Editorial: Festival in good hands

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

Once it became necessary to find someone to take over the running of the Green River Festival from the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, we suspect that there was little disagreement about Jim Olsen of Signature Sounds fame. Olsen knows the music, the valley and this particular music festival — which is headed to its 28th year this summer. And he knows that the Green River Festival, held at Greenfield Community College, is one of the go-to outdoor music events in western Massachusetts, if not all of New England. He helped make it that. It’s safe to say that the festival is in good hands.

Getting involved in Greenfield

Given all the interest in the updating of Greenfield’s wetlands ordinance, we hope that plenty of people are going to take up Town Councilor David Singer’s invitation to get involved and participate in the process. Perhaps those interested should get their hands on the existing wetlands ordinance and the two drafts, one from the Conservation Commission and one from Al Norman, a citizen offering his opinion. They can be accessed at the town of Greenfield’s website, by clicking on the Town Council bar and then the wetlands protection ordinance link.

More public art

We like the idea that the “Paint the Town Green” committee has come up with to hang a mural on the east exterior wall of Green Field’s Market on Main Street. It’s just another example of “public art” that slowly is becoming part of the community’s fabric. Another recent example is the “Bringin’ in the Bees” painted crosswalk, which we’re glad to hear will be getting a touch-up later this year. We’ll also include the Deerfield Street fish sculpture sponsored by the Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee. Perhaps there should be some thinking about what could be done with the parking garage off Bank Row and Olive Street should it become a real project. And, while we’re talking about it, what about returning to the idea of painting the town’s crosswalks green?

She earned the Orange job

Congratulations to Tari N. Thomas on getting hired to become the new superintendent of the Ralph C. Mahar Regional, Orange Elementary and Petersham Elementary districts. While serving as the interim super, Thomas has gotten a good taste of what the schools and communities are like. This should benefit her and the districts.

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