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March 18, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Williamsville proposes $177.16M budget

Tax levy increase is under state’s cap

As the Williamsville School District presented its proposed budget of $177.16 million last week, Superintendent Scott Martzloff said it was one of the most challenging spending plans because of the unknown amount of state aid the district will receiv More...

Local News

Swormville Fire Company celebrates Daigler

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Garry Daigler Sr. More...

District to allow books during state assessments

The Williamsville schools will now be allowing students who refuse to take state assessments next month to read a book while the exams are being conducted.  During the School Board’s meeting on March 10, Superintendent Scott Martzloff said More...

Districts rally against state’s gap elimination adjustment

Students, teachers, administrators and others from multiple school districts came together in West Seneca last week to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo fully fund the public schools throughout the state.  More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.Seeing as the school districts had abundant days off due to snow days, they should cancel the spring break. The kids need the education.  More...

Obituaries

Charles M. Samul, Navy veteran, retired teacher

Charles M. Samul, of Amherst, a Navy veteran and retired teacher, died Sunday, March 15, 2015. He was 95.  Born Karol Mecislaus Samul, he was raised on Buffalo’s Polish East Side. More...

Philomena Jane Spada, retired payroll manager

Philomena Jane Spada (nee Rampino), of Amherst, died Sunday, March 8, 2015. She was 91.  Born in Buffalo, Mrs. Spada was an honor student graduate of Grover Cleveland High School. More...

Thomas J. Hogenkamp, mathematics professor

Thomas J. Hogenkamp, of Williamsville, a former mathematics professor, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015. He was 74.  Born in Buffalo, Mr. Hogenkamp graduated from Niagara University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education. More...

Lifestyles

Pierce-Arrow museum displays driving force of automobile history

Many times, Jim Sandoro has imagined himself in the era when Buffalo had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the country.  This was in the early 1900s, and Sandoro pictures the Pierce-Arrow automobile going up and down Delaware A More...

Young Living Essential Oils sets programs

Next week, Young Living Essential Oils will present various programs on wellness and healing along with recruiting opportunities.  More...

On the Campus

Laura Zaprowski of Williamsville has been named to the dean’s list at Cortland State College for the fall 2014 semester.  Patricia Gianfagna of Snyder has been named to the dean’s list at the College of the Holy Cross for the fall 20 More...

Area company to manage town golf courses

The Town Board in a 3-2 vote during Monday’s meeting authorized a licensing agreement with Value Golf LLC for management of the town’s three golf courses.  More...

Anderson appointed to Water Authority board

Former Amherst Highway Superintendent Robert Anderson was appointed on Thursday to the position of commissioner of the Erie County Water Authority. Anderson’s appointment was unanimously approved by the Erie County Legislature. More...

Editorial

State public education system must be saved

Bee Editorial

After five years of functioning under the gap elimination adjustment, districts are to the point of choosing between additional programming for students who seek more instruction and guidance outside the school day, and ensuring that they achieve onl More...

Spindle items

• IN MEMORIAM — About six years ago, I became a member of a Rotary Club. It was then that I first met Chuck Samul. He was 89 years old, polite, charismatic and caring. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago March 20, 1890   More...

Police Blotter

Man allegedly exposes himself in parking lot

Monday, March 9  • A patron of a Main Street business reported returning to her vehicle to find the rear window shattered. She told police nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.  More...

Letters to the Editor

School boards need community help

Each year, school boards create a budget for the next school year that relies primarily on revenues from local property taxes and state aid.  Providing a sound education for all students is becoming increasingly difficult now that the majority o More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Presentation slated at community center   More...

Sports

South girls hoops record history-making victory

Lady Billies win Far West Regional, advance to state final four

Ever since the Williamsville South girls basketball team lost to Pittsford-Sutherland in last year’s Class A Far West Regional, the goal for the returning players was to get back to the game and advance.  The players did not disappoint as More...

Billies’ offense struggles against Greece-Athena

Williamsville South’s boys basketball team typically has no problem scoring, but they had tons of issues against Section V’s Greece-Athena in the Class A Far West Regional Saturday at Gates-Chili High School. More...

East boys hockey falls in Division II state final

Williamsville East’s chance to win its second state title in boys ice hockey fell short in the Division II final Sunday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.  The Flames scored the first two goals, but Section III’s Skaneateles tallied t More...

Business

Kennel provides video monitoring, safe place for pets

For pet owners, one of the most daunting tasks before going on vacation or out of town on business is making sure that their four-legged friends have a safe place to stay. More...

Christ the King Seminary adds new faculty, staff to its community

Christ the King Seminary has recently added three new members to its faculty and staff: the Rev. Robert Wozniak, associate director of formation; Eileen Warner, director of mission and pastoral outreach; and the Rev. More...

Ranzenhofer named to economic development post

State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer has been named deputy majority leader for economic development as part of the Senate Republican majority’s leadership team. More...