Editorial: Deerfield’s monumental effort

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

Seeing and acting

Like public buildings of significance in a town’s history, monuments, too, should be taken care of. We’re glad to see that two Deerfield residents, Peter and Lauren Stobierski, who are students at Deerfield Academy, recognized this when it comes to the Civil War memorial on the Deerfield Village Common. The two were the driving force that helped secure a $4,000 matching grant from the Department of Veterans’ Services to restore the monument and improve its immediate surroundings. It’s an example for residents of other towns, young or old, to consider with the monuments in their community.

Deerfield government in flux?

We would think Deerfield residents should take a strong interest in a meeting between the Board of Selectmen and the Personnel Board Wednesday at Town Hall. That’s where they will talk about what kind of authority the town administrator’s position should have. The meeting also comes on the heels of a state audit’s recommendations, which, if put into practice, would change how Deerfield town government works. And while the state is recommending that the town strengthen the position of town administrator, that’s not the direction that selectmen have been considering going. Stay tuned.

Watching new GHS take form

It’s been fun to watch the progress being made in building a new high school for Greenfield. And so far, knock on wood, the project is going along as planned. Last week, the construction work hit a milestone of sorts, with the final steel beam being put into place for the section of the building that is slated for use next fall. Let’s hope that it continues to go smoothly.

Consider an early holiday gift

As we head toward the holiday season, we would like to think that people are considering what they can do to help the less-fortunate residents of their community. One easy way would be to make a donation to organizations that are trying to see that people have enough to eat. A recent Recorder story reported that the Salvation Army and the food pantries in the area are seeing an increase in need, one that’s straining what they do. It’s amazing what even a little donation can help these organizations do. And making such a donation early will help you get in the holiday spirit.

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