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August 11, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

MEET AND GREET

MEET AND GREET — Bruce Mann kneels next to his partner, Chase, who is befriended by 6-year-old Braedon Hughs during National Night Out events on Aug. More...

Town to save energy in converting street lamps to high-pressure sodium

Following recent discussions with National Grid representatives, Highway Superintendent Robert Anderson said the town’s utility costs could decrease by $80,000 after it converts mercury vapor street lamps to high-pressure sodium fixtures. More...

Car seat safety check to be held at fire department

A free car seat safety check will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 14, at Main Transit Fire Department, 6777 Main St., Amherst.   The event is sponsored by State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer.   More...

Local News

. . . REFERENDUM FOR VILLAGE DISSOLUTION . . .

noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17 at Village Hall, 5565 Main St. Village Hall: 632-4120

CITIZEN STUDY 1. How much time has Kevin Gaughan and the Williamsville Citizen Study Group spent at Village Hall researching the details of village dissolution?   More...

Should the Williamsville Village government be dissolved?

Yes Kevin Gaughan The Village of Williamsville is a community treasure. Its sense of place and bucolic setting enrich the life of every Williamsville resident and every Western New Yorker. We all want to see it succeed. More...

Gaughan forum at Will South features spirited debate

Note: a shorter version of this article appeared in the 8/11 Amherst Bee. Government reform activist Kevin Gaughan stated his case for dissolving the government of Williamsville at a forum on Aug. 3 at Williamsville South High School. 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

Elinor Payne, longtime employee of school district in California

Elinor Payne (nee Eberle), 93, formerly of Williamsville, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, in Fremont, Calif.   Mrs. Payne was born Jan. 2, 1917, in Williamsville. Her father, Joseph, was a prominent builder in Williamsville during the 1920s. More...

Monsignor Robert C. Schwab, principal

Monsignor Robert C. Schwab, 93, of Amherst, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.   Monsignor Schwab was born Dec. 20, 1916, in Buffalo. He graduated from St. More...

William M. Causley, Vietnam veteran

William Michael (Mike) Causley, 60, formerly of Amherst, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at the Durham VA Medical Center.   Mr. Causley was born Sept. 22, 1949, in Buffalo. He served as a Warrant Officer helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

O’Connell and Company wraps up family series   O’Connell and Company will conclude the family concert series with a free program of Broadway music at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. More...

Lifestyles

Bringing Suzuki to Buffalo

As Julia Anderson tunes her violin during a lesson, her longtime teacher, Mary Cay Neal, takes notes with one eye and with the other, scrutinizes Julia’s hands, bow, feet — amazingly, her every movement. More...

Registration open for Moonlight Run

Registration is now open for the 5K Moonlight Run and Wellness Walk. The walk takes place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, and begins from Glen Avenue and Cayuga Street in Williamsville. More...

Library News

The following events will be held at the Audubon Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway. Registration required. Call 689-4922.   Inside-Out Book Club at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. Ages 8 and older.   Lego Club at 2 p.m. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 12 . Thursday Family Walk — Get a good cardio workout during this brisk evening 5 mile hike, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5 at Chestnut Ridge Park Casino, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park; Free. More...

Special Events

sat. 14 . Chef & Market Lunch — Featur ing Chef Kate Elliott of Juniper. More...

Art

fri. 13 . Sanguine: Catherine Johnson Solo Show — Cather ine Johnson’s collection will feature a large-scale 4-part drawing that includes two Venus scenes, a pieta and descent from the cross. Opening reception 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. More...

Dissolution vote slated for Tuesday

Village residents will vote on Aug. 17 on the question, “Shall the Village of Williamsville be dissolved?” Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. The sole polling place will be Village Hall, 5565 Main St. More...

Cyclists honor colleague who looked to restore others’ sight

He was a visionary in his field who worked to help others see, and on Saturday, he was memorialized by those who admired his work and dedication.   More...

Eggertsville apartment fire under investigation

A late morning fire on Tuesday caused approximately $225,000 damage to an apartment at 129 Princeton Ave., between Brant Street and Windermere Boulevard. More...

Village dissolution is hot topic at board meeting

The Village Board held its final meeting before the village government dissolution vote, and it was a quiet one. More...

Congregation B’nai Shalom to be assisted through Fellowship Foundation grant

As a result of a grant from the Legacy Heritage Fellowship Foundation, Charles Schwartz will be a Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation B’nai Shalom, 1675 North Forest Road. More...

HAZARDOUS DUTY

HAZARDOUS DUTY — Main-Transit, Bowmansville and Millgrove firefighters responded to a report of a tractor trailer on fire about 2:30 Friday afternoon on the westbound New York State Thruway just More...

Editorial

Vote ‘no’ on dissolution in Williamsville

Bee Editorial

Perhaps the most important vote in the almost 200-year history of the Village of Williamsville will take place next Tuesday. More...

Spindle items

• CONGRATULATIONS — It is most likely that I am not a great golfer — in fact it might be the one sport in which I possess no skills whatsoever, but I am always quite amazed by people who are able to attain a hole-in-one shot. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   Aug. 13, 1885   More...

Police Blotter

Resident reports stolen flowerpot

(Editors note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. It is not intended to be a complete record of all incidents reported.)   Monday, Aug. 2   More...

Letters to the Editor

Tax savings would not be significant

The Village of Williamsville Citizens Study Group has spent hundreds of hours studying how dissolving Williamsville Village will impact services and taxes. More...

Village can’t afford to lose its youth

I attended Kevin Gaughan’s presentation on Aug. 3 at Williamsville South High School. He was well prepared and enlightening. More...

Gaughan engages in magical thinking

Listening to Mr. Gaughan last week confirmed my impression of him. He does not know our village or care about the residents. His truth is fluid, based on what he needs to say at a given time, in order for him to win the dissolution referendum. More...

Education

Sweet Home High School posts honor roll recipients

The following students at Sweet Home High School were named to the fourth-quarter honor roll for the 2009-10 academic year:   Grade 12   More...

On the Campus

Lindsay Bronnenkant of Snyder graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science degree in brain and cognitive sciences. She is a graduate of Amherst Central High School.   More...

Sports

Katz breaks through, wins BDGA Men’s Individual title

With the way Jake Katz has been playing golf lately, you just knew he was building momentum for a dominating performance.   More...

Williamsville girls district golf begins fifth season

The Williamsville girls district golf team will begin its fifth season of competition at 3:15 p.m., Monday, Aug. 23, at Audubon Golf Course, 500 Maple Road, Williamsville.   More...

Buffalo Stampede to hold open hoops tryout

The Buffalo Stampede of the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League will have an open tryout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. More...

Business

Tri Spot owner completes third Ironman triathlon

Kevin Patterson cut almost an hour off his previous times at the recent Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon.   It was his third full triathlon, and he’s been in numerous half triathlons. More...

Business News

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Pro-Net networking group meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at its office, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. The event is free to Chamber members and prospective members. More...

Diagnostic Center to offer chronic pain seminar

For chronic pain sufferers, finding relief from back, leg and joint pain can be a difficult and time-consuming process.   More...