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May 13, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Out!

Amherst's John Whitehead, left, tags out Sweet Home's Dominic Puntillo during the inaugural Amherst-Sweet Home Throwback Classic last Saturday at Amherst. Sweet Home won 5-0. Photo by Scott Schild Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

Nominations of 'unsung heroes' sought

Time Warner Cable and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County are seeking nominees for the second annual WNY Heroes Awards. Is there an unsung hero in the Amherst area who deserves to be recognized for his or her contribution to the community? More...

INTRICATE WORK

INTRICATE WORK — Rosa Kim, and her twin sister, Lauren, left, work on Chinese calligraphy during Dodge Elementary School's Dodge Around the World annual event held Friday. Working next to them is fellow kindergarten student Jeanie Kim. More...

Local News

Community News

Maureen Gleason, a volunteer unit commissioner in the Indian Trail District, was awarded the District Award of Merit by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America. More...

Information available at May 27 Veterans Outreach program

A Veterans Outreach Program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road in Amherst. More...

'Walkable' Amherst — a $17 million idea

It would be "green," it would be innovative and it would be costly — the process of creating a network of trails, sidewalks and walkways to make the Town of Amherst a walkable community. More...

Police Blotter

Boy with gun scares motorists

Friday, May 1 • Police were called to a fast food restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard because a patron who urinated on the bushes was smoking marijuana in his car. More...

Flight 3407 Memorial Race set

On Saturday, June 13, Clarence Center will host a daylong community event centered around a Flight 3407 Memorial Race. It includes a sanctioned 5K run/walk at 9:30 a.m. and a one-mile Fun Run at 10 a.m. More...

Obituaries

James Howard Loftus II, shoe store manager, Army veteran

James Howard Loftus II, 84, of Williamsville, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at the Beechwood Rehabilitation Center in Amherst. Mr. Loftus was born Aug. 6, 1924, in Lockport and graduated from Lockport High School. More...

Margaret Kessler, head librarian for three branches

Margaret Kessler (nee Harmon), 86, formerly of Amherst, died Tuesday, April 30, 2009, in Denver. Mrs. Kessler was born July 13, 1922, in Highland Park, Mich., and attended elementary school at Blessed Sacrament Academy in Detroit. More...

Ronald C. Sardina, physical education teacher

Ronald Christopher Sardina, 32, of Clarence, died Monday, May 4, 2009. Mr. Sardina was born Dec. 18, 1976, in Kenmore and graduated from Clarence Central High School in 1995. He was a white letter winner on the school's bowling team. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Street Hockey tournament registration open The first annual Village of Williamsville Youth Street Hockey Tournament will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Sports

Sweet Home shuts out Amherst in Throwback Classic

Baseball

Old-school baseball returned to Amherst last Saturday. Wearing vintage jerseys and using wooden bats, Sweet Home blanked Amherst, 5-0, in the inaugural Amherst-Sweet Home Throwback Classic. More...

Williamsville East upsets Orchard Park twice

In a matter of five days, the Williamsville East baseball team pulled off two huge upsets over Orchard Park, the second-ranked large school team in Western New York. More...

Hayes introduces legislation for special needs student to run

Assemblyman Jim Hayes, R-Amherst, made a personal appeal to state Commissioner of Education Richard P. Mills last Friday to allow Jordan Maliken an opportunity to run the final two track and field dual meets of the 2009 high school season. More...

Business

People in the News

Kathy Glieco of Williamsville has been promoted to vice president of marketing at Independent Health. She joined the company 11 years ago and previously was director of marketing communications. More...

New Spot Coffee builds business around community

In its central kitchen location at Delaware and Chippewa streets in Buffalo, Spot Coffee's late-night staff works through the wee hours of the morning, aiming to guarantee the freshest batch of roasted beans in the area. More...

Independent Health CEO on Worldwide Sky Radio

Dr. Michael W. Cropp, president and chief executive officer of Independent Health, is featured on Sky Radio's worldwide network airing on American Airlines flights for the entire month of May. More...

Lack of funding, equipment slows tree plantings

Highway Superintendent Bob Anderson wanted the Town of Amherst to have more than 3,300 trees planted, but that number will have to do for now. "I wish we were further ahead," he said about planting, as well as pruning and removing trees. More...

Transit Middle School student tests positive for swine flu

A Transit Middle School student is the first confirmed case of swine flu in Erie County. Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Anthony J. More...

South student wins national title in DECA competition

An area 16-year-old has created an award-winning business promotions plan that earned national recognition and already brought her some job offers. More...

District nurses to be restored at private schools

Amherst Central

The Amherst Central School District will not have to reduce its nursing staff at private schools in the district after all. More...

NTSB holding public hearing on crash

The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a public hearing on the crash of the Colgan Air Dash-8 Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center. The three-day hearing began at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Washington, D.C. More...

Editorial

Mill issue: bad judgment, costly decisions

Bee Editorial

Actions taken almost five years ago are continuing to weigh heavily on taxpayers in the Village of Williamsville. More...

Spindle items

• ON DEMAND — A recent caller was shocked that I didn't know the status of a small business in town. The woman asked if the business had closed, and I told her I was not sure but would try to find an answer for her. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago May 15, 1884 The Jubileers will meet at the Christian Church on Saturday evening at six o'clock, to practice. Let all be prompt. In Carolina County, Maryland, wheat is twenty two inches high. 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

Weinstein doesn't deserve the praise

I beg to differ with Barry Weinstein's colleague, Dr. More...

Health care needs major changes

Our current health care system costs too much, wastes too much, makes too many mistakes and returns too little value for what is paid. It is even more important today than ever before to make health care affordable to all Americans. More...

Legislator publishes voting record

I want to make taxpayers aware of some recent votes in the Erie County Legislature. More...

Education

College loans available

June 1 is the deadline to apply for one of the college loans and grants programs offered by the Buffalo Branch of the American Association of University Women. More...

School News

Dodge Elementary School's Think Green Club will be holding a paper drive from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the school, 1900 Dodge Road, enter the campus from North French Road. More...

South High School posts honor roll

The following Williamsville South High School students have been named to the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2008-09 school year: Grade 9 Kailyn Arcury, Bryn Bailey, Andreana Basehart, Allison Bauer, Kristen Belle, Ethan Beutel, Paul Bl More...

Lifestyles

New-age technology trends take over traditional teaching methods

"We didn't even have the Internet when we were in school." Sound familiar? Maybe you've said it, or heard it, or even just thought about the time period before students depended on the Web for research or for an avenue of communication. More...

Amherst Museum to celebrate town's German/American heritage

To celebrate the Town of Amherst's German origins, dating back to the years following the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, the Amherst Museum will host the third annual German Festival from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16. More...

Fundraiser planned to benefit East Amherst man

A benefit will be held for William Loncar, a non-smoker who was diagnosed with stage four non-small cell lung cancer, from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Main-Transit Fire Hall, at 6777 Main St. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 14 . Akron Falls Hike — Join the Foothills Trail Club for a 3- to 5-mile hike through Akron Falls County Park, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 14, meet in the Meeting Hall parking lot off Crittenden Road. 836-4270 . More...

COMEDY

thurs. 14-sat. 16 . Allyson Smith — 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Yuk Yuk's in Casino Niagara, 5705 Falls Ave., Niagara Falls, Ontario; $. 1-877-968-5233, www.casinoniagara. More...

Auditions

• ABC BEL CANTO CHOIRS (PRESTO, VIVACE, BRAVO) — Students in attendance will have the opportunity to experience a rehearsal prior to auditioning. More...