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Editorial: Deerfield, it’s up to you

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

South County EMS

Mark Sunderland and Whately on the affirmative side when it comes to the three-town ambulance service, and tonight, Deerfield is scheduled to make its intentions known. No matter how residents may come down on the issue, we’d like to think that they’re planning to attend tonight’s meeting. A strong turnout will make the decision — whatever it is — more indicative of the town’s real feelings. Residents who want to study up on the issue before the meeting can go to the town’s website at, click on “public safety” and then click on the powerpoint link for detailed information about the proposal.

Time for the high road in Rowe

We would like to believe that the Rowe School Committee would think long and hard about accepting the offer from Mohawk Superintendent Michael Buoniconti to reopen discussions about continuing to have Rowe be part of the superintendency. All of the possible options — going with the North Berkshire School Union as well as hiring its own superintendent — have various pluses and minuses. But among the pluses for keeping Buoniconti in place is his familiarity with the district. That’s something that is hard to ignore. Perhaps it’s time for all parties to take the high road here.

Conway’s covered bridge

We’re glad that Conway will be opening the Burkeville Covered Bridge to two-way vehicle traffic, a decision that has been pushed by residents after the rebuilding of the bridge to repair the structural issues that forced the state to close it to begin with. While turning the bridge into a structure only for pedestrians and bicycles has a certain charm, the bridge has a purpose of getting across the South River at a particular point. We do think that a slow speed limit benefits everyone, including keeping the bridge in good shape. We look forward to the ceremony planned for reopening the bridge at some future date.

Dark streets cause danger

As we move further into fall, darkness arrives earlier in the afternoon and evening. It can be a particularly dangerous time for drivers and pedestrians. We’ve noticed in Greenfield on Main and Federal streets that it can be hard to see pedestrians, especially since the streetlights’ illumination is quite limited and can create a glare — especially since they are so low. We urge everyone to use caution.

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