Julia Sendor Wins Udall Scholarship for Environmental Studies

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The Morris K. Udall Foundation recently announced the award of a $5,000 scholarship to Williams College junior Julia Sendor for "her dedicated commitment to impacting environmental research and public policy on a national and international scale." She was one of 80 students nationwide to win the award. Sendor, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., has always been a nature lover, choosing to attend Williams College, located in Williamstown, Mass., in part, "because of the snowy mountains and maple syrup." Her experiences working with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation during the summer of 2005 really cultivated this love into a passion for environmental studies. "As I learned not only about plants and animals, but also the history, politics, and people of the northern Berkshire environment of Williamstown, I realized how rich and all-encompassing 'environmental studies' is – and how all the interconnections between people and land could keep me fascinated for a lifetime of studying," Sendor said. In 2005, the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies awarded her a fellowship to study local food systems in her home community by investigating and working with a local organic farm, a grocery cooperative, and a farmers' market. On campus, she is secretary of the Outing Club and an active member of the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee, Students for Social Justice, and the gospel choir. Sendor intends to pursue a career in environmental studies after her graduation in 2008, hoping to combine her interest in sustainable agriculture, land rights, and writing on a local and global level. The Udall Foundation also awarded an honorable mention to the late Katherine Craig '08. Craig, of Cumberland, Maine, was an active member of the environmental studies community and a varsity Nordic skier.
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Williamstown Fire District's Prudential Committee Elects New Chair

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Richard Reynolds was elected the new chairman of the Prudential Committee, replacing John  Notsley.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District's Prudential Committee on Wednesday elected Richard Reynolds to be its new chairman.

"Richards is the perfect guy for the job," Ed Briggs said of his colleague.

He has big shoes to fill. Outgoing Chair John Notsley has been involved with the district for 50 years and has chaired the panel that governs the district for several years.

Notsley said that while he will continue his role as a member of the five-person committee, it makes sense for him to step aside from the leadership role.

"I'll be out of town for the next six months," Notsley said. "I'll be available by phone, email, computer, etc., etc., but it doesn't bode well for the Prudential Committee to have an 'absentee landlord,' if you will."

Briggs praised Notsley for his long record of dedication to the district.

"As many of you know, John has provided leadership over the years to provide the town and residents a well-trained and well-equipped fire department on a limited budget," Briggs said. "Fortunately, John will remain on the Prudential Committee until his term expires, which is an asset to us."

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