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October 15, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Total domination

Lauren Weber moves the ball for the Williamsville North field hockey team against West Seneca East on Friday at North. The Lady Spartans won 5-0. Photo by Amy Krakowiak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

District reaping self-insurance savings

Amherst Schools

The Amherst Central School District continues to see savings from switching its health insurance from a single provider to self-insurance. The School Board learned at the Oct. More...

Schumer, Clinton urge FEMA to extend deadline for tree removal

After a local contractor defaulted on its contract, U.S. Sens. Charles E. More...

Local News

Chief: cuts to police budget threaten safety

"We need funding put back into the budget; it's critically important to public safety," Amherst Police Chief John C. Askey said Tuesday. More...

Police question man following suspicious person complaints

The Amherst Police Department's Special Victims Unit identified and interviewed a 52-year-old Hamburg man in connection with two incidents of suspicious activity that occurred in the Town of Amherst. On Sept. More...

Bee sets election policy

Bee Group Newspapers will not publish letters to the editor, Bee Heard calls or political briefs on candidates or issues involved in the Nov. 4 election after the Oct. 22/23 editions. The editorial deadline for those editions is Friday, Oct. 17. More...

Police Blotter

Haunted house has youths running for bathroom

(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, Oct. More...

Letters to the Editor

Mesi's focus on job creation is key

Eight years ago, my wife and I, Western New York natives and Cornell graduates, joined the exodus of Western New Yorkers seeking opportunity elsewhere. More...

Senior Center thanks community

On behalf of the Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation, Inc., we want to thank The Amherst Bee for all you did to assist us with the publicity for our first Pizza & Wing Fling, which took place Oct. 7 at the Main Transit Fire Hall. More...

Education

School News

Hannah Larson and Christian Puehn, both seniors at Amherst Central High School, have been named commended students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program. Sweet Home Central School District alumni Drs. More...

Park School to host tree planting session

The reforesting of Western New York continues again this fall with a training session from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder. For information, call 888-9766. More...

Town receives portion of $27 million Safe Routes to School grant

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn announced that more than $27 million in grants has been awarded for 70 projects across the state to help students walk and bike safely to school and home again. More...

Sports

East's Khmylev defeats teammate for ECIC crown

Girls tennis

Olga Khmylev's road to a New York State high school singles championship began with a convincing showing at the ECIC Singles Tournament last Friday and Saturday at the Village Glen Tennis Club. More...

Second-half surge pushes South past Amherst

Trailing Amherst, 20-18, at halftime, the Williamsville South football team didn't panic. Instead, they simply made plays. More...

East football shuts out North, 13-0

Williamsville East ended a four-game losing streak with a 13-0 shutout over Williamsville North last Saturday at Williamsville East. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

fri. 17 . Owl Prowl — Learn about local owls and listen for them on a walk through the woods, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. 683-5959 . More...

Halloween

thurs. 16 . Scare at the Fair & Dark Raven Manor — It's time for frightening fun at Scare at the Fair with two buildings filled with five different haunted houses and one R-rated haunted house (must be 17 years More...

Tours

thurs. 16 . Haunted History Ghost Walks: Williams ville — 7 p.m. Th at The Old Mill, Spring Street, Williamsville; $. 655-6663, www.MasonWinfield.com fri. 17 . Haunted History Ghost Walks: Allentown — 7 p.m. More...

Halloween happenings in town, village

The Town of Amherst will host Halloween Happenings at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Road. Activities include crafts and Halloween activities. Pinatas will be broken at 11:30 a.m. More...

Board meets to adjust 2009 budget

Public hearing set for Oct. 20

The Amherst Town Board gathered Tuesday afternoon to amend the tentative $115.8 million budget, with results unknown before The Amherst Bee's press time. More...

HE COULD GO ALL THE WAY

HE COULD GO ALL THE WAY — Williamsville Junior Football Army freshman Andrew Crawford avoids two defenders from Niagara Falls Cataract during Saturday's game on the field at the Amherst Pepsi Center. More...

IN PREPARATION

IN PREPARATION — Rebecca Wutz and David Boatman, both of Amherst, are practicing dance steps they will use at the Victorian Dance Society of the Amherst Museum's 10th annual ball, to be held on Nov. More...

GO TIGERS

GO TIGERS — Smallwood Drive Elementary School students Ashley Thielman and Mary Katherine Plante show their school spirit during the first Welcome Back Fall Festival held last month. More...

Editorial

Get involved — it's your money, services at risk

Bee Editorial

What is important to you as a resident of Amherst? This is ultimately the question being asked when the public hearing on the 2009 budget is called to order at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20. More...

Spindle items

• OH, CANADA — For us Western New Yorkers, going to Canada isn't that big of a deal. But for my cousin Chelsea, 14, it was on the top of her to-do list during a recent visit. A resident of Murray, Ky. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Oct. 18, 1883 The Eggertsville toll-gate, which for the past forty-four years had been in the keeping of Mr. John Oberholser and family, has, since the death of the old gentleman, passed into the care of Miss Hattie Magoffin. 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

Paul R. Luedeke, Buffalo decorator and design artist

Paul R. Luedeke, 93, of Amherst, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Born on Jan. 15, 1915, Mr. Luedeke was the son of the late Louise M. Schweigel and Charles R. Luedeke and a longtime resident of the Buffalo area. More...

James E. Flynn, former Bee employee

James E. Flynn, 91, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at his home in Florida. Born in Dunkirk, Mr. Flynn moved to DeLand, Fla., in 2004 from Ormond Beach, Fla. He served in the anti-aircraft division of the U.S. More...

Death

DAVIS, Nancy L., of Amherst, died Tuesday, Oct. 7. 2008. Daughter of the late Mary G. and Leland G. Davis, she is also predeceased by her brother, Jack A. A private service was held, with interment at Westfield Cemetery. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Health Center to offer free holistic consultations Inner Health and Wellness is offering free holistic health consultations from now until the end of October. More...

Lifestyles

Age is no hurdle

74-year-old runner to participate in first marathon

EEarning more than 200 trophies, plaques and medals from athletic races held across the country, Gloria Santarpia has bested more than just her competition. She has beaten age. More...

Scouts dig up time behind a 19th-century tavern

Using teamwork and some handmade sifters, the Boy Scouts of Troop 261 in Amherst filtered through time as they cleaned out the privy of a tavern built in the late 1800s. More...

Junior Achievement blows out 50 candles

Junior Achievement's history in Western New York began with 400 high school students running 20 mock businesses. More...

Business

Business News

Nanci M. Monaco of Williamsville, an associate professor of educational foundations at Buffalo State College, was honored at the annual Academic Convocation ceremony in September at Rockwell Hall. More...

Creekside Hot Tubs and Sauna Co. marks 25th anniversary

Robert McCue, owner of Creekside Hot Tubs and Sauna Co., says the difference between his small business and larger ones is customer service. And he would know; he's been at it for 25 years. More...

Amherst resident honored by Canisius, Junior Achievement

Alphonso O'Neil-White, president and chief executive officer of HealthNow, was honored with the Business Executive of the Year Award at the 40th annual Canisius College Business Awards Dinner on Oct. 14 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. More...