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Bryant & Stratton plans to be open for classes Wednesday at its new Amherst Campus in the Audubon Business Centre on Hazelwood Drive, Amherst, officials of the business institute announced.

The site, which Bryant & Stratton is leasing from Uniland Development Co., was chosen for both its easy access and its proximity to businesses ideal for student internships, officials said.

It features a Macintosh computer lab for graphic design students, and two electronic technology labs, as well as three IBM computer labs, a library and a learning lab.

Students may enter associate's degree programs or take individual courses in business, information technology, electronic technology, graphic design, administrative assistant and paralegal studies. Students may still apply for the fall semester, officials said.

Bryant & Stratton's new Amherst Campus replaces its former Northtowns or Eastern Hills Campus in Clarence, which was sold to Autistic Services.

The institute also has a Downtown Buffalo Campus in the Lafayette Court Building and a Southtowns Campus on Abbott Road in Lackawanna -- as well as 11 other campuses in New York, Virginia and Wisconsin.

A grand opening for the institute's Amherst Campus will be held later, officials said.

Community Ed offering expanded classes

Community Education in the Akron Central School District -- which has grown considerably over the past four years -- is offering a variety of new classes this fall.

Coordinator Ray Perkins said this week that the program is going very well and enrollment is up so far this year. "Overall, I'm very pleased," he said.

New to the program is a driver improvement class for people 50 or older, Perkins said. The course -- offered through the American Association of Retired Persons -- is designed to increase awareness of age-related physical changes and improve driving skills to compensate for these changes. Those who complete the course will qualify for a discount of 10 percent or more for three years on their automobile liability and collision insurance, he added.

Also, a seminar exploring the presidency of John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family is offered this year. Emphasis is on the historical social and political impacts of JFK and the Kennedy mystique, Perkins said.

Other courses include weight training, health, nutrition and fitness classes, computer training, investment strategies, a legal check-up course, as well as country line dancing, glass painting, wreath making, basic card designing with rubber stamps, and several trips and tours, he added.

Perkins noted that planning is under way for a teacher recognition ceremony.

Amherst Chamber seeks award nominees

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominees for its 2000 Community Revitalization Award.

People are asked to nominate a business and/or a resident who has improved the aesthetic beauty and environmental well-being of Amherst over the past 24 months. Nominations, with a before and after picture, if possible, should be sent to 325 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221. Or fax the information to 632-0548 by Friday.

Recipients will be honored at the 2000 Business of the Year dinner in November.

Sweet Home PTA seeking crafters for fair

The Sweet Home PTA Council is looking for crafters for its annual craft fair.

The fair is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Road, Amherst. Proceeds go to provide scholarships and activities for Sweet Home students.

Space reservations are $35. To sign up or to obtain further information, call the Sweet Home district planning office at 250-1414.

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