Weekly Feature



December 23, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Residents form coalition to research dissolution specs

The question of whether or not the Village of Williamsville should be dissolved is expected to become a consideration for residents in March, when government reformer Kevin Gaughan plans to begin collecting signatures on a petition.   More...

SEASON OF GIVING

SEASON OF GIVING — Will Shultz, a member of Boy Scout Troop 173, helps unload food on Saturday at Ellicott Creek Fire Hall during the annual Santa Run and Food Drive, which benefited St. More...

Heininger to resign from engineer post

Citing his family as a reason, Larry Heininger announced Friday he will resign from the position of Amherst engineer. More...

Eggertsville fire caused by menorah candles; $160,000 in damage reported

The last night of Hanukkah turned tragic for an Amherst family on Friday when their menorah candles set off a fire that spread through much of their home, officials said. More...

GRINCH’S GREETINGS

GRINCH’S GREETINGS — Williamsville East High School student Max Lustig, playing the part of The Grinch, sings the opening announcements of the school’s Winterfest XXXV show held at t More...

Local News

Lee’s energy plan addresses rising home heating costs

Rep. Chris Lee, R-Amherst, discussed proposed congressional legislation to reduce energy costs during a visit on Friday to an Energy Star-rated home under construction in North Tonawanda.   More...

Eagle Scout spruces up Chapel in the Woods

Kyle Flierl is the newest Eagle Scout in Troop 457 from St. John’s Lutheran Church.   A freshman at Williamsville South High School, he is the son of Kevin and Debbie Flierl of Williamsville.   More...

Grant to be used for Summit’s vocational program

Summit Educational Resources received a $25,000 grant from the Patrick P. More...

Police Blotter

Facebook page hijacked

Saturday, Dec. 12   • Firecrackers were placed in a wreath hanging on the front door of a Mt. Vernon Road house. The homeowner believed it was youths in the area. More...

Holiday fire safety tips offered

The following tips remind residents of how to be safe this holiday season:   • Use caution while burning candles. Make sure they are in a stable, noncombustible base and are not left unattended.   More...

Obituaries

Margaret M. Collard, sportswoman, volunteer

Margaret “Marge” Collard (nee White), 95, of Amherst, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, after a brief illness.   Mrs. Collard was born Oct. 5, 1914, in Buffalo. More...

William R. Greiner, former University at Buffalo president

William R. Greiner, who spent 42 years at the University at Buffalo as president, provost and longtime Law School faculty member, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, in the Cleveland Clinic due to complications from heart surgery. He was 75. More...

Elaine C. Cecala, retired Buffalo Schools teacher

Elaine C. Cecala (nee Catania), 83, of Amherst, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst.   Mrs. Cecala was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Buffalo. More...

Lifestyles

Locals’ earthquake relief efforts strengthen shaken city

Three years ago, an East Amherst man and his colleagues took on a challenge that would one day rebuild a legacy for the future. Cardiologist Dr. More...

Dining to Donate fundraising event

The fundraiser “Dining to Donate,” to benefit Boy Scout Troop 444, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Applebee’s, 1641 Niagara Falls Blvd. More...

Couple honeymoon in Hawaii

Lori Beth Lundin married David G. Cavagnaro during an afternoon ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at St. Pius X Church. The Rev. James C. O’Connor officiated.   The bride is the daughter of Judith and Carl A. Lundin of Amherst. More...

Entertainment

Art

thurs. 24 . 2009 Petite Noel Holiday Sale — Unique handcrafted gifts for every budget. Springville Center for the Arts, 35 East Main St., Springville; No admission. More...

Holiday

thurs. 24 . Christmas Eve Service — Traditional Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive, Eggertsville; 836-4868 fri. 25 . More...

Tours

tues. 29 . Queen City Downtown — 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, meet at the Visitor Center, 617 Main St., Buffalo; $. www. BuffaloTours. More...

H1N1 vaccination clinic to be held Monday

All restrictions have been dropped — H1N1 vaccinations are available to everyone. More...

Last meeting of 2009 sees departure of three officials

It was a rare scene at Monday’s Town Board meeting, with the members not arguing, but that may be because three were being bid farewell. More...

CAROLERS

CAROLERS — Performers representing O’Connell & Company visited business along Main Street Saturday to sing Christmas carols for customers. More...

CHRISTMAS STORY

CHRISTMAS STORY — Volunteers from 25 churches made up a full orchestra and 150-person choir during The Chapel at CrossPoint’s, “The Story of Christmas” show held three times on More...

Four businesses report weekend burglaries

Amherst police are investigating four reports of burglaries that took place this past weekend at businesses.   Police were called to Acupuncture USA in the 9000 block of Maple Road on Sunday for a break-in. More...

Editorial

Follow doctors’ orders — consider getting vaccinated

Bee Editorial

So, the H1N1 vaccine is now available to you — and anyone else who wants it. But now you are probably asking yourself: do I want or need it? More...

Spindle items

• A CHRISTMAS STORY — “A doll that pees and poops.” That is how my 6-year-old niece, Chastity, responded when asked what she wanted for Christmas. I couldn’t respond, only laugh.  More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago   Dec. 25, 1884   The first entertainment of the Williamsville Literary Nickel Club will be held this week Saturday.   More...

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Letters to the Editor

Girl Scouts thank public for donation

The Williamsville Girl Scout Service Unit would like to thank the public for their support of another outstanding cookie sale and their generosity for our Gift of Caring project: “Operation Cookie Drop.” The Girl Scouts asked the public, More...

Education

School News

Applications for the winter session of Cardinal O’Hara’s driver’s education course are now being accepted. The course is open to all area high school students. There will be an eight-week session offered Jan. 25-March 25. More...

St. Benedict posts honor roll

The following Amherst residents have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2009-10 school year at St. Benedict School:   Grade 4   More...

GREEN CHRISTMAS

GREEN CHRISTMAS — Sacred Heart Academy Environmental Club members made green Christmas gifts this year, including the cloth bags they are holding, made from old T-shirts. More...

Sports

Balanced Lady Spartans’ roster loaded with talent

Indoor track and field

Across the lineup, Williamsville North has one of the top girls indoor track and field teams in Section VI.   More...

East’s sectional champion relay returns

Williamsville East girls indoor track and field coach Kurt Holme hopes the team can improve on last year’s success. They have some fast athletes to do that. More...

Inferno team flies high at championships

The Inferno team of the Greater Buffalo Elite Heat All-Stars remains undefeated after a successful trip to the Niagara Championships. More...

Business

Business News

The National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors of Buffalo will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, corner of North Forest Road and John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. More...

Stellar Dental Care — the name says it all

Watching TV is something most people do every day, but at the dentist? Now that’s a bit unusual. Stellar Dental Care, which opened at 7500 Transit Road in August, isn’t the typical dental office. Run by Dr. More...

Oceanis brings Greek flavor to Main Street

Holiday shoppers in the Village of Williamsville may have noticed a new addition to the Main Street shopping district. Oceanis Jewelry and Art opened two weeks ago at 5655 Main St. in the Ed Young’s Plaza near Mill Street.   More...