Amherst Bee

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Amherst Bee
TypeWeekly Newspaper
FormatTabloid and Digital
Owner(s)Bee Group Newspapers
PublisherTrey Measer
EditorAnna DeRosa
HeadquartersWilliamsville, NY

The Amherst Bee is an American newspaper established in 1879 which serves the Buffalo and Williamsville area of New York, and is part of the Bee Group Newspapers.[1] It is published weekly on Wednesdays. Its estimated circulation is 27,000.[2]


This newspaper was founded in 1879 by Adam L. Rinewalt.[3] While Rinewalt was in later life deeply engaged in Republican politics, it was initially founded as an independent, nonpartisan paper.[4] The paper quickly became the leading journal in the county,[5] and by 1880, the paper had moved to larger facilities.[6]

Rinewalt ran the newspaper until his suicide on October 1, 1902.[7] The paper was taken over by Rinewalt's wife and their son, Allan S. Rinewalt, until March 1907. In 1907, the paper was sold to Frank and his brother George Measer, who had worked for the paper as foreman the two years prior.[8][9] George Measer operated the paper until his death in 1965, when his son George Jr. took it over. It was during George Jr.'s tenure that the Bee Group expanded, opening multiple local papers. After George Jr.'s retirement in 1994 his son, Trey Measer, took over. [9] Trey remains the publisher, assisted by editor Anna DeRosa.

The Amherst Bee is known for never missing an issue, including during the Blizzard of '77.[9] The first telephone in Amherst was installed at the Amherst Bee on Main Street.[3]


  1. ^ "The Amherst bee". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. ISSN 1095-9432. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  2. ^ "American Newspaper Representatives". Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  3. ^ a b Grande, Joseph A. (2004-09-01). Amherst. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781439615942.
  4. ^ "A New Paper". The Buffalo Commercial. 28 March 1879. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  5. ^ "County Chat". Buffalo Evening News. 25 October 1881. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Neighborhood News". Buffalo Morning Express and Illustrated Buffalo Express. 6 March 1880.
  7. ^ "Publisher Suicide". Buffalo Morning Express and Illustrated Buffalo Express. October 3, 1902. p. 1. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  8. ^ "Amherst Bee Sold". Buffalo Evening News. 22 March 1907. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  9. ^ a b c Fiddler-Woite, Julianna (2009-04-01). Snyder, New York: A Brief History. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781625843159.