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Williams College student Johanna Wasserman performs an experiment with the 21st Century After-School Program students to demonstrate how easily pollution can spread in water and our rivers.
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As part of the River Ranger curriculum, students learn how littering can affect our rivers and its habitat.
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Students are asked to imagine a healthy Hoosic River with opportunities to fish, swim and boat.
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The Hoosic River Family Wildlife Walk is a self-guided walk along the banks of the Hoosic to learn about wildlife living along the river.

Hoosic River Revival Collaborates with the Schools to Offer 'Hoosic River Ranger' Program

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Hoosic River Revival has collaborated with the North Adams Public School System in the creation of an outdoor education curriculum that focuses on the historical and environmental learning opportunities along the Hoosic River levees at Noel Field in North Adams.  

This new offering, called "The Hoosic River Ranger" program, is an inter-active, interpretive walking tour for elementary school children.
With the advice of Lindsay Osterhoudt, a K-12 science teacher in the North Adams Schools, the River Revival summer intern, Johanna Wasserman, developed a detailed outline for River Ranger guides that includes facts, figures, pictures, and experiments that will intrigue children as well as adults.

"When students connect their learning to where they live, they feel more attached to the concepts they are studying," Osterhoudt said. "These concepts then become a part of their world rather than an abstract notion."

Among the topics to be discussed during the guided walks will be: characteristics of rivers vs. oceans, the ecology of the Hoosic, its history of flooding, rivers as a source of power for our former mills, and its future potential in the city as a recreational, accessible asset. Noella Carlow, director of the North Adams 21st Century After-School Program, who also served as consultant to the River Revival in the development of this curriculum, introduced her students to this program this summer.

"I am very excited about partnering with the brilliant Hoosic River Revival team. One of the goals of our program is to inspire, motivate and prepare our students to become future leaders in our community. This will be a phenomenal opportunity for the children of North Adams," Carlow said.
Supplementing the River Ranger outdoor education curriculum is a new self-guided brochure from the Hoosic River Revival: the "Hoosic River Family Wildlife Walk" brochure. Created by Johanna Wasserman and the River Revival's social media adviser, Bert Lamb, the brochure highlights a half-mile walk from Joe Wolf Field to Hunter Foundry Road, and is now available in the North Adams Public Library, and at the Colegrove and Brayton schools.  The brochure may also be downloaded from the Revival website.
The mission of the Hoosic River Revival is to reconnect the community to a healthy, scenic, accessible, flood-controlled river, which will enhance North Adams' recreational, cultural, and economic vitality. The Board of Directors meets monthly at City Hall on the second Monday of each month at 9 a.m. and welcomes attendance from the public.  Comments, questions, or inquiries about the River Revival project or the River Ranger program can be sent to or by telephone 413-212-2996.


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Letter: To the Voters of North Adams

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To the editor:

Earlier this spring, I announced I was running for City Council while still a senior in college. Within just a few days of taking out my papers, I had surpassed the number of signatures needed to appear on the ballot. I want to thank everyone who lent me their signature, their support, or even just an encouraging word along the way.

Late last week, however, I wrote to the City Clerk and asked her to withdraw my name from the election. I accepted an offer to work for the New Hampshire State Senate that will, obviously, take me out of the city for the foreseeable future. This was an offer that I, a 22-year-old recent college graduate from the college known as New Hampshire's home for politics, could not turn down at this point in my young career. I am very thankful to everyone who supported my campaign along the way. I especially want to thank state Rep. John Barrett III, City Council President Keith Bona, and City Councilor Marie T. Harpin, who all gave me valuable insights and guided me along the way.

I hope to return to the city one day and give back to the great community that shaped me into who I am today and who inspired me to launch my campaign. I would not have withdrawn from the campaign if I did not think that the city would be in good hands while I am away. No matter where I live, I will always consider North Adams home.

Cameron M. Lapine
North Adams, Mass.



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