Big trucks, bikes, kitties, birds and war planes.
Amherst lost a local legend this morning and a bad ass woman to boot. But equal parts caring, compassionate and loyal.
Ethel Clemons-Hunt was a founding member of the July 4th Parade Committee and over the ten years we produced the patriotic family oriented event I can't remember Ethel ever missing a meeting. Of course they were held at the VFW, one of her usual stomping grounds.
No matter how dark things became after Town Manager Larry Shaffer tried to pull our permit for not allowing protestors to march, Ethel remained upbeat and positive -- but always full of fight.
Over the past half dozen years I could always count on a thumbs up or encouraging comment when I posted a blog link to Facebook. And I especially coveted that when those posts were of a sensitive racial nature, usually involving incidents at Amherst Regional High School, her alma mater.
Growing up in Amherst as we did all those years ago blacks and Irish were pretty much in the same rickety boat. Hard working townies like Ethel -- for better or worse -- made this town.
Now, with her absence, it's worse.