Practice round

Slate full in primaries

Nine candidates in State Senate race

When Orchard Park voters go to the polls for primary elections Thursday, Sept. 13, they will have several choices for representation in a particular race. Nine individuals are vying for party line votes in the State Senate race for the 60th District, which, using the newly reconfigured state Senate and Assembly districts and U.S. congressional districts, includes Orchard Park, Kenmore […]

Celebrating Julia, a party to remember

They shed their gardening gloves and spades and donned pearls and aprons instead. Orchard Park Garden Club board members dined together last month at a themed luncheon commemorating what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday, on Aug. 15. They celebrated the life of the legendary cookbook author and television personality credited with bringing gourmet French cooking to American kitchens. […]

Bishop set to greet Nativity students, see new iPads

An iPad giveaway plus a special visitor will make for an exciting first day of school for youth at Nativity of Our Lord School. New Bishop of Buffalo Richard J. Malone was scheduled to visit the school on Thursday, arriving around 7:30 a.m. to greet students as they get off the buses. A prayer service and iPad distribution to the […]

Longtime OP resident opens garden for tours


For longtime Orchard Park resident Kathleen, or “Kitty”, Bannerman, gardening is more than just a stress reliever and more than a great way to get exercise. It’s also about an exchange of ideas and new friendships, she says. “Sharing your gardens with other people is very fulfilling,” she says. “You have this exchange of ideas. We just met so many […]

Members of Garden Club win awards at fair

Members of the Orchard Park Garden Club received awards in floral design, Garden Club horticulture and public horticulture at the Erie County Fair recently. The Erie County Agricultural Society’s 2012 Standard Flower Show was titled “Wild About The Fair.” In the Standard Flower Show Design Division, OPGC member Mary Fran Lovelace received a first-place blue ribbon for Class 3: “Imagine,” […]

Boots on the court?

West Seneca native initiates new program that combines veterans with sports

At first glance, the U.S. military and high school athletics in Western New York may not appear to have much in common, but that could soon change as one man’s idea comes to fruition. Peter Calieri, a West Seneca native, announced in his hometown last week a new program for returning veterans that will create employment opportunities in the realm […]


St. Mark’s offers backpack blessing

Backpacks will be blessed at Episcopalian churches around Western New York on Sunday. The purpose? To start the school year in a positive way. Orchard Park’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will be participating in the backpack blessings, offering one during its 10 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 9, at the church, 6595 E. Quaker St. “This is an opportunity for us […]

Meeting brief

The Orchard Park Town Board will meet next at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the courtroom at the municipal building, 4295 S. Buffalo St. A work session will precede it at 6 p.m. in the supervisor’s conference room, located on the second floor.