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Around Amherst: Hike for Hunger coming; Neighbors for Thanksgiving



Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

AMHERST — A fundraising hike that will get people outdoors, and off of the Zoom virtual meeting platform, is being coordinated by the Amherst Survival Center.

Hike For Hunger, as it is known, will replace the Feed the Spirit dinner, which had to be canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Executive Director Lev Ben-Ezra said the new event provides an opportunity for people to engage in a safe and healthy activity and get outdoors before winter arrives.

Each person can register as an individual, a household or a team, and then sets a challenge goal. Once registered, people can make donations related to reaching the goal that will go to the center’s COVID-19 Hunger Response Fund.

Hike for Hunger will run through the end of the month.

The center has seen significant pressure on its resources during the pandemic, now providing 250 lunches a day, double what it had been serving before March. The fund will also help increase the food provided to each household from the food pantry, from one week of groceries to two weeks of groceries, and to have grocery deliveries made to 1,500 people.

Thanksgiving alone

Amherst Neighbors is holding an event on Thanksgiving for residents who won’t be able to be with their families during the holiday.

Caroline Lederman and Linda Terry, Amherst Neighbors board members, are hosting the virtual gathering from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 26.

Participants will be encouraged to bring a mug of hot cider, coffee, chocolate or tea, along with a brief story of a funny, warm or unusual memory of the holiday.

To register, people should go to the Amherst Neighbors website and click on the Amherst Neighbors Thanksgiving with Friends event.

Recognition for health care workers

Amherst Regional High School senior Liza Pobezinskaya’s appreciation for health care workers led to an art project by fellow art students and graduates.

Completed by 17 artists who Pobezinskaya recruited with assistance of art teacher Jeffery Stauder, the project features images of workers at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

Pobezinskaya’s illustration was of Emergency Department physician Khama Ennis.

“I loved getting to know the staff, building connections and getting an inside look at what it was like there,” Pobezinskaya said in a statement issued by the hospital. “I especially enjoyed volunteering on North 3, where I talked to patients and got to know some of them.”

Robin Kline, director of volunteer services at the hospital, helped guide the project. “Liza is a creative and caring individual who was able to harness the transformative power of art to create a community of caring,” Kline said.

Movie and discussion

A film focused on civil rights struggles for Black women, “Standing on Her Sisters' Shoulders,” will be the subject of an Amherst League of Women Voters-sponsored discussion Thursday at 7 p.m.

The movie can be viewed through Kanopy by cardholders for the Jones Library.

To participate in the Zoom discussion, led by Andrea Battle and moderated by Jessica Ryan, send email to Webmaster@lwvamherst.org.

New appointments

Mila Montemayor of Greenleaves Drive and Charles “Chad” Fuller are the newest members of the Council on Aging, following appointments made by Town Manager Paul Bockelman.

Montemayor is a frequent visitor to the Senior Center for various classes and is encouraging language diversity at the center, according to Bockelman’s memo to the Town Council.

Fuller brings a background in community and organization development, and is also a housing advocate, Bockelman wrote.