New supervisor sets goals for term

The new year is an ideal time for people to set ambitious goals, and Supervisor Patrick Keem took full advantage of the season by crafting a long list of what he plans to achieve in office. “I’ve got plans, believe me,” said Keem. Though his term officially began Wednesday, for the past few weeks Keem has been meeting with Town […]

Kaczor’s life shaped by community service

Former councilman looks back on 12 years in office

From an early age, civic responsibility was instilled in former Councilman David Kaczor as a necessary way of life. Though Kaczor is retiring after 12 years of serving on the Orchard Park Town Board, he said he will continue to lend a hand to the committees and organizations that create a thriving community. “What is nice right now is that […]


New Year’s Eve revelers brave frigid temperatures and flurries as they ring in 2014 at the ball drop on North Buffalo Road in Orchard Park. For more New Year’s Eve photos, turn to the back page.

OP native readies for art show

These days, Tara Sasiadek spends much of her time thinking about fungus. That is because the Orchard Park native’s new art show is centered on the feeling of serenity and the wonders of regeneration that can occur in the woods. Sasiadek’s show, called “Waldeinsamkeit,” is a collaboration with fellow artist Jon Furman and is set to open at 6 p.m. […]

Briggs passionate for new senior center


Though Jacqueline Briggs is retired from her supervisory position at the former Erie County Home and Infirmary, she is still hard at work advocating for the community’s senior citizens. Briggs, 76, serves as the president of the Senior Council of Orchard Park, the nonprofit organization that was formed to raise funds and awareness for a new senior center. Briggs began […]

New Year’s rollover accident leads to DWI charges

Orchard Park police responded to a rollover accident at the intersection of Ellicott and Benning roads at approximately 3:25 a.m. Wednesday. A vehicle driven by Robert Graber, a 22-year-old Orchard Park resident, was traveling north on Benning, when it went through the stop sign at Ellicott, across the roadway, into a ditch and rolled over, police said. Graber and the […]

OP man charged with aggravated DWI

Orchard Park police report the arrest of an Orchard Park man for allegedly driving drunk on Dec. 26. Police observed a vehicle traveling at 72 mph in a 55-mph zone on Armor Duells Road. Police followed the vehicle onto Jewett Holmwood Road, where the motorist was driving at 60 mph in a 40-mph zone. The vehicle was swerving back and […]

Buffalo woman charged with DWI in OP

Orchard Park police charged a Buffalo woman with driving while intoxicated during the early morning hours of Dec. 21. Around 4 a.m., police observed a driver operating a vehicle at 47 mph in a 35-mph zone on Abbott Road. The motorist drove on the wrong side of the road before pulling over, according to police. The driver, Stephanie Griner, 23, […]


Orchard Park Councilman Mike Sherry takes the oath of office as he is sworn in by Town Attorney John Bailey on Jan. 1 at the Orchard Park Municipal Building. Sherry’s wife, Elizabeth, is shown holding the Bible.

Kirkner named Senior of the Month

Florence Kirkner, a longtime volunteer for the Orchard Park Senior Center, was recognized as December’s Senior of the Month for Erie County. Kirkner was honored at a presentation by Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Senior Services Randy Hoak at the Senior Center. An avid skier and swimmer, Kirkner’s volunteer service includes working as a Red Cross […]