The Green Team is a state-funded initiative to promote recycling and waste reduction by educating students.
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Youth Center Inc.'s Green Team members made ornaments for Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District members, commissioners, and vendors.
The gifts this year not only graced Christmas trees but offered a simple reminder: recycle.
"The kids had a great time, got a better understanding of recycling, separation, and dual stream processes," the waste district's Program Director Linda Cernik said. "We hope what the kids learn they bring home with a better understanding of recycling."
Thirteen towns in Berkshire County are members of the waste management district and earlier this year the district started the Green Team initiative and partnered with local schools.
The Green Team is a state educational program designed to empower students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation and pollution prevention.
Cernik said they started making the ornaments, which resemble recycling bins, in December. She said they are made out of cinnamon and applesauce.
Students learned about recycling and were asked, "what is recycling and what does it mean to you?"
Tristan, age 12, said, "It is when you reuse an old material that can be used for something newer and modern. Recycling highers your self-esteem and helps save the planet. You feel better when you do good things."
Madilyn, age 7, said, "It is where something that you don't use anymore goes somewhere and they make inventions with the garbage. You can recycle bottles and cans and make something out of it."
Ryan, age 12, said, "Recycling means putting paper in the bin. If you recycle you can save the earth."
Jewelz, age 8, said, Throwing stuff away could kill the trees and then the animals will die and we will have no food. You should recycle so this does not happen."
Cernik said the ornaments were given to district board members, vendors, residents, and even the North Adams City Council as the city is looking to rejoin the district.
The district has more in store for the Green Team and when the weather gets better, plans to take the children on a trip to the Cheshire Transfer Station.
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Cheshire to have Special Town Meeting March 6
By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
CHESHIRE, Mass. — A special town meeting is set for March 6 to vote to adopt the design for the $2.6 million Sand Mill Road Bridge project.
The board approved the date at its meeting on Tuesday. The project, to be done by the state Department of Transportation, will replace the bridge and expand the width to include two 10-foot travel lanes and shoulders on both sides of the roadway.
The project will begin construction in Spring of 2024, pending design approval at the town meeting. While there is no meeting warrant yet, Town Administrator Jennifer Morse said she is working on one with town counsel.
"That was the date that was agreeable to the Town Clerk and the Moderator," she said. "... I have reached out to counsel to get the language I need for the bridge, and I have not heard yet. So as soon as I do, I'll start putting together the warrant."
Other proposed improvements to the bridge include new roadway approaches, wingwall and retaining walls, guardrails and drainage improvements. MassDOT held a public hearing for the project in March last year.
The town meeting warrant will also include lead service line work to be performed by Engineering Firm Tighe & Bond. Morse said the town is mandated to do an inventory of service lines.
In other business:
The board unanimously voted to opt out of early voting for the annual town election. Voters will be able to vote via absentee ballots or on election day.
The board plans to have the town clerk visit a future meeting to discuss the process for poll workers and how to get equal representation of Republicans and Democrats among them.
"I've worked election recently people are jumping to actually come out and volunteer work elections," Morse said. "Especially after the last presidential elections we've had, people want to work polls."
The board approved the appointment of Recreation Committee members Tim Garner, Christopher Garner and Corey McGrath.
The board approved the job descriptions for the Cemetery Laborer and Foreman positions.