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December 31, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Wheelchair fire forces nursing home’s evacuation

An electric wheelchair caught fire on Christmas night, forcing the evacuation of about 45 residents through smoke-filled halls at St. More...

Local News

LEARNING TO BALANCE

— Kevin Lake helps his son, Kyle, as they skate together on Saturday at the Northtown Center at Amherst. More...

Firemen’s Association provides tips for holidays

As the holiday season continues, people are putting up Christmas trees, hanging lights and preparing special meals.  The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has several tips to ensure that residents are safe this season.  More...

Erie County parks ready for winter recreation

The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry said it is prepared to offer a full slate of family-friendly winter activities at county parks once measurable snow arrives and dipping temperatures provide the consistent cold and freezi More...

Police Blotter

Woman reports cell phone falls into toilet

Sunday, Dec. 21   • A resident of Hunter’s Lane reported his outdoor Christmas decorations were damaged overnight. The resident said someone cut the wires of the lights. More...

Best of the Blotter

Excerpts from police calls are a regular feature in all nine Bee Group newspapers. Some of the more unusual reports from 2014 are reprinted here. Each is an actual listing from a local town or village police blotter.   . More...

Education

Amherst Middle School names honor roll recipients

The following students at Amherst Middle School were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2014-15 academic year:  Grade eight   More...

Williamsville Central schedules orientation programs

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

News Brief

Nick Tennes of Williamsville was named a commended scholar during the fall term at Mercersburg Academy, a coeducational and independent college preparatory boarding and day school in Pennsylvania. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Church sponsors free respite care program   More...

Sports

Sacred Heart girls basketball earns tourney victory

The Sacred Heart and Nardin girls basketball teams added another chapter to its rivalry with the Sharks recording a 61-49 win in the championship game of the Art Dobson Memorial Tournament Saturday at Sacred Heart.  More...

Win over Cheektowaga improves South hoops to 5-0

Williamsville South’s hot start to the 2014-15 boys basketball season continued with a 63-55 road win over Cheektowaga — last year’s Section VI Class A-2 champion — Dec. 22. More...

Panthers take consolation game

Sweet Home’s boys basketball team took consolation honors at the Ken-Ton Holiday Classic after recording a 57-42 win over Kenmore East Saturday.  The Panthers’ defense stepped up against Kenmore East. More...

Breaking News - 12/31/2014 3:06 PM

Weinstein to leave post on IDA board

Effective today, Supervisor Barry Weinstein is resigning from his post on the seven-member board of the Amherst Industrial Developement Agency.  Weinstein told the Bee on Dec. More...

Williamsville adds school to open enrollment

The Williamsville School Board recently approved opening Dodge Elementary School, at 1900 Dodge Road, to open enrollment for district students.  The action was taken during the board’s Dec. 9 meeting.  More...

School closure, renaming of park top 2014

Year in review

Across the region, 2014 was a year plagued by severe weather, with two blizzards, two major floods of area creeks and a November snowstorm that pummeled the Southtowns.  While weather may have been a regional topic, there were other news stories More...

Editorial

Resolve to make a difference in your community

Bee Editorial

It’s the new year, and we’re sure that many of you have made resolutions to lose weight or quit bad habits. We know that sometimes it’s difficult to remain vigilant in keeping your resolution. More...

Spindle items

• BE RESPONSIBLE — With the 2014 holiday season coming to a close at the end of this week, many of us will be celebrating the coming of 2015 at parties with family and friends.  More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Jan. 2, 1890   By reason of the extensive repairs being put upon the Baptist Church edifice, there will be no services until the second Sabbath in January, when the congregation and public are invited.  More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.Here we go. I don’t agree with Mayor Kulpa’s statement in The Bee that the village board is proactive. I and more than 40 other residents attended the traffic & safety meeting on Sept. 10, 2014. More...

Obituaries

Frank L. Ciminelli, construction company founder, real estate developer

Frank L. Ciminelli, 80, of Amherst, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.  Mr. Ciminelli started his own residential construction business, Frank L. More...

Michael A. Sullivan, physician

Michael A. Sullivan, 85, of Williamsville, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.  Born in Lackawanna, he graduated from Lackawanna High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences in 1949. More...

Joseph R. Nies, owner, Nies Auto Service

Joseph R. Nies, 91, of Amherst, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.  Born in Buffalo, he attended Burgard Vocational, where he learned auto repair.  He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at 18, serving as a radio specialist during World War II.  More...

Lifestyles

Resolutions remain a New Year’s tradition

Flipping to the last page of a calendar often sparks a time of reflection on the trials and triumphs of the past 12 months.   More...

Alzheimer’s caregiver support group to meet on first Monday

The Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York sponsors various caregiver support groups. A group open only to men meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Elderwood Village, 5271 Main St. in Williamsville. More...

Amherst Lions Club members support community, serve as ‘Knights of the Blind’

For more than 60 years, the Amherst Lions Club has been helping the blind and visually and hearing impaired while providing service to the community. More...

Business

ECC, community benefit from FASNY program

Until recently, students at Erie Community College were unable to take advantage of a New York grant program that allows volunteer firefighters to receive tuition reimbursement in exchange for first responder service.  More...

Tips to make holiday gift returns less stressful for consumers

As the holiday season winds down, many consumers will head back to the stores for returns. More...

Daemen College to hold open house on Jan. 7

Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, will hold a nursing open house at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. More...