The Town of Amherst is proclaiming April 8 to April 14 First Responders Week.
“Council wants to thank the members of the Amherst Police Department, Amherst Fire Department, Cumberland RCMP and the local Emergency Health Services paramedics for the outstanding service they provide the town,” Mayor David Kogon said as he signed the proclamation on April 1.
“We owe them our thanks because our First Responders are vital to the safety of our community; they are our first and best defence against emergencies and they often risk their own safety in order to protect our community.
It looks like any other tent, but this red one only gets set up when things get serious.
“We call it the Rehab Tent,” Fire Chief Greg Jones said. “Some firefighters want to go, go, go when we’re out on a call. The tent provides all of us with a safe environment to get properly hydrated and rested, and ready to safely get back on the job.”
Council approved a short list of capital projects valued at just over $1.1 million and passed a motion to include the projects in the 2019-20 capital budget.
Town staff had recommended approving the projects now instead of waiting until the budget process was completed in order to ensure the town receives the best possible price and decrease the carryover of projects to the next fiscal year.
The projects include purchasing a new backhoe for the water department at a cost of $150,000, crosswalk lights for West Victoria St. ($10,000), and railway crossing improvements on Anson-Industrial Park ($54,785).
A centuries-old breakfast dish that combines eggs, bread and syrup will be all the rage in Amherst between March 28 and April 4 when the town celebrates French Toast Fest.
“When your town has an egg factory, a bread factory and the community is surrounded by sugar woods, it only makes sense to bring those ingredients together to celebrate one of the world’s most popular dishes,” Amherst Business Development Officer Rebecca Taylor said.
“We’ve got seven local chefs from seven local restaurants who have developed specialty French Toast recipes that they will add to their menus during the festival. We encourage people to take advantage of this culinary delight by visiting as many of the restaurants as they can."