Upcoming Community Events

Mothers Out Front Electric School Bus Campaign Information Session

Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley warmly invites the public on Sunday, November 24 from 1:00-2:30 at the Jones Library in Amherst for our Electric School Bus Campaign Launch Party! (click to rsvp)

This will be a fun and informative gathering to learn about Amherst Regional Public School’s old diesel school buses, how they might be replaced with electric school buses and what we can each do to help make this happen.

Light refreshments served and childcare provided.

Feel free to come to part or all of the event.

Questions: info.ma.pioneervalley@mothersoutfront.org

 

Saturday, November 16, 10am-12noon –  Cows & Conservation: A Special Farm Tour.

Join the Kestrel Land Trust to see how the future of farming meets the past at Barstow’s Longview Farm. In 2014, the Barstow family conserved 123 acres of their farmland with Kestrel’s help, preserving it forever. Take a special tour of this innovative local dairy farm with 7th generation dairy farmer and Kestrel’s TerraCorps Community Engagement Coordinator, Denise Barstow. Tour the farm and view the robot milkers, dairy barn, calf barn, bunker silos, and anaerobic digester–a system that converts cow manure and food waste into fertilizer, heat, and electricity for 1,600 homes. You’ll also find out how conserving farmland contributes to habitat, sustainability, heritage, and farm viability while learning how farmland is a vital part of our collective New England history. This tour is free, but space is limited, and registration is required. Barstow’s Dairy Farm. 172 Hockanum Road. Hadley, MA.

 

Capital Investments: Community Listening Sessions

The Amherst Town Council will hold four Listening Sessions to collect comments from the public on the need for four major capital investments facing the Town and to provide guidance to the Town Council in setting priorities.  Members of the School Committee and Jones Library Trustees have assisted in development of the information for these sessions and will be present at each session.

The Listening Sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 3:30 p.m. at Bangs Center Large Activity Room
  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Crocker Farm Elementary School, Cafeteria
  • Monday, December 9th at 3:30 p.m. at Fort River Elementary School, Library
  • Monday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Wildwood Elementary School, Library

The Town has a clear need to make significant investments in four major capital projects –elementary school(s) (Fort River Elementary School and Wildwood Elementary School), Department of Public Works facility, Fire/Emergency Medical Services headquarters, and the Jones Library. These investments could happen through new construction, extensive renovation, or addressing only major repairs.

These needs must also be balanced with the ongoing capital needs of the day-to-day operations of the Town, such as paving roads and replacing or adding sidewalks, maintaining existing buildings, and replacing vehicles as needed.

The goal of the Listening Sessions is to provide the Town Council with insights and opinions from the community that will help inform its planning for and funding significant investments in each of the four capital projects.

The Listening Sessions will be facilitated and structured to provide basic information to the public and offer the opportunity for members of the public to participate in small group discussions that will ensure wide, active participation of all involved. The Town website will also have a dedicated place to view the relevant materials and provide comments (coming soon).

The Town Council and staff will be listening, taking notes, and giving careful consideration to all comments. Please join your fellow residents to helping to shape how these four investment decisions are made.

Questions? Email townmanager@amherstma.gov or towncouncil@amherstma.gov

If any accommodations are needed, please contact the Town Managers Office at 413-259-3002. Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the scheduled meeting.

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