Around Amherst: Town to celebrate Arbor Month with new trees

Staff Writer
Thursday, April 05, 2018

AMHERST — New trees will soon be planted in downtown Amherst as the town celebrates Arbor Month.

Tree Warden Alan Snow said crews are in the process of preparing for the new trees, including expanding abandoned tree pits on sidewalks by removing concrete and excavating out stumps from trees that were previously removed.

Snow said most of this work is taking place on Main Street and South Pleasant Street across from North Common, but there will also be new trees planted at the Spring Street parking, which were included in the design when it was rebuilt several years ago.

The trees will be planted on April 21 as part of the monthly Second Saturday Tree Planting. The trees will be planted between 9 a.m. and noon and the public is invited to help.

Town Manager Paul Bockelman said he is looking forward to having the new trees.

Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee Chairman Henry Lappen said Arbor Month events begin Saturday, when members of the committee will install placards on several trees that explain the benefits of trees, such as the pounds of atmospheric carbon they sequester and gallons of stormwater they intercept.

The large sycamore in front of the Amherst History Museum will be among the trees getting a placard.

The Public Shade Tree Committee will have a booth at the Sustainability Festival on the Amherst Common April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will present the movie “Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of trees” at the Amherst Cinema April 24 at 7 p.m. Lappen will talk April 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Applewood Arboretum about “what trees do for us.”

Exchange trip reflections

Members of the Sene-Gambian Scholars Program at Amherst Regional High School will share experiences from their recent exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

Students and faculty who participated in the exchange trip this winter will show photos of West African schools, communities and cultural sites, talk about their experience of living with families in Dakar, the capital of Senegal and Gunjur, a village in The Gambia, and present short research projects on topics such as education, gender roles, and environmental challenges.

The event is free and open to the public, with guests encouraged to register at https://tinyurl.com/ARHS-SGS. Refreshments will be provided.

Student groups from Senegal and The Gambia are expected to come to Amherst next spring.

For more information, contact adviser Bruce Penniman at penniman@english.umass.edu.

Amherst Woman’s Club talk

Demetria Shabazz, president of the Board of Directors of Amherst Media, will speak about the mission, programs and plans of the organization at the Amherst Woman’s Club, 35 Triangle St., at 1 p.m. Monday.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

New Amherst Housing Authority member

Nancy Schroeder, a staff member for the Amherst Housing Authority for 30 years before her 2015 retirement, will join the elected commission.

Schroeder, of High Street, was elected 7-0 in a joint vote by the Select Board and the remaining commissioners Monday. She replaces Stephen Jefferson, who died earlier this year.

Schroeder was chosen over Shoshona King of Rolling Green Drive, the other applicant for the position, following a public interview.

Juniper Literary Festival

The University of Massachusetts MFA for Poets and Writers is holding the Juniper Literary Festival Friday through Sunday at South College on the campus and at Amherst Books on Main Street.

Poet Sally Wen Mao and fiction writer Sarah Ladipo Manyika will read at Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. Friday to kick off the event.

Inaugurated in 2001 as the BigSmallPressFest, the Juniper Literary Festival showcases new writing and explores issues vital to the literary arts.

All readings, exhibits, audio archives and conversations with editors, agents and publishers are free and open to the public.

A full schedule is at http://www.umass.edu/englishmfa/juniper-literary-festival-2018


MONDAY: Amherst Pelham Regional School District Planning Board, 9 a.m., Pelham Library; Jones Library Gardens Advisory Committee, 12:30 p.m., Goodwin Room, Jones Library; Dog Park Task Force Funding Subcommittee, 5:30 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall; Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

TUESDAY: Jones Library Development Committee, 12:30 p.m., Buildings and Facilities Committee, 2 p.m., and Personnel, Planning and Policy Committee, 4 p.m., all at Goodwin Room, Jones Library; Disability Access Advisory Committee, 1 p.m., Stavros; Design Review Board, 6 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall.

WEDNESDAY: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

THURSDAY: Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.