News in brief

They want the job

AMHERST – Thirty-two people have applied for the position of Amherst fire chief, Town Administrator Jim O’Mara told selectmen last week. The next step is to give an essay question to most of the applicants.

Then the hiring team will do phone interviews with the 10 or 12 winnowed down by the essay question and that should bring the number to five or eight.

Finally O’Mara will interview no more than four people, around the first week in June, and selectmen will make the final decision.

The new chief will replace Mark Boynton, who left last year to be fire chief and EMS director in Townsend, Mass. Deputy Chief Matt Conley is filling in as interim chief.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Help wanted

AMHERST – Selectmen are trying to fill vacancies on the following boards and committees: Conservation Commission, Heritage Commission, Historic District Commission, Nashua Regional Planning Commission, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, Road Commission, Sewer Committee, Trustee of the Trust Funds Any interested resident can send an email to Town Administrator Jim O’Mara at jomara@amherstnh.gov.

In Milford, the Planning Board is also looking for volunteers. For more information contact: Jodie Levandowski, Town Planner at: jlevandowski@milford.nh.gov (link sends e-mail) or call 249-0620.

Spring cleaning

MILFORD – There is a lot of nasty stuff lying beneath the snow, and the Department of Public Works is going after it.

Spring street sweeping is underway, which means no parking between the hours of 2:30 and 5:30 a.m. in the downtown on Thursdays and Fridays, until Nov. 1.

Specifically, the areas include the intersection of School Street and Nashua Street – west, to the site of Centennial Park; from the intersection of Union Street and Union Square – southwest, to the corner of Garden Street; from the intersection of South Street and High Street – north to the Stone Bridge; from the Stone Bridge – southwest to the intersection of Union Square and Union Street; from the intersection of Union Square and Bridge Street, – east to the intersection of Bridge Street and School Street; from the intersection of Union Square and Middle Street – east to the intersection of Middle Street and School Street; from the intersection of Nashua Street and School Street – north to the intersection of School Street and Bridge Street; from the intersection of Middle Street and Putnam Street – north to the intersection of Putnam Street and Bridge Street; and all parking spaces around and abutting the Oval.

– KATHY CLEVELAND

Rabies clinic

AMHERST – There will be a rabies clinic at the South Fire Station on Stearns Road on Saturday, April 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. Dogs should be on leashes and cats in carriers. Dr. Amy Hollengreen, from Amherst Animal Hospital will be in attendance.

There is a $15 fee for the first pet and $10 for each additional pet.

Licenses for pets will be available to Amherst residents.