Weekly Feature



December 17, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Opening act

Williamsville East High School senior Rhea Francani performs at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts on Sunday. More...

Veterans Canal Park boat launch to be repaired

Lehigh Valley Railroad survey approved

More boats than tow trucks should be seen at Veterans Canal Park with the approval of a bond to repair the boat launch leading into the Erie Canal. More...

TREE HUNTING

TREE HUNTING — The Waack family of East Amherst select a Christmas tree from the many on display at Spoth's Farm Market on Transit Road. Pictured looking at a tree are Kelsy, her father, Jim, and brother Matthew. Photo by Jim Smerecak More...

Local News

HEAP applications accepted Dec. 29 at Town Hall

Income guidelines for the Home Energy Assistance Program have changed. "Please check the new guidelines to see if your family is eligible," Edward Rath, 15th district Erie County legislator, said. More...

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa will be making early visits to Town of Amherst neighborhoods leading up to the Christmas holiday. But the jolly old man in red won't have his sleigh — he will be traveling via fire truck. His first stop is in East Amherst. More...

Holidays affect Bee deadlines

The observances of Christmas and New Year's Day will affect deadlines for Bee Group Newspapers. Bee offices will be closed on both of these holidays. Dec. 24 edition Editorial material is due by 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19. More...

Police Blotter

Men in dark clothes really were 'invisible'

(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...

Police departments collaborate in arrest of teens

Suspected of robbing the Walgreens at Kenmore Avenue and Main Street at knifepoint, two teens were arrested at around 10 p.m. Thursday. More...

Wehrle Drive resident reports $50,000 burglary

Amherst police responded to a house on Wehrle Drive for a burglary and found several items missing — the value totaling $50,000. More...

Education

New principal appointed at Maple East Elementary

The Williamsville Board of Education has appointed Cathy Mihalic Hasbani principal of Maple East Elementary School, effective Jan. 26. Mihalic Hasbani will replace Mary Mallon, who is retiring Feb. 2. More...

Amherst High School posts honor roll

The following Amherst High School students have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2008-09 school year: Grade 9 Natsumi Abellana, Kelcie Adams, Ahmed Adil, Mina Alaimo, Kevin Allwes, Elizabeth Arlington, Brendon Bardo, Lel More...

Mill Middle School names honor students

The following Mill Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2008-09 school year: Grade 5 Elizabeth Baldwin, Nicholas Bartelo, Leilah Bates, Theresa Batt, Michael Benz, Noah Block, Jamie Boyar, Trevor More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Spanish For Preschoolers lessons to be held Registration is now open for an 8-week Spanish course for 3-5 year olds, offered by CultureKids and to be held at Inspire Learning Center. The Level 1 class will begin Thursday, Jan. More...

Lifestyles

Newlyweds celebrate first 'marry' Christmas

by KELLY JACKSON Reporter Not five golden rings this year, but two — two that symbolize the union of husband and wife in a lifelong marriage. More...

Menorah lighting to mark first night of Hanukkah

The giant community menorah will be lit at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, to begin the holiday of Hanukkah. It is one of the tallest menorahs in the country and is sponsored by Chabad House of Buffalo. More...

Library News

The following events will be held at the Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Registration is required for all programs. Call 689-4922. Music with Matt at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, all ages. More...

Business

Quaker Steak & Lube opens its doors

People aren't always sure what Quaker Steak & Lube offers, said Nick Scott Jr., vice president of Scott Enterprises. More...

STAR rebate check application deadline nears

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Robert L. Megna reminds homeowners who may be eligible for a 2008 STAR Rebate Program check that they have until midnight Dec. 31 to apply. More...

Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors introduces Web site

Citing a need to give homeowners a voice, the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors has launched a Web site, www.WNYProgressNow.com, designed to inform the public about issues relevant to property rights and values. More...

Mill-library proposal met with support

What began as a conversation between a father and son during a vacation walk has evolved into a growing plan to revamp the Williamsville Water Mill by relocating the library there. More...

YMCA granted access to build on Main Street

The YMCA has moved a step closer to relocating to 6301 Main St. Currently located at 4433 Main St., near Harlem Road, the organization is looking to expand and move next to Erie Community College at Main Street and Youngs Road. More...

Girls hockey considered for future school budget

Board reviews major impact items

Is this the year that girls hockey will be offered in high schools? The Williamsville School District Board of Education discussed the possibility at its Dec. 9 board meeting, listing it as a major financial impact item. More...

No girls hockey slated for next year

A girls hockey league in Western New York is getting closer to a reality but it won't happen for the 2009-10 school year. More...

Communities collaborate on emergency preparedness grant

The towns of Amherst, Cheektowaga and Lancaster are collaborating on a grant to make sure residents are better prepared to care for themselves and their communities during an emergency. More...

Pedestrian killed on Essjay Road, driver charged

An 85-year-old pedestrian died shortly after being struck by a sport utility vehicle Friday morning as she was crossing Essjay Road. The Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit responded at 7:05 a.m. More...

Editorial

Will Big Three short-term loan have long-term benefit?

Bee Editorial

The automotive industries' Big Three — Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Chrysler — have gotten themselves into a financial mess. More...

Spindle items

• UB'S TOP 10 LIST — For those who have been following the University at Buffalo's football season, you may find interesting the following e-mail, titled "The University at Buffalo's Unofficial Response to David Letterman's Tribut More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Dec. 20, 1883 A recent visitor at our public schools found everything progressing finely. Both departments were visited and good work is evidently being done. 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

Trees were handled in political manner

The Town of Amherst has collaborated with Mother Nature in an elegantly designed natural experiment. In October 2006, an early storm damaged thousands of trees in the town and elsewhere. More...

Obituaries

Marie C. Errico, nursing teacher

Marie C. Errico (nee Terranova), 73, of Amherst, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Born Dec. 29, 1934, she graduated from the Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing and Buffalo State Teachers' College. More...

Dorothy E. Arhardt, former business owner

Dorothy E. Arhardt (nee Wittman), 94, of Williamsville, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Born April 11, 1914, she graduated from Neumann High School and Bryant & Stratton College. Beginning in 1959, Mrs. More...

Betty J. Drexelius, retired regional coordinator for MetLife

Betty Jane "Liz" Drexelius (nee Braunscheidel), 73, formerly of Amherst, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. More...

Sports

Amherst keglers need maximum effort to succeed

Some of the area's best high school boys bowling teams are in ECIC Division II. That is why Tigers coach Jason Beckman said his team has to be at their best all of the time to have success this winter. More...

North's Novak commits to Canisius

Rob Novak is a busy senior at Williamsville North. Whether he's swimming for the Spartans' boys swim team or running a club, he's always in demand. Now Canisius College wants him. More...

Arcara eyes state diving title

After taking third in diving at last year's state meet, Chris Arcara would like to end his senior season with Williamsville North as a state champion. More...

Entertainment

Holiday

thurs. 18 . The Colored Musicians Club — The George Scott Big Band, members of the Colored Musicians Club, along with the Classic Elements Quartet, will perform holiday music, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. More...

Family Activities

fri. 19 . Beyond Belief Magic — With Greg Frewin. Experience the mystery and art of illusion starring Greg Frewin, international Grand Champion of Magic, and featuring rare and majestic tigers and exotic birds. Performances: 8 p.m. More...

Special Events

sat. 20 . Greyhound Rescue Adoption Day — Sponsored by Honey Hill Pet Center, come out and visit with some loveable rescued greyhounds, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville. More...