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Editorial: Good news on covered bridge

Brief thoughts on some of the events taking place around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:

Greenfield got some good news at the end of the year: the covered bridge on Eunice Williams Drive is slated to be restored this year. Tropical Storm Irene knocked the bridge off its abutments and did some damage to it. It’s expected that the bridge will be repaired using Federal Emergency Management Agency money and also state funding — and that the work could be completed by the end of September, just in time for fall foliage season.

The call on snow days

Last week’s snow, coming right when many of the area’s schools were set to reopen after the Christmas break, was welcomed by students wanting to extend their vacation. And once again school districts made the call on closing before a flake had fallen. The districts are depending on the forecasts proving correct and they’re also trying to reduce the odds of someone getting hurt coming to or leaving school. It’s a roll of the dice, one that no one seems to mind too much — at least until those days pile up in June.

UMass football problems

We can’t say that we were surprised that the University of Massachusetts fired its football coach. The 2-22 record that Charley Molnar put together is going to get people calling for the ax, no matter where the program. True, Molnar wasn’t helped by the fact that he was at the helm as UMass made the transition into college football’s top tier of play, but his mistakes were those made on the field and not with what the public now sees as a hastily put together plan. Moving the games to Foxborough was a big mistake, and so was creating a schedule that didn’t have enough regional rivals, like Boston College, UConn and Syracuse. At least then games would be a true geographic draw. And then there’s the financial commitment. Although the school has put money into the switch, it has to be in it for the long haul — and that costs a lot more money. Anyone taking the job should keep their eyes wide open.

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