Weekly Feature

2018-11-07 / Editorial

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Associate Editor

SAVE THE DATE — The holiday season is just around the corner, with Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 22, followed by Christmas festivities next month.

Events also happening in November are National Native American Heritage Day on Friday, Nov. 23, and Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 24. On Small Business Saturday, individuals can support and celebrate their local shops.

This week, the Amherst Senior Center and Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer will be presenting “Senior Scam Prevention” at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.

The Better Business Bureau and AT&T will be sharing important ways an individual can protect his or her electronic devices and identity, including how to identify a scam and what to do if you fall victim to a scam. To register, call 276-3759.

Pomost International will be hosting a special meeting with Jim Ciulis, a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Faith United Church of Christ, 1300 Maple Road, at the corner of Hopkins Road, in Williamsville.

Ciulis will share his story about how he first became interested in researching his family, the interesting facts he found out, where he found the genealogical information and what it takes to be successful in finding more about an individual’s Polish ancestry.

Refreshments will be available, and a question and answer session will allow participants an opportunity to inquire about the steps to take when starting a genealogical search into their Polish ancestry. For more information, contact Gloria LaSota at glo rialasota@gmail.com or Judy Willard at judwillard48@gmail.com.

ELECTION COVERAGE — There are countless nuisances that keep journalists awake at night.

Angry calls from readers, a lack of responses from potential interview subjects, corrections — all of these things go bump in the night for those who spend the majority of it in a newsroom.

For print journalists especially, chief among these annoyances are deadlines, constantly forcing the writer and the editor to make last-minute decisions whether that story can make the next day’s press. For those of us in weekly community news, these decisions are naturally even more difficult, given that we are faced with the expectation of printing a week’s worth of news in one printing run.

Sometimes, situations inevitably transpire in which, due to the nature of weekly print deadlines, breaking news must wait a week before hitting the newsstands. Such is the case this week with the Clarence, Amherst, and Ken-Ton Bee’s election coverage, as the results of last night’s elections will have been reported well past our print deadline.

The advent of the internet was a mostly foreboding one for print news, but its ominous surge has unquestionably carried with it some positives.

By visiting The Amherst Bee’s website, Facebook and Twitter platforms, readers will be updated simultaneously as we report on the events of Election Day 2018.

While these stories will run in the Nov. 14 print editions, they will be posted to our online platforms well before then.

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