Lightning sparks Carriage Drive fire

Lightning from a rain storm early Wednesday is believed to be the cause of a fire at Quaker Meadows Apartments, 90 Carriage Drive. A resident called 911, and firefighters were dispatched at 1:47 a.m. Orchard Park’s three fire companies responded, in addition to seven support companies. It took two and a half hours to bring the fire under control; firefighters […]

Four vie for three seats in School Board race

Voters will head to the polls next month and elect three members to the Board of Education. The 3-year terms of incumbents Rachel Baksa and David Nielsen will expire in June, and both are seeking re-election. For both, the past three years represent their first experience on the board. The term of Maria Lehman, vice president of the board, is […]

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Village plans to update ‘weak’ roads, water system

“Weak” road conditions and an antiquated water system are issues Mayor John Wilson says the Village Board should address. “For years the board ignored the infrastructure,” he said at a recent board meeting. “Now we need to aggressively go after what we need to do.” The board would like to rebuild these weakened roads in the village and also upgrade […]

OP graduate exhibits paintings in Buffalo


Artist Tara Sasiadek graduated from Orchard Park High School in 2001 and since then, has been busy teaching inner city children. With her own time, she creates art. Today is the last day of a solo art exhibition she put on at 464 Gallery in Buffalo. The exhibition features her paintings of mythological sirens. With the show, she hopes to […]

School Board restores teachers, athletics, ArtSplash

With the $326,000 in restoration money that came earlier this month from the state, money designated in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget for education, Orchard Park Central School District was able to restore some of the teachers, athletics and co-curriculars originally slated for reduction in the 2011-12 budget. Restored were six elementary teaching positions; four teacher aide positions at the middle […]

Garden club members awarded

The District Eight Federated Garden Clubs of New York State held its spring luncheon recently at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, where several members of the Orchard Park Garden Club were installed and given awards. Monica Hansen, past president of the OPGC, was elected corresponding secretary of the district and was also installed as recording secretary of the NYSFGC, and Marcia Becker […]

Anti-texting advocates push for stronger legislation

Though texting may offer a means of quick and easy communication, doing so while driving has become an epidemic. (See editorial on page four) Erie County stands alone in making it a primary offense to send a text message while driving. New York State law deems it as a secondary offense only, meaning a motorist must first be in violation […]

Tripathi named new UB president

The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York unanimously confirmed Satish K. Tripathi as the 15th president of the University at Buffalo Monday, effective immediately. Tripathi said UB’s “reputation of excellence” drew him to the school. “Once I got here and saw it firsthand, it impressed me even more,” he said. He will receive an annual salary […]