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New playground plan?

AMHERST – The removal of the Sara Jeanne Roy Memorial Playground has left the town with no public playground, so the Amherst Recreation Department wants to create a new community playground and will discuss it at a Recreation Commission meeting Nov. 5, said Recreation Director Craig Fraley.

In the meantime a small community playground has been installed at the Bean Fields with a swing set and some small play equipment from the Roy playground. Access is through the Amherst Recreation Department parking lot off Cross Road.

Because the playground is not on school property it is open to the public anytime.

The equipment was removed from Cemetery Fields this summer to comply with a Cemetery Trustees’ order that all recreation equipment be removed by a Sept. 1 deadline.

The rest of the Roy playground is stored behind the Department of Public Works building, and because it is 20 years old, Fraley said, it is unlikely to be reused.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Hiking program

AMHERST – The Amherst Recreation Department will hold the first of a series of free hikes through town conservation land on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Peabody Mill Environmental Center. Meet at the Peabody Mill trailhead, which is well marked, at 10 a.m. The Center is located at 66 Brook Road.

Supporting business

Trained volunteers from businesses and government in Amherst and Milford will meet with business owners in early November to survey their needs to determine how the local business climate can be improved.

This is a joint venture by the towns of Milford and Amherst, with the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service Business Retention and Expansion program.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Superintendent search

MILFORD – The Milford School Board is looking for people to serve on its Superintendent Search Committee. Superintendent Bob Suprenant is retiring at the end of the school year after 11 years as the district’s superintendent.

The committee will interview and recommend candidates to the School Board, and the board wants all stakeholders – parents, community members, teachers, administrators and school staff – represented.

It is expected that the committee will interview a number of candidates during evening sessions with recommendations to the board no later than Feb. 13.

Committee members will need to be available to attend all interview sessions.

The search will be facilitated by a professional executive search company, as yet to be determined.

Anyone interested should mail SAU Administrative Assistant Janice French at jfrench@sau40.com no later than Wednesday, Nov. 12 and include your name, email address, telephone number, address, and any related experience that will help the board in forming the committee.

For questions, contact Janice French at 673-2202.

Waste collection Nov. 1

Wondering what to do with your old phones and laptop? From 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 1 there will be a Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive, Nashua

Residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon can participate.

There is a $10 user fee per vehicle, which covers up to 10 gallons or 20 pounds, with additional charges for electronics recycling.

Walking tour

MILFORD – The Milford Improvement Team is completing the first Quick Response trail in New Hampshire, and its Historical Places Trail is the beginning of a series of trails in and around Milford that use QR codes, a kind of barcode that can be scanned on a smart phone.

MIT teamed with the Conservation Commission and the Historical Society to hire a contractor to build a website to host the QR tour, as well as future trails.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Ice rink approved

AMHERST – The school district has given the town the OK to build a 75-by 100-foot ice skating rink on school property – inside the tennis courts at the Bean Fields.

Town Recreation Director Craig Fraley said the project is now in the fundraising stage, and he is working with the Amherst Community Foundation, recently started by Rick Katzenberg, to raise the entire cost of $15,000, with the expectation that the new rink will be ready this winter.

The Amherst Middle School ice rink would remain in use.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Bridge work on Nov. 3

Bridge repairs on Route 122 over Route 101 in Amherst are set to begin Monday, Nov. 3,

Traffic will be reduced to one lane during repairs to the bridge deck, according to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

This work is expected to take two weeks to complete. Single lane traffic controlled by flaggers and/or temporary traffic signals will be in effect from Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.