Plenty of good news in Valley

Wow, there was a lot of good news in last week’s Cabinet, and sad to say, that isn’t always the case.

? Narcan will be available at Milford High School. Good. Better safe than sorry. Brad Craven, the school’s principal, said they haven’t had an overdose at the school, but, "Any tool that could be helpful is fine with me." Notice his use of the word "could." That absolutely falls under "better safe than sorry." Good for Milford officials for taking advantage of free Narcan kits authorized by the state Executive Council.

? They did well by doing good. Milford High School’s Destination Imagination team and Milford Middle School’s team are off to the national finals. The high school team created a Battle of the Bands contest with proceeds going to Jaiden’s Angel, a great organization that provides services and support to families with critically injured or terminally ill children. The middle school students helped the nonprofit group End 68 Hours of Hunger, which provides food for families of schoolchildren over weekends. Now both teams have to raise funds to get to Tennessee in May. That’s always the way.

? More improvements are planned for the Milford Oval, which will include making walking safer along Nashua Street and the Oval. Making walking safer might convince more people to walk, although we doubt that the nonwalkers think about safety when they decide to drive short distances. They just drive. Walk? Why? They have cars.

? We can’t say enough about the people who rescue abandoned, abused and neglected dogs from below the Mason- Dixon Line, as detailed by Peter Zheutlin in a recent talk at the Amherst Town Library. These dogs need rescuing, and Zheutlin gave credit to volunteers, especially one Greg Mehle, who brings dogs up here from the South. One codicil: There are an awful lot of dogs, and cats, in shelters around here – Bedford, Nashua – that could use homes. There’s a difference, of course: These local shelters don’t kill; Southern shelters often do. So that makes rescue more imperative. We would never tell anyone not to adopt a dog from the South, and say good for them if they do. But please don’t forget abandoned dogs that can be found nearby.