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April 29, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Businessman: Law would crush businesses

A Depew businessman who has run into issues with storing topsoil at 5600 Transit Road argued Monday that a proposed law regarding stockpiling and crushing would force several businesses to close.   More...

Planting the seeds of knowledge

Samantha Muroff, 10, of Cheektowaga, above left, and her cousin, Ariana Honeck, 4, of Depew, watch as Jon Townsend, a naturalist with the Buffalo Audubon Society, holds and talks about Velcro, a 4-year-old Eastern screech owl, during the Town of Lan More...

Editorial

Bee Editorial

Cell phone use can wait when you are on the road

Lancaster police believe that an accident early April 22 was caused by a woman who was not only allegedly driving while intoxicated, but also sending text messages while behind the wheel. More...

Spindle items

• STILL IN IT — The office weight-loss challenge has come with a mixed blessing. I can now donate many gently used pieces of clothing, but that means I also will have to dip into my wallet and replace several of those items.   More...

Spindle items

• ELECTION POLICY — Bee Group Newspapers will not publish letters to the editor, Bee Heard calls or non-news stories on candidates or issues involved in the May 18 school board elections and budget votes after the May 5 and 6 editions. More...

Police Blotter

Alleged mix of texting, DWI leads to accident

(Editors note: The Bee’s police blotter is a sampling of unusual, sometimes humorous calls received by the police department. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

(Editor’s note: Call The Bee at 632-0390 and record a one-minute comment on our Bee Heard line. It gives readers an opportunity to comment quickly and candidly on items of local or regional interest. More...

Sports

St. Mary’s softball sweeps Mudville, N.T. tourneys

If a softball team hits the ball well and does not commit many errors, it’s very unlikely that it will lose often. Such is the case for the St. More...

Lancaster softball faces top teams in section

The Lancaster Redskins softball team will have a chance to prove itself against some of the top teams in Western New York coming up as they face three tough challenges this week.   More...

Lancers baseball on a roll following spring break trip

The St. Mary’s of Lancaster baseball team spent its spring break in South Carolina, but they spent it a little differently from what most vacationers would do. The Lancers were busy during the break winning ball games.   More...

Lifestyles

Stocking up

  STOCKING UP — Dylan Cookfair, 3, of Cheektowaga, left, helps his cousin, David Fogelsonger of Depew, place brown trout into Ischua Creek last week in Franklinville as part of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s fish stocking p More...

Flapjack fundraiser

FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER — Donna Schmidle, left, docent coordinator for the Hull Family Home and Farmstead of Lancaster, serves coffee to Jim Witkowski and his wife, Lynne, during a pancake breakfast More...

LHS Arts Academy to present dinner theater murder mystery

The Arts Academy Dinner Theatre “I’m Getting Murdered in the Morning” will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the cafeteria and North Gym of Lancaster High School, 1 Forton Drive.   More...

Business

Company seeks help with documentary

A Lancaster business is hoping to capture your bits of Americana for a feature-length documentary. More...

Firm offers advice on retaining customers

Returning customers and new referrals will keep your sales growing, according to Donna Wieand, owner of the home-based Internet business I-Com in Lancaster and a member of the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce. More...

Sephora expands presence in Eastern Hills Mall

Sephora is opening a location in the newly remodeled JCPenney store on Friday, April 30, at Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road. A ribbon cutting is planned for 9:30 a.m. More...

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Subscriber Self Service now available

This new Self Service Manager allows readers not only start a new subscription online but also manage an existing subscription. More...

New to The Web: Domagalski wants to bring private sector ideals to Albany

County GOP chairman seeks Volker’s seat

As chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee for the last four years, James Domagalski said he has been working to find candidates who understand the private sector. More...

THIS JUST IN: Volker decides against seeking re-election

State Sen. Dale Volker announced today that he will not seek re-election, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. He will serve out his term, which expires at the end of this year. "I'm going to continue to fight for Western New York," he said. "I have no regrets in making this decision, only fond memories." Read about Volker's tenure in Albany in Thursday's Bee!
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School, community unite to assist lymphoma patient

A school community is banding together to help one of its own, a 15-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with lymphoma. More...

Local News

Lancaster Opera House to be site of second annual Preservation Day

In celebration of National Preservation Month, the public has been invited to attend the second annual Preservation Day at the Opera House, presented by the Village of Lancaster Historic Preservation Commission. More...

Vets to be honored during parade

The Village of Lancaster is looking for village residents who have or are currently serving in the military so that they may be honored during the annual Fourth of July parade.   More...

Lancaster Village Budget holds line on taxes

The Lancaster Village Board adopted its budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year at its meeting on Monday night. The spending plan represents no increase in taxes and actually increases revenue by $17,000. More...

Letters to the Editor

Ministerium thanks community

We offer our thanks to all who contributed in some way to the success of the Lenten worship gatherings of 2010, sponsored by the Lancaster-Depew Ministerium.   More...

Residents: Gaughan should keep out

We have heard and read in the paper about the dissolving of the Village of Depew. We moved from the Village of Kenmore in 2001 to Depew. More...

Resident wants plan on dissolution

I write this letter as a resident of the Town of Cheektowaga, concerned and upset about the Village of Depew possibly being dissolved.   More...

Education

Lancaster School Board adopts Erie 1 BOCES budget, casts votes for board members

The Lancaster School Board unanimously voted on Monday to adopt the 2010-11 Erie 1 BOCES budget.   The budget is $2,997,650, which reflects a budget to budget increase of about 3.2 percent. More...

Magic Penny affords school chance to explore new reading program

St. Mary’s Elementary School in Lancaster launched the Magic Penny Program for kindergartners this year and are finding success with the new method.   More...

It’s time to quell confusion surrounding budget process

Admittedly, this time of year can be confusing to the taxpayer. Parents and supporters have told us on numerous occasions that they simply don’t understand all of the information we “throw at them” when it comes to school budgets. More...

What's Going On

Reinstein Woods offers tours, events

Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, provides tours at 10 a.m. Saturdays and self-guided tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. More...

ACTS plans several events

ACTS, 1470 Church St., Alden, will stage the comedy “Harvey” at 7:30 p.m. May 6 to 8 and 14 to 16, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. May 16. Tickets will be $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. More...

Lunker Anglers set Fishing Derby

The Lunker Anglers Fishing Club will be holding its annual Fishing Derby from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1 at Como Lake Park, Lancaster. The age groups are from 5 to 15, with trophies for each age group. More...

Entertainment

Special Events

fri. 30  Chicken Barbecue — The Park School will host a fundraising Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue 3-7 p.m. Friday, April 30 at the Park School’s Rich Family Activity Center, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder; $. More...

Family Activities

thurs. 29  After School Escape — A one-hour program for kids in grades K-5 featuring fun outdoor activity, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at Reinstein Woods, 77 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - No registration required. More...

Theater

sat. 29  Lottie & Bernice in Get Off My Cabbage — World premiere of L. Don S wartz’s comedy starring Joann V. Mis and Debby Koszelak-Swartz under the direction of L. Don Swartz. Opens 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28 and continues 8 p.m. More...