Winterfest success with snow’s arrival

Despite the dubious weather conditions in the days leading to Winterfest in Chestnut Ridge Park, the snow came just in time, blanketing the area in white. “The conditions were perfect,” said Ed Leak, Recreation Department director. Organized by the Town of Orchard Park and Erie County, with additional help from corporate sponsors, the annual event celebrating winter attracted around 2,000 […]

‘Waterfront district’ may include OP

Proposed redistricting maps have been released that would change the district boundaries for state legislative representatives. (See editorial on page four) The proposed 60th Senate District, being called the new “waterfront district,” would include Orchard Park and Hamburg in a district stretching from the Northtowns to the Southtowns, in a strip from Cattaraugus County to Grand Island that would include […]

‘Music and the Arts’ brings top musicians to church

Switzerland, Russia, Austria and Germany are just a few of the countries musicians have traveled from to play in Orchard Park. Orchard Park Presbyterian Church’s “Music and the Arts” series attracts musicians from around the globe, bringing them to a local venue where Western New York residents have the opportunity to hear them perform. “Some folks cannot get downtown or […]

OP senior again named Student of the Month


For Lukas Cetkovic, a senior at Orchard Park High School, working as a police officer isn’t just a job. It’s something he’s wanted to do all his life. “They’re there to serve and protect,” said Cetkovic, “and I feel this is a good opportunity to use the skills I’ve been given.” Attending classes in the criminal justice program at the […]

On the campus

Michael Dansa, David Culligan, Emma Arcara, Kailey Laipple, Michael Dlugosz, Laura Clesse, Catherine Dell, John Sullivan, Kelsey Brokenshire, Lauren Kryszak, Charlee Smith and Charles Kukoleca, all of Orchard Park, were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at St. Bonaventure University. Robert Jendrysek and Tara Scolese, both of Orchard Park, were named to the dean’s list for […]

Assembly candidate Fahey receives support from three parties

The Erie County Democratic, Conservative and Working Families parties have nominated Chris Fahey for the seat in the state Assembly’s 145th District. This district includes Orchard Park and West Seneca, as well as parts of the cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna. A special election to fill the seat has been set for March 20. Fahey’s campaign reportedly raised more than […]

ECC announces annual award recipients

Erie Community College — which has a campus on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park — recently announced its chair and award recipients for its upcoming Celebrate ECC event. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, inside the college’s city campus atrium. Althea E. Luehrsen, executive director of Leadership Buffalo, was appointed chairwoman of Celebrate ECC, which […]


OP students graduate from D.A.R.E. program

Students earn certificate for completion

Fifth-grade students in Orchard Park are graduating from the D.A.R.E. program, which aims to keep them from doing drugs and from other negative behaviors, according to a release from the Police Department. Orchard Park D.A.R.E. Officers Patrick Fitzgerald and Leonard Govenettio teach the program. Four classes from Eggert Elementary School graduated on Jan. 23, one class from St. Bernadette School […]

Student creates handbook design

Tyler Popiela, a senior at Orchard Park High School, designed the 2012-13 high school curriculum handbook cover. School administrators chose Popiela’s design out of almost 50, all created by students. Each of the principals at the high school were faced with the task of choosing several of their favorite designs and then meeting to choose the winner. Students in Angelo […]