March 26 has been proclaimed Purple Day in Amherst by Mayor David Kogon.
“I would urge residents to wear purple on March 26 and take the opportunity on Purple Day to increase their knowledge about epilepsy, a neurological disorder that affects more than 300,000 people in Canada,” Kogon said, as he signed a proclamation putting the day into effect.
‘A’ Fresh Start Community Initiative grant applications now accepted
The Town of Amherst is once again seeking to fund bright, innovative community events or initiatives through its ‘A’ Fresh Start Community Initiative.
Up to $17,500 will be shared by the Top 5 events or initiatives through a competitive process that begins with an application that will be accepted between now and 4:30 p.m. on April 1. The applications can be found on the town’s website or be picked up at the town hall, located at 98 Victoria St. E.
Flags flown by the Town of Amherst were lowered to half-mast on Monday, March 11, in honour of town employee John Edward McLean, 48, who died on March 5.
MacLean joined the town in 2012 as a member of the Recreation Department. The son of the late Edward (Ed) and Norma (Lamrock) McLean, he is survived by sisters, Nancy (Danny) Berry, Springhill, N.S. and Lorilee McLean (Gerald Mills), Springhill, N.S.; brother Tom (Debbie), Timberlea, N.S.; nieces and nephews, Cory, Lucas, Justine, Lindsey, Sydney, Emma, Kaitlyn, Erica and great niece Jayden.
The flags will remain at half-mast until the morning of Wednesday, March 13.
Mayor David Kogon, members of Amherst town council, CAO Greg Herrett and town staff offer our sincerest condolences to the McLean family at this time.
An Afternoon of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at A.H. Brown Funeral Home, Springhill, from 4-7 p.m.
The Amherst Spartan U18 and Amherst Coyotes U16 basketball teams have received a $250 community support grant from the Town of Amherst.
The money will be used to help the teams host a ladies, eight-team, invitational tournament for those age groups during the weekend of March 8-10. Teams are coming from Amherst, Cumberland County, Shelburne, Cape Breton, Halifax and St. Margarets Bay.