Weekly Feature

2018-02-14 / Editorial

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Associate Editor

SPECIAL SECTION — Last month, officials in the Town of Amherst kicked off festivities for the municipality’s 200th year since its incorporation.

Special to this week’s edition of The Amherst Bee, you will find an inserted section that further commemorates Amherst’s bicentennial.

While the section is not meant to offer a comprehensive history of the town, Bee readers will find a plethora of nostalgia at their fingertips. We have included a large selection of old photographs of areas in the town, stories about famous people with ties to Amherst, guest columns and other pieces written specifically for the commemorative section.

Our goal in creating the section was to offer our readers a glimpse of Amherst’s historic 200 years in existence. Additionally, The Amherst Bee will continue reporting on all of the upcoming bicentennial-based events in future news editions.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS — Hearts and Hands is seeking volunteers to assist in its mission of connecting individuals in underserved communities to services such as free transportation and help improving the quality of life for those in need of care. According to its members, Hearts and Hands is the largest provider of no-cost escorted senior transportation services in Niagara and Erie counties.

For more information about the organization, visit hnhcares.org or call 406-8311, ext. 110. Further information is available on Hearts and Hands’ Facebook page.

FISH FRIES — The annual observance of Lent begins Wednesday, Feb. 14, and with the season comes the opportunity for many community groups to sponsor fish fries. Groups planning to hold these dinners during Lent are now encouraged to send the information to our advertising department.

Anyone interested in placing a paid advertisement for a fish fry should contact Advertising Sales Director Brenda Denk at 204-4937 or at brendad@beenews.com.

SPECIAL SCREENING — A recent Jolly Boys of Williamsville donation will benefit Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. As part of programs offered by ECCPASA, both organizations are sponsoring a free screening of the documentary “Screenagers” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Amherst Middle School auditorium, 55 Kings Highway. The screening is recommended for parents and children who are at least 10 years old. An open discussion will follow the documentary.

POOL UPDATE — On Jan. 31, The Bee published a Bee Heard comment regarding Williamsville Central pools. According to district officials, Williamsville is examining the possible repurposing of two middle school pools due to years of low usage and high maintenance costs.

Under consideration is how the aging pool space could be repurposed and reconfigured to accommodate instructional programming for students. A decision on whether or not to close pools at Mill Middle and Heim Middle schools is expected by the end of the school year.

The Bee will continue to follow up on the issue with the district to provide the community with all of the necessary information.

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