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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

Of ethics, legitimacy and voter intent: A ‘big mess’ in Sheffield

For a variety of technical reasons, four Sheffield candidates were on the ballot for three seats. But voters were instructed to "vote for not more than two,” and those two with the most support were automatically re-elected.

All in a week at SBRSD: Bomb threat; an illegal vote; angry School Committee member walks out

Earlier in the meeting, there had been other surprises: Sears and Chairperson Bonnie Silvers, both of Sheffield, had been ousted from their leadership positions on the committee. Adding to the committee's woes was that the vote was taken in open session, but by use of a secret ballot -- a clear violation of the state's Open Meeting Laws.

Stewart defeated but Sears, Silvers returned to SBRSD school committee as vote tallies delayed in Sheffield

In an interview, Bonnie Silvers, who currently chairs the school committee, said the third Sheffield seat will be settled in a few days.

As SBRSD elections take shape, questions persist about district personnel and sustainability

It does appear that a generational challenge is in the offing for the Nov. 6 elections. A flyer distributed throughout the district refers to a "clean slate for SBRSD school committee" and flatly states that "the candidates support the right of all the towns to have their elementary schools."
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