Boy Scouts leave longtime Amherst home
With assistance from about 30 people and the use of several vehicles, Boy Scout Troop 504 moved its belongings Sunday from its longtime home in North Amherst into a storage locker and private barn in Hadley.
The troop, which recently assisted Scouts from South Amherst and Hadley with the annual Christmas tree sale at Kendrick Park, will meet in temporary locations until it finds a permanent place, said Assistant Scoutmaster Lyle Denit.
“We have had some good, in-depth discussion with a possible new charter organization,” Denit said.
Nancy Bandman-Boyle, the committee chairwoman for the troop, said there have been “sincere negotiations” with an Amherst church, but these are not yet finalized.
Since 1948, Troop Hall was on the second floor of the parish hall at the former North Congregational Church, which was purchased by the Zion Korean Church last summer.
Prior to removing its belongings, the troop thanked Daniel Lee, pastor of Zion, for his hospitality and generosity in recent months and gave him a basket of Asian items.
— SCOTT MERZBACH