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Mount Greylock Faculty, Seniors Name Graduation Speakers

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Seniors Richard K. "Ric" Donati and Daniel K. "Hoby" MacWhinnie have been selected to speak at the Mount Greylock Regional High School graduation on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Amsler Campus Center in North Adams. 
 
Donati, the son of Martino and Anne Donati of Williamstown, was chosen to speak by the high school faculty. While at Mount Greylock, he was recognized for excellent work in English, wellness, and science and technology. He is a three-sport athlete, an excellent leader, and a member of the National Honor Society. He also served as a delegate to Boys State. 
 
He will attend Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., in the fall.
 
MacWhinnie, son of Daniel and Laura MacWhinnie of Lanesborough, was selected by the senior class to speak. He followed the traditional college preparatory program while at Mount Greylock. He is an excellent athlete and shined in hockey, football and lacrosse. He was also a delegate to Boys State. 
 
He will attend Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, in the fall.

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Mount Greylock Committee Hears Concerns About Turf Field Plan

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Rubber infill from the turf field at Weston Field adheres to a reporter's leg after a minute lying down on the surface to take a photo.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee last week declined to slow plans for installing an artificial turf field at the middle-high school but members noted that there is still time to weigh health and environmental concerns before shovels go into the ground.
 
The full School Committee earlier in the spring authorized the Phase 2 grounds subcommittee to put the turf field out to bid this summer.
 
Since that time, committee members have heard from a number of residents concerned about studies that have linked "infill" materials in used in turf fields to higher rates of cancer and environmental contamination due to runoff from those fields.
 
"Some of the chemicals found in crumb rubber are known to cause cancer," a fact sheet from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts at Lowell reads in part. "Because of the large number of chemicals present in the infill, as well as the health effects of individual chemicals, crumb rubber made from recycled tires is the option that likely presents the most concerns related to chemical exposures."
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