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Editorial: A wonderful time of the year

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

December has arrived, which not only signals the last month of the year, but also a time that can be quite festive as the area embraces the holiday season. Although we’re not quite ready for any serious accumulation of snow, we are ready to welcome this period, with its little fairs and celebrations, with open arms. And we suspect that many area residents are ready to do so, too.

Leyden farmer gets noticed

It’s always good news when a resident of the area is noticed elsewhere for the positive things they do in the community. It sounds to us as if Warren Facey Jr. of Bree-Z-Knoll Farm in Leyden is definitely deserving of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s John Ognowski Award. The award — named after a longtime farm bureau and county leader who was piloting American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11 — goes to an individual who has distinguished themselves as a member of the bureau, in agriculture and in their community. Last week’s Recorder story highlighted much of what Facey has done and been involved with since 197;, he seems to fit the bill. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that his nomination is a winner.

A small financial thank you

Is a $2,000 stipend enough enticement when it comes to getting people to run for Greenfield Town Council or School Committee? It seems as if a majority of councilors think so. Truthfully, that stipend probably doesn’t equal the amount of time and energy that people who sit on these boards have to put in to do the job properly. Throw in a downtown parking pass and you might have something worth winning.

Ice skating options grow in Greenfield

We like the idea of adding another outdoor skating rink in Greenfield at Hillside Park. Along with the park at Beacon Field, there will now be two places to play hockey or just skate. This provides an outlet for crowd relief, should one have too many people using it at a particular time. We also see the value of having an ice rink at Hillside as a way to get more people using the park, and cutting down on potential vandalism and other unwanted activity. Once the rinks are frozen, we hope that many residents and children take advantage of the opportunity.

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