Editorial: Enjoy the time
Brief thoughts on some of the events making news from around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:
Dateline the region: Over the weekend, there were events in several communities — Greenfield, Northfield, Shelburne Falls and Rowe — that should serve as a reminder to one and all that there’s plenty to see and do during the summer. Yes, the hot and muggy weather may not exactly put you in the mood to be outside, but events like Old Home Days, art walks or Days of History are worth the time and effort. So keep that calendar open for such events, and read The Recorder for future fun.
Dateline the region: Summer is also road construction season. It’s good to hear that the project to replace the Interstate 91 bridges over the Deerfield River is on schedule, with an expected completion date of April 2016. Given that there are four bridges being replaced, we can understand the time needed for the work. But we’ll continue to keep our fingers crossed that there are no delays here, either when traveling through during construction or with the timetable. As necessary as the work is, nobody likes it when a project ... or traffic ... slows to a crawl.
Dateline Shelburne Falls: We’re glad to learn that the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum was recently awarded a $27,500 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, money that is expected to go toward a planned two-stall barn where the museum’s No. 10 trolley car will be kept. As Sam Bartlett, president of the museum, put it, “We will sleep better at night if we can keep this 117-year-old wooden car in a metal building. Now it’s up to the museum to raise matching funds. We’re sure that trolley fans from all over will be willing to help the museum reach its goal.
Dateline Deerfield: It’s not every day that you hear about someone hopping a freight, let alone a person who is a suspect in two murders. But that’s what happened recently at the East Deerfield rail yard, where employees there reported a man was riding on top of a box car. Police were called and arrested the individual, only to learn that the man was wanted in New York state in connection with the beating deaths of his parents. Sounds like a story line from a movie.