I invite all Amherst citizens to carefully consider the future use of Cemetery Fields. There is no imminent need for more burial plots. Amherst voters know this, having voted down funds for a new cemetery in the last 2 elections. Dispelling myths perpetuated by the Amherst Citizen Association, Nancy McMillan, Director of Amherst Recreation, recently told the BOS that there IS an imminent need for playing fields in Amherst.
This does not have to be a zero-sum scenario: both cemetery and fields can co-exist. (Read More)
A recent Amherst Today Question of the Week asked: Should residents have the opportunity to vote on the SAU 39 budget? and for the first time ever 100% of the respondents recorded yes votes.
Currently the SAU 39 budget is included in the Amherst, Mont Vernon and Souhegan Cooperative School District's individual budgets and regardless of whether the individual districts' budgets pass or fail the SAU's Budget is fully funded. (Read More)
The Amherst Town Library presents, “Vanished Veterans: New Hampshire Civil War Monuments and Memorials,” on Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m. This special program is funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is part of the ongoing January series of programs for adults at the Library entitled, Remembering…the American Civil War in Focus. (Read More)
Fourth graders from Wilkins School had the chance to met Governor Maggie Hassan at the State House. Pictured are students from Mr, Vaupel and Mr. Wrights classes.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Citizen's Forum on Cemetery Fields has been rescheduled to January 8th. The Forum will be held in the Souhegan High School Theater from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
On December 4th at 7:00 PM in the Souhegan High School Theater there will be a Citizen’s Forum on Cemetery Fields
The Forum will be a chance to ask questions, review facts & documentation and discuss options. A panel of local leaders will be invited to answer your questions. Unless a solution is found that will allow for shared use, the future of the fields will be headed to the ballot in March as a warrant article to dissolve the Cemetery Trustees and replace them with the Board of Selectmen.
There are still some lingering misconceptions about the history of Cemetery Fields and the current situation. Some of the information put out for the public may be factually accurate, however it is either incomplete or unbiased.
The land was donated for use as a cemetery.
The land was sold to the Town at fair market value by long time Amherst Residents, Oliver and Geneva Merrill. (View Purchase and Sales Agreement)
The land was purchased using Cemetery Trust Fund Money
This is true; when the land was purchased the Selectmen, who were also functioning as Cemetery Trustees, put the deal with the Merrills together. The money came from interest earned by the Trust Fund. The Purchase and Sales Agreement clearly indicates that the land was to be used for recreation and eventually as a cemetery when needed.??A subsequent letter from the Merrill’s, confirms that using the land for recreation is completely acceptable (view letter). (Read More)
Amherst Selectmen met recently with Doug Grenier from G2+1 LLC , the landscape architecture firm that designed Forestview Cemetery, to review the site and the plans and were told, that based on the most recent site review, 60 – 70% of the land that comprises the Cemetery Fields/Foresteview tract is unsuitable for cemetery use. (View Design)
The original plan called for significant back filling of the the land to bring the cemetery above the water table. However new laws designed to protect wetlands and shorelines mean that the Trustees would not be able to obtain the necessary approvals and permits to proceed as planed. Mr. Grenier pointed out that the under new laws, the land can not (Read More)