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Letter: Vote Dan Caplinger for Williamstown School Committee

My name is Dan Caplinger, and I'm running for re-election to the Williamstown Elementary School Committee. I've served on the committee since 2012 and became its chair in June 2015. I've also served in related roles on other local school committees, including the superintendency union committee between Lanesborough and Williamstown and committees concerning Mount Greylock regionalization and the selection of the current Tri-District superintendent.

Letter: Gardner Has Skills, Experience for Planning Board

Williamstown residents are fortunate to have someone of Sarah Gardner's experience and skills willing to serve on its Planning Board. Don't be fooled by the notion that good business decisions and good planning decisions are at odds. They go together like chips and dip.

Letter: Support Sarah Gardner for Williamstown Planning Board

Last fall, the Select Board and the Planning Board jointly appointed Sarah Gardner to the vacant seat on the Planning Board, electing her from among a slate of strong candidates. I voted for Gardner then without hesitation, and I will do so again on Tuesday, when she goes up against another accomplished candidate for a five-year seat on the board.

Letter: Caplinger for Williamstown School Committee

I am pleased to endorse Dan Caplinger for the Williamstown Elementary School Committee. I had the privilege of working with Dan on the WES committee for several years. I was consistently impressed with Dan's dedication to children, understanding of the budget, and willingness to do all the hard work this position requires.

Letter: Support Sarah Gardner for Planning Board

Without reservation, I support Sarah Gardner for the five-year term on the embattled Williamstown Planning Board. Although Sarah has been much maligned in some circles for her stance on the Mike Deep/Waubeeka Zoning change, those of us who have actually attended Planning Board meetings and the hearing (and/or watched the meetings or the hearing on WilliNet) know that the negative comments about Sarah are not based on fact.

Letter: Support Dan Caplinger for School Committee

It is vital for the School Committee to have a critical mass of "institutional memory." If Dan is not re-elected, the committee will have four of five members with one year or less experience. In the last year and a half alone, the school has had three superintendents, and two business managers. Dan has the personal memories that explain how we have arrived at where we are today, and that can inform how to proceed tomorrow.

Letter: Water Protection and Size at Waubeeka

If one only reads previous articles about the Waubeeka proposal to build a "country inn" just south of the Five Corners Historic District in Williamstown, you would think that there is a grand conspiracy to stifle development and thwart business growth by a selfish group of abuttors and tree-hugging conservationists. The devil is in the details.

Letter: Anthony Birthplace Museum Supports Scenic Rail

I understand the Scenic Railway in the Berkshires is nearly complete. Only one mile needs to be laid in order to access North Adams and the town of Adams. The cost still needed is for the labor, not the materials.

Letter: Support Hogeland for Planning Board

Anne Hogeland is running for the two-year slot on the Williamstown Planning Board, and there hasn't been a more opportune time than next Tuesday's town election, to vote her on it.

Letter: Gardner Well-Qualified for Planning Board

The Williamstown Planning Board has the broadest role of any town committee, and we are fortunate this year to have a candidate running for a five-year seat who is superbly qualified to fill that role Sarah Gardner.

Letter: Gardner Saddened by Failure to Reach Waubeeka Compromise

I was saddened that the Williamstown Planning Board, of which I am a member, could not reach consensus on the language for a commercial overlay district at Waubeeka Golf Links at the May 4 meeting.

Letter: Support Puddester for Planning Board

Susan would bring no agenda with her to the Planning Board other than a desire to make the best decisions on behalf of all Williamstown residents. I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy and recommend that you vote for her on May 10.

Berkshire Snapshot

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