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Volunteers play important role in our community

Each year communities across Canada celebrate National Volunteer week to thank and honour individuals who donate their time to help others and support causes in which they believe. This year National Volunteer Week runs from April 7-13. 

The Town of Amherst will honour our nominated local volunteers during the Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Tuesday, April 9, at the Community Credit Union Business Innovations Center. Individuals will be recognized for their outstanding contribution to our community.

Shelley Carroll was selected as the Volunteer of the Year, while Aaron Froese was named the Youth Volunteer of the Year.

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With spring in the air, outdoor facilities are being prepared to open in the upcoming weeks.

As town crews begin to prepare for spring cleanup of parks and outdoor facilities, please join us in helping to keep Amherst clean and tidy. With Earth Day being Monday, April 22, the Town of Amherst and community partners will celebrate Earth Day from April 18-23, with a community cleanup effort on Saturday, April 20.  Bags for litter pick up will be available at the Amherst Stadium from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Summer students

Students will soon be joining the ‘A’ team. They will be working to help us reach our goal to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia. 

Summer student employment will include recreation programmers, who will be active in helping develop and co-ordinate programs in support of family-first, alcohol and tobacco-free events. They will also promote tourism, recreation and arts and culture throughout Amherst.

The duties of students hired as ground maintenance crew will include enhancement of green spaces, turf and trail maintenance, planting and maintaining floral displays. In other words, the overall beautification of the town.

Communities in Bloom

Are you interested in becoming an active Communities in Bloom member who is involved in making the town you live, work and play in a better place?

The purpose of the Amherst Communities in Bloom Committee is to promote and enhance the general betterment and positive self-image of our community. Through active community participation this committee will work towards improving the tidiness and overall beautification of the town as well as the preservation of heritage and culture within Amherst, all with a strong focus on environmental awareness. 

If you are interested in joining this team, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Next meeting will be in May.

Recreational skating

The April recreational skating schedule offers free daily skating until Wednesday, April 24, the last day of the season. The Adult Learn to Skate program will finish on Monday, April 15. This program has been a success with more than 35 adults learning to skate at their own pace since February!

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Town staff, volunteers and Junior A players are gearing up for Fred Page Cup 2019, running from May 1-5 at the Amherst Stadium.  The Amherst Junior A Ramblers were honoured to be named the host team last May. 

There will be two games each day at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., during the first three days of the tournament. The semifinal will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. and the championship game will be played on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m.

For full tournament details, schedule, and ticket information, please visit http://fredpagecup.cjhl.hockeytech.com/. This is the first time Amherst has hosted the Fred Page Cup, one of Junior A hockey’s biggest spotlights.

What’s happening 

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 902-667-6500.