Amherst has extended its nearly half-million dollar subsidy to the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village for another year.

The town had a contract to provide the non-profit organization on Tonawanda Creek Road – formerly the Amherst Museum – with $475,000 a year for four years ending in 2014.

But now, the town has agreed to extend that contract through 2015, because the organization is searching for a new director and would like some sort of stability in the funding stream for at least a couple more years to lure candidates to the job.

No formal funding from the town is committed after that.

The Amherst Museum was completely funded by the Town of Amherst to the tune of almost a $1 million until 2010, when the town cut the cord with the facility and spun it off into its own autonomous organization.

Elsewhere, Amherst residents interested in volunteering on any of the more than 30 committees or boards serving town government should send a resume and letter of interest to Town Hall, said Councilmember Steven D. Sanders.

“I wish there were more people that would contact us and say, ‘I’d like to be considered,’” Sanders said, “because we end up working from a very limited pool of candidates.”

This is the time of year Town Board members appoint volunteers to the various committees. There are still some openings to be filled, Sanders said.

Those interested should check out a list of the committees on the town’s web site – – and send a letter of interest to the Councilmember’s Office, c/o Mary Wik, Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville, 14221.

If there are no openings on the committee you’re interested in, resumes can be kept on file for future consideration, Sanders said.

Also coming up:

• Air Force Col. Patricia S. Blassie will speak at Daemen College on Thursday, Jan. 16 about her older brother, the Vietnam-era veteran whose remains were buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

Colonel Blassie will speak from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wick Campus Center, 4380 Main St., Snyder, to discuss her family’s fight to determine if Michael Blassie was the Vietnam solider buried in the monument.

The event is free and open to the public.