‘The Hole’ cre­at­ing prob­lems in Ox­ford

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY - Eleanor Crow­ley Eleanor Crow­ley writes for the Ox­ford area for the Amherst News.

And so con­tin­ues the saga of ‘the hole.’

Chris Brown fi­nally made the na­tional news, but not for the pro­fes­sional video he re­leased to go with his new song; no it was the lit­tle ditty he com­posed with the pi­ano about ‘The Hole’. Life is so full of irony you have to chuckle a lot.

I have been try­ing to be pos­i­tive with many things, in­clud­ing the mas­sive sink­hole in our com­mu­nity.

The Lions Club Park had its tax as­sess­ment go down the hole too, as it were, and that is my pos­i­tive spin there. If there is an­other please let me know.

Also, stu­dents from Ox­ford Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre started the new school year in Pug­wash fol­low­ing the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of struc­tural con­cerns at the eight-year-old school. Wow, just wow. I heard on the news the mor­tar is crum­bling.

So I try to fig­ure out where the mor­tar would be and I imag­ined it would be what holds the cin­der blocks in place, right? I asked around about what the main struc­ture of the school was made of and I was told cin­der blocks. It is cov­ered with walls in­side and metal sheath­ing out­side but I am still shak­ing my head. And it was in­spected a lot of times. Just try to build a new two-bed­room bun­ga­low and see how many times the in­spec­tor turns up, so you get the idea right. Wow, $18 mil­lion. And here I am try­ing to put a pos­i­tive spin on that.

Mov­ing along. We had the big Cum­ber­land County Ex­hi­bi­tion and I at­tended a few func­tions. I had a good time. There seemed to be lots of peo­ple there and things for the kids to do. Horse pulls were a huge hit as usual and way late also as usual.

They are work­ing at bring­ing ‘Tug of War’ back with 4-H and I missed it, darn. The hand­i­craft sec­tion had some nice things but the hooked goods were the hit for me. We have come a long way from the mat that got dropped on the floor in front of the couch in the liv­ing room.

Some things that are com­ing up to take no­tice of:

The trails as­so­ci­a­tion has the bridge over the Black River and the ap­proaches need fin­ish­ing but that will get done soon and the trail peo­ple will be very pleased. I am con­stantly sur­prised by the num­ber of peo­ple who use this sys­tem year-round.

Also, the walk­ing club is host­ing a Side­walk Har­vest Sup­per at the Her­itage Square on Sept. 15. Watch for posters. It will cost $15 for a com­plete roast beef din­ner.

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