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Holiday spirit rising as Christmas nears

Amherst is in full swing with Holiday Spirit as Christmas is right around the corner.

We hope everyone enjoyed our Holiday Light Up, Christmas Parade and the Tree for Boston Send-off this year. 

With a record number of floats registered, it made for a wonderful parade. “A” big congratulation goes out to all the float winners. We’d like to thank all of you who put so much work and time into participating in our parade this year.  

We’d also like to thank Shelley Carroll, our 2019 Volunteer of the Year, for being our parade marshal. Volunteers are so important to our community and we want to honour them.

You can help us do this by nominating someone as a volunteer. Visit https://amherst.ca/submit-a-request-form.html to pick up a volunteer nomination form.  Every nominee will be invited to our annual reception and receive a certificate of appreciation.

Provincial volunteer nomination applications are also being accepted now. There are three categories in which you can nominate a volunteer: Representative Volunteer,physical snow shoeing B Youth Volunteer and Family Volunteer.

Please be sure to nominate those deserving people who give so much to our community.

Stay active during the holidays

We know December will be very busy as everyone is getting ready for Christmas, but we still want to encourage you to get out and get active. Did you know exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever? Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries and stress.

And we have lots of activities for you!

We know snow is on its way, so we wanted to remind you the Amherst Stadium Recreation Office, Four Fathers Library and The Cumberland YMCA loan snowshoes free of charge. What a great way to enjoy our outdoor tracks and trails over the winter.

We also have our holiday skates at the stadium and swimming at the YMCA. Don’t forget about our outdoor skating surface at the corner of Victoria Street and Maple Avenue. The outdoor surface will be open daily again this winter, weather permitting.

We also have our indoor walking track available at the Amherst Stadium. This is a safe easy way to keep up your walking over the cold winter months.

Another way to stay active is to socialize. So, get out and enjoy all the fun events and activities our community has to offer. We are looking forward to second annual Cookie Crawl, the Victorian Christmas and of course, our New Year’s Eve Family First Celebration.

Ring in the new year with us and enjoy some fun at the Amherst Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will have live music with Liz and Ben, a light show, ice colouring, horse and wagon rides, chili and hot chocolate – and rooftop fireworks.

All activities are free of charge and tobacco and alcohol free!

Council meeting

Our next scheduled regular council meeting will be held on Monday Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.at Amherst town hall. The meeting is open to the public. Attending these meetings is a great way to be involved in our community and to stay informed. If you are unable to attend, we are now able to live-stream meetings online.

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What’s happening

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

  • Dec 6-7 – 2019 Amherst Cookie Crawl
  • Dec 7 – Sant Visits the Barbershop
  • Dec 7 – Deck the Halls Christmas House Tour
  • Dec 7 – Santa Pictures for Pets
  • Dec 14 – Victorian Christmas