Editorial: To everything there is a season...

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

Scorecard! Get yer scorecard! Ya can’t tell the players without a scorecard! The familiar chant is particularly pertinent these days for anyone watching a Boston Red Sox game. Mookie Betts? Yoenis Céspedes? Heath Hembree? Regular fans would be justified in wondering — literally — who’s on first?

Things will undoubtedly settle down after awhile, when the flurry of trades is history and the team rebuilds for next year. For now, it’s going to be a time for the new guys to attempt to convince management they can be part of the team’s future — and for fans to be patient.

Libraries rock!

We’re glad to see that at least five Franklin County towns will benefit from a set of federal grants aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering, arts and math. New Salem, Erving, Wendell, Shutesbury and Leverett public libraries all got money, and a Greenfield proposal is possible. Some sites plan to offer two-hour programs that will encourage kids to experiment and use the scientific method to solve problems. It’s a good idea, and worth our tax dollars.

CPR training pays off

The other day in Bernardston a team effort saved the life of a 6-year-old boy who’d been submerged in a swimming pool.

Lifeguard Hayley Black, 18, of Montague, worked with Warwick junior firefighter Eaden Marti, 14, to save the boy, who had stopped breathing. Using their training in CPR, the pair managed to provide oxygen and circulation and restore him to normal functioning. He was taken to the hospital, where his parents reported he was doing fine.

We can’t stress too much, or too often, how important it is for ordinary citizens — not only emergency personnel, lifeguards and so forth — to take the time to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It’s not difficult, but does require a few hours of training — and it can make the difference, literally, between life and death. Classes are offered locally through the Red Cross and Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Check them out — YOU could save a life.

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