It sure feels like spring! Early morning sunrises, warmer temperatures and tulips are starting to sprout up. Spring clean-up is in full force. Town crews are working in parks, trails, and green spaces picking up sticks, litter, tidying up left over winter debris and prepping flowerbeds for the upcoming growing season and any maintenance needed. Town employees can be seen working to improve areas such as the downtown, Beacon Street park, Rotary park, Lion’s park, Dickey park, and other green spaces.
There was fantastic community support shown for Earth Day Community Clean up last week with many business, schools, and local citizens picking up litter and cleaning up areas all over town. Trails, walking tracks, green spaces and wildlife all say “Thank You!” This enthusiasm will hopefully continue and picking up litter will become routine for everyone. You can help by putting litter in its place, including cigarette butts, and cleaning up after your pets. Litter is a huge problem in our area so every little bit helps! When we all do a little we accomplish a lot.
Outdoor facilities are opening as weather and maintenance permits. The Church Street Tennis courts are open for business. The Lion’s Park courts will be opening soon once spring preparations are finished. The Robb Complex basketball courts are open for play as well as the Skate Park located beside the Stadium. The Amherst stadium ice is officially out for the season. Visit Amherst.ca and social media outlets for indoor walking track spring hours as well as park washroom facility hours. Stadium maintenance and renovations will be starting over the next few weeks.
The Cumberland Health Care Foundation is shaking things up for their annual spring fundraiser event and are hosting a Gala Adult Prom on Saturday, May 5. Dress up in prom finery from any decade you choose, have your prom photo taken, dig for treasures with the new diamond dig, vote for prom King & Queen, prizes, bid on silent auction items and listen to live music! Tickets are $50 will all proceeds supporting the CHC Foundation’s Mental Health & Addictions Fund.
The CHC Auxiliary’s 36th Highland Fling Family Fun Fair will take place on Saturday May 12 from 9am-2pm at the Amherst Curling Club. This annual event raises funds each year toward the purchase of hospital equipment. The dedicated committee and volunteers of the auxiliary have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars toward the purchase of much needed items. This year’s goal is to raise $36,000 to purchase respirators for ICU at the regional hospital. This Family Fun Fair offers food, fun and bargains, something for all ages.
Get your fishing poles ready! ‘A’ Family Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 26 at the Pumping Station Pond. There will be prizes for youth categories. Our Family First Summer program planning has started and we are excited to offer a busy fun filled summer full of activities for the whole family!