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A step away from city life

>What it's like:

Established in 1837, the historic hamlet of Snyder is located in the Town of Amherst. It has both established residential streets with older homes and a solid commercial district. Although it does not have its own municipal government, it is home to the Smallwood School District and the Snyder Volunteer Fire Department.

>What makes it unique:

Known primarily for its quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods, it is also accessible to the City of Buffalo and nearby suburbs.

>Where to go:

Snyder is home to many shops and stores, including the Sonoma Grille, Siena Restaurant, Adam's Rib and Loughran's Bar and Restaurant. It is also minutes away from a wide range of shops and restaurants in Amherst and Buffalo.

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A person you should know:

Systems analyst Shaun Cleary is a South Buffalo native who first moved to Snyder with his parents when he was in middle school. He moved away as he got older and lived other places, including Orchard Park, Blasdell, West Seneca and Kenmore. But he moved back to Snyder when it was time to raise his own family, which includes his wife, Kathleen, and their three children.

>Q: Why move back to Snyder?

A: It's the quality of life here. It's quiet, friendly and it's a neighborhood with a lot of character. And it has great schools.

>Q: You're a South Buffalo native, as is your wife. How did you wind up back in Snyder?

A: I was working in Raleigh, [N.C.], but got laid off and went to New York City and wound up working on different projects including Y2K. I came back home to work on a project in Rochester. My [future] wife had also moved back to Buffalo so I never went back to New York.

>Q: What would you tell someone considering moving back to Snyder?

A: In addition to the quality of life here, it also has the luxury of the far suburbs, but it's accessible to the City of Buffalo and all it has to offer. I always knew I'd be back. There's always a Buffalo connection.

e-mail: hjones@buffnews.com

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