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

Whately special town meeting approves $75,000 for Mill River stabilization

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WHATELY — Whately voters approved spending $75,000 to mitigate the impact of a project to stabilize the banks of the Mill River on native endangered species and gave the Selectboard a green light to sell an easement on a plot of land that houses a cell tower, among … 0

Whately secures bond to buy regional library building

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WHATELY — The saga of Whately’s attempt to find a solution to its town office space needs has finally entered the homestretch after nearly half a decade of design, proposals, rejections and debate. The town will close on … 0

Car hits pole on Routes 5 and 10 in Whately

Monday, September 28, 2015

WHATELY — A 67-year-old Deerfield man was transported to Franklin Medical Center after crashing into a utility pole on Route 5 and 10 around 8:15 p.m. Monday. Trooper Matthew Guarino of the Massachusetts State Police said the man, who was not identified, sustained what appeared to be “minor … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Faith Matters: Ministering with God’s special touch

Friday, September 25, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


Franklin County Meals Program seeks leader

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Franklin County Community Meals Program is looking for a new executive director to fill the role currently held by interim Executive Director Mary McClintock who will leave the position in late November. McClintock has served as interim executive director since May. In keeping with its mission to … 0