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Editorial: Agricultural education

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

Idea gets planted in Hawlemont

It’s an intriguing idea that the Hawlemont Regional School Committee is currently examining: adding a farming component to the elementary school curriculum. Obviously, with the number of farms in the two communities whose children attend the school, there are opportunities to grow such a program beyond school grounds. And it could be seen as a way to attract School Choice students, something the district sees as helping to create more stability. Given what other school districts are doing to try to carve out their particular niche, an agricultural component makes sense.

So you want to be in pictures?

A movie that is being filmed in Charlemont continues to look for extras. With filming for “Then There Was” scheduled to get under way Tuesday, the people behind the scenes were still looking for local residents who have an interest in getting cast for the movie. While it is possible that the producer has gotten enough applicants, it might not hurt to send off an email to thentherewascasting@gmail.com to see if people are still needed. After all, who wouldn’t like to see their name up on the silver screen?

Place looks good in Turners

Congratulations to the United Arc with its new facility in Turners Falls. The Arc, which has provided support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1951, has a place that will strengthen what it has long been doing and more.

Back in action for Deerfield

We think that it is a good move to resurrect the Deerfield Economic Development Industrial Corp. The town’s industrial park is such an important cog in the economic fortunes of the town, it only makes sense to have this volunteer panel be up and running. And one of the first pieces of business will be to decide about opening up access between the Deerfield park and the neighboring park in Whately. With fresh eyes and thoughts, we would like to think that the Deerfield group will see that the time is right for such a connection.

Goodbye, hello in Greenfield

A tip of the hat to Keith McCormic, who resigned from the Greenfield High School Building Committee and the position of chairman. McCormic, who has moved to Austin, Texas, guided the committee with a fair and steady hand. We think that kind of leadership will continue with the appointment of Timothy Farrell to the post. Farrell understands all of the dynamics involved with the project, including its importance to the community. Welcome aboard.

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