Weekly Feature



July 26, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

What’s the worth of your house?

¦ Assessing homes at 100 percent market value could clear up residents’ confusion

New York State encourages it. Amherst recommends it. Cheektowaga wants it. So why doesn’t the Town of Cheektowaga assess its properties at 100 percent market value? The short answer, it seems, is money. More...

Editorial

One year later: texting ban makes strides

Bee Editorial

Policies and procedures aren’t put into place until someone does something wrong. More...

Spindle items

• EW — An excerpt from the July 31, 1947 Bee: “In December 1943, the Lancaster Village Board warned the public that as soon after the war as sump pumps were available, they would compel property owners to discontinue emptying waste More...

Out of the Past

125 Years Ago Aug. 11, 1887   Harvest dances will soon be in order.  It is said that one good way to avoid being sunstruck is to keep the elbows perfectly straight.  Bicycles and their riders were rather numerous here on Sunday. More...

Bee Heard

Bee Heard

.Why do sheriff deputies direct traffic when church is letting out at St. Gabriel’s at 5271 Clinton in Elma? Who pays for this?  More...

Sports

Saxer named first alternate for U.S. Olympic team

Lancaster grad just misses making pole vault team for London games

Mary Saxer had one goal in mind when she competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. on June 24 — earn a trip to London.  More...

Gill to leave St. Mary’s for AD job in Florida

Dan Gill helped to grow the St. Mary’s of Lancaster High School athletic department into one of the more complete programs in the Monsignor Martin Association. He spent five years on the transformation at St. More...

Photo

BLINDED BY THE LIGHTNING — The 11U Lancaster Red Lightning team won the second annual Lancaster Blowout baseball tournament this past weekend at Westwood Park. More...

What's Going On

What's Going On

Wanat Palooza fundraiser set for next week   More...

Entertainment

Walking Tours

thurs. 26 . Weekday Trolley Tours — One-hour trolley tours provide an informative and lighthearted tour through Forest Lawn’s historic grounds. More...

Family Activities

thurs. 26 . Stroller Strut — Bring your stroller or wagon and share a sensory exploration of nature with your young child, ages 3 and under, 10:30 a.m. More...

Workshops

sat. 28 . Educator Workshop: Great Lakes Institute — This workshop helps teachers incorporate the Great Lakes into their classroom through standards-based hands-on lesson plans and in-depth instruction in local  More...

Their gardens grow nicely

Elizabeth Jankowski, 7, of Marilla enjoys the flowers at a home on Aurora Street last Saturday during the Lancaster Garden Walk. More...

Skate park efforts continue to progress in village

The effort to build a skate park in honor of Bryce Buchholz continues to move forward in the Village of Lancaster.  Bill Buchholz addressed the village Board of Trustees on Monday at its regular meeting and presented an update on the fundraising More...

Officials push for work to start on Zurbrick Road

James Burst has lived on Zurbrick Road for 40 years. More...

Local News

Depew upgrades ice rink, awards Lee Street bid

The Village of Depew’s ice rink is getting a major upgrade.  In May, the board approved soliciting bids for new boards to be installed. More...

Coalition to again sponsor movie nights

The second annual Outdoor Family Movie Night events are scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, and Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Richard E. More...

Woman indicted on drunken driving, other charges

A Depew woman is facing up to four years in prison if she is convicted on charges stemming from a drunken driving arrest in May.  More...

Letters to the Editor

Grass roots efforts proven successful

Congratulations to David Sherman on his July 11 column “Watering Your Lawn is Similar to Running a Political Campaign.” He is right on target.  More...

Police Blotter

Several become victims of car break-ins

Depew  Thursday, July 12  • A Westfield Avenue resident reported that five youths, approximately 12-14-years-old, were trying to break into a neighbor’s home. Frequent patrols were requested.  Wednesday, July 18  More...

Obituaries

George W. Williams, electrician, husband, father

George W. Williams, 85, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012.  Mr. Williams was born in Trucksville, Pa. and married Joanne Ruth Kolb on Jan. More...

Death notice

BOUMAN, David J. Jr. “Skipper,” of Perrysburg, died Sunday, July 22, 2012. Mr. Bouman is survived by his father, David J. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cynthia J. More...

Bee policy on obituaries

The Bee publishes death notices and obituaries free of charge. Please request that your funeral director send written information to The Bee. Submissions may be made by the funeral director or by family members. More...

Lifestyles

Give them a hand

Puppeteers create life, preserve storytelling

It starts with an inanimate object. Maybe a sock or a few scrap pieces of fabric sewn together. Or perhaps some fur. More...

Community Chorus plans summer concert

The Lancaster Depew Community Chorus will perform its fourth annual summer concert at 7 p.m. Monday, July 30 at Faith United Methodist Church, 5505 Broadway, Lancaster. Admission is free and a light reception will follow.   More...

Couple united in Louisiana

Ashley Mistretta married Ryan Jarosz during an evening ceremony on Friday, May 25, 2012, at St. James Church in St. James, La. The Rev. Chris Decker officiated.  The bride is the daughter of Claudia and Stephen Mistretta of St. James. More...

Business

U-Crest Music Center plays final note

¦ After 40 years of making music accessible, store set to close

Generations of children have been going to U-Crest Music Center in Cheektowaga for their trumpets, clarinets and saxophones.  But the center, just outside of Depew, has played its swan song and will shut its doors forever on Aug. 1. More...

Business brief

A basket featuring more than $1,000 in gift certificates to local restaurants and vendors will be raffled off at 12:45 p.m. this Saturday at the Alden Farmer’s Market located in the Alden Village Plaza at 13119 Broadway.  More...

Marketing firm donates $50K to cancer charity

SKM Group, a Depew marketing firm, made good on a promise made a year ago in celebration of its 25th anniversary.  The company pledged to raise $25,000 in honor of an employee who was battling cancer. More...