Town looking at larger public safety budget

New hires, overtime, raises and other expenses are the reasons for a large increase in the town’s 2014 tentative police budget, according to Chief Mark Pacholec. In a public presentation following last week’s Town Board work session, Pacholec said this year’s police budget goes well beyond any budget the department has had in previous years. “It’s been a historic year […]

Extensive improvements continue in Erie County parks

Identifying county parks as an asset for the community, several groups have been working to ensure their preservation for future generations. In a press conference held at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz assessed the major work being done in the park system, particularly in seven parks. Looking forward to 2014 capital projects, Poloncarz, along […]

Keem vows to donate car allowance, budget stipend

Town supervisor candidate Patrick Keem has pledged to donate the supervisor’s $3,600 car allowance and $6,000 “budget director” stipend to local community groups if he is elected in November. According to Keem, the car allowance and stipend for serving as the budget director are unnecessary. “I’ll put every penny of that money in the hands of people who do wonderful […]

Mother reaches Congress as rare disease advocate

On Jan. 28, Lynn Thomas of Orchard Park and her son, Garrett, traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate to members of Congress about their need for the sustained funding of rare disease institutions. Now, the pair can rest a little easier at night — literally. “We had a pretty big agenda, I guess,” said Thomas. When he was just an […]

Byway brochure, booklet now online

There is now a new electronic version of the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway brochure and booklet. While 10,000 copies of the brochure were printed for distribution, there was a limited printing of the booklets, according to Bob Lennartz, president of the byway. The link to the online version of the brochure and booklet is www.ISSUU.com/wnyssb. Information in the […]

Area dancers to compete against world’s best

After 27 years of jigs and hornpipes, of ghillies and wigs, of hard work and love, Rince na Tiarna school of Irish dance is still dancing to new heights. Recently, Mary Kay Heneghan, founder of the school, took a brood of her students to the North American Championships in Anaheim, Calif. At the competition, nine RNT dancers placed in the […]


Return allowance, stipend to taxpayers

Bee Editorial

Town supervisor candidate Patrick Keem says the supervisor’s $3,600 car allowance and $6,000 “budget director” stipend are unnecessary. Keem pledges that if he’s elected, he’ll forego this compensation and donate the money to various Orchard Park organizations. Keem has named the groups that would benefit: the Orchard Park Senior Council, Orchard Park Boys and Girls Club, Orchard Park Council of […]

Spindle items

• MISSING MAILBOX — This week’s police blotter included the report of a missing mailbox. While the box was removed by some as-yet-unknown person, it was found down the street and returned to the owner. The report said it appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. While the usual stories about mailboxes involve damage from such collisions or from […]