Amherst State of the Town slated for Thursday

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Staff Writer
Published: 12/10/2019 1:32:47 PM

AMHERST — Amherst will make a second attempt at holding its first-ever State of the Town Thursday evening, following the postponement of the event’s original Dec. 2 date because of a snowstorm. 

The State of the Town will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the middle school auditorium, with Town Council President Lynn Griesemer to give opening remarks followed by a performance by members of the Amherst Regional High School Band and a ceremonial swearing-in of several new and promoted firefighters and police officers.

Griesemer and Town Manager Paul Bockelman will then give an address, with others expected to speak including state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, state Rep. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst, School Committee Chairwoman Anastasia Ordonez and Austin Sarat, president of the Jones Library trustees.

The town charter adopted in March 2018 requires that the president and town manager each year “address the elected bodies, officers of the town, and the public on the state of affairs of the town.”

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