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Where We Live: Amherst


Dozens of homeowners off Twilight and Bramblewood lanes in East Amherst will receive improvements to the neighborhood’s stormwater system to help handle flooding and drainage.

The Town Board last week agreed to bond $350,000 for installation of a liftstation on Bramblewood to discharge stormwater into nearby Gott Creek. The work should prevent backups in the drainage system for the roughly 176 households in the Pines and East Pines subdivisions.

Meanwhile, Highway Superintendent Robert Anderson is reminding residents the town won’t start collecting leaves at curbside until after Oct. 15. Also, residents who use landscaping services should tell their contractors to remove leaves to the compost facility. Contractors will not be charged.

In addition, an electronic waste drop-off will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Ellicott Creek Fire Co., in the rear of the fire hall at 45. S. Ellicott Creek, Anderson announced. The event was organized by Anderson and the Willow Ridge Civic Association. Residents can call 631-7117 or email with questions.

Coming this week, local families are invited to attend a free Alzheimer’s CARE training workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.

Developed by Home Instead Senior Care, the program incorporates an innovative, hands-on approach to help families deal with the difficult behavioral changes that often are associated with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

To reserve a spot, call Home Instead Senior Care at 630-0657.

On Thursday, journalist John Pope, a member of the New Orleans Times Picayune team that won two Pulitzer Prizes for its reporting of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, will present a free public talk at the University at Buffalo North Campus.

The talk, entitled “By Any Means Necessary: Delivering the News in the 21st Century,” will run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in 110 Knox Hall. Pope’s talk will be preceded by a free public screening of the movie “Deadline – U.S.A.” from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Knox 110.

And on Saturday, the Rotary Club of Amherst South will present its 4th annual Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon at Windermere Boulevard School, 291 Windermere Boulevard.

The free event includes vision and blood pressure checks, diabetes education, cholesterol and glucose blood tests and nutritional information.

Also this week:

• The Amherst Veterans Committee will meet at 8 a.m. on Tuesday at the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

• The Glen Park Joint Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

• The Traffic Safety Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

• The Conservation Advisory Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

• The Energy Conservation Citizens Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.