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Editorial: End of the line

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

Dateline the region: We can’t say that we’re surprised that Franklin Regional Transit Authority will be ending its service to Athol. While there is a geographic axis between Athol and Orange, the rest of the community’s orientation is to the east — not toward Franklin County. Still, we’d like to think that at some point in the not-too-distant future, public transportation in this part of the region, as well as elsewhere, would be as seamless as possible and truly user-friendly, no matter how many separate transit authorities are involved.

Dateline Montague: Anytime someone holds a job for decades, it’s quite an accomplishment, if for nothing else staying on top of all the changes in the field. This certainly applies to Susan SanSoucie, who has been the library director, overseeing three libraries, in this community for three decades and who will be retiring in October. As the story in The Recorder pointed out, SanSoucie has seen the job and libraries become much more electronically connected. But how does one stay with a job for so long? Love of what you’re doing has a lot to do with it and, the people you work with and for, said SanSoucie, “The best part is meeting all the people who come in. I’ve had wonderful staff, of course, who have been very supportive and helpful.” We wish her well.

Dateline Erving: Residents at next Monday’s special town meeting will face a number of different questions, though perhaps the biggest has to do with the future of the Usher Paper Mill complex. The town’s Usher Mill Reuse Committee is bringing forth a number of requests for money aimed at guiding the redevelopment of the property. While there are many steps here, they have to be taken. It’s a tough problem, but it can be solved.

Dateline Greenfield: It was an interesting story involving SmallCorp in last Wednesday’s Recorder. The company, which makes display cases and picture frames suitable for use in museums, was selected to build a case to display a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy and sarcophagus that belongs to Massachusetts General Hospital. Obviously, the quality of the work that SmallCorp does was a selling point. The strange part of the story is that the hospital has had this mummy since it was given it as a gift from the city of Boston in 1823. We can’t imagine a hospital today getting such a gift — or for that matter holding on to it for nearly two centuries.

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