A young man with a big smile whose joy in life was bringing laughter into the lives of his family and friends was remembered on Oct. 24 when a unique bench was dedicated to the memory of Christopher Baxter.
Baxter, a former member of the Amherst Youth Town Council who died a year ago, was one of the sparkplugs behind the creation of the Lions’ Skate Park. The bench, made from skate boards donated by his friends, sits overlooking the park he helped bring into existence.
In an email read at the dedication, lifelong friend Ashley Bickerton, who now lives in Toronto, said: “Some days heaven may seem far, but Chris has never left our sides and he is strongly with us today. For many, this skatepark will always be a place to remember and share great memories of our fun, loving, strong-willed friend. Now we have a beautiful bench made out of our friends’ boards to sit and do just that – anytime we like.
Council approved second reading of the PACE Bylaw during its Oct. 22 meeting.
The move will allow the town to offer financing to homeowners for energy efficiency retrofits that are paid back via their tax bill over a period of up to 10 years.
All costs related to the PACE program are paid for by the participants and there are no costs to property owners who do not participate.
An ad-hoc committee has been tasked with planning an event that will honour the first responders who serve the Town of Amherst.
The ad-hoc committee, consisting of Mayor David Kogon, Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie, Coun. Wayne MacKenzie, Coun. Terry Rhindress, Acting Police Chief Dwayne Pike, Fire Chief Greg Jones and an as yet un-named EHS representative, was appointed Oct. 15 after town council’s committee of the whole heard two options from staff on how the town could recognize the efforts of about 100 first responders who serve the community.