Williams Women's Crew Sets New Course Record

By Liz ZhuWilliams Sports Info
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The conditions on the Charles River were perfect on Sunday, Oct. 24, for the premier fall rowing event, the Head of the Charles. The Williams College women demolished the course record, previously set in 2003, by over 22 seconds and rowed away with the title.

The first varsity boat finished in 16:24.2, more than 35 seconds ahead of Ithaca, Bates and Wellesley, perennial NCAA competitors in the spring. Since the top seeded boat, Grand Valley State University, scratched their entry, coxswain Becca Licht, a senior, urged the crew to break the course record at each checkpoint. “When we did get to the finish line and the time was a full twenty seconds faster than the previous course record, I was afraid to say anything about it until we got to shore!  It was a really great race.”

Unfortunately, the second varsity boat, despite maintaining a good steered course and rhythm, got caught on a buoy on the Cambridge Boat Club turn, more than two-thirds into the race, and had to stop to get untangled. Despite not being able to show the boat’s true speed, the women of Williams were “poised, together, and really fast through the final meters,” said sophomore Annie Haley.  Senior Ellen Stuart added, “The 2V comes out of the Charles with new determination in the spring: we have something to prove.”

The varsity women take a step back and let the novice rowers shine next Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Head of the Fish in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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Williamstown Planning Board Hosts Wednesday Panel Discussion on Cannabis

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's effort to reach a consensus on regulations for cannabis production continues Wednesday evening with a panel discussion hosted by the Planning Board.
As part of the board's yearlong effort to develop a zoning bylaw amendment that might pass at this spring's annual town meeting, it has scheduled a virtual event titled "Marijuana Cultivation: Issues and Opportunities," for 7:30 p.m. on the Zoom virtual meeting platform.
The chair of the Planning Board in Sheffield will join two attorneys from KP Law and the CEO of EOS Farm, a large cannabis cultivator in Pittsfield, to talk about some of the considerations that Williamstown faces in developing a new pot bylaw.
The Planning Board last year tried to update the cannabis bylaw passed hurriedly by the town in 2017 in reaction to the 2016's statewide vote to decriminalize recreational marijuana. That bylaw, still in effect, allows marijuana production by special permit in three of the town's zoning districts.
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