Amherst’s new fire simulator is so life-like, it’s already led one citizen to believe there was an actual fire.
“We’d just received the panel and had it on the floor simulating different types of fires,” Fire Chief Greg Jones recalled recently. “Someone driving by thought it was a real fire. He actually came into the station to report it.
“We showed him the simulator. He was impressed because from the street, he said it looked very real.”
A desire to be closer to family has led Bill Schurman to resign his position as the Town of Amherst’s recreation director, effective the end of June.
“This was a gut-wrenching decision,” Schurman said on June 3, after turning in his resignation letter.
“I’ve had a wonderful five years working in Amherst. I’ve met some wonderful people, worked with some wonderful people. I’ve had a great team around me and it’s been a blessing for me to be here. I love this job. I will always proudly where the ‘A’ wherever I go.
Amherst town council appointed Marc Buske as the town’s Building Official during its May 27 session.
Buske joined the town as its building inspector in June 2017. Since then he has been taking courses to become a qualified Building Official and he is now qualified to conduct inspections on and one- and two-unit residential buildings.
He continues to take courses towards being a fully qualified Level 1 and Level 2 Building Official. Upon completion of these courses he will be able to process all building permits for the town. Until then, the town will continue to use Municipality of Cumberland Building Officials to conduct inspections, with Buske’s assistance, on large residential and all commercial buildings.
Five community groups are in the running for one of the Town of Amherst’s ‘A’ Fresh Start Initiative community support grants.
Representatives from Autism Nova Scotia Cumberland Chapter, the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Eat Plants-Run Wild, the Lillian Allbon Animal Shelter and the Multicultural Association of Cumberland are now preparing the 10-minute presentations they will pitch to the public and council during a meeting scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on June 13 at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre.
They are vying for a share of the $17,500 that is available in this first of two ‘A’ Fresh Start Initiative grant opportunities that will be staged this year.