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Around Town: Boy Scouts leave longtime Amherst home

With assistance from about 30 people and the use of several vehicles, Boy Scout Troop 504 moved its belongings Sunday from its longtime home in North Amherst into a storage locker and private barn in Hadley.

The troop, which recently assisted Scouts from South Amherst and Hadley with the annual Christmas tree sale at Kendrick Park, will meet in temporary locations until it finds a permanent place, said Assistant Scoutmaster Lyle Denit.

“We have had some good, in-depth discussion with a possible new charter organization,” Denit said.

Nancy Bandman-Boyle, the committee chairwoman for the troop, said there have been “sincere negotiations” with an Amherst church, but these are not yet finalized.

Since 1948, Troop Hall was on the second floor of the parish hall at the former North Congregational Church, which was purchased by the Zion Korean Church last summer.

Prior to removing its belongings, the troop thanked Daniel Lee, pastor of Zion, for his hospitality and generosity in recent months and gave him a basket of Asian items.

Benefit performance

Craig’s Place, the homeless shelter based at the First Baptist Church, is benefiting from a musical performance Sunday.

Sister City Jazz Ambassadors, whose motto is “peacemaking through music,” will be performing a jazz vespers at Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave., beginning at 5 p.m.

The vespers will combine music, scripture and prayer.

The group, based in the Berkshires, performs in the tradition of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington and has played in Ireland, Italy, Nicaragua and Turkey to promote cross-cultural understanding through music and people-to-people connections, according to a press statement.

A voluntary offering will raise funds to support the shelter.

For more information, call the Rev. Randall K. Wilburn at 687-5568 or email rkwilburn@comcast.net.

Meanwhile, the Interfaith Clergy and Interfaith Opportunities Network is thanking the community for raising money to help support the homeless shelter and for collecting supplies to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Immanuel Lutheran Church Pastor Steven Wilco said the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, organized by the Amherst Interfaith Clergy, raised $503 for Craig’s Doors, the agency that oversees the shelter.

The Thanksgiving service was attended by about 50 people.

As part of the same offering, several buckets of cleaning supplies were collected to be sent to New York and New Jersey to help victims of the hurricane.

New librarian

Tomi Eve, an assistant in the children’s room at the Jones Library for the past eight years, will be the library’s first young adult services coordinator.

Eve was recently appointed to the position and is expected to start Jan. 14.

Previously, Eve served as the director of the Little Red Schoolhouse on the Amherst College campus for four years.

Resident alerts

The Amherst Police Department is offering a service through Blackboard Connect that will provide phone or email alerts about neighborhood incidents to residents, business owners and commuters.

Anyone interested in enrolling in the program, which is similar to the University of Massachusetts student-notification system, should contact Officer Scott Soverino at soverinos@amherstma.gov.

People can withdraw from the service at any time.

Preparedness

A presentation focused on emergency preparedness will be held at the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs will give the free talk, which will cover ways to deal with emergencies such as extreme weather, power outages, or being stranded in a car or lost in the wilderness.

Preregistration is required by Jan. 10. To register, call 340-1161 or go to www.earthworkprograms.com.

Meetings

Monday: Board of Assessors, 5:30 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall; Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

Thursday: CDBG Advisory Committee, 6:30 p.m., Large Activity Room, Bangs Community Center; Zoning Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

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