Ben Gundersheimer, better known as "Mister G," is interviewed at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas Nov. 19. Gundersheimer won the Latin Grammy for "Best Children’s Album" for his album "Los Animales." Contributed photo

Whately musician’s children’s album wins him 2015 Latin Grammy award

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WHATELY — On what has been called “The Biggest Night in Latin Music,” Ben Gundersheimer, better known by his stage name, “Mister G,” became winner of this year’s Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album. The Whately resident attended the 16th annual awards in Las Vegas last Thursday, when he won the award for his 2015 album “Los Animales,” a bilingual … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Whately ambulance deal has resistance: Deerfield residents present petition to keep service in town

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It appears some Deerfield residents are not particularly happy with the South County EMS regional ambulance service’s plans to move to Whately. Town resident Sharyn Paciorek used the public comment portion of Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting to present a petition signed by about 200 residents asking the selectmen to support … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

South County EMS, Whately to discuss new home

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The South County EMS Board of Oversight will enter talks with Whately to hammer out an agreement to rent part of the town’s new office building as its base of operations. The board voted unanimously Thursday … 0

Whately to vote on river stabilization money at Tuesday special town meeting

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WHATELY — Whately voters will be asked to spend $188,000 to help pay for a project to stabilize the banks of the Mill River before it erodes to the point that it contaminates part of the town’s drinking water supply. The money will be sought during a special … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Man who threatened Frontier gets jail time

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Sunderland man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at Frontier Regional High School in Deerfield last fall will spend the next year behind bars and three years after that on heavy probation. Nicholas … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0