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Amherst proclaims Saturday ‘Stanley P. Ziomek Day’

AMHERST — Six decades of service to Amherst, including as a municipal employee and the founder of both the Little League and Babe Ruth League, has earned Stanley Ziomek recognition from town officials.

The Select Board Monday adopted a resolution proclaiming Saturday as Stanley P. Ziomek Day in Amherst.

“As a town leader, as a parent, as a former coach and friend, Stan’s one of the treasures of the town and it’s great to honor him in this way,” Town Manager John Musante said.

Select Board Chairwoman Stephanie O’Keeffe said she appreciated having the chance to recognize Ziomek.

“It is our great honor to make this resolution,” O’Keeffe said.

The resolution was formally voted by the five board members, followed by applause.

The day will conclude with an Opening Day Gala Dinner, put on by Amherst Baseball Inc., at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Hadley at 6 p.m.

“It should be a great night to be an Amherst citizen,” Musante said.

Musante encourages anyone who wants to attend to purchase tickets as soon as possible from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Amity Street. Money raised will benefit Amherst Baseball.

As part of the resolution, a litany of Ziomek’s accomplishments was read, including being a 41-year employee as superintendent of the Department of Public Works, tree warden and acting town manger, serving as a volunteer on building committees for Wildwood and Crocker Farm schools and Mill River Recreation Area, assisting with public land acquisitions such as Plum Brook Recreation Area and the Market Hill water treatment plant, and being a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Amherst.

Ziomek joked that when he first was employed by the town in 1950 his pay was just 90 cents per hour.

The resolution came on the same night that Ziomek provided two gifts on behalf of organizations he represents

As a member of the Friends of Sweetser Park, Ziomek presented a check for $20,181 to maintain and repair the fountain, marble, granite and engraved bricks in the Main Street park. The money was raised with assistance of the Rotary Club.

As president of the Amherst Athletic Alumni Association, Ziomek offered a $7,500 check to establish a maintenance account that would perpetuate itself through user fees for the lights that allow teams to play at night.

Yay! A wonderful man recognized for his wonderfulness.

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