Weekly Feature



December 25, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Ice storm causes area flooding Sunday

Along with the rest of Western New York, the Ken-Ton area experienced flooding on Sunday as a result of an ice storm.  William Swanson, superintendent of highways, said he had crews out all day Sunday, from 6 a.m. More...

Editorial

Dobson’s choice shows importance of donor registry

Bee Editorial

The acknowledgment of thanks and gratitude by Unyts and CryoLife last week of State Trooper Kevin Dobson’s choice to become an organ and tissue donor serves as a reminder of how critical it is for us to take the time to seriously contemplate be More...

Spindle items

• MERRY CHRISTMAS — My family knows that I’m a person who struggles with change and loves tradition.  More...

Out of the Past

Christmas antics in the classroom

This photograph is from the 1984 Kenmore West High School yearbook. Included in the front row are Kelly Lynch, Pat Smith, Karen Rothenbuerger, Patty Smyth and Tina Lazar. In the second row are Chris Simpkins, Tricia Felt and Russ Rink. More...

Obituaries

Robert W. Vogt, priest

The Rev. Robert W. Vogt, 76, formerly of Buffalo, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.  Rev. Vogt was born Aug. 16, 1937, to Raymond and Mary (nee Poremba) in Buffalo, where he attended the Little Seminary of St. More...

Death Notice

COIA, Mary Anne (nee Kelly), of Tonawanda, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Mrs. Coia is survived by one daughter, Ann, and one grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, and one son, Sam. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. More...

Sports

O’Hara’s Jontay Walton on the verge of breaking Monsignor Martin scoring record

Girls basketball

Simply put, Cardinal O’Hara senior Jontay Walton is one of the best female basketball players to come out of the area in a long time.  If you have never seen her play, here are a couple of statistics that would confirm how good a player sh More...

Holiday alters submission deadline

With New Year’s Day falling on a Wednesday this year, the deadline to submit sports stories and/or photos for the January 1 edition is moved up to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. Items received after that time will be held for the Jan. 8 edition. More...

LoVullo siblings truly help to create the family atmosphere found in St. Joe’s hockey program

The St. Joe’s hockey program has always prided itself on being a family. More...

Girl crafts blankets to provide physical, emotional comfort

A handcrafted fleece blanket has been said to represent more than physical comfort for “Blankets of Love” recipients.  Anna Stang, a seventh-grader at St. More...

HAVING FUN

Cody Lee, 12, and his sister, Emma Miller, 8, of Kenmore, skate at the Lincoln Arena on Sunday.   More...

Tonawanda police host kickoff for Holiday Heroes

Town of Tonawanda police were the first to sign up to host a blood drive as part of the Unyts “Holiday Heroes” campaign, where Western New York police, fire and first responders host blood and registry drives.  “They were eager More...

Local News

HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Saxaphonist, Colin Lynch, left, Maria Taravella, Sommerlyn Stevens and Mikaela Kaurman perform with members of Kenmore West Jazz Band during a holiday concert at Hoover Elementary School Tuesday.   More...

Erie County HEAP warms up for season

The Erie County Department of Social Services’ Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, continues to accept applications for regular benefits for the 2013-14 heating season.  More...

Dobson’s decision to donate to be honored during Rose Parade

When New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson died in the line of duty while issuing a traffic ticket on Interstate 290 in Tonawanda in March 2011, he never could have known how much his choice to become an organ donor would impact the lives of others.&nb 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 2013 are reprinted here. More...

Education

St. John’s students make stained-glass art for senior citizens

Sixth-graders at St. More...

Scholarship applications available for residents

Applications for a scholarship created in honor of a woman who worked at Mount St. Mary Academy are now available.  The Housing Opportunities Made Equal Inc. is accepting applications for the Joanne Champion Granger Scholarship.  More...

News brief

Herbert Hoover Elementary School recently held its annual winter concert in the auditorium. It featured the fourth- and fifth-grade band, chorus and orchestra. More...

Lifestyles

Filling in 100 years of crossword puzzle history

Tracing back to ancient times, word squares were found in the ruins of Pompeii. Though difficult to compose, in 19th-century England word squares had become the basis for primitive crossword puzzles.  More...

New Year’s Eve bash planned

A New Year’s Eve party will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Senior Center. There will be snacks and refreshments. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $7.50 for members and $9.50 for nonmembers. Signup ends Friday, Dec. More...

County parks provide variety of winter activities

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is emphasizing the numerous wintertime recreational activities available at Erie County parks and encouraged residents to take some time during the upcoming holidays to enjoy the natural beauty of their nearest co More...

Business

FAMILY TEAM

Kenmore resident Jodie Papa, left, a licensed public adjuster for the National Fire Adjustment Company, recently spoke with Ronald Papa, her father, who is president of National Fire Adjustment, at the First Party Claims Conference in Warwick, R.I. More...

Taste of Buffalo accepting applications

The Taste of Buffalo — a summertime food festival — is accepting online applications from restaurants, food trucks and wineries in Western New York.  The deadline to apply for the 2014 festival is Jan. 31. More...

Welke Customs Brokers opens renovated facility

Building located at 36 Delaware St.

Welke Customs Brokers USA Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of its newly acquired and renovated headquarters building at 36 Delaware St. More...