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Like a good neighbor

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

Dateline the region: A tip of the hat to David Carlson and his effort to help feed the hungry in the Boston area through the Church of Holy Resurrection. Carlson, who lived in Brighton and once received a meal through the church’s soup kitchen, has now been paying it back by volunteering at the church and, since he moved to the county four years ago, by bringing fresh produce for salads. He’s enlisted the help of some area farmers, who sell him vegetables at wholesale. “There are so many people out there who need our help,” Carlson said in a Recorder story. “We have to help our neighbors. It’s only right.” To his credit, Carlson recognizes that “neighborhood” extends across town, county and state lines.

Dateline Frontier Regional High School: Congratulations to the girls volleyball team on its third-straight state title. The team has certainly been playing at an incredible level for the past four years. It’s not an easy path, since so many schools are motivated to knock off the Red Hawks from their top perch, and there’s the added pressure to keep such a streak going. But those going out for volleyball have proven themselves up to the task. And congratulations to Frontier’s Natalie Mako, who completed a stellar cross-country season with a fifth-place finish at the state meet held at Northfield Mountain. Mako proved she can run with anybody in the state.

Dateline Rowe: The recall election aimed at the School Committee’s Lisa Miller is scheduled for Saturday. We urge that residents, no matter where they stand on the issue, make it a point to vote. Such an effort should not be decided solely by an interested few.

Dateline Ashfield: Once again, the public is seeing that the wheels of justice turn slowly. This time the case involved the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and complaints issued against former police chief John Svoboda three years ago. The MCAD dismissed the charges of sexual harassment and racial discrimination because the allegations were inconclusive ... or filed too late for the panel to rule over. We suppose the decision brings a certain amount of closure but it doesn’t shed a clear light on a particularly rough time in town life and politics.

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