• THE DUO — Last month, The Bee published a news story about Hayden Fogle and Vin DeRosa, two musicians who together represented Western New York in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
Out of 102 solo/duo acts from about 16 countries, Fogle and DeRosa made it to the semifinals, which comprised the top 36 acts.
I would like to personally congratulate both musicians for their dedication to their craft and wish them the best in their music careers.
• HONORED — Marni Conte, a Williamsville schools band instructor and music teacher, has received the 2017 Richard H. Snook Outstanding Band Director Award for New York State.
The Williamsville School Board on Tuesday was scheduled to recognize Conte at its meeting.
According to Bradley Morrison, first vice president of the New York State Band Directors Association, award recipients are not only educators of excellence in their schools, but individuals who are contributing their time and efforts to their communities, professional organizations and music education as a whole in the state.
To be considered for the award, the conductor must be a member of NYSBDA; be a current conductor of an elementary, middle school, high school, college or community band; have a minimum of seven years of band-directing experience; and maintain and support an effective band program that has resulted in a high level of performance of quality literature.
• SEW AWAY — The next meeting of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Amherst.
The nonprofit group is dedicated to promoting the sewing arts to people of all skill levels. In addition to monthly chapter meetings, there are four small groups that meet at various times and locations to focus on specific interests, including garment sewing and fitting, community service projects and machine embroidery. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• GET READY — While it may be just the middle of February, it is never too early to begin thinking about gardening. The Smallwood Garden Club will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville.
The program, “Floral Serenity: Orchids, Orchids, Orchids,” will be led by Donna Lipowicz. She has 20 years of experience in growing and showing orchids and is a fourth-year student orchid judge.
• HONOR ROLLS — Our newspaper publishes honor rolls from middle schools and high schools in the town. Each school sends The Bee an electronic version of its honor roll list for publication. We will publish honor rolls as space allows. Also, our submission deadline is 5 p.m. on the Friday before each publication.
In the town, we have a large number of students named to the honor roll on a consistent basis, and we believe the listings are important parts of our editions. We cannot guarantee a specific date of publication, but they are a priority, and all will be published.