Weekly Feature



September 22, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Rainy rivalry

West Seneca West’s Abigail Jankowski, right, tries to retain possession of the ball as West Seneca East’s Jean Stahl attempts to swipe it from Jankowski’s feet during the Lady India More...

Editorial

Out of the Past

‘Old Shep’

William “Old Shep” Sheppard, undoubtedly one of West Seneca’s most colorful characters, was known as the “Hermit of Leydecker Road.” In this photograph, he is shown with his knife grinder, tent and wagon. More...

Crisis of bullying, suicide strikes close to home

Bee Editorial

Western New Yorkers have joined in the mourning for the loss of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, the Williamsville North High School student who died Sunday of an apparent suicide. More...

Spindle items

KIMBERLY McDOWELL

EDUCATE YOURSELF — The Bee’s managing editor gets first glimpse and final say as to which items run in the weekly Bee Heard, though I do have the capability to view which ones didn’t make the cut. More...

Education

Students experience Chinese culture this summer

As students traded stories of their summer vacations during the start of school last week, nine students from West Seneca West Senior had an unusual adventure to share. More...

West Elementary student gets behind-the-scenes Fair experience

One fifth-grader from West Elementary had the chance to experience a rare behind-the-scenes perspective of the Erie County Fair this summer when he was selected to participate in the annual Fair Camp. More...

West Seneca educators stay abreast of state’s evolving standards

As New York’s educational policymakers outline the Common Core Learning Standards adopted by the state, many schools are scrambling to understand the teaching and curriculum changes. More...

Lifestyles

An untethering journey

Author shares story of soulful love, loss and light

David Dachauer smiled as he sat on a bench, leaning forward and resting his folded arms on a picnic table. “Jennifer was one of a kind,” he said. “Everyone just loved her.” More...

Recreation programs, events to be held this fall

Registration will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. More...

Art gallery schedules workshops

Several new classes and workshops will be presented this fall at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, located at 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.  Introduction to Digital Photography with Brian Machelski will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. More...

Business

Mary O’s prepares youth for kindergarten

More than 20 years ago, Mary Orgek had two daughters just 11 and a half months apart. But two children weren’t enough; she wanted more — sort of. More...

Patriotic newborns

Nurses Sheila Lake, of West Seneca, and Marianne Runfola, of Angola, stand with the group of patriotic newborns in Mercy Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit during “9-11 Remembrance Week.” Both women hand-knitted the red, white and blue caps for More...

Chamber seeks candidates for three board members

The West Seneca Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates for three spots on its Board of Directors. More...

Bee Commentary

I was bullied in high school, but everyone bullied 'Bobby'

The issue of bullying made a terribly strong return to the spotlight this week when 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer concluded he could no longer face the dawn of another day and took his own life. More...

BOE appoints Brinker as West’s interim principal

West Seneca West Senior is now under the leadership of a familiar face. John “Jay” Brinker was appointed as the high school’s interim principal by the West Seneca Board of Education during its Monday night meeting. More...

Crafting for charity

In-home show planned for Oct. 1

Helen Itzenplitz has dedicated more than one-third of her life to raising funds for Variety, the Children’s Charity of Buffalo and Western New York. More...

Local News

Blast from the past

Alexander Wright holds the rifle of Civil War re-enactor Raymond Ball, a teacher at West Seneca East Elementary, during Sunday’s program at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center sponsored by the West Seneca Historical Society. More...

Overnight larcenies on Fisher Road

Several items were reported stolen on Friday from four residences on Fisher Road.  Two of the properties each had a shed burglarized sometime overnight.  The locks to one shed were broken, causing roughly $50 in damage, and a four-wheeler a More...

CERT plans special needs registry at public library

The West Seneca Community Emergency Response Team will host an informative presentation regarding Disaster- LAN from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. More...

Police Blotter

Food delivery ‘returned to sender, address unknown’

A male resident learned that his deceased father’s credit card had been fraudulently used to withdraw a total of $400 from his bank account on two separate days, as well as to purchase $72.40 in goods from Wegmans. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

My husband and I have lived in West Seneca for 60 years, and we have never heard the barking dogs this bad. It is a serious quality of life issue in this town. The town is missing a tremendous opportunity to make some money. More...

Sports

Trojans’ boys soccer stuns state-ranked Panthers

In one of the biggest upsets to take place in the early stages of the boys soccer season, West Seneca East knocked off the state’s 12th-ranked Class A squad on the road Monday when it defeated Western New York’s fourth-ranked large school More...

Low turnout leaves East golf struggling

West Seneca East golf coach Troy Almeter has a bit of a mixed blessing with his roster this fall — the Trojans are senior-free for 2011, but there are just 11 players currently on the squad after a mere seven showed up initially.  More...

West field hockey’s scoring rises

After just four games, West Seneca West’s field hockey team already has one more goal than it scored over the entire 2010 season.  If that kind of offensive production can be the rule and not the exception, the Lady Indians have a very go More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Church event features barbecue dinners, crafts   More...

Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 22   After-School Escape — Children, grades K-5, are invited to enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. More...

Special Events

fri. 23   PosiPalooza — Join the folks of 1st Pres for a family-friendly event featuring Jana Stanfield, Daniel Nahmod, Sue Riley and Richard Mekdeci, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 2085 Union Road, West Seneca; $. More...

Festivals

fri. 23-sun. 25   More...