John P. (Jack) Matthews, a longtime Amherst businessman, community volunteer and former town councillor has died.
“On behalf of town council, town staff and our citizens, I would like to offer our condolences to his wife, Jean, and his family,” Mayor David Kogon said. “Jack’s contribution to the town through his volunteer capacity, his business, Pridham’s Books and China, and as an Amherst town councillor is legendary. He took great pride in the Town of Amherst and always put his community first. He truly helped to make Amherst a great place to live, work and play."
Matthews served on town council from Jan. 13, 1964, until 1971. During that period, he served as the town’s deputy-mayor in 1966 and 1967.
His obituary can be found at bit.ly/2DGr3dJ.
Amherst’s historic train station has a new lease on life.
On Jan. 29, Town of Amherst officials, VIA Rail officials and Jeff Bembridge of J.E. Bembridge Enterprises signed five agreements that will result in Bembridge developing a restaurant in the station.
The agreements will see the town purchase the 111-year-old station, which was closed in 2012, as well as a portion of Station Street and the adjacent parking lots from Via Rail. The town in turn will rent the property to Bembridge via a five-year, lease-to-purchase agreement that will see ownership of the station turned over to Bembridge at the conclusion of the deal.
Five teams and 29 individuals who achieved gold medal performances in provincial or higher level of competition were honoured by the Town of Amherst during the 2019 Athletic Achievers Award Ceremony on Feb. 12.
“On behalf of Mayor David Kogon and all members of council I want to congratulate all the athletes we are honouring here tonight,” Deputy-Mayor Christie said before the awards were handed out.
February 11-17 was proclaimed Family Violence Prevention Week in the Town of Amherst by Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie on Feb. 11.
“We in Amherst promote living in a healthy community, but living in an abusive situation is most definitely not healthy,” Christie said, as Lydia Quinn, domestic violence case co-ordinator, Community, Indigenous and Diversity Police Services, RCMP/Police – North East Nova and a member of the Interagency Committee on Family and Sexualized Violence, watched her sign the proclamation.