Amherst State of the Town Address and Capital Projects Listening Sessions

State of the Town Address with Amherst Town Clock Tower in Background

Please join us for our State of the Town Address on Monday, December 2nd at 6:30 PM at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.

Town Council President Lynn Griesemer and Town Manager Paul Bockelman will deliver the address. Please see below for full program.

State of the Town:

Town Council President Lynn Griesemer and Town Manager Paul Bockelman


  • Senator Jo Comerford
  • Representative Mindy Domb
  • School Committee Chair Anastasia Ordonez
  • Library Board of Trustees Chair Austin Sarat

Ceremonial Swearing-In: New and Promoted Police Officers and Firefighters

Entertainment: Amherst Regional High School Performers


Amherst Capital Projects 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 or

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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Get your tickets now for the Jones Library Gardens Advisory Committee raffle!

Buy your tickets now in the Jones Library’s Main Office. Drawing to be held on “Bag Day” — Saturday, December 7, 2019. All proceeds to be used for the beautification of the Library’s gardens.

$1 per ticket or $5 for a book of six. Choose your prize from the following: Hadley Garden Center gift card, 2 Boyden & Perron Garage gift cards, Andrew’s Greenhouse gift card, Fiskars gardening tools from Cowls.

A printable PDF version of their flyer is available here.

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Amherst Historical Society’s 4th Annual Ski Sale

SKI AND WINTER GEAR SALE: 2-Day Pop Up Ski Shop new and used gear on Friday, January 3rd, 5-8:30 pm and Saturday, January 4, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, at the Pacific (Masonic) Lodge, located at 99 Main Street, Amherst.  Fourth Annual Ski Sale offers great discounts for the beginner skater to the expert skier, all in adult and youth sizes. Experts will be on hand to help with sizing and selection. All proceeds benefit for the Amherst Historical Society. Questions, email Bonnie at

CONSIGN YOUR GENTLY USED WINTER GEAR- Equipment accepted only on Thursday, January 2, from 5:30-7:30 pm at Pacific Lodge, 99 Main Street, Amherst. Outgrown your skis or winter gear? Bring in your gently used gear to sell on consignment during the 2-Day Pop Up Ski Shop.  The seller sets the price and if sold, receives forty percent of the sale price for their used equipment. Donations also accepted. Contact Bonnie at for more details.

Want to have first look at the merchandise? Contact Bonnie about volunteering to help unload ski gear on January 2nd.

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ARHS Football Team in Semifinals Saturday

521827cbe9857.imageThe Hurricanes remain unbeaten at 10-0, and will now face Central Mass. champion Northbridge in the sectional state semifinals at Westfield State University on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Come support the team!

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Vote for the ARPS PGO at Florence Savings Bank

florencebankEach year, Florence Bank gives away $100,000 to community non-profits through its Community Choice grants program. Florence Bank customers vote for the non-profit of their choice & all non-profits getting at least 50 votes receive a grant.  The non-profits receiving the most votes can get up to $5,000.

In past years, the ARPS PGO has received close to 100 votes & over $1,400 per year. Yay!  The grant money went towards classroom support, special projects, field trips & more.

This year, the PGOs of the ARPS PGO (Crocker Farm, Wildwood, Amherst Middle School, & Amherst High School) are campaigning jointly again to maximize our votes & see if we can get even more. Every vote helps.
** Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of their choice. **
** The ARPS PGO is urging people to vote for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”, the name of our joint non-profit. **

There are 2 easy ways to vote:
(1) Online – Visit to cast a vote online for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”.
(2) Paper Ballot (attached).  Ballots are also available at any Florence Bank location.  Ballots should be submitted at the bank or turned in to the PGO.

Voting is open until December 31st. Thank you for your support!

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On Giving Tuesday, Support ARHS Performing Arts

There are so many bright stars within our Theater Company, Choral Ensembles, Bands and Orchestras, yet the theater lighting is so outdated that it’s hard to see them! The ARHS PGO and ARPS FPA are hoping to tune up the current stage lighting, add new performance lighting for the front of the house, and retrofit lighting fixtures to brighten the house.
As a friend or supporter of ARHS, the performing arts – or both – please consider donating to this fundraiser and helping our students shine.

The mission of the ARHS PGO is to promote communication and understanding among families, staff and the Amherst Area Community; to foster a spirit of collaboration by providing a forum for participation and the exchange of information and ideas; and to provide financial assistance where needed to enrich the academic and overall experience of all students. All parents/guardians of Amherst Regional High School (ARHS) students are members of the ARHS PGO.

ARPS Friends of Performing Arts is comprised of parents, guardians and community members dedicated to  providing fundraising and volunteer support to the Performing Arts departments in the Amherst Regional Schools.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are fully tax deductible.

Thank you for supporting our students.  We encourage you to learn more about the ARHS PGO and the ARPS Friends of the Performing Arts

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ARHS Winter Sports Night on 11/25

unnamedARHS Winter Sports Night will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019 from 6 pm to 7 pm in the gymnasium.

Come meet get information; meet the coaches and register for sports.

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