Editorial: Bald eagles
Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:
Dateline the region: We think it’s pretty amazing that a statewide bald eagle nesting survey shows there are 30 active nests in Massachusetts — including eight along the Connecticut River and six at the Quabbin Reservoir. This means that people stand a better chance of seeing one of these magnificent birds as they travel near those bodies of water. If you are of a certain age, you undoubtedly remember that the bald eagles, the symbols of our nation, were headed toward extinction in recent years at least partially because of the use of DDT and other pesticides. After banning DDT and enacting other laws, we’ve been seeing bald eagles make a comeback, including here in the commonwealth. Because they are territorial creatures, there will always be a limit to their population, but they are a welcome sight in their present numbers.
Dateline Charlemont: Congratulations to Zoar Outdoor on receiving the Franklin County Community Development Corporation’s Haas Entrepreneur Award. Beginning with whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River more than two decades ago, the company has been building on that to offer other outdoor recreational activities, a natural fit for the area as a business tied to the tourism industry. The award is well deserved.
Dateline Shelburne Falls: Once again it will be lights, camera, action in the streets of the village. This time for the Warner Bros. movie “The Judge.” And while there are plenty of people excited by the prospects, we know there are a few people who would prefer that the filming happen somewhere else. For those folks, we suggest finding someplace to be on May 31 since that’s when aerial shots of a funeral procession are scheduled. As for us, we’re happy to see the village featured again.
Dateline Northfield: We can’t say that it is surprising that the newest owner of the former Northfield Mount Hermon campus has taken its search for an occupant worldwide. Not only is it a sizeable campus — some 217 acres and 43 buildings — but the campus will require someone with substantial financial pockets to invest in the upkeep and day-to-day operations. We see it as a positive sign that the National Christian Foundation is aware of this and is requiring proposals for taking control of the campus to demonstrate financial capability. Measured against that need, time doesn’t seem to be that much of an issue.