Weekly Feature



September 15, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Editorial

District should continue to support athletics

Bee Editorial

Athletics serve a vital part of a child’s education — from the career athlete who lives and breathes sports, to the student who finds his or her place as one on a team of classmates. More...

Spindle items

• APPLE FEST AND ART — Ebenezer United Church of Christ will host an Apple/ Harvest Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the church, 630 Main St. More...

Out of the Past

25 Years Ago Sept. 19, 1991

• The second time was a charm for Jerry Hicks, who knocked town Democratic Party Chairman Christopher Walsh off the Democratic line in Hicks’ second attempt to win a town councilman seat. More...

Police Blotter

Man drives vehicle into Phyllis Drive house

Monday, Sept. 5  • A Buffalo woman was stopped on Clinton Street for displaying an expired inspection sticker. A computer check showed the driver’s license to be suspended for an insurance lapse. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.I’m not sure of the name of the paving company that did the paving on Seneca Street, but the job is absolutely horrendous. The seams and holes that are still in the new blacktop are pitiful. More...

Obituaries

Death Notice

HUGHES, Mary A. (nee Roe), of West Seneca, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Mrs. Hughes is survived by four children, James, Steven, Mary Lu and Timothy; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sibling, William. More...

Sports

West football spoils Panthers’ first night home game

Sweet Home’s football team was seeking to christen its new turf field with a victory Friday night but West Seneca West had other plans.  The Indians never trailed as they recorded a 13-6 Class A non-league win at the new football stadium a More...

Better times on tap in year two of combined district golf squad

Coach Lori Potter is optimistic that year two of the joint West Seneca East-West Seneca West boys golf program will be even better than the first, since 11 of the 13 players on this season’s squad return for a second year of building not only t More...

East field hockey squad faces rebuilding campaign

West Seneca East field hockey coach Jim Maisano knows he’s got an athletic group of players on his squad this season, but with a number of them trending towards the younger end of the spectrum, he also knows that 2016 could very well be a seaso More...

Entertainment

Festivals

fri. 16-sun. 18   Ellicottville Rock N’ Roll Weekend — Event will feature live music, food and classic car show, Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, Village of Ellicottville. 699-5046, ellicottvilleny.com  More...

Special Events

thurs. 15   2016 Women of Distinction Dinner & Awards Ceremony — Nine notable women will be honored by the Girl Scouts of Western New York, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. More...

Art

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Athletic director cites performance

Athletics in the West Seneca Central School District are heading in the best direction yet, with high participation numbers, many scholar athletes and a focus on improving the department’s policies and equipment. (See editorial on page four) More...

Former youth baseball president Chodkowski indicted

Kevin Chodkowski, former president of the West Seneca Youth Baseball Association, was arraigned Monday morning before Erie County Court Judge Thomas Franczyk on an indictment charging him with two counts of grand larceny and five counts of falsifying More...

Local News

Highway Department addresses funds for ash tree removal

The emerald ash borer has ravaged trees across the state, leaving in its wake hundreds of affected ash trees in West Seneca.  To combat the blight, the Town Board has approved a $10,000 budgetary transfer within the Highway Department to cover c More...

Man sentenced on child pornography charge

Joseph Heleniak, 72, of West Seneca, has been sentenced to 120 months in prison and lifetime supervised release for possession of child pornography, according to a press release from U.S. More...

Bills usher in ‘New Era’ with stadium name change

Starting this season, Western New Yorkers will have to kick the habit of referring to the Buffalo Bills’ home as “The Ralph” and embrace a different name, New Era Field.  New Era, the official on-field cap for the National Foot More...

Letters to the Editor

Veterans’ bricks will be preserved

As you may know, the Town of West Seneca will soon start the library/community center expansion project. This construction project will have an effect on the Walkway of Freedom complex located in the West Seneca Veterans Memorial Park.  More...

Crossing guards are necessary

Axing crossing guards because busing is mandated is a poor excuse. Kids are still going to walk to school or ride their bikes instead of taking the bus.  We encourage them to be healthy. More...

Column about scrapple brings back memories

I liked the recent column about scrapple by David Sherman very much. I was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and lived there till 1954. My father’s job took us to Buffalo, and I have lived here since then.  More...

Education

District residents qualify for new tax relief credit

Positive financial news graced the start of the 2016-17 academic year in the West Seneca Central School District.  Janice Lewandowski, financial and computer services manager with the district’s Business Office, informed the public during More...

Bridging the gap: Area students schooled in the game of bridge, gain life skills

It was business magnate, investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett who once said: “Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who were willing to keep the gam More...

Lifestyles

Buffalo Philharmonic presents new season

Violinist Joshua Bell, tribute to John Williams, to start off the year

Shine up your dress shoes. the Buffalo Philharmonic is kicking off its season with an opening night gala at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.  After dinner that evening, violinist Joshua Bell will be performing at 8 p.m.  More...

Freudig Singers seek singers for audition

The Freudig Singers of WNY, directed by Roland Martin, is auditioning new singers for its spring concerts. To schedule an audition appointment, call 881-0256 or e-mail rmartin@buffaloseminary.org. Leave a name and telephone number.   More...

Art society to host painter Fran Noonan

The West Seneca Art Society will be hosting artist Fran Noonan at its Thursday, Oct. 6, meeting in the Burchfield Nature and Art Center.  According to a press release from the society, Noonan is a self-taught artist. More...

Business

WNYFCU offers home buying workshop

Western New York Federal Credit Union will offer “Thinking About Buying Your First Home?” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at its 1937 Union Road office. More...

UBMD expands urgent care hours

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s Orchard Park office now offers extended evening hours to treat urgent orthopaedic patients during the week, a release from the company said.  UB OrthoCare services not only serves patients in the S More...

YMCA offers ‘Wellness Fall Frenzy’

The Southtowns branch YMCA will offer “Wellness Fall Frenzy,” a series of classes, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. More...