Editorial: Roosters’ scarfs something to see

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

With all the serious matters that come at us during the course of a day, things can happen that provide just a little bit of relief. Having a knitting group in the area create scarfs for the rooster statues that are part of the Farm Table Restaurant’s motif in Bernardston is the kind of thing that should bring a smile to anyone who sees them. And given the frigid temps, it also serves as a reminder to bundle up.

Change in ambulance operation

Ownership changes are bound to produce some kind of change. The issue is what kind of direction those modifications will take. This is true for any enterprise, including one providing ambulance service. We wouldn’t think that the issues faced by Medavie EMS in running emergency medical services in Canada would be all that different than operating Baystate Health Ambulance here in Franklin County. The biggest worry, of course, is about people possibly losing their jobs. One would hope that this isn’t the case since it’s the people who are the backbone of the ambulance service. It bears watching.

A learning moment for Mohawk, others

We hope that all of the high schools in the area are paying attention to what just happened with Mohawk Trail Regional School and its field hockey team. The school was forced to forfeit most of its 2013 season because of an ineligible player who, though living in the district, was enrolled in the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. As more and more students look at online education, this could become more of an issue, and therefore it becomes critical that school administrations make sure that everything checks out OK. Unfortunately, the ones who were hurt here are the student athletes.

Greenfield master plan work

A tip of the hat to all those involved with working on a new “sustainable” master plan for Greenfield. Those involved took very seriously the idea of not just updating the town’s master plan but also trying to have it fit into changes that are occurring when it comes to energy use and the environment. That will hopefully make it not just a guide but one that can be more easily updated to react to other changes.

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