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Editorial: Will Whately turn out for debt vote?

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

We’re interested to see what kind of turnout Whately gets regarding its debt exclusion vote on Tuesday. The town is seeking approximately $3.9 million, which will be put toward expansion and renovation of Town Hall. No matter how you might want to slice that, it’s a big sum of money. We would think that kind of decision would draw every resident who can vote to Town Hall Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to be part of the process.

Charging stations on the rise?

Electric cars are slowly making more and more headway toward becoming a viable option when it comes to personal transportation, so it’s good to learn that the state wants to have more charging stations available. But it is discouraging to read about the experience of a Greenfield resident who has had his car unplugged by people walking by. Or to learn that the charging station near the Energy Park has been vandalized. While we don’t doubt that the sorts of persons who would do these kinds of things are few in numbers, their actions can have a true negative impact — one that can cause delays when it comes to getting the state to help put in such stations here. We suggest that closed circuit cameras might be a viable option.

Time for bees

We hope that people in and around Greenfield are all abuzz about “Bee Week,” which got underway Friday and continues to Saturday. Given all the concern over what’s happening to our honey bee population, we would think people would want to get information on what they can do — or simply participate in the fun. And from all accounts, it sounds like quite the busy time. Our hats are off to Greenfield resident Sandy Thomas, who’s been a major force in the event.

On the run at Swift River

We like what’s been happening at Swift River School, where a running program was established, during which students build up the miles by running the perimeter of the playground and also in the hallways. As it turns out, 83 of the 141 students from kindergarten through sixth grade who participated got to 25 miles, while 14 students (and seven staffers) were able to pass the 100-mile mark. It’s great exercise and a terrific way to blow off energy after sitting in school. Maybe other schools should consider such a program.

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