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July 2, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Fourth of July celebration planned

The Town of Amherst's annual Independence Day celebration will fill the sky with music and fireworks. Kicking off the celebration is the Billy McEwen Band from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the University at Buffalo's North Campus. More...

We did it!

Annise Celano, left, Kelly Dixson and Taylor Manahan are all smiles following the Amherst Central High School commencement Saturday at the UB Center for the Arts. For more photos, see pages 10- 11. More...

Rural/Metro Medical Services enhances prehospital care

Rural/Metro Medical Services has undertaken a $3 million investment in technology and equipment to improve prehospital care for patients in Western New York. More...

Local News

Political News

Jon Powers, endorsed Democratic candidate in New York's 26th Congressional District, received an early endorsement from the New York State AFL-CIO. More...

Community News

Nicholas and Joey Bartelo of Williamsville, students at Community Music School, recently won awards at a competition. Nicholas tied to win a 2008 Ruth A. More...

Williamsville North Prom 2008

Ben Dessoye, dressed in full evening attire, shares a dance with Caitlin McLeod at Samuel's Grande Manor on June 25. Photos by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

Police Blotter

Drunken man thrown out of bar; mom responds

(Editor's 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. More...

Three teens found living in vacant home, charged

A real estate agent arrived at a Sunshine Drive home to find it was already occupied. The agent told Amherst Police she went to the home at noon Monday and found three teens inside. They reportedly bolted from the home through a back window. More...

Police News

Erie Community College recently held a graduation ceremony for the largest class in Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy history. More...

Obituaries

Lorraine J. Lynn, community service worker

Lorraine Jean Lynn, 87, a longtime resident of Williamsville, died Saturday, May 31, 2008, in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. More...

David J. Culligan, former resident, sailor

David J. Culligan, of Raleigh, N.C., formerly of Williamsville, died Tuesday, June 17, 2008. Mr. Culligan was a graduate of Williamsville High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy following graduation and served for 20 years. More...

Daniel A. MacLeod, former Williamsville resident

Daniel Angus MacLeod, of Loris, S.C., formerly of Williamsville, died Sunday, June 8, 2008. Born in Salamanca, N.Y., on June 26, 1957, Mr. MacLeod graduated from Williamsville South High School. He attended SS. Peter and Paul School. Mr. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Caregiver group scheduled to meet The Men's Caregiver Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of WNY, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the private dining room at Elder- Wood Village at Glenwood, 5271 Main St., Williamsville. More...

Sports

Soccer team embarks on European tour

Williamsville player on Clarence squad headed to Prague Cup

It's not uncommon to see athletes join travel teams during the summer to keep their skills up-to-date in their chosen sport, but one Clarence soccer team is giving a new meaning to the term "travel team. More...

Wings offer development program

The Buffalo Wings girls lacrosse organization, which is open to players of all ages from modified to varsity, is debuting the "Hot Wings" developmental lacrosse program for girls entering grades three through eight this fall. More...

Pepsi Center to host in-line hockey tourney

The Tournament Of Roller Hockey Series (TORHS) will be bringing its National Tournament to Buffalo when the Amherst Pepsi Center hosts the 2008 action from July 4 to 12. More...

Business

Business News

Steve Glamuzina recently opened his newly renovated 10,000-square-foot wine retail and education facility, Georgetown Square Wines and Liquors. The business offers wine education classes, tastings and other special events. More...

Largest state AAA automotive repair facility opens in Eggertsville

AAA Western New York opened the AAA Car Care Plus on June 25 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony in Eggertsville. More...

Cappellino dealership acquires Culligan Pontiac GMC

Cappellino Towne Buick Saab Hummer has acquired the Pontiac GMC franchise from Jim Culligan in Williamsville. The acquisition places more new GM brands in one location than any other area auto dealer, according to a Cappellino press release. More...

Police contract includes pay raise

Word has spread since the June 23 confrontation between Supervisor Satish Mohan and Council Member Guy Marlette, and many are reacting negatively to accusations that were tossed out. More...

UB breaks ground on projects

Out with the old, and in with the new. The University at Buffalo's North Campus broke ground on two major development projects this past week. More...

Old Home Days begins Tuesday

The 2008 version of the Williamsville-Amherst Old Home Days will begin Tuesday, July 8, at Island Park at the rear of the Village Hall, 5565 Main St. A Chiavetta's chicken dinner to benefit St. More...

Konst may shift gears

by LISA A. JOHNSON Lancaster-Depew Editor Kathy Konst may bow out of the race for Thomas Reynolds' congressional seat to take aim at 32-year incumbent state Sen. Dale Volker. More...

RATED E FOR EVERYONE

RATED E FOR EVERYONE - Helen Flatow, a resident of Weinberg Campus, competes against volunteer coordinator Katie Phillips in a game of tennis on the popular Nintendo game system Wii. More...

Editorial

Bee Editorial

Mohan has no excuse for actions

If Council Member Guy Marlette hadn't stepped up to the plate, the Town and the Amherst Police Club Inc. would be going before an arbitrator on July 15. More...

Spindle items

• WEDDING BLISS - I am looking forward to the upcoming long weekend and the celebration of the Fourth of July on Friday. But this year is extra special, as I have the honor of standing up in my friend Kathryn's wedding. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago July 5, 1883 Com. J.J. Lentz delivered a brilliant fourth of July oration at the Bestow grove picnic. It was listened to with marked attention. A large fire-cracker thrown by Mr. Jacob Straub struck Mr. 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

Mohan should not be in office

I suppose I should not be surprised to hear Supervisor Satish Mohan accuse Guy Marlette of corruption (Amherst Bee, June 25). More...

Mohan could have negotiated first

In this latest tirade of Supervisor Satish Mohan's, he has only proved one thing: how to humiliate himself in the public eye. More...

Truth lies in the facts of the contract

The editorial staff at the Bee should, and could, end the dispute on the Town Board relative to the police contract. They should elaborate and publish the specifics of the contract. More...

Education

School News

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute recently named members to its board of trustees, including Thomas Comer '81, of Amherst, and Dennis J. Szefel of Getzville. They were elected to serve a three-year term. More...

Outstanding seniors look forward to postgraduation

Each month, the Williamsville North Student Council chooses two outstanding members of the senior class to recognize in this column. The final two seniors chosen for the 2007-08 school year are Joseph Greenwald and Erica Stricko. More...

Youths invited to take Summer Reading Challenge

Just because school is out doesn't mean students have to stop learning - or reading. Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer perform better in school in the fall. More...

Lifestyles

Village Island Park hosting Old Home Days

Island Park in Williamsville will host the annual Old Home Days event from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, through Friday, July 11, at the park, rear of Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main St. More...

Guatemalan Healing Hands Foundation

Mission helps improve the quality of life by RIKKI CASON Reporter

Dr. Desirae McKee, a local hand surgeon, has joined the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation to perform surgery on those who need it. "We take these kids and give them something better than they started with," McKee said. More...

Library News

The following events will be held at Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Registration is required for all programs. Call 689-4922. Toddler time, 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. More...

Entertainment

Fourth of July

now-fri. 4 . Friendship Festival - 22nd annual event features events at Riverside Park in Buffalo, through July 4. Events include heritage arts, family activities, midway, live music and festival idol competition. More...

The Siege of Niagara

More than a thousand living history demonstrators, depicting French, British and Native warriors and followers of the armies, will gather at Old Fort Niagara July 4 through 6 to commemorate the 1759 Siege of Niagar a. More...

Old Home Days fun

Food, rides and family fun will be enjoyed when Old Home Days is held Tuesday, July 8 through Friday, July 11 at Island Park, behind Amherst & Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Village of W illiamsville. A parade kicks off the event at 6:30 p.m. More...