Editorial: Let us praise fall
Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:
Our favorite time of year
The recent stretch of weather has been a reminder of why autumn is a favorite season for many who live in western Massachusetts. It’s a time for turning foliage, apples, fall festivals and fairs as well as the beginning of a new high school sports season. Our advice: get outside and enjoy it as much as you can ... winter’s snows will follow, soon enough.
Green Pastures for C.S. Lewis
The decision by the C.S. Lewis Foundation to set up a study center in a 14-room Victorian house, known in Northfield as Green Pastures, is a step in the right direction when it comes to the former Northfield Mount Hermon School campus. While it doesn’t answer the question that has lingered over the campus and town since NMH closed the campus and consolidated all its activities in Gill, it is a start as the National Christian Foundation works on finding a new owner.
Church’s coordinated effort
The raising of the new Kingdom Hall for the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in just a couple of days should serve as a reminder of what people are capable of achieving in a short amount of time. A little more than 100 volunteers started on a Thursday morning and had the building up and the roof on by Sunday evening with a goal of having the entire building finished for inspection by Oct. 12. If only bridge repairs in the region went as quickly!
Contract blues in Greenfield
We can certainly understand if members of the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School’s board of trustees are feeling a little frustrated with the state after the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent back its contract proposal asking for more work and details. As the board’s chairman, Ed Berlin, said in reaction, “There’s going to be an amazing amount of work that needs to get done. The contract has to be completely rewritten.” We’re sure that the board will do the work, given how much work has gone into keeping Greenfield in the virtual school scheme. But it wouldn’t surprise us if there are people who would like to tell the state to just write its own sample contract, so everyone would know what’s wanted. But we know that’s not going to happen.