Weekly Feature



May 14, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Elections, budget votes set in town’s three districts

¦ Amherst Central is only contested school board race

Residents will be at the polls Tuesday, May 20, to decide on school board elections and budgets in all three of the town’s districts.  (See editorial on page four)  While Sweet Home and Williamsville schools have unopposed elections, More...

Farmers Market to open May 17

This Saturday, familiar tents and locally fresh flavors will once again line Spring Street. The Farmers Market season will open Saturday, May 17, running from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday until Oct. 25. More...

Local News

Hutchinson Hose history takes center stage at banquet

Al Weisser was recognized Saturday for 50 years of active service with the Hutchinson Hose Company/Williamsville Fire Department. Also honored were three 50-year members of the organization: James Petrie, Mike Wirth and Michael Wutz. More...

Amherst Central Alumni Chorale to present concert on May 19

The Amherst Central Alumni Chorale, which was formed in the fall, will be presenting a concert to celebrate the conclusion of its first year.  The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the Theodore L. More...

Williamsville PTSA Council honors individuals for service

The Williamsville PTSA Council on Monday held its 57th annual Service to Youth Awards event.  The awards are presented in three categories and honor individuals who have shown sustained and extraordinary service to children attending Williamsvil More...

Obituaries

Sister M. St. Edward Underberg, lifelong educator

Sister M. St. Edward Underberg, of Amherst, died Thursday May 8, 2014.  Sister Underberg entered the convent on Aug. 2, 1938, and pronounced final vows on Aug. 19, 1944. She then entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. More...

Ferdinand J. Ciccarelli, longtime attorney

Ferdinand J. Ciccarelli, 94, of Amherst, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014.  Mr. Ciccarelli worked as a self-employed attorney for over 50 years.  He was also a member of the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of master sergeant.  More...

Death Notices

GESSNER, Stephen G., of Snyder, died Sunday, May 4, 2014. Mr. Gessner is survived by his wife, Constance, and one son, Stephen D. A funeral service was held on May 10 at Dietrich Funeral Home.   More...

Lifestyles

Challenger Baseball ..providing joy for all involved

On any weekend, take a stroll through your community, and you’re bound to see masses of Little League teams competing in America’s pastime.  The same is true on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings at the Central Amherst Little Le More...

Smallwood Garden Club sets plant sale

Smallwood Garden Club’s annual plant sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Evanstown Plaza in Williamsville. Attendees will be able to select from baskets, annuals and perennials. More...

Senior News

The following events are open to members of the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. Call 636-3050 to register.  More...

Breaking News - 5/20/2014 11:13 AM

School elections

Polls are open until 9 p.m.

School board elections and budget votes are being held today. Polls are open at all three school districts in Amherst until 9 p.m.    More...

Ben Sauer dies overnight

The bright-eyed, 5-year-old Clarence Center boy who galvanized the community to hope that even the worst diagnosis could be overcome with faith and hope has passed away.Benjamin David Sauer died overnight, according to reports in other local media ou More...

Flip play

Williamsville East’s Natalie Berrafato flips the ball to first base during the Lady Flames’ 6-2 loss against Williamsville South Wednesday at Transit Middle School. More...

Torrillo to retire after 46-year police career

With more than four decades of experience, the longest-serving member of the Amherst Police Department will be retiring on May 30.  Detective Sgt. More...

Editorial

Have best interests of students in mind at the polls

Bee Editorial

Every year, residents are asked to vote on their school district’s budget and board candidates. More...

Spindle items

• CONGRATULATIONS — In the fall, I was honored to be asked to be a member of the Amherst Award for the Arts selection committee.  More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago May 16, 1889   Farmers are about done sowing. More...

Police Blotter

Teens reportedly light bottle on fire

Monday, May 5   • A resident of East Royal Parkway reported that two men were racing their vehicles up and down the street. Police responded, but the vehicles fled the area prior to their arrival.  More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.The colorful new posters in the first-floor windows of the Wyndham Garden Hotel, which opened last fall, declare that it is now open. Hmm. Do you suppose they’re trying to hide the retail space still vacant?  More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Country Club of Buffalo to host fashion show   Women Interested in Cystic Health will present an informal fashion show on Wednesday, May 14, at the Country Club of Buffalo, 250 Youngs Road, Amherst. More...

Sports

Losses cost East boys lacrosse top seed in Class B

Williamsville East’s boys lacrosse team fell short in its chance to be the top seed in Class B for the Section VI playoffs, falling to Hamburg, 11-8, at home Monday.  The loss, coupled with an 8-6 loss to Niagara Wheatfield Saturday, could More...

Amherst girls lacrosse reclaims division crown

Amherst’s girls lacrosse team reclaimed the ECIC Division III regular-season championship with a 9-8 road win over Lake Shore Monday.  Amherst had a 6-2 lead in the first half, but Lake Shore fought back and scored at the buzzer to make it More...

South’s Collins to play volleyball at Wilmington

Angela Collins’ road to playing Division II women’s volleyball at Wilmington University in Delaware has been anything but conventional.  The Williamsville South senior middle hitter started playing JV volleyball as a freshman as some More...

Business

Century 21 Balesteri provides clients with dedicated assistance, passion

For nearly 40 years, Amherst resident Nick Balesteri has been working in real estate.  Throughout his life, Balesteri has been the owner of a small construction company, a mechanic and an employee at automobile dealerships.  More...

OttFit Pilates and Yoga studio opens in Williamsville

Williamsville has recently gained a new exercise option, with the opening of OttFit Pilates and Yoga studio.  The studio, at 162 Mill St., celebrated its grand opening on Saturday and provided a free mat class, along with sign-ups for future cla More...

Chamber of Commerce to host awards event on May 16

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will host its Small Business Awards Luncheon and Showcase from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Samuel’s Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence.  More...