Weekly Feature



December 2, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Schratz concedes legislative race

The 14th District of the Erie County Legislature will again be represented by Thomas Loughran.   Three weeks after the Nov. 3 election, Republican challenger Shelly Schratz announced she was conceding the race. More...

Community News

Zonta Club of Amherst will hold its Christmas dinner party on Dec. 15, and members are asked to bring hats, gloves, mittens and scarves in lieu of a gift exchange. More...

Village Board colors North Long Street first ‘Green Street’

Neighbors Linda Breithbach, Susan Littel and Jane Vohwinkel of North Long Street teamed up to help make their street the first Village Board-sanctioned “Green Street” in the Village of Williamsville.   More...

Village house lighting contest deadline Dec. 11

The annual Village of Williamsville Home Holiday Lighting Contest returns for its third year. More...

Local News

Congressman office holds food collection

Rep. Chris Lee, R-Amherst, will be collecting nonperishable food items in his Amherst office to donate to the Food Bank of Western New York.   The food collection drive will run through Monday, Jan. 4. More...

HEAP outreach planned for Dec. 10

Erie County Legislator Raymond W. Walter, R-4th District, will sponsor a Home Energy Assistance Program on Thursday, Dec. 10, at Clarence Town Hall, 1 Town Place, Clarence. Interviews will begin at 9 a.m., and the doors will open at 8:45 a.m.   More...

First-time homebuyer tax credit extended; sellers also to benefit

First-time homebuyers have a few additional months to take advantage of a federal program that gives them $8,000. More...

Police Blotter

Man destroys radiator while asleep in car

Friday, Nov. 20   • A group of 20-30 teens, some intoxicated, were refusing to leave a Main Street restaurant at 11 p.m.   • Police were called to Essjay Road for 20-30 wooden sticks in the roadway. More...

Man cut while being robbed on Springville Avenue

A man trying to fight off a robber suffered minor cuts when the suspect pulled out a knife.   According to Amherst police, the victim, 21, was approached by a black man around 7 p.m. Friday on Springville Avenue near Main Street. More...

Tops robbery possibly linked to City of Tonawanda case

Amherst police are searching for a man suspected of robbing the Tops Market at 3035 Niagara Falls Blvd. at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.   According to the report, the man is 30-40 years old and 6 feet 1 inch tall with dark hair. More...

Obituaries

Edith V. Buscaglia, seamstress

Edith Veronica Buscaglia, of Snyder, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at Beechwood Nursing Home in Corning, N.Y.   She was born April 11, 1913, in Corning. She attended St. Vincent de Paul’s School and North Side High School in Corning. More...

Maureen DeSabio, director of Town of Amherst senior services volunteers

Maureen DeSabio (nee Blake) died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, after a three-year struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.   She was well known within the Town of Amherst as the director of volunteers for senior services. More...

Ruth M. Witmer, former employee of Williamsville Phone Company

Ruth Marie Witmer (nee Tatu), formerly of Williamsville, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in her home in Lockport.   Mrs. Tatu Witmer was born April 13, 1915, in Williamsville. She graduated from SS. More...

Lifestyles

'Sounds of the Season'

Concert to feature mezzo-soprano and Gypsy jazz band Sounds Season’

H oliday classics and some upright symphonic masterpieces will delight the ears of those attending the next Amherst Symphony Orchestra concert, set for 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. More...

Couple at home in Boston after traveling to France, Italy

Kristen Gorczynski married Michael McLaughlin in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo. The Rev. Butch Mazur officiated.   The bride is the daughter of Carolyn and Ron Gorczynski of Lancaster. More...

Re-dedication ceremony for Noll Nature Center set

The Village of Williamsville Board of Trustees and the Amherst Town Board will re-dedicate the Noll Nature Center, the building north of Glen Avenue, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. More...

Entertainment

Special Events

thurs. 3 . 2009 Literary Legacy Award Dinner — Featuring Emanuel Fried; actor, playwright, teacher and political activist; and R.D. Pohl; writer, critic and literary editor; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. More...

Family Activities

thurs. 3 . Pilgrimage to Bethlehem — A walk-through living nativity presented as a gift to the community, for all ages, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. More...

Misc.

sat. 5 . Girl Scout Program: Her Story Badge for Brownies — Brownies can complete their “Her Story” badge by taking part in museum tours, scavenger hunts and craftmaking, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. More...

Tree lighting, holiday events to be held Saturday

Village of Williamsville

The Village of Williamsville will hold its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony this weekend.   The tree lighting takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Village Hall, 5565 Main St. More...

Slaughter’s office second home to Amherst native

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Call it another case of Mr. Smith goes to Washington. Victoria Dillon, an Amherst native turned political operative, recently moved to the nation’s capital to take a job as press secretary to Rep. More...

Youth Board day camps registration dates set

The Amherst Youth Board will accept applications for its midwinter week and spring day camp programs next week.   Applications will be processed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7-11, at the Amherst Youth Board Office, 4255 Harlem Road. More...

Applicants sought for Town committees

With three new members elected to the Amherst Town Board come appointments to the various boards and committees. More...

THE SEARCH BEGINS

THE SEARCH BEGINS — Maria McCormack, right, and Madeline Torke, of East Amherst, were on a mission Saturday to find the perfect Christmas tree at Spoth's Market on Transit Road. More...

Editorial

Remember local shop owners this holiday season

Bee Editorial

Black Friday marked the start of holiday shopping for many patrons, so what better time to remind all consumers: shop locally this holiday season. More...

Spindle items

• SWEET TOOTH — My fiance, Dan — a man with an insatiable sweet tooth — turned to me one day and said he doesn’t understand people who say they aren’t much of a dessert person. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   Dec. 4, 1884   Mr. N. Kirchman had the end of one of his thumbs bitten off on Monday morning while endeavoring to catch a fat hog.   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

Committee invites all to holiday event

The winter weather often keeps us “house-locked,” but there is an opportunity for all to enjoy the outdoors during this holiday season. More...

Buildings lack identification

Too many buildings in Amherst do not have street numbers. This is a great inconvenience for motorists. Worse, it is a hazard in an emergency. Enforcement of the code is the responsibility of the commissioner of buildings. More...

Education

Transit Middle School names honor students

The following Transit Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2009-2010 school year:   Grade 5   More...

Casey Middle School posts first quarter honor roll

The following Casey Middle School students have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2009-10 school year:   Grade 5   More...

Christian Central Academy names honor students

The following Amherst residents and students at Christian Central Academy in Williamsville have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2009-2010 school year. More...

What's Going On

What’s Going On

ElderWood jewelry sale to be held ElderWood Health Care at Oakwood will host a Small Indulgences Jewelry Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 200 Bassett Road. Pins, necklaces, bracelets and earrings will be featured. More...

Sports

Panthers’ football dedicate state crown to ‘Day-Day’

The last time DeShanaro Morris played a high school football game he was at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse celebrating as a member of the 2008 Sweet Home Class A state championship team. Morris was named state final defensive most valuable player. More...

Winter previews to continue next week

The Bee will continue its previews of the winter sports season’s teams in next week’s edition by previewing the hockey and wrestling squads. More...

Billies return almost entire lineup

If there was any year for Williamsville South to make a run for a Section VI Class A boys basketball championship and go beyond, this is it. More...

Business

Farmers and Artisans offers fresh market items year round

The aroma of fresh-baked bread may make the first impression, but there are many other foods available at Farmers and Artisans.   Opened in September at 78 E. Spring St. More...

Amherst Pet Grooming offers personalized, experienced care

Humans generally know and trust their hair stylist, and dogs should have the same experience with a groomer.   That is what Debbie Schmitt offers at her business, Amherst Pet Grooming, located at 700 Maple Road for the past 16 years. More...

Events

BNI speaker to talk about corporate, personalized gifts   More...