Weekly Feature



December 28, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Editorial

Parents must be vigilant if children go online

A ll too often we hear of children being lured by online predators seeking a sick and twisted dalliance.  Children and teenagers will think they’re chatting with another child or teenager, only to learn that the fingers typing on the other More...

Spindle items

HOLIDAY SEASON — I trust that you all had a wonderful Christmas, spending time with both family and friends.  I had the good fortune of attending a couple of fun-filled events.  On Christmas  Eve, I went to the  More...

Here are some things I’m glad happened in 2011

Two things happen like clockwork at the end of December. We make New Year’s resolutions and look back on the events that made an impact on us during the past 12 months. More...

Obituaries

Death Notice

WOOD, William Layton, of Tonawanda, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Audrey (nee Battaglia); and one son, William J.. Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 22, at Greco Funeral Home. More...

Education

School brief

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board of Education will host their next public session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 in the Community Room at the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.   More...

Sweet Home begins to see results of new literacy plan

The Sweet Home School Board detailed efforts during its Dec. More...

Lifestyles

Hope Chest provides life affirming support to breast cancer survivors

When Clarence resident Sharon Feraci had her first surgery for breast cancer, the nun at Sisters Hospital suggested that she attend a support group for people with cancer.  More...

Church offering ‘Sharing Shop’

Payne Avenue Christian Church will host a “Sharing Shop” from 9 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday at 1469 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. The “Sharing Shop” includes free clothing, coats, toys, various household items and more.   More...

Bee Senior News

Town of Tonawanda Senior Center   The Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road, announces that the following events will take place at the center:  Upcoming Event   More...

Business

Tonawanda Engine plant reduces energy

As well as at the Tonawanda Engine plant, General Motors has cut energy intensity at 29 other North American plants by an average of 25 percent — equivalent to the emissions from powering 97,000 U.S. homes — to meet the U.S. More...

Events

BNSME to host January 2012 business seminar   More...

Required training offered to contractors, site inspectors

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, will offer required training for construction site contractors and developers every three years.  More...

Town board revises senior citizens tax exemptions

The income level for seniors seeking tax breaks in the town changed during the Dec. 19 Tonawanda Town Board meeting.  More...

Federal agency fines Tonawanda Coke

Activities at Tonawanda Coke in August warranted a recent citation from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. More...

FAA issues new rule addressing pilot fatigue

¦ Flight 3407 Families ‘energized’

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a new rule addressing pilot fatigue issues on Dec. 21.  More...

Local News

Photo

  WHERE’S THE ICE? — Mike Noltee fishes near a culvert used to drain parkland at Ellicott Creek Park in the Town of Tonawanda on Monday. More...

County’s credit rating improves

Erie County has received a credit upgrade from noted Wall Street rating agency Standard and Poor’s Financial Services.  The county received an upgrade from a BBB+ to an A- rating for its general obligation bonds.  More...

Former Mount St. Mary’s teacher reflects on career

Thousands of children passed through Sister Barbara Whelan’s classroom.  Some stood out more than others. More...

Police Blotter

Best of the Blotter

Excerpts from police calls are a regular feature in all nine Bee Group newspapers. Some of the more unusual reports from 2011 are reprinted here. Each is an actual listing from a local town or village police blotter. Illustrations by Robert Malloy More...

Male stopped by police after dropping off holiday card

Village of Kenmore  Saturday, Dec. 17   There was a report that a 5 foot 6 inch male wearing a blue jacket was carrying a shotgun while walking around Kenmore Avenue. Police were unable to locate the male.   More...

Sports

Ken-Ton schools celebrate titles in 2011

The Ken-Ton sports scene saw some superstar performances and championship triumphs in 2011. Long title droughts were ended, a new league celebrated its first season and a local swimmer rose above the odds to fulfill a goal. More...

What's Going On

What’s Going On

YMCA sets date for kickball event  The Ken-Ton Family YMCA will host a kickball family night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1. Advanced registration is encouraged. More...

Entertainment

HOLIDAY

fri. 30   Glenn Colton Holiday Show — Don’t miss this ever-popular performance, 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org  sat. 31   More...

Performance

thurs. 29   Taylor Swift/Lady Gaga Tribute Concert — The Gem Tones, featuring Carla Sacco on vocals create the look and sound of two of today hottest singers, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. More...

Family Activities

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