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Three from Mount Greylock Compete at World Snowshoe Championships

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VAL DI NON, TRENTINO, Italy -- Two Mount Greylock Regional School graduates and a current Mountie Saturday earned medals in the junior division at the World Snowshoe Championships.
 
Mount Greylock student Jacqueline Wells was first female across the finish line, crossing in 24:15.93. Her sister, Mount Greylock grad and Williams College freshman Lilliana Wells, finished in 25:50.42.
 
In the male division, Mount Greylock alumnus Owen Brandriss was 10th across the line in the 5-kilometer race in 22 minutes, 14.22 seconds.
 
The winner, Jeremiah Vaille of Denver, finished in 19:32.90.
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Mount Greylock Committee Hears Concerns About Turf Field Plan

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Rubber infill from the turf field at Weston Field adheres to a reporter's leg after a minute lying down on the surface to take a photo.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee last week declined to slow plans for installing an artificial turf field at the middle-high school but members noted that there is still time to weigh health and environmental concerns before shovels go into the ground.
 
The full School Committee earlier in the spring authorized the Phase 2 grounds subcommittee to put the turf field out to bid this summer.
 
Since that time, committee members have heard from a number of residents concerned about studies that have linked "infill" materials in used in turf fields to higher rates of cancer and environmental contamination due to runoff from those fields.
 
"Some of the chemicals found in crumb rubber are known to cause cancer," a fact sheet from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts at Lowell reads in part. "Because of the large number of chemicals present in the infill, as well as the health effects of individual chemicals, crumb rubber made from recycled tires is the option that likely presents the most concerns related to chemical exposures."
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