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Where We Live: Amherst


The Amherst Town Board will hold a work session at 3 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

Also this week:

• The Village of Williamsville Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 5565 Main St., for an executive session to discuss hiring for a specific position.

• The Amherst School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office conference room, 55 Kings Highway.

• The Amherst Center for Senior Services will host a healthy meal cooking demonstration at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday by the Chef at Asbury Pointe at the senior center, 370 Audubon Pkwy.

• The Village of Williamsville meeting house committee and the village tree board will hold separate meetings at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at village hall.

• The village’s youth and recreation committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Lehigh trail committee and zoning board of appeals will also meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

• The Sweet Home Board of Education will hold its September voting meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Norman C. Vergils Community Center of Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road.

• The Montgomery Park retirement community will host a presentation on “The Need for Balance in Life” at 2 p.m. Thursday at 6363 Transit Road. Physical and occupational therapists will focus on the importance of keeping balance and preventing falls. Call 688-7880 for reservations.

• The Asbury Pointe Retirement Community will host a free program for traveling seniors from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Asbury Pointe Retirement Community Theatre Room, 50 Stahl Road.

Seniors will learn about current travel trends like new river cruises and tips on traveling alone. Light refreshments will be served, and tours of Asbury Pointe apartments will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

The senior center will also offer flu shots from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the senior center. Coffee and cookies will also be provided. For appointment, please call 636-3055, ext. 3108.

• The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation has announced the winners of two awards honoring people whose positive contributions have helped to improve the welfare and vitality of local senior citizens.

Robert R. Meiss was selected as the 2013 Senior Community Leader Award winner and Gloria Polich was selected as this year’s recipient of the Senior Citizens Volunteer Award.

Meiss has spent his more than thirty-year career working for and overseeing senior care and rehabilitation facilities throughout Western New York. Most recently, the East Amherst resident served as president and chief executive officer of Beechwood Continuing Care, where he oversaw Beechwood Homes, Blocher Homes, Asbury Pointe, and the Beechwood/Blocher Foundation.

Polich’s interest in and dedication to volunteering to help local seniors dates back to her time as coordinator of volunteers for the Amherst Center for Senior Services, a role she held for 25 years. Upon retiring in 1999, Polich has continued to volunteer regularly for the Amherst Center for Senior Services and Amherst Meals on Wheels.

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