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Amherst

Chickens are officially welcome in the Town of Amherst.

Town resident Brooks Anderson, described as the “guinea pig” for the town’s new backyard chicken permitting law, received the official go-ahead last week to keep the birds in his backyard.

Anderson had built a top-of-the-line chicken coop for his young daughter in their backyard but was rebuffed last month by town Zoning Board of Appeals officials who felt their chickens would be “gateway animals” for other more intrusive pets.

But after the unpopular decision was opposed by the Town Board members who created the chicken permit in the first place, the zoning board last week reversed its ruling.

Anderson, who keeps six chickens in his coop, said he was “appreciative” of the decision, despite the months-long, tedious process he had to go through.

And there’s reportedly a growing list of potential chicken owners lining up right behind him.

Also this week:

• The Village of Williamsville Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 5565 Main St. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 6 p.m.

The board will discuss outdoor restaurant seating, zoning changes and Main Street improvement projects.

• The Main-Transit Fire Dept. will hold its annual Steak Out on Saturday at the Main-Transit Station #1,6777 Main St., with cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, $25 each, call 632-9710, ext. 123.