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Editorial: Winter strains resources

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

The weather this winter is putting a strain on the region in a number of ways. From the draining of snow removal budgets to the need to buy more oil, gas or wood to heat one’s home, this winter is turning into a costly one. And while we are happy that those who make their living because of the snow ­— private snowplow operators and ski areas, for example — aren’t hurting economically, we’re ready for warmer temperatures. Too bad it’s not looking good in this regard for this coming week.

Mohawk valentines

Like the U.S. Postal Service, a number of Mohawk Trail students delivered valentines made by the district’s grade-school-age children to veterans living at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. And while the weather didn’t let them make the delivery on the actual holiday, we suspect that the recipients didn’t mind getting the cards a few days late. It just lets the spirit of this holiday linger longer. Nice job.

Memorial Hall needs your help

Although the cancellation of a fundraising concert doesn’t help the folks at Pothole Pictures and Memorial Hall Association when it comes to bringing in money for a new movie screen, we would like to think that all of the people who have enjoyed some kind of performance there would be willing to send in a donation. After all, whether it’s the movies, live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera or some other event that has brought you to Memorial Hall, it’s not hard to realize that this is a special place. And truthfully, the money needed for a new screen, between $5,000 and $6,000, is a drop in the bucket compared to the joy this venue is able to provide. So, send what you can to the Memorial Hall Association, P.O. Box 123, Shelburne Falls MA 01370.

Rewriting school trip policy in Greenfield

School field trips, be they just down the street or to a foreign land, are valuable educational experiences. It’s good, then, that the Greenfield School Committee didn’t pull the plug on a high school trip planned for Spain later this year, even though there appears to have been some miscommunication about the project. But there should be clear policy so that there are no “surprises.” It begins with having the two foreign language teachers involved in revising the guidelines. It’s just another way to ensure that everyone is clear on what’s going on, what’s planned, and what’s best for the students.

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