Weekly Feature

2014-04-03 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

SPRING SPORTS — For the last several weeks, we’ve honored the high school stars of the winter sports season with our All-Bee basketball and ice hockey teams. The accomplishments of these athletes, along with those of the other recently completed sports, are vast and varied. Congratulations to all of the athletes.

With the conclusion of one season brings the start of another. In this week’s edition, we roll out our boys and girls lacrosse previews for West Seneca East and West. Next week, we will take a look at the baseball and softball teams at each school, with boys tennis and outdoor track and field set for April 17.

In discussing the spring with sports reporter Jason Nadolinski, I found that West Seneca is facing the same issue as most schools around Western New York: bad weather resulting in a slow start.

Some sports, such as lacrosse, can be played on sloppy fields. For baseball and softball, that’s not the case.

Hopefully, the weather starts to improve and the athletes are able to compete sooner versus later. Make sure to get out to East and West to root them on. Sports, especially at the high school level, help invigorate community pride.

WEEKLY POLL — We’re always looking for feedback, and one of the ways we go about acquiring it is by posting a new poll each week.

Often the questions come from a pressing issue that may have been discussed at one of the various meetings we attend. Other times, it might be the result of a hot topic covered in a story.

Most of the questions are fairly serious, though we may run a comical one from time to time. They always relate to a story appearing in that week’s edition.

The poll is located on the adjacent page, and it gives directions on where to answer the question on our website. The response varies, with some weeks better than others. It’s our responsibility to ask a good question that engages readers and makes them want to take the poll.

If you ever have a poll question idea, please feel free to send me an email at ericd@beenews.com.

ON THE CAMPUS — One of our popular features is the campus news. Parents enjoy sharing the continued success of their children with the community and reading about their children’s former classmates. Teachers enjoy keeping track of what their former students are doing. And the students themselves like to know that their hometown paper still cares about them.

We receive the news for “On the Campus” in two ways. Some schools send us lists of everyone from West Seneca who made the dean’s list or graduated. Parents or students can also submit the information to the Bee, however, and this is the best course of action if you want to be certain the news is published.

Because we get a large amount of campus news, space constraints and deadlines mean that it may not all get published immediately. We always make it a priority, but we must receive it before the next semester begins.

If you, your child or your grandchild has recently been named to the dean’s list, won an award or scholarship, or graduated from college, we want to hear about it. You can drop off or mail the information to 5564 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221; email it to ericd@beenews.com; or fax it to 633-8601.

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