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December 31, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

County has until Jan. 15 to get tax bills out before town is affected

''This situation will be decided in court at the taxpayers' expense.'' — Assessor Harry Williams

The Town of Amherst can only wait and see what happens as debates continue at the county level concerning the 2009 taxes. More...

2008 — A year in review

In 2008, the Town of Amherst came together under many different circumstances — love and hate included. Residents were clearly divided on the "Maple Road" issue. Supporters and opposers took their designated sides. More...

Local News

Community News

The Amherst Recreation Department has the 2009 recreation ID cards available for $5. A driver's license must be presented at time of renewal to verify residency. More...

ALL CLEAR

Joe Carlevarini of Lincoln Road in Snyder shovels snow off his roof Dec. 23. A few days later, high temperatures and winds — both in the 50s — would have taken care of the problem. More...

East Amherst resident chosen to succeed Ranzenhofer as Legislator

Raymond W. Walter of East Amherst has been chosen to succeed Michael Ranzenhofer as Erie County Legislator for the 4th District. Ranzenhofer will be leaving to take on his new role as state senator representing the 61st District. 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

Mill shouldn't be used as a library

Not meaning to be blasphemous, I can just picture the good Lord receiving his weekly issue of The Amherst Bee. "What is wrong with the people down there?" he'd rumble. "They aren't using the brains I gave them. More...

Yaeger's story was worth being told

The recent article in The Bee about Gordon Yaeger was a long time coming. Thanks, Nancy, for telling the Amherst residents about your late husband's projects while working for Bell Textron. More...

Education

School News

Country Parkway and Maple East Elementary School students recently participated in Univera Healthcare's Fun 2B Fit program, which is a school-based initiative encouraging children and their families to make healthier food choices by trying new fo More...

What's Going On

Wha t's Going On

Murder mystery planned at Kadimah School Audience members will have the chance to help solve a murder mystery featuring six suspects in "We All Loved Charlie," to be presented by the Weiss Players at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. More...

Sports

Poor first quarter costs East boys hoops

Besides getting out-scored, 20-9, in the first quarter, the Williamsville East boys basketball team played Bishop Timon St. Jude tough, falling 60-55, on Dec. 23 at Williamsville East. More...

North girls hoops shuts down Starpoint

Williamsville North girls basketball coach Clare Crowley has stressed to her team all season that defense will be a big key to victory and that was certainly the case against Starpoint on Dec. 23. More...

Fun side of game told by Sabres former PR man

Looking for something to warm you up while stuck inside during this blast from old man winter? More...

Business

Business News

Donna Fernandes of the Buffalo Zoo will speak at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200. Cost is $10 for Chamber members or $25 for nonmembers. RSVP by calling 632-6905. More...

Seyler brings new life to wood

David Seyler took his fascination with animals and nature and combined it with his artistic talent and scientific background to create furniture suitable for just about anyone's household. More...

Essex Homes using Andersen windows

Essex Homes of WNY, with a location at 8940 Main St., Clarence, has added Andersen windows to its list of standard benefits for its entire line of homes. More...

Reynolds caps 34-year career

It started in the small town of Concord, in a modest government building, overseeing very local happenings. And it ended 370 miles away in Washington, D.C., in a major governmental body, overseeing national issues. Rep. More...

STORY TIME

Rachel Choe, 5, left, Jackson Porter, 4, and Derek Universal, 5, listen to Miss Mary Lou during story time at the Williamsville Library on Saturday. More...

Pullinzi proves to be a 'top chef' at state cook-off

Nia Pullinzi, a Williamsville culinary skills student from Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center, along with her fellow teammates of Team Buffalo, won first place in the New York State Junior Hot Food Competition held on Dec. 13. More...

Editorial

Power struggle further drags down county's reputation

County Legislature vs. county executive — here we go again. As the red-and-green budget fiasco of several years ago proved, when it comes to a political squabble, the only ones who end up paying the ultimate price are the taxpayers. More...

Spindle items

• 2009 ADJUSTMENTS — Unlike last year's 2008 resolutions (exercising, finding a job, moving out of mom and dad's house), my 2009 resolutions consist of short and simple tasks that can be achieved regularly. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Jan. 3, 1884 Miss Bertha Boettger was married on Sunday, December 30th, at the residence of her parents at Eggertsville, by her father, the Rev. Boettger, to Mr. Julius Heysner of Rochester, N.Y. Mrs. More...

Police Blotter

Motorist enjoys wine with fast food

Friday, Dec. 19 • A Deer Ridge Court resident called police to complain that the neighbor's plow service was dumping snow on the complainant's lawn and sidewalk. The neighbor was advised to ask the plow service to pile snow on her property. More...

Best of the Blotter

Excerpts from police calls are a regular feature in all nine Bee Group newspapers. Some of the more unusual reports from 2008 are reprinted here. Each is an actual listing from a local town or village police blotter.

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Obituaries

Frederick C. Yuhl, retired business owner, World War II veteran

Frederick Carlton Yuhl of Williamsville, formerly of Eggertsville, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. More...

Frances Frank-Stahlberger, teacher, volunteer

Frances "Fran" Frank-Stahlberger (nee Alburn), 82, of Getzville, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. Mrs. Frank-Stahlberger attended St. Paul's School in Kenmore and Mount Saint Mary's Academy, where she graduated as the valedictorian. More...

Peter A. Krestos, former restaurant owner

Peter Anastasios Krestos, 85, of Buffalo, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Born April 7, 1923, in Kranidion, Greece, Mr. Krestos attended Hutchinson Technical High School. He was a U.S. More...

Lifestyles

A toast to 2009:

community leaders and members share resolutions

3... 2 ... 1... The ball drops into 2009 amidst champagne, smooches and smiles. During the one-second transition from 11:59 p.m. on Dec. More...

Couple receive special blessing

Maria Christina Hejna married Andrew Thomas Garrity in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville. The Rev. David D. More...

King-McKirchy

Victoria and Paul King of Williamsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Rae King, to Raphael McKirchy, son of Virginia and Richard McKirchy of Getzville. More...

Entertainment

Holiday

wed. 31 First Night Buffalo — Buffalo's biggest drug- and alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration, 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, the Buffalo Convention Center, Franklin and Court streets, Buffalo. More...

Family Activities

thurs. 1 New Year's Day Chestnut Ridge Outing — Join the Foothills Trail Club as they traverse the five miles of trails in Chestnut Ridge Park. Meet at 11 a.m. More...

Theater

wed. 7 American Rhapsody — MusicalFare Theatre presents the world premiere production of "Amer ic an Rhapsody, " a celebration of the American spirit and centered on George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Opening at 7 p.m. More...