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Local News

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Tour of duty sparks advocacy for veterans

Fulfilling a dream he had since he was 5 years old, Patrick Welch enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on his 17th birthday. Four days later he was on his way to Parris Island, S.C., for training that would prepare him for a tour of duty in Vietnam. More...

Diversity commission created as statistics show few minorities hired by Amherst

While statistics from 2000 show a very small percentage of minorities are being hired in the Town of Amherst, many leaders say the reason is because not many are applying. More...

Fundraiser planned at Protocol Restaurant

Cheektowaga resident Pamela Lenk, a mother of three, has been battling cancer for more than five years, which has resulted in an unmanageable number of medical bills. More...

Police Blotter

Scamridge Curve lives up to name

(Editors note: The Bee's police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. More...

Letters to the Editor

Gaps in preventive care remain

The U.S. health-care system got mixed reviews in a recent federal report: overall quality is improving, but not enough Americans are getting preventive health screenings. More...

Education

CREATIVE KIDS

The 4-year-old students at Open Door Nursery School in Williamsville United Methodist Church recently completed a rainforest mural that included plants and animals. More...

Williamsville

School Board asks for lower budget increase

Several of the Williamsville School Board members requested that the proposed budget increase be lowered to the 4.45 percent range after reviewing the preliminary 2007-08 spending plan, which carries a 4.59 percent increase. More...

School News

Kate Licata, 12, an Amherst Middle School student, won a $100 scholarship while competing in the 12-14-year-old category of the 16th annual Ruth W. Marcy Scholarship Competition in February at the Community Music School. More...

Sports

Former Spartans have memorable spring break

Cohen, Irish-Baker sign pro hockey contracts with ECHL teams

Spring break for Michael Cohen and Billy Irish-Baker has been a vacation they'll never forget. More...

Powerlifting

Panthers shatter multiple school records

It was a record-setting New York State Championship meet for Sweet Home powerlifters. Four school records fell at the 37th annual event held at Sweet Home High School. Andrew Hopkins, Nick Christman, and Matt Lycett all broke school records. More...

Commentary

East Aurora girls basketball team's hard work pays off

It certainly has been quite a weekend as far as the world of basketball is concerned, both across the country and here in our own back yard. More...

Bee There

Thursday, March 22 BUFFALO QUICKIES, one-act plays presented by the Alleyway Theatre, March 22-April 7, the Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $ 852-2600 GREGG SANSONE, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Midway Lounge of The Fairgrounds Gaming and More...

Entertainment

Theatre

March 22 Buffalo Quickies Festival of one-act plays under the direction         of Joyce Stilson opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 and continues 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings, 4 and 8 p.m. More...

Art

March 29 UB Department Adjunct Instructor Exhibition - Opening reception begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29 with the show continuing through Friday, April 13 at the Department of Visual Studies Gallery, Center for the Arts, B45, More...

Family Activities

March 22- 25 .      Plantasia - See blooming gardens, children's gardens, demonstrations and a garden market at Western New York's only Garden and Landscape Show beginning Thursday, March 22 and running through Sunday, More...

Rensch Road rezonings approved

Jones says vote was illegal

The Amherst Town Board voted on Monday to rezone 14 parcels on Rensch Road from RD-Research Development to MFR-6 Multi Family Residential to make way for the proposed GMH Communities student housing project. More...

Tentative budget shows 3 percent tax rate hike in village

The Williamsville Village Board has proposed a 2.99 percent increase in the tax rate from the 2006-07 budget. The fiscal 2007-08 budget may have a tax rate of $4.17 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from this year's rate of $4.05 per $1,000. More...

Irish eyes

Andrew Manna of Amherst enjoys the St. Patrick's Day parade held Saturday afternoon along Central Avenue in Lancaster. More...

Editorial

Bee Editorial

Rensch Road decision made in haste

With Monday, prior to the Town Board meeting, being the deadline for submissions for the April 19 Planning Board meeting, there was no reason the Town Board needed to act so hastily on the rezonings of 14 Rensch Road parcels. More...

Spindle items

+ GOING SOUTH FOR SPRING - As some of you already know, I am headed to the Southtowns for six weeks starting Friday. I will become the East Aurora Bee editor while Terri Medina is on maternity leave. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago March 23, 1882 To show how perfectly the telephone transmits even faint sounds for long distances, it may be of interest to mention that when the Bee office has a connection with Tony Schmidt's restaurant in Buffalo, a sharp-hearin More...

Bee Heard

(Editor's note: Call The Bee at 632-0390 and record a one-minute comment on our Bee Heard line. It gives readers an opportunity to comment quickly and candidly on items of local or regional interest. More...

Obituaries

Jerome 'Jerry' Hooven, Sr., retired office manager

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 in St. Benedict's Church, Main Street at Eggert Road, Eggertsville, for Jerome "Jerry" Hooven, Sr. Mr. More...

Mary L. Simon, homemaker

Mary L. Simon, 89, a former Amherst homemaker, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007. Mrs. Simon lived most of her life in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Buffalo. She enjoyed gardening and playing bingo, including seven years at Kendrick Court in Herndon, Va. More...

Suzanne O'Rourke-Obletz, fashion retailer, former model

Suzanne O'Rourke-Obletz, 79, a fashion retailer and former model, died Friday, March 16, 2007, in her Snyder home following a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Temple Beth Zion to hold adult education course Temple Beth Zion will hold adult education courses from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 21 and 28 at 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. For information, call 836-6565, ext. 12. More...

Lifestyles

Exploring their paths

Youth participate in Explorer posts

First aid. Firefighting techniques. Community service. These are just some of the opportunities that drew newly appointed firefighter Jill Zymanek to the Hutchinson Hose Explorer Post in 2004. More...

Amherst / Williamsville Library News

The following events will be held at the Williamsville Library, 5571 Main St., Williamsville. For more information, call 632-6176. Preschool Prince and Princess Lessons will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, March 21 and 28. More...

Piazza- Abella

Karman and Joseph Piazza of Buffalo announce the engagement of their daughter, Dana M. Piazza, to John R. Abella, son of Milagros and John Abella of Yorba Linda, Calif. More...

Business

Hirsch's Restaurant: where family and food come together

Whether you're in the mood for a succulent steak or craving some mouth-watering barbecued ribs, for Clarence residents and those in the surrounding communities, there's only one place to satisfy those hunger needs - Hirsch's Restaurant. More...

Circle of Life Chiropractic and Wellness provides overall sense of well-being

Dr. Molly Lenihan believes in personal attention, a relaxing atmosphere and a complete body assessment when working on her patients at Circle of Life Chiropractic and Wellness in Williamsville. More...

New clothing store to open Friday in mall

Charlotte Russe, a clothing store designed for young women, will open in the Boulevard Mall, corner of Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Road, on Friday, March 23. More...