at www.greenfieldrecreation.com.

Fireworks fundraising now underway

We realize that there’s still a week left in June and we’re not trying to rush to July, but the fundraising effort for the Greenfield Fourth of July fireworks is underway. The Recreation Department needs to raise $18,000 to pay for all the fun, scheduled for Saturday, July 5. While the fireworks are held in Greenfield at Beacon Field, this is really a county-wide celebration. Therefore, if residents from elsewhere would be willing to chip in, the funding needed would be collected in no time. If you’re thinking of taking in the celebration, please make a donation.

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