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River cleanup

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

Dateline the region: Kudos to all of the volunteers who helped with the Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup. It’s always amazing — and disheartening — to see the kind of trash that people pull from the banks and flood plain of the Connecticut, including tributaries, like the Green River. Although we think that the area is getting cleaner because of this particular effort, it’s also incredible how much stuff gets dumped in a year’s time. What are people thinking?

Dateline Whately: Residents should take the time to think about what they want in a town hall and to carefully examine the four options that the town is considering … and then let town officials know which way they think Whately should proceed. One of the ways to do that is to take part in the straw poll that will be held on Nov. 6, the day of the general election. By taking part, you’re not only having a say in how your tax dollars are spent, but also in the what the future town hall will be like.

Dateline Greenfield: It was good to see Greenfield Community College receive a $100,000 grant from SunEdison, the company involved in the solar farm project on the town’s capped landfill. That money will go toward solar energy training and education at the school. The solar energy field has such potential at this time, especially as the nation and world try to find better answers to our energy needs. This grant will help GCC continue to take a proactive approach when it comes to community interest in solar energy.

Dateline Deerfield: It’s good to learn that there is progress in cleaning up the contamination at the East Deerfield rail yard. While much work remains, specifically on decontaminating soil at the rail yard, some of the groundwater issues have been resolved. Slow and steady is the best way to characterize the best approach to these kinds of projects.

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