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Where we live: Amherst


Old Home Days, the popular summer festival in Williamsville, returns Tuesday to Island Park on Main Street.

The 38th annual event kicks off at noon with the parade down Main Street beginning at 6:30 p.m. The festival runs through Friday, with the fishing derby beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

But remember: new policies put in place this year to curb teenage loitering prohibit those under 16 from attending the festival after 6 p.m., unless accompanied by an adult. For more information and a complete schedule of events check out

This week:

The Amherst Lions Club has awarded $500 in college scholarships to seniors who graduated from Amherst high schools this year. The recipients are: Lauren Turecki of Amherst High School; Bryan Giammichele of Sweet Home High School; Lisa He of Williamsville East High School; Jennifer Fertitta of Williamsville North High School; and Salvatore Fabozzi of Williamsville South High School.

Coming this week:

• The Amherst Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

• The Sweet Home Central Board of Education will hold its regular meeting, as well as its reorganization meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Norman C. Vergils Community Center, 1901 Sweet Home Road.

• The Amherst Youth Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road.

• The Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York holds its 10th annual “Tent of Abraham” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Muslim Community Center, 745 Heim Road, where members will “break the fast” with those from other religious faiths as part of the holy month of Ramadan. As an extension of the dinner, the event will include a walk that will kick off at 5:45 p.m. at North Presbyterian Church, 300 North Forest Road.

• The fourth “Amherst Veterans Memorial Unveiling of Names” is scheduled for noon Friday at Amherst State Park, 400 Mill St. This latest unveiling includes 20 names that have been inscribed on the Amherst Veterans Memorial. The 20-minute ceremony is open to the public.