Weekly Feature



September 23, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Highway foreman credited with saving coworker's life

by JESSICA L. FINCH Associate Editor

It was 7:50 a.m. Tuesday and Michael Lillis, 71, an Amherst Highway Department employee was mowing along the Ellicott Creek bike path when the mower he was operating slid into the creek on the wet grass. More...

Kryzan gains Independence line, ballot set for Nov. 3

Town of Amherst supervisor candidate Alice Kryzan's convincing win in the Independence Party primary gives her three ballot lines for the November election. More...

Israeli soldier allowed leave to serve as cantor for Congregation B'nai Shalom's High Holy Days services

People often have to be told to leave their comfort zone but Liran Kohn, 25, isn't one of them. He has split his time between the United States and Israel. Born in Jerusalem, he moved to the United States when he was only 10 months old. More...

Preliminary special district budget carries decrease

Town of Amherst Supervisor Satish Mohan submitted the 2010 preliminary special district budget which includes sewer services, storm drainage and water lines. More...

Leave a mark in Glen Park

memorial fundraising program has been launched. The Glen Park Joint Board is offering three options for people who wish to place a memorial or personal dedication at the park, while contributing money to park betterment. More...

Local News

Opens houses planned at St. Joe's, Mount St. Mary's

Students will have an opportunity to tour two private schools at upcoming open houses. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute will hold its annual open houses for prospective students and their families from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. More...

Political News

Toni L. Vazquez, a candidate for Amherst Town Board, will hold a fund raiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at La Scala Ristorante, 9210 Transit Road, East Amherst. More...

IN APPRECIATION

IN APPRECIATION — May Polakov, left, and Janet M. Lackemeyer celebrated Grandparent's Day with a pancake breakfast at the Weinberg Campus on Sept. 16. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com 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

Nature View Park needs volunteers

Nature View is an amazingly big, beautiful park that most people in Amherst don't know about. It is 1,200 acres of wetland forest and meadow not 10 minutes away from any part of the Town of Amherst. More...

Don't block Wegmans plan

The odd green flyer has appeared again in mailboxes galore. It says that "Clarence is not a "Big Box Community" Well, the flyer is partially correct. To the protesters' chagrin, we are already a Big Box community, but one that is under control. More...

Development is difficult these days

As a resident of the Village who passes the corner of Garrison and Main at least once a day, I prefer looking at the vacant lot as opposed to a run-down gas station that, after two years, would be an eyesore and an unkempt property. More...

Education

School News

The Sweet Home Class of 1990's 20 year reunion committee is looking for graduates from that year. If you are a classmate or know of one, please send your contact information to be notified of upcoming reunion events. More...

Williamsville Wall of Fame to honor 2009 inductees

The Williamsville Central School District 2009 Wall of Fame will honor 13 distinguished graduates from its three high schools for their "outstanding achievements in life, service and career." The honorees will be inducted at an awards breakfast sp More...

UB seeks input on making Williamsville School District walker-friendly

Parents and students in the Williamsville Central School District are invited to a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. More...

Sports

Licata sets WNY passing record, Billies march over Spartans

As soon as the 2009 high school football schedule came out, junior quarterback Joe Licata and his teammates at Williamsville South circled the non-league game against Williamsville North. Licata nor his teammates disappointed. More...

Defending state champion Symoniak wants to run on national stage

As Brenna Symoniak heads into her senior season, there isn't much she hasn't accomplished. More...

Park School holding clinic to benefit Owen's Toybox

The Park School's Drills 4 Skills Clinic 4 Hope, a basketball clinic to benefit Owen's Toybox at the Center for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Women's and Children's Hospital, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. More...

Business

Ceraulo family reopens Sammy's Famous Gift Baskets

Sammy's Famous Gift Baskets is once again being operated by the founding family as it marks six decades in Western New York. Nicole Ceraulo has taken over as manager of the store which was founded by her grandparents 60 years ago. More...

Russell J. Salvatore carves out new ventures at steakhouse, hotel

Russell J. Salvatore's new restaurant and hotel have yet to reach their one-year anniversary, but the businessman is cooking up several new features. More...

Events

Former Sabres coach to speak at NCCC The Niagara County Community College Speaker Series will feature former Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Arts and Media Theater on the Sanborn campus. More...

Buyout OK'd

Eligible town employees could get $30,000

Frustration appeared on each of the six Town of Amherst board members' faces as they tried to agree on a buyout plan to offer longtime employees. More...

Main Street barn to be dismantled, moved to museum grounds

McGuire Development Company will be moving in and a large, historic barn will be moving out at 6325 Main St. More...

Photo

'SLAW SLINGERS — Wayne Yendall, left, and Marissa Vahue, 11, and her father Scott serve up chicken barbecue dinners at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Sunday on Main Street. The event was organized by the men's club. Photo by Jim Smerecak More...

Tops Markets to offer flu clinics

Tops Friendly Markets will hold in-store flu clinics through Nov. 13 and has added 30 additional clinics due to high demand this flu season. More...

Photo

THREE OF A KIND ... KIND OF — Peter and Judi Biltekoff of Snyder, walk their three dogs, Soho, Stella and Ziggie, down Main Street on Sept. 13. Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

Investigation continues in Allenhurst shooting

The investigation into a weekend shooting continues as Amherst police question the victim and recover evidence from the scene. Shawn Wilson, 34, of Buffalo is expected to recover after being shot at least twice at 1:20 a.m. More...

Editorial

Mohan knew about 2010 budget issues awhile ago

Bee Editorial

Was Supervisor Satish Mohan lying when he said he just learned last week health insurance costs could rise more than a million dollars next year or is he just that out of touch? More...

Spindle items

• HOUSING NIGHTMARE — I received a few e-mails recently from readers mentioning they had been following my house buying experience. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Sept. 25, 1884 James G. Blaine, the Republican candidate for president, will be in Buffalo this evening, and will be tendered a grand ovation by his admirers. More...

Police Blotter

Demand made for free chicken

Friday, Sept. 11 • A motorist passing a bank on Transit Road reported two or three men, dressed in white, walked into a bank carrying a large, silver case and they opened the door with a silver key. No problems were found. More...

Woman charged with DWI after hitting building

Kelly Bain, 23, of Cheektowaga faces charges in Amherst after allegedly driving while intoxicated and hitting a car and building. Amherst police responded to Chestnut Ridge Road at around 4:50 a.m. Sept. 12. More...

Resident faces charges in Marilla

Erie County Sheriff's Office has reported an Amherst resident was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Marilla. Mark T. Behrends, 40, was stopped Sept. More...

Obituaries

Joan Measer dies, dedicated to community service

Joan Measer, 81, trustee emeritus of the Amherst Museum and a dedicated community leader, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 in Sarasota, Fla. The former Joan Moesel was the wife of George J. Measer, retired publisher of Bee Group Newspapers. More...

Isabel M. Roche, Toys for Tots volunteer

Isabel Mary (Bella) Roche, 81, formerly of Amherst, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz. Mrs. Roche was born in Troy, N.Y. More...

Orcada Ficker, teacher, gardener

Orcada Ficker (nee Sinclair), 96, formerly of Clarence, died Feb. 6, 2009, under longtime care at Beechwood Residence. Mrs. Ficker was born on the west side of Buffalo in 1912 to emigrated parents, both from the Scottish Orkney Islands. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Artyard's pottery, clay classes offered Pottery and art classes for children and adults during the day and evening will be available at Artyard Studio, 5701 Main St. More...

Lifestyles

Holistic Health

Center calls for individuals seeking life, body makeover

One lucky winner will have a chance to receive a total wellness makeover for the cost of nothing but the nominated candidate's time, dedication and energy. Snyder Holistic Health Center, located at 4511 Main St. More...

Fundraiser to benefit Justin's fight

A benefit will be held to fundraise for Justin, a one-year old who is fighting against spinal muscular atrophy, from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at Main Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St. More...

Open House to shower adoptive parents, birth moms with gifts

A special community-wide baby shower will be held for adoptive mothers and the birth mothers during an open house at Adoption STAR from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at 47 Plaza Drive. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 24 . After School Escape — Enjoy a fun outdoor experience to encourage children to play and interact with the natural world. For kids in kindergarten through fifth grade and their caregivers, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. More...

Festivals

sat. 26 . Family Fall Fest — Free horse rides, bounce house, chili and hot dogs, along with a Chinese auction ($), noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. More...

HALLOWEEN

thurs. 24 . More...