South County Notebook: Feb. 13, 2020

  • Deerfield Academy’s state-of-the-art athletics complex, shown in October 2018, features a field house with dividers, batting cages and a tenth of a mile elevated track. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 2/12/2020 5:39:20 PM
Conway Democratic committee holding caucus Saturday

CONWAY — The town’s registered Democrats plan to hold a caucus at Conway Town Hall on Saturday.

The Democrats will come together at 10 a.m. to elect two delegates and one alternate to the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, according to a statement from the Conway Democratic Town Committee.

The convention is scheduled for May 30 at the Tsongas Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Call Conway Democratic Town Committee Chair Thomas Lesser at 413-369-4446 for more information.

Field house gets LEED Gold certification

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Academy’s new field house achieved LEED Gold certification late last year, according to the global construction and development firm Skanska.

Designed by interdisciplinary design firm Sasaki, the complex has also received the Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from AIA New England.

Completed in the winter of 2018, the state-of-the-art building spans 135,998 square feet and cost $52 million. It includes an ice rink, locker rooms, sports offices, a crew tank room, a tennis court, an elevated jogging track, group exercise rooms, batting cages, a golf simulator and a lounge.

Flu vaccines available

DEERFIELD — Adults can get their flu vaccinations during regularly scheduled town nurse hours, each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town Offices.

Home visits are also available to residents unable to stop by, or by special arrangement with the town nurse. There is no fee; only your insurance card is needed.

Contact FRCOG Public Health Nurse Lisa White at 413-665-1400, ext. 114, or at for more information.

Deerfield Democrats holding caucus Feb. 26

DEERFIELD — The town’s registered Democrats plan to hold a caucus at 7 p.m. at the South County Senior Center on Feb. 26.

The purpose is to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s nominating convention at the Tsongas Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell on May 30. All registered Democrats in Deerfield are eligible to participate.

There will be one male delegate, one female delegate and one delegate of either gender or non-binary. The caucus will elect three delegates and three alternates to the convention. Anyone who meets the qualifications and is not elected as a delegate and/or alternate can apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority, LGBTQ and disabled.

Historic Deerfield moves site of ‘Captivated’

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield has moved “Captivated: Histories and Legacies of the 1704 Raid on Deerfield,” a free winter lecture series, to the Hess Center for the Arts on the campus of Deerfield Academy on March 1 and March 29. Also, while the event is still free and open to the public, registration is now required.

To register, visit It is recommended that attendees arrive early. For directions and parking information, visit for a downloadable map and possible parking locations.

In case of any changes due to weather, attendees should call the museum at 413-775-7214.

Sunderland releases ATM dates

SUNDERLAND — The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at Sunderland Elementary School at 7 p.m. on April 24.

Warrant articles are due by March 13 and the Selectboard is expected to sign the warrant on April 13, which is also the date of the Selectboard’s meeting with the Finance Committee to review the articles. April 15 is the final day to mail notice to residents, and the warrant is to be posted by April 17.

April 4 is the final day to register to vote in time for the Annual Town Meeting.

Sunderland Democrats holding caucus Saturday

SUNDERLAND — Registered Democrats in Sunderland plan to hold a caucus from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sunderland Public Library on Saturday to elect delegates and alternates to the 2020 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.

The convention is scheduled for the Tsongas Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell on May 30. The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Sunderland. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 16 years old by Saturday can participate and run as a delegate or alternate.

Sunderland can elect two delegates and one alternate to the convention. Delegate candidates who identify as non-binary can run without having to identify themselves as male or female.

Youth, minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at Anyone interested in getting involved with the Sunderland Democratic Town Committee should contact Susan Triolo at 413-665-8246.

Shutesbury Democrats plan Feb. 22 caucus

SHUTESBURY — The Shutesbury Town Democratic Committee will hold its caucus and business meeting on Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Town Hall, during which delegates will be elected to attend the 2020 Massachusetts Convention in Lowell on May 30.

The meeting is open to everyone, but only registered Democrats will be able to vote in the caucus.

For more information, contact Penelope Kim at or visit the committee’s website at

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