Around Amherst: Memorial bike ride Sunday

Staff Writer
Thursday, May 18, 2017

AMHERST — A memorial bicycle ride in memory of late Amherst breadbaker and cyclist Dorie Goldman caps off Amherst Bicycle Week on Sunday.

The ride, organized by Andy Morris-Friedman of Hadley and Alex Kent of Amherst, will be the second ride to honor Goldman, who died in a hiking accident in January 2015.

Morris-Friedman said the ride will begin at 1 p.m. at Goldman’s memorial tree at Kendrick Park, at the northern tip of downtown. Unlike the first event, which collected money for charity and brought out about 50 riders, this year’s is for fun and to remember Goldman.

“This year we’re keeping it simple, no collections just a fun ride, everyone together with people who want to remember Dorie,” Morris-Friedman said.

Morris-Friedman said Goldman was the hub of the bicycle community and was known for using her bicycle to bring her bread to farmers markets.

“We ride in her memory, in support of those ideals she believed in and for improved bike safety throughout the Valley and the state,” Morris-Friedman said.

The ride will include one lap through Amherst center and then heading north to Leverett Pond in Leverett before returning by 3 p.m. from the 13-mile trip.

Timer missing

A countdown clock that keeps Town Meeting members within time limits when speaking, positioned near the moderator, was missing at this week’s final session of annual Town Meeting, leaving members to depend on a smaller timer, featuring only lights, to learn when they were out of time.

But even though the timer is gone, Sean Hannon, the director of the town’s Information Technology department, doubts it was stolen.

“Our best guess is we probably left it on the stage,” Hannon said.

IT staff are responsible for setting up and taking down equipment at the middle school auditorium, including the timing system and the electronic voting devices.

The timer, with a digital readout, is one of three interconnected elements of the timing system, including a controller and the small light display on the main lectern.

The digital readout isn’t much use without the other components, Hannon said.

“We’re going to try to track it down,” Hannon said.

Teen jobs

Vocational services for the Amherst public schools, the Collaborative for Educational Services and the Amherst Survival Center are sponsoring a job panel for teenagers May 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the 138 Sunderland Road site.

The panel will include a guest speaker who manages a local store that hires teens, a student who has gotten a local job and experts who can share with teens what employers look for when hiring youth

“This is the third time we’ve organized this event specifically for youth, and we’re excited to be offering this kind of information support for them,” Tracey Levy, the center’s program director, said in a statement. “There continues to be a need to support teens in this area.”

Rep. Ellen Story Bridge

A Montague Road bridge will soon bear the name of retired State Rep. Ellen Story.

Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose, who succeeded Story, said the idea came from Story, who joked at two events she would like to have a bridge named after her after serving 24 years in the state Legislature.

“Ellen Story was a model legislator,” Goldstein-Rose said. “She was, and is still, beloved by those in her district, and deeply respected by her fellow legislators.”

This was indicated that when the measure was passed by the House, and with Story present in the chamber, members gave her a standing ovation.

Goldstein-Rose said he wanted a simple process to rename a bridge, which meant only a state-owned bridge could be designated. The one on Montague Road was appropriate due to its proximity to Mill River Recreation Area, where Story has held numerous events.

Once passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, a plaque will be put on the bridge.

Road race

The Rafters College Town Classic walk and jog is being held for the 24th time Sunday.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the event, which includes both 5-kilometer and 5-mile runs, supports the Amherst Police Relief Association, the department’s K-9 program and the Jimmy Fund.

To register, go to www.amherstpd.org/roadrace


MONDAY: Recycling and Refuse Management Committee, 3 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall; Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

TUESDAY: Transportation Advisory Committee, 4 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall; La Paz Centro Sister City Committee, 7:30 p.m., Lower Meeting Room, Bangs Community Center.