Around Amherst: Veterans Day ceremony set for Saturday

Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

AMHERST — A traditional Veterans Day ceremony recognizing those who have served in the armed forces takes place on the North Common in front of Town Hall Saturday.

The event, beginning at 11 a.m. near the main flag pole, features a talk by Vietnam War veteran, and Colrain poet, Preston Hood III.

Amherst veterans agent Steve Connor said Hood will focus on post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and his ongoing recovery at the Ward 8 program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds.

Other elements of the ceremony will include the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem and a flag presentation with veterans from Amherst Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts.

Attendees will then be invited to Amherst Town Hall for a reception. At 12:30 p.m., the Amherst Cinema premiere of “Hunter in the Blackness: Veterans Hope & Recovery” a 30-minute documentary about soldiers by director Frederick Muchnik that features interviews with Hood and other veterans, followed by a panel discussion with some of the documentary subjects.

Town Meeting Works

On the first night of fall Town Meeting, members were greeted by representatives of Town Meeting Works holding “Thank you Town Meeting” signs.

Michael Burkart, who is also a Town Meeting member, said the idea of standing outside the middle school auditorium with the signs was to give recognition to the 240 members who diligently attend and prepare for each three-hour session.

“We’re thanking them for the work Town Meeting does,” Burkart said.

Burkart was joined by Town Meeting member Mary Wentworth. Both were wearing shirts that read “Town Meeting Works” on the front and “Say No to the Charter Change” on the back.

Town Meeting Works is working to defeat the proposed charter, which, if passed by voters in March, would replace Town Meeting and the Select Board with a 13-member town council and move municipal elections from March to November.

Wentworth said she hopes to remind residents of the important role Town Meeting has played over the years, recalling in the 1990s when the legislative body fought to reduce the cost of an afterschool program.

Wine tasting benefit

A wine tasting and seasonal buffet fundraiser for scholarships and community service projects, put on by the Amherst Woman’s Club, will be held Saturday.

The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 35 Triangle St. site.

Tickets are $35 and reservations are required. These can be made by calling 230-3697 or sending email to jhartmango@comcast.net.

Restaurant changes

As one Amherst restaurant that has been a mainstay of the downtown dining scene returns, another long-standing restaurant has closed.

Bart’s Homemade recently reopened at its 103 North Pleasant St. site, replacing what this summer was known as Amherst Homemade Ice Cream and Cookies.

But at 33 East Pleasant St., The Sub & Pizza, a grinder and pizza shop that had been in business for more than 40 years, recently closed, with its windows covered in paper.

Its website has a brief explanation about the decision to shut down:

“It is with great sadness to let all our loyal customers know that the Sub & Pizza is no longer. We appreciate all the years of loyal patronage. It was our pleasure serving each and everyone of you.”

An Australian rabbi who mentors in mindfulness and Jewish meditation with the goal of giving people the opportunity to lead stress-free and meaningful lives, will speak at Amherst College Nov. 14.

Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf, the dean of Spiritgrow at the Josef Kryss Holistic Centre in Melbourne, is giving the presentation at the Friedmann Room at Keefe Campus Center at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.


MONDAY: Recycling and Refuse Management Committee, 5 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall; Select Board, 6 p.m., Band Room, middle school; Town Meeting, 7 p.m., middle school auditorium.

TUESDAY: Amherst Cultural Council, 4 p.m., Amherst Room, Jones Library; Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee, 5:30 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall; Joint Union 26 and Amherst School Committee, 6:30 p.m., high school library.

WEDNESDAY: Select Board, 6 p.m., Band Room, middle school; Town Meeting, 7 p.m., middle school auditorium; Planning Board, 7 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

THURSDAY: Amherst Cultural Council, 4 p.m., Amherst Room, Jones Library.