What does a loud sound look like?

Published: 9/22/2018 5:42:41 PM

Here are some brief thoughts on some of the events taking place around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area:

The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee is still accepting logo submissions for the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School mascot, the Thunder.

While the political blowback over changing the mascot from the venerable Indians seems to have eased, we think the committee may still regret adopting “Thunder.”

How do you depict a loud sound? Oh, well. It will probably be an easier problem to resolve than the name change, and several submissions have already arrived.

It’s a small world

As if nationally known glass artist Josh Simpson needs any more accolades…

During the Bill Clinton administration, one of Simpson’s glass MegaPlanets was in the White House as part of an exhibition called “The White House Collection of American Crafts.”

Now some of the Shelburne Falls artists “inhabited planets” are going to a 25th anniversary showing of the exhibit at the Bill Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas.

“I’m definitely excited about this show,” Simpson told the Recorder.

The 1993 exhibit had been curated to show a collection of functional, beautiful works of art from 78 contemporary American artists from the 1990s. The art objects, including Simpson’s 10-inch diameter MegaPlanet, were placed throughout the White House, among the treasured antiques and historic objects. Simpson said his glass planet remained in the White House throughout the Clinton years, then went to other exhibits.

“For his 50th birthday, Hillary gave Bill one of my planets,” said Simpson.

Simpson spent some time with Mrs. Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, in 1999, when all three were in Houston to watch the launch of the space shuttle. Astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman, Simpson’s wife, was a mission specialist for that trip.

Politics aside, it has to be quite a thrill for any artist to get that kind of attention for his work.

Recover Jam going strong

For the past 15 years, Recovery Jam, a sober music festival, shows people there is fun in recovery, and celebrates national recovery month in September. The jam is a family-oriented event featuring arts and crafts, activities, music and food.

This year’s was at Camp Kee-wanee this past weekend.

We have so much respect for people who are in recovery from addiction, who work hard every day to reclaim and reshape their lives. It takes courage and perseverance, certainly much more than the rest of us need to get through a party lubricated with liquor.

One of the organizers, Kaitlyn John, said the jam helps to “promote the positive message that you can have fun without using substances.”

An important lesson for all to think about.

Jerry’s misplaced

We’re sure there will be lots of regulars who will feel lost without Jerry and Pat Dagrosa when they close Jerry’s Place, a South Deerfield breakfast and lunch spot they’ve run for about 27 years.

While it will still be a couple of weeks before the restaurant closes, Pat Dagrosa reflected on the bittersweet news last week, saying the lights will soon go dark on the corner of Main and Elm streets because “all good things must come to an end.” It sounds like the Dagrosas, who have been married 33 years, feel the time has come for a change in their lives, and we wish them the best.

The Dagrosas say their hearts are heavy after announcing their plans, and they will likely get heavier in the next weeks as they say goodbye to their loyal customers.

“We’ve had a good life here,” Pat Dagrosa said. “There’s no question.”

Standing tall

Whately is standing up for its forebears. It’s spending $30,000 to repair old colonial tombstones in East Whately and West Whately cemeteries.

Many of the ancient gravestones have been damaged by storms, acid rain and time. About 400 stones were in need of restoration when the town decided to do something about the deterioration. Many of the stones are leaning severely and several are broken.

The money has come from Community Preservation Act taxes, a local property surtax townspeople set aside for just such projects that preserve the town’s heritage.




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