Williamstown Water Main Break

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Water from a broken water main flooded a grassy area near Stetson Court on Fri. the 13th of October.
Williamstown - An Oct. 13 mid-morning town water main break kept town employees busy into the evening and left a portion of Route 2's south side under water. The century-old pipe was found leaking at about 10:30 a.m. in an area to the west of Park Street near the Williams College '62 Center for Theater and Dance. Repair crews were working on the leak when water burst from the pipe. "The pipe is about 100 years old," said water department supervisor Ed Rondeau. "We were working on it and at about noontime, it just blew right open. It opened up like a zipper." Town workers quickly brought the situation under control but not before water poured over a grassy area near Stetson Court. Only the Stetson Court area was without water service while repairs were made, Rondeau said. Town Manager Peter Fohlin was at the scene during the afternoon as repairs progressed. Syndicate Road and Park Street were closed to traffic and town police directed traffic along Route 2 while the day-long repairs were underway. Workers used jackhammers and a backhoe to dig about 12 feet through layers of pavement and dirt. The broken pipe was replaced with new pipe. Repairs occurred within a few feet of an active 10-inch gas main that is also about 100 years old and made of cast iron. Gas service was not interrupted for the water repair work. The broken water main once served as a main transmission line that carried water along Route 7 and then along Route 2, Rondeau said.
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Williamstown's Kuster Makes USA Swimming's List of Notable 18U Men

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three of Harvard's freshman men's swimmers Noah Brune, Will Grant, and Williamstown resident Cole Kuster were named to the USA Swimming's "18 & Under World 100" list released this week.
 
The 18 & Under World 100 is a ranking of best 18 & Under swimmers in the United States, according to USA Swimming's 18 & Under, age-defined world ranking. The goal of the program is the acknowledge the excellence achieved by the best athletes, their coaches and club programs who supported. To qualify the athlete must be a registered USA Swimming member at the time of qualifying, eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition as of Sept. 1, 2018, and be under 18 on Sept. 2, 2019 (born on or after Sept. 3, 2000).
 
Harvard's three swimmers have already made an impact for the Crimson midway through their first season in Cambridge. Brune posted a season-best time in the 500 freestyle at the Minnesota Invitational on Dec. 5, 2019 with a time of 4:26.80. It surpassed the Crimson's previous season-best, held by fellow top-100 honoree, Kuster, who clocked in with a time of 4:28.53 against Duke and No. 7 Texas A&M to open the season. Additionally, Kuster has his name sprinkled three times across the team's top-six spots in the 500, while also winning the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events outright in every Ivy League dual this season. 
 
Rounding out the Crimson on the top-100 list, Grant currently holds the Crimson's best times this season in the 100 back and 200 back registering NCAA B-cut times of 47.59 and 1:42.47, respectively, at the Minnesota Invitational. He also registered two other B-cut times in Minnesota in the 200 IM (1:46.71) and 400 IM (3:50.28).
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