• LEND A HAND — Throughout my tenure as associate editor, The Bee’s readers may have noticed that I am a supporter of community organizations, as my wife and I are members of an area Rotary club. There are many organizations in the area that are working to help people who are in need. The Amherst Lions Club has a medical equipment loan closet for the community’s use. The club loans the equipment to Amherst residents free of charge. The club asks that the equipment be returned when a person no longer needs the item. The current inventory of equipment includes walkers, canes, crutches, bath seats or benches, and commodes.
While the Lions Club has many items available for loan, the organization is seeking wheelchairs for its loan closet. Anyone who may have an unneeded wheelchair is asked to contact Ken Moses at 908-4072. Also, anyone who would like to borrow an item from the loan closet should contact Moses.
Additionally, inserted in this week’s Amherst Bee, you will find the Amherst Community Directory. It is a resource that we provide our readers annually. If you are looking for a club or organization to join in the Amherst community, you can find its contact information in the directory.
• START DONATING — The Amherst Senior Center, at 370 John James Audubon Parkway, is conducting a donation drive to help fill the Lt. Colonel Matt Urban Essentials Pantry to meet the needs of the homeless in Buffalo.
Donations may be brought to the Senior Center through Friday, May 15. A donation box will be in the lobby of the facility.
Acceptable donations include shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby lotion, baby shampoo, diapers and household cleaning products. For more information, call the Senior Center at 636-3050.
• CANDIDATE PROFILES — This week, The Bee is publishing profiles of candidates in contested school board elections.
Each candidate was contacted in advance to supply this information. In some cases, the information was forwarded to school district offices because candidate addresses were not released. Any candidates not included in this week’s edition are either unopposed or did not respond to our request.
• BRUSH PICKUP — The Amherst Highway Department’s annual spring brush pickup will begin Monday, May 18, and will continue through Friday, May 29. Residents are asked to have their brush at the curb for pickup by the start date.
The town will collect large, unmanageable piles of logs, brush and tree stumps only. Highway employees will conduct one-time pickups at all areas of the town during the two-week period.
Joseph Speth, deputy highway superintendent, stressed that residents should not place mixed piles containing lumber, concrete, railroad ties or nonorganic materials at the curb.
In addition, he said leaves, small trimmings and other yard waste should be put in containers, paper yard waste bags or bundled for collection by Modern Corporation on a weekly basis.
The Highway Department will not pick up those materials during the spring brush pickup.