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Williamstown Select Board members Monday received the same stainless steel water bottles distributed to Williamstown Elementary School pupils last week.

Wednesday Deadline for Williamstown Residents to Weigh in on Bike Path Delay

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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Nearly three dozen Williamstown residents took part in a townwide cleanup on May 4.
 
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board sent a letter Monday expressing its displeasure with yet another delay on a long-planned bike path through town.
 
And it invited residents to do the same, but they had better hurry.
 
The Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking public comment on the Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2019-23. The TIP as drafted includes a plan to delay the Williamstown-North Adams bike trail.
 
The deadline for comments is Wednesday, May 15, at 5 p.m.
 
The Select Board agreed to get its thoughts on the record.
 
"We are writing to express our disappointment and frustration that the community is faced with a proposal to again delay, for another fiscal year, the North Adams-Williamstown Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail, Project 607254," reads a letter on town letterhead drafted by Select Board member Andrew Hogeland, who serves on the Berkshire MPO.
 
The delay, Hogeland and Town Manager Jason Hoch pointed out on Monday, is because of decisions being made in Boston by Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials.
 
"This was DOT in Boston, not DOT in Lenox," Hoch said, referring to the District 1 office in Lenox. 
 
In answer to a question from his colleague Jeffrey Thomas, Hogeland said he has heard different explanations why the project is being delayed.
 
"Everybody explains it a little bit differently," Hogeland said, saying he as addressed the question to different DOT officials. "Wetlands permitting may take longer than thought. Our project split off the North Adams project, and this [delay] brings them back together; there's a thought that there could be efficiencies doing them together. And deadlines are not being met.
 
"There's a melange of reasons, I would say."
 
The North Adams portion of the so-called Mohawk Bike Path, which would pick up after the Williamstown portion exits onto Route 2 after passing through the Spruces, had been delayed because of opposition from some city residents over the proposed route.
 
By contrast, there is general agreement and widespread support for the route through Williamstown — from a point along the Hoosic River near intersection of North Street and Syndicate Road to the former Spruces mobile home park property.
 
And there is frustration among town residents and officials about continual delays.
 
"I'm tempted to write a letter of my own that would be twice as strong [as the one approved by the board]," Select Board Chair Anne O'Connor said on Monday night. "I was at Riverfest last weekend, and there were a number of families and children who had ridden their bikes there on Route 2 on the sidewalk, over uneven pavement, crossing commercial businesses. If we had our bike path, they would have had a much safer trip.
 
"I think it's intolerable we've had this delay foisted upon us."
 
Hogeland said anyone who wishes to send their comments to the MPO can write to info@berkshireplanning.org and reference project No. 607254.
 
In other business on Monday, the board discussed plans for the May 21 annual town meeting, which will see numerous warrant articles bundled together as part of a consent agenda that could — potentially — allow the meeting to take a single vote to pass several routine items rather than voting item by item.
 
Hoch and the Select Board members stressed that any voter has the right to request a hold on any agenda item, a procedural move that will take said item out of the "bundle" and allow fuller conversation.
 
"If you're in the audience and want us to talk about an article a little more, you can ask for a hold," Hoch said. "If you call out, 'Hold,' that doesn't bind you to asking a more specific question [about the article].
 
"You don't have to have a reason [for the hold]."
 
Hoch also reported to the board on Monday that the annual town cleanup on May 4 went well and any residents who want to do their own cleanup are welcome to pick up yellow bags and borrow yellow vests — to provide visibility along road sides — at Town Hall.
 
O'Connor, who spearheaded the town cleanup initiative a couple of years ago, said that this year's campaign attracted 33 volunteers, and she is contemplating a fall town cleanup event. She encouraged anyone interested in participating to email her at aoconnor@williamstownma.gov.

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Mount Greylock Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has announced its honor rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students are placed on the honor roll when their quarterly letter grades average a B or better, and when the student receives no grade lower than a B- in all graded classes. The student must be carrying a minimum of four graded courses to be eligible.

Grade 12

Maddison Albert, Hallie Anderson, Mitchell Bath, Sage Bohl, Casey Bouchard, Daniel Buell, Taylor Callahan, Sonya Carrizales, Giovanni Cavalli, Joshua Cheung, Josephine Dalsin, Autumn Delorey, Elizabeth Dudley, John Ellingwood, David Falk, Katrina Hotaling, Alison Howard, Lauren Jacobbe, Sophie Jones, Cole Kuster, Cameron Macuch, Karen MagnusdottirMcComish, Sean Malloy, Michael, Maruk, Brook Masse, Brennan McGowan, Grace Miller, Jakin Miller, Isabella Nicastro, Dominic Paris, Avery Powers, Cameron Sabin, Theodore Sandstrom, Cassidy Shea, Evan Sheridan, Josef Soza-Foias, Colette Stapp, Andrew Sutter, Luke Swann, Samantha Trybus, Katherine Wilson

Grade 11

Gabriella Alvarez, Madeline Art, Miriam Bakija, Julia Butler, Barry Chhuon,  Taylor Cornell, Julia Donati, Sarah Egan, Brandon Fahlenkamp, Alexander Falk, Cole Filson, Toby Foehl, Lucas Forman, Evelyn Fuls, Tarryn Gaherty, Brandi Gill, Logan Gould, James Hetherington, Julia Jammalo, Mitchell Jezouit, Joseph Jones, Jonah Kelly-Whitney, Saville Keyes, Cassidy Kiernan, Amelia Murphy, Brooke Phelps, Samantha Pierce, Charlotte Rauscher, Grace Sanchez, Ciera Schwarzer, Anna Scott, Malcolm Skinner, Brayden Smith, Emanuel Soza-Foias, Owen Tucker-Smith, Xavier Vilaubi, Anna Welch, Finnian Welch, Spencer Zheng

Grade 10

Delaney Babcock, Isabel Beauchamp, Aurora Bullett, Talia Cappadona, Croft Carter, Priya D'Souza, Briana Dowling, Nicholas Duda, Elizabeth Dupras, Laura Dupuis, William Ellingwood, Michael Faulkner, Amanda Filiault, Gabriel Gerry, Jack Gitterman, Claire Hall, Emma Hayward, Carolyn Jones, Isabella Kirby, Isabelle Leonard, Lily Lesieur, Oscar Low, Taylor Mason, Catherine McAllister, Col McDermott, Charles McWeeny, Clarissa McWeeny, Victoria Melkonyan, Julius Munemo, Erin O'Keefe, Emma Paul, Leah Petricca, Benjamin Prescott, Elizabeth Ramos, Jordan Rosier, Leo Rossitter, Abigail Rudin, Charlotte Sanford, Hazel Scullin, Brandon Sills, John Skavlem, Matthew Sorrell, William Starenko, Hayden Steadwell-Brundige, Solomon Sutter, Nathan Taveras, Kyle Trottier, Mia VanDeurzen, Gina Wang, Malcolm Waynick, Ruth Weaver, Jacqueline Wells, Elizabeth Westerdahl, Fiona Williams, Alexander Wilson, Olivia Winters

Grade Nine

Zoe Armet, Henry Art, Alexander Axt, Adriel Benko, Sophia Brady-Owen, Edward Brannan, William Broadwell, Jillian Bump, Jack Catelotti, Cayden Conry, Takiera Darrow, Josephine Dechaine, Maisie Dufour, Diego Galvez, Samantha Garzone, Kathryn Gentry, Jonah Hane, Rina Hatakeyama, Luca Hirsch, Ava Howard, Simon Klompus, Tate Kuster, Juliann Lawson, Madison Machaffie, Thomas Martin, Karissa McInerney, Eleanor McPartland, Sophia Mele, Troy Michalak, Derek Paris, Tej Patel, Krishan Rai, Tashi Rai, Sarah Reynolds, Jamie Rhinemiller, Lily Rorke, Emma Sandstrom, Anna Schoorlemmer, Piper Schulman, Alayna Schwarzer, Mackenzie Sheehy, Ava Simon, Josephine Smith, Christian Sullivan, Katherine Swann, Camden Taylor, Alexis Toomey, Rona Wang, Anthony Welch, Malina Woodbury

Grade Eight

Ainsley Abel, Arsil Ahmed, Annabelle Art, Matilda Asch, Elizabeth Bertolino, Matthew Bertolino, Henrik Bingemann, Erika Bolton, Marguerite Brody, Elena Caplinger, Matteo Chang, Hannah Chase, Chase Doyle, Antoinette Dykes, Cailean Fippinger, Emma Gilooly, Emma Gray, Arthur Greenfield, Dylen Harrison, Eamon Hetherington, Lucy Igoe, Lily Jayko, Seth Lillie, Clarissa Louis, Elliot Louis, Isabella Mangano, Emma Mathews, Patrick McConnell, Emma Newberry, Liam O’Keefe, Zenalyssa Packer, Beatrice Pedroni, Christiane Rech, Juliet Robinson, Brodi Rosier, Ernani Rosse, Joshua Rudin, Andres Sanchez, Foster Savitsky, Drew Scanlon, Krish Sharma, Noah Shin, Jennah Simpson, Kiersten Simpson, Jane Skavlem, Euphemia Skinner, Elizabeth Smith, Jacob Stokes, Molly Sullivan, Rose Sutter, Kamryn Sweet, Samuel Tucker-Smith, Nathaniel Verter, Haley Williams, Elissa Wong

Grade Seven

Ava Anagnos, Lex Anagnos, Thomas Art, Riley Babcock, Phoebe Barnes, Jude Barzousky, Isabella Belleau, Jacqueline Brannan, Emma Brennan, Larissa Broadwell, Kaylie Bryan, Lily Catelotti, Sylvie Clowes, Lila Cohen-McFall, Julia DeChaine, Benjamin Dingman, Noelle Dravis, Emily Dupuis, Abaigael Fuls, Isabella Garivaltis, Beatrice Garvey, Annabelle Gitterman,  Anabel Gonzales, Emma Kate Hane, Akira Harris, Alexa Heidel, Matilde Henderson, Phoebe Hughes, Tyler Kloblensky Hynes-Drumm, Jason Jaros, Talia Kapiloff, Erin Keating, Ryan Keating, Jenner Kittle, Luka Lash-St. John, Svea Lawson, Cedric Lemaire, Caleb Low, Cecilia Malone, Grace Malone, Judge Martin, Lily McDermott, Quinn McDermott, Lucy McWeeny, Emily Mole, John Morales, George Munemo, Dylan Nevarez, Maggie Nichols, Emily Ouellette, Gianna Pesce, Andrew Petropulos, Owen Petropulos, Alexa Politis, Gabriella Quagliano, Quinlan Repetto, Declan Rogers, Celina Savage, Mason Sayers, Iris Semon Pike, Jasmine Skorupski, Katelin Smith, Parker Smith, Oliver Swabey, Jamie Sweren, Emma Swoap, Celia Szczepaniak, Macy Tidmarsh, John Trinder, Serafina Velazquez, Mitchell Waynick, Vincent Welch, Marcus Whalen-Loux, Gavin Whaley, Grace Winters.

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