Always colorful downtown Amherst
Not nearly as much going on this weekend vs Homecoming last weekend, but the weather is certainly hospitable other than a little wind.
This is of course the weekend before Halloween which this year falls on a Saturday and coincides with daylight savings end. One more hour to party or for us old fogies an extra hour of sleep.
This weekend will act a little like the canary in the coalmine as an indicator of how bad things could get over Halloween.
So far the the past two months have been extraordinarily quieter than the past three or four years for the same comparative time period.
Let's hope it stays that way.
Puffer's Pond still showing color although today's wind may loosen lots of leaves
Cowls Road in North Amherst finally getting repaved at a cost of $172,000
Hampshire College R.W. Kern Center (middle left)
Hampshire College recently hosted a tour to show off their new to the South Amherst skyline R.W. Kern Center "Living Building". Which of course costs more than your average bear, projected at around $11 million.
Thus if Stephen Kulik's legislative bill to allow municipalities to tax private education institutes at 25% of their assessed value, this building alone would generate $55,000 annually. ($20.54/$1,000 times one-quarter of $11 million assessment)
Currently Hampshire College, who requires Amherst Fire Department services about as often as Amherst College, pays the town nothing in Payment In Lieu Of Taxes. Amherst College, on the other hand, paid the town $130,000 this year.
Hampshire College will also be hosting next weekend their traditional but decidedly offbeat Hampshire Halloween (with a tagline of "Trip or Treat") that always seems to require extra AFD medical coverage.