Monday, July 19, 2021
Volunteers sought for reparations group

AMHERST — A group that will be responsible for creating a plan to provide reparations to Black residents and people of African heritage in Amherst will soon be formed.

Town Manager Paul Bockelman, who will be appointing the seven members to the African Heritage Reparations Assembly established by the Town Council, is seeking residents interested in serving.

The committee will include six Black residents, two of whom have to be current or former elected town officials, and one person from Reparations For Amherst.

A municipal reparations plan will be developed by Oct. 31, with a report due to the Town Council. The reparations plan will include identifying ongoing funding streams to repair past harms committed by the town against Black people; determining how to allocate money based on approval of the broader Black community through a census and community feedback; and finding additional means of repair for anti-Black structural and communal racism, such as public events and activities that prioritize truth-telling and reconciliation. 

The assembly will also coordinate with other groups working toward racial equity in Amherst, such as the Amherst Business Improvement District, Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, faith communities and other organizations.

Those interested in volunteering to serve should fill out a Community Activity Form at www.amherstma.gov/caf.  Those with questions should contact the town’s community participation officers at GetInvolved@AmherstMA.gov or 259-3002.

New Mill District farmers market

AMHERST — A weekly farmers and artisans market begins Thursday at the green on Cowls Road near North Square Apartments.

The Mill District Farmers and Artisans Market will run from noon to 6 p.m. through October, said Tony Maroulis, vice president of real estate and community development for W.D. Cowls Inc.

The market will be an addition to the weekly Amherst Farmers Market held for half a century on Saturdays in downtown Amherst. Music will also be part of the weekly event.

The General Store and Hannah's Local Art Gallery, as well as the Provisions store, will be open to customers during the market.

Maroulis said David Machowski, the manager of the Amherst Farmers Market, is working with the Mill District on launching the new market.

Those interested in being a vendor should send email to milldistrictfarmersmarket@gmail.com.