A five-year funding agreement that will see the Town of Amherst provide an annual $100,000 grant to the Cumberland YMCA was signed by the two parties on Oct. 12.
“The Cumberland YMCA is an integral part of this community,” Mayor David Kogon said, prior to signing the agreement. “The programs they offer our citizens are top-notch and play an important role in helping council meet its goal of Amherst being among the most active, fit communities in Nova Scotia.
“Council believes this agreement will help to ensure the YMCA can continue to play the important role it does within this community well into the future.”
Banners bearing photographs of 34 veterans of Canada’s wars and peacekeeping missions will hang in places of honour in downtown Amherst in the weeks leading up to and following Remembrance Day.
“I didn’t think I’d get this emotional,” Mayor David Kogon, said upon seeing a banner bearing a photo of his late father, Flight Lieutenant Maxwell Kogon, a bomber pilot during the Second World War who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Viewing it, the mayor admitted, brought a lump to his throat.
The three-month-long East Pleasant Street infrastructure renewal project came to an end on Oct.3. Here's a photo essay of the work to upgrade the street between Church Street and Central Avenue. To view it, click on the picture and then scroll through the photos
Amherst Fire Chief Greg Jones has become one of only 74 fire chiefs in Canada to obtain the Executive Chief Fire Officer Designation.
The designation was bestowed on Jones by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs during a banquet in Ottawa on Sept. 19 that closed the annual Fire Rescue Canada conference. It acknowledges that he has the professional conduct, training, education and skills in a number of competencies that a leader in today’s fire service must have.
Those competencies are in the areas of leadership, human resources, governance, business acumen, finance, fire technical and fire prevention.