Letter: Winters for Planning Board

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To the Editor:

Please re-elect Chris Winters to the Williamstown Planning Board by voting May in support of his third term.

Winters offers a fresh perspective and is in tune with the needs of our community to broaden and expand our tax base so that we retain our attractive schools and community. His thoughts and support range from the diverse housing such as Cable Mills and Photech, which add attractive living space, tax revenues, and diversity to even helping our local environment with his bee keeping activity!

A diverse individual, having served on the Conservation Commission, the Finance Committee, and Community Preservation Committee over the years, Chris brings skill and dedication. His intellect is engaging and sharp. His analytical skills help guide positions and decisions in a highly informed manner. His views are needed to keep Williamstown at the very least listening to different ideas and taking new directions to keep our local economy robust.

We are going to be facing some additional financial issues such as Police, Fire, and Ambulance infrastructure needs, and we must begin to think of how we will pay for this. Planning that is current, and relevant will be presented and carried out best by Winters — Winters is the answer. Mark your ballot for Winters!

Daniel N. Gendron
Williamstown, Mass.



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Williamstown Student Recognized in Letters About Literature Awards

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Sabine Guerra of Williamstown, a fifth-grader at Pine Cobble School, wrote a thoughtful and personal letter to author Raina Telgemeier about her book "Guts" as part of the Massachusetts Center for the Book's "Letters About Literature" reading and writing initiative that invites students from grades four to 12 to write letters to authors about the books that have had profound effects on them. 

The center received thousands of submissions from all corners of the state, continuing its tradition as one of the most robust LAL programs in the country. In fact, this year the program saw a 25 percent increase in participation, a fitting way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of LAL in Massachusetts. 

Sabine's letter was recognized as an Honors letter in the Level 1 category.

Sharon Shaloo, executive director of the center, thanked the students for sending their "personal and reflective explorations of the literary imagination."

"We are proud to administer this program in collaboration with the many teachers and parents throughout the commonwealth who support book culture among young readers," she said.

Rep. Paul McMurtry, House chairperson of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, joined Massachusetts Center for the Book in a virtual commendation of the students.  

"I'm pleased to congratulate all the students on their outstanding achievement," McMurtry said. "I'm grateful to the Mass Center for the Book for offering an imaginative cultural program that combines the joys of books, reading and writing and opens the minds of students, allowing for a small glimpse into the thinking of the next generation. Our future looks bright."

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