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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.

Heavy accumulations of leaves left on your lawn over winter will result in turf damage and should be removed or mulched to prevent this from happening.leaves b

Fall is also a great time to clean out your gutters and free any debris that may be causing blockages and/or preventing your gutters from allowing the passage of roof water run-off.

Taking the time now in the fall to tidy up your lawn, gardens and homes will help to prevent issues in the winter and next spring. As Benjamin Franklin once stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

This still continues to ring true in many of the facets of life, including gardening.

Stadium events

Coming up on Nov. 3 – 5, the Amherst Figure Skating Club is proud to partner with Skate Nova Scotia to host site to the Skate Canada sectionals for the Maritimes at the Amherst Stadium. Many young, talented skaters will descend upon Amherst and we encourage you to come out and show your support for our skate community and visitors alike.

A full schedule is avialble via our town website or on our Amherst Recreation Facebook page.

Remembrance Day

We are proud to announce the North Nova Highlander mural will soon be gracing the east side of the town hall building, on the corner of LaPlanche and Victoria streets.

There will be a formal unveiling ceremony of the mural on Saturday, Nov 10 at 4 p.m.cenotaph b

The Remembrance Day service will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning with parade at 10:45 a.m to Victoria Square with the Remembrance Day ceremony to take place at the cenotaph at 11 a.m.

The holiday season is on its way!

This year’s Downtown Light Up will take place on Friday, Nov. 16 at Victoria Square, starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome to come enjoy music performed by the ARHS band and more at the Baptist Church following the light up from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. It begins downtown on Victoria Street and concludes at the Amherst Centre Mall on South Albion Street, where there will be music, float presentations and a special visit from Santa.

This year’s theme for the Amherst Christmas Parade is “Christmas Songs.”  Parade float applications can be found online or you can pick one up at Amherst town hall or at the Amherst Stadium. 

On Sunday, Nov. 18, Amherst will once again be graced with the presence of the Tree for Boston. The send-off will take place at the Amherst Superstore from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Come take part in a farewell to Nova Scotia send off and enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies and live music.

What's happening

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

Amherst Curling Club Open House

Amherst Farmers Market

Friday Fun Times at Maggie’s Place

Symphony Nova Scotia at Trinity- St. Stephens United Church