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Mount Greylock Announces Class of 2021 Speakers

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Speakers have been selected for the Mount Greylock Regional School 2021 graduation that will be held on Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m. outside the school. The speaker profiles, as submitted by Principal Jacob Shutz, are as follows: 
 
Ruth J. Weaver was chosen by the faculty to speak at graduation. The daughter of Katie Kent and Ben Weaver of Williamstown, she has completed seven Advanced Placement courses and spent a semester in a Williams College dual enrollment seminar studying 19th-century British literature. Exceptionally talented, she has a passion for  acting, music and classics. In roles as varied as Dolly Levi in "Hello Dolly!" to "The Tempest's" Prospero, Weaver has mesmerized all with her on-stage theatrical performances for the past six years both in school and at local repertory companies. She also participated in the performing arts band playing both the alto and baritone saxophones. Her performances in Greylock Plays are captivating, and she is as generous on stage as she is talented. As a member of the Junior Classical League, she moved through the leadership ranks serving as a local technical coordinator, publications editor, local president and eventually the state secretary.
 
She will be attending Barnard College in New York City in the fall to study theater, classics and English.
 
Respected and well-regarded by his peers, it was no surprise that Julius A. Munemo was chosen by his classmates to speak at graduation. Academically talented, Munemo, the son of Ngoni and Julia Munemo of Williamstown, is both curious and enthusiastic about learning. As a senior he was enrolled in a Williams College psychology course and has pursued a talent for writing with both. He completed nine Advanced Placement courses while at Mount Greylock, earning recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction. His membership in the National Honor Society reflects his exceptional achievement, integrity and citizenship. He is taking a Williams College dual enrollment course in psychology and a screenwriting course through independent study.
 
A dedicated athlete, he has had a passion for soccer since childhood. He attended many soccer camps, has worked as a soccer camp counselor and is a four-year high school varsity player serving as captain of his team this year.
 
In the fall, Munemo will study psychology at New York University.
 

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Berkshire DA: Up to Towns to Handle Officers on 'Brady List'

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — If Select Board members hoped the Berkshire County district attorney would offer direction on how the town should deal with the impact of having a police officer on her office's "Brady list," they were very disappointed.
 
Twice during an hourlong presentation at Monday's Select Board meeting, District Attorney Andrea Harrington said it was not her office's place to tell towns how to respond when the county's prosecutor decides one of the municipality's law enforcement officers has a history that needs to be revealed to defense attorneys or, worse, that an officer's history is so concerning that he or she cannot be used as a prosecution witness without approval of a supervisor.
 
The town currently has 11 full-time officers — including one on administrative leave since March and another pulling double duty as lieutenant and interim chief. A third has been placed on Harrington's "do not call" list, meaning the DA has determined the officer has "made misrepresentations about material facts in a criminal investigation," she said Monday in Williamstown Elementary School's gymnasium.
 
Some in the community have wondered whether having an officer on the do-not-call list, particularly when the department already is short-handed, creates an issue for the department's efficiency. Many residents have suggested that the town should remove the officer on the list and replace him with an officer who can be fully functional.
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