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Editorial: Good care

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

Dateline Turners Falls: The bicycle path along the Power Canal is a special place, one we’re glad to see the town is taking care off. This includes putting erosion control matting to keep runoff sand from the path. Also, it’s good to see bluebird boxes where the utility company removed trees. It’s clear that the community realizes what a recreational gem the bike path is.

Dateline Whately: While keeping Egypt Road open may not sit well with everyone, we don’t think anyone can question how thorough selectmen were in coming to the decision. They had three public hearings on the issue, one that came about because of the need to upgrade the railroad crossing on the road. That upgrade, including new gates, warning lights and pavement work is necessary as part of the planned rerouting of Amtrak. Also, a traffic study was done showing that the road is used more than expected. Again, selectmen did their homework and it showed.

Dateline the county: A tip of the hat to Jeremiah Jones, Hawley resident and Mohawk Trail Regional School student, on being selected as Recorder Youth Citizen of the Year. The sense we got from reading our story is that Jones is liked and respected by adults and fellow students alike. He has set a great example on the athletic field, in the classroom and elsewhere at school and in the community that others would be wise to try to model.

Dateline the county: If you’ve got nothing planned for the Fourth of July, why not consider heading over to Conway to watch the Conway Chesbro Challenge, where teams play what can only be described as a crazy take on baseball. Batters will use items like brooms, tennis racquets or frying pans to hit the ball, which could be a tennis ball, beach ball, etc. It sounds like it will be fun to play and amusing to watch. Organizers hope it will be an annual event and who knows ... it might just be the kind of “hit” that other communities will steal.

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