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December 28, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Local News

SEASON OF GIVING

— Jordan West, left, and her brothers, Joshua and Jeremiah, put finishing touches on gift baskets during the "Fostering the Love of Christmas" event held Dec. More...

Amherst schools facing budget gap for 2017-18 spending plan

Residents in the Amherst Central School District approved a balanced budget and saw a decrease in their tax bills for the 2016-17 school year.  It’s looking like they will not be as lucky for the 2017-18 school year.  At the Dec. More...

Mensch Capital submits updated plans for Westwood property

Mensch Capital Partners, owners of the former Westwood Country Club on Sheridan Drive in Amherst, last week submitted an amended rezoning application to the Town of Amherst that includes an updated conceptual master plan for the mixed-use redevelopme More...

Police Blotter

Bar’s channel selection sparks patron’s outrage

(Editor’s note: From Dec. 17 through Dec. 20, 858 calls to dispatchers were logged into the Amherst police’s computer database. The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual calls received by the Police Department. 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 2016 are reprinted here. Each is an actual listing from a local town or village police blotter. Illustrations by Josh Flanigan More...

Obituaries

Paul C. Ricotta, former VP of Clucas Plumbing

Paul C. Ricotta, 92, of Amherst, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.  Mr. Ricotta was born in Buffalo on Feb. 4, 1924. More...

Grace de la Plante, school teacher, volunteer

Grace de la Plante (nee Rammacher), 92, of Amherst, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016.  Mrs. de la Plante attended the Park School of Buffalo and graduated from Buffalo Seminary and Smith College. More...

Walter E. Reitz, music director in Amherst schools, town

Walter E. Reitz, 95, of Amherst, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. Mr. Reitz was born in 1921 in Weston Mills, New York. After moving to Buffalo with his family, he attended School No. 19 and Lafayette High School. More...

Lifestyles

New campaign against depression and drug abuse urges students to ‘Just Tell One’

Ten years. More...

Church to hold meditation services

Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst, is hosting times of music and meditation at 5:30 p.m. each Friday evening in December. For information, contact the church office at cumc350@gmail.com or 839-2460.   More...

Student to travel Peru to help create sustainable energy

Amherst native and Clarence High School graduate Jessica Fischer has been selected to participate in the WindAid Institute’s program in Peru this winter.  Fischer will join 12 other students for the four-week volunteer project and get the More...

Olympian inspires students during visit to school

When students at St. More...

Amherst School Board updated on Every Student Success Act

Amherst Assistant Superintendent Ryan Schoenfeld updated the Amherst School Board at the Dec. 20 meeting regarding the Every Student Success Act, a federal law passed in December 2015 that governs U.S. More...

Editorial

Resolve to make a difference in your community

Bee Editorial

It’s nearly 2017, 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 SAFE — I would like to wish everyone in the community a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago  Dec. 31, 1891   More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.Residents are required to keep their sidewalks clear of snow. I just passed the Amherst Municipal Center in the middle of Williamsville, and the sidewalk was barely passable. It had 8-10 inches of snow, and you could barely walk by. More...

Letters to the Editor

Voters’ support greatly appreciated

I am honored to be re-elected to the New York State Senate. Thank you to the residents of the 61st Senate District for your continued support  More...

Holiday’s debate is unnecessary

I have been reading that the Williamsville School District is contemplating changing Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples Day.”  I am perplexed as to why the debate and why this would be consuming time of the Williamsville School Boar More...

Education

Williamsville North names first-quarter honor roll students

The following students at Williamsville North High School were named to the honor roll for the 2016-17 academic year:  Grade 12  More...

Area student wins American Prize in recent piano performance

When Jarod Yap began playing the piano at age 4, enrolled in the Young Artists Yamaha Music School in Los Angeles, his parents had to forcefully get him to attend lessons.  More...

Amherst High names honor students

The following students at Amherst High School were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2016-17 academic year:  Grade 12  More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

PTSA searches for service nominees The Williamsville PTSA Council is now seeking nominations for the Service to Youth Award. More...

Sports

Dolan leads South hoops past Timon

Greg Dolan has played great throughout his high school career but the Williamsville South junior might have played his best game ever in the Billies’ 68-62 non-league victory over Bishop Timon  St. More...

North boys hockey falls to St. Joe’s, 5-1

Whenever the Williamsville North and St. Joe’s Federation boys ice hockey teams meet, it usually draws a big crowd, and the first meeting between the two high school powerhouses this season was no exception.  More...

Williamsville girls hockey off to best start in program history

Williamsville’s girls ice hockey team continues to play at a high level this season, defeating five-time defending Section VI champion Kenmore/Grand Island, 3-1, on Dec. More...

Business

National Fuel offers help with heating bills

If you need help with your heating bill, National Fuel can help.  More...

Not all gasoline created equal, says AAA

New testing from AAA has uncovered significant differences in the quality of gasoline sold at fuel retailers in the United States. More...

Solar energy equipment credit on the rise for tax credits

New Yorkers have claimed more than $38 million with a tax credit available to those who’ve installed solar energy systems at their primary residence, according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance.  More...