Weekly Feature

2017-05-17 / Editorial

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Associate Editor

COYOTE CONCERNS — A resident recently had an extremely disconcerting run-in with a coyote that underscores the importance of maintaining caution and diligence when outdoors with pets.

Last week, a family on Tonawanda Creek Road was enjoying a night outside, taking advantage of the infrequent warm weather. While the family members conversed with one another, a coyote encroached on the property and picked up the family’s small dog in a well-lit area just a few feet away from the home’s deck. Despite a large Labrador and the presence of the family patriarch, the coyote persisted in preying upon the small dog.

The dreadful story highlights an increasing problem within the towns of Amherst and Clarence in which coyotes have shown increasing boldness and aggression, and further underlines a potential safety hazard to small pets and children when assiduousness is not exercised.

Any residents who have experienced a coyote sighting in their neighborhood or have witnessed examples of wildlife aggression are encouraged to call the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 9 office, at 851-7200.

MUSICAL FUNDRAISER — Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville, will offer a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

The music will be performed by baritone Jonathan Sandberg and sopranos Emily DiMartino and Karen Davidson. Pianist Patrick Davis will accompany the artists.

The entertainment will be accompanied by at-table appetizers and the serving of hot appetizers as well as desserts. Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks are also included in the $20 admission cost.

Adults may bring their social beverage of choice, and child care at the church will be provided at no cost.

Reservations may be made and payment arranged through the church office or online at www.cal varyepiscopal.net.

For more information about the event or the church, call 633-7800.

LOOKING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS — If you have an interest in taking photographs of news or sports events for one of our nine papers, we’re looking for you. Experience is preferred.

All interested parties should email five to six samples of items The Bee would run, such as school concerts and events, community forums, business openings and athletics, to dsherman@beenews.com.

All applicants should have a digital SLR camera.

ELECTION COVERAGE — Don’t forget to visit The Amherst Bee’s website, www.AmherstBee.com, and our Twitter and Facebook pages for the outcomes of Tuesday’s school board elections and budget votes.

All three of the town’s districts have opposed races for school board.

In addition to our in-depth election coverage online, The Bee will publish a story about the outcomes in the May 24 edition. Our company takes pride in making sure our readers have the most accurate and up-to-date information, whether it be in our print editions or online.

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