Weekly Feature



December 26, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Flag will fly in honor of activated soldier

William P. Barrett will leave his Amherst home and Tonawanda workplace in January to serve with the U.S. Army National Guard in Afghanistan. Richard Adams, the owner of R.P. More...

Bee to publish one day later

Bee Group Newspapers will publish one day later than normal during the week of New Year's Day. Next week's paper will be published on Thursday, Jan. 3. The deadline for editorial material and classified advertising will be 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. More...

Town rehires arborist to review another 1,000 trees

It's been more than 14 months since the Town of Amherst was in a state of emergency in October 2006, but the work will last at least another two to three years, Highway Superintendent Bob Anderson, said. More...

Local News

Community News

The Board of Trustees of the North Tonawanda History Museum has elected its officers for 2008, including Treasurer Thomas M. Galdys of Getzville, a financial adviser and owner of Aurora Financial Inc. More...

Asbestos found during demolition at Plant 16

While performing filter equipment demolition activities at the Town of Amherst Water Pollution Control Facility on Dec. 7, town employees encountered a pipe that was later determined to contain asbestos fibers. More...

Amherst groups to share $1.4 million in federal funds

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds' request to fund Amherst groups was recently approved by the House and Senate. More...

Police Blotter

Best of the Blotter

Be Excerpts from police calls are a regular feature of all nine Bee Group newspapers. Some of the more unusual reports from 2007 are reprinted here. Each is an actual listing from a local town or village police blotter. More...

Obituaries

Elizabeth Beilman Freeman, mental health professional

Elizabeth Beilman Freeman, 87, of Amherst, died on Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Knoxville, Tenn. Born in Buffalo, Mrs. Freeman graduated from Bennett High School and studied fine arts at Syracuse University. More...

Frederick J. Simon, businessman

Frederick J. Simon, 105, of Williamsville, died on Monday, Dec. 18, 2007. Mr. Simon had several businesses, retiring at the age of 65. He was predeceased by three wives, Frances, Ethel and Pearl, and one son, Fred. More...

Sports

Girl power

North senior tends goal on school's boys hockey team

Whenever the Williamsville North boys Section VI Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation team takes the ice this season, be on the lookout for the only player with a ponytail sticking out of their helmet. More...

Basketball tournaments slated

Every varsity boys and girls basketball team in the Town of Amherst except the Amherst boys will be competing in holiday tournaments on Thursday and Friday. For opponents, locations and times, view the high school calendar listed on page 29. More...

Spartans defeat Canisius, win 300th game for program

The Williamsville North Federation hockey team had beaten Canisius before, but its 3-2 win on Sunday at Buffalo State Sports Arena meant a little extra for Spartan coach Bob Rosen and his staff. It was the program's 300th win. More...

Business

New Brain and Spine Medical Center to provide treatment at one location

Brain and Spine Medical Services, PLLC, a provider of comprehensive care in neurosurgery, neurology, rheumatology, physiatry and complementary medical services, has opened its new state-of-the-art, 43,000-square-foot headquarters - featuring "gree More...

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute names steering committee for dinner

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute has named Paul and Martha Lamparelli as co-chair couple for the 28th annual Lasallian Dinner and Auction that will be held on Feb. 9 at the institute. More...

Car donations worth a tax deduction, help charities

Cars4Charities has an opportunity to get a year-end tax deduction and help a charity at the same time. Donate an unwanted car to be eligible for a tax deduction of $500 or what the car is sold for, whichever is greater. More...

Plan will redevelop older neighborhood

The plan to redevelop the Eggert Road and Main Street area is in action, with the design phase expected to take place throughout 2008. More...

Committee doesn't recommend town manager

Council Member Bill Kindel left office without seeing one of his goals accomplished: implementation of a town manager position. He supported a resolution in February 2007 to change local law to create the position. More...

Young Amherst autistic ice skater performs in D.C.

Autistic teen Krista Kellner of Amherst was a soloist in "Musselman's Applesauce Presents The Music of Seal on Ice," held Dec. 18 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. More...

Grant gives greenhouse room to grow

One of nine mini-grants from the Williamsville Education Foundation Inc. was awarded to Casey Middle School in the amount of $500 to support the refurbishment of the school's greenhouse. More...

Nominations for youth awards sought

The Amherst Youth Board is seeking nominations for its 35th annual "Service to Youth" Awards dinner to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13. More...

Editorial

Appointments should be done based on merit

Bee Editorial

The Town of Amherst's employee review program is awful - it doesn't exactly exist. So when it comes time to reappoint an employee, one wonders how that is done. More...

Spindle items

• THEY SELL WHAT? - Awhile back I wrote about my friend Dan and his success in quitting smoking and completing a half marathon. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Dec. 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

UB explains alarm malfunction I regret that you had a less than favorable experience, but would like to inform you of the steps that were taken during and subsequent to the Dec. More...

Education

State Archives sponsors 18th annual student research contest

To encourage students to use historical records, the New York State Archives, a program of the state Education Department, is sponsoring the 18th annual Student Research Awards. More...

School News

Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul is seeking undergraduate students to serve as interns in the clerk's office. Responsibilities consist of administrative, research, clerical tasks, writing graphic design, managing mail and answering calls. More...

Student chosen for academic competition in Ohio

Mark Coley, a student at Amherst High School, participated in the Scholarship Competition Day at The University of Findlay (Ohio) on Dec. 1. More...

Lifestyles

Fitness for the whole family

YMCA offers early start on healthy New Year's resolutions

Getting in shape for the new year is no longer just a resolution for adults. At the YMCA Buffalo Niagara, fitness is available for the whole family. More...

New Year's celebration set at Clearfield

The Amherst Recreation Department will present a New Year's celebration with crafts and activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at the Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Road, Williamsville. More...

Snow shoveling tips this winter

BeeHealthy

We're in the thick of snow shoveling season already, and chances are, there are few people in this region who are "first timers" at the job. More...

Entertainment

Christmas in Clarence

A holiday light drive-through extravaganza featuring one mile of giant twinkling sculptures, cascading arches and dazzling animated characters set against a scenic winter wonderland. More...

Events

now-Dec. 30 . Fairgrounds Holiday Lights Festival - A one-of-a-kind holiday attraction featuring a two-mile drive-through of 40 different displays, holiday magic show, Frosty's 3-D Adventure, photos with Santa and more, 5:30-9:30 p.m. More...

Family Activities

thurs. 27 . Early New Year's Celebration - Children ages 7-12 are invited to make a craft, play New Year's bingo and celebrate with fun, food and festivities, 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. More...