Series of events
Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:
Dateline Hawley: Who knew that an election for a new selectman would have immediate consequences, not all of which were necessarily positive? The election of John Sears serves to fill a vacant seat on the three-member board, thus eliminating the existing stalemate. But apparently because Sears was the winning candidate in the three-way race, Town Clerk Lisa Turner turned in her immediate resignation. And almost as quickly, Hussain Hamdan, who was one of the losing candidates, resigned from the School Committee, though that might have been more a timing issue rather than a connection to the election outcome. Now residents will have to wait and see how the dust settles from all of this fuss.
Dateline Greenfield: A tip of the hat to the Greenfield High School boys basketball team, which saw its season come to an end after a tough-fought match with South Hadley for the Western Massachusetts title. While clearly GHS was gunning for a state title — that’s what everyone shoots for back at the start of the season and before — the team went farther than any of its rivals this year, a position that should fill the team and its supporters with pride.
Dateline Erving: With the opening of what the Postal Service is calling a “village post office” at the Weatherheads Convenience Store on Route 2, the mail is essentially taking a step back in time, to when stores in certain communities would serve as a stand-in for an official post office. What this store will do is sell stamps and collect pre-paid boxes and envelopes. Although this is a limited service, it has plenty of value given that customers can take advantage of it every day between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. We suspect that with more cutbacks and reconfiguring of the Postal Service in the future, the public is going to see more of these “village post offices” popping up.
Dateline Northfield: We read with interest what residents were interested in seeing in town during the first town-wide forum and were struck that a gas station remains high on the list. Certainly, that’s something understandable for a rural community. But we hope that those same residents haven’t forgotten the trials and tribulations that took place when gas stations were proposed in the past. People have to realize that for a gas station to survive, it has to be able to be a certain look and size and maximize its hours of operations. All of that doesn’t always agree with the neighbors. This may not rule out a gas station, but those who want it have to be willing to support — politically and financially — someone who would take on such a business.