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Editorial: Deadlocked Northfield vote

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

With a little more than 75 percent of the Northfield’s voters opting to stay home, a vital Proposition 2 1/2 override — one that directly affects the town’s children — was left for 524 residents to decide. We’re sure no one thought the results would end in a tie, but that’s exactly what happened. Much more importantly, that now means the Pioneer Valley regional School District is looking at a significant hole in its proposed budget, a gap that likely would be made up with layoffs. It now puts pressure on the selectmen to decide whether to have another vote to produce a more definitive answer. A possible mitigating step, however, is a recount, something that requires a petition with 10 residents’ signatures. The deadline for submitting a request for a recount is Friday. We’ll wait to see what happens.

Dog shelter puts out the call for volunteers

Dog lovers! The call has gone out for help at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center. The shelter needs people willing to work and spend time with the dogs as well as doing other tasks. “We’ve got more and more dogs coming in and we want to make sure the level of care stays the same or gets even better, so we need people who love animals, but may not want to be hands-on with them,” said Leslee Colucci, the center’s director. Becoming a volunteer at the shelter is one way to help not just these four-legged friends but also a way to provide a community service. For more information, contact the shelter 413-676-9182 or go online at www.fcrdogkennel.org.

A first for Greenfield Community College

A tip of the hat to the first class of Greenfield Community College’s medical assistant program. The eight students completed their nine-month course and all passed their certification. This program, designed to offer accelerated training in the health field, is just another example of how GCC keeps trying to meet the needs of the community.

A boost for restoring memorial plaques in Orange

Thanks should go out to the members of the American Legion Post 172 who made donations to help restore World War 1 memorial plaques located in Orange. The Post donated $10,000 to the Trustees of the Soldiers Memorials, to either restore or, where necessary, replace the markers.

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