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Nonprofit gives care packages, pillowcases to children

Two Orchard Park women started a nonprofit just six weeks ago, and already it’s growing at an exponential speed. The Comforting Hugs Facebook page boasts more than 1,500 “Likes,” and offers to help are coming in from all over Western New York. “It’s getting really big really fast,” said Kathy Tabor, who founded the organization with her friend Lyn Phillips. […]

Three promoted to lieutenant at Town Board meeting

Three members of the Orchard Park Police Department were promoted to the rank of lieutenant at a recent Town Board meeting. Police Chief Mark Pacholec honored Officers Joseph Ray, Jason Schiedel and Patrick Fitzgerald in a short ceremony held during the May 1 meeting. “The reason you were selected is because you are all outstanding individuals who have continued to […]

Republicans endorse candidates for council seats

The Orchard Park Republican Committee recently endorsed candidates for the two Town Council positions and will be choosing a candidate for supervisor in May, according to Hal Fabinski, chairman of the Republican Committee. As required by the law governing downsizing, one council candidate was endorsed for a four-year term and the other for a two-year position. Current Councilman Gene Majchrzak […]

OP native returns to WNY in ‘Jersey Boys’ production

For Devon Goffman, returning to Western New York brings back memories of where his dreams began. Goffman, a native of Orchard Park, can be seen on stage next week at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo during the production of “Jersey Boys.” The musical, which runs from Wednesday, May 8, through Saturday, May 18, is the story of Frankie Valli […]

School Board candidate charged with ‘conflict of interest’

Residents had the chance to meet the School Board candidates at a forum held Tuesday evening in the district offices. The six candidates running for three seats on the board talked briefly about themselves, their priorities and what they would bring to the board if elected. During the evening, Natalie Schaffer, a current board member, said she could not support […]



Student, 14, identified at middle school as being person behind threat, say police

A 14-year-old student was identified at the middle school as the person behind the recent threat written in a bathroom stall, said Police Chief Mark Pacholec on Monday. Police, who could not reveal the name due to the student’s age, said the individual will be charged in family court. Pacholec said the motives behind the person’s actions were likely related […]

OP resident to receive LaSalle Medal

Orchard Park resident John B. Walsh will be honored with the LaSalle Medal from the Canisius College Alumni Association during the college’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18. The LaSalle Medal is the association’s most distinguished award, recognizing substantial contributions to the college. Walsh entered Canisius College in the fall of 1946, following service in the Army. […]