2022-01-26

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In stunning reversal, board votes to pay $300 fine, residents speak out


The Williamsville Village Board voted 3-2 Monday to pay the $300 fine to the Erie County Department of Health for violating the county’s mask mandate. Mayor Deb Rogers and several audience members were seen without masks at the board’s Jan. 10 meeting. Since the Dec. 13 meeting, the mayor has openly opposed the mandate. Deputy Mayor David Sherman and trustees […]

Residents file protest petition against Dodge Road subdivision


Residents on Dodge Road in Amherst are fighting back against a proposed 15- home subdivision in their rural neighborhood. Several Dodge Road residents signed and submitted a protest petition to the Amherst Town Board against the proposed 15-home subdivision located at 1789 Dodge Road by developer Joe Rubino. “We are asking for the site to be rezoned from Suburban Agricultural […]

Town takes first step in Delta Sonic plan


Much to the disappointment of Meyer Road residents, the Amherst Town Board voted 4-1 to approve a change in the Bicentennial Comprehensive Plan to allow for possible rezoning for the site of a proposed Delta Sonic warehouse at 4252-4258 Ridge Lea Road. Trustee Deborah Bruch Bucki voted against the change at the Jan. 18 town board meeting. Delta Sonic was […]

Got stick? The Backyard Classic returns for its 13th year


With skates laced and sticks ready, The Backyard Classic is returning to Canalside for the hockey tournament’s 13th year. The tournament will be held from Feb. 4 to 6 with all proceeds going to Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Originally established by Nicholas Penberthy, an East Amherst resident, and dubbed the Annual Hasek’s Heroes Backyard Classic, the event has grown […]

Court strikes down statewide mask mandate


Gov. Kathy Hochul’s statewide mask mandate was struck down by NYS Supreme Court Judge Thomas Rademaker, in Nassau County, on Monday afternoon. However, a stay was granted Tuesday after an appeal was filed. Rademaker’s decision described the mask mandate as “violative” of the NYS Constitution, the State Administrative Procedure Act, and the Public Health law. Additionally, it said that while […]

Greene wants permanent alcohol to-go plan

Erie County Legislator Chris Greene introduced a resolution calling on the New York State Legislature to make the sale of takeout alcoholic beverages permanent. “During the height of the pandemic, the takeout alcohol incentive played a huge role in boosting restaurant sales,” Greene said. The Erie County Legislature already backed two Minority Caucus resolutions in favor of extending the program […]

Residents paying the price for Rogers’ antics

Bee Editorial

Since the now-infamous Dec. 13 Village of Williamsville Board meeting, where supporters of Mayor Deb Rogers attended without masks in violation of the Erie County Department of Health and New York state mask mandates, the business of the village has been put on the back burner. In December, Rogers started making public statements and going on various media outlets to […]

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..BUNDLE UP – I remember when I was a kid in middle school and high school, for some insane reason it wasn’t “cool” to zip or button up your winter coat. Not sure what the difference was, now looking back as an adult, between a zipped up coat being so uncool and a wide open coat being the coolest. Winter […]

Out of the Past

125 Years AgoJan. 21, 1897 Dead stock removed. Prompt service. Contact us as soon as animal is dead. We buy old live horses, too. Will cook or serve for weddings, house parties, clubs, also fancy sandwiches. Middle-aged lady wishes job as companion for semi-invalid lady or aged couple or light housework. 100 Years AgoJan. 28, 1922 With the passing of […]