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Outside assistance

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

Dateline Northfield: Getting assistance from consultants in finding a new police chief is a good step, one that the Selectboard appears interested in taking. While board members are still going to have their individual thoughts on the eventual hiring, using a consultant during the search to find the right fit is a good idea. It will also calm the waters, at least for now, between the members of the board as well as between the board and some residents. And right now, Northfield could use a break from the kind of stress the process could create.

Dateline Shelburne Falls: We’re sure that most people are familiar with the old saying that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” That’s how residents and admirers should look at the news that Boston is talking about creating its own “Bridge of Flowers.” The plans are to turn the downtown’s old Northern Avenue Bridge into a similar linear garden. That sounds great for Boston. But as for anyone worried about this new entry in reusing an old bridge, there’s another saying that should come to mind: “often imitated but never duplicated.” Perhaps the community should send those behind the Boston effort a planting from the Bridge of Flowers as a bridge-greening gift.

Dateline the region: We have to admit that we’re not crazy about having the former Mountain Park property in Holyoke become the home for a resort casino. Doing so would likely eliminate a great venue for outdoor concerts (parking and traffic aside) and space at the reservoir, which has its own special appeal as an outdoor recreation area. We also see traffic in the area, particularly on Interstate 91, as a real problem. If Holyoke does get a casino project there or at the nearby golf course, we hope that the city does not sell itself short when it comes to guarantees and infrastructure improvements.

Dateline Turners Falls High School: Congratulations to the football team and its staff for making it to the Super Bowl championship. At this time of year one of the goals is to be the last team standing and as far as Franklin County is concerned, the Indians are it.

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