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Enjoy All the holiday!

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

Dateline the region: The day before Christmas should also be seen as a special day. It’s a mixture of the heightened anticipation of what Christmas day brings and a time spent making those last-minute preparations. While there is plenty of hustle and bustle, the clock is winding down. And this evening make sure there is quiet time to think about the story of Christmas and all that it means to all those who contemplate the miracle that took place in the manger with the birth of Christ, the joy and love associated with the day and the promise of peace on earth. However you choose to observe the day, we at The Recorder wish all the glad tidings and plenty of hope.

Dateline Deerfield: After it was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene roughly 20 months ago, the work to restore and rebuild the 128-year-old Deerfield Inn has taken longer than many people originally thought. Now, the innkeepers are looking at an early April 2013 opening. But along the way, a number of upgrades have been undertaken so that future guests and patrons will enjoy the inn even more. This includes increasing the capacity of the restaurant and tavern. The story of the inn and its renovation work is a tale of patience as in “good things come to those who wait.”

Dateline the region: While this is a festive time of year, one that everyone should enjoy, people do have to remember to take care when it comes to holiday decorations. Consider this fact: according to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 230 structure fires each year are started with a Christmas tree. And Christmas trees aren’t the only way fires get started this time of year. People should be extra careful with candles and fires in their fireplace or wood stoves. This is a terrible time for a tragedy.

Dateline the state: We know there are many, many lessons to be learned when it comes to the recent scandal surrounding the state crime lab and the improper handling of drug samples by a chemist employed at the lab. One such lesson is that those hired for such a position in the future are probably going to go through a much more vigorous application process than did Annie Dookhan, the woman now facing charges. Today’s reliance on high-tech analysis demands it.

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