Weekly Feature



April 13, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Services to be held this week for fallen soldier

Services will be held today and Thursday, April 14, for a local 26-year-old Army soldier who died April 4 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  More...

Local News

Bee Newspapers wins nine state awards

Bee Group Newspapers won a total of nine awards in the 2010 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the New York Press Association.  Results were announced last week at the NYPA convention in Saratoga Springs.  More...

Police to offer academy for youths in July

The Amherst Police Department will be offering its Youth Police Academy, an internship program for high school students considering a law enforcement career at the local, county, state or federal level.  More...

Village signs formal mill agreement with Iskalo

The Village of Williamsville signed a designated developer agreement with Iskalo Development Corporation for the Williamsville Water Mill at Monday’s Village Board meeting.  In December, the board accepted Iskalo’s proposal for redev More...

Police Blotter

Customers threaten employees, receive refund

Monday, April 4    Police responded to Tonawanda Creek Road where a suspicious vehicle was reported on the side of the street near the Amherst Museum. More...

Letters to the Editor

State Police offer thanks for support

On behalf of all the men and women of the New York State Police and the family of Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, we would like to acknowledge all those who paid their respects and attended the wake and funeral services for Trooper Dobson. More...

Cemetery’s fence should be removed

I am writing to beseech the owners of the Williamsville Cemetery to have some empathy for the suffering of innocent creatures and realize that an inanimate object — no matter how historical it may be — is not one iota as important as the More...

Education

Amherst School Board lowers levy increase to 3.3 percent

Taxpayers in the Amherst Central School District who own a $100,000 home will pay $65 more in school taxes — $1,971 to $2,036 — for the 2011-12 school year.  At the April 5 meeting, the Amherst School Board also lowered the levy incr More...

Parents want examination of elementary math program

Parents of elementary students in the Amherst Central School District once again pleaded their case against the math textbook “Math Investigations.”  More...

Sports

Talented North softball aims for high goals

Williamsville North softball coach Rick Bubar asked his players to put down three goals they would like to accomplish this season. The top goal is something the Lady Spartans have never accomplished — winning a state championship. More...

Easy transition for new South baseball coach

Kraig Kurzanski is known for coaching the Williamsville South football team but is not a stranger to coaching baseball.  Before coming to South, Kurzanski was the varsity baseball coach for 10 years at Oakfield Alabama. More...

Publish sports scores in The Bee

Anyone wishing to have their teams’ sports results published in The Bee can do so by filling out forms on our Web site, www.beenews.com, or by e-mailing them directly to sports reporter Patrick J. Nagy at pnagy@beenews.com. More...

Business

Photo

BENEFITING PEOPLE — Airport Plaza Jewelers, in conjunction with Fowler’s Chocolates, is running its second annual fundraiser for People Inc. at its showroom on Union Road in Cheektowaga. More...

Chamber to present fourth program in business series

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business Leaders is hosting its fourth event in the “Food for Thought” series at noon Monday, April 18, at the Chamber office, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Amherst.  The event, hosted b More...

Weinberg Campus to hold gardening event on May 14

Weinberg Campus, a senior living community at 2700 N. Forest Road, Amherst, will host a spring gardening event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More...

Lack of consensus in face of tough village budget

For the first time in several years, there is a lack of consensus among Village Board members on the general fund budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.  More...

Town rezones Mennonite building for bank conversion

The Town Board on Monday unanimously approved the rezoning of the Mennonite Meeting House, allowing Iskalo Development Corp. to purchase the property and renovate the building to be used for public business.  (See editorial on page four)  More...

Editorial

Meeting House conversion is new era of its history

Bee Editorial

A building that is more than 175 years old will remain a vital part of our town’s culture.  During Monday’s Town Board meeting, the council approved the rezoning of the Mennonite Meeting House from community facilities to general bus More...

Spindle items

 GET YOUR RECORDS — It’s finally here — the day I have been waiting for since Christmas. Saturday, April 16, marks the fourth annual Record Store Day event, which is held to promote music sales at locally owned businesses.  More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago April 15, 1886 This morning as Mr. James Barrow was driving out of Mrs. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.The Williamsville School system has seen its best days. Since 2000, the number of pupils has dropped from 11,000 to 10,400. More...

Obituaries

Jerome A. Mason, owner of Interstate Tire Co.

Jerome A. Mason, 84, of Williamsville, died Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Sisters of Charity Hospital after a long illness.  Mr. Mason was born Oct. 30, 1926, in Batavia. More...

Death Notices

DEFELICE, Concetta R., of Williamsville, died Thursday, April 7, 2011. She is survived by her sons, Angelo, Vincent, Gasper and Paul; daughter, Sister Concetta, OSF; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Cystic health group plans luncheon  Women Interested in Cystic Health will hold a luncheon at noon Wednesday, April 13, at Park Country Club, 4949 Sheridan Drive near Mill Street. More...

Lifestyles

Societal norms and underage sobriety

Coalition provides awareness events for parents, community

Sally Yageric stood in front of a large glass cabinet that ran the length of the wall in her office and explained some of the hundreds of “not-so-obvious” drug and alcohol paraphernalia lining the shelves.  “Substance abuse is More...

Easter eggs hidden in North Forest Park

The Amherst Youth and Rec department will hold an Easter egg hunt starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at North Forest Park and Pool, 85 North Forest Road. The first egg hunt will start at 10 a.m., and the second egg hunt will start at 11 a.m. More...

Couple honeymoon in Dominican Republic

Angela Loccke married Christopher Blersch in an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at St. Joseph’s University Church in Buffalo. Monsignor J. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

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CSI: Critter Sign Investigation

Children ages 6-10 are invited to become a nature detective and look for clues left by wildlife along the trails, 10 a.m. More...

Art

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