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January 13, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

How to reach elected officials

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500 (202) 456-1111 Rep. Chris Lee 325 Essjay Road, Suite 405 Williamsville, NY 14221 634-2324 NY26mail@mail.house.gov U.S. Sen. More...

Erie County Legislature appoints new chairperson

The Erie County Legislature elected a new chairperson during a session held on Jan. 7.   By a 9-6 vote, Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams, D-Buffalo, replaces Lynn Marinelli, D-Tonawanda, who served as chair for the past two years.   More...

BRAVING THE ELEMENTS

BRAVING THE ELEMENTS — Stephen Addelman of Amherst and his dog, Bella, walk along the snow-covered Ellicott Creek Trailway on Monday. More...

Local News

Blood Drives

Upstate New York Transplant Services will hold blood drives at the Eastern Hills Mall at the following times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. More...

Troop 261 honors seven who achieved Eagle Scout

A ceremony was held Jan. 6 at Daemen College to honor seven members of Boy Scout Troop 261 who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.   The following are brief descriptions of the teens’ Eagle Scout projects. More...

Eighth-grade orientations scheduled at high schools

Williamsville high schools have scheduled open houses and orientation programs for eighth-grade students and their parents. More...

Police Blotter

Man reports assault; doesn’t know where it occurred

Friday, Jan. 1   • Assistance was requested at a Darwin Drive home. An odor of gasoline was reported in the house, but no problem was found.   • A fight, involving 30 to 40 people and weapons, was reported on Brenridge Drive. More...

Letters to the Editor

Board members should be named

I have been a resident of Amherst since 1987 and have not attended Town Board meetings during that time. Ironically, the threatened enforcement of the Town Board’s rules of order, as described in the Jan. More...

Board should not be downsized

The Town of Amherst is the most populated suburb of Buffalo. What is good for the smaller suburbs is not good for us. Fewer board members mean fewer elected officials to vote on our behalf. More...

Smaller board is less democratic

The people of Amherst should oppose any reduction in the size of the Town Board. Fewer members on the board means more residents per member and will therefore make it more difficult for any voter to be heard and to influence board votes. More...

Education

School News

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, located at 3860 Main St. at Eggert Road, will hold Winterspace 2010, full and half-day camps for girls in grades fourth through seventh during winter break, Feb. 16-19. More...

School News

Applications for the winter session of Cardinal O’Hara’s driver’s education course are now being accepted. This course is open to all area high school students. There will be an eight-week session offered starting Jan. More...

MAP EXPERTS

MAP EXPERTS — SS. Peter & Paul School seventh-grader Billy Erdman, left, placed first in the school’s National Geographic Bee competition, held on Saturday. More...

Lifestyles

Farmers and Artisans

Eating local foods still possible in winter

by KATE MOCKLER Reporter During the summer, Williamsville residents enjoyed buying locally grown foods at the Farmers Market on East Spring Street. Many have made a commitment to eat more locally grown foods, and for good reason.   More...

Friends of Folk Music acoustic concert slated

The Buffalo Friends of Folk Music Acoustic Concert Series presents Doug Yeomans with his band, Mountain Run, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville. Dave Ruch will open. General admission is $10. More...

O’Connor-Lancaster

Marie and Thomas O’Connor of Amherst announce the engagement of their daughter, Flannery Anne O’Connor, to Robert Lancaster, son of Patricia and Robert Lancaster of Seminole, Fla.   More...

Entertainment

Art

ongoing now-Jan. 16 . Flora Foci — Works by Lukia Costello and Dorothy Markert at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2100 Union Road, West Seneca; Free. 677-4843, www.thebnac.org now-Jan. More...

Live Local in WNY

thurs. 14 . Sammy Sole — 9 p.m., Elmwood Lounge, 522 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; $. 882-5881 . Maria Sebastian/Marty Nightingale — 9:30 p.m., Finnan’s, 1191 Lincoln Ave., Lockport; $. 438-2363 . More...

Comedy

thurs. 14, fri. 15 & sat. 16 .Comedian Rob Ross — 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 and Friday, Jan. 15 and 8 & 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Yuk Yuk’s inside the Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; $. More...

Pilot program could change how town departments allot money

The budget of the Town of Amherst Assessor’s Office has been frozen through 2013 in an attempt to maintain or reduce spending in the town.   (See editorial on page four)   More...

All-women team to build Habitat for Humanity home

Some Western New York women may find a reason to hum the tune “Anything you can do, I can do better” while building a house. More...

Nine weekend DWI arrests made

Amherst police had one of the department’s busier weekends for driving while impaired and driving while ability impaired arrests. More...

AVOIDING CABIN FEVER

AVOIDING CABIN FEVER — Paul Smith finds a good book and a comfortable seat at the Williamsville Library on Monday. More...

Town doubles excess liability coverage

Consider it a lesson learned. The Town of Amherst recently increased its excess liability insurance after being involved in a multimillion dollar lawsuit. More...

State of Town address set for Jan. 29

Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein will present the State of the Town address in collaboration with the annual Chamber of Commerce luncheon.   The event will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 29, at Classics V, at 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. More...

Editorial

Town’s cost-saving pilot program is innovative

Bee Editorial

The new Amherst Town Board is showing changes can take place if all affected parties are involved in the process. More...

Spindle items

• NO NEED TO WAIT IDLY — “ When are they going to fix that pothole on the 290?” my fiance, Dan, asked me on Monday. I knew exactly what crater he was talking about, as our tires had plunged into it many times.   More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   Jan. 15, 1885   No form of amusement has ever had in this country so great a popularity as roller skating. 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

Sister Donna M. Dorochak, administrator in homes for elderly

Sister Donna Marie Dorochak, 76, of the Amherst area, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at St. Mary of the Angels Living Center in Williamsville.   More...

Germain G. Krafft, past chief of the East Amherst Fire Department

Germain George Krafft, 85, of East Amherst, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Elderwood Nursing Home at Oakwood.   Mr. Krafft was born Feb. 26, 1924, in East Amherst. He graduated from St. Mary’s School in Swormville.   More...

Dominic F. Puliafito, longtime Westinghouse engineer

Dominic F. Puliafito, 87, of Williamsville, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a long illness.   Mr. Puliafito was born June 11, 1922, in Rodi, Sicily. More...

What's Going On

What’s Going On

Embroiderers’ Guild plans stash sale The Buffalo Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America will meet at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m Wednesday, Jan. 13, at North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Williamsville. More...

Sports

Father defeats son in first Kensy coaching meeting

Chris Kensy had walked in the Maryvale High School gym both as a player and as JV coach for the school but last Friday was much different. More...

Sweet Home wrestling wins Ripley tournament

Sweet Home was the top wrestling team at the Ripley Tournament Saturday.   The Panthers placed first out of 14 teams with 138 points. More...

South-East team plays well in opening girls hockey intramural game

Williamsville South-East fell short but played well in their first girls hockey game.   Williamsville South-East fell to Section V’s Hilton, 2-1, last Saturday at the Amherst Ice Arena NHL Rink No 2.   More...

Business

The ‘anywhere workout’ finds success in gym setting

Body Guide Fitness

Walking into Body Guide Fitness may cause a first-time visitor to do a double take.   The single-room fitness center contains a dozen or so straps, suspended from support beams on the ceiling. More...

Independent Health’s chief medical officer named to committee to update national medical standards

Independent Health’s chief medical officer, Dr. Thomas J. Foels, of Amherst, has been named to the National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections — Patient Centered Medical Home Advisory Committee.   More...

Hunt Real Estate plans seminars to discuss tax credits

Hunt Real Estate, along with its subsidiary Hunt Mortgage, is having a “home buyer extravaganza” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at all area Hunt Real Estate branch locations.   More...