James Taylor Sings for Williams Seniors

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor talked about his career and played some of his best-known tunes on Saturday night in Williams College's Chapin Hall.

The evening was a special event for the more than 500 graduating seniors. Taylor, a South County resident, received a honorary doctor of humanities on Sunday during commencement ceremonies.

The hourlong event on Saturday was lead by Michael MacDonald, Williams College Frederick L. Schuman professor of international relations. A number of other distinguished guests of the college's commencement ceremonies attended, including former Sen. John H. Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth.

His final song of the evening, "Sweet Baby James," was met with a standing ovation.
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Massachusetts County Farm Bureaus Hold Meeting

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - Twelve Massachusetts County Farm Bureaus gathered virtually to set policy priorities for 2021. 
This year, the 12 counties that make up Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) met virtually to elect their officers and establish legislative priorities for 2021 and beyond. Typically, these meetings are held in person, during which members bring forth their concerns to develop Farm Bureau's policy. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, most of the counties held their meetings virtually. 
"This grassroots resolution process makes Farm Bureau unique and it is critical, we continue this process even this year," MFBF President Mark Amato said. "Legislators respect our organization's policy as it comes from our farmer members who bring up a concern and provide the staff and board guidance on policy. There is no board making decisions for farmers behind closed doors. The process all starts with one farmer."
During the 12 county Farm Bureau annual meetings, farmers bring their concerns forward for discussion and approval by other county members. If a resolution is adopted at a County Farm Bureau annual meeting, it is then forwarded onto the statewide annual meeting. The resolution is then discussed and voted upon by delegate farmer members. This year's meeting is set to be held on Dec. 4 virtually.   
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