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Editorial: Roll of the dice on slot parlor

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

Last week’s story about the possibility that a slot parlor eyed for Leominster and the kind of impact on the area provided two sides of the coin. The shiny side was the financial promise the developer says would come with the arrival of such a business. The more tarnished side was presented by North Quabbin area officials who say that glitter comes from fool’s gold. We do think that as far as jobs go with a slot parlor, they pale in comparison to the numbers associated with a destination resort/casino.

An amazing run on weather

We continue to enjoy the weather we’ve had this fall. It’s the kind that is just right for getting outside and enjoying all that the region has to offer, for example, the Riverside Blues and BBQ Festival that just took place in Greenfield or one of our favorites, the Ashfield Fall Festival. But there’s an inkling in the back of our minds that we’re going to pay for this wonderful fall with a not-so-wonderful winter.

Congrats to Tech’s Booska

A tip of the golfer’s hat to Cody Booska, a student-athlete at Franklin County Technical School who recently earned the individual championship at the Massachusetts State Small Schools Vocational Golf Tournament, where he topped the field of 115 golfers. Booska isn’t exactly an unknown when it comes to success on the links since Monday, Oct. 21, he’s scheduled to defend his WMass Division III individual title.

Be heard on 3-town ambulance

This week on Tuesday, the three towns that are considering a partnership to create a regional ambulance service begin voting. Sunderland residents will be the first to weigh in, followed by Whately on Friday and followed by Deerfield on Oct. 28. We want to think that residents of the three towns are planning to come out in force and let it be known their thinking when it comes to this service. Yes, it comes with a price tag, but it should provide better ambulance and emergency medical coverage for the three communities and to our way of thinking, that’s something worth spending money on.

‘Beginning to look a lot like ...’

We understand that the reason there’s a lamppost already decorated for the Christmas season is to help draw attention to the need for monetary donations so that all of the decorations can add LEDs to them. But it still feels out-of-place in early October and gives off a vibe that there’s a rush to get to the holiday season. We’re just not ready.

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