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Columns

  • No better place to be

    Just a month left until Christmas and senior year is flying by!
    It seems like just the other day was the last first day of high school and now we’re almost halfway through. With the holidays being here, it’s a great time to be thankful for all of the years and wonderful memories that Williamstown High School has given us. There is genuinely no better place to go to school.

  • What a waste!

    The other day, I was grocery shopping.  Nothing new, something we all do.  But then, as I was perusing the pet aisle, I looked up to see a package of hotdogs lying toward the back of the shelf.  Not pet food hot dogs, people food hot dogs.  I picked them up and took them to the nearest store employee.  She thanked me and took the package.

  • One voice, one word

    A once euphoric young boy stands in solitude, feeling inferior to those who ridicule him persistently. He yearns for someone, somewhere, to be his friend and to understand the sorrow he’s undergoing.

    He is the boy with the solemn look on his face that many people continue to taunt carelessly. His fears consume him. They are the parasite, and he is their prey.

    He might just be the boy sitting in front of you in your math class; he may be the boy isolated at lunch. He is one of the many victims of bullying found everywhere today.

  • What do the new state test scores really mean?

  • Age is a question of mind over matter...

    Recently I turned 27, so I thought maybe I needed to go to the eye doctor as I started to notice my vision was slipping. I always thought of myself as fortunate when it came to the matter of glasses because everyone has them.

  • Chestnut weevil thwarts this year’s harvest

    Do you have the worms in your chestnuts well, I am afraid I am in the same boat. We have chestnut weevils. I love our nut grove for a multitude of reasons. It shelters our meat chickens that are ranging freely in its shade. The sheep graze and even munch on fallen nut meat. In other areas, we collect pecans and Chinese chestnuts among other offerings. The pecans are clean as a whistle this year but the chestnuts are a bust.  
    In the first half of the 20th century, the American chestnut tree,

  • Life doesn’t always go as planned

    The summer before your senior year is supposed to be one of the most memorable times of your life.
    You spend as much time as possible with all of the people you’ve grown to know and love, knowing that in one short year you will all go your separate ways.
    It’s a time where you do anything and everything that you can simply to be doing something.
    This is the time of your life that you make memories that will last for the rest of your life.

  • Mother-in-law leaves lesson of courage

    My mother-in-law, the strongest woman I know, left this Earth on Saturday, Sept. 8.


    How do you tell your wife that everything is going to be OK when you can only imagine how her insides are being ripped open?


    How do you explain to your 5-year-old that his Grandma, the woman who bathed him in her sink as a baby and helped him find Easter eggs in her front yard as a toddler, is gone?


    How do you allow yourself to grieve while trying to hold it together for everyone else who needs you to be the rock, that person to lean on?

  • Drought, heat causes stress

    “Newly transplanted trees must remain hydrated in order for the natural process of root system regeneration to begin,” writes Roger Harris, associate professor of horticulture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. This is something that has been repeated countless time this summer by many in the green industry, yet, I fear, some homeowners may have turned a deaf ear.  

  • Empowering students for college