Town resident Bruno Yetto, a veteran of World War II, was presented the Bronze Star and other military commendations last Thursday by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein.
Yetto, 88, was drafted into the Army at 18 and began his service in December 1943.
He was activated as an infantryman on the western front in Europe, then rose through the ranks to serve as a criminal investigator in Weisbaden, Germany. He investigated crimes committed by German civilians against the Allied Forces before his honorable discharge in May 1946.
“Mr. Yetto demonstrated extraordinary commitment to his country and when he returned home extended the same devotion and generous spirit to his family and community,” Higgins said. “It is our honor to share his story and recognize his contributions on behalf of a grateful nation.”
After the war, Yetto returned home and worked as a butcher for a family business and, eventually, retired from Will Poultry Co. He is a charter member of the Jolly Boys.
Also this week:
• The town’s annual spring brush pickup begins Monday and runs for roughly two weeks. Large, unmanageable piles of logs, brush and tree stumps will be collected. Because highway crews will go through the town only once, all materials must be placed curbside at the start of the week.
• The Amherst Veterans Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St.
• The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building.
• A meeting of the Arts and Culture in Public Places Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building.
• The Recycling and Waste Committee meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building.
• A free performance by Valerian Ruminski, a Cheektowaga native and artistic director of Nickel City Opera, begins at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. Seating is limited; for a reservation, call 636-3055, ext. 3108.