Children's Memorial Flag (in red)
Downtown Amherst is a tad more colorful at the moment with the bright red Children's Memorial Flag flying from the flagpole near Town Hall and the strip of lawn between the pole and the historic old brick building sprouting colorful pinwheels.
April is "Child Abuse Awareness Month," and the Northwestern District Attorney's office and the town are doing their part to make folks aware. The same tagline used for terrorism probably applies equally well to suspected child abuse: "If you see something, say something."
DPW workers forgot to take down one of the 25 or so commemorative flags that went up for a few days to remember Patriot's Day. Probably because it blended in to the Bank of America color scheme. Maybe after Labor Day they will forget to take them all down until, say, September 12.
A lone commemorative flag in the heart of the downtown
The League of Women Voters book sale is coming to the town common this weekend, and workers have already erected the huge tent. This annual event, marking its 66th year, predates the annual Farmers Market or weekly Sunday anti-war protests by decades.
Amherst League of Women Voters subscribe to the Big Tent doctrine
Sweetser Park fountain, bone dry
And while the Gazette certainly got all excited on Friday about Sweetser Park fountain bumbling again, it did not last long: the pump died. DPW Chief Guilford Mooring said a new one should be installed by this coming weekend.
Sweetser Park fountain in Amherst bubbling again after remaining dry all last summer http://t.co/zYAIRKRg1q
— GazetteNET.com (@GazetteNET) April 26, 2014