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December 16, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

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PRACTICE — Tessa Petrie, 1, holds on to a cone as her father, Eric, of Williamsville helps her around the town’s ice rink on Dec. 8. More...

Santa Claus plans visits to Amherst neighborhoods

In anticipation of Christmas, Santa Claus has planned to visit Amherst neighborhoods this week.   But don’t watch for Santa flying through the sky; he will be arriving on a fire truck.   More...

Village water rate goes up, mill process goes forward

The Village of Williamsville Board of Trustees on Monday approved a water rate increase of $4.67 per 1,000 gallons to help offset the more than $50,000 of debt the village holds in its water fund.   More...

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS — Rabbi Moshe Gurary, center, and Dan Kantor, director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, light the giant community menorah on the first night of Hanukkah on Friday. More...

Local News

Political News

Barbara S. Nuchereno will be sworn in as an Amherst Town Board member at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Town Hall, 5583 Main St.   More...

Homemakers reminded of NYS program

The Amherst Town Board passed a resolution at Dec. 7’s meeting reminding residents of the New York State Labor Department’s Displaced Homemaker Program. More...

YMCA plans Camp Weona alumni reunion

Whether it’s been one, five, or even 25 years since attending YMCA Camp Weona, all former campers and leaders are invited to the reunion.   YMCA has planned the event for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. More...

Police Blotter

Man threatens to slap doctor in face

Sunday, Dec. 6   • Police were called about a vehicle swerving on Transit Road and then pulling into a parking lot, where the three occupants went into a restaurant. The complainant believed the driver was intoxicated. More...

Letters to the Editor

Billies were always winners at heart

It certainly is fun to win.   More...

Build on existing health programs

Health industry experts say there are 11 million U.S. citizens who are eligible for Medicaid or State Children’s Health Insurance but are not enrolled. More...

County budget isn’t a smart plan

Erie County has adopted its 2010 budget. I am happy to report that the budget keeps tax rates steady for next year. During these difficult economic times, it does not make sense to further burden Erie County taxpayers. More...

Education

School News

Cassandra Lewis, a senior from Williamsville South High School, created Erie 1 BOCES’ first Thanksgiving e-card. Lewis is enrolled in Roberta Schlehr’s graphic design class at the Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center. More...

What's Going On

What’s Going On

‘The Magic of Christmas’ performances scheduled More...

Lifestyles

Couple honeymoon at Walt Disney World

Kristin Mancuso married Geoff Schneider during an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at St. Benedict’s Church. Monsignor Francis Weldgen and Deacon William Hynes officiated. More...

Pair travel to Caribbean after ceremony in Corfu

Shannon L. Dally married Andrew Farnham during an afternoon ceremony on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at High Point Christian Church in Corfu, N.Y. The Rev. Robert Dean officiated. More...

Webster-Wood

Dru Ann and David Webster of Duluth, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Lauren Webster, to Christopher Adam Wood, son of Barbara and Donald Wood of Buffalo. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 17 . After School Escape — A one-hour program for kids in grades K-5 featuring a different, fun outdoor activity each week, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. More...

Holiday

thurs. 17 . Holiday Potluck Party— Literac y Volunteers invites tutors, their learners and guests to enjoy an abundance of food and holiday festivities, 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, Literacy Volunteers, 1313 Main St., Buffalo; Free. More...

Special Events

fri. 18 . Upscale Singles December Dance — Featuring the band “F lipside,” 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, Falcon’s Hall, 445 Warner Ave., Depew; $7. 684-8926 sat. More...

New to the Web

Village of Williamsville residents form coalition

The question of whether or not the Village of Williamsville should be dissolved is expected to become a consideration for residents in March, when government reformer Kevin Gaughan plans to begin collecting signatures on a petition. More...

Town-ordered sidewalks can be paid for over time

A town-ordered sidewalk won’t have the same financial impact it once did.   During its Dec. More...

Young local advocate fights for equality

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Yale Fried says he has always taken an interest in politics, and even his friends recognize him as the politician of the group. More...

Post Offices to close early Christmas Eve

All Post Offices will be open Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 but many will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon. Regular mail delivery for Dec. 24 will be unaffected by the change. More...

Superintendent updates board on mandated, non-mandated programs at Amherst Schools

Ever wonder what school programs are mandated at the state and federal levels and which are required by the School Board?   Amherst Superintendent Laura Chabe gave a general overview of mandated and non-mandated programs at the Dec. More...

Editorial

Mohan made the past four years interesting

Bee Editorial

During Supervisor Satish Mohan’s four years in office we found it rather easy to question some of his “unique” ideas, and he was often the topic of editorials. More...

Spindle items

• SPECIAL TREATMENT —   More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   Dec. 18, 1884   Mr. Frank Greesler will move this week into the log house of Mr. Sebastian Fister, formerly owned by Mr. Philip Wendling.   J.F. Young of Williamsville advertises clean wheat straw for sale.   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...

Obituaries

Edward D. Huntley Jr., longtime pharmacist

Edward D. Huntley Jr., formerly of the Buffalo area, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in Phoenix. Mr. Huntley was born Nov. 20, 1916, in Buffalo. He attended Bennett High School and the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. More...

Richard C. Wyse, longtime Buffalo firefighter

Richard C. Wyse, 76, of Amherst, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the Hospice in Cheektowaga. Mr. Wyse was born July 8, 1933, in Buffalo and served in the Army. He was a Buffalo firefighter for more than 30 years, retiring in 1990. More...

Francis A. Stalteri, State Farm Insurance agent

Francis A. Stalteri, 79, of Snyder, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in Buffalo General Hospital. Mr. Stalteri was born May 9, 1930, in North Tonawanda. He graduated from Little Seminary High School, St. More...

Sports

Tigers need bowlers to reach potential

Last year, the Amherst Central boys bowling team went 6-6, their best record in a decade. More...

Bob Hettler Dedication ceremony set

Amherst’s all-time wins leader for coaching will be honored Friday. More...

Returning swimmers aid North’s chances for success

With only four seniors lost to graduation and a boatload of returning talent, the Williamsville North boys swimming team is in store for a successful season.   More...

Business

Amherst businesswoman named Protégé of Year

Marie Battaglia has been named “Protégé of the Year” by the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program. More...

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A FRIENDLY GESTURE — Friendly’s general manager, Thom Slocum, stands in front of the tent that he camped in for 46 hours. More...

Amherst Resident Receives $450,000 Grant

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded a two-year, $450,000 grant to Amherst resident Robert J. Grebenok, professor of biology at Canisius, and his interdisciplinary research team.   More...