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Mount Greylock Regional Names 2019 Graduation Speakers

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Adam Cohen and Clare Sheedy have been selected to address the class of 2019 at the Mount Greylock Regional School graduation ceremonies at  11 a.m. on Saturday, June  8, in the school gymnasium.
 
This will be the first graduation to be held in the new school building. 
 
Cohen, son of Richard Cohen and Cheryl Sacks of Lanesborough, was chosen by his peers to speak He is a National Merit Scholar Commended student and has been a member of both the lacrosse and wrestling teams. 
 
A member of the peer team and Big Sibling program, he mentored younger students and educated them on good health practices. He was a three-year member of the Student Council and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and for Meals on Wheels through his synagogue. 
 
He will attend Clark University in Worcester in the fall. 
 
Sheedy, daughter of Laurence and Debra Sheedy of Pittsfield, was selected by the faculty to speak. She was a delegate to Girls State last year and attended the Naval Academy Summer Seminar. 
 
Class vice president for the past two years, she is a three-season athlete and was captain of the girls' lacrosse team her senior year. She has served on the school district's Sustaining Educational Excellence Committee and has participated with and been an officer for  the World Language Club, the Junior Classical League, the Youth Environmental Squad and the Gender Sexuality Alliance.
 
She will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall. 

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Williamstown Fire District Opts to Cancel Street Light Plan

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After hearing widespread concern about potential health impacts, the Prudential Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to rescind a decision it made this winter to have LED bulbs installed in the town's street lamps.
 
The committee, which oversees the Fire District, at its monthly meeting decided to back out of an agreement with National Grid to swap out the current incandescent fixtures with light-emitting diodes that have bulbs that burn at 4,000 degrees Kelvin.
 
The color temperature of the planned bulbs generated considerable discussion at the district's annual meeting in May and again at a recent meeting of the town's Planning Board, which concurrently is discussing a bylaw amendment aimed to reduce light pollution.
 
The issue also prompted a couple of dozen people to attend Wednesday afternoon's meeting at the fire station -- many attending their first ever Prudential Committee meeting.
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