A large crowd gathered in the small park in front of the Cumberland YMCA on June 11 to participate in the kickoff to Pride Week. Several tributes and speeches were made prior to the raising of the Rainbow flag. For a pictorial essay of the event go to: https://spark.adobe.com/page/HGqpdTiEy2eRP/
June 11-16 was proclaimed Pride Week in the Town of Amherst by Mayor David Kogon on June 8.
"Amherst’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning community is a vibrant and proud group within the community at large that has, with its allies, encouraged dialogue as a tool towards an inclusive society that celebrates diversity in the Town of Amherst and surrounding area,” Kogon said after signing the proclamation.
“The LGBTQ community has worked with its allies to make Amherst a safe and positive community for all.
In another move to promote physical activity, Mayor David Kogon has declared June 2-9 National Health and Fitness Week in the Town of Amherst.
"I encourage all residents to increase their participation in recreational sports and fitness as the benefits of engaging in those activities are well documented,” Kogon said on June 1, as he signed a proclamation he hoped would spur people to become more active.
The proclamation comes four days after Amherst town council approved a five-year Active Transportation Plan it hopes will encourage residents to walk and cycle more. The proclamation also supports the federal government’s efforts to get Canadians to become fitter.
The annual month-long effort to clean the town’s 114 kilometres of water lines begins on June 4.
That’s when Amherst Water Utility crews will place a swab – a 24-inch sponge that looks like a bullet – into the water main at the wellfield. Using the pressure from the wells, the swab is then pushed through the 15 kilometres of pipe that takes the water from the wellfield to the reservoir.
As the swab travels through the line, it picks up any silt or sand that may be in the pipe. The swab and silt are ejected from the line before they can enter the two water towers.
“This usually takes us about three hours, though it can take longer,” Ben Pitman, the town’s engineer, said. “We flush the water until it comes out of the line clean.”