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December 24, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Sen. Rath closes political door

In her final interview as a state senator, Mary Lou Rath spoke to The Amherst Bee with the same gusto one would expect of a rookie legislator. Her fight for what is right is not gone, nor will she be silent. More...

Sweet Home enrollment declining, study shows

Enrollment in the Sweet Home Central School District is projected to drop by about 260 students during the next five years, according to a report from a Syracuse research firm. Steven M. Grossman told the Board of Education at its Dec. More...

Veterans committee created; residents sought to fill board vacancies

According to the Town of Amherst's Web site, there are 36 boards and committees that residents can serve on — and members are needed. Also added was another, the Veterans Committee, created at the Dec. 15 board meeting. More...

Local News

OLD ST. NICK

Navarre Shatzel, 8, and his sister, Marina, 6, of Lancaster visit with Santa at Eastern Hills Mall on Saturday. The siblings attend Clarence schools. More...

Family dog saved from house fire

An Amherst duplex sustained $95,000 damage in a fire late Saturday afternoon. Ellicott Creek and Getzville firefighters responded at 5:15 p.m. to the John Maron residence at 180 Glenhaven Drive. More...

DECORATION WINNERS

The Williamsville Business Association named the winners of its Holiday Decorating Contest: Prosit! Restaurant, 5428 Main St., for Best Building Decoration, and DiCamillo Bakery, 5329 Main St., for Best Window Decoration. 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

Robert Morelle, retired Amherst police officer

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a. m. Saturday, Dec. 27 in St. Rose of Lima Church, 11 Center St., Forestville, for Robert D. Morelle, a retired Amherst police officer. Mr. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Preschool Spanish lessons to be held Registration is open for an eight-week Spanish course for 3- to 5-year-olds, offered by CultureKids at Inspire Learning Center. The Level 1 class will begin from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. More...

Sports

Bisons 19U team captures Ridley College title

The Buffalo Bisons 19U beat Ridley College, 4-3, in four overtimes to capture the Ridley College Thanksgiving tournament. In the preliminary rounds, the Bisons beat St. Catharines, 7-0, and tied the Ontario Hockey Academy, 3-3. More...

Lady Spartans ready for breakthrough season

Indoor track

Many of Williamsville North's top female indoor track athletes graduated last year, such as Meredith Kirby, Sarah Mikulski, Emily Curry, Dawn Hu and Kim Schueler — all sectional qualifiers, Kirby and Mikulski went to states — making thi More...

Depth to aid South girls

In recent years, members from the Williamsville South girls indoor track team have excelled. Now it's time for the entire team to join in the success. More...

Business

Natale Builders provides quality homes

Natale Builders has been creating homes in Western New York for about 40 years. "We 're very diversified. I think we're one of the most diversified builders in the area," said president Angelo Natale. More...

Urgent care available during holidays at Lifetime Health Medical Group

AfterHours Medical Care, which handles walk-in urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses, will be open this holiday season at two locations. More...

Meetings

One hundred companies set for JOBSapalooza JOBSapalooza, the largest job and internship fair in Western New York, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the Buffalo Convention Center in downtown Buffalo. More...

Court rules town must reinstate assistant town enginner

The same ruling that gives the Amherst Town Board power to hire police officers will also be what reinstates Jim Johnson as a town employee. Johnson was fired in April, relieved of his duties as assistant town engineer. More...

Mohan pondering change in deputy supervisor

The Amherst Town Board will hold its organizational meeting on Jan. 5 at Town Hall but one decision has already been made, Sharon Colasanti will not be Supervisor Satish Mohan's secretary in 2009. Colasanti was fired on Dec. 15. More...

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Rabbi Moshe Gurary, from the Chabad House, lights the giant community Menorah on Sunday on Maple Road, marking the start of the Hanukkah celebration. It is one of the tallest menorahs in the country. More...

Gordon Yaeger's untold story

Former town resident flew Bell Rocket Belt in 1960s

Not many people know Gordon Yaeger's story. More...

Editorial

Hoping new faces bring change to government

This is an unusual December for Amherst in that two major legislative representatives are retiring and two new leaders will be installed. At the federal level, Rep. Thomas Reynolds, R-26th District, is retiring. More...

Spindle items

• MERRY CHRISTMAS — Was driving to Toronto on Friday afternoon a good idea? No. But my boyfriend, Dan, and I decided to make the trip anyway. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Dec. 27, 1883 Mrs. Elizabeth Frick, wife of Christian Frick, died Dec. 22, 1883 at the home of her son-in-law, Tobias Witmer, near Williamsville. Rev. D.H. More...

Police Blotter

Dancing leads to disorderly conduct charge

Friday, Dec. 12 • A customer at a Main Street store became irate about receiving the wrong change and threatened to punch the employee in the face. The customer was advised not to return to the store. More...

Letters to the Editor

Board should engage public

A specter is haunting the halls of Amherst town government — the specter of the beginning of the bare roots of a dictatorship in the form of the gang of four that three times denied the people of Amherst the right to decide how they should be More...

Focus on political parties was wrong

I am disappointed by The Amherst Bee's misleading headline last week: "Democrats vote to keep board at seven." Maybe The Amherst Bee has a short memory, so I will remind this fine paper about the previous votes the Town Board had on this very subje More...

Education

St. Leo the Great School posts honor roll

St. More...

Board approves, names new principal, board member

Amherst Schools

The Amherst Central School District received two early Christmas presents at the Dec. 16 meeting. The board approved the hiring of Margaret Hollstein as principal at Smallwood Drive Elementary, effective Jan. More...

Foundation awards grants to Williamsville schools

The Williamsville Education Foundation, Inc. has announced funding of nearly $4,800 for 10 projects and programs in eight Williamsville schools. More...

Lifestyles

What better gift than the gift of life

For five Christmases, Joseph Nanna's name has appeared not on Santa's naughty or nice list but on the national liver transplant waiting list. More...

Arena-McCann

Maria and Michael Arena of Clarence announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Marie Arena, to Lt. Cmdr. Toby McCann, son of Ann and Kevin McCann of Falmouth, England. More...

Julian-Barkley

Carol and Robert Julian Sr. of Williamsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Julian, to Jeremy Barkley, son of Peg and Martin Barkley of North Tonawanda. More...

Entertainment

Holiday

fri. 26 & sat. 27 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — D on't miss the heart-warming holiday classic story of a red-nosed reindeer named Rudolph, with audience participation, More...

Theater

fri. 26 Such Foolish Affected Ladies — Comedy features two pompous women who learn that people aren't always what they appear to be. More...

Family Activities

fri. 26 Messing Around with White Stuff — The Explore and More Children's Museum will offer a family fun program playing with cornstarch, water and aprons, 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. More...