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Editorial: Sweet winner

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

Dateline Greenfield: We like the look of the winning selection for the crosswalk between the Arts Block and the Town Common. Rebecca Rasbury’s design pays tribute to bees and honeycomb, something quite fitting since it will be quite near a plaque that recognizes the man, the Rev. Lorenzo L. Langstroth, who is considered the father of American beekeeping. It all sounds sweet.

Dateline the region: Another special primary election has come and gone. Once again, we’d like to thank all of the volunteers who staffed the polling places for the day. While most places may not have been busy, the poll workers were there making sure the balloting went smoothly. And they’ll be back at it in June when the special general election takes place. We certainly would like to see more voters make an effort to be a part of the electoral process.

Dateline Orange: Given the budgetary issues of last year, one would think that there would have been an effort on the part of those interested parties, particularly selectmen and the Finance Committee, to make sure that everything was going to be smoother this year. Given last week’s story, that apparently isn’t the case. Finance Committee members, particularly Chairwoman Linda Smith, are annoyed that they’re apparently not getting all of the financial information, like budget requests from the various departments, so that they can create a viable budget. But the Finance Committee could have begun its own work using the budget that was approved and determining what direction they should go, including having conversations with the Board of Selectmen about what the town can and cannot do based upon the tax revenue it has.

Dateline the Gill-Montague School District: The recognition of Turners Falls High School by U.S. News & World Report has to be seen as a real plus, given the woes of the district in the last several years. The high school was ranked 40th out of the state’s 358 public high schools and the only school in the county to make the top 54. Clearly what’s happening at the high school is something to build upon for the rest of the district. We’re sure that this is something that the state education department noticed as well. Good job.

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