Acadian flags will fly over the Town of Amherst on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, as local residents celebrate Acadian culture on National Acadian Day.
The flags will fly in front of the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre and in the park at the corner of Church and Albion streets.
Fire destroys vacant Amherst home
Fire destroyed a vacant, two-storey Amherst home at 97 Church St. during the early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
“We received the alarm at approximately 3:30 a.m.,” Capt. John Matthews, department spokesman said. “When firefighters arrived, the house was fully involved, particularly the back.”
Amherst firefighters fought a fire on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, that heavily damaged a home at 35 Elmwood Drive.
“Upon crews arriving on the scene, there was visible fire and smoke coming from the structure,” Fire Chief Greg Jones said. “We also learned that all occupants were out of the building and safe.
Brian Gairns, a veteran of the Amherst Police Department, has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.
“I am very proud and excited to have Brian as part of our management team,” Police Chief Dwayne Pike said. “He has the respect of the membership and staff and has a complete understanding of the future of policing and the challenges we face.
“Staff Sgt. Gairns has more than 30 years of experience with the Amherst Police Department and has worked closely with us through many of the changes we’ve experienced as a department over the past year. His experience, training and accomplishments will add to our ability to serve and provide an excellent police service to our community.