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