Around Amherst: Rotary Club to receive Jean Haggerty Award

Staff Writer
Thursday, October 19, 2017

AMHERST — The Rotary Club of Amherst will be recognized with Amherst Media’s eighth annual Jean Haggerty Award next week.

The 42nd annual meeting of Amherst Media, to be held Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the studio at 246 College St., honors the Rotary, which has been dedicated to social change and betterment of others since its founding in 1926, said Amherst Media Executive Director Jim Lescault.

Rotary’s work has raised thousands of dollars for service and youth organizations, school projects and scholarships for highs school seniors.

“It’s pretty impressive,” Lescault said.

Lescault said Amherst Media’s board of directors discusses candidates and then selects an individual or organization to honor.

Robert Stern, president of Rotary, said his organization is pleased to receive the award and to stage its annual auction at Amherst Media’s studios.

“Our club is comprised of a diverse cross section of local individuals who enjoy making a difference both locally and globally,” Stern said. “We are proud to continue our tradition of giving.

In addition to the auction, annual events put on by Rotary include the Community Fair, the Holiday Party for Families Outreach of Amherst, and the Covac bicycle ride. The organization has provided money for the Amherst Survival Center and Hitchcock Center for the Envirjonment buildings and also works toward eradication of polio and for clean water projects.

Haggerty was a community activist who practiced social justice and civic engagement and also produced shows on Amherst Community Television before joining its board.

Previous award winners include Isaac Ben Ezra, Cynthia Brubaker, Ed Severance, Judy Brooks, Jerry Gates, Ellen Story and the founders of the “Student News” program.

Excellence in teaching

The Roger Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented at a dinner Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at Valentine Hall at Amherst College to Fort River School third grade teacher Stephen Lott.

The award is named after the retired longtime Fort River Elementary School teacher and given to a current or just retired teacher from one of the four elementary schools in Amherst and Pelham.

Teachers selected help promote social justice and recognize student identity. Tickets to the dinner are $25.

CPA proposals

Proposals for use of Community Preservation Act money for projects related to open space preservation, affordable housing, recreation and historic preservation can be submitted to the CPA Committee.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 8.

Homecoming parade

A parade will go through downtown Amherst Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m., as part of Homecoming events at the University of Massachusetts.

The parade ends at McGuirk Stadium before the Minutemen kickoff against Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m.

Farmhouse available in Shutesbury

A curator is being sought for the historic farmhouse at the Lake Wyola State Park/ Carroll Holmes Recreation Area.

The state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking a person interested in the rehabilitation, reuse and maintenance of the home under its public-private partnerships Historic Curatorship Program.

“The preservation of the farmhouse at Lake Wyola State Park serves as an excellent example of the valuable history contained within the state parks system, and it is vital that it is safeguarded for future generations,” DCR Commissioner Leo Roy said in a statement.

Under the program, the person will earn credit toward a long-term lease. The deadline for responsesis Dec. 7.

An open house to assess the interior of the building is scheduled for Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Interested parties can find the application documents and additional information at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/historic-curatorship-program

Disinfectant wipes

Though flushable wipes have become a popular replacement for toilet paper, the Department of Public Works is advising residents against using them.

“None of them work,” DPW Superintendent Guilford Mooring told the Select Board this week.

Mooring explained that even though packages say the disinfectant wipes can be flushed and are biodegradable, this doesn’t happen.

DPW Assistant Superintendent Amy Rusiecki explained that wipes get stuck in the sewer pipes and that those that make it to the wastewater treatment plant often have to be removed manually, adding to the workload for employees.


MONDAY: Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

TUESDAY: Amherst Cultural Council, 4 p.m., Goodwin Room, Jones Library; Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, 6:30 p.m., high school library; Amherst Dog Park Task Force, 7:45 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall.

WEDNESDAY: Historical Commission, 7 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall; Conservation Commission, 7 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

THURSDAY: Water Supply Protection Committee, 8 a.m., conference room, Department of Public Works; Zoning Board of Appeals, 4:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.