Vimy Oak re­placed and re­planted

Tree to be ded­i­cated fol­low­ing Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY -

The leaves are be­gin­ning to fall and bulb plant­ing sea­son is upon us. We have been blessed with a beau­ti­ful fall sea­son and a longer than av­er­age grow­ing sea­son which is wel­comed by many. Al­though we have had some warm days and a few frosts, some flow­ers are still con­tin­u­ing to bloom!

It’s time to take ad­van­tage of this warmer weather and start to pre­pare our flower beds and homes for win­ter. Late fall is the per­fect time to pull an­nual plants, work amend­ments into your ex­ist­ing flower beds, plant spring flow­er­ing bulbs, trees and shrubs, and also to rake and re­move 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.

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” and this still con­tin­ues to ring true in many of the facets of life, in­clud­ing gar­den­ing.

We are proud to an­nounce that the Vimy Oak has been re­placed and that we have planted our new Vimy Oak next to town hall on the cor­ner of La­Planche and Vic­to­ria Street.

We were happy to plant this Vimy Oak with the as­sis­tance of a few legion mem­bers present, in­clud­ing vet­eran Jack Perry.

This tree is not just an Oak tree planted in a park. This tree rep­re­sents a legacy and has been planted in hon­our of the many sol­diers who fought in the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge. This tree is a de­scen­dant of one of the ma­jes­tic oaks that was grown from the acorns gath­ered and sent home af­ter the Bat­tle of Vimy Ridge by Lt. Les­lie H. Miller, a sol­dier with the Cana­dian Ex­pe­di­tionary Force 1914-1919.

These trees, which are now ma­jes­tic oaks, stand to­day at the Scar­bor­ough Chi­nese Bap­tist Church, in On­tario, the site of Miller’s for­mer fam­ily farm. There will be a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony to com­mem­o­rate and hon­our the plant­ing of our Vimy Oak and its his­tory in hon­our of our sol­diers and vet­er­ans fol­low­ing the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice on Nov. 11 at the plant­ing site be­side town hall.

Com­ing up next week­end on Nov. 3 to 5, the Amherst Fig­ure Skat­ing Club is proud to part­ner with Skate Nova Sco­tia, and Amherst Sta­dium will be the proud host site to the Skate Canada Sec­tion­als for the Mar­itimes.

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 soon to be re­leased, please stay tuned for up­dates via our town web­site or on our Amherst Re­cre­ation Face­book page.

Amherst Sta­dium will play host to some ex­cit­ing ex­hi­bi­tion hockey ac­tion on Fri­day, Dec. 8, as Canada West takes on Team Rus­sia as part of the World Ju­nior A Hockey Chal­lenge.

Game time will be 7:30 p.m., with doors open­ing at 6:30 p.m.

Tick­ets are now avail­able at Amherst Town Hall, Amherst Sta­dium, Maltby Sports, and Crys­tal Cafe at Dayle’s Grand Mar­ket for $10 per ticket.

If you are look­ing for a cel­e­bra­tion of the para­nor­mal, Es­ther Fest, in­spired by the Great Amherst Mys­tery is just what you may be look­ing for and is tak­ing place from Oct. 24 to 29.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Es­ther Fest, please visit:­ther­fest

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

If you have ques­tions, com­mu­nity events and in­for­ma­tion to share, email amher­strecre­ or call 902-667-6500.

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

- Haunted Scarefest Maze at Amherst Cen­tre Mall- Oc­to­ber 24- 29; see web­site for times.

- First Bap­tist Church “In­ter­na­tional Food Fes­ti­val”- Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28: 11am-1pm

- South Shore Lum­ber­jacks vs. Amherst Jr. Ram­blers- Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28th: 7pm (Amherst Sta­dium)

- Bluenose Tour­na­ment at Amherst Sta­dium- Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27- Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29th

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