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The Amherst News - - SPORTS - Chelsea Baird is the hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist for the Town of Amherst.

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 au­tumn 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.

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.

Sta­dium events

Com­ing up on Nov. 3 to 5, the Amherst Fig­ure Skat­ing Club is proud to part­ner with Skate Nova Sco­tia, and Amherst Sta­dium will be the 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 avail­able via our town web­site and 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 cur­rent 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. The Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice will take place Sun­day, Nov. 11 be­gin­ning with pa­rade march at 10:45 a.m. to Vic­to­ria Square with the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony to take place at the ceno­taph in Vic­to­ria Square 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 Amherst Re­gional High School band and more at the Baptist Church fol­low­ing the light up from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Christ­mas pa­rade will be held on Satur­day, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. be­gin­ning down­town on Vic­to­ria Street and con­clud­ing at Amherst Cen­tre Mall on South Al­bion, 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 at Amherst.ca. You may also 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 to 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.

If you have ques­tions, com­mu­nity events and in­for­ma­tion to share, email amher­strecre­ation@ amherst.ca or call 902-667-6500.

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