Weekly Feature



December 7, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

An evening with baby

Billie Jo Marra of Kenmore holds her daughter Tenley, 7 months, near the bonfire during the Town of Tonawanda’s sing-a-long event held Friday at Crosby Field. More...

Editorial

Make shopping locally your holiday tradition

Do you have a person on your holiday list who seems to already have everything? Adjust your thinking about gifts, and you may end up with new ideas. A present doesn’t have to be wrapped and put under a tree. More...

Spindle items

DOCUMENTARY — The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York — a community activist group based out of the Town of Tonawanda — will premiere its documentary, “You Are Where You Live” by Vince Mistretta at 3 p.m. More...

GOP convention might be highlight of the summer

A lthough Republicans have a long way to go before the party’s 2012 national convention, it would appear that the gathering in Tampa Bay might be a fight to the finish in selecting a candidate to challenge incumbent President Barack Obama.  More...

Education

Deaf parents play active role in school’s theatrical production

Despite their lifelong disability, both Donald and Maria MacDonald are committed to helping their daughter pursue her dream of acting.  The couple couldn’t hear Esther performing on stage in Holmes Elementary School’s fall play, but More...

Sweet Home Middle names honor roll students

The following students at Sweet Home Middle School were named to the honor roll for the 2011-12 academic year:  Grade eight   More...

Sweet Home High lists honor roll students

The following Sweet Home High School students were named to the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2011-12 academic year:  Grade 12   More...

Lifestyles

Towne Players sets dates for auditions

Towne Players will host auditions for their winter production of "Steel Magnolias.” The group is looking for six ladies ranging from 20 to 65 years of ago. Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Dec. More...

Spreading cheer, saving energy

Residents get creative to conserve

I t’s the holiday season, and the sight of colorful lights and inflatable lawn decorations is increasing — almost as much as electric bills. The Town of Tonawanda is holding its annual Energy Smart Holiday Decorating More...

Ken-Ton Library News

Brighton Place  999 Brighton Road, 332-4375  Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday;  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday   More...

Business

Events

WNYPA schedules annual holiday lunch on Dec. 15   More...

Tonawanda resident creates wedding, party planning company

Bethany Olczak, a Town of Tonawanda resident and Williamsville native, wants to help people take the guesswork out of planning their next event. More...

Posters raise domestic violence abuse awareness

Women’s bathroom stall doors across Erie County will soon feature bright purple posters.  (See editorial on page four)  A few, such as those bathrooms in the Orchard Park Municipal Building, already do.  More...

Fire district elections set for Dec. 13

Fire districts across the Town of Tonawanda will hold elections on Dec. 13.   There is a race between incumbent Paul Rumschick and Andrew Giambrome in the Kenilworth   Fire District. More...

Town’s plan to sell alcohol has concessions company stewing

The Town of Tonawanda has elected to operate alcohol and liquor sales at its golf courses, and it has one local company’s president calling foul.  More...

Local News

State offers prepaid cards for tax returns

Beginning next year, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will offer prepaid cards as an alternative to paper checks for state income tax refunds.  The cards will be available in 2012 at no cost to taxpayers. More...

SantaLand open to all county residents

SantaLand will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11. at Chestnut Ridge Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road.  More...

Nonprofit grants available from Sisters of Mercy

The Many Faces of Mercy Giving Circle has funds available for nonprofit organizations throughout Western New York.  More...

Letters to the Editor

Speech restriction risks adverse effects

I wanted to comment upon the Nov. 30 editorial regarding the decision not to pursue prosecution in the Jamey Rodemeyer case.  More...

Police Blotter

Woman raises concern over missing laundry detergent

Village of Kenmore  Friday, Nov. 25   A Warren Avenue resident reported that there was a fire in her oven. An officer reported that the debris inside the self-cleaning oven became overheated. More...

Obituaries

Death notices

CALANDRA, Lucy M. (nee Andolina), of Amherst, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Mrs. Calandra is survived by two daughters, Louise Johnson and Tina Calandra; three grandchildren; and one brother, Russell Andolina. More...

Sports

St. Joe’s seeks another championship season

The St. Joe’s Marauders have a lot of work to do if they hope to match the success of the 2010-11 hockey season. More...

Leading-scorer Miller returns to lead Kenmore

During the inaugural season of the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation, the success of the Kenmore team depended greatly on the play of Kate Miller.  More...

Kelly takes home 40th Connolly Cup to cap career

¦ St. Joe’s QB set WNY single-season passing record in ‘11

St. Joe’s quarterback Chad Kelly beat out nine other local standouts to win the Connolly Cup on Saturday, the award given to the most outstanding high school football player in Western New York.  More...

What's Going On

What’s Going On

Garden Club sets date for holiday luncheon   The Ken-Sheriton Garden Club will celebrate the holidays with a festive luncheon at noon on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Bing’s Restaurant, 1952 Kensington Ave., Cheektowaga. More...

Entertainment

Holiday

sat. 10   More...

Family Activities

thurs. 8   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, Dec. More...

Symphonic

thurs. 8   On The Edge — Class recital, 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at UB’s Baird Recital Hall in Slee Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst; Free. 645-2921, www.slee.buffalo.edu  More...