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January 21, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

HISTORY LESSON

HISTORY LESSON — Park School students Vicky McCauley, left, and Suzie Frank watch the Inauguration of 44th President Barack Obama at the school on Tuesday. Classes were canceled to allow students to watch the historic ceremony and speech. More...

NYSDOT expands highway emergency patrol on I-290

The Highway Emergency Local Patrol program has expanded to Interstate 290 in the Towns of Amherst and Tonawanda. More...

Sisters to travel to Ireland dance competition; younger is reigning champion

The Dargan sisters of Amherst are ready to once again take the world stage and compete among the best Irish dancers. Fiona, 11, and Kevinah, 14, are considered among the top dancers in the world, having 16 major titles between them. More...

Erie County Sheriff's Office seeks nominees for annual awards

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is inviting the public to submit nominations for four annual awards presented by his office at the annual Badge and Shield Dinner to be held at 6 p.m. More...

Local News

WILLIAMSVILLE WATER MILL

VALUABLE HISTORY WORTH SAVING Located in the Village of Williamsville on E. Spring Street

The Williamsville Water Mill is historically an architecturally significant and interesting. The Mill has architectural and industrial significance as a rare intact example of the water powered seat of local industry in Western New York. More...

Political News

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Leising named Amherst Bee Officer of the Year

In the summer of 2008, an Eggertsville neighborhood was victimized by several burglaries in 10 days, and one detective was honored for his work in solving the case. 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

Ward targeted for being right

A well-known local commentator recently wrote: "Albany's ills are killing upstate New York." He cut directly to the reality of Albany politics — "Power lies not with elected representatives, but with an army of special interest lobbyists." U More...

Reassessments unfair to taxpayers

The Amherst Town Board recently approved a budget that will provide all the funds necessary to operate the government for the year 2009. Now they are saying they want a minimum increase of 8 percent and probably more. More...

Education

School News

Williamsville Central School District fourth graders, from Maple East, Maple West and Forest elementary schools participated in the Erie County Music Educators Association Elementary All County Solo Festival on Jan. 10. More...

Kadimah's spelling bee goes into triple overtime

Kadimah School of Buffalo has its spelling bee champion, but it was a tough battle to get there. The school thought it planned enough time for its annual spelling bee contest on Jan. 14, but after 45 minutes, a winner still was not named. More...

Amherst School District likely to face staffing cuts

The Amherst Central School Board has always prided itself on never eliminating staff, but as budget discussions for the 2009-10 school year continue, there is a greater likelihood of such cuts. More...

Lifestyles

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' comes vibrantly alive at Williamsville East

It's not every day that you hear a teenager say how excited she is about practice. But for senior Rhea Francani of Williamsville East High School, this just happens to be the case. More...

'No pain, well trained!' Clarence bike path home to marathon trainees

When tragedy struck the Clarence bike path more than two years ago, community members found it painful and unsafe to continue using the trails. More...

To m 's Restaurant fundraiser to support Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo

To m 's Restaurant, at 3221 Sheridan Drive, invites people to stop in and make a donation to Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. More...

Business

'Here's to Your Health'

Expo at Eastern Hills Mall will provide wellness information

Many people resolve to pursue a healthier lifestyle at the start of a new year. However, some may need a little help to reach their target. More...

Schaffstall named Chamber's Success Showcase for January

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has named Dr. James Schaffstall as the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's Member Success Showcase for January 2009. Having opened his chiropractic practice in January 2008, he is one of the Chamber's newer members. More...

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital receives Society of Chest Pain accreditation

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital has received full Cycle II accreditation status from the Accreditation Review Committee of the Society of Chest Pain Centers. More...

Williamsville School District prepares to lose 9 percent of state aid

It was a grim presentation as Williamsville Central School District Superintendent Howard Smith discussed Gov. David Paterson's proposal for cutting state school aid. More...

Four arrested at AHS basketball game

A fight that broke out at a high school basketball game led to four arrests and an officer suffering a broken leg. More...

Sweet Home student representative inspires

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

To say that Andrea Finley, 17, is a well-rounded student is an understatement. She is an extremely active, successful and vocal student. More...

Jacquie Hirsch Foundation donates $10,000 to Roswell

Through Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Jacquie Hirsch For A.L.L Foundation has teamed with one of Hirsch's most instrumental doctors, Eunice Wang, in a combined effort to embark on a special and instrumental research project. More...

Meeting planned to discuss future plans for Williamsville Mill

A community meeting will be held Saturday in anticipation of deciding the future of the mill within the next three months. More...

Hayes reappointed ranking member of Ways and Means Committee

Assemblyman Jim Hayes, R-Amherst, has been reappointed as ranking member of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, which he says will let him "make the voice of the taxpayer heard during negotiations on the state's finances at this critical time. More...

Editorial

Town salaries much higher than average family income

Bee Editorial

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median family income in New York State is $64,602 (in 2007 inflation-adjusted dollars). More...

Spindle items

• OBAMA TAKES OFFICE — When this edition hits newsstands we will have a new president of the United States. Barack Obama took the oath of office on Tuesday after months of anticipation. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Jan. 24, 1884 Mr. Henry Texter of Swormville turned out his cattle one evening last week when one of them crossed the road and turned onto the premises owned by Mr. More...

Police Blotter

Car reported stolen, found on opposite side of building

Friday, Jan. 9 • A man called to report that an accident occurred across the street from the Boulevard Mall. He called back and said it was actually Eastern Hills Mall. The parties were located in a lot on Transit Road. More...

OFFICERS

OFFICERS —The Eggertsville Hose Company installed its 2009 officers on Jan. 17 at the Westwood Country Club. More...

Obituaries

Nicholas J. Vertalino, business owner, volunteer

Nicholas J. Vertalino, 60, formerly of Getzville, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. A lifelong Buffalo resident, Mr. Vertalino graduated from Holy Family Grammar School and Bishop Timon High School, attended St. More...

James L. Kane, former judge, labor leader

James L. Kane, 89, of Amherst, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. Born in Buffalo on Nov. 24, 1919, Mr. Kane graduated from Canisius College in 1951 and the University of Buffalo Law School in 1954. More...

Warren W. Warner, electrician, Army veteran

Warren W. Warner, formerly of Williamsville and Rushford, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at his home in Florida. Born in Buffalo, Mr. Warner served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Music scholarship available to seniors Applications are being accepted for a music scholarship sponsored by the Friends of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and Williamsville Rotary Club. More...

Sports

Spartan wrestlers place fourth at own tourney

Williamsville North could not win its own wrestling tournament last Saturday but taking fourth is still a great achievement. More...

East upsets Cheektowaga, takes fourth at North

Williamsville East's wrestling team picked up possibly its greatest dual meet victory in school history, upsetting Cheektowaga, 31-25, last Wednesday at Cheektowaga. More...

Sweet Home beats Wilson

Sweet Home's wrestling team improved to 6-8 overall with a 48-18 home victory over Wilson on Jan. 13. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 22 . After School Escape — Enjoy a fun outdoor experience for kids in grades K-5, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, Reinstein Woods, 77 Honorine Drive, Depew; free. No registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837. More...

Art

fri. 23 . Cummins Wide: Photographs from the Arkansas Prison — A series of photographs taken in 1975 by Bruce Jackson and Samuel P. Capen inside the infamous Cummins Prison Farm in Lincoln County, Ark. More...

Special Events

fri. 23 . Lift the Curse — Join author and supernatural historian Mason Winfield, Haunted History Ghost Walks, Inc., mystical luminaries and movers and shakers as they attempt to "Lift the Curse on Buffalo" in 2009, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. More...