Discussion Examines Athletics and Sustainability

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—On Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m., a panel of sports professionals and environmental advocates will participate in the discussion "Greening the Games: Can Sustainability and Athletics Reach the Same Goals?" The event will be held in the '62 Center on the Williams College campus.

Admission to the discussion is free but tickets are required and can be reserved by calling the '62 Center Box Office at 413-597-2425. The event is sponsored by the Williams Athletics Department, the Center for Environmental Studies, the President's Office, and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives.

Professor of Geosciences David Dethier will moderate the discussion. Panel members are Christina Cruz, director of athletics at Southern Vermont College; Andrew Gardner, Middlebury College Nordic ski coach; Robert Nutting '84, principal owner and board chair of the Pittsburgh Pirates; and Williams senior and football team member Tyler Ware. Director of Athletics Harry Sheehy will introduce the panel.

The panel will discuss athletic leadership in an environment where sustainability plays a significant role and why and how athletics and athletes could become "greener." Sportsmanship will be discussed in terms of including sustainability. The panel also will focus on the potential of sustainable practices to improve the financial bottom lines in athletics in a time of fiscal restraints.

Cruz was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic rowing team. She worked at Williams for more than 20 years in an administrative, coaching and research capacity. She is the author of the recently published book "Gender Games: Why Women Coaches Are Losing the Field."

Prior to coaching at Middlebury, Gardner served as the Nordic ski coach and program director at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. He has been a trainer for the world junior biathlon team.

Nutting, president and CEO of the Ogden Newspapers, is a trustee of the Nature Conservancy/West Virginia Chapter and a former chapter president of Trout Unlimited. In 2008 the Pirates' environmental program, "Let's go Bucs. Let's go green," was launched. The purpose of the program is to "integrate greening initiatives, sustainable business practices and educational outreach."

Ware is majoring in political science. During Winter Study 2009, Ware prepared for and passed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design) accreditation exam.
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Berkshires Beat: Girl Scouts Present StoryWalk® as Part of Silver Award Project

Project W.I.L.D.

Two local Girl Scouts have launched a literacy and diversity project as they work to earn their Silver Award. Noelle Dravis of Williamstown and Emily Johnson of Lanesborough, both of whom will be ninth-graders at Mount Greylock Regional School this fall, created Project W.I.L.D. (Williamstown Inclusivity, Literacy and Diversity) to earn their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is a project that Girl Scout Cadettes undertake to benefit their communities.

The project consists of three parts. The main part of the project is a StoryWalk® along Spring Street featuring the book "Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You" by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. A StoryWalk® is a series of book pages along a specific route. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ferguson. From Friday, Aug. 7, through Monday, Sept. 7, the pages will be on display in windows of 15 Spring Street businesses; a map of all of the locations is available on Project W.I.L.D.'s Facebook and Instagram pages, @Girl Scout Project WILD. A limited number of printed maps will be available at each participating business.

The second part of the project is the Little Free Library the Scouts are helping install at Wild Oats Co-op in Williamstown. Nearly four years ago, their troop donated the current library at the store, and now they are helping replace it with a new structure. To help stock the library, they are accepting donations of new and gently used books to put into the library, especially books about diversity and social justice. Donations can be dropped off at Wild Oats; the new Little Free Library will be unveiled in August. The third part of the project is that the Scouts will be reading books about diversity and inclusion on WilliNet television for people to watch from their homes.


Bridge closure

The bridge located on Lakeway Drive over Onota Lake in Pittsfield will be temporarily closed to traffic on Monday, Aug. 17, to allow for the total bridge replacement which includes new precast abutments, precast beams, and railing and approach work.  It is anticipated that the newly replaced bridge will be open for travel in October 2020. A temporary signed detour will be in place during the bridge closure to re-route traffic to Lakeway Drive north, to Pecks Road, to Valentine Road, and then to Lakeway Drive south.

The cost of the bridge rehabilitation project is $2,688,888 and is anticipated to be completed in June 2021.  The contractor for the project is New England Infrastructure of Hudson, Massachusetts. MassDOT appreciates the patience of the traveling public during this necessary repair and maintenance work. Drivers who are traveling through the area should reduce speed and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and may be impacted due to an emergency.


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