Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:
Dateline the region: Here’s to Nancy Meagher, an art teacher in the area, and to elementary school students from Gill and Montague who came up with the delightful story of “The Fish in the Polka Dot Dress.” The story, which has been published by the Connecticut River Watershed Council Inc., was inspired by the annual Source to Sea cleanup. While the book has an important message about keeping the river and environment clean, it’s clear that Meagher and her students had a lot of fun putting it all together, and we had a lot of fun reading it.
Dateline South Deerfield: We would like to think that the community would get behind the current effort to improve the downtown area, one that is looking to find the right balance when it comes to pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers — as well as making it all attractive. Right now, there are three options on possible improvements, but this could change as the community moves forward. We suggest that Deerfielders circle Nov. 15 through 17 on their calendars — that’s when a public meeting on the project, called the South Deerfield Complete Streets and Downtown Livability Plan, is scheduled to take place. Attend and weigh in ... it’s your town.
Dateline Ashfield: A tip of the hat to American Legion Post 245 on the effort to add a “Walk of Honor” to its veteran’s memorial. The idea is to allow people to honor veterans of military service. Family and friends can buy a “brick,” one that will be engraved with the name and military status of the veteran. “We want this to be a living tribute to all the U.S. military veterans,” said Mike Purcell, one of the people involved in the project. We think it’s a special way to honor these men and women.
Dateline Montague: We’re big fans of the bike path that runs along the Power Canal for a number of reasons. One is that you don’t have to worry about vehicle traffic, since motorized vehicles are prohibited. Imagine our surprise, then, when we recently saw someone on a motor scooter ignoring the signs and heading up the path at the Montague City end. When a sign says “no motorized vehicles” that means everyone. Let’s hope this isn’t a pattern of behavior that is developing.