Weekly Feature



July 1, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

'We 're a family'

Matt Leffler wipes away a tear during his speech at Sweet Home High School's commencement Friday at the UB Center for the Arts. Leffler, who has terminal cancer, said, "Here at Sweet Home we're a family. More...

July Fourth celebration planned at UB

The Town of Amherst Recreation Department will once again hold its Independence Day celebration at the University at Buffalo. Events will be held Saturday, July 4, at UB's North Campus. More...

Pullinzi wins national culinary title

Nia Pullinzi did exactly what she said she was determined to do — win a national championship. More...

Local News

Community News

The Buffalo Branch, American Association of University Women is offering a $5,000 scholarship to a woman who is attending a four-year university. Visit www.aauw.buffalo.edu, or call 633-1294 or 688-6181 for info. More...

Resident turns 114, becomes fourth oldest person in world

Olivia Patricia Thomas celebrated another birthday on Monday — her 114th. A resident at St. Francis on Reist Street, Thomas marked the day with a cake and party at the facility. More...

Senior Citizens Foundation donates $5,000

The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation, Inc. has donated $5,000 to Amherst Senior Outreach Services, which serves frail low-income seniors in Amherst in their homes. SOS assists persons age 60 and older who wish to maintain independent living. More...

Police Blotter

Even dogs don't like door-to-door salesmen

Friday, June 19 • A Rosewood Drive resident complained that a neighbor was power washing in the backyard. The call was made at 11:20 p.m. More...

Tips for safe bike riding

Bicycling can be a healthy and fun way to exercise in the summertime, but it can also be dangerous if proper precautions to ride safely are not taken. Cyclists compete for the same roads shared by pedestrians, vehicles and other bikers. More...

Obituaries

Gary Papa, professional sportscaster

Gary Papa, 54, formerly of Amherst, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He battled prostate cancer for more than five years. Mr. Papa was born Sept. 2, 1954, and graduated from Canisius High School. More...

Louis J. Buchheit Sr., Army veteran, real estate agent

Louis John Buchheit Sr., formerly of Eggertsville, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, in Vero Beach, Fla. Mr. Buchheit grew up in St. Louis Parish, Buffalo, and graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in 1943. More...

Betty B. Morgan, active in community

Betty Byers Morgan, of Williamsville, died Saturday June 20, 2009. Mrs. Morgan was born on May 30, 1922, in Pittsburgh. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Men's Caregiver Group meeting planned The Men's Caregiver Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of WNY, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, in the private dining room at Elder- Wood Village at Glenwood, 5271 Main St. More...

Lifestyles

Swormville firehall is home to Thompson family

E ast Amherst resident Ed Thompson never thought while growing up that he would be a firefighter, but in his early 20s, a fire at a neighbor's home prompted his decision to join the Swormville Fire Company at 6971 Transit Road. More...

Amherst Youth Hockey hot dog sale set

The Amherst Youth Hockey Pee Wee AA hot dog sale will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, in front of the Eagle House on Main Street during the first night of Old Home Days. Funds support youth hockey. More...

In the Military

Steven Labady of Getzville has been promoted to private first class in the Army National Guard. He serves with Headquarters Troop, 2-101 Cavalry (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition). More...

Entertainment

FOURTH OF JULY

thurs. 2 . Seneca Niagara Fireworks — 9:45 p.m. Thursday, July 3, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. Rain date is Friday, July 3. 299-1100 fri. 3 . East Aurora Fireworks — 7:30-11 p.m. More...

Special Events

thurs. 2 . Born in the USA Cruise — Third annual LEAP of WNY event includes classic rock music with Innocent Bystander, dancing, raffles, contests and 50/50 split, 6-9 p.m. More...

Festivals

fri. 3-sun. 5 . Summer Festival of the Arts — Event features a country concert on the slopes of HoliMont featuring Sean Patrick McGraw, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra along with a fireworks display on Saturday, More...

Department heads, board don't echo Mohan's urgency

Three years ago, Supervisor Satish Mohan claimed that the town had a $4 million deficit and proposed an extensive plan to deal with it — an overreaction according to some town officials. More...

Parade to signal start of Old Home Days

The Amherst-Williamsville Old Home Days celebration will be held from Tuesday through Friday, July 7-10 at Island Park behind the Village Hall, 5565 Main St. The traditional parade will start at 6:30 p.m. More...

Former player now runs soccer association

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

As president of the Amherst Soccer Association, Rob Anderson is able to give back to the sport that gave him so much while he was growing up in the town. More...

Two ongoing town cases back in court

Neither former Assistant Town Engineer Jim Johnson or the Hartford North Bailey Homeowners Association are happy with town decisions and are taking the matters back to court. More...

FATHER OR FLOTATION DEVICE?

FATHER OR FLOTATION DEVICE? — Amherst resident Oleg Staozhnikov, with his daughter, Michelle, 3, hanging from his back, spent some time at the North Forest pool on Friday. More...

Editorial

Déjà vu — Mohan overreacts, doesn't take responsibility

Let's say, for the sake of argument, Town of Amherst employees could legally give back 3 percent of their salaries to help the expected revenue shortfall. Should they? We don't think so. More...

Spindle items

• EMPTY NEST AND HIVE — As one era comes to an end, a new one begins. This past Saturday, no doors closed, but new ones certainly opened. On Saturday evening, June 27, a very special person graduated from high school. More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago July 3, 1884 On the Fourth, at the Creekside Park, which Mr. J. Wayne Dodge has liberally granted to the players, the Star base ball club of the village will tackle the Gardenville nine, and an interesting game may be looked for. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

(Editor's note: Call The Bee at 632-0390 and record a one-minute comment on our Bee Heard line. It gives readers an opportunity to comment quickly and candidly on items of local or regional interest. More...

Letters to the Editor

Reducing the board won't save money

In response to Richard Anderson's letter about downsizing the Town Board, his comments are typical of a political candidate, and more recently of the Republican Party. More...

Maple Road vote alters quality of life

The Amherst Town Planning Board has approved Benderson's Maple Road project even though the Traffic Safety Board voted against the plan because the project will cause too much traffic. More...

Superintendent's contract questioned

I would like to comment on the recent article, in the June 17 edition, regarding the 5 percent pay increase for Dr. Howard Smith, superintendent of Williamsville Central School District. Before anyone can judge if Dr. More...

Education

School News

The Amherst Kiwanis Club has awarded $1,000 college scholarships to three seniors: Bradley Hahn of Williamsville South High School; David Ban of Williamsville East; and Ariel Bauerle of Sacred Heart Academy. More...

Williamsville School District continues to monitor flu viruses during summer

As hundreds of children get ready to start summer school on July 6 in the Williamsville Central School District, school officials will continue to watch for any sign of flu-like illness among students and staff. More...

East grad receives political 'Rising Star' award

Amherst native Christopher N. Malagisi, 28, president of the Young Conservatives Coalition, received the Campaigns & Elections Politics Magazine "Rising Star" award. More...

Sports

Year in review

Town of Amherst sports teams had most success in the fall

It was a good year for Town of Amherst varsity sports. Throughout the 2008-09 sports calendar year, Town of Amherst teams won 24 division titles, eight Section VI championships and one state championship. More...

South fall sports starting dates slated

The 2009 high school spring season has just ended but it's not too early to be thinking about the fall sports season. More...

Opening still available for summer tennis lessons

Limited openings are available in the 4-6 and 7-9 age groups on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings for children's summer tennis lessons at South Long Park. Available times on Tuesdays are from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. More...

Business

Business News

The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Core program in the University at Buffalo School of Management has graduated the largest class in the program's 21-year history. More...

Longtime advocate retires from Cornerstone Manor

Amherst resident Lora Warkentin, an advocate for homeless women and children, will retire as director of Buffalo City Mission's Cornerstone Manor after 15 years of service. More...

New women's mental health program added at BryLin

Acknowledging that a woman has many issues in life to handle — family, career and health — BryLin Hospital has developed a new program. More...