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

What “A” great sum­mer 2018 has turned out to be!

We would like to wish all the stu­dents and teach­ers head­ing back to school this week a great school year!

And while sum­mer is be­gin­ning to wind down, we are still blessed daily by the beau­ti­ful sun­shine and warm days.

Veg­etable gar­dens are pro­vid­ing boun­ti­ful har­vests and flow­ers through­out the town are still in full bloom. Con­sis­tent wa­ter­ing is the key to keep­ing your gar­den con­tin­u­ally pro­duc­ing healthy and plump fruits and veg­eta­bles and to keep those flow­ers a bloom­ing.

Dur­ing days of high hu­mid­ity and wind, wa­ter­ing should take place in the early morn­ing and some may even re­quire a nightly wa­ter­ing de­pend­ing on the day and ex­po­sure of your gar­dens and planters.

As the days get shorter and the tem­per­a­tures be­gin to drop, this makes for the per­fect time for plant­ing peren­ni­als, trees, and shrubs.

Re­cently, the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom Amherst com­mit­tee awarded four prop­erty own­ers through­out the town, who de­served to receive an “A” for their out­stand­ing ef­forts in help­ing to im­prove the ap­pear­ance of Amherst by main­tain­ing and working hard to keep their prop­er­ties neat and tidy.

The prop­erty own­ers were se­lected by the Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom Amherst com­mit­tee mem­bers and we ac­knowl­edge the fol­low­ing on their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion in mak­ing Amherst a bet­ter, ti­dier place to live: Fred and Sally Jones of Lamy Street, Glenn and Mar­i­lyn MacDon­ald of Spring Street, Jane LaChance of Ter­race Street, and Mike and De­bra Bent­ley of West Pleas­ant Street.

It is be­cause of peo­ple such as these that Amherst is such a beau­ti­ful place and we hope that by en­cour­ag­ing others through do­ing, Amherst will con­tinue to be a bloom­ing suc­cess.

Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom is about en­hanc­ing com­mu­ni­ties, not only through hor­ti­cul­ture but also through en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship.

On Thurs­day, Sept. 13, we will be re­ceiv­ing a visit from a Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom judge and will be show­cas­ing all that Amherst has to of­fer.

From our parks and greenspaces, to our com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity, as well as show­cas­ing our en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship ef­forts in help­ing to make Amherst, a greener and ti­dier com­mu­nity.

We hope the com­mu­nity at large will join with us in wel­com­ing this judge to eval­u­ate our com­mu­nity and will help with our con­tin­ued ef­forts to tidy up and im­prove our beau­ti­ful town.

Amherst will be part­ner­ing with TD Bank for its fifth year to help build upon our ur­ban for­est by plant­ing na­tive trees and shrubs within our parks and greenspaces.

The an­nual event will take place on Satur­day, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m.

We will be meet­ing at EB Chan­dler School at 28 Dickey St. and will di­vide into groups to plant 30 trees and mul­ti­ple shrubs through­out the town.

So, grab your shovel, come on down and let’s dig in to help make Amherst “A” great place to live, work, and play!

Mark your cal­en­dars for A Fest, which will take place on Thurs­day, Sept. 13 to Sun­day, Sept. 16 in cel­e­bra­tion of all the great things Amherst has to of­fer with lots of ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing through­out the town.

Bring out your fam­ily for a fun date night at Dickey Park on Fri­day, Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. It will be a great fam­ily even­ing with live mu­sic, a corn boil, road hockey with the Ram­blers, and an out­door movie night.

Fam­ily fun day will take place at Dickey Park on Satur­day, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be fun for all ages in­clud­ing live mu­sic, a hay maze, laser tag and in­flat­a­bles, pet­ting zoo, a walk­ing chal­lenge and much more.

Stay tuned for more in­for­ma­tion regarding these events and more by fol­low­ing us on Face­book at Amherst Recre­ation Depart­ment, Town of Amherst, or by vis­it­ing our web­site at amherst.ca.

Learn what is hap­pen­ing around the com­mu­nity by vis­it­ing amherst.ca for 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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