New school aid leaves Board with tough choice

Adjusted numbers for school aid were announced in Albany last week and Clarence stands to benefit more than previously anticipated. (See editorial on page four) But the $269,000 in additional funds headed to the district is not enough to plug the nearly $4 million gap staring it in the face for the 2013-14 school year. Early estimates showed that district […]

Bluebird trail coming to three locations across town

As birds begin to return from down south after a long winter in warmer climates, some Clarence residents are getting excited for a new project that will help improve breeding conditions specifically for bluebirds in town. A bluebird trail is coming to Beeman Creek Park at the corner of Lapp and Salt roads as well as two other locations across […]

Greenhouse, nursery plans get closer look

Lavocat Family Nursery’s planned expansion from its current location on Heroy Road in Clarence Center to a new facility at 8441 County Road is headed to the Town Planning Board amidst concerns from neighbors who attended the March 27 Town Board meeting. The neighbors fear that the proposed greenhouse and nursery will resemble a “Walmart-like” garden center and not fit […]

Artist takes metallic spin on watercolor


Watercolor painting typically evokes thoughts of delicate flowers and peaceful scenes of nature. While artist Kathleen E. Dworak enjoys painting that subject matter, she has also taken to a less conventional spin on the medium. The artist will be featuring works including both natural scenes and detailed and realistic images of motorcycles at her upcoming show at the Kenan Center […]

Rollover accident stalls Transit Road

A three-vehicle accident on Transit Road in Clarence on Saturday afternoon left traffic at a crawl for nearly an hour. According to State Police, a southbound minivan driven by 62-year-old Douglas Johnson of Buffalo crossed the center lane and swerved to avoid hitting two northbound vehicles before flipping on its side in the driveway of a McDonald’s restaurant at 4987 […]

Buffalo woman charged with aggravated DWI

A Buffalo woman was arrested on March 27 on a charge of felony aggravated driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop on Main Street in Clarence. According to information from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Racheal Warters, 29, failed several field sobriety tests and was taken to the Clarence substation for processing. Deputy Brandon Stott made the arrest. The charge […]

Clarence ballet school makes strides in competition

The saying “Dance like no one is watching” is no longer pertinent for some of the dancers from Classical Ballet of WNY in Clarence. For the past two years, they have danced -— quite literally — before the whole world. This past March and also in March 2012, roughly a dozen dancers from the school have competed in the Youth […]

BOCES honor society inducts Clarence students

Ten students from the Clarence Central School District were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on March 14 at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga. The induction recognized the students’ commitment to various technical and career programs offered through Erie 1 BOCES. Enrolled at the Harkness Career & Technical Center are the following students and their programs: Joseph Shimo, spa […]

New funds for district should go back into schools

Bee Editorial

New dollar amounts for state aid to school districts have been announced in the wake of last week’s adoption of a budget by the State Legislature. Clarence is receiving more than it had originally anticipated, and while it’s not so much more that we could call it a game-changer, it is enough to make a difference in the lives of […]