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Editorial: Movie magic

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

Dateline Shelburne Falls: The transformation of the village from a place in western Massachusetts to a town in southern Indiana for the filming of the movie, “The Judge,” has been interesting to watch from a distance. It sounds like the cast and crew are doing their best to not only make movie magic but also leave Shelburne Falls with a good impression, something that will go far when the next movie company wants to use the village as a site. And when the movie is finished and released, there will be a large audience for the film, if only to recognize where scenes were shot. The production company and the cast deserve high marks for their friendliness.

Dateline Greenfield: We’ll keep our fingers crossed that efforts to get grant money to improve a section of Mead Street for use as a bicycle and pedestrian path are successful. We’ve long thought Greenfield should find additional ways to take advantage of the scenic beauty of the Green River. Making a discontinued street that runs along the river into another scenic way for the public to enjoy would be a good step in this direction.

Dateline Charlemont: Another annual town meeting has come and gone, but there’s at least one item that will take time to address. Residents at the meeting approved examining a revision of the zoning bylaws to create what would essentially be a separate district in the town center. In offering up the resolution, Marguerite Willis said creating a “village” designation could make downtown more attractive when it came to commercial growth. That makes sense and while it will take time, there’s no reason for those who take on the task to think they have to reinvent the wheel here: We would think there are plenty of communities in Massachusetts and elsewhere that have such a zoning designation, one with bylaws and so forth that would be good fit for Charlemont. We would think that the planners with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments could help.

Dateline the region: A tip of the hat to all those who donated to this year’s Greenfield Community College Foundation fundraising campaign. This year’s annual effort surpassed its goal of $800,000. It’s good to see that so many people realize the value of this form of help for students and programs at the college. More importantly, they apparently understand and appreciate the difference GCC makes in so many lives.

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