New program to prepare students for skilled trade jobs

A new program called Building Education And Trades, or BEAT, officially had a home as of last week. Christine Hausrath started working on the idea of the after-school program about two years ago, and BEAT will now operate out of the Sheridan Parkside Building in Tonawanda. “The Town of Tonawanda has been wonderful working with us,” Hausrath said before the […]

Residents press Town Board to restrict parking on Thurston

Homeowners say growth of Foxy
Delivery Service is creating parking ‘circus’

Several residents of Thurston Avenue pressed the Tonawanda Town Board during a meeting last week to change parking rules on the street. They complained that the growth of Foxy Delivery Service has led to visibility problems, traffic congestion and other violations. Thurston resident Dave Kerling, who lives across the street from the company, said the business and its fleet of […]

Rockin’ With Santa toy drive bringing holiday cheer for 20th year

Making Christmas bright for needy families in the Twin Cities has been a mission for John White for 20 years through the Rockin’ With Santa toy drive, and this year is no exception. He said the annual fundraiser and gift collection, which he co-organizes with his wife, Kate, still gives him goose bumps when families come to pick out toys. […]

Tonawanda couple to star in World War I opera, ‘Silent Night’

Tonawanda residents Robert Zimmerman and Amy Grable are among 10 singers who have leading roles in Buffalo Opera Unlimited’s production of “Silent Night,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning opera about World War I that is coming to SUNY Buffalo State this weekend. The husband and wife will join singers Tyler Mecklenburg, James Judd, Robert Liu, Eric Kesler, David Hahn, Kofi Hayford, Michael […]

Samaritan Counseling Center holding grief workshops, counseling during holidays

The Samaritan Counseling Center is holding a series of four free workshops designed to help individuals and families cope with grief during the holiday season. Collectively titled “When The Holidays Hurt,” the workshops will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on four Mondays including Dec. 3, 10 and 17, and Jan. 7, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 68 […]

Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels provides more than 550 meals for families on Thanksgiving

Thanks to more than 80 volunteers, Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels was able to serve more than 550 Thanksgiving meals this year. Meals on Wheels coordinator Dan Wiles said the organization has been providing Thanksgiving dinners to community members for about 40 years, and the event keeps getting larger. Since moving into its most recent location four years ago at 169 […]

Five Boys & Girls Clubs employees celebrate milestones

Five staff members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns recently celebrated milestones, each having reached their fifth year of employment with the nonprofit. Staff members recognized include Michele Grisanti, Justin Besch, Jolynn Gray, Tommy McDonald and Christina Boyer, all of whom received certificates of appreciation commemorating their accomplishments. Grisanti serves as the site coordinator for the Charter […]

Christmas Pie concerts set for Dec. 1, 2

This year’s Christmas Pie concerts, presented by the Freudig Singers of Western New York, will offer a sampling of musical treats from the 14th century to the present. Among items on the menu will be selections by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Lennon, Mr. Martin, and the premiere of a new work by Sidney A. King. […]

Think twice before buying a pet for Christmas

Bee Editorial

It’s a scene straight out of a Hallmark movie — the kids wake up on Christmas morning, rubbing their sleepy eyes as they walk downstairs. Suddenly, they spot the Christmas tree surrounded by presents, one of which contains a puppy with a bow for a collar. As they pull the top off the box it was hidden in it excitedly […]

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ENERGY BILL HELP — To help residents in need with energy bills this winter, Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick is hosting two Home Energy Assistance Program outreach events in the next two months. Open to all income-eligible households, HEAP is a federally funded program that assists residents with the costs of home heating, electricity and energy conservation. The first outreach […]