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Putting on brakes

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

Dateline South County: It was discouraging to see eight of the on-call emergency medical technicians from Whately come before their selectmen to say they don’t want to join a possible regional ambulance service with Deerfield and Sunderland. The three towns have been examining what such an effort would entail and what it would take to implement such a service. That report was supposed to be delivered in April so that the three communities would have a chance to vote on the idea at their respective special town meetings. Obviously, the two remaining towns can continue to work on the idea. But we have to think that whatever the potential benefits for combining services are reduced with the loss of Whately. We’ll see what happens in the coming weeks.

Dateline Conway: Selectman Rick Bean may not be out of the woods yet, but he has to be feeling a little more secure after his fellow board members publicly voiced their support for him, in response to a petition that had been circulating asking that Bean resign. While he’s apparently planning to stay on the board, Bean remains under the microscope, particularly under the watch of the 45 residents who signed the petition.

Dateline Rowe: We can’t say that we were really surprised that Rowe residents decided to rebuild their elementary school or even that they put the project on a fast track. Having your young students go to school in town is an important consideration for plenty of parents. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that Rowe isn’t facing truly tough economic times. That’s because it continues to get quite a chunk of change from the owners of the former Yankee Rowe nuclear power plant, thus allowing the town to have one of the lowest property tax rates in the state.

Dateline Greenfield: OK, the weather produced something of a mixed bag for this year’s Winter Carnival. But still those volunteers and others who put together the different activities and events deserve a round of applause. They can’t control the weather, especially given how crazy it seems to have gotten. Better luck next year.

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