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Deck the halls, houses and flowerbeds

The festive season has officially been kicked off in Amherst!

The Holiday Light-Up has taken place, Santa has visited us on his parade float, the Tree for Boston has come and gone and Amherst is a whole lot brighter this holiday season thanks this year’s decorative lighting addition along Albion and South Albion.

Now is the time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, fir, and pine! Fa la la! Whatever your choice may be to decorate your homes with, did you know that evergreen boughs also add valuable winter protection to your flower beds? Not only do they help to protect your plants from over exposure to road salt, they also provide a nice blanket for the plants underneath to help limit the amount of freezing and thawing that your garden may see over the winter months.

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Parks winterized, but still lots of opportunity to be active

Parks have been winterized, but there is still lots of opportunity to play.

The Rotary Park washroom is closed for the season, but you can take advantage of the nice walking track and outdoor exercise equipment. Beacon Street washrooms have also been closed, but play equipment can still be used. Lions Park tennis courts are closed, but playground equipment and walking track are still in use.

Enjoy all Dickey Park has to offer, including washrooms, a lit walking track or the off-leash dog park. The dog park is a great place to socialize your furry friends.  Please be kind and respectful, pick up after your pets.

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Walking and skating a great way to stay active

Its hard to believe November is here.

 The weather may be getting colder, but we want to encourage you to still get out and get active, especially after having maybe too many treats for Halloween. And what a great Halloween it was, with so many great events for all ages to enjoy from Spirt Walks to Zombie Walks. What an amazing community we have!

A great way to stay active, is to get walking! Stop by the Amherst Stadium, the walking track is open Monday to Fridays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Stadium is a great place to get in your walk, out of the brisk November weather, and on those days where the sun is shinning, don’t forget about our trails.

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Kicking off the holiday season with light up, parade

With less than six weeks until Christmas, Amherst will be kicking off the holidays this weekend with craft sales, downtown light up, Christmas parade and shopping!

The annual downtown Christmas Light Up is Friday evening, Nov. 16, downtown in Victoria Square.  Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy live music by Steve Wells and hot chocolate.  Join Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie in counting down the light up at 6:30 p.m. Then make your way into the First Baptist Church and sing along with the ARHS Band starting at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme for the Amherst Christmas Parade is “Christmas Songs.” The parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m., starting from downtown on Victoria Street-Eddy streets. Following the parade float awards will be given out at the Amherst Centre Mall, along with a chance to visit with Santa in Santa’s Village.

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Fall cleanup in our gardens and homes

The leaves are beginning to fall and bulb planting season is upon us.

Along with spring flowering bulbs that are planted in the fall, did you know that fall is the perfect time of year to plant trees and shrubs? Planting trees in the fall prior to the ground freezing allows the tree to get settled in its new home before it goes dormant for the season.

Late fall is the perfect time for putting our gardens to bed for winter. This usually involves the removal of annual plants, working amendments into your existing flower beds, the planting of spring flowering bulbs, trees and shrubs, and also the raking and removal of leaves, especially those that are diseased from your lawns.

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