Around Amherst: Community Safety Day at Mill River Rec Area Saturday

Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

AMHERST — Public safety departments in Amherst are joining together Saturday for a Community Safety Day at Mill River Recreation Area, 95 Montague Road.

Fire safety demonstrations, police K-9 unit visits, and an opportunity for children to get inside police cruisers and firetrucks will be part of the event, a partnership among police officers, firefighter/paramedics, and the town’s Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service.

Brianna Sunryd, the town’s communications manager, said the event shows the interconnectedness of public safety services.

“We want to highlight how all three public safety branches are working together to support public safety,” Sunryd wrote in an email.

The day, which will have food provided by the Holyoke Hummus food truck, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Music will be performed by Roger Tincknell, Aimee Salmon and Tom Knight.

Other parts of the event include car seat inspections, consumer safety and scam prevention discussions, and games for children.

The Amherst Senior Center, the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department, the Northwestern district attorney’s office, and the University of Massachusetts Psychological Services are sponsoring the event.

Municipal swimming pools will be open during the day.

Historic preservation fund

Amherst’s Historical Commission is looking into the feasibility of establishing a historic preservation fund that would provide money for specific projects, possibly related to work on barns and outbuildings.

Commission member Robin Fordham has been researching a similar historic preservation fund in Springfield that pays for particular work on historic homes in specific districts, with up to $30,000 available per project.

“It’s interesting and impressive,” Fordham said.

One idea would be to have $25,000, perhaps from the Community Preservation Act account, used as seed money for such a program to start in Amherst.

Commission Chairwoman Jan Marquardt said money could also be sought to seed a friends organization.

Town Planner Ben Breger said Amherst has been faced over the years with a number of barns that need to be demolished or are in neglect that could use such a dedicated source of money.

Any proposal for such a fund will be fleshed out before coming forward in September, as the CPA Committee begins its process of reviewing projects.

Leverett market

The Leverett Village Co-op’s Second Saturdays Artisans Market takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the 180 Rattlesnake Gutter Road site.

New and returning vendors will sell sustainable fashion, original paintings, jewelry, quilted items, plants and herbal products.

There will also be massage therapy, and the nonprofit YouthLine will be selling items handmade in Malawi to raise money for school fees for children in the African nation.

Music will be performed by an Old Time Music Jam. This is the penultimate market of the season at the store, which will also be open for shoppers.

Shutesbury festival

The inaugural Local Artist & Small Business Festival will take place in Shutesbury at the Lake Wyola Association Building on Shore Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Door prizes and demonstrations will be part of the event, where food trucks and bakeries will be set up.

Annual breakfast

An annual breakfast that marks the beginning of the new academic year at the University of Massachusetts will be held on a Friday morning next month.

The Community Breakfast, sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and bringing together town, campus and business leaders, will be held Sept. 2 at 7:30 a.m. at the Student Union Ballroom.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.


MONDAY: Public Art Commission, noon, and Town Council, 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Amherst Cultural Council, 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Design Review Board, 5 p.m.