Invaluable Gardening Guide Now Available at Amherst Garden Center

      AMHERST – Do you need a reminder of WHAT to do WHEN in your garden? Whether you are an experienced gardener or new to the scene, The Amherst Garden Club’s “Regional Gardening Throughout the Year” is an invaluable guide. Hundreds of helpful hints, facts, and gorgeous photos are categorized by month in a 12” x 9” calendar format. Guides are $15 each and available exclusively at Amherst Garden Center, Route 101, Amherst.  It is a “perennial calendar” with no expiration date; it is invaluable year after year.


Sue Spiess and Meg Clemens, co-chairs of the AGC calendar committee

      “Gardening Throughout the Year” is created in celebration of The Amherst Garden Club’s 50th anniversary in 2021. Since its inception, the club has been an integral part of the community. What began as a small group of women has grown into a group of 128 women and men who serve the community by following the club’s mission: “to provide education, resources and networking opportunities for members to promote the love of gardening, civic landscaping, and environmental responsibility.”

      The club members, whether novice or experienced gardeners, work hard but enjoy sharing knowledge and gardening experience. The club currently maintains 10 civic gardens, provides scholarships to those seeking further education in horticulture-related endeavors, raises funds for the Memory Tree each Christmas, and supports other garden- and environment-related projects. The Memory Tree, a 25-year tradition, offers a way for the community to honor loved ones. Decorated with tiny white lights, it is located on the Green across from Moulton’s Market. Funds raised go to The Amherst Garden Club Charitable Fund, which grants money to worthy community projects consistent with the Garden Club’s mission. 

      Monthly daytime meetings always include educational programs with noted speakers, and are open to the public at no charge. New members are always welcome at the Amherst Garden Club. The meetings are open to the public on the first Thursday from September to May at 9:15 am at Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101, Amherst.  

Let's Serve Our Communities
Amherst Lions Club Quarantine Fundraiser

      The Lions club has canceled most of our fundraising and volunteering due to the pandemic.  To continue to help those hardest hit by the economic disruption, we have pulled together this gofundme campaign to try and continue to raise money during the shutdown:

      Even a small donation from Amherst residents could help us  reach our fundraising goal.  Also, An important feature this year courtesy of the CARES Act is that supporters can deduct up to $300 above the line from your taxes for amounts given to charity. ($600 for married couples). More info here:

Amherst Lions Fundraise with a Calendar Raffle

      AMHERST — For nearly 50 years, the Amherst Lions Club has held many fundraising events, like Pancake Breakfast, Red Sox Tickets, 4th of July, Concerts on the Green, Annual Auto Show and more.  This year we’ve had to cancel most of our fundraising events, due to Covid19.  Without these events, we will not be able support the many charities that we’ve always helped in the past.  Things like Sight and Hearing screenings, Share, Anne Marie House, Bridges, Meals on Wheels, Lions Sight and Hearing, Northeast Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Future In Sight, Dog Sight, Holiday Gift Baskets and more.

      Since you can’t buy our pancakes, hotdogs or popcorn, you can purchase a Calendar Raffle ticket to help us help others.  Tickets for our new and exciting September Calendar Raffle will be on sale now until August 24th.  Tickets are $10.00 each.  You will have a chance to win money every day in September, from $25-$200 a day.  We are limiting the number of tickets sold to 600.  

      To order online go to or pay by mail: Make checks payable to AMHERST LIONS CHARITIES and mail to Amherst Lions Club, PO Box 1105, Amherst NH 03031. We will send you a receipt with a copy of your ticket.  Thank you for your continuing support!

Mask Up, New Hampshire Comes to the Souhegan Valley 

Milford Rotary Club to distribute free face masks 

      MILFORD – The Milford Rotary Club is participating in a statewide effort to distribute free breathable, washable, and reusable cloth face masks to area residents. 

      Rotary Clubs throughout the Granite State have signed on to help the “Mask Up, New Hampshire!” program created by Alex Ray, owner of The Common Man Family of restaurants, and the Plymouth NH Rotary Club. The restaurant chain donated 67,000 cloth masks that are being distributed free of charge by local Rotary Clubs to community members. 

Milford Rotarians will be passing out masks from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday August 7th and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday August 8th at the Milford High School, 100 West Street. This will be a drive-through service to allow for social distancing. 

      All area residents are welcome to attend. Each person in a household can get two free masks. The idea being that one mask is wearable while the other mask is in the wash. Only one family member is needed to pick up the masks for a household. While the masks are free, donations will be accepted and go towards Milford Rotary Club’s community service and charitable programs. 

      To learn more about “Mask Up, New Hampshire!” please visit their website at The Milford Rotary Club has been serving the communities of Amherst, Milford, Mont Vernon, Lyndeborough and Wilton since 1950. Please visit their website at or Facebook page @MilfordNHRotary.

2nd Annual Michael J. O'Mara Golf Tournament – August 7, 2020 
Amherst Country Club

Proceeds benefit local scholarships and recovery efforts for substance use disorder and mental health.  Download Form