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Community skate followed by a lights-out community

AMHERST – The Town of Amherst Recreation Department are hosting a free admission youth and adult skate at the Amherst Stadium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Throughout the winter, the Amherst Stadium has toyed with reduced lighting and based on feedback and safety, the skate held Saturday night will have low-level lighting, which ties right into the Earth Hour initiative.

Earth Hour is a worldwide initiative that focuses attention on climate change and bettering the environment. In support of the cause, houses, businesses, and more will be shutting off all non-essential lights for the hour.

Jenn Borne with the Recreation Department says the town has always been involved with Earth Hour but the goal of the skate is to bring everyone together and increase encouragement and awareness of the initiative.

“It’s a way for us to go hand and hand with physical activity while still supporting the initiative,” she said.

 “We’re finding a way to locally be a part of it.”

If the skate is deemed a success, the town could see more events like this in the future, be it a free-entry skate at the stadium, or even something new.

 “We’re always open to new ideas, so maybe we do this again next year or maybe it’ll be something different,” she said.

The town hopes to see you all at the stadium tomorrow night for the free-entry skate and hopes you follow suit in celebrating Earth Hour by shutting off your lights.

For more information on Earth Hour and its history, visit



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