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Letter: MCLA Campus Garden Gone Without Explanation

Spring is here. Sadly, the MCLA Campus Garden, formerly located next to Smith House, is gone. In late August of 2015, the vegetables and flowers were pulled out, the native perennial shrubs and ancient flowering cherry dug up, the bird bath and stone bench memorials removed, and the entire area planted with grass seed. What was once a diverse ecosystem is now just a lawn.

Letter: Write-In Candidate for Adams-Cheshire School Committee

I would like to announce that I am a write-in candidate for a seat on the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District Committee. With all the budget cuts over the years and the possibility of school consolidation within the district, I know decisions will be difficult unless state aid increases. Otherwise the district will continue to see more decreases in funding. The loss of revenue has me concerned for the future of our children, our teachers and our communities.

Campaign Statement: Addressing the Heroin Crisis in Western Mass

Getting ahead of this epidemic requires addressing it as a major public health crisis. We need a comprehensive, community approach that links law enforcement and the medical community with mental health professionals and accessible treatment. Our communities depend on it.

Letter: Waubeeka Important to All of Williamstown

With all due respect, Waubeeka is not just a South Williamstown issue. People from all parts of town are concerned with various aspects of the way Mr. Deep's initial proposal seems to have morphed into something quite different from the initial golf course with a "3 to 5 acre boutique country inn."

Letter: 1st Amendment Audit

I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos lately about 1st Amendment audits. I see North Adams has gotten its first 1st Amendment audit performed by capitaldistrictcopblock and failed.

Letter: Golf Course Zoning Proposal Bad Planning

We on the Williamstown Planning Board heard a petition about six months ago from Mike Deep, who owns the Waubeeka golf course. The following is an account of subsequent events.

Letter: Mount Greylock School Building Project Deserves Our Support

Tomorrow, March 15, will be a day that we, as residents of Lanesborough, will look back upon and say we did the right thing for our children, our towns and our communities by voting for the Mt. Greylock Building Project.

Letter: Wahconah Hockey Penalized Unfairly

On Feb. 24, 2016, the Wahconah Regional High School hockey team faced Easthampton High School in the last regular season game for both teams. WRHS was gearing up for the Western Mass Division IIIA Tournament while EHS was preparing for next season having been eliminated from playoff contention. But the game would not end without controversy or repercussions.

Letter: Vote YES for the Children & Future of Lanesborough

As the critical vote to keep the Mount Greylock school building project alive nears on Tuesday, I feel I must join those who are speaking out publicly to support the project, in the hope that I can convince even a few more of my fellow Lanesborough citizens to vote yes.

Letter: Come Together to Support Mount Greylock

As parents of Mount Greylock students, we have seen how desperately a new building is needed and how much work it takes the staff and students to teach and learn in challenging circumstances. We have also seen the communities of Lanesborough and Williamstown come together time and again to support their students. Parents raise money for teams and fill the cheering section at many sporting events.

Letter: Vote for Mount Greylock Regional High School

Martha and I chose to come to Williamstown some 40 years ago in 1976 with three children aged 9, 7 and 2. Our decision came in large part because of the reputation of the Williamstown and Mount Greylock school systems. Here our children, and now grandchildren, have received outstanding educations that enabled them to attend colleges of their choice that they might not have otherwise.

Letter: The Bus Ride Home

As the parent of a current Mount Greylock Regional School student, I have followed the news, social media, and unwavering advocacy for, and unyielding protests against, the health and safety of the school my son loves. I have found myself frustrated and hopeful, excited and disappointed, energized and exhausted by the emotional roller coaster that has ensued for over a year.

Letter: Lanesborough Debt Exclusion Vote Best Option

Some of those opposed to passage of the debt exclusion vote in Lanesborough on Tuesday, March 15, have been widely circulating the outrageous claim that the cost of the project is "$150,000 per Lanesborough student."

Letter: Lanesborough Voters Should Vote Yes

I am from Lanesborough. I went to Mount Greylock Regional School. I graduated with honors. I went to college, obtained a master's, eventually a doctorate, and now am a professor.

Letter: Vote Yes For Mount Greylock Plan

The giant sign saying you should vote no and wait for a better plan in May is simply false. To have a different and lower-priced project would require another feasibility study approved by the state before it could be brought to the towns, taking upwards of another 10 years.

Berkshire Snapshot

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