Editorial: Legitimate concerns over property

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

Clearly, it’s a case of “buyer beware” on the part of the owner of New England Natural Bakers in looking at the former Bendex-Repal property on Laurel Street extension as a place to move as the company seeks a bigger home. Groundwater contamination was found there, leading to the Environmental Protection Agency cleaning up the site, now owned by the town, and the continual monitoring of the property by Honeywell International, the former owners. Should the business decide that it wants the Greenfield property, it doesn’t want to be stuck with some contamination problem that isn’t of its making. But we would think that between the town and the EPA there has to be a way to ensure that New England Natural Bakers wouldn’t be left holding the bag.

Making Town Council history

History as far as Greenfield town government goes was made last week when the Town Council picked Hillary Hoffman, Precinct 6 councilor, and Karen “Rudy” Renaud, Precinct 7 councilor, as the council’s president and vice president, the first time that panel’s top two leadership posts were held by women. They seem intent on keeping the public well informed, which is a good way to start one’s leadership role.

Follow Greenfield superintendent on Twitter

Speaking of keeping the public informed, the new Greenfield superintendent, Jordana Harper-Ewert has launched her Twitter account: @Super_GPS. It’s just one of many ways to keep connected with the community, including students. We expect in the coming weeks and months, her following will grow.

Get ready for Green River Festival

With July 4 come and gone, we’re moving toward another celebration this weekend with the Green River Festival on the Greenfield Community College campus. Whatever the weather may decide to do, it does little to the fun. If you’ve been, then you know what a good time it can be and why for many music lovers it’s the highlight of the summer. An early tip of the hat to all the volunteers and people involved in making it such a special time.

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