Weekly Feature



February 27, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Airborne

Ryan Schmelzer of Amherst makes a rapid descent on the hill at Margaret Louise Park on Hopkins Road. Photo by Joe Eberle Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

May The Best Bot Win

MAY THE BEST BOT WIN - Jeremy Marschke and Casey Williams, students in the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, prepare their robot, Scarey Gary 2, for battle. They created the remote-controlled robot for the Feb. More...

Veterans Services director named

Erie County Executive Chris Collins has tapped Williamsville resident Patrick W. Welch to serve as Erie County's new Veterans Services director. More...

WNY Has Heart

WNY HAS A HEART - Dr. Brian Pokorski, of Chiropractic Lifestyle and WNY Disc Decompression Center, left, collected nearly 2,000 Valentine's Day cards for U.S. soldiers through the Have a Heart Campaign. On Feb. More...

Local News

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago March 1, 1883 Mr. Frank Elliott of Lockport, manufacturer of the Triumph washing machine, is introducing it in Williamsville and has appointed Mr. John Lorish of Getzville as agent. More...

Volunteers sought for legislator's office

Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III, R-15th District, is seeking volunteers to assist in his district office at 5500 Main St., in the Village of Williamsville during the week. More...

Input sought for highway design project

The Town of Amherst recently initiated the Context-Sensitive Highway Design Project, a joint effort with the New York State Department of Transportation to study and formulate "context-sensitive" guidance that could be applied by the state and coun More...

Police Blotter

Thief desperate for white teeth

(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, Feb. More...

Letters to the Editor

School nurses aid students every day

As president of the Western New York Association of School Nurses, I feel compelled to address the current situation with the Amherst school nurses. One cannot underestimate the professional assessment abilities of a nurse. More...

Schools should hear town concerns

As a graduate in education from the University at Buffalo, I was very disappointed in the actions of the Amherst School Board superintendent and president in the recent Amherst Bee article regarding the reduction of nurse staffing hours for our pri More...

Town hypocrisy shown in citations

I have lived on Markley Drive in Getzville for more than 19 years and had an independent contractor plow my driveway when it snows more than 3 inches. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

High school reunion slated for July Amherst Central High School's Class of 1988 will be celebrating its 20th high school reunion on July 25 at Shanghai Reds' with appetizers and cocktails. Tickets are $60. More...

Sports

Sweet Home wins first Federation title, Castiglia named game MVP

The Sweet Home Federation hockey team knew its backs were against the wall heading into the Section VI Western New York Varsity Hockey small school tournament. More...

East's Cohen advances to state wrestling meet

After taking second at the Class AAA Tournament, Max Cohen was on a mission to win his first Section VI championship and the Williamsville East senior didn't disappoint. More...

Commentary

Sabres could use a sixth sense

February is generally too early to begin talking about the NHL playoffs, especially with the kinds of seasons the Buffalo Sabres have been having since the lockout. More...

Business

Business News

Michael Olear of Amherst, broker associate and team leader of the Olear Realty Group at MJ Peterson Real Estate, has received the designation of certified residential specialist from the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-prof More...

Alexandra Gifts celebrates 15th anniversary

Where did the past 15 years go? Joan Ess of Williamsville spent the time creating her own gift boutique of "high quality, special items." She celebrates the anniversary of her store, Alexandra Gifts, in March. More...

Council solicits community help in nominating small businesses for awards

Do you know a business with exceptional customer service or high ethical standards? What about one that uses innovative technology to move ahead of its competition? If so, then the Amherst Chamber of Commerce wants to know about it. More...

Unknown number of residents affected by tax glitch

Questions about why some town residents' taxes were charged twice remained unanswered. Town tax receiver Susan Jaros said HSBC Bank had deposited some taxes twice and in a few cases three times. More...

Sidewalk upkeep difficult on main roads

Maple Road resident Willie Roberson cleared his sidewalk one Friday night, went to dinner with his wife and returned home to a snow- and debris-covered sidewalk. Yet no new snow had fallen. More...

Mill Restoration for Rent plan unveiled

Businesses and nonprofit organizations are being sought to partner in the Williamsville Water Mill restoration process. More...

Community News

St. Benedict Church will present Rev. Peter Karalus, pastor of Epiphany Parish in North Collins, who will discuss, "What Being Catholic Means to Me." The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at St. More...

Town isn't compliant with Disabilities Act

Clean Water Act lawsuit dismissed

Town of Amherst board members are aware the town is not 100 percent compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Now it's up to them to do something about it. More...

As Unique As a Snowflake

AS UNIQUE AS A SNOWFLAKE - Ji-Hyeon Grace Choi, 9, puts her own creative touch on her snowflake picture frame during Winter Festival held at the Clearfield Community Center on Feb. 20. More...

Editorial

Bee Editorial

Give the voters a say on Town Board size

Does the Town of Amherst need six board members, plus the supervisor? The majority of the Town Board doesn't care what your answer is. With a mighty hand, the board voted "no" to Council Member Dr. More...

Spindle items

• ARTHRITIS CLASSES - The Arthritis Foundation will hold an exercise program at Slim and Tone, 55 CrossPoint Parkway, Suite 106, Getzville. The class will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 4-28. More...

New Addition

• NEW ADDITION - Let me introduce myself. I am the new Amherst lifestyles reporter, replacing Elizabeth Taufa who embarked on a visit to Europe on Sunday. 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...

Obituaries

Donald L. Schieve, physician assistant, paramedic

Donald L. Schieve, of Buffalo and Port Colborne, Ontario, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 in Sisters of Charity Hospital. Mr. Schieve was born in Oxnard, Calif. More...

Edward F. Stillwell, former Buffalo Bills administrator

Edward F. Stillwell, 73, of Fort Myers, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008 in his home. Mr. Stillwell was a graduate of Amherst High School and served three years in the Marine Corps and 20 years with the New York State Police. More...

Education

Students of the Month

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH - Kadimah School of Buffalo recognized four outstanding Students of the Month for February. From left are Veronica Borzynski, grade four; Anna Pressman, grade six; Bennett Levy, grade four; and Zachary Richheimer, grade six. More...

Amherst Middle School posts honor roll

The following Amherst Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2007-08 school year: Grade 6 Quinnton Adams, Brianna Alaimo, Elizabeth Anderson, Emily Anderson, Alvaro Antolin, Parveen Attai, Juwan Ba More...

School News

The Park School of Buffalo will present "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," a musical based on the comic strip "Peanuts," written by Charles M. Schulz. More...

Lifestyles

Bringing Home 'Birdie'

'Birdie' Sweet Home students embrace old-school comedy

I In a complete turnaround from last year's "Once On This Island," Sweet Home High School will present the lighthearted musical comedy "Bye Bye Birdie" for its spring musical selection. More...

Pair visit Toronto, Jamaica after Grand Island nuptials

Danielle Lynn Stubbendeck married Nicholas Paul Bergman in an afternoon ceremony on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 at St. Stephen's Church in Grand Island. The Rev. Paul Nogaro officiated. More...

Jeffords- Goff

Donna and Robert Jeffords of Amherst announce the engagement of their daughter, Brianna Lee Jeffords, to Scott Reeder Goff, son of Gail and Marshall Goff of Syracuse. Miss Jeffords graduated from Amherst High School in 2002. More...

Entertainment

Theater

thurs. 28 . Baby - The musical features music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr., with a book by Sybille Pearson. More...

Family Activities

thurs. 28 . Sesame Street Live: When Elmo Grows Up - Do you know what rubber duckies, trash can lids and cookie jars have in common? They can also be musical instruments. More...

Auditions

• SUBVERSIVE THEATRE - The Subversive Theatre Collective will hold auditions for "Nickel and Dimed" by Joan Holden from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., Buffalo. No appointment is necessar y. More...