West Senior says goodbye to Class of ’14

During his speech Tuesday night at West Seneca West Senior High School’s commencement ceremony, valedictorian Matthew Sipple was quick to thank the many educators, family members and friends who helped him and his fellow graduates along the way. Sipple, who will be majoring in biological sciences at Cornell University in the fall, also didn’t miss a chance to praise the […]

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Schwabl’s reopening date still in limbo

Nearly eight months after a vehicle struck the foundation of Schwabl’s Restaurant in West Seneca, there’s no set timetable for its reopening Cheryl Staychock, who owns the establishment with her husband, Gene, said the entire process has been difficult to manage. “It’s just been totally devastating right from the beginning,” Staychock said. “It’s very frustrating. It’s one thing after another. […]

Resident obtains honors for relative who died in Civil War

Thomas Schobert was always interested in history, but after hearing the story of his great-great-uncle’s death during the Civil War, his interest took a detective’s turn. The West Seneca man was determined to find out what happened to Pvt. Frank J. Krug. “I’ve been a Civil War kid since I learned about him when I was 10 years old. My […]

Community Days set for this weekend

In what has become an annual tradition, the Town of West Seneca is gearing up for its Community Days celebration. The two-day event runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 27, and 1 p.m to midnight Saturday, June 28, in Veterans Park behind West Seneca Town Hall. It will feature rides, games, food, a beer tent and fun for […]

Legislators speak about medical marijuana passage

On Friday, state legislators passed a bill to establish a medical marijuana program in New York State. The legislation now awaits the governor’s signature. (See editorial on page four) Within the bill, legislators made it clear medical marijuana is available only to those with serious medical conditions. The measure also calls for the drug to be administered in a safe […]


Mount Mercy Academy’s marketing students recently helped Dog Ears Bookstore, located on Abbott Road in South Buffalo, with a rehab of their patio. Over the last few weeks, the students took advantage of the warmer weather and helped turn the space into a beautiful, functional patio for the bookstore. From left, Lauren Siminski of West Seneca, Courtney Kaczor, Buffalo, Morgan […]

Town considers purchasing emergency alert system

The towns of Orchard Park and West Seneca are teaming up in an effort to make both communities safer. Both municipalities are interested in applying for CodeRED, an emergency notification service by Florida-based Emergency Communications Network, which sends out alerts to citizens by phone call, email, text, social media and a mobile app. The system will be used to inform […]

Southtowns YMCA volunteers work on project close to their hearts

For the past four years, YMCA Buffalo Niagara branches have been collecting tattered American flags ready for retirement as part of the organization’s commitment to social responsibility. These flags are then counted, folded, and taken to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo for their official retirement on Flag Day. Spearheaded by the Southtowns Family YMCA senior services coordinator, Marla Walker, this […]

Woman charged with witness tampering, retaliating

Haley Connor, 19, of West Seneca was indicted on Friday by a federal grand jury and charged with retaliating against a witness and witness tampering. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who is handling the case, stated that, according to the indictment, from early 2014 […]

Legislators right in backing medical marijuana

Bee Editorial

The Senate and Assembly should be lauded for the passage of legislation that will make New York the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana. While the debate over legalizing marijuana — for medical purposes or otherwise — has raged for years, the fact that the drug could be of help to many people dealing with serious medical conditions has never […]