Weekly Feature



April 12, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Village Board approves purchase of electric car, updates South Long project

The Village of Williamsville will purchase a used electric vehicle that costs no more than $14,000, Mayor Brian Kulpa said during Monday’s Village Board meeting. More...

Local News

Maple Road part of county projects

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz recently announced the first phase of the Erie County Department of Public Works’ 2017 schedule of highway, drainage and culvert projects.  This phase includes eight different projects totaling just ove More...

Bee newspapers win five awards in press contest

Bee Group Newspapers captured a total of five awards in the 2016 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the New York Press Association.  Results were announced last week at the group’s annual convention in Saratoga Springs.  More...

Glen Park Art Festival applications available

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Glen Park Art Festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, on Glen Avenue in Williamsville.  Featuring a variety of fine artists and craftsmen, the popular summer fes More...

Police Blotter

Man reports foot injury due to woman’s walker

Saturday, April 1  • An employee of a Sweet Home Road fast food restaurant reported a woman, who ordered a meal and took it home, returned to the business to report she was unhappy with its taste. More...

Letters to the Editor

Possible land swap is bad idea for village

The issue is not a swap of land or a different playground.  Those are known as “red herrings,” meant to distract from the real issue, which is, of course, the proposed development.  More cars on Main Street? More...

Disappointment grows with plans for development

Reading about the plans for the hotel at Northtown makes me disappointed in the entire town of Amherst. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

New JRT production to premiere April 19   More...

Sports

East baseball enters season with unfinished business

Flames lost in state finals

Williamsville East has never won a state championship in baseball, but they came as close as they possibly could last spring, losing to Wantagh of Long Island, 6-5, in nine innings in the Class A state final.  Flames coach Jerry Gasz said the pa More...

Former South softball star gets chance to coach at North

Michelle Switzer always hoped to be a high school varsity softball coach and she has her chance after taking over for Rick Bubar at Williamsville North.  More...

North baseball opens season with wins over section champs

If the Williamsville North baseball team’s opening games are any indication, the Spartans could be in for a big year.  North opened the season with 3-2 home victories over Williamsville East on April 3 and Lancaster on April 5. More...

Business

Chamber to honor small businesses during event

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will be honoring seven of the region’s leaders in small business on Friday, May 19, at Samuel’s Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence, with its annual Small Business Awards Luncheon and Showcase.  The More...

County Auto Bureau participates in Donate Life Month

The Erie County Clerk’s Office is again teaming up with Unyts and the New York Alliance for Donation during Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry.  More...

Business Brief

Iskalo Development’s Reikart House will open this summer as part of Marriott International’s newest collection brand: Tribute Portfolio. More...

Williamsville School Board adopts $186.1M budget

The Williamsville School Board at its April 4 meeting unanimously adopted the 2017-18 budget of $186.1 million, which carries a district spending increase of about 1.7 percent from the current year’s budget.  More...

Bunny fun

Veronica Mitchell, 4, visits with the Easter Bunny during a luncheon held Sunday at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church. More...

Editorial

Find new ways to mitigate rising gas prices

Bee Editorial

As gas prices approach $2.50 per gallon, it’s getting more and more expensive to fill up one’s tank. Some may already be canceling trips and changing their travel habits. For others, it’s only a matter of time. More...

Spindle items

• UPDATES — In November, The Bee published a piece about Cameron Tillou, a Smallwood Drive Elementary School fourth-grader who invented the Sliderbench to assist young piano students in easily reaching across the keyboard.  More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago April 14, 1892   More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.I joined the senior center just two years ago, and the thing that struck me was how warm and welcoming it was when I walked in. More...

Obituaries

Katharine R. Schiappa, occupational therapist

Katharine Rachel Schiappa (nee Swain), 57, of Williamsville, died Friday, April 7, 2017.  More...

Mark P. Harty, tennis standout

Mark Philip Harty, 65, of Wellesley and Westport, Massachusetts, formerly of Amherst, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.  Mr. More...

Norman Castine, veteran and local athlete

Norman “Nipper” Castine, 92, of Amherst, died Monday, March 27, 2017.  Mr. Castine was born in Buffalo and graduated from Kensington High School, where he played baseball, basketball, football and track and field. More...

Lifestyles

Buffalo’s growing Dyngus Day celebration expands to Poland

Monday, April 17

In spite of past ridicule by CNN’s Anderson Cooper — and perhaps because of it — Buffalo’s Dyngus Day celebrations have ballooned in size since 2012. More...

Pipe dream comes true for WNY’s youngest theater organist

For 22-year-old Curtis Cook of East Amherst, wanting to play the theater organ wasn’t only for its powerful resonance and ability to imitate a full pit orchestra.  “I tell people it’s an instrument for people who like pushing b More...

Senior News

The following events are open to members of the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. Call 636-3055, ext. 3108 to register.  Indoor gardening will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13. More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 13   Family Fishing Clinics — Through Earth Spirit, this is a basic introduction to the equipment, techniques and targeted fish species with a focus on angling for trout, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, April 13. More...

Easter/Dyngus Day

fri. 14   More...

Comedy

thurs. 13   Minor League ComedySportz is made up of players who are graduates or students of the CSz Training program. Come on out and see what they’ve learned so far, 7 p.m. More...