Julia Sendor Wins Udall Scholarship for Environmental Studies

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The Morris K. Udall Foundation recently announced the award of a $5,000 scholarship to Williams College junior Julia Sendor for "her dedicated commitment to impacting environmental research and public policy on a national and international scale." She was one of 80 students nationwide to win the award. Sendor, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., has always been a nature lover, choosing to attend Williams College, located in Williamstown, Mass., in part, "because of the snowy mountains and maple syrup." Her experiences working with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation during the summer of 2005 really cultivated this love into a passion for environmental studies. "As I learned not only about plants and animals, but also the history, politics, and people of the northern Berkshire environment of Williamstown, I realized how rich and all-encompassing 'environmental studies' is – and how all the interconnections between people and land could keep me fascinated for a lifetime of studying," Sendor said. In 2005, the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies awarded her a fellowship to study local food systems in her home community by investigating and working with a local organic farm, a grocery cooperative, and a farmers' market. On campus, she is secretary of the Outing Club and an active member of the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee, Students for Social Justice, and the gospel choir. Sendor intends to pursue a career in environmental studies after her graduation in 2008, hoping to combine her interest in sustainable agriculture, land rights, and writing on a local and global level. The Udall Foundation also awarded an honorable mention to the late Katherine Craig '08. Craig, of Cumberland, Maine, was an active member of the environmental studies community and a varsity Nordic skier.
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Williamstown Fire District Seeks Candidates for Governing Body Spots

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Prudential Committee members Ed Briggs, left, and Ed McGowan participate in Wednesday's meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District has targeted Oct. 29 for a special election to fill two new seats on the Prudential Committee.

Now it just needs candidates to fill those seats.
 
In 2018, district voters OKed a proposal to expand the three-member committee that oversees the district. The enabling legislation to change the district's charter was approved in Boston at the end of the most recent session.
 
Rather than wait until its regular election in May, the committee wants to open the new positions as soon as possible, which means an aggressive election calendar that would see nomination papers available in early September and due by the middle of the month.
 
"Nomination papers need to be back and certified 49 days prior to the election," district Clerk/Treasurer Corydon Thurston told the committee at Wednesday's monthly meeting.
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