Weekly Feature



June 9, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Long-term sub charged with child pornography

FBI agents arrested 25-year-old Timothy Bek of West Seneca, a long-term substitute in the West Seneca Central School District, last week on charges of possessing child pornography.  More...

Editorial

Gadflies deserve recognition for asking questions

Bee Editorial

During the Town Board’s meeting on Monday night, one resident offered a thought-provoking statement on the back-seat approach many elected officials and residents tend to take on hot-topic issues. More...

Spindle items

KIMBERLY McDOWELL

‘CALL FOR ALL ANGELS’ — A benefit for Colette Reed-Pirinelli will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the VFW Post 8113 “Chick- en Coop,” 299 Leydecker Road.  More...

Out of the Past

Home of Dr. Ballou

Dr. Edward Ballou was one of West Seneca’s early physicians. He’s shown here in this 1888 photograph with his family in front of their house, which is currently 3412 Clinton St. in Gardenville. More...

Police Blotter

Police confiscate stun gun, marijuana from driver

Patrol stopped a male driver for failing to use a turn signal onto Mineral Springs Road. The driver was observed to have bloodshot, glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

A couple weeks ago, the highway superintendent sent out a notice stating garbage is not to be put out more than 12 hours ahead of time. More...

Sports

East grad wins Division II lax title

Greg Bensman garners First Team All-American, Player of the Year accolades

A 2008 West Seneca East graduate can now be called a 2011 national champion.  Greg Bensman, a junior at Mercyhurst College, recently helped lead the way for the school’s men’s lacrosse team to win the NCAA Division II Final, the firs More...

West’s Sullivan qualifies for state meet

Boys track

West Seneca West sophomore Kalen Sullivan earned his first career outdoor track Section VI championship this past weekend by turning in a personal-best time of 4:25.03 in the 1,600-meter run in Saturday’s portion of the festivities, held at Jam More...

Physicals being offered for prospective athletes

West Seneca School District students who are planning to participate in a sport for the 2011-12 school year have three options for obtaining a mandatory physical before the school year begins.  More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 9 . Wellness Walk — Healthy outdoor walk with a botanical emphasis and wildlife too. Drop in program, runs all year. More...

Auditions

mon. 13 & tues. 14 . Oklahoma — Auditions for the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma” will be conducted at the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., N. More...

Art

fri 10 . Sanctuary — Recent work by Polly Little and Catherine Linder Spencer, opening reception 7 p.m.  More...

GPS units create controversy at TB meeting

West Seneca residents were frustrated to learn that roughly $100,000 designated for the cost of purchasing and installing navigational units in town highway and sanitation trucks has remained unspent for nearly three years. More...

Police train, prepare to carry Tasers

“Taser, Taser, Taser.”  That’s the verbal warning West Seneca police are being trained to say before deploying one of the four Taser guns that the department will soon begin carrying.  Police Chief Edward F. More...

Local News

West Seneca East & West High School Prom

  Dates Ryan Speidel and Tori Leighbody, left, stand with Emily Jensen and Braden Blaszczak outside of Samuel’s Grande Manor on Friday during the West Seneca East Senior prom.  More...

Group opposes Democrats’ redistricting plan

Members of a coalition led by Brant Town Supervisor Leonard K. More...

Supervisor Piotrowski, among others, receive support from Republican Committee

During its May 31 meeting, the West Seneca Republican Committee gave its support to six individuals seeking seats in upcoming local and county races.  More...

Letters to the Editor

Republicans need to restore ideals

It was with great disappointment that I learned that the West Seneca Republican Committee endorsed two Democrats for elective office in West Seneca, specifically Wallace Piotrowski for supervisor and Gene Hart for the four-year council term. More...

Bee Heard callers make exaggerations

I find some comments in Bee Heard to be hilarious, if not too hard to believe. I am not referring to legitimate comments about garbage pickup, traffic problems, or other matters that really occur and matter to residents.  More...

Many are unaware of school tax impact

I’m a resident of the Town of Elma and have become active in expressing opposition to the proposed 5.39 percent increase in the Iroquois school budget.  More...

Education

Sixth-graders to perform Shakespeare at Burchfield

The sixth-grade class of the West Seneca Central School District will present its annual “Bard at the Burchfield” Shakespeare showcase starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road. More...

Students investigate staged crime scene

Students in the forensic science class, offered at both West Seneca East and West high schools, had the opportunity to process a simulated crime scene with help from local law enforcement on May 24 during a hands-on field trip. More...

‘Mr. Scribbles’ visits Allendale

  Students at Allendale Elementary were entertained last week by “Mr. Scribbles,” aka Michael Sparling, who transformed their scribbled lines into works of art. More...

Lifestyles

2,352 miles to go

Bike ride around U.S. to raise money for new community center

I n 1986, three friends who grew up in Buffalo’s Babcock neighborhood set out on an 8,141-mile bike ride around the perimeter of the United States to raise money for the Babcock Street Boys & Girls Club.  More...

REVELATION OF THOUGHT

Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery is currently displaying the works of Katie Kempa of Orchard Park, left, and Katie Parks of West Seneca. More...

‘Fear Not’

If there is one thing we are told repeatedly in the Bible, it is not to be afraid. The angels’ message has always been “Fear Not,” and yet fear seems to be an emotion with a life of its own for some people.  More...

Business

Ebenezer Ale House to offer signature beer-infused food

New restaurant expected to open by end of June

The days of empty, run-down buildings are becoming a thing of the past in West Seneca, as new businesses slowly begin to settle into former “homes” that have been vacated, and sometimes neglected, by their owners. More...

Chamber hosts county executive

The West Seneca Chamber of Commerce will host County Executive Chris Collins during its Breakfast Speaker Series program on Tuesday, June 14. The event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Christie’s Restaurant in the Southgate Plaza. More...

Mercy receives award for ‘green’ initiatives

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo recently received a “Healthy Hospital” award from Ascent, a division of Stryker Corp.  The designation is reserved for hospitals that demonstrate efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of health care More...