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Town Board will hear development concerns

Amherst Town Board members will meet in special session at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Williamsville North High School to hear residents' concerns about developments in North Amherst, including a proposed Wal-Mart Superstore at 4300 Millersport Highway.

In December, developers filed a site plan for a 200,000-square-foot store along Millersport between Smith and New roads. Much of the area is in the floodplain, and residents complain of frequent flooding in the area.

Amherst planners are expected to call for an environmental review of the proposed superstore and will discuss zoning changes for the Millersport corridor, according to Council Member William L. Kindel, who co-sponsored the measure calling for the special meeting.

"What's at stake is the character of the community," Kindel said.

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Reading group focuses on U.S. history, culture

"Reading Between the Lines for Adults," a public reading and discussion group, began in Buffalo and Amherst last week and will run through May.

Two reading/discussion groups of 20 members each will meet once a month for four months to discuss books that examine significant themes in American history and culture.

The first group focused on "Immigration and the Idea of America" on Wednesday in the Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road. The group will meet the second Wednesday of the month until May 10.

Those interested can enroll by contacting the Amherst Museum at 689-1440, or by e-mail at musevents@adelphia.net.

The second group will discuss "Branding of Place: How Corporate-style Branding Is Changing Where and How We Live," from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 26, March 26, April 30 and May 6 in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court. Those interested in this group can contact the Historical Society at 873-7644, Ext. 319, or send an e-mail to programs@bechs.org.

The themes and proposed books were selected by the facilitators, who are doctoral candidates in the department of American studies at the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences. The program is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities and the UB Humanities Institute.

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