Weekly Feature



December 19, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

All is bright

Joel Re of 17 Fairglen Drive, Getzville, extensively decorates his home for Christmas each year. The ritual begins after the family dinner on Thanksgiving as he plugs in one circuit at a time to the delight of his neighbors. More...

Torch has been passed, Heim Middle principal named

Heim Middle School Principal Charles Kramer has decided to retire from the Williamsville Central School District after nearly 40 years in education. More...

Santa Claus plans neighborhood visits

Santa Claus will be making the rounds through several Amherst neighborhoods aboard fire trucks this week, thanks to local fire departments. More...

ARTISTS AT WORK

Peter Evancho and Cheyenne Freely, pupils at St. Leo the Great School in Amherst, create Christmas window hangings during the annual Jesus Birthday Party. More...

Local News

Smallwood teacher receives state award

Jennifer Higgins, an elementary physical education teacher at Smallwood Elementary School in the Amherst School District, is the 2007 recipient of the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award from the New York State Association for H More...

Diverse religious traditions celebrated by many young Amherst residents

Tradition lends a sense of belonging and a feeling that things are "OK." Young people learn resilience through traditions because they realize that no matter what happens they can always count on family and friends. More...

Incoming classes expected to be smaller

Williamsville School Board discusses resident issues

The Williamsville Central School District shouldn't see any major changes in next year's student population. Hezel Associates, LLC of Syracuse presented the 2008-09 enrollment projections at the Dec. 11 School Board meeting. More...

Bee Heard

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...

Letters to the Editor

Letters

Majority of town supports project Benderson Development should be applauded for trying to do something new to enhance our quality of life in Amherst. More...

Education

Photo

READY TO GO - Amherst High School's Community Service Club collected more than 1,000 pounds of food in its holiday food drive, with items to be donated to the Food Bank of WNY. More...

Sweet Home Middle posts honor roll

Sweet Home Middle School students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter: Grade 8 Ryan D. Adams, Briel L. Adderley, Ryan A. Allen, Jesse Alt-Winzig, Juwan R. Armanie, Kali A. Baird, Megan Barone, Sarah M. Battaglia, Hannah L. More...

St. Greg's names honor students

The following Amherst residents at St. More...

Sports

North girls loaded with depth, talent

There's no question that the strength of the Williamsville North's girls indoor track team is its depth. "What is nice is we are versatile," said North coach Julian Blake. "We don't have to run girls in three events. More...

Sweet Home looking for continued success

Sweet Home indoor track coach Byron McKinney is hoping to see continued improvement out of the school's girls and boys teams. More...

Youthful Lady Billies pose a threat on the track

The Williamsville South girls indoor track team only has four seniors but that doesn't mean they are not running with maturity. In the Lady Billies' first meet of the season, an A/B division meet on Dec. More...

Business

Business News

BNI Business Makers will meet from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Amberleigh, 2330 Maple Road, west of Transit Road. Bryan Castro will be guest speaker, presenting "Put Your Oxygen Mask on First." Call Deb Nye at 913-1541 for information. More...

Parlour offers professional services in a vintage setting

After years in a large salon, Josie Consiglio wanted to get back to basics. She opened Parlour with the idea of a vintage, traditional beauty parlor. The she added her own modern design. More...

Williamsville native gives whiskey a twist

Several factors ushered Williamsville native Rick Wasmund into the whiskey business. Chief among them were his love of fireplaces and the smells of various burning woods, as well as a desire to change his career path. More...

Sold: People Inc. buys Mennonite House

The Mennonite Meeting House might now be private property. The Amherst Town Board voted 5-2 on Monday to sell the structure to People Inc. for a bid of $263,000, in addition to the $37,000 already invested by the company. More...

McGuire honored as upstanding council member

Council Member Michael G. McGuire's final meeting was emotional. After 16 years on the Amherst Town Board, he said it was time to step down. More...

LaPlante inducted into Sacred Heart Hall

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

When Gina Marie LaPlante played basketball for Sacred Heart Academy, she said her friends never missed any of her games. More...

Amherst police apprehend 'Good Samaritan bandit'

Amherst police have made an arrest in connection with the Nov. 11 larceny of an elderly woman's purse from the Olive Garden on Maple Road. Police have charged Catherine M. Montgomery, 58, of Akron with grand larceny in the fourth degree. More...

Bee to publish one day later

Bee Group Newspapers will publish one day later than normal during the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Day. Next week's paper will be published on Thursday, Dec. 27. The deadline for editorial material and classified advertising will be 3 p.m. More...

STORY TIME

Buffalo Sabres' player Brian Campbell reads to Alex Rosseland, 3, of Kenmore, at Summit Academy in Amherst on Dec. 11. Summit Academy is a year-round school program serving children with developmental disabilities, including autism. More...

Editorial

Town Board crumbles under pressure

Bee Editorial

The Town of Amherst's last meeting of 2007 was no better than the first. As is the case when it comes to voting on major issues, the board falls apart - sometimes even for minor issues, but that is, well, another issue. More...

Spindle items

• THE SPIRIT NEVER FAILS TO SHOW UP - After Monday's Amherst Town Board meeting, I had trouble sleeping, thinking about the fast-approaching holidays. More...

Plenty to ponder as time to shop grows shorter

Some random thoughts on things that may or may not be making headlines as I ponder the meaning of life while standing behind a shopping cart waiting patiently in line at a local store to purchase some new socks for winter: • The laugh of the More...

Police Blotter

'Puffy'-coated males cause trash-can trouble

(Editors note: The Bee's police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.) Friday, Dec. More...

Obituaries

Joseph M. Mercurio, store manager

Joseph M. Mercurio, 87, of Amherst, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 at Rosa Coplon Nursing Facility. Born in Lockport, Mr. Mercurio was a graduate of Canisius High School. He served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines during World War II. More...

Jane F. Barrow, retired real estate agent

Jane F. Barrow, 91, of Snyder, died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007 in Amherst. Born in Buffalo, she attended Marymount College of Fordham University in Tarrytown, N.Y. Her real estate career spanned more than 40 years. She worked with M.J. More...

Ettore A. Infanti, bricklayer

Ettore A. Infanti, 86, of Amherst, died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at Beechwood Health Care Center. Born in Fiume Veneto, Italy, Mr. Infanti served in the U.S. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

WNY landscapes featured in exhibit Artist Jeffrey Swaluk's landscapes featuring Western New York, Niagara on the Lake, and New England scenes from Boston, Cape Cod and Maine will be on display at from Tuesday, Jan. 1 through Feb. More...

Lifestyles

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Dec. 21, 1882 Messrs. Ed J. Smith and Phil Hitchcock of Lancaster were in Williamsville last Friday, and on their way home met with quite a mishap, by the harness breaking and their horse running away. More...

Group offers hope for those with prostate cancer

T alking with others who battled prostate cancer was vital for survivor Bill Krellner. "It's really helpful because then you don't feel so alone," Krellner said. "My first thought was, 'I'm going to die. More...

WINDOW WINNERS

Earlier this month, the Williamsville Business Association chose the winners of the Holiday Lighting Contest. Muleskinner Antiques, 5548 Main St., left photo, won the distinction of Most Original Holiday Decorated Window. More...

Entertainment

Holiday

now-December Albright-Knox Christmas Tree - On view through December at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton streets, Buffalo. The tree features 18th century créche figurines. now-Dec. More...

A holiday mystery

The hilarious comedy "Sister's Christmas Catechism, The Mystery of the Magi's Gold," concludes this Sunday, Dec. 23 at the Shea's Smith Theatre. More...

Family Activities

fri. 21 Family Fridays! - Open play Family Day, 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, Kidzplay Hero's Facility, 9300 County Road, Building C, Clarence Center; $. More...