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Publisher backs out of book on Amherst bicentennial

Plans for a book commemorating Amherst's bicentennial next year have been scrapped due to a lack of interest from the town's business community, the publisher said.

HPN Books of San Antonio, Texas withdrew March 20 from its agreement to publish a book.

"Despite a strong effort over the past weeks, our project manager, Bob Sadoski, has concluded that there is simply not enough financial support for the book project to make it viable," HPN President Ron Lammert wrote in an email to Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein.

After six weeks of phone calls and presentations to business owners, HPN had sold only one advertisement, Lammert said.

The book project was approved last year after the town was approached by HPN, Weinstein said.

"We got a sample of one of their products, which we passed around," he said. "It was very, very impressive. We really liked it."

The town, incorporated in 1818, celebrates its 200th anniversary next year. A bicentennial committee planning events and activities includes Herb Schmidt, executive director of the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, and Town Historian Dave Sherman.

The book had no cost for the town, Weinstein said, and any sales profits were to be directed to the Heritage Village.

"We're disappointed, but there's nothing we can do about it," Weinstein said.

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