WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A local business owner has declared his intent to seek a spot on the Select Board in May's town election.
Nicholls White on Tuesday said he plans to run to serve the last year of the term being vacated by Jeffrey Thomas.
White is the owner of Purple Dragon Games on Spring Street and a longtime resident of the town.
"I'm someone who enjoys jury duty," White said in a news release. "I love civic society and I love Williamstown, and I care a lot about how leadership can create spaces that work for everyone.
"In gaming, I've spent years building inclusive spaces. My experience there could be of service to the town. The environment is also a passion of mine, and I'm eager to explore ways we could make the town greener."
White lived Williamstown most of his youth, attending Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional School before finishing his secondary education abroad.
He returned to town and earned a degree in philosophy from Williams College in 2004.
White lived in the Boston area until 2017, when he returned to Williamstown to open his store.
"Serving on the Select Board really appeals to me because it means I can bring my passion and experience in specific areas and use that to work with other folks who have their own skills and convictions that they bring to the table," White said. "That, to me, is a great strength of democracy, and of a small town like Williamstown. I admire the work lots of people are already doing to make sure everyone gets to enjoy that, and I'm eager to do my part to help make our town even better."
Thomas' unexpired term is one of two positions on the Select Board on the May 11 annual town election ballot. Also up for grabs will be the seat currently held by Anne O'Connor, who has announced she will not be running for re-election.
Nomination papers are currently available for those two races and several other positions in town government, including a seat on the Planning Board. The deadline to return papers with signatures is March 23.
Questions regarding running for town office can be addressed by reaching out to the town clerk's office at email@example.com or 413-458-3500, Ext. 101.
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State Athletic Association Honors County Umpire
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A fixture on the baseball diamonds of Berkshire County for three decades has earned statewide recognition.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association recently named Don Singleton of Williamstown the 2022-23 Baseball Official of the Year in the commonwealth.
It is the latest in a recent string of statewide honors for local high school sports leaders.
Earlier this fall, Wahconah Regional High School coach and former athletic director Jared Shannon was named the MIAA's Unified Track and Field Coach of the Year, and Berkshire County Nordic Ski League director Joe Miller was awarded the MIAA's Distinguished Service Award.
Baseball's Singleton stands out for his even temperament and ability to communicate with players and coaches, according to his peers.
"While his engagement with the community in general is obvious and very noteworthy, it's his demeanor that is most remarkable," according to a nomination letter from the Berkshire County Baseball Umpires Association. "Don's knowledge of baseball rules and mechanics are excellent but it's his ability to communicate with players, coaches, parents and other umpires that sets him above his peers. He is calm, friendly, professional and has a wonderful sense of humor, which, can help to de-escalate tense moments during games."
Singleton has been honing his skills behind the plate since joining the BCBUA in 1992.
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