Viridian Energy also helped organize the tree planting
Yesterday the Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee, Tree Warden Alan Snow and friends and family of Michael Cann gathered to plant a maple tree in his honor at Groff Park not far from his long time home on Mill Lane.
We are losing an entire generation of solid citizens like Mr. Cann, so adequately dubbed "The Greatest Generation". In a transient town like Amherst all the more irreplaceable.
After 20 years in Amherst Town Meeting -- nowhere near Michael Cann's 37 year tenure -- very few people attracted my undivided attention when they rose to speak.
Stephen Puffer, Homer Cowles, Howard Ziff and Michael Cann were all on my shortlist. And now they're all gone. His strong spirit survived the rise of Hitler in his native land. He became an American, and then volunteered to fight the monstrous evil that nearly conquered the world.
And Mr Cann never forgot, that freedom is not to be taken for granted.
I will think of him -- and all the good he represents -- whenever we visit Groff Park and look upon his living monument.
As should we all.
Alan Snow hugs root ball