Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:
Dateline Greenfield: Sometimes it feels like Greenfield and the immediate neighboring communities are living in a weather-proof bubble. First, we hardly see much of Hurricane Sandy’s power. Then Nor’easter Athena is barely noticeable. We’re not complaining, mind you. In no way are we ready to welcome any kind of snow accumulation yet. But it just seems a little strange, even though we know it’s only a matter of time before the region gets hit with weather. Are we skating on thin ice?
Dateline Greenfield: Once again, residents are seeing that the wheels of justice run on their own schedule. Back in May of 2011 an appeal of the Planning Board decision that OK’d the building of a discount department store was filed with Massachusetts Housing Court. The community is still waiting for the judge’s ruling in the matter. We don’t know if 18 months or so is an unusual amount of time to come to a decision, but this does seem a tad slow ... delays like this cost money.
Dateline South County: Wednesday, selectmen from Deerfield, Whately and Sunderland are scheduled to receive the details of a plan that would regionalize the individual towns’ emergency medical services into one department. On the surface, you can understand why a regional department might be a good fit, especially if it results in quicker responses and better service. But such service comes with a financial cost, one that the communities will have to study to see how it meshes with their town budgets. We’ll see what the Regional EMS Committee found in studying the idea. In general, though, we see merit in the proposition.
Dateline Greenfield: The end of Daylight Savings Time and the continued shortening of daylight can really throw people into the dark. That’s why it is important that all of street lights downtown are illuminated. Unfortunately, we’ve noticed that a couple of lamps are out, thus making it even tougher to see. Drivers and pedestrians need to take extra care.
Dateline Franklin Tech: A round of applause for Troy Miller, a senior at the school and a member of the golf team. Miller, who had quite a post-season of play, capped it by winning the MIAA State Division III Golf Championship. Considering there were 176 high school golfers competing, it’s an impressive feat.