Bee Heard

.Where are the crossing guards at the corner of Walden and Central? Isn’t our children’s safety important in Lancaster? Depew has them at the corner of Transit and Broadway. We taxpayers are paying for poor service, and our children deserve better. Let’s do something about it. .I realize Lancaster DPW works hard, but the Monday following the storm the sidewalks […]

Business owner has found his niche

Dale Makowski loves Christmas — so much so that he made his business all about it. Makowski, of Cheektowaga, runs The Christmas Store on Broadway in Depew, where you can find “anything from 25 cents to 50 bucks,” he said. Before opening the shop, Makowski worked at Bethlehem Steel for 22 years. After being laid off, he worked other jobs. […]


Federal credit union awards scholarships Western Division Federal Credit Union will award scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to six local high school seniors in 2011 for outstanding academic performance. Each applicant will be judged on his or her four-year cumulative scholastic performance, community service, leadership roles and essay. In addition, the top winner who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to […]

Employers offered incentive program to hire unemployed

Unemployment insurance benefits expired for more than 130,000 New Yorkers this week. If no action is taken in Washington to extend the benefits, roughly 200,000 New Yorkers will lose the benefits by the end of the year. With that in mind, the state Department of Labor is highlighting a program designed to help New York’s long-term unemployed get back to […]

WNY Dental Group welcomes partner doctors

Western New York Dental Group PC has announced the addition of five dentists to its partner group. Drs. Kevin Apolito, William Crossetta, Joshua Hutter, Mara Mariani and Elizabeth May have joined the nine current partners in the group. Apolito, a resident of Lockport who joined Western New York Dental Group in 2006, is a practicing dentist at the group’s Williamsville […]

‘Tis the season not to complain

Bee Editorial

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday, it’s easy to forget the good things. This year, with winter not even yet officially arrived, it’s common to hear Western New Yorkers complaining about the snow and how their public works departments have handled it — or not. These frustrations only add to the seasonal ones of finding the perfect gift, […]

Spindle items


• I ASSUMED LIVING IN BUFFALO WOULD BE A LOT LIKE LIVING IN ROCHESTER — Of course, I was wrong. On Monday, my car doors were frozen shut. After tugging, slipping and using a little profanity, I finally got the driver’s side door open. I have been driving for 11 years, and frozen car doors happened to me once, about […]

Out of the Past

Snowy turf

The 1982 game between Depew and Lancaster was put off twice due to bad weather. Here, Lancaster head coach Joe Foyle clears Bill Kling Field. Depew shut out Lancaster, 20-0. Do you have a memory of the Lancaster or Depew area you would like to share with Bee readers? Send it to “Out of the Past,” Lancaster/Depew Bee, 5564 Main […]

Political unrest needs to vanish from American landscape


Liar! Baby-killer! Socialist! Communist! Left-wing lunatic! Right-wing radical! These are just a few of the phrases being tossed around by representatives of both sides of the political aisle as the deep divide between Republicans and Democrats in this country grows, despite poll results that state the average taxpayer is sick and tired of the petty partisan politics played in Washington […]


The incorrect hours for the Perfect Setting, 10678 Main St., Clarence, ran in the Dec. 8 and 9 Gift Guide. The correct hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. An incorrect phone number was listed for Ripa’s Restaurant in the Dec. 2 issue. The correct number is 684-2418.