Weekly Feature



April 18, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Tolsma shares story in ‘Everything Changed’

¦ Flight 3407 widow writes about tragedy, triumph

Robin Tolsma wants her new book, “Everything Changed,” to inspire others.  Tolsma lost her husband, Darren, in the crash of Flight 3407 on Feb. 12, 2009. More...

Local News

Daigler recognized for 60 years of service

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Donald J. Daigler was honored in February with an award in his name, the Donald J. Daigler Service Award. More...

War of 1812 revisited with presentation

This weekend, the community will revisit what life was like 200 years ago with a presentation of “Williams Mills in the War of 1812,” a lecture to be held at 1 p.m. More...

Annual guitar festival keeps mentor’s teaching alive

As a way to honor his mentor and music teacher, Mir Ali created the Rantucci Guitar Festival 18 years ago.  Ali, a classical guitarist, instructor and composer, holds the event annually in memory of Oswald Rantucci, who died in 1988.  More...

Letters to the Editor

Consider facts in the budget vote

It was very disappointing to read in this week’s Bee that the Amherst School Board voted to increase the proposed property tax levy by 3.42 percent.  This amount is 71 percent higher than the 2 percent tax cap that politicians in New York More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

NAMI plans monthly meeting   The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County will hold its monthly family support group meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St. More...

Sports

Sweet Home boys, girls teams seek division titles

Outdoor track and field

The Sweet Home boys and girls outdoor track and field teams always want to win division titles, but this could be the year both squads achieve first place. More...

ECIC II tennis champ South returns smaller, less experienced roster

The Williamsville South boys tennis team has been the epitome of perfection in ECIC Division II in recent years.  Under third-year coach Paul Gennuso, the Billies haven’t lost a league match, recording back-to-back 12-0 seasons and startin 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 website, www.beenews.com, or by emailing them directly to sports reporter Patrick J. Nagy at pnagy@beenews.com. More...

Business

Arthur Murray Dance Studios celebrates centennial year with open house event

Arthur Murray Dance Studios is celebrating its 100th year of business. More...

Better Business Bureau receives slight rise in complaints

Consumer savvy, smart shopping and common sense all had a great year, according to the Better Business Bureau.  More...

Chamber promotes employee to creative manager post

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has promoted Allison Whalen to creative manager.  She was previously hired as communications coordinator of the Chamber in September.  In her new role, Whalen will be responsible for the creative design wor More...

RecruitNY events allow residents to learn about firefighting

Four Amherst fire departments will open their doors to the public this weekend to allow residents to learn what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter. More...

Rules for raising chickens drafted by Town Board

The Town Board during its meeting Monday directed the town attorney and building commissioner to prepare a law that would amend the zoning code to create a special use within single family detached areas for raising chickens.  Both Supervisor Ba More...

Ballots set in school board elections

The April 16 deadline for possible board candidates to submit petitions has passed and election ballots are now set in each of the town’s three school districts.  In the Williamsville Schools, where the terms of three seats expire June 30 More...

Church to mark anniversary with rededication ceremony

To mark the memorial of Cavalry Episcopal Church’s opening 50 years ago in the spring of 1952, the Rev. Ethan J. More...

Editorial

How much do you know about the War of 1812?

Bee Editorial

I t was two centuries ago and a portion of it occurred in our community. The War of 1812 was a conflict fought between the U.S. and the British from 1812 to 1815. More...

Spindle items

• EASY MEETING — Very rarely am I leaving a Town Board meeting within 45 minutes. While it would be great if every school or town board meeting attended lasted an hour or less, I would be worried. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years AgoApril 21, 1887 More...

Police Blotter

Underage drinking party leads to balcony incident

Monday, April 9  • A resident of South Willow Wood Parkway reported a teenage male was repeatedly ringing the doorbell. The resident told police the youth would run from the property as soon as the front door began opening.  More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.My December 14, 2011 issue of The Bee reports that an audit of village finances by New York State was to be completed by February 2012. Since we are now in April, the assessment should now be available to taxpayers.  More...

Obituaries

Death Notices

CASNER, Vera L. (nee Berg), of Amherst, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Mrs. Casner is survived by one son, John “Jack”; one daughter, Polly Hein; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. More...

Stephen M. Kiernan, children’s camp founder

Stephen Michael Kiernan, 53, of Williamsville, died Saturday, April 14, 2012.  Mr. Kiernan was born in the Bronx and attended Cardinal Hayes High School, where he was a standout football player. More...

Eleanor J. Hoch, teacher

Eleanor June Hoch (nee Conklin), 85, of Castile, formerly of Williamsville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012.  Mrs. More...

Lifestyles

Proudly celebrating a decade of dining out

Ten years, $611,000, and thousands of people living with HIV assisted. More...

Pizza Bash slated at mall concourse

Pierogi pizza, beef on weck pizza, Desperate Housewife pizza, pizza soup.  These concoctions and more will grace the fourth annual Pizza Bash, taking place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and from noon to 5 p.m. More...

Crystal carriage takes bride to Disney World ceremony

Marissa DiGennaro married Christopher Burg during an afternoon ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Rev. Patrick Wenwrick officiated.  The bride is the daughter of Mary and Lou DiGennaro of Amherst. More...

Entertainment

Art

ongoing: now-April 21 . More...

Special Events

thurs. 19 . Elite Spring Fling Quarter Horse Show — 7:30 a.m. April 19-22, Showplex, The Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg; Free.  More...

Concerts

thurs. More...