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Where we live: Amherst


The Amherst Town Board, by a 4-1 vote, agreed to advertise for a town engineer.

The duties of that position have been handled by the town building commissioner for the last five years. However, members of the Town Board’s new Democratic majority insisted that persistent flooding issues in parts of the town require that there is a full-time town engineer to attend to those problems.

Supervisor Barry Weinsten, the lone holdout in agreeing to hire a separate town engineer, said that he had previously interviewed candidates for the job, but none was especially qualified.

This week:

• The Williamsville Winter Fest takes place 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Glen Park.

Bring your own sled for the sledding hills. Take a free hay ride. Check out the petting zoo.

A bonfire, hot chocolate and s’mores are in store to keep you warm!

The event is sponsored by the Village Youth and Recreation Committee.