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Vimy Oak replaced and replanted

#seewhyweloveit - This week in Amherst recreation

The leaves are beginning to fall and bulb planting season is upon us. We have been blessed with a beautiful fall season and a longer than average growing season which is welcomed by many. Although we have had some warm days and a few frosts, some flowers are still continuing to bloom!

It’s time to take advantage of this warmer weather and start to prepare our flower beds and homes for winter. Late fall is the perfect time to pull annual plants, work amendments into your existing flower beds, plant spring flowering bulbs, trees and shrubs, and also to rake and remove leaves, especially those that are diseased from your lawns.

Heavy accumulations of leaves left on your lawn over winter will result in turf damage and should be removed or mulched to prevent this from happening.

Fall is also a great time to clean out your gutters and free any debris that may be causing blockages and/or preventing your gutters from allowing the passage of roof water run-off. Taking the time now in the fall to tidy up your lawn, gardens, and homes will help to prevent issues in the winter and next spring.

As Benjamin Franklin once stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and this still continues to ring true in many of the facets of life, including gardening.

We are proud to announce that the Vimy Oak has been replaced and that we have planted our new Vimy Oak next to town hall on the corner of LaPlanche and Victoria Street.

We were happy to plant this Vimy Oak with the assistance of a few legion members present, including veteran Jack Perry.

This tree is not just an Oak tree planted in a park. This tree represents a legacy and has been planted in honour of the many soldiers who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This tree is a descendant of one of the majestic oaks that was grown from the acorns gathered and sent home after the Battle of Vimy Ridge by Lt. Leslie H. Miller, a soldier with the Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919.

These trees, which are now majestic oaks, stand today at the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church, in Ontario, the site of Miller’s former family farm. There will be a dedication ceremony to commemorate and honour the planting of our Vimy Oak and its history in honour of our soldiers and veterans following the Remembrance Day service on Nov. 11 at the planting site beside town hall.

Coming up next weekend on Nov. 3 to 5, the Amherst Figure Skating Club is proud to partner with Skate Nova Scotia, and Amherst Stadium will be the proud host site to the Skate Canada Sectionals for the Maritimes.

Many young, talented skaters will descend upon Amherst and we encourage you to come out and show your support for our skate community and visitors alike. A full schedule is soon to be released, please stay tuned for updates via our town website or on our Amherst Recreation Facebook page.

Amherst Stadium will play host to some exciting exhibition hockey action on Friday, Dec. 8, as Canada West takes on Team Russia as part of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge.

Game time will be 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available at Amherst Town Hall, Amherst Stadium, Maltby Sports, and Crystal Cafe at Dayle's Grand Market for $10 per ticket.

If you are looking for a celebration of the paranormal, Esther Fest, inspired by the Great Amherst Mystery is just what you may be looking for and is taking place from Oct. 24 to 29.  

For more information about Esther Fest, please visit: www.fundysoft.ca/estherfest

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting amherst.ca for our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and twitter.

If you have questions, community events and information to share, email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca or call 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

- Haunted Scarefest Maze at Amherst Centre Mall- October 24- 29; see website for times.

- First Baptist Church “International Food Festival”- Saturday, October 28: 11am-1pm

- South Shore Lumberjacks vs. Amherst Jr. Ramblers- Saturday, October 28th: 7pm (Amherst Stadium)

- Bluenose Tournament at Amherst Stadium- Friday, October 27- Sunday, October 29th

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