During the Town Manager's report last night Dave Ziomek extolled the recent stand out performance of native son Michael Hixon who won an olympic silver medal, and the hearts and minds of many townies.
Amherst has the lowest median age in the state
Select Board Chair Alisa Brewer said the board had received a request to have a good old fashioned parade to congratulate Hixon, but she was concerned about such an undertaking -- especially at this time of year when the entire world seems to be on vacation.
Connie Kruger suggested a proclamation at least, with some sort of ceremony. Mr. Ziomek said he would contact Hixon's parents to see when he may be back from Rio and available.
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Its been a tough year in our little college town. Beloved Town Manager John Musante passed away suddenly on September 20, and our other top employee, School Superintendent Maria Geryk, is leaving under a toxic cloud of secrecy and suspicion.
Amherst, in spite of its independent spirit, is a company town and that company is higher education.
Michael Hixon represents everything that is right with our college aged youth. And even more, what is righteous about our country.