Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:
Dateline Greenfield: We appreciate the effort to make the entryways into Greenfield more eye-catching, using sculpture of some kind ... it’s a creative idea and involves the community. Voting begins today on the two contestants, both based upon a river/fish theme, for the first installation that’s planned along Deerfield Street. While fish aren’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the Green River, we can see how it could work. It’s now up to the public to decide which of the two finalists will win. People can take part in the voting by casting a ballot at Greenfield Town Hall, the Greenfield Public Library or by going online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2F822G3. The voting lasts from Feb. 25 through March 25. Take the time and pick your winner.
Dateline Whately: How does one decide to close a road that has homes and even a business on it? That’s the dilemma the town is having to wrestle with as it considers what to do with Egypt Road. Selectmen are expected to make their recommendation regarding the state’s request — either close the road or upgrade the railroad crossing — tonight. Given the price attached to the crossing upgrade — some $400,000 to $500,000 — you would think that selectmen would be leaning toward closing the road. But as board Chairman Jonathan Edwards said in a story last week, “I don’t believe you make these decisions quickly. We are doing our due diligence and taking all residents thoughts and perspectives into consideration.” The public will learn more tonight.
Dateline Mohawk Trail Regional School District: The whittling away of items contained in a school budget is never a pleasant task. We know that administrators do not relish the idea of making cuts, like the ones being proposed — French and the Peer Leadership program. While the plan is to introduce a Chinese language course, there are those students who would prefer to learn French. Surveying students and parents is a good suggestion for gauging the interest in the type of languages they want offered. Meanwhile, the Mohawk community should see these reductions as an early warning sign about the future.